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

TRUCK REVIEWS....................................................... 10

TIRE NEWS.................................................................. 18

SUV REVIEWS ............................................................ 22

CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 36

INDUSTRY NEWS ....................................................... 40


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Editors Letter

Aren’t we thankful to be part of an outdoor enthusiast group so we have some


reprieve from the hunker-down-and-stay-at-home order? Wow, what a great time
to be tooling through the woods in an offroad vehicle, going for a long drive
down a back road in a favorite sports car or throwing the toys on the back of a
truck or on a trailer and heading for a favorite fishing hole. These are the days!
This issue is extra jam-packed with trucks, cars and SUVs that might fit the
bill for your next new vehicle. Take some time to read about fun, exciting drives
like the Dodge Charger Scat Pack, new offerings from BMW and helpful load-
bearing pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado. It’s an opportunity-
filled time to be able to pour over research and reviews to find the perfect new
vehicle for you or for your family.
Also, it’s time to think about those summer tires. See what Firestone
and Continental have to offer in terms of tires and advice. Do you change
tires seasonally or just go with an all-season tire? And, don’t forget to read
through the industry news section...there’s a great piece about the evolution of
Volkswagens.

Stay well everyone! And, we’ll be seeing you down the road!

Until next time,

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match its award-winning capability.” customer choices.
The WT, LT and Z71 Colorado trim levels Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint,
will all receive updated center bars, lower Michigan, the all-new 2020 Silverado HD is
fascias and front skid plates for 2021. WT longer, wider and taller than its predecessor,
and LT will feature all-new gold Chevy with a wheelbase that’s been stretched 5.2
bowtie logos, while Z71 receives a black inches on Crew Cab models and is scaled
bowtie logo. for HD customers. It is available in five trim
The ZR2 off-road performance variant levels: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and
will receive a new appearance to match its High Country, offered across 22 cab, bed,
standout capability. ZR2 will be the only chassis and driveline configurations.
Colorado model to feature the all-new, Customers can choose a new, standard
lettered, flow-through “Chevrolet” front 6.6L V-8 gas engine with direct injection,
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 fascia. ZR2’s new front end provides drivers rated at 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque.
Recently, Chevrolet debuted a new look with improved visibility and looks even That’s an 11-percent increase in horsepower
for its Colorado midsize truck franchise. more aggressive, which adds to its dynamic, and a 22-percent increase in peak torque,
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado made its first “segment of one” appearance. respectively, compared to the previous
public appearance at the 2019 Method Race ZR2, with its revolutionary, segment- gas engine, contributing to an 18-percent
Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic on Oct.10, exclusive Multimatic DSSVTM position- increase in towing capability. It is matched
driven by Hall Racing. The 2021 Colorado sensitive dampers, standard front and rear with a six-speed automatic transmission.
ZR2 then debuted at the SEMA show in Las electronic locking differentials, 2-inch Then there’s the legendary Duramax
Vegas. suspension lift, 3.5-inch wider track, off- 6.6L V-8 Turbo-Diesel, making 445 hp and
The Colorado lineup will now feature road rocker protection, cast iron control 910 lb-ft of torque, coupled with an all-new
greater differentiation from trim to trim arms, Autotrac transfer case, and multiple Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission.
and the addition of the new “Sand Dune skid plates, will now come equipped with In addition, every component on the
Metallic” exterior paint color option standard red tow hooks as well. Silverado HD, between the transmission
available on the Z71 and ZR2 models. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is on sale and the wheels, has been upgraded to enable
All Colorado variants will also include next year and all 2021 Colorado models an available 52-percent increase in max
revised front Chevy “bowtie” emblems and will be built at General Motors’ Wentzville towing capability — up up to 35,500 pounds
embossed “Chevrolet” tailgates in place of Assembly Center in Wentzville, Missouri. (requires 3500HD regular cab 2WD with
the traditional Chevy bowtie on the rear end dual real wheels, available diesel engine and
of the vehicles. gooseneck hitch).
“We’ve sold 520,000 Colorado pickups 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD
in five years through a relentless, foot-on- Custom Crew New direct-injected 6.6L V-8 gas engine
the-gas approach to product and feature The all-new 2020 Silverado HD is the delivers more torque
updates,” said Bob Krapes, director of strongest, most capable Silverado HD A new direct-injected 6.6L V-8 gas engine
marketing, Chevrolet Trucks. “With its new- ever, offering an increase of 52 percent in elevates the 2020 Silverado HD’s overall
look front end and tailgate, Colorado will towing capacity – along with class-leading performance and capability. It is built with

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a forged steel crankshaft, forged powder- A diesel after-run feature specifically for
metal connecting rods and additional high- use following a demanding towing situation
strength components to help provide the is an additional new technology for the
added strength and durability demanded by Duramax engine. The after-run allows the
HD customers. engine to keep running for up to 15 minutes
Gasoline direct injection offers more to allow it to cool down using the fan and
precise fuel control in the new engine, circulating coolant. If the driver puts the
which enables a higher compression ratio of truck in park when an after-run situation is
10.75:1, for greater power output of 401 hp. needed, an alert will appear on the driver
It also supports strong performance at low information cluster directing them to keep
rpm, where it’s needed when pulling away the engine running for cool down. Should
with a loaded cargo bed or trailer. the customer ignore the message and exit
The 6.6L V-8 gas engine also features the vehicle, the truck will restart on its own
a longer stroke than the previous 6.0L V-8 via remote start mode for cool-down. At that in the HD truck segment, with the PTO’s
gas engine, to help it deliver more than point the customer can walk away and the drive gear operated via chain to direct engine
21-percent greater torque: 464 lb-ft. It is truck will turn itself off when the engine power. And because it is engine-driven rather
offered with dual alternators to support the reaches an acceptable temperature. than turbine-driven, owners can use the PTO
electrical needs for trailering, snowplowing The all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic while the vehicle is idling. A button inside
and other jobs; and the new engine is transmission combined with improved the cab enables the PTO, and a mode selector
paired with the 6L90 six-speed automatic driveline components is better at transferring allows adjustment of load and torque output.
transmission, which features the Tow/Haul all of the Duramax’s torque to the pavement,
mode. allowing more torque to be put to the ground
in lower gears, enhancing the overall driving 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali
New Allison® 10-speed transmission dynamics and trailering with smoother gear • Sierra Denali is offered exclusively as a
matched with proven Duramax 6.6L Turbo- changes and shorter steps between them. It crew cab in 2WD and 4WD
Diesel also supports smart engine braking, which • Denali-exclusive exterior elements include
Maximum power and towing capability can help reduce brake wear. The Duramax/ a bright, multidimensional grille, chrome
in new Silverado HD lineup comes from Allison® combination’s standard axle ratio exterior accents and body-color bumpers
the proven Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo- is lowered to 3.42:1, which reduces engine • High-intensity LED headlamps and
Diesel with 910 lb-ft of torque. Its towing speed, therefore enhancing refinement. signature C-shaped LED light blade
capability is increased up to 52 percent For customers powering other equipment daytime running lamps are standard, along
with driveline improvements including the with their trucks on the job site, an all-new, with LED taillamps and LED fog lamps
addition of the all-new Allison® 10-speed factory-integrated engine-driven Power Take • GMC’s MultiPro Tailgate is standard
automatic transmission — a legendary Off (PTO) is available and eliminates the offers six functions and positions for
Duramax/Allison® combination that need for an aftermarket unit. Exclusively enhanced second-tier loading and load-
contributes to the Silverado HD’s 35,500- offered with the Allison® 10-speed stop solutions, a standing workstation and
pound2 max towing rating, when properly transmission on select diesel models, it’s the easier access to items in the cargo box
equipped. first fully integrated PTO system of its kind • The industry-first CarbonPro carbon fiber

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and 6.2L V-8 engines expands cylinder- • Keyless Open and Start is standard
deactivation capability with 17-cylinder
activation combinations to optimize 2
Safety or driver assistance features are
performance and efficiency in all driving no substitute for the driver’s responsibility
conditions to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The
• Available 3.0L turbo-diesel engine with a driver should remain attentive to traffic,
10-speed automatic transmission surroundings and road conditions at all
• Automatic locking rear differential is times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions
standard and reacts in milliseconds in may affect feature performance. Read the
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• Two-speed AutoTrac Transfer Case is trailering, carefully review the Trailering
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to increase durability, efficiency and • Adaptive Ride Control is standard
functionality, while offering best-in-class • ProGrade Advanced Trailering Package is
dent, scratch and corrosion resistance standard and includes Hitch Guidance with 2019 Ram 3500 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
• Available ProGrade Trailering System Hitch View2 and Trailering App The new Ram Heavy Duty brings a towing
with Trailering App offers a connected • Spray-on bedliner with Denali logo is capacity of 35,100 lbs. (15,921 kg) and a
and comprehensive suite of trailering standard payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. (3,484 kg).
technologies12 • Bed View Camera2 is available with two Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque
• 20-inch aluminum wheels are standard, Trailer View provisions rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I6
with all-new 22-inch wheels available • Brake system features electro-hydraulic Turbo Diesel engine.
• Integrated dual exhaust with bright power assist and Duralife brake rotors The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets
polished outlets standard • Traction Select System allows the driver benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury,
• Denali-exclusive materials, including to choose from preset drive modes that materials, innovation and technology
premium Forge leather-appointed seating, have been tailored for different terrain or extending well past any competitive
authentic open-pore ash wood trim and weather conditions. Selecting one of these offerings. Giving maximum effort all day,
dark-finish aluminum décor modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift every day with confidence, the new 2019
• Standard 5.3L V-8 engine with Dynamic points, throttle mapping and StabiliTrak Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps
Fuel Management and an eight-speed to optimize performance for the situation forward with the full force of modern
automatic transmission (2WD) or at hand capability.
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10-speed automatic transmission. It is standard Cummins 6.7-liter I-6, high output Turbo
available exclusively with 4WD • Heated outboard rear seats are standard Diesel delivers up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque @
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horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of kg). Two Active-Tuned Mass Modules
torque @ 4,000 rpm to handle the payload (ATMM) mounted on the frame rails search
and towing requirements of the heavy-duty out unfavorable vibrations and apply
truck user. countermeasures to eliminate them.
In addition, Ram 3500 Heavy Duty After hundreds of sketches, the business
models equipped with the 1,000 lb.-ft. high end of the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line
output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel of pickups came forward with the full force
employ the Aisin AS69RC electronically of modern capability. The ruggedly striking
controlled six-speed automatic. This appearance continues with interiors that
transmission is engineered to handle the mirror the design expressed on the recently
colossal torque of the Turbo Diesel engine launched Ram 1500 with unmatched luxury,
and increased vehicle weight ratings materials, innovation and technology
Changes begin at the core, with a cylinder while delivering improved shift quality. extending well past any competitive
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point for an improved variable-geometry 7,680 lbs. (3,484 kg). designed to match each model’s unique
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Firestone Destination M/T2 Tires Specified


on New Off-Road Edition of Jeep
Wrangler Willys
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone)
announced its Firestone Destination M/T2
tires are specified as original equipment on
the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Willys. Featuring
an aggressive tread design and specially
designed sidewall construction, the Firestone
Destination M/T2 tire is built for extreme off-
road traction and performance.
“The Destination M/T2 is the ultimate
tire for adventure-seekers looking to
get the most performance out of their
vehicle,” said Shannon Quinn, president,
original equipment tires, U.S. and Canada,
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “The
rugged appearance and design of the tire for
this special edition Jeep Wrangler will allow
drivers to venture across a wide range of
intense conditions and have an incredible off-
road driving experience.”
Engineered to be tough and perform in
the most demanding off-road conditions,
the Firestone Destination M/T2 tire features
mud and stone rejectors to keep the tire’s
tread clear of debris for increased traction,
and an advanced sidewall construction offers
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resistance to chips and tears. Additionally, recommends applying the “Seven Degree so too do braking distances, lateral guidance
the Firestone Destination M/T2 tire has Rule”: When outdoor temperatures get is no longer so precise and winter tires wear
biting edges for better grip on slick, wet up to around 7°C, summer tires are back faster,” warns tire development engineer
surfaces and in snowy conditions. in their element. That said, drivers do well Andreas Schlenke from Continental in
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys edition to remember that morning and evening Hanover.
maximizes its off-road appeal with a limited- temperatures can still be well below that Drivers who have their tires changed
slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails level. But whatever guideline you apply, by a garage or their tire dealer can drive
and shocks and heavy-duty brakes. These the sooner you make an appointment away with peace of mind, knowing that the
features, combined with Jeep’s Command- with your tire dealer or local garage, the experts have checked the tires, fitted them
Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case better your chances of getting a quick and correctly and, if necessary, already ordered
with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and convenient wheel change. In view of the replacements. If you’re not sure about the
maximum traction Firestone Destination M/ safety measures being implemented on condition of the summer tires you ran last
T2 tires bolster the Jeep Wrangler Willys’ account of coronavirus, there could well year, the best thing to do is ask a tire dealer
off-road capability. be limits to how many customers can be like Vergölst or turn to a local garage for
The Firestone Destination M/T2 is served at one time and the number of fitting advice. And in case of doubt, get an expert
available on the Jeep Wrangler Willys in size bays may be restricted. Leave it too late and opinion on the state of the tread strip and
LT255/75R17 and is available with classic you will have to reckon with delays. And blocks, because like the sidewalls, these
white lettering. The special edition Jeep don’t underestimate the numbers involved: should show no signs of damage. Drivers
Wrangler Willys with Firestone Destination Some 80 percent of German drivers regularly should not attempt to change their own
M/T2 tires is available in showrooms now. switch their tires to match the season. In wheels without the right tools for the job:
Germany at least, the switch to summer A torque wrench with a display is essential
Time to Think About Those Summer Tires tires is assured: Vergölst tire dealerships, to check the tightening torque; the correct
As outdoor temperatures gradually begin for example, are carrying out the necessary values can be found in the driver’s manual.
to rise, it’s time to think about those summer wheel changes and their system-critical Then, with the tires inflated to the right
tires again. The general rule of thumb is to breakdown and service activities for trucks pressure, your car is ready for its first spring
use summer tires from Easter to October and vans are also operational. outing. SG
– and Easter weekend has already been Driving on winter tires in summer is not
and gone. Tire manufacturer Continental to be recommended. “As temperatures rise,
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The STAR Safety System comes with: the kind of detail upgrades that owners
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction appreciate in everyday usage. The top-of-
Control (TRAC), Anti-Lock Brake System line Limited, which already includes leather-
(ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution trimmed seating, heated front seats and
(EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop ambient lighting, reaches further into luxury
Technology® (SST). Also complementing territory with a new 8-way power driver’s
TSS-P are 10 standard airbags, standard seat and Adaptive Front Lighting System
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and a rear (AFS) with headlamp auto-leveling. AFS
backup camera. Blind Spot Monitor with partially aims the headlight beams into turns
Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on the as the driver steers, helping to provide an
XLE and Limited models. extra margin of night driving safety.
2020 Toyota C-HR Limited
What happens when Toyota designers New Look, New Features, Same Audacious Turns Heads in Every Crowd
blend sport coupe, hatchback and compact Attitude To y o t a d e s i g n e r s w e n t a l l - i n o n
crossover? The boldly expressive, fun to The C-HR packs a lot of attitude in a expressiveness with the C-HR. The slim
drive and utterly unique C-HR happens. The compact package that measures 172.6 in. LED headlights wrap deeply into the sides
C-HR’s standout design brings an updated long on a 103.9- in. wheelbase – making of the hood, running rearward along the
look for 2020 with a restyled front fascia, the C-HR a tight, agile form that’s a joy to fender tops. Deep, curvy character lines
LED headlamps and new wheel designs. wheel through congested urban areas. emerge from a prominent Toyota badge on
There’s more pure Toyota value, too, with Never one to blend in, the C-HR updates the front fascia and lead into the narrower
all three grades – LE, XLE and Limited – its extroverted style for 2020 with a core body. These lines continue below the
adding new amenities. redesigned front fascia, headlamps, bumper, side windows and above the rear wheel,
The Toyota C-HR broke new design grille and spoiler. The LE grade joins its where they join a high beltline and
ground for the automaker, which applied siblings with standard LED headlamps and distinctive C-pillar with hidden-type design
new manufacturing techniques to take a also debuts a new optional 17-inch alloy door handles.
highly sculpted concept-car body design into wheel design. The Limited grade gets a new The sport coupe persona is especially
production while preserving its essence. The 18-inch alloy wheel design. evident in the fastback-style roof, highly
result melds sport coupe personality with Added features enhance value for 2020. sculpted “wide body” rear quarter panels,
crossover versatility. All C-HR models already came equipped and a lip spoiler on the hatchback. At the
The C-HR comes equipped with standard with Apple CarPlay compatibility and roof’s edge, a color-matched cantilevered
Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P), a now, for 2020, standard Android Auto wing tapers neatly inboard.
multi-feature advanced active safety suite compatibility completes the smartphone Canards on the rear quarter panels, front
that bundles Pre-Collision System with compatible suite. In addition, the LE grade and rear spats, a streamlined rear lower
Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane picks up SiriusXM® All Access 3-Month bumper, and stabilizing fins integrated into
Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA Trial Satellite Radio, which was already the taillights all manage critical airflow in
w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and standard on XLE and Limited. and around the body. Beneath the body, a
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise The XLE grade adds new seatback bevy of rigid covers – on the engine, floor,
Control (DRCC). pockets and windshield visor extensions, fuel tank, and aft of the rear wheels – cull

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turbulence and, in doing so, help enhance assist feature. Replacing the traction control
vehicle control and fuel efficiency. button, this feature can potentially help the
driver when adventuring on uneven terrain.
When the diagonal wheels lose traction, off-
2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature road traction assist will stop reducing the
Command your journey in the elegantly engine torque and increases the brake force
refined 2020 Mazda CX-9. The brand’s on the wheels without traction. This transfers
flagship midsize crossover SUV receives power to the wheels still on the ground to
numerous updates that focus on elevating help allow the vehicle to regain traction and
the premium Mazda ownership experience. continue the drive. G-Vectoring Control
The well-appointed interior extends a rich Plus is also standard for 2020 and further
feeling to each of the three rows, creating improves the steering response to help the Moving up to the CX-9 Touring adds
a sense of sophistication for all occupants. driver and all occupants have a smooth, Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM
Available all-new captain’s chairs help premium driving experience. capabilities, leather-trimmed seats, power
provide passengers a prestigious, first-class The 2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport continues adjustable passenger seats, power liftgate
cabin feel. The hands-free, power liftgate to expand its premium value, with new with adjustable height and a second-row
is another new prominent feature on CX-9 standard features such as heated front cloth center armrest with storage, cup holders and
Grand Touring and Signature trim levels that seats, power driver’s seat with lumbar two USB charging ports. CX-9 Touring is the
offers refinement and ease when loading support, Gray Metallic 18-inch aluminum first Mazda vehicle to offer the all-new nine-
cargo. alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, inch, full-color touchscreen display. New-
The performance of the 2020 CX-9 has heated outside mirrors, automatic on/off for-2020 features include Mazda Advanced
also been enhanced. The turbocharged headlights and High Beam Control. Mazda’s Keyless Entry and Start System with next
Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine equipped on all full suite of i-Activsense safety features generation key fob design and second-row
CX-9 models now delivers a robust 320 are now standard with includes Mazda power slide and tilt capabilities.
lb-ft of torque on 93 octane gasoline (310 Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Optionally available, CX-9 Touring
lb-ft of torque on 87 octane gasoline); an Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Premium Package equips two new USB
increase of 10 lb-ft of torque on the outgoing pedestrian detection, Smart Brake Support charging ports in the third row, a power
model year. The turbocharged engine is with Collision Warning and Lane Departure moonroof, Bose premium 12-speaker audio
rated to deliver up to 250 horsepower on Warning with Lane-Keep Assist to Blind system, SiriusXM with a three-month trial
93 octane gasoline (227 horsepower on 87 Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross- subscription, LED fog lamps, front and rear
octane gasoline) and is paired with a quick- Traffic Alert. Other standard features include parking sensors and second-row retractable
shifting, six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic a seven-inch Mazda Connect ™ infotainment sunshades.
transmission. Mazda’s predictive i-Activ all- screen, LED headlights and taillights, one- Mazda CX-9 Signature represents the
wheel drive is standard in CX-9 Signature touch front and rear power windows, rear flagship of the range with uncompromising
and available on all other trim levels. privacy glass, three-zone automatic climate premium features that offer convenience
When paired with i-Activ all-wheel drive, control, Bluetooth hands-free phone and while helping provide a delightful and
the 2020 CX-9 is the first Mazda vehicle audio pairing, rearview camera, keyless entry inspiring atmosphere for all occupants.
offered with the all-new off-road traction and push-button start. New heated second-row captain’s chairs are
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rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 some competitors’ continuously-variable


rpm, paired with a six-speed automatic transmissions, this DCT is able to handle
transmission. The Atkinson cycle design more torque with minimal power interruption
maximizes the effective cylinder expansion throughout the engine operating range for
ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) natural acceleration and premium aural
for greater efficiency. The six-speed character with greater durability.
automatic offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual- Kona was developed with a focus on
shifting mode and includes an overdrive enhanced driving dynamics and responsive
lock-up torque converter for higher fuel performance for a variety of urban and
economy at highway speeds. multi-surface driving conditions. The
Limited and Ultimate trims offer long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide
standard at this top-trim level. This version the Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct- track create a planted stance that results in
is enhanced with an elegant center console injected, turbocharged engine generating exceptional agility in urban environments
similar to the front row with extra storage 175 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 with enhanced linear stability and ride
and convenient access to two USB charging lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm, an comfort. The front suspension features a
ports and cupholders. Fans of this trim level advantage over its key competitors. Peak MacPherson strut system using an innovative
now have the option between Deep Chestnut torque delivery starts at only 1,500 rpm sub-frame bushing design for enhanced
or Parchment Nappa leather seating surfaces and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM comfort and reduced noise, vibration and
to match the Santos Rosewood interior trim. responsiveness and performance in everyday harshness (NVH). The MacPherson strut
A new, darker silver wheel finish is unique driving conditions. The turbocharger design uses gas-filled shock absorbers and
to the CX-9 Signature, helping distinguish features low-inertia turbo-spooling response a hollow stabilizer bar for lower weight and
this prestigious top-tier trim level. CX-9 characteristics and an electronic wastegate enhanced responsiveness. Available 18-inch
Signature is now available in the brand’s control for more precise control of manifold alloy wheels with 235/45R18 tires give
lustrous Soul Red Crystal premium exterior pressure. Internally, piston-cooling oil surefooted, agile handling character on a
paint option. Other premium features include jets ensure cooler piston temperatures for variety of road surfaces.
a hand-stitched, leather-wrapped “chidori” enhanced engine life. The Gamma engine Differentiated rear suspension design
steering wheel, rear exterior badging, LED also features a water jacket insert that has been developed for 2WD and AWD
grille accent lighting and supplemental prioritizes cooling in the upper level of the models. 2WD models have a rigid torsion
interior lighting around the transmission cylinder block where more combustion heat beam design for overall stability and control.
shifter. is generated, resulting in lower cylinder-head The AWD drive model uses an independent,
temperatures and allowing for leaner air/fuel dual-arm multi-link design, optimizing ride
mixtures for better fuel efficiency. comfort and stability in the wider ranges
2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate The turbo engine is coupled to a seven- of off-road suspension articulation. Its
Kona powertrain offerings have top speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission geometry was specially designed for refined
efficiency levels as a primary target. Kona (DCT). This Hyundai-developed dual- body movement on rough roads and off-road
is offered with a choice of two gasoline clutch transmission offers outstanding terrain. Rear suspension control arm design
powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson efficiency with quick, seamless shifting and also minimizes camber and toe changes
engine produces 147 horsepower at 6200 brisk acceleration. When compared with throughout the wider suspension travel range.

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Kona also offers Drive Mode Select, Kia Seltos is poised and ready to become a
which allows the driver to customize dynamic true contender in one of the fastest growing
responses, such as steering feel, transmission segments in the industry when it goes on-sale
and overall powertrain responsiveness to their in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020. While
preferences, and to changing road or traffic complete pricing will be available closer to
conditions. Two differentiated driving modes the Seltos’ on-sale date, the LX AWD will
(Normal and Sport) optimize the torque have a starting price below $22,000 and the S
distribution and shift mapping, tailoring FWD will have a similar starting price.
Kona to a variety of driving preferences.
In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis Distinctive Design
on acceleration with earlier downshifts Similar to Telluride’s design theme, the
on braking, while Normal mode slightly Seltos is a marriage of bold design and • Eye-catching red wheel center caps hint at
prioritizes fuel economy over performance delicate details, and stands apart from rivals performance
with a more conservative, lower-rpm shift with its strong, upright stance. The tall front • Tailgate garnish connects rear lamps to
schedule. end and 7.2-inch ground clearance translate create a sense of width and stability
to a tough attitude and an adventurous spirit. • Sculpted dual exhaust outlets highlight
Its assertive presence is spearheaded by power and are connected by chrome trim
2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo Kia’s signature tiger nose grille that includes to emphasize premium status
Rugged, refined and right-sized, the all- unexpected diamond-like detail. Chiseled • Eye-catching 17-, and 18-inch alloy
new Seltos energizes the Entry SUV segment surfaces and well-drawn lines lead back to a wheels give Seltos an up-level appearance
with a personality all its own. As a utility distinctive profile highlighted by a chrome and stance befitting its bold personality
vehicle with an abundance of attitude, the beltline (available on S, EX and SX) that
Seltos arrives in the U.S. with modern styling melds into the D-pillar for a streamlined Seltos is engineered to deliver a
and a penchant for adventure, whether that appearance. And the optional two-tone roof comfortable, capable and confidence-
means everyday driving around town or in gives Seltos an added layer of coolness and inspiring experience for both driver and
the wilderness on weekends. Complementing character. Other key design cues include: passengers. A number of elements contribute
Kia’s robust SUV lineup, and following on • Long wheelbase and hood for a robust and to Seltos’ composed ride and lively driving
the heels of the Telluride, the Seltos slots substantial look performance:
between the popular Soul and Sportage • Harmonized grille and headlamp design • 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine
models, providing a comfortable and tech- featuring full LED “Beat” lighting for a producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-
savvy cabin, a choice of two well-tested modern appearance (SX) ft. of torque, managed by an Intelligent
engines include a spirited 175-horsepower • Aggressive lower front bumper design Variable Transmission (IVT) (LX, S and
1.6-liter turbo, and an available all-wheel provides sharper approach angle for EX)
drive system1 with torque vectoring control adventurous driving • 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine outputting
and a lock mode to handle more severe road • Front and rear skid plates and black wheel 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque,
conditions. It is available in five trims: LX, arch cladding reference off-road abilities paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch
EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX. Looking at • Sleek and tapering greenhouse conveys Transmission (DCT) (S and SX)
all it has to offer, it’s no wonder the 2021 athleticism • MacPherson strut front suspension;
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1
No system, no matter how advanced, The interior arrangement of the 2020
can compensate for all driver error and/or BMW X6 has been refocused on the driver
driving conditions. Always drive safely. while at the same time offering impeccable
quality and finish from all surfaces to
transport the driver and passengers in glove-
2020 BMWX6 M50i like comfort.
More than ten years ago, BMW combined Vernasca Leather, Sport seats and a
the attributes of the Sports Activity Vehicle Sensatec covered dashboard are standard
with the more aggressive DNA of a Coupe on all X6 models. Multi-function seats are
to create the X6 and the new Sports Activity standard on the X6 M50i and optional on the
Coupe class. Since then, over 443,000 of the 40i models. Extended Merino Leather, BMW
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) rear extroverted BMW X6 have been purchased Individual Full Merino Leather and a leather
suspension on front-wheel drive models by customers world-wide. dashboard are all available as upgrades to
and Multi-link rear suspension on all- The new 2020 BMW X6’s muscular suit every level of desired luxury.
wheel drive models form and sharp, creased lines are the The X6 M50i is powered by a new and
• Strong and rigid body composed of 61 external visuals for a combination of the immensely potent version of BMW’s 4.4-
percent advanced high-strength steel most advanced powertrain, chassis, safety, liter eight-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged
and further enhanced with 374 feet of driving assistance and technology systems engine. This updated engine features two,
structural adhesives that BMW has to offer. All with the added twin-scroll turbochargers with air-to-water
• Choice of three drive modes – Normal, benefit of a luxurious interior space for up to intercooling, High Precision Injection,
Eco, Sport – each using specific settings five passengers, all-surface and all-weather VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control
for powertrain, drivetrain and steering capability and an available factory trailer and Double-VANOS variable camshaft
mapping to provide the desired driving package rated for up to 7,200 lbs towing. timing. This combination delivers 523 hp
experience The new X6 will be produced at Plant between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft
• Av a i l a b l e a c t i v e o n - d e m a n d a l l - Spartanburg in South Carolina alongside of torque between 1,800 – 4,600 rpm - an
wheel drive1 (AWD) system, similar in the X3, X4, X5 and X7. As BMW’s largest increase of 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque over
technological design to the award-winning production plant, Spartanburg is the center the previous model’s output.
Telluride, provides all-weather capabilities of global X vehicle competence, employs A new aluminum alloy has been used to
and enhanced driving performance with a over 10,000 people and is supported by 300 increase the strength of the engine block.
center locking differential that splits power suppliers across the U.S. 70 percent of the X The wire-arc sprayed iron coating for the
equally between the front and rear wheels vehicles produced in Plant Spartanburg are cylinder walls serves to reduce frictional
for more severe environments. The AWD exported to 140 countries worldwide making losses. Reinforced, Grafal-coated pistons and
system also makes use of torque vectoring, BMW the largest exporter of vehicles, by optimized piston rings are designed to endure
which increases traction by predicting value, from the U.S. the stress on the crank drive that comes with
which wheel will best utilize power in a MSRP pricing starts at $64,300 for the the extra output and torque. To enhance
given on-road situation. This enhances new 2020 X6 sDrive40i, $66,600 for the engine smoothness, torsional vibration is
stability in corners and gives the vehicle X6 xDrive40i and $85,650 for the X6 M50i. minimized with the help of a viscous damper
more connection to the road. Pricing does not include $995 Destination. on the crankshaft.

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on both street and track. For those who want its coolant ducts to be routed in a way that
the ultimate in performance, both the X3 optimizes temperature management.
M and X4 M will be available in 503 hp This latest incarnation of M TwinPower
Competition versions. Turbo technology features two mono-scroll
The new M models will be built at Plant turbochargers, which supply compressed air
Spartanburg in South Carolina, the home to cylinders 1 – 3 and 4 – 6 respectively. The
of X vehicle competency for the BMW engine’s power output is enhanced through
Group. Plant Spartanburg is the largest BMW the use of upgraded turbo compressor wheels
production plant in the world, employing and a water-to-air intercooler. A flow-
11,000 people and is supported by 300 optimized air intake system reduces pressure
suppliers across the U.S. 70% of the vehicles losses, while an electronically controlled
The X6 M50i comes standard with an produced at Plant Spartanburg are exported wastegate enhances turbo response.
M Sport exhaust system allowing for the overseas making BMW the largest exporter High Precision Injection technology
tuned, selectable exhaust note to be adjusted of vehicles from the U.S. by value. raises maximum fuel injection pressure
by the driver with the press of a button. The from 200 bar to 350 bar, enabling extremely
M Sport exhaust is also available on the The latest M TwinPower Turbo engine efficient mixing of fuel and air. The fine
6-cylinder X6 models when the M Sport technology. atomization of the fuel in the combustion
Package is selected. The new BMW M S58 six-cylinder chambers reduces emissions, especially
The BMW X6 M50i accelerates from a in-line engine found under the hood of under full acceleration loads and at high
standstill to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, 0.5 the first-ever X3 M and X4 M features a speeds. The engine technology is rounded
seconds quicker than the outgoing X6 model. forged crankshaft allowing it to handle off by VALVETRONIC fully variable
Top speeds are electronically limited to 130 extremely high levels of torque. The forged valve timing and Double-VANOS variable
mph when the vehicle is equipped with all- crankshaft’s low weight and reduced rotating camshaft timing.
season tires and 155 mph when equipped mass also allow the engine to rev to a 7,200 The six-cylinder in-line engine in the
with summer performance tires. rpm redline. The closed-deck design of the first-ever X3 M and X4 M produces its peak
six-cylinder engine’s block ensures it is torque of 442 lb.-ft. between 2,600 and 5,600
incredibly rigid, paving the way for higher rpm and between 2,600 and 5,950 rpm in the
2020 BMW X4 M Competition combustion pressure and increased power. BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M
BMW introduces the newest vehicles The wire-arc sprayed-on iron coating for Competition models. Maximum horsepower
to join the exclusive BMW M line-up; the the cylinder walls reduces both engine output is generated between 5,600 and 7,300
first-ever 2020 BMW X3 M Sports Activity weight and frictional losses. In addition, the rpm in the X3 M and X4 M and between
Vehicle and the first-ever 2020 BMW X4 M cylinder head has a core manufactured using 5,950 and 7,300 rpm in the Competition
Sports Activity Coupe. Powered by the high- 3D printing. This additive manufacturing models. The BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M
revving, 473 hp S58 3.0 liter 6-cylinder M process enables geometric forms to be accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds,
TwinPower Turbo engine, the newest M SAV created that are beyond the capability of while the Competition models hit the 60
variants are built with more than 40 years conventional metal casting techniques. 3D mph mark in 4.0 seconds. The top speed of
of BMW M’s experience in developing high printing technology has cut the weight of the all models is electronically limited to 155
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color to Pacifica’s already class-leading Pacifica gas models and available with
functional interior. The exclusive Red S eight-passenger seating for the first time.
interior features Rodèo Red premium Nappa Pacifica Touring L and Touring L Plus
leather two-tone seats accented by Light models include standard driver seat memory,
Diesel Grey stitching and piping and a “S” while the Pacifica Hybrid Touring model
logo on the seatbacks. Silver Metal Brush adds a standard universal garage door opener,
hydro bezels embellish the instrument panel second-row sunshades and an available
and door trim. Stow ‘n Place roof rack. Pacifica Hybrid
Exterior finishes include a Red S liftgate Limited now features second-row, one-touch
badge and Black Noise Chrysler wing windows.
badges with Velvet Red inserts. The Pacifica The popular S Appearance model,
specified, the limit rises to 173 mph for the Red S Edition rides on 20-inch wheels introduced in 2017, is also available for the
X3 M and X4 M and up to 177 mph for the (18-inch on Pacifica Hybrid) with a Black 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Chrysler
Competition models. Noise finish. The package is rounded out Pacifica Hybrid at an MSRP of $795. An
by Advanced SafetyTec, featuring many of option chosen by one of every three
the more than 100 standard and available Pacifica owners, the S Appearance features
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited safety and security features of the Pacifica, black accents inside and out, creating
Chrysler is turning up the heat in the 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio a customized, athletic look, and includes
minivan segment, adding a new Red S and KeySense. 18-inch wheels with a Black Noise finish and
Edition for the 2020 model year. The new The Red S Edition will be available in badging, Gloss Black accents throughout the
Red S Edition builds on the popularity of the a range of six exterior paint color options, exterior and an all-black interior with black
Chrysler Pacifica S model, adding a crimson including the new-for-2020 Ceramic Grey seats with Light Diesel Gray accents and the
customized attitude for the no-compromise Clear Coat, as well as Brilliant Black Crystal “S” logo.
minivan. Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear
The new Red S Edition package is Coat, Billet Metallic Clear Coat, Bright
available on both Pacifica Limited gas and White Clear Coat and Maximum Steel Clear 2020 Hyundai Venue SEL
hybrid (late availability) models. Ordering Coat. Recently, at the 2019 New York
is now open for gas models at Chrysler International Auto Show, Hyundai introduced
dealerships at a U.S. Manufacturer ’s its all-new 2020 Venue, the latest SUV to
Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,995 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica join its growing product lineup. Venue is
for the Red S Edition package. Hybrid packed with a host of premium driver
Also new for the 2020 lineup, a safety and convenience technologies and is
Red S Edition: A burst of color for honeycomb grille pattern now comes the perfect fit for those seeking a seamless
Pacifica’s flexible interior standard on the Pacifica Hybrid models. combination of style and versatility. Venue
The new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition New available interior design elements will be the most affordable Hyundai SUV,
builds on FCA’s 35-year legacy as the include Nova Black bezels on the instrument and joins its larger siblings including the
minivan leader and innovator, bringing a panel and door trim. A dual-pane panoramic North American Utility of the Year Kona
new look and a huge burst of attitude and sunroof option is now available on all and Kona Electric, Tucson, Santa Fe, the

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abundance of playful and practical features • High Tumble Combustion System by


including seamless safety, versatility and optimizing the port and valve shapes
connectivity. • Maximized Thermal Efficiency by
The design of the new Venue exhibits reducing the surface-to-volume ratio
small but confident body forms, delivering • C o o l i n g S y s t e m O p t i m i z a t i o n
a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature incorporating a cross-flow configuration
design language. The vehicle side profile and narrow water jacket core to speed up
showcases a solid and full volume wheel cabin warming
arch and strong character line, while the front • Dual Port Fuel Injection with improved
cascading grille includes the new Hyundai injectors and optimized spray targeting
8-passenger Palisade and NEXO. Venue will signature face that’s found on both Kona and with a sophisticated injection strategy
be built in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in NEXO, including composite LED lights and • Integrated Thermal Management System
Hyundai dealerships in the fourth quarter of cube shape headlamps. This unique character (ITMS) featuring a 2-way rotary control
this year. line continues through the tail lamps. Venue valve, distributing engine coolant to the
“The all-new Venue might be small is available with striking 17-inch alloy radiator, transmission warmer and heater
in size, but it’s big on practicality and wheels along with the 15-inch standard core module along with a 6-phase control
personality,” said Mike O’Brien, vice wheels. strategy to prioritize coolant and heat flow
president of Product, Corporate and Digital Fuel economy is an important for passenger comfort in cold weather and
Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Its consideration for customers who purchase an temperature management in hot weather
bold and unique character sets it apart from entry-level vehicle. Venue won’t disappoint • High Ignition Energy EGR system with
other SUVs on the market, offering a unique, thanks to Hyundai’s Smartstream Gamma an external EGR cooler to expand the
entry-level vehicle for those consumers 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Dual EGR-operated region for improved fuel
seeking savvy design with an abundance of Port Fuel Injection (DPFI) engine is paired economy
standard safety, technology and connectivity with either a six-speed manual transmission
features.” or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) Hyundai’s first and internally developed
Venue conveys a fun, yet functional automatic. Based on internal estimates, proprietary IVT offers a shift control
design in a versatile and modern compact Venue is estimated to deliver up to 33 miles strategy which enhances shift response
package. For those constantly on-the- per gallon (City/Highway combined). through a continuous range of effective
go, Venue offers adaptability to the urban Numerous design changes were made gear ratios. The ability to match a gear ratio
entrepreneur lifestyle many consumers to the Smartstream Gamma 1.6 engine to with engine operating conditions provides
e x p e r i e n c e i n t o d a y ’s f a s t - p a c e d realize fuel economy improvements while a number of benefits including smooth
environment. From everyday workplace maintaining power and torque. To improve transition of engine operating speeds and
activities to weekend fun, Venue is a great fuel economy, Venue incorporates a number improved fuel efficiency. SG
fit in accommodating busy lifestyles with an of design changes including:
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and unique suspension tuning with Bilstein rotors with six-piston front calipers and
three-mode adaptive damping, all combining four-piston rear calipers. Stopping distance
to deliver improved performance on the is 107 feet, three feet shorter than the non-
street, strip and road course. Widebody Scat Pack from 60-0 mph.
Following on the success of offering the Suspension upgrades for the 2020 Charger
Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody for the Scat Pack Widebody include:
2019 model year, Dodge is also making the • Modified springs, sway bars and shocks
Widebody Package available on the Charger • Increased front spring rates, which are 27
Scat Pack for 2020. percent stiffer
This wider Scat Pack is powered by • Larger rear sway bar, expanded from 19
the 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 engine with mm to 22 mm
the best-in-class naturally aspirated 485 • Revised damper calibration to match
2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Plus horsepower mated to the TorqueFlite 8HP70 suspension tuning revisions
Dodge is literally expanding its high- eight-speed transmission. It features its • Launch Control, Launch Assist and Line
performance Charger models for 2020, own upgraded specially tuned suspension Lock features come standard on all Scat
adding a Widebody Package to America’s with Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping, Pack models.
only four-door muscle car. standard EPS with selectable steering
Powered by the proven supercharged tuning, and wider wheels and tires to The 2020 Charger Scat Pack Widebody
6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine, the reach unprecedented levels of lateral grip, builds on the stellar attributes of the Scat
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody acceleration and braking, delivering its best Pack, improving street, strip and road
boasts a best-in-class 707 horsepower and on-road and on-track performance levels course performance compared with the non-
650 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers a top speed ever. Widebody Charger Scat Pack. It delivers
of 196 miles per hour (mph), maintaining its Standard wheels on the Charger Scat Pack 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, a quarter-mile
reign as the most powerful and fastest mass- Widebody are 20-inch by 11-inch “Devil’s ET in 12.4 seconds @ 111 mph, pulls .98 g
produced sedan in the world. Rim” split-five spoke with Low-gloss lateral grip on the skidpad, brakes 60-0 in
The Widebody Package, standard Granite finish. Optional wheels are 20-inch 107 feet and finishes 1.3 seconds faster on a
on Charger SRT Hellcat and available on by 11-inch finished in Carbon Black. 2.1-mile road course, which is equal to eight
Charger Scat Pack, includes new integrated Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season car lengths per lap.
fender flares that add 3.5 inches of body performance tires are standard; three-season
width, creating an even more aggressive, tires are available.
planted stance. The flares make room for the The superb stopping power of the Charger 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited
wider 20-inch by 11-inch wheels and Pirelli Scat Pack Widebody comes from the Hyundai recently introduced its all-new
305/35ZR20 tires, Brembo six-piston front standard SRT-engineered Brembo braking 2020 Sonata at the New York International
calipers with two-piece front brake rotors system with two-piece 15.4-inch front brake Auto Show, marking the North American

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debut of Hyundai’s longest-standing a new Hyundai design theme—a portfolio of


and most successful model. The eighth- vehicles that, like chess pieces on a board,
generation Sonata is unlike any of its look and behave differently, each with a clear
predecessors, showcasing Hyundai’s role and function, but together exemplify a
Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy, cohesive team.
an all-new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine Sonata has a distinct tension on the side,
and segment-first technology that can be using a harmonious blend of two sharp
personalized. Production of the 2020 Sonata character lines and pure volumes. Concave
starts in September at Hyundai Motor and convex forms are also carefully
Manufacturing Alabama and retail sales orchestrated to provide a sexy, coupe-like
begin in October. character.
“Sonata is our signature product,” said The latest Sonata is the first model to be
Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, based on Hyundai’s new, innovative vehicle Customers can choose between two
corporate and digital planning, Hyundai platform, which delivers increased strength Smartstream gasoline powertrains: a 2.5
Motor America. “Having been one of our and reduced weight to enable improvements GDI and a 1.6 T-GDI engine, both mated to
first and most successful nameplates, Sonata in design, safety, efficiency and driving an eight-speed automatic transmission. The
is our legacy, and it needs to be special and performance. The car uses an extensive new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine, with
memorable in all attributes. Sonata signifies application of advanced technologies high-efficiency combustion, cooled EGR
our vision for future Hyundai designs, great to boost comfort, convenience and active and an optimized ITMS cooling system,
active safety systems and cutting-edge safety. It is also the first model to premiere a boasts a generous 191 horsepower at 6,100
technology that is effortless.” new collaboration with Bose® to deliver an rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm,
The new-generation Sonata is the first exceptional audio experience to customers. plus an expected combined EPA estimated
sedan designed with Hyundai’s Sensuous “The Sonata holds a special significance fuel economy of 33 mpg. Meanwhile, the
Sportiness design language. It is a fully for our company as one of the longest- new Smartstream G1.6 T-GDI has 180
transformed vehicle showcasing a sporty standing and most successful models in horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of
four-door-coupe look. The 2020 Sonata the global market,” said Albert Biermann, torque at 1,500–4,500 rpm and is expected to
represents Hyundai’s new focus on creating president and head of R&D Division, achieve an EPA estimated 31 mpg combined,
emotional value using proportion, styling Hyundai Motor Group. “The new-generation thanks to its world-first Continuously
and technology. From the front, the 2020 Sonata is a fully transformed vehicle packed Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) system.
Sonata is unlike any other Hyundai. The with advanced personalization technology,
design is all-new, with cues that don’t a new platform and an array of ADAS
immediately appear Hyundai-like and thus technologies. We are confident that our 2019 Kia Niro EV EX Premium
encourage customers to take a second look. customers will be pleasantly surprised by this The new Niro EV opens a world of
The 2020 Sonata embodies the evolution of innovative new model.” new possibilities for consumers who love

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and features of the Niro EV battery and • Four drive modes – Eco, Normal,
powertrain include: Sport and Eco+ – that automatically
• 201-horsepower electric motor with 291 adjust regenerative braking level, air
lb.-ft. of torque conditioning and heating settings, and
• Charging protocol changed to CCS and even set speed limits to help manage
battery can now charge at 100kW operating efficiency3
• Combined Charging System (CCS) DC • Smart regenerative braking operated via
fast-charge is standard equipment – paddle shifters provides drivers the ability
approximately 100-mile recharge in to slow the car and capture kinetic energy,
30 minutes or 80 percent total battery returning energy to the battery and adding
capacity in 75 minutes extra range. Drivers can choose from four
• Level 2 (240v) at 7.2 kWh charger needs regen braking levels (0 to 3) depending
approximately 9.5 hours for a full charge on how aggressive drivers want the regen
effort and energy efficiency (range) needs
crossover characteristics but also want all The Driving Experience — A Blast on the • Brake and Hold System feature allows
the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Road and Flexible, Too regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a
Not only can they have all the functionality With 291 lb.-ft. of torque, the Niro EV’s full stop, adding energy to the battery that
of a traditional crossover, but they can have powerful electric motor offers plenty of would be lost using normal braking4
it while happily driving past filling stations. pull and, well, electrifying get-up-and-go. • S m a r t R e g e n S y s t e m a d j u s t s t h e
Add to that a low center of gravity due to regenerative braking level based on a
Powertrain and Battery the floor-mounted battery pack and a 106.3 vehicle being detected in front of the Niro
Energy and power for Niro EV comes inch-long wheelbase, the Niro EV delivers EV and can create smoother coast-down
from a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled 64kWh a vehicle that’s entertaining to drive, stable driving, especially when descending a
lithium ion polymer battery that is packaged and feels planted and substantial on the road. steep road5
under the floor of the vehicle to allow for Of course, driving style affects the amount • Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the
minimal passenger space intrusion. Fast of energy expended, and the Niro EV is instrument cluster that helps to keep
charging2 rates are brief, so even extended equipped with a variety of tools that put lots the driver aware of real-time power
road trips can continue after only short of useful energy management control in the distribution based on accelerator pedal
charging intervals. Some specifications driver’s hands, including: input SG
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1950 – 1979* Volkswagen Bus


The idea of economies of scale is nothing
new for Volkswagen. The Bus (officially
known as T1 or T2), launched in 1949, was
available as a work van, a passenger van, a
pick-up truck, a flatbed truck, and a camper
van, as well as any number of specialty
uses including police and fire department
vehicles. The broad range of applications
allowed Volkswagen to spread engineering
costs over millions of vehicles, keeping
purchase prices down for buyers for over
30 years—and more. While the last bus
sold in the U.S. was a 1979 model, the bus
continued to be built in Brazil until the 2014
model year.

1965 – 1974 Volkswagen Type 3


Volkswagen’s Type 3, known first as
simply the VW 1500, made its debut at the
Frankfurt Auto Show in 1961, in coupe and
swooping Karmann Ghia coupe form. Just
a year later, a two-door wagon version (the
1500 Variant) was launched, using the same
rear-engined chassis and flat-four engine
configuration. In 1966, the Type 3 was
imported to the U.S., and the Volkswagen
1600 TL joined the lineup in 1966, giving a
“fastback” version of the same platform to
those who were looking for a practical, yet
sporting, vehicle.

1971 – 1975 Volkswagen Type 4


In 1968, Volkswagen launched the Type
4—called the VW 411, it was initially
offered in both wagon and notchback
formats, as well as in two- and four-
door models. The new platform offered
independent suspension and could be
outfitted with an automatic transmission.
The Type 4 wouldn’t be offered in the U.S.
until 1971, and in 1972, the Type 4 was
updated and named the VW 412. A cabriolet
concept further cemented the versatility of
the platform, but wasn’t actually produced.

1974 – Present Volkswagen Passat


First released in Europe in 1973, and
brought to the U.S. first under the name
Dasher and later Quantum, the Volkswagen
Passat was available in sedan and wagon
formats, in two- and four-door versions.
Significantly, it was built on a modular kit
system that was shared with the Audi 80,
#TBT: Shared architecture, but different the same architecture across multiple similar in idea to the shared architectures
designs - a Volkswagen vehicle for designs brings the benefits of increased used in production today. This allowed the
everyone engineering budgets to each variation but democratization of high-end engineering
Through the decades, Volkswagen has helps keep prices low. Consider the award- across the model range. In 2008, the
thoughtfully built its vehicles on platforms winning MQB chassis—some $60 billion Volkswagen CC was born of Passat roots,
that are engineered to satisfy a wide variety was spent in development, but nearly every featuring a sweeping four-door coupe
of use cases. While there’s a financial new Volkswagen sits on it now, with some aesthetic. In 2017, the Arteon carried on
benefit, the consumer gains, too—sharing starting at less than $20,000 MSRP. the concept in Europe—being built on the

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same MQB platform as the European-market


Passat—and was brought to the U.S. in 2019.

1974 – Present Volkswagen Golf


The most dynamic model in all of
Volkswagen history is without question,
the Golf. Through the decades, it has been
available in three-, four-, and five-door
variants, cabriolet format, and as a lifted
off-road vehicle in the form of the Country
Syncro. When first offered in the U.S. in
1975, it was called the Rabbit. Both the
sporting Volkswagen Scirocco and swooping
Corrado are Golf variants, as was a Golf-
based pick-up truck as far back as 1980, and
European markets even saw a minivan in
the Touran in 2003. What’s more, the Golf
has been available with gasoline-power,
diesel engines, and electric motors. The Mk 7
Golf family included six variants in the U.S.
Volkswagen lineup, from the all-wheel drive
Golf Alltrack wagon to the high-performance
Golf R hatchback.

1980 – Present Volkswagen Jetta


First built in 1979 in notchback coupe
form, the Jetta was largely based on the Golf,
sparking a fraternal relationship that would five-passenger SUV with a lower roofline
continue through the present day. As the 2017 – Present Volkswagen Atlas and a dramatically angled rear hatch that
Jetta grew up, it dropped its two-door trim, Built for the U.S. market and launched still offers the all-weather functionality and
and was offered in sedan and wagon trims, for the 2018 model year, the Atlas was much of the cargo carrying capacity of its
with gasoline, diesel, and hybrid drivetrains. born as a seven-passenger SUV to fill the bigger brother—not to mention its low price
Today, the Jetta shares its MQB platform needs of growing families. It has already of entry.
with the Golf, and when it was offered in seen its first variation in the form of the
wagon form (2009 – 2014), the Jetta was a Atlas Cross Sport, a dynamically-styled *Sales years SG
Golf; just with a different nametag.

MLF Announces Premiere Episode of the Outdoor Channel on Saturday, April 18. About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing’s Cup Overflow “It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing
Watch Party Show Pilot Episode Features first episode of Major League Fishing’s Cup (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of
MLF Pros Brent Chapman, Ott DeFoe and Overflow. The show gives fans complete competitive bass fishing into America’s
Wesley Strader Breaking Down the On-The- access to what is going through our heads living rooms on Outdoor Channel,
Water Action as They View for First Time as we relive our time on the water,” said Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network,
Major League Fishing (MLF) Chapman, winner of the Patriot Cup World Fis hing N e tw ork, Spor t sm an
announced recently the premiere Elimination Round 3. “They get to hear it Channel, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV
episode of Major League Fishing’s Cup all – the jokes, the questions, and the true (MOTV). The Bass Pro Tour consists of
Overflow is now available for viewing at breakdowns that happen as we watch the eight events and a championship streamed
MajorLeagueFishing.com. MLF Cup episodes for the very first time, together.” live on http://www.MajorLeagueFishing.
Overflow features pro anglers that compete The premiere and future episodes of com and MOTV.
in the MLF Cup events together in a watch Major League Fishing’s Cup Overflow In late 2019, MLF acquired FLW
party, viewing the episode for the first time can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/ which expands their portfolio to include
and allowing fishing fans to watch the show videos/overflow. the world’s largest grassroots fishing
right alongside the competitors. The Sqwincher Patriot Cup Presented by organization, including the strongest five-
New episodes of Cup Overflow will Venmo continues with Sudden Death Round fish format professional bass fishing tour,
premiere each Wednesday afternoon, 1 on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. EST on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, as well
in conjunction with the latest television the Outdoor Channel. Nine anglers will race as the Toyota Series, Phoenix Bass Fishing
broadcasts of the MLF Cup events. Episode to be one of the first four pros to reach the League presented by T-H Marine, and Abu
No. 1 features pros Brent Chapman, Ott Target Weight for the right to advance on to Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI,
DeFoe and Wesley Strader breaking down the Championship Round. and High School Fishing presented by
Elimination Round 3 of the Sqwincher For a complete listing of the Favorite Fishing. SG
Patriot Cup Presented by Venmo from MLF television schedule, visit
Muskogee, Oklahoma, which premiered on MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule.
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