Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 19:40

Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy! this week? Kicking off its 36th season, the popular game show featured MotorTrend Car of the Year as a whole category. It highlighted a variety of past winners of our annual Car of the Year award. See if you can guess them as they appeared on the show:

For $1000: This sporty pre-Mustang Ford
For $600: This Chevy sports car, about 30 years overdue
For $800: This Chrysler tall sedan
For $200: This pioneering Toyota model
For $400: This maker’s Giulia was the Alfa dog

If you guessed 1958 Thunderbird, 1984 Corvette, 2001 PT Cruiser, 2004 Prius, and 2018 Alfa Romeo, you are correct.

If you’re curious about all of our past Car of the Year award winners, click here for a full rundown.

Video courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

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11 Best SUVs for Big Families

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 19:03

Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who buy big, honking vehicles and rarely fill the seats on a daily basis. But there are also consumers out there with big families who actually do need all 3 rows and some cargo space for all their gear.

One way to go is a wagon, and there are elegant solutions, including the Volvo V90, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Buick Regal TourX.

But who are we kidding? Most shoppers will bypass wagons and head straight for the SUV aisle. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the newer 3-row SUVs for large families worth consideration.

Kia Telluride

This is Kia’s first foray into the large SUV segment, and it’s an impressive entry. The 3-row Telluride has a strong SUV stance and stands out on the road with its square headlights.

The Koreans have surveilled the landscape well and added clever touches any family can appreciate. Materials are premium, fit and finish is top notch, all the amenities are included, and it’s a tremendous value starting at $32,735 with a $2,000 charge for all-wheel drive. You can get a well-equipped model for $46,000.

The Telluride has the largest passenger space in its class, making it one of the best SUVs for a big family. The second-row seats move quickly and easily out of the way to access the third row, and there’s lots of legroom. Second-row passengers should love the phone pocket in the storage pouch on the front seat backs, the USB ports on the sides of the front seats, diffused air from the roof-mounted air vents, and grab handles molded into the doors to better access the third row. The Telluride is technically an eight-seater, though the third-row middle seat is a tight fit.

Power comes from a 291-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s a full flight of safety systems that help the vehicle accelerate, brake, stay in its lane, and perform an emergency stop.

Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai’s take on the 3-row SUV offers enviable passenger space. It shares a platform with the Kia Telluride, and both have the same 291-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission, but they present differently.

The Palisade is more like a sleek minivan and has a more mature feel with its diamond-patterned quilted leather seats. It also has a 12.3-inch digital cluster, clever storage, and 16 cupholders, so it’s a great SUV for a large family.

The Hyundai has more standard features than the Kia, such as the self-leveling suspension and power-folding third row. The tailgate is height adjustable, has two different speeds, and can be opened by standing within 3 feet for 3 seconds.

The Rear Seat Quiet mode feature is standard on the Palisade and an option on the Telluride. It limits media audio to the front row, keeping the back rows quiet. You can also turn the rear speakers into a PA system to talk to the kids in the heated and cooled seats in the back rows.

The eight-passenger Palisade starts at $32,595, which is $140 less than the Telluride.

Ford Explorer

The driver will appreciate the 3-row Explorer’s move to a new rear-drive platform, which provides a livelier ride. If traction is a concern, don’t worry: All trim levels have available all-wheel drive.

The base engine of the 2020 Explorer is a 300-hp, 310-lb-ft 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 with a 10-speed. Ford has added a hybrid, pairing the electric motors to the 318-hp, 322-lb-ft 3.3-liter V-6 and enabling it to tow 5,000 pounds, so this could be one of the best SUVs for large families with a boat or trailer.

There’s also a performance ST for the first time, powered by the 400-hp, 415-lb-ft twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. But it’s not just about power; there are numerous drive modes that give it full capability on any surface.

For all those kids, the seven-passenger Explorer has comfortable second-row seats that are easy to pull forward to get to the third row and a wider sill to climb into the vehicle. There’s also lots of headroom. It comes in third in cargo capacity after the Chevrolet Traverse and VW Atlas.

The Explorer starts at $37,770.

Toyota Highlander

The 3-row 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a complete makeover and moves to Toyota’s TNGA global architecture, which should give it better ride and handling.

Seating includes second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger vehicle or a bench seat to carry eight. Second-row passengers get two USB ports, a 120-volt outlet, and climate controls. The new Highlander could be one of the best SUVs for a large family with lot of gear; cargo room behind the third row increases from 13.8 cubic feet to 16.1.

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is gone, but the 295-hp, 263-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 carries over with the eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional; it still tows 5,000 pounds and should still get 21/27/23 city/highway/combined mpg with AWD. Dynamic Torque Vectoring—this is the second application after the RAV4—has been added to the upper trims.

The Highlander hybrid gets Toyota’s 2.5-liter Dynamic Force I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined 240 hp. It runs on the Atkinson cycle and has an updated CVT. It can still tow 3,500 pounds.

Toyota Safety Sense is standard.

The new Highlander goes on sale in December with the hybrid following in early 2020.

Honda Pilot

A perennial favorite, Honda has given the seven-passenger Pilot some upgrades to keep it in the hunt with so much fresh new competition. To burnish its reputation for safety, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, has been made standard on all Pilots.

It has a 280-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic (nine-speed on higher trim levels), which has been reprogrammed and upgraded in response to customer complaints about harshness.

With a starting price of $32,645, the 3-row Pilot may not be the newest or the roomiest, but it’s still among the best SUVs for big families.

Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln has brought back the Aviator nameplate, but the vehicle is no longer truck-based. It uses Ford’s new rear-wheel-drive architecture and has a more carlike ride, but it includes all-wheel drive and off-road modes.

It’s also powerful. The base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produces 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque; the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid is powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6  mated to a 13.6-kW-hr battery and an electric motor to deliver an eye-opening 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work with a refined 10-speed automatic that makes smooth shifts with either powertrain.

Design-wise, it’s one of the best in the segment, both inside and out, with beautiful materials, an incredible Revel stereo, and an overall sense of pampering for passengers in all rows with 30-way adjustable seats with heat, ventilation, and massage.

The Aviator starts at $52,195.

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes redid the GLS with the goal of making it the S-Class of 3-row SUVs. The interior is beautifully furnished and finished, and it offers tons of tech. The row of vents across the dash is functional and aesthetic.

Moving the second row bench for access to the third row is painfully slow; consider captain’s chairs if you don’t need the extra seat.

This SUV has a beast of an engine and handles nicely, aided by its air suspension. The base engine is a smooth 362-hp, 369-lb-ft 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 and comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. If you want more power and some deep growl, go for the 483-hp, 516-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the GLS 580. With either engine, the GLS ranks among the best family SUVs.

The GLS is athletic on-road and is as capable as a mountain goat off-road. The seven-passenger GLS starts at $76,195.

VW Atlas

This is a big seven-seater with 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second- and third-row seats stowed. That’s 2.1 cubic feet more than in a Chevrolet Tahoe, which is 5.6 inches longer. It has massive rear doors and a roomy second row with seats that fold and slide easily.

We had a long-termer with the 276-hp, 266-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic. The base engine is a 235-hp, 258-lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo-four with front-wheel drive only; you have to upgrade to the V-6 for AWD. The four-cylinder can feel underpowered when the 3-row Atlas is full.

The 2020 Atlas is expected to start about $32,000.

Subaru Ascent

The Ascent, Subaru’s first 3-row SUV, made it to the semi-finals of MotorTrend’s March Mayhem vehicle shootout.

It rides on Subaru’s new global platform, which gives it good ride and handling, and it’s the first vehicle to get Subaru’s new 260-hp, 277-lb-ft 2.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged flat-four engine with a CVT. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the EyeSight suite of active safety features.

All seats recline, and everyone gets a sun shade, a reading light, and ventilation in the ceiling. Grab handles are thoughtfully placed on the inside shoulders of the second-row seats to ease entry to the very back. Convenience features like these add the Ascent to the ranks of the best family SUVs.

The eight-passenger Ascent starts at $33,005.

Chevrolet Traverse

This seven-passenger SUV is longer and wider than most in the segment and has the most cargo room in the class with the third-row seats up or down. It has about a trunk’s worth more space than a Honda Pilot. The 3-row Traverse has a 120.9-inch wheelbase and is 204.3 inches long.

The base engine is a 300-hp four-cylinder with an optional 310-hp, 266-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6. They are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. The Traverse offers a nice, planted ride with little body roll. It’s easy to get at the LATCH points for child seats.

The Traverse made it to the quarter finals of MotorTrend’s family car shootout. It’s a bargain starting at $30,995.

Mazda CX-9

Most 3-row SUVs, especially in this price range (expected to start about $35,000), will never return a memorable drive like this. The CX-9 isn’t most SUVs, though. It drives better, looks prettier, and keeps more focus on the person behind the wheel.

The seven-passenger CX-9 offers a sportier ride but less interior room—the CX-9’s 71.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity trails key competitors by 10 to 15 cubic feet. Second- and third-row comfort is decent for this family SUV.

Big boys

We have concentrated on car-based SUVs. Those with extra-large families and needs can go to the big, body-on frame SUVs that can pull a house. We’re talking Cadillac Escalade—a good deal these days as we await the next generation. Or the GMC Yukon Denali XL with its 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 or the nine-passenger Chevy Suburban, all of which need an update.

Ford has the massive Expedition and Expedition Max with a twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive.

The newest, most attractive offering in this space right now is the Lincoln Navigator, with a wheelbase 3.4 inches longer than the Aviator; the stretched Navigator L has a massive 131.6-inch wheelbase.

Best SUVs for Big Families

Kia Telluride$32,735
Hyundai Palisade$32,595
Ford Explorer$37,770
Toyota Highlander*$31,830
Honda Pilot – $32,645
Lincoln Aviator$52,195
Mercedes-Benz GLS – $76,195
Volkswagen Atlas*$32,000
Subaru Ascent – $33,005
Chevrolet Traverse – $30,995
Mazda CX-9*$35,000

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 18:00
Americans like big things and there’s no bigger thing on four wheels than the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. The heavy duty truck looks bigger, it feels bigger, it is bigger, and it tows bigger things. The only thing that hasn’t grown is the price: starting at $38,095 including destination, the Silverado heavy is $300 less...
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Housing minister Esther McVey makes her first public address at RESI 2019

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:20
Minister for housing Esther McVey made clear her intention to prioritise home ownership in her first public address to the residential sector.
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ID Manchester launches international competition to build innovation district

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:06
The University of Manchester has officially launched an international competition to find a partner to invest in its ID Manchester innovation district.
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Neil Young to step down as Get Living chief executive

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:40
Get Living chief executive Neil Young is leaving the business after six years in the role.
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11 Sporty Sedans Under $40,000

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:00

There’s no arguing SUVs are hot right now. They may have ample cargo space, but they usually can’t match lower-riding vehicles when it comes handling. Fortunately, there are many sedans on the market that are both practical and ideal canyon carvers. Keep reading for 11 sporty sedans that we enjoy driving. All of the sporty 4-door cars on our list start under $40,000.

Kia Stinger

It may be a Kia, but this sporty 4-door car has the right formula to make European luxury carmakers uneasy. The Stinger benefits from strong acceleration and nimble handling even with the base 2.0-liter turbo-four with 255 hp, not to mention the GT’s potent twin-turbo V-6 with 365 hp. For the performance you get, you can’t beat its starting price of $33,985.

Genesis G70

Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand has already made its mark after coming into existence only four years ago. Along with the luxurious G80 and G90, Genesis offers the small and sporty G70. It sits on the same platform as the Kia Stinger, but offers a stiffer ride and even quicker reflexes. From its competent four- and six-cylinder engines to its well-appointed interior and quiet road manners, this is a well-balanced pick. This could be the 3 Series fighter to beat all 3 Series fighters. We like it so much we named it our 2019 Car of the Year.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s early production woes with the Model 3 were well worth the effort. The sleek EV has minimal body roll thanks to its low center of gravity, and we love its quick responses. While technically priced under $40,000, prices climb quickly with higher-performing variants like the Model 3 Dual Motor Performance.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Very few sporty sedans, if any, handle better than the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Starting just under $40,000, it tackles corners with poise and precision. The base 280-hp turbo-four engine impresses with strong acceleration, while managing 33 mpg on the highway. These are just a few of the reasons we named the Giulia our 2018 Car of the Year.

Dodge Charger

This isn’t your traditional sporty 4-door car. The Dodge Charger handles well for a large sedan—especially one based on an aging platform. If you want to maximize fun-to-dollar ratio, go for the R/T trim with a 5.7-liter V-8 packing 370 hp.

Honda Civic Si

With small performance and design updates for 2020, the Honda Civic Si sedan sells for a very comfortable $25,930. Not only has it survived the war against manual transmissions, it is available exclusively with a row-your-own option. We enjoy the light-shifting six-speed manual paired with a competent 1.5-liter turbo-four engine with 205 hp.

Honda Civic Type R

Priced under $40,000, the Civic Type R is still an affordable option for some, and it has a totally different personality from the Si. Along with exhibiting a more planted feel, it gets a punchier turbo-four engine with 306 hp, making it one of the most powerful sporty 4-door cars on this list.

Subaru WRX

We’re impressed by this sporty 4-door sedan’s bargain price tag and all-wheel-drive grip. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four will taunt you with some turbo lag off the line, but once you’re going, you’re rewarded with a strong 268 hp. Buyers can choose a six-speed manual or a surprisingly capable CVT.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

It may look like a regular Jetta with some red lipstick, but you’ll feel the difference when you get it on the road. The Jetta GLI gets its magic from the famed Golf GTI hatchback. This sporty sedan now makes the same 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque as the GTI, borrowing its sprightly 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. It benefits from balanced handling and remains sure-footed when carving a corner.

Hyundai Elantra Sport

With 201 hp under the hood, this isn’t the most powerful sporty sedan. But it’s engaging to drive; you can even drift it a little. And how can you argue with its $24,730 price tag?

Acura ILX

Priced from $26,895, the 2019 Acura ILX is a sharp-looking vehicle, especially in A-Spec trim. And it’s quite the performer, too. Although it only has 201 hp, it benefits from precise handling and a very smooth eight-speed dual-clutch.

Sporty 4-door sedans starting under $40,000

Kia Stinger – $33,985 | 255 Horsepower
Genesis G70$35,895 | 252 Horsepower
Tesla Model 3$36,200* | 235 Horsepower
Alfa Romeo Giulia – $38,990 | 280 Horsepower
Dodge Charger –  $31,769 | 292 Horsepower
Honda Civic Si$25,930 | 205 Horsepower
Honda Civic Type R – $35,595 | 306 Horsepower
Subaru WRX$30,155 | 268 Horsepower
Volkswagen Jetta GLI – $27,890 | 228 Horsepower
Hyundai Elantra Sport – $24,730 | 201 Horsepower
Acura ILX$26,895 | 201 Horsepower

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Is the Hyundai Kona the Right SUV for Your Road Trip?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:00

This summer, our long-term Hyundai Kona has finally had a few opportunities to stretch its legs. Several short trips have kept the odometer steadily climbing, with one trip in particular offering an opportunity to examine how useful the Kona’s cargo space is. In that context, though, it was with a solo driver over a single day. To truly test its mettle in this regard, we and the Kona needed an extended excursion away from home. With that in mind, my wife and I left the Los Angeles miasma behind for a week in one of the most remote parts of Colorado. This 2,000-mile round trip provided us a few opportunities to truly test the Kona in the wild.

Before we even left the driveway, I’d already learned a lot. The Kona is very much not a large vehicle, and I wasn’t sure how well it would carry a week’s worth of camping gear and supplies. I told my wife—many times, most often ignored—that I wanted to take no food with us, no extra blankets, no decorative throw pillows, and none of the other stuff we always seem to bring and never use. My goal was to fit a week’s worth of everything we needed from home without anything obscuring outward visibility.

We succeeded, mostly. In the Kona’s back seats, we fit 10 days of clothes for two people, two camp chairs, a 7-gallon water jug, a camp stove, two trail packs, another backpack, an emergency car battery, two blankets, two pairs of hiking boots, two fly rods, two grocery bags of food, and two boxes of miscellaneous camping supplies. In the rear cargo area, we fit a tent, two sleeping bags, two sleeping pads, two pillows, and a 54-quart cooler. This was more than I intended to bring, but I was pleasantly surprised that it all fit rather smoothly. We chose to leave the seats up, as it allowed better access to the rear footwells for some of our smaller or more malleable items, but we probably could’ve fit a bit more had we folded the seats.

To my surprise, the Kona seemed to drive no differently despite being loaded and then some. No, I wasn’t hauling heavy machinery, but I nonetheless expected to notice a difference. There probably was one, but it was slight; the Kona’s 1.6-liter turbo engine handled my stuff just fine, even when we hit the mountains and started to climb.

In fact, the entire trip was relaxing. The Kona makes a competent road-tripper. The seats are comfortable, the climate control has no issues keeping things cool in triple-digit weather, and it’s maneuverable in tight traffic and relaxing when the road opens up.

The open road also allowed for my first extended experience with lane keep assist in the Kona. In my daily driving, I haven’t had many opportunities to make use of the system. I mainly drive on surface streets at low speeds, and it doesn’t kick in until vehicle speed surpasses 40 mph. And even when it does kick in, it’s hard to notice a lot of the time. It wasn’t until we hit some gently curving mountain highways that I noticed the Kona adjusting for me. “Adjusting” is almost putting it mildly. Although I absolutely do not recommend you try this at home, the Kona is capable, in the right circumstances, of practically steering for you.

With cruise control set and my hands firmly on the wheel but not actually doing anything, the Kona successfully navigated long stretches of otherwise empty roads. Often, we complain about systems that ping-pong between lane lines instead of finding and maintaining the center, but the Kona felt smooth the entire time. It can’t handle tight turns, and the system doesn’t work unless the cameras can detect lines on both sides of the road (remember, it’s just lane keep assist, not an autonomous car), but when the parameters are met, the system is quite impressive. It’s a long way from Tesla Autopilot—the Kona frustratingly lacks adaptive cruise control on any trim—but it’s also a long way from the old days. My only criticism of the system: It frequently threw warnings to keep both hands on the wheel despite both hands being firmly on the wheel, and not just as I intentionally let it do its thing. But sensitivity here probably isn’t a bad thing.

Upon reaching our destination, the Kona’s job was mostly done. We wanted to try it out on a few mountain passes and see how far off-road it could go. But its 6.7 inches of ground clearance dissuaded me from attempting too much. Not that far from civilization, and not with 1,000 miles standing between us and home. Regardless, we didn’t need empirical evidence to see that most of the trails we drove down (in my in-laws’ Jeep Grand Cherokee) would have been beyond the Kona’s capability. We’d handled many of these same trails just two years earlier in a Jeep Renegade Sport. Needless to say, it was disappointing to come all that way only to have the Hyundai sit at camp all week while we played. Until this point, I had yet to find a criticism, but if off-roading is your thing, the Kona probably won’t fit all your needs. Hyundai might tell you it’s Big on Adventure, but that comes with a big asterisk. Yes, it offers a wonderful carlike ride to any destination, but it also offers carlike capability when you get there.

At the end of the week, we once again headed west, toward home. My mind briefly lingered on the off-road disappointment, but my thoughts quickly turned toward a deeper sadness. My dog. In her younger years, she loved the mountains, but now that she’s reached double digits and struggles to climb our stairs, we didn’t think it would be fair to ask her to climb a mountain. But I still wish she could’ve come. Could she have, though? Or what if we had a child? The Kona was a wonderful trip companion for two. What about three? We didn’t exactly leave a lot of room to spare.

Deal with a little dirt and leave some clothes at home. Don’t bother with the blankets or the water jug or the oversized cooler we didn’t need. I don’t even know how to fish, so why bring two rods? As I ran through a list of items we could’ve done without and tried to imagine what a dog or hypothetical child would need instead, I came to the conclusion that if you have a child or a dog, but not both, you could probably make the Kona work for a 10-day camping trip in the wild.

Read more about our long-term 2019 Hyundai Kona 1.6T AWD:

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2019 Genesis G70 Long-Term Arrival: South Korea’s Best Effort Yet

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:00

I need to get one thing out of the way first: I didn’t vote for the Genesis G70 to be MotorTrend Car of the Year. I was part of the underground movement trying to award it to the Honda Insight hybrid. But our effort was Sparta defending Thermopylae: valiant but doomed. And in the end, I can honestly say I’m fine with the Genesis having won. It deserved the honor of being the first South Korean vehicle to win an OTY award, and it won fair and square.

But this also means, dear reader, that my year-long loan period will not be a wet kiss to Hyundai’s luxury brand. Sure, a fanboi would wax lyrical about the latest entry into the hotly contested “Is the G70 better than a BMW 3 Series?” battle (Answer: Yes, as seen in a recent comparison test)

From my perspective, however, this means I may be a bit more judicious in describing my year-long experience (I can hear our VP of advertising sales screaming from his palatial office in Detroit as I type this). But that circumspect tone will only serve to help you better, in terms of defining the nascent Genesis brand’s place in the automotive world, and answering the questions that many of you have about this upstart entry:

Is the G70 just a Hyundai (or Kia) with better leather seats and stereo?
Is the G70 worth the price?
Is the G70 as good as the Germans or the Japanese?
Is the G70 service experience more like Lexus, or Hyundai?
And so on.

Trust me, over the course of the year, these questions will be answered. Just because a car wins Car of the Year doesn’t mean it cannot have faults. We will find them and call them out. You only hurt the ones you love, after all.

But we will also celebrate the G70’s victories, smart plays, and savvy decisions. And there are many, otherwise it never would have reached the top of our podium.

In ordering our COTY representative for a year-long loan, it was tempting to see if we could get a value-packed base model G70 with a 2.0-liter turbo-four to see if we could underprice a loaded Honda Accord (you can, BTW, as a base G70 starts at $35,895, and you can spec an Accord EX-L 2.0T all the way up to $36,034).

But the enthusiasts in the office (and my right foot) voted for the tire-melting 3.3-liter 365-hp, 376-lb-ft V-6 version. Turns out Genesis allows you to create a value-packed V-6 version, as well, for thousands (and thousands and thousands) less than the German triad. So, well done, there. The folks at Genesis must get up very early in the morning.

The G70 RWD 3.3T Elite sport sedan we ordered comes in at $43,750, plus $1,750 for the Elite package and $995 destination, totaling $46,495.

Sharp-eyed readers will see the price above and flip back to the October issue of MotorTrend, where Jonny Lieberman raved about the G70’s platform-sharing, slightly larger cousin—the Kia Stinger GT—which crossed the pricing scanner at $50,100. This pricing paradox for two nearly identically equipped vehicles, the more expensive one coming from the mass-market brand, is something that should be reconciled in Seoul. If Toyota priced a Lexus ES cheaper than a Camry XLE, heads would roll in Nagoya.

So, what do you get with a G70 for 46 large? A lot.

The throaty V-6 is mated to an eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rev match, along with a limited-slip differential. The 19-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires and clamped by Brembo ventilated front and rear disc brakes.

Lighting features include full LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, LED running lights, and LED turn indicator lights on the power-folding side mirrors.

Full leather seats provide the driver with 16-way adjustment and four-way lumbar support (the passenger seat gets a 12-and-4 adjustment pattern). Both driver and passenger get heated and ventilated seats.

A scan of the interior shows aluminum interior trim, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, and dual-zone climate control. Information comes from a 7.0-inch instrument panel screen and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and satellite radio blasting through a 15-speaker Lexicon stereo. There are three USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.

The G70’s smart cruise control brings the Genesis all the way to a dead stop. Safety features include seven airbags (including driver’s kneebag), forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic collision warning, lane keeping assist, driver attentiveness warning, and a rearview camera with parking guidelines.

Adding the Elite package nets rain-sensing wipers, parking distance warning, a “wide” sunroof, and a wireless charging pad.

In total, that’s a lot of stuff in a well-priced package. This is no stripped-down version designed to lure in someone who just wants the cheapest V-6 engine in the segment. This is value, pure and simple. As for how this package performs, stay tuned.

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Porsche Taycan EV: How We’d Build It

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:00

The all-electric Porsche Taycan is the most important product the German automaker has launched since the debut of its first SUV—the Cayenne—all the way back in 2002. Porsche has played with electric performance before, first in the 918 hybrid hypercar and more recently in the Turbo S E-Hybrid variants of the Panamera and Cayenne, but the Taycan is its first foray into the fully electric market. As our Angus MacKenzie put it, “It’s the first electric car that will sorely test the loyalties of the Teslarati.”

As we learned in our exclusive 150-mph experience in a pre-production Taycan, it’s a hoot to drive. Pricing starts over $150,000, more than a little steep for those of us living on a journalist’s salary, but we couldn’t resist putting together our dream builds in Porsche’s Taycan configurator (build your dream Porsche Taycan here). The Taycan may not have as many variants as the 911, but there are still plenty of ways to make Porsche’s new EV your own.

Glacier Blue Taycan Turbo S – $212,400

I’m grateful that Porsche gives buyers the option to delete the model designation badging on the rear end of the new Taycan. Why? Because words have meaning, and I couldn’t bear driving a car that shouts “Turbo” to the world when there are no turbochargers in the drivetrain. That being said, I’m sort of in love with the Taycan. I’ll take mine in Glacier Blue (a throwback 911 color returning for the Taycan) with window trim in silver. Carbon fiber aeroblade 21-inch wheels pay homage to the classic Fuchs rollers of old but look decidedly futuristic. Hopefully they’re a bit lighter, too.

The Race-Tex leather-free interior matches the ethos of an all-electric Porsche nicely, and I’ve taken enough sustainability courses to feel guilty about a cabin full of cow hide. I’m speccing the adaptive sport seats in Graphite Blue. The Premium Package is a no-brainer, adding must-have features like front and rear park assist with a surround view camera system and like-to-have options including a glass panoramic roof and ventilated front seats. I’ll spec the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active anti-roll bar system because the idea of taking my electric Porsche to a track day just tickles me.

I’m annoyed that I would still have to pay extra for adaptive cruise control in a ~$200k car, but I’ll bite that bullet and tick the box anyway. Graphite Blue seat belts and a white dial for the Sport Chrono clock spruce up the cabin. I’ll also surrender to the light-emitting diode overlords and go maximum screen with the optional 10.9-inch passenger display. Lastly, give me the Burmester audio system, because Porsche is including six months of Apple Music and because I just can’t resist.

Total price comes to $212,400. But all the savings on gas will cover the difference, right? Right? –Duncan Brady

Carrera White Metallic Taycan Turbo – $163,080

White is a boring color, but the new Porsche Taycan looks really good in the Carrera White Metallic. You can see the crisp lines really well on the hood and the sides, and the front fascia looks more aggressive with this color, too. With so many options to choose from, I decided to go lean on the list and save some money. Even with the wheels, the standard 20-inch aero rims look really good. Inside, the Black with Bordeaux Red contrasts really well. I’d skip the optional screen for the passenger to also save weight, but in terms of performance, I added Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control Sport for a more dynamic experience at the wheel. 

All in all, “my” Taycan comes out to $163,080—way more than what I would spend on an electric car. –Miguel Cortina

Gentian Blue Metallic “Toucan” Turbo – $177,290

Back in the day, I owned a 1989 911 in a rare color combination: Venetian Blue over Linen. It was really cool, especially in SoCal where Porsches are either black (consultant bros) or red (divorce attorneys). My 911 was subtle, and yet it stood out. While the Taycan doesn’t offer that exact color combo, it comes close with Gentian Blue Metallic paint and a Limestone Beige over Black interior package. Gentian is more of a medium blue than I’d like, and Limestone has more gray than the purity of Linen. But it works for me as a statement, especially when the 21-inch wheels give a modernist, techno touch to the original Fuchs look.

As far as equipment, I’m a purist who believes velocity should come with appropriate noise, so I’ll order the Performance Package that includes “electric sport sound,” as well as the go-fast goodies that any 2020 911 owner would ask for: dynamic chassis control, rear-axle steering, and the Sport Chrono package. It’s summer in L.A., which means I’ll tick the box for ventilated seats. And because EVs are relatively quiet (electric sport sound aside), you’ll want a good stereo, so I’ll throw in the Burmester system. And because the Taycan is an EV, and range anxiety is still a thing so long as charging stations are less prevalent than gas stations, the Intelligent Range Manager is a must. Lastly, because I think the name Taycan is ridiculous, I’d go to a fabricator and have the badging retyped as “Toucan” in Porsche script, because the toucan is my spirit animal.

With some other doo-dads added in, my Toucan Turbo comes in at a tidy $177,290. Yes, you can buy a Tesla Model S Performance and a Model 3 Performance for the same money, but there is no substitute for a Porsche. –Mark Rechtin

Metallic White Taycan Turbo S – $218,150

By now you know the drill: I go for white, because it stays clean longer. White turbocharged vehicles, occasionally with all-wheel drive, are a consistent theme in my life, as I own a white Porsche turbo (930) as well as a white Land Cruiser turbodiesel, while the lovely wife drives a white Audi A3, with the 2.0T. Let’s add an EV, why don’t we?

So $185K to start is pretty steep, but since this is house money, let’s go for the Taycan Turbo S. I’m a sucker for five-spoke wheels, and the standard Mission E wheels looked fly (and easy to clean), but the $600 Taycan Aero wheels look more EV appropriate. Hard pass on paying $4,510 for the same wheels with carbon fiber inserts; I don’t want to spend my days grimacing at water spot and brake dust-covered carbon-fiber inserts—or worry about chipping them. I did, however, opt for the $1,290 “Satin Aurum” gold paint option, which represents growth for me. The 930’s wheels are body colored with a polished metal rim—so I almost aped that. Behind the wheels, carbon-ceramic disks and black painted calipers. Black calipers not only mean one less thing to clean, but made sense since I upgraded to PDCC Sport ($3,590). 

The carbon-fiber trimmed Sport Design package (a Porsche exclusive no less!), is effectively a front/rear bumper and side skirt package, and looked too good to pass up, even at $5,660. And with all that CF, well, you just have to get the $1,630 mirror covers, right? Another trick must have: glacier blue LED matrix lights, cool blue lenses in the quad headlights, for only $580. I like my EVs to move in silence literally and figuratively, so every badge delete option gets a check.

Inside, I did mimic my old 930 by going with a red leather theme; no Porsche’s “Guard’s Red” on offer, so Bordeaux red it is, wrapping the optional sport seats, of course. I also added metallic white interior accents, a white face Sport Chrono ($420), Bordeaux seat belts ($660), and 2+1 seating ($480) to make my Taycan a five-seater. And by doing that, you just have to add four-zone climate control ($990) as well as the Burmester sound system ($5,810).

The Premium Package bumped things up by another $4,340, but with that got I ventilated front seats and thermally and noise insulated glass, as well as lane change assist (which seems anathema to a brand like Porsche, doncha think?). I also added the slick passenger display for $1,130, a painted key ($540), and—safety first—a fire extinguisher for $149. Porsche Intelligent Range Manager for only $300? Sure! Later we can figure out what it does!

How do you take a $185K Porsche up to nearly $220K? By being value conscious and reading the fine print. For instance, I skipped the ridiculous leather luggage set— $6,323 for, what, some fancy bags—no thank you. Instead, I went for the “White Edition car care range” for $950. What is that? A single Rimowa rollaboard stuffed with “optimally coordinated” and “high-quality care products specially approved for the interior and exterior of Porsche vehicles.” Everything from insect remover to rim cleaner to wax and leather conditioner comes in this set, along with sponges, microfiber towels, brushes, and car care instructions. But the kicker is the Rimowa “trolley” itself. Go price one yourself; they typically run $500-2,000 or more, making this the steal of the century. –Ed Loh

Gentian Blue Taycan Turbo S – $207,990

If I’ve learned anything about Porsches, its that often times the base-spec version is the sweetest driver of the bunch. That said, with the Taycan being something so new and revolutionary (for Porsche), I couldn’t resist going all-out on a Taycan Turbo S. I went for Gentian Blue Metallic with the carbon-fiber finished aero wheels and a Race-Tex graphite blue interior. I rounded my Taycan Turbo S out with a Taycan logo delete, PDCC Sport, carbon-ceramic brakes (the Taycan’s sure to be a porker), and a handful of other premium features that Porsche—being Porsche—makes you pay extra for, like the 150-kW on-board charger and its range manager program. If Angus’ impressions from our first ride are any indication, it’ll be worth it. –Christian Seabaugh

Mamba Green Metallic Taycan Turbo – $164,980

I’m not gonna lie, the Taycan is a stretch for me, so I’m only going for the base “Turbo” version. But I’m so embarrassed that this combustion-engine term is being applied to an electric car, that my most enthusiastically chosen option was a freebie: 0NA—Deletion of “Taycan turbo” Logo on Rear. The rest of my options were very judiciously chosen:

  •     L0 Mamba Green Metallic paint ($0) How can anyone resist this color, aptly named for a fast-moving venomous African snake? I so love this color I couldn’t resist also ordering…
  •     AFL Vehicle Keys Painted incl. One Key Pouch in Leather ($540)
  •     HG Olea Club Leather Interior in Basalt Black/Atacama Beige ($3,010). Okay, I definitely splurged on the interior (it’ll be my primary vantage point, after all). What can I say? The bronzy vents and two-tone coloring of this Olea Club package really got me. At least I resisted all the aluminum, wood, and carbon-fiber options, and none of the colored seat belts really highlight the Mamba Green.
  •     1P7 Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport, $3,590) I’m a pretty good driver, but it’s been my observation that PDCC Sport and the next option tend to make me feel like a great driver, so they’re in.
  •     0N5 Rear Axle Steering incl. Power Steering Plus ($1,620)
  •     1ZP Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) with Calipers in High Gloss Black ($900) I like to wash my cars myself, and no car looks clean until its wheels are pristine (here I’m going with the standard “Turbo Aero” 20s). This option applies a tungsten carbide coating to the rotors to reduce brake dust by 90 percent. Icing on the cake: It also increases friction and drastically reduces the likelihood of the rotors looking rusty if I ever park it outside in the rain for an extended period.
  •     3FG Fixed Panoramic Roof in Glass ($1,490) It’s not possible to order a Taycan now WITHOUT the pano-roof, or believe me, I would have. I hate all that heavy glass up high.
  •     NW2 Mobile Charger Connect ($1,120) Here’s another forced “option,” which provides 11-kW charging from a Level 2 outlet. The much smarter buy/must-have is…
  •     KM2 On-Board 150 kW/400V DC Charger ($460) This is required to enable Supercharger-like fast-charging.

And like that, I’m out the door for $164,980. –Frank Markus

Dolomite Silver Taycan Turbo S – $204,430

Right now you can only order the Porsche Taycan in two flavors—Turbo or Turbo S—and there’s not really $35,000-worth of difference between the two in terms of straight-line performance. That said, I’d reach for the top shelf and go for the Turbo S, primarily because the standard spec includes rear-wheel steering, which amps up agility in the twisties, and the PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes, which significantly reduce unsprung weight, improving ride and dynamic response. With that, the only performance option I’d need to order would be the PDCC Sport active anti-roll system.

That leaves the cosmetics. My exterior color choice is Dolomite Silver, a bright silver from the existing Porsche catalogue that nicely highlights the Taycan’s voluptuous curves and provides contrast for the interesting detailing. I’m not a fan of the contrasting rim on the standard wheel, so I’d go with the optional Taycan Design 21-inch alloy wheels with the cool carbon-fiber aeroblades, and I’d have the PCCB brake calipers painted in subtle black rather than the standard high-contrast yellow. Inside is the leather-free Race-Tex interior in cool Graphite Blue, with Graphite Blue seat belts and pale gold Neodyme accents. To top it all off, the Burmester audio package. After all, when you’re propelled by near-silent electric power, a good sound system is essential. –Angus MacKenzie

Mamba Green Metallic Taycan Turbo S – $208,500

Everyone seems to be gushing over the Porsche Taycan’s baby blue exterior and that’s totally cool. I, on the other hand, am thankful that you can get the all-electric sedan in Mamba Green, which is currently my favorite in Porsche’s color palette. To complete my build, I opted for a “Turbo S” with nearly every fixing—two-tone Race-Tex interior, Mission E style 21-inch alloy wheels, the Premium package, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, passenger’s side display, and the Burmester High End surround sound system. Oh, and delete the Turbo S badge in the back please, because that’s just straight up nonsense. A de-badged bright green 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S with a vegan interior. Now that’s a proper all-electric sports sedan! –Stefan Ogbac

Carmine Red Taycan Turbo S – $212,280

Porsche revealed the “base” 992 Carrera in red over gold wheels, which looked so damn good. I draw on that car as inspiration for my Taycan Turbo S. Typically seen on GTS models (which isn’t out for the Taycan—yet), Carmine Red has rich depth and maroon undertones. Ticking the box for Satin Aurum brings that goldish-bronze finish to the Mission E wheels. If there’s a carbon option I’ll usually take it, and so I chose the fiber-lined fasciae of the Sport Design Package, plus carbon side mirror caps—I’ll appreciate those every time I approach the car. 

Color-matching the rear Taycan Turbo S badge to paint is particularly cool; it’s stealthy yet present for anyone who knows where to look. Black brake calipers were a must because red and yellow never belong together. Vegan interior trim had ethical appeal, but Truffle Brown leather was too indulgent to resist—not to mention all the brightwork in Satin Aurum to match the wheels. I surprised myself by replacing the standard matte carbon trim with Paldao wood, because it makes the interior even more chocolate-y. For pure novelty, I opted for the passenger-facing touchscreen, so my co-pilot can dial in tunes while I focus on autobahn blasting. –Alex Leanse

Mamba Green Metallic Taycan Turbo S – $212,630

I was really sweating my exterior color choice until I realized painting the wheels gold was an option. Then, it was easy: Mamba Green. I’d have ‘em spray it on a Taycan Turbo S, because if I’m buying an electric super sedan that costs as much as a house, I might as well get the best one. I didn’t care for any of the factory dress-up body parts since they do nothing for performance, but the LED lights and insulated glass serve real functions improving the driving experience, so they’re in (though given the option, I’d hold out until the sunroof becomes optional rather than standard in a few months). I also ditched the busy logo on the rear end for a cleaner look.

Inside, Sport seats are a no-brainer on the highest performance model, and I finished mine in Bordeaux Red along with the bottom half of the dash and the Sport Chrono watch face. To match the wheels, I went with the Neodyme gold interior accents, even if it’s a bit busy. Feature-wise, seat coolers and the Burmester premium stereo are on the top of my list, but I also went for the Sport Chrono package (which gets a heated sport steering wheel to match the seat heaters), the four-zone climate control, and of course, red seat belts. I went for the passenger display screen, too, because like Porsche engineers it annoys me when my passenger needs to back out of the navigation to change another setting.

On the technical side, parking sensors and 360-degree cameras are always helpful, as are blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, especially paired with predictive InnoDrive software. I also sprung for the 150-kW on-board DC charger for the best public charging experience and the high-end portable charger with Home Energy Connect to make sure charging my car doesn’t overtax my home electrical system.

Finally, the performance parts. The 21-inch wheels I chose already get performance-optimized tires, so we’re good there. PDCC active anti-roll bars are a miracle technology and a must, but like many Porsche guys, I’ll stick with the steel brakes rather than the carbon-ceramic ones. They’re much cheaper to replace, and with the regen doing 95 percent of the braking and my not living next to the Nurburgring, the carbon units are just overkill. –Scott Evans

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Exclusive: What Are All Those Buttons in the 2020 Corvette C8?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:00

It’s been one of the biggest questions since the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 was revealed: What the heck are all those buttons on the center console? We got inside the car with our cameras to show you.

The answer is simple: That long strip of buttons running down the raised edge of the center console contains all your climate controls. It includes all the standards, such as fan speed, airflow, recirculation, front and rear defrosters, separate driver and passenger temperature controls, and driver and passenger heated and cooled seat controls.

To keep things logical, the strip is divided into three zones. In the center are the general controls: fan speed in the middle, airflow, automatic mode, and driver/passenger temperature sync above, and power, air conditioning, recirculation, and defrosters below. The driver’s controls, including temperature, seat heater, and seat cooler, are farther up the strip and above the general controls, along with a display for the temperature at the top. The same temperature and seat controls for the passenger are at the other end, in the lower zone, in reverse order, with the temperature display screen at the bottom.

Although the layout is unusual, it’s the same number of buttons you’d find on the dashboard of any other car, and they’re real, physical buttons you can find without looking once you’ve owned the car a while. Climate functions will also appear on the infotainment screen when you push one of these buttons, but you don’t have to go digging in the screen to make changes.

While we’re talking buttons, there are a few more you’ll want to know about. The drive mode control knob is just to the left of the strip. This cycles through the various powertrain and suspension modes, and in front of it are three useful hard buttons. On the left, the traction and stability control button, which can turn those systems off or, if double-tapped, activate Chevrolet’s Performance Traction Management and its sophisticated traction and stability modes. In the center, there’s the nose lift button for getting over speed bumps and into steep driveways. Pressing it will also bring up a window on the infotainment screen asking if you’d like to remember this GPS location and have the nose automatically lift in the future when you return to that spot. The button on the right activates the forward-facing cameras in the bumper to help you see if you’re about to run over a parking stop or other obstruction.

Next to the drive mode knob is the Corvette’s first push-button shifter. Park is at the top, with a pull switch for reverse behind it, a button for neutral behind that, and then another pull switch for drive behind that. Below drive is another button for manual shifting mode.

There are two other buttons exclusive to the C8 Corvette you’ll want to become familiar with. First is the Z button on the left spoke of the steering wheel. Pushing it puts the car in a customizable Z mode, which you can configure with your preferred engine, transmission, suspension, and instrument cluster display settings (Z stands for Zora, referring to the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov). Second, you’ll want to find the hidden button between the air vents on the passenger’s side of the dash; this opens the glove box.

Lastly, you might be wondering how you open up the dual-mode exhaust for that proper Corvette sound. The easiest way is by changing drive modes to something sportier, but if you just want to sound good while you cruise, you can change the exhaust mode manually in the settings menu of the infotainment screen.

Interested in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette? See our comprehensive coverage HERE.

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Elon Musk Says a Tesla Model S Set the Four-Door Lap Record at Laguna Seca

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 01:44

Porsche threw down the performance EV gauntlet when it announced that the Taycan had set the four-door all-electric lap record at the Nürburgring. Tesla has clearly taken the challenge very seriously, with CEO Elon Musk teasing that Tesla Model S sedans would be testing at the ‘Ring this week. Knowing a Nürburgring attempt was imminent, the automotive world has been anxiously awaiting word of a new lap record. We got one—just not the one we were expecting.

Model S just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca, video tmrw

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2019

Musk took to Twitter, as he usually does, to break the news late on Tuesday. According to the tweet, the Tesla Model S set the record for the fastest four-door around California’s famed Laguna Seca raceway. Musk teased cryptically that we’d see a “video tmrw,” but as of this writing it has yet to appear. Tesla already set both the electric car and the four-door lap record earlier this year with a Model 3 Performance, which posted a time of 1 minute, 37.53 seconds. That time just barely beat the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s previous record of 1:37.54, which was set by MotorTrend’s own Randy Pobst in 2018.

We’ve reached out to Tesla for more details on the tweet, but so far have yet to hear back. We have a lot of questions, like was this Model S completely stock? Was its software altered in any way? Was it wearing racing slicks or the OEM street tires? Is a Nürburgring record attempt still in progress? Hopefully we’ll have answers soon. In the meantime, we’re enjoying watching the electric performance rivalry between the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan unfold.

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Full steam ahead for £1.7bn dock project

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
Chinese developer Advanced Business Park (ABP) is still committed to the £1.7bn regeneration of Royal Albert Dock and is willing to spend “even more” if Brexit goes ahead, Property Week can reveal.
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Areli cracks open potential of high street with Walnuts buy

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
Purchase of Orpington shopping centre and conversion to resi could achieve significant rise in capital value
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WeWork’s New York flotation plans hang in the balance

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
Chances of the flexible offices giant listing are now 50:50 following SoftBank’s call for plans to be shelved
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Harworth Group profit soars in the first half of the year

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
Chief executive says firm’s strategy is paying off despite planning delays and ‘softening’ industrial enquiries
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2020 Land Rover Defender Walk-Around Video

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 22:39

Sometimes photos don’t quite do a car justice, but that’s why we have video. MotorTrend correspondent Justin Bell got some one-on-one time with the new 2020 Land Rover Defender on the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Justin dives deep into what makes the new Defender a modern take on an automotive institution. 

From keeping its classic two-box design and straight lines to incorporating new elements like full LED headlamps, the redesigned Defender might not make everyone happy, but they can take solace in the fact that it’s still a proper off-roader with its short overhangs and high, flat sides. Bell takes you around the outside of the new Landie and shows off the Defender’s interior. Sadly, we didn’t get a look under the hood, but that will no doubt come later. Check out the video to get an up-close look at the 2020 Land Rover Defender while it’s sitting pretty on the show stand in Frankfurt. There’s a good chance it’s the cleanest Defender you will ever lay eyes on. 

Full disclosure: This video was produced with support from Jaguar Land Rover.

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Safety features are worth it, used cars offer big deals, and Lego makes a cool Defender: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 21:31
2019 Nissan Murano review The 2019 Nissan Murano five-seat crossover is plush inside, smartly styled outside, and fitted with the most up to date safety systems. Used cars offer big deals for car shoppers As new cars get more expensive with options packages, used cars with similar options represent deals of up to $14,000 less than a new car...
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Best Cars of the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 21:00

The 2019 Frankfurt auto show has its sights set on the future. From production-ready electric cars to concepts that preview future designs, this show provides at least some clues of what’s to come in the auto industry. Keep reading to check out the best cars of the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, according to editors actually on the auto-show floor. Also be sure to click through the Frankfurt auto show photos to see how many you’d consider buying.

Hyundai 45 concept

Hyundai always seemed embarrassed by its past and its start as a mass producer of the Pony in North America. But 45 years after it showed the 1974 Pony concept coupe, it uses the Frankfurt auto show to unveil the 45 concept that pays homage to the Pony while signaling future design.

The modern concept is an electric vehicle with sharply angled lines and a diamond-shaped silhouette. With no B-pillar, the doors slide wide open to reveal a minimalist cabin with lounge chairs that swivel to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle and converse with others during the trip. There are matrix-like cube headlights. The 45 is said to represent the design direction for future EV models.

Ford Kuga ST-Line Plug-In Hybrid

Porsche isn’t the only automaker to paint its hybrids’ brake calipers. The overall visual package on this 2019 Frankfurt auto show car knocked me out. Basically like a sporty looking Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid but for Europe, this Kuga ST-Line had a monochrome bright red paint job with a black roof, polished wheels, and the all-important badges. Nicely done.

Honda E production car

Even before Honda lifted the sheets on the new E hatchback, the little electric car’s charm shined right through the white sheet barely disguising its design. We won’t get the E; Americans don’t usually flock to cars that are electric, small, or hatchbacks. But that can’t stop us from appreciating its retro-modern design. Enjoy, rest of the world.

BMW Concept 4

I don’t envy BMW designers. The brand’s well-defined design language established over the last few decades doesn’t give designers much freedom for change as other automakers have. But that’s no excuse for the front end of the new BMW Concept 4, which previews the design of the upcoming 4 Series coupe. Our editors had mixed feelings about the oversized kidney grille. That and the exaggerated rear diffuser are controversial to say the least, but there’s a lot to look forward to, here. On the positive side, the concept pops in red, and color matters. The sides of the coupe have been sculpted out, the door handles lie flush, and the car has a powerful hood and intricate headlights.

The big question is: How much of this design will translate to a future model? Consider BMW 3 Series coupes of decades past; they mostly resembled 3 Series sedans with two fewer doors. But that couldn’t be more different than what this Concept 4 previews. Although the outgoing 4 Series was attractive in a subtle way, I’m intrigued by the level of visual differentiation we may see with the new model. Wishful thinking? It won’t be long before we find out.

1987 Opel Corsa GT


What better way to demonstrate automotive progress than to display a 30-year-old car next to your new ones? As charming as this boxy ’87 Corsa GT is, with its black liftgate, plaid seats, and three-spoke wheels, we’d much rather drive the new Opel for the obvious reasons (safety, power, efficiency, modern features, etc.). The new Opel Corsas close to this older model include a red electric one with a black roof and partially blacked-out C-pillar, and a gas-powered model with an over-the-top visual package including racing stripes, and red trim on the wheels, side mirrors, and grille. But hey, how about that ’87 Corsa GT that Opel spent eight months restoring?

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Concept

You gotta like the idea that the biggest global luxury brand is bringing back pinstriping. Well, in some ways. The illuminating (and then disappearing) blue line on the EQS show car has nothing on the beautifully intricate work you’ll see on cars featured with Lowrider, but it’s still charming. It’s also a cool way to break up the car’s two-tone silver and black color scheme. Whether or not you like the simple, melted-car design overall, the lighting on this concept is pretty cool.

Audi AI:Trail concept

We know this is vaporware, but this off-road electric concept from Audi is off-the-charts cool with massive rugged wheels, crazy angled sides, and headlights attached to a drone on top of the vehicle to detach and light the way ahead if needed.

It has a clear frunk, the bottom half of a steering wheel, and a minimalist interior with a place to prop your phone to serve as a nav system. The industrial-weave rear seats are strapped in place but can be removed to serve as hammock chairs once you find trees to strap them to.

It uses four electric motors, each sitting near a wheel, offering a range of 249 miles on-road and 155 miles off-road.

Byton M-Byte

This Chinese startup has a five-passenger SUV that looks conservative from the outside but has a screen that spans the width of the car inside. Running 48 inches wide and 10 inches high, the screen is as tasteful as it is eye-catching.

Plans are to sell the M-Byte in China next year by mid-year and open the order banks at that time for U.S. customers for delivery in mid-2021.

Cost is expected to be about $45,000 for a well-equipped electric vehicle with a choice of batteries to provide a range of about 225 miles or 300 miles.

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Coming to America: Performance cars, rugged SUVs, and plug-ins debut in Frankfurt

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 20:30
While the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany might seem like a far cry from the States, many of the performance, luxury, and electric vehicles launched there will be heading over to the U.S. in the coming months. Here’s a look at what’s coming to America. 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant The 2020 RS 6 Avant mid-size sport wagon has a mild-hybrid...
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