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Volvo smartphone app has new hybrid charging information

(July 10, 2020) Call it a step counter for electrified cars— drivers of Volvo plug-in-hybrid cars can now gain new insights into their electric driving patterns, as Volvo Cars introduces a range of new features on its Volvo on Call smartphone app in all Volvo on Call markets. With the additional functionalities, Volvo Cars aims to further encourage drivers of Volvo plug-in-hybrids to charge and drive fully electric as much as possible, and more generally boost interest in the benefits of electric cars and sustainable mobility.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek to start at $23,295; new Sport trim with 182 hp debuts

(July 10, 2020) Subaru of America has announced pricing on the 2021 Crosstrek compact SUV starting at $23,295 including destination charge. Subaru says that is just $100 more than the 2020 model.  An all-new Sport trim and available 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine will start at $27,545. 

New for all Crosstreks this year are redesigned wheels and a redesigned front fascia that includes a new bumper and grille. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on trims with EyeSight/CVT and the 2.5-liter engine is now available on Sport and Limited models.

Honda Civic Type R Limited storms to new record at Formula 1 track

(July 10, 2020) TORRANCE, Calif. — The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition stormed to a new front-wheel drive track record at Suzuka Circuit, Honda's Formula 1 racetrack in Japan, with a time of 2 minutes 23.993 seconds. Originally built as a test facility for Honda, the 3.6-mile Suzuka track's figure-8 configuration today is known worldwide as a highlight of the Formula 1 season as a driver and fan favorite.

Mazda3 to get new turbocharged 4-cylinder for 2021 model year

(July 9, 2020) Mazda said Wednesday its 2021 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback that begin arriving in showrooms next month will sport two new engine options. A naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 hp will be the car's new base engine. The current 2.5-liter four cylinder carries over unchanged. The third engine is a new turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter four that can deliver as much as 250 hp — 64 more than the current 2.5-liter installed in 2020 models.

Toyota Alabama to start production of all-new 4-cylinder engine

(July 9, 2020) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Toyota Alabama achieved two significant milestones this month as part of its $288 million expansion, originally announced in March 2019.  Upon completion in 2021, the plant will add 450 new jobs and represent a $1.2 billion investment that solidifies the Huntsville facility as the automaker’s largest engine producer in North America.

Milestones include the start of production for the all-new, redesigned 4-cylinder engine, and the closing in of the plant’s new 150,000 square foot V6 engine assembly line.

Eddie Vannoy collection reaches $15 million in sales by Mecum

(July 9, 2020) JEFFERSON, N.C. — Mecum Auctions in June offered the private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy at an on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., resulting in a strong overall sales total of $15 million, a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations. Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event, which was held June 26-30.

2021 Chevy Corvette will retain same price as 2020 model

(July 9, 2020) DETROIT — Corvette has always represented iconic American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability. That was vividly displayed with the all-new 2020 Corvette. And Chevrolet says the 2021 Corvette Stingray will retain carryover pricing — the same as the introductory model starting at $59,995 for the coupe and $67,495 for the convertible. Both models include destination freight charges.

LEVC announces details of its new hybrid electric VN5 van in the UK

(July 8, 2020) ANSTY, UK — LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) is set to revolutionize the commercial vehicle segment with the launch of VN5, its new electric light commercial van. Available to order now, first VN5 deliveries will commence in RHD form in Q4, with LHD models available from March 2021. VN5 has a flexible zero emissions capable range of over 300 miles delivered by LEVC’s innovative eCity electric technology.

Hyundai unveils rendering of new Elantra N Line

(July 8, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai has released a design rendering of the new Elantra N Line sport sedan and revealed other details about the new performance-inspired offering that will hit showrooms. Hyundai’s all-new Elantra N Line is distinguished by low and wide styling, expressed on the fascia by an edgy N Line version of Hyundai’s signature cascading grill, N Line badging and motorsport-inspired air intake.

Morgan bids farewell to its steel chassis after 84 years

(July 8, 2020) MALVERN, England — The Morgan Motor Company has this week finished production of its last-ever steel chassis car to be built. The momentous occasion marks 84 years of continuous production for the underpinning — barring factory closures during World War II and the coronavirus pandemic — making it the longest-ever running production car architecture of all time, anywhere in the world.