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EDITOR’S LETTER ....................................................... 4

TRUCK REVIEWS......................................................... 8

NEW PRODUCTS........................................................ 14

SUV REVIEWS ............................................................ 18

CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 24

INDUSTRY NEWS ....................................................... 38


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Greetings all! We are smack dab in the middle of a rainy and cold-one-day-hot-
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the-next season here in Alabama. Wherever you call home, we are sending you
warm wishes for the best of 2020!
This issue comes at you with lots of fun, new vehicles like the 2019 Ford
Mustang Bullitt. Cool and powerful, this car is a masterpiece with reminders of
the iconic movie Bullitt. The 2020 Palisade is the new SUV flagship for Hyundai
and it is already winning awards as an eight-passenger SUV with cutting-edge
technology and premium exterior good looks.
You want trucks? We have three stunners from Ford and Chevrolet with
different trim lines, appeal and accessories. From hauling to commuting and even
taking the family out to the ballpark, today’s trucks are built with more in mind
than carrying a tool box, but of course, they certainly do that as well.
The season to travel is soon upon us and we have a great recommendation in
Duplin County, North Carolina. Located between Raleigh and Wilmington in the
eastern part of the state, Duplin County is known for its muscadine vineyards
and award-winning wines. But this is an eclectic county and, sprawling out from
Interstate 40, it offers visitors much more to see and do. Whether as the inland
highlight of a trip to the nearby Atlantic beaches or as part of a southeastern wine
tour, a visit to Duplin is an introduction to real North Carolina culture.
Don’t miss the opportunity to check out some new products like the latest
kayak from Hobie, some Goodyear Tires coming out this fall and other things
(tents and fishing lures). Also, find out the skinny on the fishing industry, sponsors
and tournament winners. There’s really something for everyone in this issue!
Please let us know if there’s something you’d like to see in an upcoming issue.
Drop us a note at amom4u@aol.com.

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An available FordPass™ Connect embedded standard on XLT and Lariat. Adaptive Cruise
4G LTE modem is added for greater Control is standard on Lariat.
connectivity, while an available 1,000-watt, Ranger’s muscular body features a high
10-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio beltline, while a raked grille and windshield
system treats customers to top-shelf sound. lend an athletic appearance and aid in
In keeping with consumer trends, CD players aerodynamics and reduced wind noise.
are no longer available. Short overhangs mean better approach and
departure angles off-road. Available FX4
Off-Road Package features off-road-tuned
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat suspension, all-terrain tires, framemounted
Ford Ranger makes a triumphant return heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and skid
for 2019 – a midsize pickup engineered plates, rear locking differential, innovative
Built Ford Tough, ready for adventure and Terrain Management System™ with four
packed with driver-assist technologies to distinct drive modes and Trail Control™.
enable easier driving both onand off-road. Ranger makes for a great piece of off-road
Anchored by a high-strength steel frame and gear, but it also gets work done on the
powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® paired to pavement. Its rugged steel bumper with
an efficient 10-speed automatic, the all-new available integrated trailer hitch receiver
Ranger is available in either SuperCab or means towing campers, ATVs or watercraft
SuperCrew configuration. It can be optioned is a breeze. For more information on this and
with 4x2 or 4x4, and comes in three trim other Ford products, please visit www.ford.
2019 Ford Super Duty F250 levels – XL, XLT and Lariat. Chrome and com.
productivity through purposeful innovations trailering features and Adaptive Cruise
When a job has to be done right, Sport Appearance Packages are available.
and new technology. Control – Camera1. New 6.2L V-8 availability for Trail Boss,
professionals turn to Ford, and Ford is once Technology comes built-in, starting with “In today’s truck market, customers
America’s truck leader again brings RST models
again delivering more of what professionals an 8-inch touch screen for available SYNC® 2020 Chevrolet Silverado continually demand more features, more
heavy-duty truck customers the most capable For 2020, more than half of Silverado trim
demand – next-level capability, power 3, while a single or dual LCD productivity For 2020, Chevrolet makes the strongest, technology and more capability,” said Tim
heavy-duty pickup – the 2019 Ford F-Series levels will be available with the 6.2L V-8
and technology. The new F-Series Super screen is available for real-time vehicle, most advanced Silverado even more so with Herrick, executive chief engineer of Full-
Super Duty. Its high-strength steel frame, with an SAE-certified 420 hp and 460 lb-ft
Duty is everything Ford trucks represent navigation and audio information. Ranger several new features that include the new Size Trucks. “For 2020, we are delivering
high-strength, military-grade, aluminum- of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic
– a dedication to durability, reliability and has standard Pre-Collision Assist with 10-speed automatic transmission paired more in each of these areas. As a result, the
alloy body, powerful 6.2-liter gas or 6.7- transmission.
precision, and the promise to perform day- Automatic Emergency Braking. A Lane- with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Silverado now offers customers the most
liter Power Stroke® diesel, plus TorqShift® For the Custom Trail Boss and the LT
in and day-out in the harshest of conditions. Keeping System that includes lane-keeping Boss and available on the High Country; towing capability of any light-duty pickup
6-speed transmission all carry over. Lariat Trail Boss, that power is paired with a 2-inch
Ford continuously takes its heavy-duty assist, lane-departure warning, reverse the legendary 6.2L V-8 offered on Custom and the most affordable light-duty truck with
Sport gets a new Appearance Package with factory suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road
trucks to the next level, enhancing owner sensing and class-exclusive Blind Spot Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims; more than 400 horsepower.”
premium painted 20-inch aluminum wheels. Package with a locking rear differential,
Information System with trailer coverage is and available technologies including new
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and 460 lb-ft, with 95% torque arriving at


just 1,250 rpm and peak torque arriving at
only 1,500 rpm and sustained to 3,000 rpm.
Chevrolet engineers started with a clean-
sheet design and developed an all-new
engine that leverages the efficiency and
refinement advantages of the inline-six-
cylinder architecture and builds in advanced
combustion and emissions technologies to
optimize performance and efficiency.
Chevy’s proven 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic
Fuel Management is now available with
the 10-speed automatic transmission on
certain Silverado trims. This new engine-
transmission combination comes standard
on the LT Trail Boss and is available on the
High Country trim. Pairing the 5.3L V-8 with
the 10-speed automatic offers a satisfying
driving experience. Closer gear ratios and
an overall larger ratio spread enable peak
skid plates, Rancho® mono-tube off-road with four-wheel drive. As a result, the efficiency and a smarter, smoother shift
shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear maximum towing capacity of the Silverado pattern.
Duratrac off-road tires. The Custom Trail is increased to a class-leading 13,400 pounds The 2020 Silverado Custom will now
Boss with the 6.2L V-8 starts at $43,865 when properly equipped. be available with Chevy’s advanced 2.7L
including destination fee, making it the most For those wanting even more Turbo, paired with an eight-speed automatic
affordable light-duty truck with more than performance, the Silverado 6.2L is available transmission. More information on Chevrolet
400 horsepower on the market. with a Performance Upgrade Package that models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
“The Trail Boss models are already adds a performance air intake and cat-back
some of the most popular in the Silverado performance exhaust system, raising output 1
Safety or driver assistance features are
franchise,” said Sandor Piszar, director to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque. no substitute for the driver’s responsibility
of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Adding to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The
the available 6.2L V-8 will ratchet that More propulsion changes driver should remain attentive to traffic,
excitement up even further. Starting For 2020, Silverado will be available with surroundings and road conditions at all
under $44,000 for the Custom Trail Boss, an all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions
Chevrolet offers enthusiasts an affordable dedicated to efficiency and refinement. may affect feature performance. Read the
truck with serious performance on and off Available on LT, RST, LTZ and High vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important
road.” Country models, the 3.0L Duramax diesel is feature limitations and information. SG
Also new for 2020, the 6.2L V-8 is best in its diesel segment for horsepower and
available on Silverado RST models equipped torque with an SAE-certified 277 horsepower
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larger staff tent contain six, so Scouts and of pedal kayaks, powered by the brand’s
Technology, combined with soybean oil
staffers alike can keep the breeze and the signature MirageDrive – the original pedal
compound, which help maintain traction
adventure flowing. propulsion system for kayaking.
while providing lasting control and
Letting some air in doesn’t mean letting Maintaining Hobie’s acclaimed quality
responsiveness;
weather and wildlife in too. All doors feature and durability, the Passport was built with
• Sustainable compounds; in addition
AquaGuard™ Water Repellent Zippers with simplicity in mind, delivering efficiency,
to soybean oil, some Assurance
velcro loops, while all windows feature ease of use, versatility, and comfort in a
ComfortDrive tires also feature rice husk
heavy duty zippers with two snap closures— highly accessible package.
ash silica. This environmentally friendly
all in the name of extra protection from the With its excellent value, transportability,
material helps to reduce waste going
elements. The tent will be available in three simple and sleek design and durable
to landfills and is an integral part of a
fabrics: a 13 ounce Polaris Canvas in Suntan Thermoform construction, the Passport is a
specialized tread compound that delivers
or Pearl Grey or a lighter 600D polyester, a well-rounded boat that truly offers something
confidence in wet and cold conditions
new option for the brand. All fabrics come for everyone, from novice to experienced
without compromising fuel economy or
waterproofed and ready-to-use with no kayakers alike. It is the ideal kayak for casual
tread life; and
seasoning needed. recreation and family outings but is ready
• Built-in wear gauges allowing consumers
Since 1881, Diamond Brand Gear for all kinds of adventures on the water.
to conveniently and easily check their
has manufactured outdoor and mountain Designed to accept most of Hobie’s vast
tread depth.
lifestyle gear in the USA with the ultimate array of accessories, the Passport is also a
Beginning September 2020, drivers can
craftsmanship and care. Based in the heart of great, low-impact cross-training and fitness
experience the smooth, peaceful ride for
the Carolina Mountains in Asheville, North tool for fitness enthusiasts, and can be easily
themselves. The Assurance ComfortDrive
Carolina, Diamond Brand Gear explores the outfitted with additional angling equipment
will be available in 44 sizes, ranging from
limits of fabric to craft durable mountain for recreational kayak fishing.
16- to 20-inch rim diameters and is an ideal
gear with passion, creativity and pride. Powered by Hobie’s first-of-its-kind
fit for passenger cars, minivans, CUVs and
With a history of reliability and innovation, Classic MirageDrive pedal system, the
Premium Commuter Touring Tire Offers SUVs. Popular vehicles the tire will fit
Diamond Brand Gear produces tents for the Passport makes kayaking smooth and
a Smooth, Quiet Ride with Superior Wet include Audi Q5, Buick Encore, Chevrolet
U.S. Military and Boy Scouts of America, efficient, cruising seamlessly through the
Performance Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia,
makes daypacks and bags to make everyday water. The shorter hull length and wider body
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Honda Accord, CR-V and Pilot, Kia Sorento,
life simpler, and crafts high quality bags provide superior stability, while the intuitive
introduced the Goodyear Assurance Lexus IS and RX, Nissan Maxima, Subaru
with Biltmore®, America’s largest home. steering system and stowable rudder enable
ComfortDrive. With its unique combination Forester and Toyota Rav4 and Sienna.
From employing new fabrics, sewing and easy maneuvering. Standard equipment on
of innovative tread design and sidewall
LEAN manufacturing technologies, to the Passport includes a suspended mesh-
features, this all-season tire offers
exploring ways to add customization back, aluminum-frame seat, two-piece
Goodyear’s most comfortable ride to date. Northland Fishing Tackle Unveils Faster-
and personalization to their products, aluminum paddle, two rod holders, accessory
Consumers can drive comfortably and Falling Tungsten Jighead Design to the
Diamond Brand Gear is dedicated to their mounting tracks and the accessory mount
confidently with all the benefits that the World with the New Tungsten Punch™ Fly
employees, customers and the community. that accepts the kayak sail and new Bimini.
Assurance ComfortDrive has to offer: Northland Fishing Tackle offers a new
For more information, please visit www. Kayakers will also enjoy ample storage
• ComfortFlex Technology, designed wrinkle to its already expansive array of
are the preferred prey of any panfish species, Diamond Brand Gear Elevates the diamondbrandgear.com space on the Passport, with molded-in, cross-
for smoother transitions and impact tungsten panfish jigs with the Tungsten
and this jig stands out while fitting in. A Camping Experience with the New Atlas bungee cargo areas on the bow and stern, as
absorption, while delivering ultra-refined Punch™ Fly.
lifelike chewy larva hackle impresses caddis Canvas Wall Tent Hobie Opens New Doors to Adventure on well as Hobie’s ‘twist-n-seal’ hatch.
handling; The Tungsten Punch™ Fly is a buggy
and mayfly imposters, while an undulating Diamond Brand Gear, an American the Water with Release of Mirage Passport The new Hobie Mirage Passport will
• Optimized AquaChannel grooves that are version of the Tungsten Punch™Jig, yet
soft hackle at the head of the jig mimics a outdoor gear maker, is excited to debut an Kayak begin arriving at Hobie authorized dealers
symmetrically balanced to help maximize offers many of the same benefits as its
breathing and swimming insect. updated, modern approach to the classic wall Hobie, the leading manufacturer of on Friday, April 26, at an introductory MSRP
water evacuation and reduce hydroplaning brother. With an increased weight-to-size
Faster fall rate means quick-to-the-fish, tent. The newest addition to the brand’s line premium kayaks and watersport products, of $1,299 (excluding taxes and shipping). To
for superior wet road performance; ratio and rapid fall rate that’s 20% faster than
intense action when paired with plastics of legendary Canvas Wall Tents, the Atlas, today introduced the Mirage Passport as learn more, visit hobie.com. SG
• Innovative noise-reducing tread pattern traditional tungsten, this bait fishes fast and
or live bait, and a new way to fish smaller expands upon the best features of previous the newest addition to its renowned lineup
helps eliminate sounds from the road; gets eaten faster.
• Evolving Traction Grooves and TredLock Invertebrates and suspended zooplankton jigs deeper. Once a big bull or massive ‘pie generations to create the ultimate camp tent.
eyes the Tungsten Punch™ Fly, simply kill A giant in the summer camp market for
or quiver it for a life-like breathing hackle over 100 years, Diamond Brand Gear’s
action that seals the deal. Canvas Wall Tents have been a staple at
A premium wide-gap hook ensures you camps across America—including the
don’t just get to the fish fast, but you hook renowned Philmont Scout Ranch—for
them just as quickly. It also provides ample several decades. The brand’s new Atlas
room for rigging large plastics, and keeps Canvas Wall Tent combines the best
bait of any kind away from the business end components of the existing Elementum
of the hook, resulting in improved hooksets. and Warhorse models—from increased
The NEW Tungsten Punch™ Jigs are ventilation to improved security—to create a
available in 3 sizes (1/12 oz., 1/20 oz., superior camp experience.
and 1/32 oz.) and 6 different fish-catching The tent’s two-door entry means easy
colors. Each pack contains one (1) Tungsten access with generous ventilation. Zippered
Punch™ Fly per card. Available in three windows and optional roll up sides allow
sizes. campers plenty of options for maximum
airflow. The Atlas Scout tent features four
zippered windows on the sides, while the

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virtually any adventure. Vehicles equipped takes on Cadillac design and driving
with the 3.0-liter EcoBoost can tow up to dynamics. An emphasis on bright trim and
5,600 pounds, while those outfitted with contemporary décor defines the Premium
the 2.3-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 5,300 Luxury model, while a darker, more
pounds when properly equipped. aggressive appearance underscores the XT5
Other advanced technology offerings Sport. The XT5 features a new, bolder grille
include an available wireless charging pad, design, available in two textures that reflect
FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service for up to the new personas. A Platinum package,
10 devices, and the latest SYNC® 3 system delivering the pinnacle of technology and
with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and most sophisticated interior in the lineup, is
Waze navigation compatibility. offered with each trim level.
Cadillac’s 2.0L Turbo engine joins the
lineup as the new standard engine in the
2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport Luxury and Premium Luxury trims and
Cadillac’s global best-selling XT5 is complementing the existing 3.6L V6, which
2020 Ford Explorer ST EcoBoost® engine is projected to produce revamped for 2020, with a new turbocharged remains standard on Sport and available on and safety features, exceptional comfort and with its premium materials, a pleasant
America’s all-time best-selling SUV is 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, engine, enhanced technologies and revised Premium Luxury. Each engine is now backed conveniences to a midsize SUV, proving driving experience and plenty of room. On
redesigned for the 2020 model year with enabling Explorer ST to reach a targeted top design cues that coalesce in distinctive by a nine-speed automatic transmission ideal for any family,” said Scott Margason, top of all that, it’s an incredible value too.
lighter, leaner, stronger construction and the track speed of 143 mph. trims that offer customers greater choice controlled via the next generation of director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor The Palisade isn’t Hyundai’s first three-row
broadest Ford Explorer lineup ever. Also debuting is an all-new in matching this luxury crossover to their Electronic Precision Shift. America. “The recognition by Cars.com SUV; it replaces the Santa Fe XL, which
The well-appointed Explorer Platinum no-compromise hybrid SUV designed personality. With more than 40 updates the further emphasizes Hyundai’s commitment replaced the earlier Veracruz. But it’s the
tops the lineup, now loaded with even more to offer both performance and capability 2020 Cadillac XT5 raises the bar, delivering towards making Palisade better for our best.”
technology and creature comforts for both in one fuel-efficient package. The 2020 an exhilarating driving experience paired 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited customers.”
driver and passengers, including an available Explorer Hybrid’s 3.3-liter hybrid engine with the sense of solidity and functionality The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has been Any 2020 model vehicle, regardless of Hyundai Motor America
10.1-inch portrait-mounted touch screen produces 318 system horsepower combined. of an SUV. named the winner of the Three-row SUV when it was introduced or last updated, is At Hyundai Motor America, we believe
with full-screen maps, traffic-sensing Ford The hybrid version is projected to return The XT5 joins the all-new XT6 three- Challenge by Cars.com. The Challenge fair game for Cars.com of the year award everyone deserves better. From the way we
Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist innovations, and an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 row crossover and the recently launched, included 7 of the most popular midsize SUVs evaluations. Selection criteria includes: crash design and build our cars to the way we treat
features that can help reduce stress such as miles between fill-ups in rear-wheel-drive segment-topping XT4, along with the in a series of expert testing to determine tests, safety features and accommodation the people who drive them, making things
available Reverse Brake Assist and Active configuration. iconic Escalade, to give Cadillac one of which model was best in class. The all- of family members and their gear, family- better is at the heart of everything we do.
Park Assist 2.0. With its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic the industry’s freshest lineups of luxury new Palisade is Hyundai’s flagship eight- friendly features and overall excellence. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of
The latest SUV from Ford Performance, transmission, available Intelligent Four- crossovers and SUVs. passenger SUV offering an all-new family- Editor-in-Chief at Cars.com, Jenni cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric
the all-new Explorer ST debuts for 2020 Wheel Drive plus a Terrain Management The XT5 range starts with the well- oriented interior, with practical cutting-edge Newman said, “The 2020 Hyundai Palisade and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai
as the most powerful, most fun-to-drive System featuring seven selectable drive equipped Luxury model, with Premium technologies and premium exterior looks. is Cars.com’s Best Three-Row SUV for Assurance—our promise to create a better
Explorer to date. Its specially tuned 3.0-liter modes, the new Explorer is built to tackle Luxury and Sport models offering distinctive “The all-new Palisade brings technology 2020. It’s easy to see why it won the title experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles
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strip on the high beltline, and muscular


shoulders.
The facelifted GLC and GLC Coupe
are powered by a new, more powerful and
efficient four-cylinder engine -- the previous
M 274 engine is replaced by the new four-
cylinder M 264. The new 2.0-liter inline-4
turbo engine in the GLC 300 and GLC 300
are sold and serviced through more than 830 most popular SUV model. The strengths
4MATIC is capable of an output of 255 hp
dealerships nationwide and nearly half of of this mid-size model include outstanding
(+14 hp, vs. 241 hp in previous generation)
those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai driving characteristics both on and off the
and 273 lb-ft of torque. In combination
Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai road, spaciousness, practicality and comfort.
with the 9G- TRONIC 9-speed automatic
Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Features of the new model now include
transmission, the updated GLC SUV and
Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of a more stylish appearance, a new control
Coupe boast an even more dynamic and
Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. concept, the infotainment system MBUX,
smooth driving experience.
innovative driving assistance systems and
a new range of engines. The numerous
2020 Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe upgrades also benefit the GLC Coupe,
2020 Nissan Rogue
Design: New front and rear bumpers and which combines the sportiness of a coupe
The Nissan Rogue Sport receives a
a new radiator grille reinforce the SUV-look. with the practicality of an SUV.
fresh new appearance for 2020, along with
LED High Performance headlamps are now The exterior design is characterized by
the addition of Nissan Safety Shield 360
standard equipment, and flatter than before, sporty features. A distinctive off-road look
as standard equipment on all grade levels.
while redesigned all-LED rear lights are is accentuated by muscular surface contours
Trim level content and option packages
also standard. New interior features include and striking details such as the redesigned
have also been revised. The enhancements
high-quality displays in the MBUX style, headlamps and the heavily contoured
further cement Rogue Sport’s reputation as
among them a 12.3” fully digital instrument radiator grille.
the intelligent crossover that amplifies the
cluster (optional) or the new standard 10.25” The GLC Coupe stands out with its
excitement of city life.
touchscreen display, a new multifunction dynamic appearance and elegant lines.
The “right sized” 5-passenger Rogue
steering wheel and new colors and trim. This model shows how harmoniously the
Sport slots between the popular Rogue,
Driver assistance systems: The GLC and design features of a coupe can be reconciled
Nissan’s #1 selling U.S. model, and the
GLC Coupe can drive in semi- automated with those of an SUV, with a descending
front-wheel drive only Nissan Kicks. Rogue
mode in certain situations. Functions familiar roofline, a greenhouse that blends perfectly
Sport fills a need for singles and couples
from the S-Class are available in the Driver into the silhouette, the character line in
who want more space and versatility than
Assistance package. combination with the distinctive chrome
Infotainment system: As standard, the
GLC and GLC Coupe are equipped with
MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience
including the voice activation keyword “Hey
Mercedes”.
Short version: The Mercedes-Benz GLC:
SUV and Coupe
The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been in the
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the signature Cadillac experience, XT6 will
offer customers a high level of content with
choices for style and driving character.”
Bright Galvano exterior accents
distinguish the Premium Luxury model,
while the XT6 Sport is defined by gloss
black accents and more aggressive,
performance-inspired details. Both models
the average sedan for everyday urban use suspension with stabilizer bar and twin-tube feature advanced lighting technology,
and social activities, plus All-Wheel Drive shock absorbers and multi-link independent including vertically emphasized LED
capability. rear suspension with twin-tube shock signatures.
The 2020 Rogue Sport is available in three absorbers and stabilizer bar. While many The XT6’s rewarding balance of
well-equipped trim levels – S, SV and SL – competitors in the compact SUV segment responsiveness and driving refinement is
each offered in front-wheel and Intelligent choose a rear torsion beam suspension, uniquely reflected in each of the models. A
All-Wheel Drive configurations. Rogue Sport offers an independent rear greater emphasis on road isolation is placed
2.0-liter engine, nimble handling, multi-link design to provide that extra sense on the Premium Luxury, while a greater
available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive of dynamic performance. Nissan believes feeling of agility is dialed into the Sport’s
Rogue Sport, while sharing the Rogue buyers coming into this segment, usually as chassis tuning.
name and CMF (Common Module Family) first time SUV owners, want to enjoy driving All models in North America are powered
platform, stands on its own as a stylish, excitement and feel a connection to the road. by a 3.6L V6 rated at 310 horsepower
nimble, fun-to-drive and affordable compact and featuring direct injection, Active Fuel
SUV. The Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter Management and Stop/Start technologies.
wheelbase and an 11.7-inch shorter overall 2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury It is matched with a nine-speed automatic
length than Rogue, helping make it more Cadillac’s first-ever XT6 will offer one of transmission controlled via Cadillac’s
maneuverable in city traffic and an ideal size the segment’s strongest rosters of standard Electronic Precision Shift, which uses
for tight city parking spaces. features and safety and driver assistance electronic controls in place of a conventional
Every 2020 Rogue Sport comes equipped technologies, with a starting price of $53,690 mechanical linkage.
with a standard 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve (including destination charge)1, for the All-wheel drive is available on Premium
inline 4-cylinder rated at 141 horsepower @ Premium Luxury FWD model. Luxury and a performance-oriented Sport
6,000 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 The lineup also includes the XT6 Sport, Control AWD system is standard on XT6
rpm. The engine features Direct Injection with standard Sport Control AWD, which Sport. The Sport model also features
Gasoline system, Twin CVTC (Continuously starts at $58,090 (including destination standard Continuous Damping Control
Variable Valve Timing Control) on both charge).1 (CDC) Active Sport Chassis suspension to
intake and exhaust, DLC (Diamond Like “The XT6 is designed to make every seat deliver greater control and agility. Customers
Carbon) coated valve lifters, TCV (Tumble the best seat in the house, with every inch can find more information about the XT6 by
Control Valve) and an 11.2:1 compression carefully considered to offer refinement, going to Cadillac.com.SG
ratio. The engine is matched with an Xtronic comfort, connectivity and safety,” said Steve
transmission with standard Eco Mode switch.
Fuel economy6 is rated at 25 mpg city, 32
mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for
front-wheel drive models. Rogue Sport AWD
models are rated at 24 mpg city, 30 mpg
highway and 27 mpg combined6.
Nimble handling is the result of the 104.2-
inch wheelbase and 4-wheel independent
suspension – a front independent-strut

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unique green accent stitching on the V8 Power and performance


dashboard, door panels, center console and The BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé
seats. is powered by the latest generation of the
Aside from the two exterior paint choices, BMW TwinPower 4.4-liter eight-cylinder
Mustang Bullitt buyers are limited to three Turbo engine. Power production is rated at
factory-installed options: 523 hp between 5,500 – 6,000 rpm and 553
• Bullitt Electronics Package includes lb-ft of torque between 1,800 – 4,600 rpm
navigation, driver memory seats and which allow this model to accelerate from
mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. The M850i
Spot Information System with Cross- xDrive Gran Coupé is electronically limited
Traffic Alert that can alert customers of to a top speed of 250 km/h when equipped
vehicles detected in difficult-to-see places with performance tires.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt give the car a signature burble, as well as • MagneRide® semi-active suspension Two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge A new aluminum alloy has been used to Each year, both NEMPA and SAMA
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic new Open Air Induction System and Shelby system optimizes driving performance air cooling, located within the V-shaped increase the strength of the engine block. honor new vehicles that stand out in their
movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle • RECARO® black leather-trimmed seats space between the cylinder banks, High The wire-arc sprayed iron coating for the respective classes at an annual media
Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new bodies and powertrain control module Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully cylinder walls serves to reduce frictional association gathering. As the first Genesis
cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt. calibration for optimal performance. variable valve control and Double-VANOS losses. Reinforced, Grafal-coated pistons and model in the highly competitive entry
Helping it win that particular spot was the Other standard equipment includes a 2020 BMW M850i variable camshaft timing all form part of optimized piston rings are designed to endure luxury segment, G70 outperforms legacy
Bullitt’s upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine that heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch BMW is pleased to introduce the new the M Performance TwinPower Turbo the stress on the crank drive that comes with luxury sport sedans with driver-focused
will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical four-door 2020 8 Series Gran Coupé, which technology, whose extensive overhaul has the extra output and torque. To enhance engine performance. G70, which was named the
lb.-ft. of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a in function to the cluster introduced on 2018 will debut in Canada this fall as an M850i given a substantial boost to maximum power, smoothness, torsional vibration is minimized 2019 North American Car of the Year, as
top speed of 163 mph – an 8 mph increase Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome xDrive Gran Coupé variant. The new M850i torque and efficiency. with the help of a viscous damper on the well as receiving more than a dozen other
versus the latest Mustang GT. screen that starts in green with an image of xDrive Gran Coupé offers the unmatched The new V8 engine serves up an crankshaft. prominent industry awards in recent months,
the car rather than the pony. combination of beautiful design, luxurious enthralling soundtrack, which is enhanced resets benchmarks and expectations among
Special Edition Exterior paint choices are limited to appointments, the latest driver assist systems, by the standard flap-controlled sports luxury sport sedans, with holistic integration
As a special-edition model due out this Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland connectivity and sports car performance exhaust system. It boasts a wonderfully 2019 Genesis G70 Sport of performance, body strength, refined
summer – the all-new Mustang Bullitt is Green – as worn in the movie. Other features expected from the top of the line of BMW versatile character that can also adapt itself The 2019 Genesis G70 received awards luxury and aerodynamic design. Pricing
equipped with a manual transmission, and that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove automobiles. to effortlessly relaxed cruising. The Driving from two leading media associations, starts at $34,900.
the gear shifter features a white cue ball are subtle chrome accents around the grille Featuring a unique design from the Experience Control switch can be used to in recognition of its outstanding overall The Genesis G70 luxury performance
shift knob as a nod to the original. The and front windows, classic 19-inch five windscreen back, the new BMW 8 Series activate both extremely sporty and distinctly performance. The Southern Automotive Media sedan resets benchmarks and expectations
vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium spoke heritage aluminum wheels, red painted Gran Coupé is 230 mm longer, 30.5 mm comfort-oriented powertrain settings. In the Association (SAMA), based in Miami, Fla., among luxury sport sedans with its holistic
and Performance Package content into a Brembo™ brakes, and a unique black front wider, 56 mm taller and with a wheelbase SPORT and SPORT+ modes, accelerator bestowed G70 with its Best Panoramic Sunroof integration of performance, body strength,
vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt’s grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses which is 200 mm longer than the 8 Series response as well as the V8 engine’s power Sedan award at its annual Topless in Miami refined luxury, and aerodynamic design. In
understated persona. minimal badging; only the circular faux gas Coupé. Handcrafted exterior elements delivery and acoustics – which take drive event, while the New England Motor addition, the G70 comes standard with a
An active valve performance exhaust cap Bullitt logo on the rear center is visible confirm the new 8 Series Gran Coupé as on a particularly distinctive note in the Press Association (NEMPA) named G70 comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art
system is standard with new Black on the exterior. the choice for those discriminating drivers SPORT+ setting – are all configured for an its Best Winter Sedan at the NEMPA MIT driver-assistance and safety technologies,
NitroPlate™ exhaust tips, and retuned to The leather-trimmed interior features seeking modern elegance. exhilarating driving experience. Technology Conference held in Boston, Mass. including Forward Collision Avoidance-
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Dark Blue metallic and 18-inch steel discs


at the front (17-inch at the rear) guarantees
consistently short braking distances even
under the highest loads. With that, however,
the M know-how is still far from being
exhausted. Steering and suspension have also
Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane four-cylinder engine and at the same time
both been adapted to match the performance
Keep Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning BMW’s most powerful version. It delivers
of the drive system. For instance, thanks to a
and more. Even more, the G70 includes the a fascinating maximum power output of
special setup, the M sports steering conveys
unparalleled Genesis Experience, which 225 kW (306 hp). Maximum torque is an
to the driver an impressively direct and
delivers the highest-levels of customer extremely powerful 450 Newton metres.
precise steering feel. Furthermore, the X2
benefits with enhanced maintenance To ensure that this sheer power is securely
M35i comes as standard with the M Sport
programs and connected services. transferred to the tarmac, the X2 M35i comes
suspension with a stiffer spring and damper
as standard with intelligent four-wheel drive
setting as well as vehicle lowering. The
technology xDrive in conjunction with the
rear axle construction has been redesigned.
2019 BMW X2 M35i 8-speed Steptronic transmission including
A suspension with an adaptive spring and
BMW is now presenting the new top Launch Control. The automatic transmission
damper combination offering two different
model of the X2 series. The wide BMW features specific M Performance tuning.
manually adjustable modes is also optionally
double kidney grille of new BMW X2 M35i
available.
(combined fuel consumption 7.1-6.9 l/100 Outstanding driving dynamics thanks to
km; combined CO2 emissions: 161-158 g/ M-specific tuning.
km)*, features a surround in Cerium Grey Being a typical M Performance
2020 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
for visual differentiation at first glance. automobile, the BMW X2 M35i features, in
A new front-end appearance for the SS
Likewise, the surrounds of the air cooling addition to a powerful engine, also a M Sport
and a new LT1 V-8 performance model add
inlets and the exterior mirror caps are suspension system that has been specifically
style and choice to the 2020 Camaro lineup,
finished in Cerium Grey. The rear of the X2 tuned and adapted to match the car’s sporty
while a newly available 10-speed automatic
M35i is characterised by the standard M rear character. An adaptive suspension offering
transmission enhances models equipped with
spoiler and two specially designed exhaust two different manually adjustable modes
the available 3.6L V-6 engine.
tailpipes, which also come in Cerium Grey. and combining maximized sportiness and
The new Camaro SS front-end appearance
driving comfort is also optionally available.
is based on the distinctive design of the
BMW’s most powerful 2-litre TwinPower A particularly special technical highlight –
Camaro Shock show vehicle that debuted last
Turbo engine. and also a premiere for an M Performance
fall at the SEMA Show. The SS now features
The new BMW X2 M35i featuring a automobile – is the M Sport Differential
a repositioned bowtie emblem in the upper
225 kW (306 hp) 4-cylinder turbocharged installed in the front axle gear. During
grille and a body-color bar between the upper
petrol engine definitely sets new benchmarks highly dynamic driving maneuvers, this
and lower grilles.
above the previous versions. As the letter locking differential most effectively reduces
The new LT1 model combines the content
M in the type designation clearly signalises, possible traction losses on the front wheels.
and design of the Camaro LT (1LT trim) and
the new X2 M35i possesses the impressive In addition, the braking system has been
SS. It is powered by the 455-horsepower
dynamic handling qualities of an M upgraded for use on the X2 M35i. The M
(339 kW) LT1 engine, making it the most
Performance automobile. Behind this is yet Sport braking system with fixed calipers in
again the BMW M GmbH, whose racing
know-how flows into the development of all
components. The 2-litre TwinPower Turbo
engine concealed under an M Performance
cover is the very first M Performance

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vehicle, resulting in a third-generation that


continues to transcend unmatched style, peppy
performance, thrilling technology, and urban
practicality.
“The Soul has been a massive success since
its introduction to the U.S. market, blowing
affordable choice for V-8 performance in • 20-inch forged aluminum wheels available its (now defunct) rivals out of the water and
the Camaro lineup with a starting MSRP of on LT, LT1 and SS. establishing itself as an automotive icon with
$34,9951 (including destination). • Red or orange brake calipers available on its fun-loving character and eccentric style,”
The Camaro LT1 is offered in coupe and LT, LT1 and SS models. said Orth Hedrick, executive director of Car
convertible models, with a standard six- • Red seat belts available on all models Planning and Telematics. “Even with an
speed manual transmission or an available (previously ZL1 only). entirely new generation of competitors now
10-speed automatic. Additional details • Red kneepads available on all models. crowding the marketplace, we are confident
include: • RECARO performance seats available on the all-new Soul will once again prove to
• LT exterior styling combined with the SS’s LT (previously 1LE only). be a tough contender given its unparalleled
vented hood. • Sueded microfiber-trimmed steering wheel style and impressive level of invigorating
• LT1 fender badges and black bowtie and shift knob trim available on LT and SS technology and customization options.”
emblems. (previously ZL1 and 1LE only). Proving the point that “there is a Soul
• 20-inch x 8.5-inch SS style wheels at all • Alloy pedals available on all models for everyone,” the normally aspirated and
four corners and all-season tires (versus (previously ZL1 only). optionally turbocharged Soul is available in
the SS’s staggered wheels and summer • Black bowtie badges and Camaro fender five trim levels – LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, and
performance tires). badge available on LT. EX – plus the all-new Soul EV.
• Available Technology Package, including • Adrenaline Red and Ceramic White
the Chevrolet infotainment system2 with leather interiors now available on 2LT GT-Line
8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and (previously 3LT and 2SS only). • Sporty front and rear fascia
Bose premium audio system. • 3LT now comes standard with the 2.0L • 18-inch alloy wheels
Turbo engine and the Convenience and • P235/45 R18 tires
New 10-speed automatic and more Lighting package (previously optional). • Unique side sills and front fascia with red
A newly available 10-speed automatic accents
transmission is now matched with the 3.6L • Integrated fog lights on front grille
V-6 engine in Camaro LT models. It is 2020 Kia Soul GT-LINE • “GT-Line” badging
based on the 10-speed design offered with All-new and funkier than ever, the 2020 • Leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel
the Camaro SS and ZL1 but tailored for the Soul is a completely new yet familiar version and gearshift knob
performance parameters of the V-6. of Kia’s beloved and award-winning urban • Available 201-HP turbocharged engine
Additional 2020 updates include a new runabout. Taking everything that helped • Chrome tip center exhaust
exterior color and an expanded range of popularize the quirky, unconventionally • Larger disc brakes
available features across the lineup, giving styled subcompact, Kia Motors poured • Sport-tuned suspension SG
customers more ways to personalize their more of its soul into nearly every inch of the
new Camaro:
• Rally Green exterior color.
• Rear spoiler available on LS and LT
(previously RS package only).
• Dark-tinted taillamps available on LS and
LT.

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Duplin County: Authentic North Carolina Culture Little Known Facts about Duplin
• Duplin County is the filming location for
Discover the Small-Town Charm and Back Road Treasures of Duplin County some well-known Hollywood movies:
Nicholas Sparks’ “The Longest Ride,” “Iron
Man 3” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Located between Raleigh and Wilmington Sisterhood.”
in eastern North Carolina, Duplin County • Liberty Hall Plantation (409 S. Main Street,
is known for its muscadine vineyards and Kenansville, North Carolina 28349), the
award-winning wines. But this is an eclectic ancestral home of the Kenan family, is said
county and, sprawling out from Interstate 40, to be the finest restored Southern plantation
it offers visitors much more to see and do. home in the state. Henry Flagler, founder
Whether as the inland highlight of a trip to of Standard Oil Company, was married to
the nearby Atlantic beaches or as part of a Mary Lilly Kenan in its parlor in 1901.
southeastern wine tour, a visit to Duplin is an
• In the 1890s, pharmacist Caleb Davis
introduction to real North Carolina culture.
Bradham created a new beverage first called
This is not the stick-out-your-pinkie kind
Brad’s Drink. It was later renamed Pepsi
of culture. This is a place that appreciates its
Cola. Mr. Bradham, who started what is
past, celebrates its traditions and enjoys good A family-owned and operated bakery and bulk food products store, The Country Barn, keeps the dough now a multi-billion-dollar international
times with friends. And if you spend some rising and, even though the facility is small, it accommodates tour bus stops with advance notice. They
time here tasting the wines, exploring the business, was born and raised in the Duplin
stock a variety of candies and sugar-free treats to round out their offerings. Photo courtesy of Duplin
Located in the historic L.P. Best House, a beautifully restored Queen Anne-style house in the Warsaw shops and markets and savoring the North County Tourism Development Authority. community of Chinquapin.
National Register Historic District, the Duplin County Veterans Museum houses military artifacts
Carolina barbecue, you will be a friend.
and memorabilia from many periods of military history. Photo courtesy of Duplin County Tourism
Small towns dot the map here and locally
Development Authority. 28518) and The Tipsy Bee (1752 Lyman Rd, Of course, along the way everyone is lured Small towns, family businesses and
owned businesses fueled by Southern
Chinquapin, NC 28521) welcome visitors in by the irresistible flavor of Eastern North beautiful North Carolina countryside are all
hospitality are the norm. In Wallace, visitors
and share local products including breads, Carolina barbecue. Not only is it a source of a part of the charm of Duplin County. This is
find a classic Southern small town with
cookies, jams, jellies, cheeses, wines and local pride, it’s finger-licking good! Whether authentic North Carolina and it’s the perfect
streets lined with local boutiques, shops
more. There are antique barns filled with in one of the local downtown or roadside place to explore or, as the locals say, uncork,
and restaurants. In Warsaw, the streets are
riches from the past and flea markets restaurants, the barbecue, and a host of other unwind and unplug. SG
home to the oldest consecutively running
bursting at the seams with one-of-a-kind Southern specialties, are served in heaping
Veterans’ Day Parade in the country as well
gems. helpings with a side of Southern hospitality.
as the Duplin County Veterans Museum.
For nearly 100 years, heroes have been
celebrated here. Liberty Hall (409 S. Main
Street, Kenansville NC 28349), is a historic
landmark and the ancestral home of the
Kenan Family, some of the earliest founders
Alabama’s #1 Hunting Destination
Comfort - Service - Success
and leaders of Duplin County and the State.
It is also the location of the “wedding of the
century” where William Flagler, founder of
Standard Oil, married Mary Lily Kenan back
Wine tastings and unique dining experiences can be enjoyed at The Country Squire Restaurant & Winery in 1901.
and the Tipsy Bee, each with their own twist on the rich culture and heritage of this region and its bounty. Kenansville is also home to Country
Photo courtesy of Duplin County Tourism Development Authority. Squire Winery (748 N.C. 24 Bus./50,
Warsaw- Kenansville, NC 28398), a
landmark for more than 50 years. Its winery,
tasting room, restaurant and inn combine $1600-2000 3 days
the tastes of muscadine wines, with grapes 10,000+ acres Family Hunts
native to the Southeastern and South-Central
United States and the country charm and Lodging and Meals Offered
heritage of Scotland, from where the owners
hail. Just down the road in Rose Hill, the
2 Bucks/2 Does Jan/Feb Rut Hunts
world-famous Duplin Winery (505 N.
Sycamore Street, Rose Hill, NC 28458) is
the largest winery in the south and the largest
producer of muscadine wine in the country.
Tours, tastings and special events make this
stop a highlight for many.
As travelers explore this beautiful
county, the rural areas are filled with
Liberty Hall is an architectural gem and a Southern Historic Landmark. Visitors will enjoy guided tours
of the 19th century house, grounds and out buildings which are now fully restored to past glory. Photo
courtesy of Duplin County Tourism Development Authority.
tastes and treasures to discover, as well.
Local markets such as The Country Barn
(889 Fountaintown Road, Beulaville, NC
334-747-3600 • MasterRackLodge.com
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Fishing News and Notes Fishing News and Notes

Founding Sponsor Bass Cat Renews with professional anglers in the world, including SŌLACE Boats Announces First Five
MLF in 2020 Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Aaron Dealerships
Major League Fishing (MLF) announced Martens, Mike Iaconelli, Jordan Lee, and SŌLACE Boats is excited to officially Port Orange and St. Augustine, FL, Atlantic Yamaha Master Tech. Bluewater is a 5 Star “I’ve been close in the Bass Fishing
recently that Bass Cat, the longest Skeet Reese. Each Stage includes six days announce its first five dealers, anchoring Marine offers a variety of top-of-line boats Gold Yamaha Certified Service Facility. League events several time, and it feels great
continuously operating tournament bass of competition using the Major League a presence that spans the eastern seaboard in state-of-the-art facilities including a to finally get a win,” said Johnson, who
boat company in the United States, extended Fishing, catch-weigh-and-immediately- and around the gulf. Atlantic Marine of comprehensive service department that is Unique Marine earned his first victory after eight prior top-
its sponsorship of the Bass Pro Tour and release format. Each Stage of the Bass Pro Port Orange and St. Augustine, FL, PYY Yamaha and Mercury certified. Servicing the Florida Keys, Unique 10 finishes in FLW competition. “It’s even
Major League Fishing Cup events for a Tour is broadcast live on the Major League Marine of Pasadena, MD, KMC Marine Marine is a top dealership that offers a sweeter with the new Phoenix contingency
ninth consecutive year. Highlights include Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), and of Lighthouse Point, FL, Bluewater Yacht PYY Marine host of brands and services with a friendly award. It made for a really good payday.”
comprehensive linear and digital advertising MajorLeagueFishing.com, totaling more Sales of Mobile and Orange Beach, AL, and PYY Marine is a full-service marina and knowledgeable staff. Unique Marine Johnson said that he spent his tournament
across the MLF NOW! live stream, than 325 hours of original programming. Unique Marine of Tavernier, FL - together located on Rock Creek in Pasadena, includes a full dealership and service center. day fishing on the south end of the lake, near
Discovery, and Sportsman Channel, as well Fans can follow their favorite pros in the these five dealers across eight dealerships Maryland with access to Chesapeake Bay. Family-owned and operated in Tavernier the Buford Dam. He targeted timberlines in
as presenting sponsorship of a Stage of the fast-paced nature of the MLF format as it provide the foundation for the SŌLACE PYY has over 6 acres of land with a full- Key, FL, Unique marine prides itself on 35 to 50 feet of water – where the timber met
2020 Bass Pro Tour. unfolds on the live leaderboard through line’s market introduction. time, year-round service department. Their its goal to help customers find the perfect off of a point or hump – and had 12 bites all
“Not many people realize that Bass Cat is “SCORETRACKER® updates.” Highlights SŌLACE sees the value in creating focus is customer service and helping watercraft to fit their lifestyle, along with day, landing nine.
the founding sponsor of MLF,” commented from each Stage of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour a seamless, spanning network of dealers. customers get educated on all their boating the right parts and accessories. “It was pretty much Lanier staples – a
Rick Pierce, president, Bass Cat and Yar- will air on Discovery Network beginning in Across industries, luxury product requires needs. SŌLACE looks forward to furthering shaky-head and drop-shot rig,” he said. “I’ve
Craft Boats. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of firsts in July 2020 and Sportsman Channel in early premier access to luxury services. The 345 their relationship with each of these dealers fished quite a few local tournaments over the
our 49 years of doing business, but nothing 2021. has placed itself in a class of its own as noted KMC Marine as sales continue to grow, and the SŌLACE past couple of weekends and I just got lucky
quite matches supporting MLF as it evolves “MLF offers the strongest broadcast by numerous publications, with recognition KMC Marine was established in 1988 as line expands to new sizes and markets. that the fish have been there every week and
into the exceptional television, live stream, presence in the industry to fans and of that fact helping to refine SŌLACE’s Kniskern Marine Center and over the years, Additional information about SŌLACE are staying in their wintertime patterns.”
and league property it is today.” sponsors,” said Jim Wilburn, president dealership approach. evolved into KMC Marine - a respected boat Boats is available at solaceboats.com. Johnson said his key drop-shot rig was a
In support of MLF’s angler-centric and CEO of Major League Fishing. “Bass These first five dealers were selected after dealership offering top quality, high-end hologram dawn-colored Zoom Z3 original
philosophy, Bass Cat first signed with Major Cat understands the value of taking a risk careful vetting says John Moe, leading the boat lines, pre-owned boats, and a factory- worm, as he caught three of his five keepers
League Fishing in 2011 as they prepared to invest in the future of our sport; we’re marketing at SŌLACE, “With each potential authorized service center featuring certified Dawsonville’s Johnson Wins Phoenix by dropping the bait directly to them after
to launch a 24-angler, made-for-television grateful for Rick’s vision, leadership, and dealer it was essential to ensure alignment mechanics. KMC has been proudly serving Bass Fishing League Event on Lake seeing them on his Lowrance units. He
tournament series in partnership with friendship, as together our companies chart with the vision of legendary craftsman South Florida for over 30 years. Lanier also added a few fish on a Georgia Blade
Outdoor Channel in early 2012. MLF Cup new opportunities for anglers at all levels.” Stephen Dougherty, and further, the ethos of Boater Jason Johnson of Dawsonville, ½-ounce green-pumpkin-colored jig and
events premiered a fast-paced, catch-weigh- Bass Cat, owned by Correct Craft, SŌLACE Boats as a lifestyle.” Bluewater Yacht Sales Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale a ½-ounce SpotSticker Underspin with an
immediately-release format in which anglers manufactures the industry’s premier bass A premier dealership along Alabama’s Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce to albino-colored Zoom Fluke Jr.
compete in three periods each day with every fishing boats from its headquarters in Below is a brief overview of these three gulf coast, Bluewater Yacht Sales, Inc. has win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League “I’m signed up for all of the Savannah
fish over a minimum weight counting toward Mountain Home, Arkansas. Family operated inaugural dealers: been in business since 1972. Their staff presented by T-H Marine at Lake Lanier River division events as well,” Johnson went
that day’s total. The MLF Cup events have since its founding in 1971, Bass Cat is the delivers a full-service experience with in Gainesville, Georgia. For his victory, on to say. “I’m looking forward to fishing at
grown into the highest-rated property on longest continuously operating tournament Atlantic Marine expert knowledge across renown brands. Johnson earned a total of $13,596, including Lake Keowee next weekend and I’m going to
Outdoor Channel each quarter it’s aired. bass boat company in the United States. For For over 25 years, Atlantic Marine has Bluewater’s Service Department caters to the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus try my best to qualify for that BFL Regional
In 2019, MLF expanded by launching more information visit www.BassCat.com. been helping people to realize their dreams a variety of boats and engines, specializing contingency award. The victory was the first tournament on Lanier in October.” SG
the Bass Pro Tour featuring 80 of the best of boat ownership. Conveniently located in in custom outfitting. On staff is a full-time win of Johnson’s FLW career.
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Highlander Makes Appearance at 2020 offering a class-leading manufacturer- listening station; a Team Toyota photo
Chicago Auto Show estimated 36 MPG combined fuel economy. booth to support athletes as they prepare for
For the first time at the Chicago Auto The GR Supra Heritage Edition concept the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games
Show, visitors experienced the all-new and GR Supra Hyperboost Edition concept and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 virtual reality
2020 Highlander, along with Toyota’s full made their debut at the 2019 Specialty experience.
vehicle lineup of cars, trucks and SUVs. Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Guests explored the newest Toyota
Guests also experienced the new RAV4 Show and are now igniting excitement in vehicles at the Toyota Drive Experience
Prime and concept vehicles, including the Chicago. The GR Supra Edition blends alongside a professional driver. Attendees
GR Supra Heritage Edition, GR Supra elements of the MKIV Supra from the late- were able to experience fuel efficiency,
Hyperboost Edition. Guests to the 44,980 90s with the new 2020 GR Supra, paying vehicle handling, advanced safety and
square-foot display took part in technology tribute to the Supra’s heritage. The GR Supra the quality, reliability and durability of
demonstrations, ride experiences in Toyota HyperBoost Edition is NASCAR analyst several Toyota vehicles, including the 2020
vehicles and special guest appearances. The and broadcast personality, Rutledge Wood’s Highlander, Camry TRD, Corolla and RAV4.
Chicago Auto Show was held Feb. 8-17 at dream build and features a custom turbo kit
McCormick Place. that more than doubles the output to 750-plus
Now in its fourth generation, the all-new horsepower. A 20-piece carbon-fiber wide- Volkswagen Announces Design Contest for
Toyota Highlander was on display bringing body kit gives this hyper-boosted machine Atlas Cross Sport R Race Car Livery at
a new level of bold, distinctive design to an more aggressive body lines with broad Chicago Auto Show
SUV foundation built on safety, comfort, shoulders and a menacing stance. • Web-based contest open to eligible artists,
quality, durability and reliability set by The 2021 RAV4 Prime, arriving in designers and enthusiasts of all skill levels
predecessors. The 2020 Highlander’s new summer 2020, is the first-ever RAV4 plug- and backgrounds
sophisticated look covers a new vehicle in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). It can • Winning design to be adapted for Atlas
platform called Toyota New Global do 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, which is the second Cross Sport R off-road racing participation
Architecture (TNGA-K). This robust new quickest acceleration time in the Toyota this fall
foundation, shared with other Toyota models, lineup, and can drive an estimated 39 miles Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently
enables even greater capability, comfort and on battery alone on a single charge, the announced a contest to design the
safety than before. highest EV range of any PHEV SUV on the competition livery for its Atlas Cross Sport R
The 2020 Highlander offers the choice market. race car. Using downloadable assets, eligible
between a powerful V6 or new-generation Technology demonstrations included a participants will be able to submit original
hybrid powertrain, with the gas version Supra Driving Simulator that allowed designs and artwork to a judging panel
offering a manufacturer-estimated 24 MPG guests to experience the performance and comprised of Volkswagen designers, drivers
combined fuel economy and the Hybrid exhilaration of the Supra; a SiriusXM and executives. The winning submission will

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be adapted for the vehicle’s final race livery Show in Detroit this June. Official Rules Jaguar and Hot Wheels will select the
before it competes in an off-road race later and details for the contest can be found at most challenging track and award a $50,000
this year. vwdesigncontest.com. donation to the participating institutions’
“We are continuously amazed by the scholarship fund. At the Chicago Auto
creativity of our customers and fans,” said Show, the first group to enter the competition
Reto Brun, Director of Volkswagen’s Design Jaguar and Hot Wheels® Announce was a group of students from the Illinois
Center California. “Volkswagen is the Ultimate Track Engineering Challenge to Institute of Technology, who will partner
people’s car brand and we’re excited to see Celebrate Debut of 2021 Jaguar F-Type with Jaguar Land Rover Orland Park.
how the people propose to wrap our latest Recently, Jaguar celebrated the reveal “For many car enthusiasts, a Hot Wheels
off-road racer.” of the new 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE in North car was their first automotive experience.
In addition to having their design become America by partnering with Hot Wheels to Oftentimes it was an exotic sports car, like
reality, the contest winner and a guest will be announce a new engineering scholarship the F-TYPE, which is why we are thrilled
given the opportunity to attend a pre-race test contest across North America, the Jaguar to be revealing the vehicle in North America
experience with Volkswagen. & Hot Wheels Ultimate Track Challenge. with this Hot Wheels partnership” said Stuart
Developed in conjunction with Tanner Jaguar and Hot Wheels also set a Guinness Schorr, Vice President Communications,
Foust and Baja race veteran Rhys Millen, World Records title for the most loops-the- Jaguar Land Rover. “Jaguar is committed
the plan for the specially-modified Atlas loops in a Hot Wheels track as part of the to supporting the next generation of smart,
Cross Sport R race car is for power to be vehicle’s reveal at the Chicago Auto Show. creative, automotive enthusiasts and we are
distributed to the wheels from a 2.0-liter The Jaguar & Hot Wheels Ultimate excited to see the submissions students will
four-cylinder engine, first developed by Track Challenge will be open to college be making across the U.S. and Canada.”
Volkswagen Motorsport for use in its WRC and university engineering programs For more information on the new
and Rallycross programs. Capable of running to partner with their local Jaguar retailer Jaguar F-TYPE sports car, visit www.
up to 600 horsepower—or 300 hp per for students to design and build the most JaguarUSA.com. For more information on
liter—the engine can be detuned to roughly complex, record-setting Hot Wheels the #JaguarHotWheels challenge, visit your
480 horsepower for an optimized balance track imaginable, meeting both Hot local Jaguar retailer. Contest period begins
of performance and reliability. Currently in Wheels and Guinness World Records April 6, 2020 and closes April 30, 2020.
concept form, the vehicle is being tested for parameters. Student participants will Terms and conditions applicable to contest
further development. have the opportunity to set a record lap at to be posted on https://www.jaguarusa.com/
The winning design will be unveiled retailer launch events for the new F-TYPE ultimatetrackchallenge prior to April 6. SG
at the North American International Auto throughout the month of April.

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