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Hyundai launches driver-focused Elantra N Line sedan


(August 14, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company has launched the new Elantra N Line. The new model is designed and engineered to deliver more enhanc
ed driving fun to the new Elantra that launched in April. The N Line model, characterized by N specific design and performance-enhancing elements, offers an attractive entry point to the Hyundai’s high-performance N Brand lineup and will expand Elantra’s appeal to a broader range of customers.

2020 Ford F-350

PHOENIX — Ford was a bit late to the party following major refreshes for Ram, Chevrolet and GMC super duty pickup trucks but now for 2020 its America’s truck leader Ford’s turn with a heavily refreshed lineup of Super Duty’s of their own.
Ford Super Duty trucks include the F-250, F-350 and F-450. Six trim levels are offered for 2020 including the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited.

2020 Cadillac XT6

MIAMI — The short take on Cadillac’s new XT6 crossover SUV: It’s like the XT5 that I recently reviewed, but, as you may deduce from the alpha-numeric tag, a bit bigger. Perhaps you want more details. The Cadillac XT6 is a new vehicle for 2020 and completes the trio of crossover SUVs that replaced the SRX in the company’s portfolio.

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — Everyone knows that the Jeep brand is the crown jewel of the entire FCA palette of product offerings. Especially in the past few years, Jeep sales have been nothing short of spectacular, with year after year of record setting numbers. But ask Jim Morrison, head of Jeep North America, what are the questions he gets most frequently from friends, neighbors, Jeep owners, and just about anyone else, and he’ll say they are: “When is Jeep going bring back a Wrangler pickup?” and “When is Jeep going to put a diesel engine in the Wrangler?”

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar — Luxury and performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 9, 2020) Volvo Cars aims to establish itself as a leader in electrification in the coming years, and by 2025 it wants half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrid electrics.  While this is a lofty objective, we think based on the still small size of the all-electric segment Volvo might have difficulty meeting its goal without seriously compromising sales.

Here's the Thing

Toyota Sequoia gets a new TRD PRO trim level for 2020

By Jim Prueter

(August 12, 2020) Most people can anchor their understanding of time travel thanks to the 1985 Robert Zemeckis movie Back to the Future. The movie stared Michael J. Fox as the teenager Marty McFly who accidentally travels back in time in a DeLorean time machine thanks to the eccentric scientist Emmit “Doc” Brown played by Christopher Lloyd.

Edmunds names its top picks for cars and SUVs under $20,000

(August 12, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds today announced their list of top picks for new and used vehicles under $20,000 to help guide consumers seeking more affordable transportation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to considering vehicle pricing, Edmunds' editors put together their list based on a combination of Edmunds' expert ratings and consumer reviews on Edmunds.

Gas pump prices pushing cheaper again

(August 11, 2020) On the week, the majority of states saw gas prices decrease minimally — by one to two cents or saw no change at the pump. Though low, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny from last Monday to $2.17. Today’s average is two cents less than last month and 49 cents cheaper than a year ago, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Inside the Industry

Petersen Automotive Museum, Porsche partner for Virtual Car Week

(August 14, 2020) LOS ANGELES  — The Petersen Automotive Museum will continue its partnership with Porsche to present a Porsche-only virtual car show today (Friday, Aug. 14) during Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin. Porsche will be the title sponsor for the entire roster of Friday events, which include a walk-around of the Koenigsegg Gemera, a RUF shop tour, HRE facility tour, Legends of the Autobahn, Bonhams auction, O’Gara Coach garage tour and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Dodge announces 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock Package pricing

(August 14, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge//SRT continues to push the boundaries of performance and is making it easier for enthusiasts to access that performance by bringing the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Package to market, with its 3.09 gear ratio, standard Nitto drag radials at all four corners, lightweight Brembo brakes, uniquely tuned suspension and 18-by-11-inch wheels for $3,000. All in, the new 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock has a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $79,595 excluding destination.

Mazda and Toyota announce new investment in U.S. plant

(August 14, 2020) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, (MTM), the new joint-venture between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, announced an additional $830 million investment to incorporate more cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to its production lines and provide enhanced training to its workforce of up to 4,000 employees.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a 1968 Chevelle

The 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle marked the first year of the second-generation of the mid-sized Chevelle, which was introduced in 1964. This particular Chevelle, as advertised on its fender, came with Chevrolet's 5.7-liter 350 cubic inch small block V-8 engine. The stripped-out Chevy was found in a field in eastern North Carolina. Chevelle became very popular in the mid-to-late '60s and Chevrolet billed it as "America's most popular mid-size car." (Photo by Nick Nunkovich)