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Ford and Disney gear up to reveal all-new Ford Bronco family July 13


Off-road testing the all-new Ford Bronco

(July 6, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford will reveal the all-new Ford Bronco 4x4 family on Monday, July 13, across Disney’s Media Networks — marking the first-ever, prime-time product reveal roadblock across Disney’s broadcast, cable, digital and streaming properties, including ABC, ESPN, National Geographic and Hulu.

2020 Mini Cooper EV

MIAMI — All-electric power trains may be the future in the automotive world, but the new electric version of the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric is already behind the times, which, as we shall see, is unfortunate. With an estimated 110-mile duration on a full charge, the Mini Cooper SE Electric is burdened with a notably short driving range, especially considering several other all-electric competitors are offering twice that and more with recent models.

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my good friends, who owns a Mercedes C-Class wagon with nearly 200,000 miles, recently asked what vehicle she should buy next.  She really wants a new C-Class wagon, but alas, they are no longer imported to the U.S.  She’s not a fan of crossovers, though she could use their soft-road capabilities while keeping track of her family farm.  Then, it came to me.  She’d like the car already in my driveway, the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country.

2020 GMC Sierra HD

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — GMC has just introduced its full line of heavy-duty trucks for 2020 at a media drive event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Engineers at the event emphasized that the new trucks are the most capable heavy-duty truck they’ve ever built, and promised world-class towing capability, out muscling the likes of Ford Super Duty and Ram HD with a class leading maximum towing capacity of 35,500 pounds.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Toyota Highlander — New and improved

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 5, 2020) The Toyota Highlander has been the best-selling mid-sized three-row crossover utility  since 2016 in what has become a very crowded segment. Facing strong competition from all-new and redesigned vehicles it was time for a new and improved fourth generation Highlander. And Toyota answered with the 2020 version, a vehicle that takes a new design direction while building on the qualities of the third generation.

Here's the Thing

2021 Kia Seltos shows good things can be found in small packages

By Paul Borden

(July 5, 2020) Kia has added another vehicle to its growing fleet, and to the surprise of nobody save, perhaps, a monk in far off Tibet, it is another crossover SUV. Classed as a subcompact, the 2021 Kia Seltos — Seltos comes from Greek mythology, Celtos being the son of Hercules — slots in between the company’s popular Soul and Sportage at about the same starting price point as the company’s Niro crossover.

Auto interest rates see slight rise in June, according to Edmunds

(July 3, 2020)  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Interest rates for new vehicles increased slightly in June, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 4.2% in June, compared to 4% in May and 4.3% in April. Despite this slight month-over-month increase, analysts note that this is still the second-lowest average interest rate that Edmunds has on record since September 2015.

Certified pre-owned vehicles offer shoppers a good alternative

(July 2, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers thinking about purchasing a new vehicle this Fourth of July holiday weekend should consider looking at the used vehicle market, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds' experts note that selection and savings are currently limited in the new vehicle market because inventory levels for new vehicles are running low due to factory shutdowns during COVID-19 and that the generous financing incentives offered by automakers at the start of the pandemic are drying up since more shoppers have returned to the market.

Inside the Industry

Ford awards TomTom global deal to provide Ford real-time traffic service

(July 6, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Similar to planning trips around weather predictions, drivers of the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E will be able to adjust trips based on traffic forecasts, thanks to another new innovation from TomTom, the location technology specialist, which powers Ford’s next-generation Ford SYNC technology navigation system.

Jaguar-Land Rover announces premium car subscription service

(July 6, 2020) LONDON — As more people choose flexible monthly payments over one-off bills, Jaguar Land Rover is changing the way we use vehicles — with a premium car subscription service. Britain’s biggest car maker has set up the service, called Pivotal, so customers can experience either the latest technology from the smarter, more refined and premium Jaguar range, or the unrivaled breadth of capability, versatility and luxury offerings of the Land Rover range, swapping between models when it suits them.

First Aston Martin DB5 in more than 50 years rolls off assembly line

(July 6, 2020)NEWPORT PAGNELL, UK — Many of the UK’s most talented craftspeople and engineers put the finishing touches to the first in a new but very familiar series of Aston Martin sports cars, as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation program left the production line last week.

The Job 1 DB5 represents not only another significant design and engineering success, but also becomes the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century as the British luxury sports car maker’s Continuation program once again makes history.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A 1953 Texas Willys

This 1953 Willys was discovered in a Texas salvage yard. Willys re-entered the car market with a new compact car in 1952, the Willys Aero. At first available only as a two-door sedan, it came with either an L-head or F-head six-cylinder engine.  A four-door sedan and a two-door hardtop were added for 1953 along with taxi models.  Transmissions included a 3-speed manual, 3-speed manual with overdrive, and a 4-speed Hydramatic. 42,224 cars were sold in 1953, but sales tanked in 1954, and the car's final model year was 1955.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)