Volkswagen’s Arteon is about to come in for a subtle facelift, and included in the range this time will be a wagon, plug-in hybrid, and high-performance Arteon R. Sadly, only one of those new options is expected to reach the United States…the hybrid. We should have more details soon as VW will unveil its updated Arteon on June 24. It will arrive in showrooms later in the year as a 2021 model. Teaser sketches reveal the look of the updated Arteon and new Arteon wagon, which VW calls the Arteon Shooting Brake. Teaser for 2021 Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake debuting June 24, 2020 From spy shots of prototypes, we know the styling tweaks will be minor, consisting of a new grille with fewer horizontal slats, a new front fascia, and slightly revised taillights. More substantial updates are planned for the interior, including a new dash design with a … Read More
… Read More View More 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design has throwback looks, extremely modern price
Porsche practically wrote the playbook on how to win a Beverly Hills driveway throwdown.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design is just the latest chapter. For $181,950, including destination, the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design is the first of four special editions coming from the German automaker, and is limited to a run of 992 examples. (The limited run figure is borrowed from the internal model series designation for the current-generation 911.)
2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design
Meant to celebrate the late 1950s and early 1960s 356s—not any specific model, exactly—the first heritage 911 Targas is painted in Cherry Metallic, Guards Red, black, or silver. Gold badges adorn each car’s exterior, including a serialized badge inside, and a special-edition badge on the hood will be an expensive, but necessary, flex that recalls a similar badge given to 356 owners with 100,000 km on the clock.
… Read More View More How to Return a Car at the End of a Lease
Prepare for the Car Lease Inspection
Most manufacturers’ websites provide specific information about the end-of-lease process and a detailed definition of wear and tear, which also is called “wear and use.” Toyota Financial Services created a lease turn-in site so people can better understand what will happen and see what kinds of damage will incur a charge.
For example, inspectors for Toyota look for any dents or scratches that are bigger than an area that can be covered by a credit card. They don’t charge customers for wheel gouges smaller than an inch or normal tire wear.
Before the inspection, experts recommend removing all personal items and washing the vehicle. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars, but a detailing job might also be a good idea. It’s definitely to your advantage to present your car in the best light you can.
It also might be the time for
… Read More View More 1950s Cadillac Escalade SUV Rendering Looks Fin-tastic!
Like ships passing in the night, Cadillac’s two most iconic nameplates barely shared dealership floor space. The two-door Eldorado—that symbol of mid-century American automotive glamour and luxury—was being put to rest just as a new E-named vehicle, the Escalade, was arriving to restore Cadillac to the forefront of automotive vogue. In only 20 short years, with no prior pedigree, the Escalade has come to dominate and define the luxury SUV space. But what if it had some existing lineage? What if Cadillac had first thought up the Escalade back in the 1950s when it dropped the Eldorado on an increasingly affluent, booming America?
Great question, and it’s been answered by designer Abilemec, who imagined what a 1959 Cadillac Escalade might have looked like if the luxury division of General Motors had thought up the luxury SUV concept 40 years sooner. Cleverly, the renderings depict what appears to
… Read More View More Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history
The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car.
With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story.
In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with no official sanctioning from management. The car that became the GTI Mk I started development under the codename EA 195, and was built around a fuel-injected engine making 110 horsepower. Before settling on the name GTI, TS and GTS were also considered. Chief designer Herbert Schäfer—an avid golfer—created one of the car’s signature features by attaching a golf ball to the shift lever.
The Mk I debuted at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, and went on sale in Europe in June 1976. Unsure of demand, VW originally capped production at 5,000 units—just enough to recoup
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2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i Gray Metallic 3.0L I6 DOHC 24V Turbocharged AWD Standout Features are. Factory MSRP: $80,220 2026 CityHighway MPG Connected Package Pro, 3.39 Axle Ratio, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 9 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AMFM radio, AMFM Stereo, Apple CarPlay Compatibility, Audio memory, Auto High-beam Headlights, Auto tilt-away steering wheel, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, BMW Assist eCall, BMW TeleServices, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, ConnectedDrive Services, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system: BMW Assist eCall, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front & Rear Heated Seats, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone AC, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Garage door transmitter, Genuine wood console insert, Genuine wood dashboard
… Read More View More The Ugliest Cars of the 2000s
The 2000s brought us Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, an excess of lame boy bands, and the final episode of MTV’s Total Request Live. If most of those weren’t bad enough, the decade also introduced some of the most memorable ugly cars ever seen, from roads to congested shopping mall parking lots to fast food drive-thru lines and everywhere else you turned.
For more entertainment and sheer laughter as part of Automobile’s ongoing series of ugly cars, here is an abbreviated list of the best/worst ugly cars made in the 2000s:
2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
Deriving its name from a happening New York City neighborhood, the Subaru Tribeca featured a grille that screamed bland personality and insecurity. Initially launched with an ad campaign that featured “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, the original Tribeca “boasted” a design met with more than a few snickers. Subaru made revisions for the