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Toyota Land Cruiser: The Most Reliable Vehicle in the World

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Most of you may agree that Toyota makes cars which do last a long time. A new study conducted by research company iSeeCars.com further gives credence to the versatility of the brand wherein the Toyota LandCruiser emerged as the most reliable vehicle in the world.

According to the firm, it analyzed more than 15.8 million cars sold in 2019. It specifically studied which ones can go over the 200,000-mile (321,868 km) mark, and topping the survey was the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series 4×4.

The Land Cruiser did not only dominate the full-size SUV segment of the research, but it also beat the competition coming from Honda, BMW, Lincoln Acura, Audi, and Tesla, among others, in the overall tally. The auto got an average of 15.7% while another Toyota SUV, the Sequoia, bagged the second place with a score of 9.2%.

“The iconic and indestructible Toyota LandCruiser is designed to last at least 25 years, and it is relied upon in many developing countries where off-road driving is the norm,” Phong Ly, chief executive of iSeeCars.com, commented.

“Like the LandCruiser, the Toyota Sequoia is built on a truck platform, so it has the durability of a truck and seating for up to eight passengers, making it a capable family hauler that is able to endure high mileage,” he added.

On the 13th rank of the list was the Toyota Avalon, which was the only sedan that made it in the top 15 position with a 2.6% rating.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Shown Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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The wraps of the second-generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 compact sport utility vehicle were just removed. The unveiling of the auto happened before its scheduled debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Performance

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The AMG GLA 45 is equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbo inline-four power unit found in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Same as its low-stance siblings, the engine of the SUV has an output rated at 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The power goes to the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system and managed through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The setup lets the SUV sprint from zero to 62 mph in mere 4.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the maximum speed of the auto is electronically-limited at 155 mph.

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S will be topping the output of the newly-released SUV model with its output totaling 415 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Exterior

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The AMG GLA 45 distances itself from the standard Mercedes-Benz GLA with its Panamericana-styled front grille, new forged wheels, black accents, more aggressive front bumper, and AMG badges. The aero elements mostly copy the ones found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45.

Interior

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Entering the compact SUV reveals twin digital displays on the dashboard with the MBUX multimedia system integrated on it. The software allows the driver to issue voice and gesture commands to the infotainment system of the auto. Furthermore, the AMG GLA 45 is fitted with all the goodies found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45 like the multi-function steering wheel, jet turbine-inspired air vents, and aluminum accents.

Lastly, the upholstery is covered in black MB-Tex and Dinamica leather with red stitching, red seatbelts, and carbon-fiber trim. Through the optional AMG Performance Package, buyers can add MB-Tex Neva Grey and Black upholstery with aluminum accents plus more leather options.

Jaguar I-Pace Production Hits a Roadblock

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The production of the Jaguar I-Pace electric sport utility vehicle will be temporarily halted. Jaguar Land Rover paused the assembly of the electric vehicle for a week because of supply issues with LG Chem.

According to The Times, the temporary halt in the I-Pace assembly line was caused by the LG Chem battery factory in Poland. Jaguar didn’t elaborate more on the matter.

Magna Steyr, the contract manufacturer of Jaguar for I-Pace, will stop its operations in the meanwhile as the issue is being resolved. The pause in production in the company’s Graz, Austria plant will take effect this coming February 17.

It would be the fourth time for LG Chem to be involved in the delay of an EV production. Companies like Hyundai, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz earlier hit a snag in their electric cars due to LG Chem’s failure to meet up with its commitments in supplying batteries to the said automakers. It should be noted that Mercedes’ parent, Daimler, retracted on this claim though.

On the other hand, Sam Jaffe, the managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, doubts that the issue is mainly battery shortage. In his email to The Verge, he claimed that Jaguar may only be avoiding an all-too-successful EV launch. Such a scenario would potentially cannibalize the brand’s pre-existing model sales and anger its dealers. On the other end of the spectrum, it may only be the cause of a bad strategy. He finds it strange too that Jaguar, as well as Audi and Daimler, failed to sign binding contracts with battery suppliers in advance just like what Volkswagen did when it inked deals with three different suppliers to ensure that its EV’s battery demands will be met.

Jaffe also pointed out that Jaguar only sold 18,000 units of the I-Pace in 2019 during its initial run. Therefore, it is hard to imagine that the brand is experiencing problems in getting enough batteries for it.

New Two-Door Ford Bronco Looks to Challenge the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Ford is looking to challenge the off-road superiority of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Fueling this rumor are the new spy photos of the two-door Ford Bronco on the dirt.

Ford already released a teaser video of the new Ford Bronco. It shows the auto traversing the desert, and together with it is a statement that the vehicle will make its world premiere in the spring of 2020.

Previously, we have seen a four-door model of the Bronco. Then recently, Road and Track released a new set of photos of its two-door version equipped with all-terrain tires. These shut down any doubts that its maker is taking a jab at the Wrangler, which comes in four-door and two-door configurations.

Although it is questionable as to whether or not the Bronco has what it takes to dethrone the Wrangler, it will certainly get a chunk of the slice that its competitor is currently enjoying in the off-road compact SUV segment of the market.

The two-door Bronco is heavily-clad in camouflage but its stance suggests that it will likely get the same platform used by the Ford Ranger pickup. Meanwhile, its front grille will possibly adopt the styling of the Bronco R Baja racer.

The two-door Bronco seems to be hiding a removable top similar to the Wrangler as well. With that, it might also feature removable doors.

Though Ford is tight-lipped about the powertrain of the upcoming Bronco, it is expected to offer the same mechanical specs as the Ranger due to their similar platforms.

Top 3 Things About the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Its High-Performance AMG Version

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After teasing us with its camouflaged prototypes and partially photographed portions of the crossover, Mercedes-Benz finally unveils the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and its high-performance variant, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35.

The GLA range will be rolled out in US dealerships by the summer of 2020. European buyers will get their orders delivered to them as early as spring next year though. There’s no official information yet regarding the pricing of the compact SUV but it is estimated to start at the £35,000 mark.

1. Appearance

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The exterior of the new GLA is not that different from its outgoing model. However, checking it closer will show that it now has a smoother body similar to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It also adopts a new front radiator grille, narrower lights, and redesigned bumpers.

The dimensions of the auto have been updated too. Compared to its predecessor, the new GLA is now 0.6 shorter although it gains 1.1 inches in its wheelbase, 1.2 inches in width and 4.1 inches in height. The new configuration provides extra legroom for the rear seat passengers of the vehicle.

2. Tech and Comfort

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Most of the goodies found in the new A-Class are simply carried over to the new GLA such as the circular air vents, steering wheel, controls, standard twin 7-inch displays that can be upgraded to 10.25 inches, and the MBUX multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The AMG GLA 35 version adds the MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber-covered seats in black with red stitching as well as a carbon-fiber look on the dashboard and side panels. The AMG unit also adds four optional leather upholsteries to choose from.

The car wash function of the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV trickles down to the GLA too. Basically, this function folds the side mirrors and closes all the windows, including the sunroof, upon activation during car washing. Then the integrated rain sensors of the wipers are deactivated so that they will not automatically engage. In addition, it switches the climate control to air-recirculation mode during the process.

3. Power

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The range starts with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 carrying a 1.33-liter engine producing 161 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. This one is only offered in Europe.

The US gets the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine capable of 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power of the auto is distributed via an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The unit boasts a 0-60 mph acceleration at 8.6 seconds and an electronically-limited max speed of 130 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine. It has 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The numbers take the vehicle from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds while its top speed is electronically-capped at 155 mph.

Mercedes is expected to introduce more power trims for the GLA, including a plug-in hybrid model powered by electricity and petrol. Furthermore, it is set to receive the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and 45 S models with 382 hp and 354 lb-ft torque plus 416 hp and 369 lb-ft torque, respectively.

Volkswagen Will Continue to Offer Cars in the US

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Despite the strong preference of buyers for sport utility vehicles over cars, and with the likes of GM and Ford abandoning their sedan segment in the U.S. in favor of the bigger autos, Volkswagen promises to keep on offering their cars in the market.

“While some brands have walked away from car sales, we are focused on making smart decisions in this segment which is still a big part of the market,” said Volkswagen during its special media event today in Michigan. With that, the brand will continue selling the Jetta, Arteon, and Passat in the country.

During the event, the German automaker also revealed some of its plans for its SUV range. The company stated that it will be introducing an electric compact SUV in 2020. No names were dropped but we have a reason to believe that it might be the ID.4 we spied a few months ago.

The ID.4 will be based on the ID.Crozz concept. The electric crossover is expected to deliver up to 300 hp from its twin-motor specification.

Volkswagen hinted at another crossover that will be positioned below the Tiguan in the company’s hierarchy. The auto will be their answer to the likes of the Jeep Compass, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage in the summer of 2021. Some suspect the unit to be based on the Nivus, which will be assembled in Mexico for the North American region.

Lastly, Volkswagen confirmed a facelifted model of the Atlas for 2021. Aside from the minor refresh in the exterior, the SUV will be getting a new steering wheel, touchscreen display measuring 8 inches, and updated driver assistance system. The unit will be longer by three inches too. It wasn’t clear though whether the new figure will translate to more legroom in the vehicle’s cabin.

Future of Aston Martin Rides on the DBX SUV

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The Aston Martin DBX is its maker’s entry into the luxury sport utility vehicle market. From a company that has specialized in supercars over the years, it is all-new territory for them. However, analysts think that the brand’s entry to the niche is worth all the risk and the new product might be the saving grace of the automaker.

According to Bloomberg, Aston Martin has lost three-fourths of its value since its initial public offering in October 2018. The problem has been attributed to the poor performance of the much-hyped Vantage, DBS and DB11 Volante cars in the market. This caused the company to publish financial warnings and they have been pushed to invest more in the business to stabilize it. The event also landed Aston Martin in the list of the worst-performing big companies in the UK during that period.

The British brand recovered a bit, thanks to its sale of six DB4 GT Zagato Continuation supercars that yielded £2 million each in profits. However, that’s still not enough, so the coming of the DBX might change its fortune.

Aston Martin is looking to capitalize on the popularity of luxury SUVs, particularly in big markets like China and Russia. The company is looking for a boost in their marketing as well in the coming James Bond film titled “No Time to Die”.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as Agent 007 upcoming movie. As Aston Martin cars have been one of the mainstays in the franchise, some of its vehicles like the DB5 and Valhalla will be featured there. The $189,000 Aston Martin DBX will take the spotlight also to promote it to buyers.

Major details about the Aston Martin DBX are yet to be revealed but what we know so far is that it will get Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. The unit will let the SUV produce up to 542 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

With the DBX in its offerings, Aston Martin is targeting to improve its annual production to 14,000 vehicles on its way to 2023. That’s more than double than their performance last fiscal year.

Furthermore, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said they are looking to attract customers who want an upgrade from their Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes with the DBX.

Here are the Things You Can Get From the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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Despite the mounting controversies surrounding Nissan, it is business as usual for the Japan-based company. Recently, the carmaker announced the pricing of its new Nissan Pathfinder.

Nissan just jacked up the price of the 2020 model year sport utility vehicle by $50 to $150. Crunching down the numbers, the base Pathfinder S trim now starts at $31,680, which is up by $150 compared to its outgoing model. The range-topping all-wheel-drive Platinum trim of the auto is up by $50 with its price tag sitting at $44,610. On the other hand, the SV and SL trims of the range also increased by $50 and $100. The figures exclude the extra $1,045 destination and handling fees.

The current generation of the Pathfinder has been pretty stale since its introduction in 2013. The facelifted version that we presently have dates back to 2017. Not much has changed in the SUV from that point onwards.

Those who are looking for a little spice in their Pathfinders should go for the Rock Creek Edition of the vehicle though. The upgrade is available for the SV and SL trims of the SUV for an additional $995.

The Rock Creek Edition offers a tougher and more rugged appearance for the auto. It adds fender flares, black trim and 18-inch wheels to the SUV. Meanwhile, going inside it reveals a contrasting beige and black leather combination on the upholstery highlighted by chrome inserts and stitching.

Popping up the hood of the Pathfinder shows a 3.5-liter V6 with 284 hp. Managing the power going to either only the front or all four wheels is a CVT transmission. Furthermore, the SUV comes with a trailer tow package as a standard fit that allows it to tow up to 6,000 pounds.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Pricing Revealed at $36,300

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After the unveiling of the 2020 year model Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road sport utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show, we were left wondering how much it will cost. Now, we know that it will start at $36,300, which already includes a $1,120 destination fee.

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road sits somewhere between Toyota’s entry-level LE and the more expensive Limited trims. The former is priced at $26,970 and the latter is just $300 more than the TRD Off-Road.

The TRD Off-Road is only a notch above the Adventure trim with its off-road focused features (as indicated by its name). However, the off-roader is $2,225 more costly than the Adventure version of the RAV4.

Under the hood, the TRD Off-Road is equipped with a 2.5-liter engine much like the RAV4’s other trims. That’s good for a 203 hp peak output. Also, it is available only in an all-wheel-drive system like its siblings.

Justifying its price though is its tuned suspension, reconfigured coil springs, and modified shocks. Since it is designed to conquer rugged terrains, these are partnered with 18-inch matte black wheels.

The auto is offered in a two-tone finish called the “Magnetic Gray with Ice Edge” palette. The Midnight Black and Lunar Rock color schemes can be combined with Ice Edge for those who do not like the standard colors of the SUV. Furthermore, buyers who want a simpler tone for their autos can just go for the Super White and Ruby Flare Pearl themes.

Inside, the “TRD” letterings can be found in the vehicle’s headrests and all-weather floor and cargo mats. Red stitchings also highlight its upholstery.

Check out some of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road’s photos in the gallery below:

Honda CR-V Hybrid Getting Ready for US Release

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Japanese automaker Honda is finally bringing its first hybrid sport utility vehicle in the US. The product is under the Honda CR-V range. The auto is set to go on sale in the fall of this year, and its deliveries to customers will start in 2020.

The hybrid SUV comes with a power boost compared to the existing gasoline-fed CR-V. In all, the auto produces 212 hp, which is 22 hp more than its sibling. Although no official figures are available yet, Honda estimates that the hybrid model will have a 50 percent improvement in terms of fuel efficiency than its gas counterpart. Also, we have no word yet about how far the pure electric mode of the SUV will take it at full charge.

Two electric motors complement the gas engine of the hybrid CR-V. Each motor is distributed in the front and rear axles, giving it an all-wheel-drive system.

The interior design of the hybrid CR-V is basically the same as its current gas variant. Highlighting its cabin is the 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, going for the Touring trim of the model adds a Qi pad that offers wireless charging for smartphones.

The SUV is equipped with the Honda Sensing as a standard feature. This provides adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing, and road and lane departure mitigation system. Those who are looking for extra safety features in their vehicles can avail of the CR-V’s optional blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and automatic high beams.

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