February 2019

New Volkswagen Jetta GLI with 228 hp will start at $26,890

(February 28, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced full pricing information for the new 2019 Jetta GLI. Celebrating 35 years since the first model was introduced in 1984, today’s GLI ups the performance ante with unique styling, sharper handling, more power than ever before, and more standard features. The new model will start at $26,890 including destination charge.

Toyota Corolla gets a complete makeover; optional engine has 169 hp

(February 28, 2019) SAVANNAH, Ga. — With more than 46 million Toyota Corollas sold globally since its introduction in 1966, it would be difficult to find a driver who did not recognize the name. Everyone, it seems, has a Corolla story. Many, though, are going to be doing double takes when they see the re-imagined and reconfigured 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan. And that’s exactly the point.

Polestar reveals its sedan; designed to take on the Tesla Model 3

(February 28, 2019) Polestar has taken the next step in its development as the electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the new all-electric fastback that brings electric performance cars to a broader and increasingly progressive audience. It offers avant-garde design and a unique customer experience in the premium compact electric segment.

FCA to expand production capacity in Michigan to grow core brands

(February 27, 2019) LONDON — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed plans to invest $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants, and to work with Detroit and Michigan on building a new assembly plant within city limits. The move would increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white space products, as well as electrified models. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs.

All-new electric Kia Soul to make European debut with 280-mile range

(February 27, 2019) GENEVA — The all-new Kia Soul EV brings long-range, zero-tailpipe emissions power to the urban crossover class. The third globally sold electric vehicle from Kia Motors will make its European debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show next week. In its third generation, Kia’s pioneering urban crossover "has become more distinctive, dynamic and innovative than ever."

First Kia Telluride crosses Brunswick docks for Arabian Peninsula

(February 27, 2019) BRUNSWICK, Ga. —The first of Kia's new Telluride vehicles was loaded for export onto the Roll-on/Roll-off vessel Sirius on Tuesday at the Port of Brunswick. The eight-person SUVs are destined for ports around the Arabian Peninsula.

"The Telluride is a bold, capable new offering, and the largest Kia ever," said Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).

Lexus sells its 10 millionth vehicle worldwide since 1989

(February 27, 2019) TOKYO, Japan — Lexus has announced its 10 millionth vehicle sold, a landmark achievement that came shortly after a strong 2018 year-end sales performance with Lexus achieving multiple best-ever sales goals around the globe. In addition, the brand that pioneered the world’s first luxury hybrid-electric vehicle in 2005, and offers 11 electrified models globally, surpassed the 1.45 million unit mark in self-charging hybrid vehicles sold worldwide.

Lexus IS 300 F Sport gets limited Black Line Special Edition

(February 26, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Lexus is giving buyers of the 2019 IS 300 F Sport a new way to express their style with the introduction of the Black Line Special Edition. Limited to 900 units for 2019, the new IS 300 Black Line brings together unique features and subtle styling changes that add a custom touch to this dynamic sport sedan.
Available on both the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive IS 300 F Sport models, the Black Line Special Edition has several exterior features that set it apart from the standard IS 300.

New Chevy design for 1953

Chevrolet was completely redesigned for 1953 coming in three trim levels — base One-Fifty, mid-level Ten-Ten and top Bel Air. The standard engine was a 216 cubic-inch, 3.5-liter inline six cylinder  making 92 horsepower. The redesigned Chevy was a big hit based on its annual sales of 1.34 million. This well preserved copy was found in Nevada. (Photo byJim Prueter)

Striking on or off the track — The McLaren 600LT Spider MSO

(February 25, 2019) GENEVA — As the new McLaren 600LT Spider enters production, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is aiming to inspire prospective owners at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show with a specially curated design, adding visual excitement in the form of an accented bespoke treatment in a tribute to the car’s 675LT predecessor.