February 2020

GM's goal to make EV charging on the go easier than ever

(February 24, 2020) DETROIT — Finding an available public charging station and initiating a charging session has never been easier for Chevrolet Bolt EV owners. As General Motors moves toward its vision of a world with zero emissions, the company is making enhancements to Energy Assist, a standard feature available in the myChevrolet mobile app for Bolt EV owners.

Maserati's new super sports car to be named MC20

(February 24, 2020) MODENA, Italy — The eagerly-anticipated Maserati super sports car will be named MC20. The car was developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the historical plant in Viale Ciro Menotti and will have its worldwide debut at the end of May in Modena.

MC20 underlines the sporting credentials of the new model: MC is the acronym of Maserati Corse and 20 refers to 2020, the year which marks the start of a new phase in Maserati’s history.

Toyota RAV4 adds TRD off-road version for 2020

By Jim Prueter

(February 24, 2020) For years, Toyota products were commonly referred to as “appliances.” Vehicles that — while boring in appearance and not particularly exciting — were extremely reliable and not prone to breaking down or needing repairs. And, as with a refrigerator or kitchen range, owners could easily get 15 years or more service out of them before needing or wanting to buy a replacement.

Volvo introduces refreshed S90 and V90 models for 2020

(February 22, 2020) Volvo has revealed refreshed versions of the S90 sedan and the V90/V90 Cross Country estate models, including a refined exterior design and a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system by Bowers and Wilkins. In a broader portfolio upgrade, the company’s 48 volt mild hybrid powertrain options are now available on every Volvo model, further boosting the company’s electrified offer.

Czinger reveals specifications of 21C hypercar — 0-to-62: 1.9 seconds

(February 21, 2020) Czinger Vehicles has revealed the full specifications of its groundbreaking 21C hypercar, of which just 80 will be built. The reveal includes an in-depth look and explanation of Czinger’s in-house developed drivetrain and proprietary production and manufacturing technologies. The Czinger 21C is designed, built and manufactured in Los Angeles for the 21st century.

The Czinger 21C will debut next month at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020. Both a road and a track-orientated variant will be displayed.

Production of Bentley Continental GT Mulliner convertible announced

(February 21, 2020) CREWE, England — Bentley Mulliner — Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division — is today announcing the introduction of the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible: the luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family.

Mulliner has gone above and beyond the industry-leading craftsmanship so synonymous with Bentley and the world’s definitive Grand Tourer to create the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible and redefine the pinnacle of roof-down automotive luxury.

Family transportation in 1963

The 1963 Chrysler station wagon is a huge vehicle stretching out nearly 220 inches, only four inches shorter than the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. It was propelled by a 340-horsepower V8 mated to a three-speed automatic and could break 8 seconds from 0-to-60.  This used up example was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Hyundai, Kia develop world's first predictive transmission shift system

(February 20, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation announced today that they have developed the world’s first predictive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System, enabling the vehicle to automatically shift to the optimal gear after identifying the road and traffic conditions ahead. Hyundai and Kia plan to apply the technology on future vehicles. During system development, the companies filed about 40 major patents in South Korea and abroad.

2020 Hyundai Sonata — Way more than stunning good looks

By Jim Prueter

(February 20, 2020) It’s a fact that nearly 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in America today are SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks. And while that craze continues, it’s also a fact that people are still buying sedans. The all-new-from-the-ground-up 2020 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that the Korean automaker is committed to serving those buyers.