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Reviving auto shop classes for the EV era — One old VW at a time


(September 20, 2019) A high school teacher revitalized his auto shop class in West New York, N.J., by introducing an electric vehicle conversion course. When Ron Grosinger began teaching shop class in 2005 at Memorial High School the program was struggling to survive. In a school facing many challenges, the elective course had dwindled from six teachers to two and rarely offered any hands-on learning, Grosinger says.

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.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

PHOENIX — The Lincoln Aviator is an all-new three-row luxury SUV 2020 that positions itself between the larger Navigator and the smaller Nautilus SUVs. The Aviator name was previously used from 2002 to 2005, when it was essentially a Ford Explorer gussied up to look like a Lincoln Navigator. Buyers saw through what Lincoln was attempting and the vehicle never caught on.

2020 Range Rover plug-in

INDIANAPOLIS — It looks much like any other Range Rover.  It’s huge, with a big grille and streamlined bodysides that end in the model’s traditional trailing rear flanks.  Body color trim, LED headlamps, and 20” wheels give no clue to anything different.  It’s quite handsome in its bold Britishness, but looks like another Range Rover.  Squint your eyes to notice that big grille conceals a surprise.  Deftly hidden on the driver’s side is a door, behind which there’s a port for a power plug.  Yep, it’s a plug-in hybrid.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 BMW M5 — The pinnacle of sports sedans

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Being behind the wheel of the 2019 BMW M5 Competition had us in awe of its massive performance. It was a never-ending source of brute force with driving and handling proficiency in spades. The M5 is the ultimate companion for someone who is addicted to power, but needs comfortable room for four adults, a suitable commuter car, and a long-haul vacation vehicle.

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2019 Grand Sport — A better choice for most Corvette buyers

By Jim Prueter

(September 20, 2019) It’s no secret that with the Corvette, Chevrolet delivers one of the best performing sports cars in the world with the best horsepower per dollar and bang for the buck. For 2019, Corvette is offered in four different trim levels, from the base Stingray starting at just $55,900 all the way to the super high performing 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1, reintroduced for 2019 with a starting price of $123,000.

Honda brings back an all-new Passport

By Jim Prueter

(September 19, 2019) Back in 1993, taking notice of the growing interest of sport utility vehicles in the U.S., Honda introduced their first SUV, called the Passport. That first Passport was absent any Honda DNA and was actually a badge engineered version of the now defunct Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-sized SUV.

The Passport was built in Lafayette, Ind., by Subaru Isuzu Automotive between 1994 and 2002 and was subsequently discontinued, giving way to the Honda-engineered Pilot.

Autotrader picks its 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019

(September 19, 2019) ATLANTA — Whether a new-car shopper's motivation for buying an electric vehicle (EV) is environmental, political or financial, choices abound now more than ever before in the marketplace. With more than 50 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models available today, many new-car shoppers need help navigating the terms to master and information to digest among the choices in this continuously growing vehicle category.

Inside the Industry

INEOS Automotive to build new SUV — the Grenadier — in Wales

(September 20, 2019) INEOS Automotive has announced that its utilitarian 4x4 will be named Grenadier after the pub in which it was conceived, with over 6,000 international fans and followers responding to an online poll to choose the vehicle’s name.

INEOS also confirmed that the Grenadier will be built in a new manufacturing facility on a greenfield site in Bridgend, South Wales. This will create 200 jobs initially, and up to 500 in the long term.  Site development is now under way to support planned start of production in 2021.

Checkered Flag Limited Edition joins Jaguar E-Pace lineup for 2020

(September 20, 2019) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar has confirmed the new E-PACE Checkered Flag Limited Edition model will be available in North America for the 2020 model year. Featuring premium design touches and an expanded list of standard features, the E-PACE Checkered Flag Limited Edition builds on the agility, precision and performance customers expect from the brand’s compact performance SUV.

Honda CR-V gets hybrid version for 2020, styling updates

(September 19, 2019) The Honda CR-V gets a major boost with the introduction of the 2020 model, sporting freshened styling, new features and upgraded powertrains — including a new CR-V Hybrid to be built in the company's Greensburg, Ind., plant. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is the first electrified SUV from the Honda brand in America, joining the Accord Hybrid and Insight as the third electrified Honda manufactured in the U.S. as the company moves to apply its advanced two-motor hybrid-electric system to all of its core U.S. models in the years ahead.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Early '60s Buick Skylark

General Motors introduced three new compact cars in 1961 — the Buick Special, Pontiac Tempest and Oldsmobile F-85. In the middle of the 1961 model year, the Buick Skylark — a luxury trim of the Special — debuted. There were two engines available — a 3.2-liter V-6 or a 155-horsepower 3.5-liter V-8. The first generation was built through the 1963 model year. This example was found deteriorating along Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz.
(Photo by Ted Biederman)