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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition road test

62 and not ready for retirement BY MARK MAYNARD The Toyota Land Cruiser is an institution of overlanding authority. It has been a global expedition vehicle since its launch in Japan in 1951 as the Toyota Jeep BJ, a small 4WD military vehicle. The name was changed by 1954 to Land Cruiser to avoid legal entanglements with the Willys brand and to tread lightly around the Land Rover. The prototype BJ was not chosen for...

2021 Kia K5: A midsize ringer for Stinger

On sale this summer, the new sedan will replace the Optima Kia Motors America announced June 30 via virtual media reveal that the replacement for its midsize Optima sedan will be the K5, going on sale later this summer. The fastback-styled sedan will be sold with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, eight-speed automatic transmissions and, for the first time, an option for all-wheel drive. The K5 is such a dramatic departure [from Optima] that...

Vin Car Pic: 1953 Corvette

The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich., on June 30, 1953, according to a report in AutomotiveHistory.org. Only 300 Corvettes were made for the 1953 model year — all Polo White with red interiors. The first generation of the Corvette was produced through 1962 and is commonly referred to as the “solid-axle” generation, according to Wikipedia. “The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the...

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250: Charmed and ready

More utilitarian in its mission, the GLB introduces a different style from what might be expected of a Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz is working its way through the alphabet for its lineup of SUVS, with nameplates of GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS and the mighty G-Class. Including the so-called “coupe” body-style variants, there are eight SUVs in the lineup, from subcompact to compact, midsize, full-size and full-size plus. Globally, one in three Mercedes-Benz cars is now an...

Toyota debuts re-engineered 2021 Sienna minivan and new Venza crossover, both with hybrid powertrains

Venza on sale in August; Sienna by year’s end Toyota Motor held a virtual press conference today, May 18, to debut two hybrid vehicles that the company says will help propel it to offering electrified powertrains on its entire model line worldwide by 2025. The 2021 Sienna minivan and new Venza midsize SUV crossover will have only gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains, more luxurious features and full suites of infotainment and safety technologies. Venza will go on...