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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid road test

More power, more fuel economy — more fundamental goodness BY MARK MAYNARD The Honda CR-V hits a sweet spot of wholesomeness among compact SUV crossovers. It is poised, comfortable and rich in clever engineering and function. And this year, the automaker raised its relevance with a gasoline-electric hybrid model, making it the most powerful and fuel-efficient CR-V in the lineup. Launched in 1997, the CR-V has brought Honda 5 million sales and is currently the...

2020 Hyundai Venue SEL road test

BY MARK MAYNARD As the Coronavirus sucks the spontaneity out of our daily routines, having to replace anything, especially a vehicle, gets new scrutiny. How much or how little is required? Do we make ourselves happy? Or do we settle? Hyundai’s newest and smallest SUV crossover, the Venue, makes the most of difficult choices. Based on the Hyundai’s subcompact Accent sedan, the Venue is the boxy equivalent, but it’s not a penalty box. It’s a...

Vin Car Pic: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair concept

It was 1956 when the “Dinah Shore Chevy Show” debuted on TV, with Shore singing “See the USA in your Chevrolet” at the close of each show. The show grew out of Shore’s earlier 15-minute programs and she was the first woman to host her own TV show. Shore had sung “See the USA” since the early 1950s and the song was used in Chevrolet advertising after Shore’s show ended in 1963. Chevrolet is now...

Chevrolet to stage weeklong virtual cruise

‘Cruisin’ the USA in your Chevrolet’ a tribute to history, iconic vehicles, technological innovations and Chevy experts BY MARK MAYNARD While the summer car-show season has been socially distanced to near death, Chevrolet is reimagining shows and cruise nights through a weeklong virtual festival. Hosted on Chevy’s social media channels from Aug. 10-16, “Cruisin’ the USA in your Chevrolet” will be a tribute more than a century of the brand’s automotive history, technological innovation, design...

2020 SEMA Show cancelled

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, announced Aug. 5 that due to COVID-19 and concerns that event facilities and services will be unavailable — and, therefore, the 2020 SEMA Show will not take place. While event organizers and industry members have been working to develop the sprawling trade show in Las Vegas, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable. Recent SEMA Show survey results indicated interest in a possible virtual trade show with...

Bentley hews 3D wood for new Flying Spur

Rear-door inserts handcrafted from a single block of American Walnut or American Cherry BY MARK MAYNARD Wood is an organic element that adds natural warmth in an inorganic mode of transportation — but not all wood is equal. The ultraluxury car segment has long been a purveyor of unique wood veneers for vehicle interiors. And the types of woods used by some makers, such as Rolls-Royce, are archived, catalogued and identified by the vehicle, make...

2020 AMG CLA 35 4Matic road test

Strategic precision in a compact four-door “coupe” BY MARK MAYNARD Highland Valley Road is a tangled black shoelace of two-lane country road in northeastern San Diego County. It’s a favorite for car-club runs and leisure drives to get some fresh air. The meandering road leads past acres of growing land for landscape nurseries and pine-tree farms before ascending to an area of vineyards and wineries. Mature scrub oaks form shaded canopies along stretches amid a...

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Ford

The 1949 Ford was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, according to Wikipedia. Civilian production had been suspended during the war and the 1946 through1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler were updates of their pre-war models. Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided “ponton” design, the 1949 Ford is credited with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated...

Vin Car Pic: Ford wins at Le Mans

Perhaps overlooked in the Juneteenth celebrations this year was the significant win for Ford Motor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was June 19, 1966, when Ford won the endurance race, placing first, second and third, according to a post at AutomotiveHistory.org. “When the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end on this day in 1966 it was a Ford GT40 in first, second and third place, marking the first...

Punk’n Rocker

Mopar-upfitted 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon a showcase of $12,400 in accessories The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of a new vehicle is as vague as a stoplight in Boston — a suggestion, at best. For new vehicles, the MSRP is merely a starting point. There will be several trim-level choices with a spartan base model to stake a claim for price-point advertising. It’s a car few buyers actually want, except as a delivery beater. Moving up...