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History lesson — How plaid became part of Volkswagen Golf GTI

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(October 17, 2019) No car has a claim to fame to celebrate all things plaid quite like the Volkswagen Golf GTI – thanks to one woman’s pioneering choices that over the past four decades have become a symbol of driving enthusiasts worldwide.

2020 BMW 3 Series



MIAMI — BMW’s 3-Series has been around for over four decades, and now the German automaker has taken its so-called “entry” level luxury sedan to a new level. The 2020 M340i and M340i xDrive now in showrooms are the most powerful non-M 3 Series yet. With a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine (382 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque), the M340i xDrive moves from zero-to-60 in 4.2 seconds.

2020 Range Rover Evoque



INDIANAPOLIS — You have to give Range Rover credit for consistency. Whether it is the large flagship that easily crosses into six figures, the smaller Range Rover Sport, Velar, or smallest Evoque, all look part of a family that dates to the original country estate wagon from the 1970s.  While the first generation Evoque may have been a little small and light on capability, this second generation represents a stronger embrace of its famous family.

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.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Maserati Quattroporte — Unique Italian style



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Maserati Quattroporte gives buyers of big luxury sedans a clear option. Instead of conservative Germanic luxury or Japanese-style craftsmanship, one can opt for dramatic Italian flair, a sumptuous cabin, agile handling, and blinding performance.

Here's the Thing

More states approve new protections for purchasers of service contracts

(October 17, 2019) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A trio of industry groups hailed state legislatures across the nation for continued progress in passing new protections for consumers who purchase service contracts or GAP waivers for their vehicles. The Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC), Motor Vehicle Protection Products Association (MVPPA), and Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance (GAPA) successfully promoted new regulations and guidelines to help owners protect their vehicles.

Buc-ee's gets highest rating in GasBuddy's third-quarter report card

(October 16, 2019) BOSTON – GasBuddy has revealed consumer rankings for the fuel retailing and convenience industry in the third quarter report card based on nearly 2 million ratings submitted by GasBuddy users between July 1 -  Sept. 30. The rankings examine fuel and c-store retailers across five different number-of-location segments in the six categories including cleanliness, coffee, customer service, outdoor lighting, restrooms, and overall experience.

National gas price average slowly declines

(October 15, 2019) Despite an unseasonal spike in demand, according to the Energy Information Admiration’s (EIA) latest data sets, gas prices are decreasing for the majority of motorists across the country as crude oil prices remain under $54 a barrel. Today, the national average gas price is $2.63, which is two cents less than last week and 26 cents cheaper than last year, but six-cents more expensive than last month, according to AAA.

Inside the Industry

Hyundi to show Veloster 'Grappler' concept at SEMA

(October 17, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Hyundai will unveil the Veloster “Grappler” concept at the 2019 SEMA show next month. The Grappler concept boasts increased ground clearance, combining superb approach and departure angles for confident off-roading capability, while custom front and rear brush guards were developed to ensure the Veloster Grappler is protected whenever the terrain turns unpredictable.

Oversized all-terrain tires and rally-themed Method Racing wheels yield a menacing demeanor and functional capability, while Borla cat-back exhaust components add a visceral audible resonance.

Volvo launches fully electric XC40 Recharge; company's first EV

(October 17, 2019) Future Volvo customers will need to answer one fundamental question: do you want a new Volvo with a cord or without one? Today Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.

Production of all-new Bentley Flying Spur now underway

(October 16, 2019) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has confirmed that production of the all-new Flying Spur is now underway, with the commencement of deliveries set for early 2020. Handcrafting of the first customer orders is taking place at Bentley’s factory headquarters in Crewe, England, following completion of over one million miles of development testing.

The third generation of the marque’s Grand Tourer offers the perfect fusion of performance-orientated agility and exclusive four-door, limousine-style comfort.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Depression-era Chevrolet



This 1935 Chevrolet work truck was discovered in Nevada. At the heart of 1930s era trucks was a Chevy inline-six-cylinder engine, which earned names like “Cast Iron Wonder” and “Stovebolt” for its rugged design. First produced in late 1928, the new engine had a modern overhead-valve design.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)