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2020 Honda Civic arriving with a starting price of $20,780

(October 7, 2019) TORRANCE, Calif. — Thoroughly refreshed last year, the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe begin arriving at dealerships Tuesday with a starting price oft $20,680 including destination charge. The refreshed styling from last year and numerous interior upgrades carry over to the 2020 model as Civic continues its run as the retail best-selling car in America three years running.

Lexus begins new ad campaign — 'Our Greatest Curiosity'

(October 7, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Can you see with your ears? What emotion fits in the palm of your hand? Is it possible to outsmart fate? These are just a few of the questions Lexus poses in its new marketing campaign which launched Oct. 4. The campaign, called “Our Greatest Curiosity,” is a defining celebration of curiosity and the fascinating questions about humans that only Lexus asks, and therefore, only Lexus can answer.

Last Saab to leave the factory will be offered on digital auction

(October 7, 2019) The very last Saab to leave the factory will be offered on Bilweb Auctions’ digital auction platform in October. The proceeds will benefit research within sustainable mobility.

In June, initial news of the auction was released at the Saab Car Museum Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden, which created a major buzz among Saab fans worldwide.

Mazda Motorsports boosts customer racing program with Mazda3 TCR

(October 7, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda Motorsports has announced the newest addition to its motorsports program with the unveiling of the all-new Mazda3 TCR race car. The Mazda3 TCR will hit the racetrack as part of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, beginning with the four-hour Endurance Challenge that is part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend of racing on Jan. 26.

Aston Martin DBS Centenary Collection makes world debut in Rhode Island

(October 6, 2019) Set to become a true modern classic, the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato was unveiled Friday at the newly-formed Audrain’s Newport Concours in Newport, R.I., completing the DBZ Centenary Collection.The modern twin to the previously unveiled DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, DBS GT Zagato forms the contemporary half of this unique pairing and will pack 760 bhp through its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 power unit.

Volkswagen and Nike bring Blue Ribbon Sports coast to coast

(October 5, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Draped in a subtly refreshed livery with retro roots, Volkswagen’s ID. BUZZ CARGO concept vehicle is going coast to coast with Nike to serve runners across the country. Making its first public appearance at Nike’s original storefront in Santa Monica, Calif., the new-age delivery vehicle will make additional stops in Chicago and New York City, giving running communities and onlookers a glimpse at the electrified future of Volkswagen commercial vehicles, and a chance to learn about the history of Blue Ribbon Sports and Nike’s beginnings.

Corvette C8.R makes surprise debut at Corvette convertible reveal

(October 5, 2019) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — More than 60 years of racing heritage helped set the stage for the most important debut in Corvette’s racing history, as Chevy’s first mid-engine GTLM race car — the Corvette C8.R — made its surprise debut this week alongside the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible at the Kennedy Space Center.

The C8.R and Corvette Stingray represent a true technology transfer, taking lessons from the street straight to the track and vice versa.

Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition expands for 2020

(October 4, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Providing IS F SPORT customers with a stylish new package that stands out from the crowd, Lexus is taking the Blackline Special Edition and expanding upon it for 2020. Limited to 900 total units, the 2020 IS F SPORT Blackline Special Edition will now be available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive IS 350 F SPORT models, in addition to the IS 300 F SPORT RWD and AWD models.

The Blackline Special Edition turns down the lights on key exterior and interior parts to create a special edition IS package that stands out from the standard F SPORT models.

Chevrolet introduces first hardtop Corvette convertible

(October 4, 2019) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Open-air driving has always been a part of the Chevrolet Corvette’s heritage. In fact, when the Corvette debuted in 1953, it was available only as a convertible. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible builds off that heritage as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette history.

Bentley begins deliveries of Bentayga Hybrid SUV

(October 3, 2019) CREWE, England — Bentley has confirmed that first deliveries of the Bentayga Hybrid SUV have now taken place, marking a significant milestone for the company as it leads the push towards the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility.

As Bentley celebrates its centenary year, the pioneering Bentayga Hybrid is blazing the trail for the British brand’s journey into the next 100 years. The Bentayga Hybrid is not only the world’s first true luxury plug-in hybrid, but also the company’s most efficient model ever.