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A showstopper — The Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept

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(April 10, 2021) Volkswagen recently revealed its latest addition to the 2021 Enthusiast Fleet family — a sleek and sporty all-black Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept, named for the Riverside North arts district in downtown Denver, Col. The concept was designed by Jamie Orr and incorporates a selection of partners from the automotive aftermarket to showcase the athletic mid-size SUV’s adventurous style, strength and spirit.

2021 Mini Countryman plug-in



INDIANAPOLIS — I have long been a fan of the Mini, a fun little zipper with classic British looks that can fillet cars way above its weight class.  About ten years ago, my family even bought a first-generation Countryman crossover.  It was underpowered, but drove like a BMW, got good gas mileage and had the best Harman Kardon audio system I’ve ever heard.  It became too small for our growing family, so it had to go.  I wonder if we would have made the same hard choice if we owned the 2021 Mini Countryman SE ALL4 “plug-in.”

2021 Cadillac CT5-V



MIAMI — A replacement for the aging CTS when it reached showrooms as a 2020 model, Cadillac’s CT5 — previewed at the 2019 New York Auto Show —  made a rather impressive debut by earning the No. 1 ranking for midsize sedans in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. For 2021, it is offered in five trims, but this review will concentrate on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series edition that tops the portfolio at a starting MSRP of $48,700 when the $905 destination and delivery charge is tacked on.

2021 Acura NSX



PHOENIX — The Acura NSX supercar couldn’t help but turn heads and draw a crowd whenever I parked. The styling is gorgeous with an exterior design that’s enticingly worthy of praise. No crazy swoops, no melodramatic over-the-top spoilers at the rear or sculpted fins, rather styling that’s astonishingly beautiful, mostly. The snout is large and a bit on the fussy side, the rear a bit heavyset, but overall errs on mimicking the likes of the McLaren 570S in my eyes.

Vehicle of the Week

2021 Kia Sorento — Another Kia winner



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman
 
(April 4, 2021) Kia has discovered the formula for consistently building attractive automobiles. Virtually every new vehicle that has come out of the automaker's stable over the past couple of years has been stylish inside and out, loaded with new user-friendly technology, and competitively fuel efficient. Three recent examples of hitting the ball out of the park are the mid-sized Telluride CUV, sub-compact Seltos crossover and the mid-sized K5 sedan.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader offers tips for getting vehicle road-trip ready for spring



(April 9, 2021) ATLANTA — Spring has sprung across the United States, and many Americans have upcoming spring break drives or future summer vacation road trips on their minds. Traveling by car remains the preferred method for many people who are still wary of flying in the current climate. To help road-trippers prepare for their upcoming travels, the experts at Autotrader offer tips and recommendations to make their drives safe and enjoyable.

X-Line upgrades give 2021 Kia Sorento more off-road chops



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 9, 2021) A hybrid drivetrain was not the only feature Kia added when it gave its Sorento midsize SUV a makeover for this year. The 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line is designed for those looking for more off-road capability with a slightly higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, and a more capable roof rack than outgoing Sorento models.

YourMechanic offers tips to get car running after Covid lockdowns



(April 8, 2021) YourMechanic mechanics have found that infrequent car usage during covid shelter in place has resulted in a number of issues for car owners across the country. The car repair service lists some of the biggest problems with leaving a vehicle unattended for long periods of time and solutions for a springtime overhaul.

Inside the Industry

Honda and Verizon test 5G safety for connected and autonomous vehicles



(April 9, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — Through their partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles, Honda and Verizon are teaming up to research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road, thus reducing collisions and saving lives. Super-fast, reliable and low-latency data transmission at the edge of the network is essential for connected vehicle safety.

2022 Lexus LS arrives this fall with Lexus Teammate driver assistance tech



(April 9, 2021)  PLANO, Texas — The first-generation LS debuted in 1989 with the monumental goal of shaping the Lexus brand. It built the foundation of Lexus by its exceptional quietness, comfort and refinement, and each subsequent generation has embraced the spirit of constant innovation through new technology. The 2022 LS 500h flagship luxury hybrid sedan will continue this trend as the first vehicle in the US lineup to offer the all-new Lexus Teammate advanced driver assistance technology on all-wheel drive (AWD) models.

McLaren Artura high-performance hybrid powertrain sets new standards



(April 9, 2021) With acceleration figures now verified, the all-new High-Performance Hybrid powertrain in the McLaren Artura sets new benchmarks for performance, building on the levels of high-performance hybrid excellence set by the pioneering McLaren P1 — the world’s first hybrid hypercar — and the Speedtail Hyper-GT.

Abandoned Car of the Week

An idled excavator



Case has made construction equipment since the late 1800s and continues to this day. This Case 880R excavator, built since 1977, may have seen the last of its working life as it sits idled and rusting in an eastern North Carolina field.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)