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Dodge Viper SRT Gets Massive $15,000 Price Cut

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The Dodge Vipers SRT has received a massive price cut of $15,000 in the U.S. as a result of slow sales and rising inventory, bringing the starting price down to $84,995 for the base model, $100,995 for the Time Attack, and $107,995 for the GTS.

At the time of this writing, over 600 Vipers remain unsold, representing 434-day supply, even though production was stopped a couple of times to clear inventories. All 600 unsold units, most of which are 2013 model year (MY) Vipers, benefit from the hefty $15,000 discount. Additionally, owners of 2013MY or 2014MY SRT Vipers will receive an extra $15,000 coupon if they trade in their car for a new one.

Previously part of the standalone SRT brand, the Viper recently returned to the Dodge brand, gaining an extra 5 horsepower and a new ‘GT’ trim. It will reportedly get another power boost that will bring its output to over 645 hp, as well as a convertible body style.

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10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020

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2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.

With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.

Rivian R1T Truck R1S SUV

1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV

There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.

Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.

Porsche Mission E-Cross Turismo Concept

2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo

As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.

New Tesla Model Y Small SUV

3. Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).

Volkswagen ID Hatchback Concept

4. Volkswagen ID Neo

As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.

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5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.

Peugeot e-208 electric car

6. Peugeot e-208

French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.

Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

7. Audi e-tron Sportback

The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

White Polestar 2 EV

8. Polestar 2

As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

9. Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.

BMW ix3 electric SUV Concept

10. BMW iX3

With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!

BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.

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10 Proven Tips For Doing A Proper Used Car Test Drive

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Never buy a car without first giving it a test drive.

Buying a car, even a used car, is a big commitment. You will likely spend thousands of dollars on one and own it for at least a few years, which is why a test drive is important for making the right selection.

When looking for a suitable used car, you need to be able to spot any defects or other shortcomings before handing over your hard-earned money, but going about it can be difficult if you’re new to the car buying process. This guide will help you make a better, more informed buying decision by providing 10 proven tips for doing a proper used car test drive.

1. “Certified Pre-Owned” Vs. “Used Car”

The sales staff at San Marcos Chrysler Jeep (San Marcos, TX) suggested we start off with the difference between ‘certified pre-owned” and “used” cars, something all future car buyers should know.

Certified cars undergo a complete inspection that repairs any damaged or worn parts before they are offered for sale and usually come with an extended warranty and a number of services like 24-hour roadside assistance. With used cars, the buyer must pay for an inspection and usually any subsequent repairs and only gets whatever is left of the factory warranty… if it’s still in effect and fully transferable.

This means, when shopping for a used cars, you need to have a much more critical eye for certain things that you would not when buying a new or certified pre-owned car.

2. Do Your Research

Save yourself the time and trouble of having to test more vehicles than you have to by learning as much as possible about the vehicles your are considering. Read online reviews, try out build and price tools, and go over all available CARFAX reports.

Not only will thorough research help you narrow down your shortlist, but it will also help you figure out what you really want and don’t want going into any test drive, making it easier to notice things you love or hate while on the drive.

3. Bring Someone With You

If you are nervous wreck like I was when I purchased by first two used cars or just not very knowledgeable about cars, bringing along a trusted friend or family member who is can be a big help.

At the very least, they will be extra set of eyes for noticing something you might miss, tell you what it’s like to be a passenger in the vehicle, and point out potential issues that pass your scrutiny.

4. Does It Meet Your Requirements?

Once you’re ready to go on your used car test drive, conduct an inspection of the vehicle to make sure it meets your requirements and standards, especially with regards to size, space and ergonomics.

Assess space in the trunk, back seats, glove compartment and other storage areas, etc. to see if the car offers as much as you need. If there are any, try collapsing and raising the folding seats to see if they are easy and intuitive to operate; see if the seats can be easily adjusted to a comfortable position for you; and use the radio, Bluetooth, GPS and other on-board electronics to see if everything works as desired.

5. Any Exterior Issues?

The car might have a number of issues that, although insignificant by themselves, can add up to become a deal breaker. Check the body panels and the inside of the doors and trunk for rust, scratches, dents and chips, and for usual panels gaps. Also see if the windshield and windows have chips or cracks that need attention.

Do all four tires have acceptable tread and inflation? If some have greater wear and tear than others, there might be a mechanical or alignment issue.

Check that all turn signals, high beams, low beams, brake lights work and aren’t cracked or broken, and look for any signs of exhaust issues such as excess smoke and dark, oily stains.

6. Any Interior Issues?

Once you’ve checked the outside of the vehicle, give the interior a good inspection. Look for any wear and tear, loose stitching and stains on the materials; see if the seats can be moved forward and back, up and down, and folded securely without issue; and test air conditioning, heating, blowers and other applicable climate control functions to make sure they work properly.

Safety should always be your number one priority, so check that all seatbelts are present and operate properly. Make sure the airbags are intact by checking the panel cover for a split, uneven seals, or different colored paint over the seal (these are strong signs that the car has been in an accident). Does the airbag light stay on or does it flash when you turn on the ignition?

Finally, check that all the interior lights, electric windows, radio, center console, electric locks, and electric adjustable mirrors all work as intended and that there are no exposed or deteriorating electrical components present.

7. Test The Steering

You want to make sure the car turns where ever you want it to, paying particular attention to how both the steering wheel itself and the whole vehicle feels and sounds when you turn. Also check the steering wheel for any vibration or unsettling sound when driving at various speeds, as well as the level of resistance or tightness when turning it.

Pay attention to the vehicle when driving in a straight line to see if it pulls to one side. If there is some pulling, there could be a mechanical issue with the steering mechanics.

8. Test The Brakes

Good brakes are paramount for safe driving, so try to find an isolated area, such as a large and mostly empty parking lot or side road, and test out the the car’s brakes at normal speeds.

Test for any looseness in the brake pedal, as well as for any brake fade, shuddering, or vibrations. Do the brakes stop the car at a safe distance, and do they instill a sense of confidence?

Don’t forget to also test the the efficacy of the parking brake (AKA hand brake or emergency brake) by stopping on a slope.

9. Drive Like You Would Normally

The most important thing to do once you start driving is to drive the way you would everyday. There is no need for unrealistic stress tests — driving like you would on any given day will give you a real feel for the vehicle.

See if it accelerates well enough and feels safe at higher speeds by taking it on the highway. Assess the turning radius and overall maneuverability by heading to a parking lot and doing a U-turn or three-point turn on a residential street. And drive on some rough terrain if possible to make sure it feels safe, sturdy and comfortable.

10. Ask Questions, Take Notes

Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you deem necessary before, during and after the used car test drive. Was the car a rental car? Was it ever in an accident? What’s up with the mileage? And so on…

Have a little notepad ready to write down any issues you identified and discussed with the salesperson for further analysis at a later time. Getting some sleep can help you process the information of the day and relieve yourself of the immediacy (and accompanying stress) of making a decision.

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Genesis Simplifies Leasing With New Spectrum Program

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The program is intend to make leasing a Genesis a simpler, one-stop proposition.

Genesis has launched its new Spectrum program, which is a subscription-like program that looks to simplify the leasing process.

Like Lexus’ Complete Lease program, the Genesis Spectrum program combines the standard lease payment and insurance into one payment, making it a simpler, one-stop proposition for shoppers to obtain a G70, G80 or G90. However, unlike other subscription programs such as the Care by Volvo program, it doesn’t let buyers swap out their vehicle after a short period.

In the Unites States, the insurance is provided by Metlife Home & Auto, with a $500 deductible. The 36-month leases start at $489 per month with a $2,699 down payment for the G70, $569 per month with $3,999 down for the G80 and $909 per month with $5,499 down for the G90.

Although insurance is covered in the Spectrum payment, taxes and registration fees are not and must be paid separately.

Finally, as with Genesis model, cars leased through the Spectrum program also come with Service Valet, where dealers will pick up and drop off the owners’ car for servicing, as well as roadside assistance, three years of map updates and a Genesis Connected Services telematics subscription.

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