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Infiniti QX60 Monograph sets tone for upcoming luxury SUV


(September 28, 2020) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Previewing the next generation of Infiniti's luxury, family-focused three-row SUV, the QX60 Monograph that was revealed in Yokohama, Japan, marries sophisticated design with athletic proportions. It's the first look at the design direction for Infiniti's next-generation production model and the first look at the global automaker's new headquarters.

2021 Volvo XC90 T8-E

PHOENIX — For years, I’ve made long weekend pilgrimages to visit family, explore National Parks, and go on golf junkets, mostly because I love to drive and partly because it’s cheap. Recently, it seemed a certain virus might annul my trip to southern Utah, but restrictions eased just in time for our Bryce Canyon-Zion hiking excursion. We were in luck.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer

PHOENIX — For the 2021 model year, Chevrolet has resurrected yet another name from the past, this time the Trailblazer. But rather than the truck-based utility vehicle that was available from 2001 through 2009, the new Trailblazer is a very different vehicle that’s much smaller and slots between the larger Chevy Equinox and smaller Trax. The only thing it shares with the old Trailblazer is the name. Also know, this is not a derivative model of the mid-sized Chevrolet Blazer that’s larger and was an all-new model for 2019.

2020 Cadillac CT4

INDIANAPOLIS — I once had a rousing debate with a respected General Motors PR rep about why Cadillac could never seem to compete with the Germans.  There have been exceptions:  The original ’76 Seville, ’92 STS, and any number of V-Series among them, but as a whole, Cadillac never quite got there.  And worse, it seemed Cadillac was ashamed of its heritage as it tried to become an American BMW.  Well, there are no more excuses.  The CT4 has finally beat the Germans without selling its soul.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Genesis G90 — A luxury bargain

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 27, 2020) Genesis has earned a trophy case full of accolades since Hyundai spun off its luxury nameplate as a separate division in 2015 to do battle with the likes of Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac. Its luxury cars — there are now three, namely the G90, G80 and G70 — have already earned their stripes with the G70 winning North American Car of the year in 2019 and the Genesis brand ranking first in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study in 2018 and first in the 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study.

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2020 Encore GX a larger version of Buick's Encore

By Paul Borden

(September 27, 2020) “Trickle down” is not just an economic theory that either works or doesn’t work mostly depending on your political views, but there is no doubt that “trickle down” when referred to in the automotive world works. Today safety and driver assistant features that once were exclusive to high-end luxury cars often are showing up on much less expensive vehicles, and not just as options.

Hyundai design center head talks about the all-new 2021 Tucson

(September 25, 2020) — Following the recent world premiere of the all-new Tucson, SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai Global Design Centre and senior vice president at Hyundai Motor Company, has given an interview about its revolutionary design. The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s successful best-selling model.

Since it launched in 2004, more than 7 million units have been sold worldwide. Hyundai’s new compact SUV arrives on the market with a progressive and ambitious new look that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design identity.

Edmunds: New vehicle retail sales make a big comeback in third quarter

(September 25, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the third quarter represents a positive turning point for the automotive industry despite challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Edmunds analysts forecast that 3,850,707 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S., which reflects an 11% decrease from the third quarter of 2019, but a 30.6% increase compared to the second quarter of the year.

Inside the Industry

2021 Acura TLX makes television debut in new campaign

(September 28, 2020) — TORRANCE, Calif. — The new marketing campaign for the all-new 2021 Acura TLX sport sedan lets the car do the talking. Led by “Break the Silence,"  a 60-second short film cinematic-style television spot, Acura is building on its Less Talk. More Drive brand creative for the television debut of the 2021 TLX – the first Acura sedan fully designed around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA. The all-new TLX is the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sedan in Acura’s 35-year history, and goes on sale at dealerships across the U.S. today, Sept. 28.

Ringbothers completes and delivers 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer

(September 28, 2020) SPRING GREEN, Wis. — Custom car builder and parts manufacturer Ringbrothers recently completed and delivered a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer commissioned by hip-hop superstar Future. The Blazer features a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that produces 430 horsepower and is mated to a 4L80-E transmission. A custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme is atop a body refinished with 3M products, while gold 18-inch HRE wheels complete the look.

Audi's 2021 Q5 Sportback will be available first half of 2021

(September 27, 2020) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Elegant and practical, progressive and sporty — Audi says the Q5 Sportback is a coupe with dynamic lines that addresses customers who appreciate not just expressive design and technical innovation, but also sporty character and high everyday utility.

The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is a real eye-catcher and exudes a powerful presence. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with a distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional matrix-design LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbue the CUV with stability and robustness.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A GMC hauler

This rather unusual-looking 1960 GMC 5500 truck was found in a Texas salvage yard. It looks as if it could be restored if anyone was interested in restoring such a vehicle.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)