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New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to start at $38,585


(August 19, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram Truck has announced pricing for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine with a starting price of $38,585 including the $1,695 destination charge. The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, or $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie base models).

2019 Kia Niro EV

PHOENIX — The Kia Niro is an attractive, compact five-door hatchback that seats five-passengers. It’s surprisingly roomy, comfortable and easy to drive. For the record, Kia calls the Niro a compact crossover utility vehicle. Having been on sale nationally for a few years as a traditional gasoline and plug-in hybrid, what is new for the Niro lineup is the pure, 100 percent, all-electric model that, right now, is offered for sale in only 12 states.

2020 Subaru Outback

SAN FRANCISCO — Subaru could have radically changed the Outback for 2020.  The design team explored options from super sleek wagons to upright crossovers that would make the proverbial outhouse look aerodynamic.  Yet, when they discussed what current and potential owners wanted, it was obvious the shape should look like, well, an Outback.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — For 2020, Hyundai has just introduced its all-new three-row mid-size SUV. The Palisade is basically the mechanical sibling to the impressive Kia Telluride, introduced earlier this year, and placing at the top of our SUV ratings. In addition to the Telluride, the new Hyundai flagship Palisade competes with class rivals such as Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 BMW X7 — Going big and bold

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It seems every automaker wants a full range of SUVs to satisfy our SUV/crossover crazed world. So it behooved BMW to build a full-sized sport utility — bigger than its mid-sized X5 — to compete with such luxury models as the Audi Q7, Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes-Benz GLS Class. Enter the new South Carolina-built X7, which is BMW's largest SUV ever with a useable three rows of seating.

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The magic of AMG takes C-Class Cabriolet to highest luxury level

By Paul Borden

(August 19, 2019) MIAMI — The C-Class has served as a introductory model for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts since its debut as a “baby Benz” sedan in the early 1990s. It has grown up considerably since then, however, and there is nothing “baby” about the AMG C43 Cabriolet I recently had the pleasure of driving for a week, from the performance, to the luxury, and yes, to the price tag.

Chevy brings back a different kind of Blazer

By Jim Prueter

(August 16, 2019) For 2019, Chevrolet has brought back the Blazer nameplate, affixing it to an all-new, two-row, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle targeting Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It shares a platform with the three-row GMC Acadia and the compact Cadillac XT5. The Blazer slots between the smaller Equinox and the larger three-row Traverse.

GasBuddy study reveals Americans prefer debit to credit cards at pump

(August 16, 2019) BOSTON — Fuel purchases in the United States are among the biggest opportunities for banks and credit card companies to win the battle for the consumer’s wallet, with Americans collectively spending close to $1 billion on gasoline per day. And yet, despite 81% of Americans having at least one credit card, more than half of Americans use debit cards instead as their primary method at the pumps, according to GasBuddy’s Fuel Payments study issued today.

Inside the Industry

Lamborghini shows new roadster at Monterey Car Week

(August 19, 2019) — Lamborghini showed the Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster, a limited edition of the iconic V12 super sports car, at Monterey Car Week this weekend. Creating a new expression of exclusivity following the SVJ 63 coupé, the SVJ Roadster will be produced in just 63 numbered units, commemorating the company’s founding year of 1963.
Alongside the SVJ 63 Roadster, Lamborghini paid tribute to its endurance motorsport victories with the unveiling of the Huracán EVO GT Celebration.

Mini provides initial look at two new models at Monterey Car Week

(August 19, 2019) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — At the Monterey Car Week 2019 and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Mini celebrated the brand’s 60th birthday with a review of its history and an outlook on the future. Mini presented a series of historically important vehicles and provided an initial look at two fascinating new models: the brand’s most powerful series vehicle ever produced and the first all-electric powered Mini.

FX2 package gives Ford Ranger off-road style in two-wheel drive trucks

(August 19, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is introducing the new Ranger FX2 Package as another choice for customers who want off-road styling and capability in a two-wheel-drive offering. “FX2 expands Ranger’s options for customers who want tough, off-road style with the functionality of a locking differential but don’t need four-wheel drive,” said Brian Bell, Ford Ranger marketing manager.

Abandoned Car of the Week

1953 Dodge stakebed truck

This 1953 "Job Rated" Dodge stakebed truck was discovered rusting away in a Texas field of cars. Dodge used the "Job Rated" designation through the mid-50s aimed at getting the customer the truck that fit the job. A stakebed truck has stake pockets allowing wooden or metal rail-sides to be inserted.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)