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2021 Mercedes CLS goes on sale today

(June 3, 2020) The Mercedes-Benz CLS is about to enter the new model year with new paintwork shades (Mojave silver and high-tech silver) and an extensive technical update. The CLS  and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+  are characterized by a significantly upgraded MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) and an extended range of programs for the ENERGIZING comfort control system.

Red is the color of 2021 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

(June 3, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Toyota has something special in store for sport hatchback fans who like their cars with expressive styling and bold colors. Dressed out with an exclusive body kit and striking Supersonic Red paint, the 2021 Corolla Hatchback Special Edition looks like it just rolled out of a Southern California custom shop. And, because enthusiasts who buy factory customs don’t like to see themselves coming and going on the road, Toyota will offer just 1,500 of these red-hot hatches for the 2021 model year.

New 2021 Lexus IS to debut on June 9

(June 2, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Bringing the thrill of driving to the compact luxury sports car segment, Lexus will pull the cover off the new 2021 IS sports sedan next week. "Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests," Lexus said in a release.

Land Rover begins first U.S. deliveries of new 2020 Defender

(June 2, 2020)  MAHWAH, N.J. — Land Rover has announced initial deliveries of the all-new 2020 Defender 110 has begun to retailers across the U.S., with first customer deliveries beginning on a limited basis. Every U.S. retailer will receive an initial supply of vehicles ensuring where feasible people can come and see the vehicle and customer deliveries can begin.

Reimagined for the 21st century, the highly anticipated New Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever, while staying true to the brand’s iconic design and reputation for rugged go-anywhere utility.

Chevrolet launches Bolt EV Academy video series

(June 1, 2020) DETROIT —— Chevrolet has launched Bolt EV Academy, a series of 15 videos to help educate current and future Bolt EV owners on the advantages of living electric and how to get the most out of their electric vehicle. The online series explains several of the Bolt EV’s unique features, driving tips and how-tos. For future Bolt EV drivers, the series will illustrate just how fun, easy and convenient it is to live with an electric vehicle – all explained by the engineers and experts who brought the Bolt EV to life.

Honda engineers use manufacturing know-how to produce 130,000 face shields

(June 1, 2020) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — As part of its broad-ranging response to help protect frontline healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda engineers have developed new methods to use manufacturing equipment to produce critically needed face shields and have donated 70,000 face shields to healthcare workers at 305 medical facilities in 45 states to date with plans to donate another 60,000 in the coming days.

Mustang Mach 1 returning for 2021 model year as limited edition

(June 1, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — With speed, style and a name that embodies both, Ford has announced the Mustang Mach 1 is roaring back to life this year, with its debut coming this spring. The iconic fastback coupe that debuted during the first golden era of muscle cars in the late-1960s now returns for global Mustang enthusiasts looking for the epitome of naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 performance in a new golden age of power as a new choice in the lineup of the world’s best-selling sports car.

Toyota RAV4 Prime with 302 horsepower to start at $39,220

(May 31, 2020) PLANO, Texas — The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will break ground as the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever, hitting dealerships this summer with a starting price of $39,220 including a 1,120 destination charge in the SE turn. The up level XSE trim will start at $42,545. The RAV4’s first-ever plug-in model has up to 302 horsepower with an ability to do 0-60 mph in a projected 5.7 seconds, which makes it the quickest four-door model in the Toyota lineup.

Redesigned 2021 Buick Envision compact crossover unveiled

(May 30, 2020) DETROIT — Customers seeking Buick’s styling and refinement within the industry’s most popular segments will have another fresh choice when the refreshed 2021 Envision arrives early next year, “The all-new 2021 Envision is part of Buick’s strategy to grow its family of premium SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC.

“It joins the new 2020 Encore GX, which offers safety, functionality and styling tailored around the size and space preferences of today’s small and compact SUV buyers.”

Lamborghini and LEGO recreate super sports car Sián FKP 37

(May 29, 2020) Automobili Lamborghini and the LEGO Group have partnered to produce the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 — a 3,696 piece, 1:8 scale model that embodies the unmistakable power and stunning looks of the hybrid Lamborghini super sports car.

Originally revealed at Frankfurt Auto Show 2019, the Lamborghini Sián’s futuristic features are authentically recreated in the LEGO Technic model, including a replica of the V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge.