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Driving a Mini Cooper S Countryman on Iceland's Ring Road 1

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(November 25, 2020) Iceland is a country of contrasts on the north-western edge of Europe. The island state in the North Atlantic is as famous for its hot springs as it is for its huge ice fields. Traditional horse breeding is still as successful here as is the internationally significant aluminum production. Tourism has also recently become increasingly important as an economic sector. The pristine natural beauty located near the Arctic Circle, the fascinating variety of the landscapes and the contrast created by active volcanoes and snow-covered glaciers attract visitors from all over the world.

2021 Acura TLX



PHOENIX — For 2021 Acura — Honda’s up market luxury brand — has just unveiled the second generation of its TLX “sports sedan.” Better known for its popular MDX and RDX SUVs that outsell its three car offerings nearly 3-to-1, Acura wants shoppers to know that their sedans are an important part of the caliper-badge product offerings. The new TLX is a vehicle that shoppers of premium sedans should put on their consideration list.

2021 Toyota Sienna



INDIANAPOLIS —  Despite having a six-year-old daughter and wandering intentions that often take us on long drives, my husband refuses to drive a mini-van.  I tried to talk him into one a few years ago, but we ended up with a crossover instead.  His reluctance is not exactly fair.  The Chrysler Pacifica is a plug-in dream, Honda’s Odyssey reliably conquers our continent, and the new Kia Sedona is a real art piece.  It’s against that backdrop that the stylish and high-tech completely redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna landed in our driveway.

2020 Corvette convertible



INDIANAPOLIS — I was getting out of the car at my hair stylists’ place when she walked out and screamed, “You have got to be kidding me!”  She thought I was driving a Ferrari.  I said, “What?  It’s the new Corvette!”  She took a long walk around, looked at me and said, “Yeah, I can see that.”  And, that’s the beauty of the 2020 Corvette Convertible. Its exotic looks derive from the engine’s change of latitude from the nose to behind the seats — a move to enhance handling and acceleration, but also freed designers to change the car’s proportions. 

Vehicle of the Week

2021 Kia K5 — Striving for excellence



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(November 22, 2020) People have left the once hugely-popular mid-size sedan segment in droves to purchase crossovers. Times change, tastes change and the SUV hatchback is now making the biggest fashion statement in the automotive industry. But we believe after driving three trim levels of the all-new 2021 Kia K5 sedan that when it comes time to make another purchase don’t miss out on one of the best mainstream vehicles to come down the pike in years. It is simply that good and deserves a test drive.

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Edmunds says finding Black Friday bargains won't be easy for car shoppers



(November 25, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers seeking Black Friday bargains on new cars will likely need to do some extra research ahead of the holiday weekend, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds analysts note that automakers have pulled back on incentives for the holiday due to shortages in inventory created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gas prices ahead of Thanksgiving lowest since 2015



(November 24, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At $2.10, this Thanksgiving’s national gas price average is shaping up to be the lowest since 2015. The holiday weekend average that year was a nickel cheaper at $2.05. Today, nearly half of all states have gas price averages that are 50 to 75 cents cheaper than a year ago. West coast states are seeing the biggest year-over-year savings, while the majority of southern states’ averages are $1.99/gallon or less.

IIHS studies driver disengagement while using automated systems



(November 20, 2020) ARLINGTON, Va. — Drivers fidget with electronics and take both hands off the wheel more often as they develop trust in automated systems, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab shows.

Inside the Industry

Ram continues holiday tradition at 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade



(November 25, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand is participating in the one-of-a-kind holiday tradition as the Official Truck of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the sixth consecutive year. Working closely with the Macy’s team and the City of New York for the television-broadcast-only special presentation, Ram is helping to keep the holiday tradition alive as more than 15 trucks will be towing all the floats, allowing millions of New Yorkers and the nation to safely experience it from the comforts of home and bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation.

Dodge/SRT launches Black Friday power dollars — $10 per hp off list price



(November 25, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge//SRT is gearing up for Black Friday with the industry-exclusive “Dodge Power Dollars” program. For a limited time, Dodge is offering a $10-per-horsepower cash allowance toward the purchase of the new 2021 Durango. From Nov. 27 to Nov. 30 customers across the United States who purchase any 2021 Dodge Durango from dealer inventory will get a $10-per-horsepower cash allowance.

All-new Artura is McLaren's next-generation high-performance hybrid supercar



(November 24, 2020) McLaren Automotive will bring the full force of its expertise in hybrid powertrain engineering to the supercar class next year with the introduction of the new Artura, a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) developed with the benefit of more than half a century of McLaren knowledge, experience and engineering achievements in race and road cars.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A North Carolina Hudson



In 1948 Hudson launched its "step-down" bodies, which lasted through the 1954 model year. The term step-down referred to Hudson's placement of the passenger compartment down inside the perimeter of the frame; riders stepped down into a floor that was surrounded by the perimeter of the car's frame. This "ready for restoration" 1948-1950 Hudson was found in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)