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Porsche rolls out 2020 Macan GTS, a new option for buyers looking to spend $70k on a subcompact SUV

Porsche has introduced a new grade of the Macan, the GTS.

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

If you raised your hand when the teacher asked, "Who wants to spend $70,000 on a subcompact semi-performance-focused SUV?" Porsche has a new model you'll be interested in.

The German automaker has rolled out the specs and features list for its forthcoming 2020 Porsche Macan GTS, a model that sits above the the Macan base model and Macan S but below the Macan Turbo in Porsche's lineup.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The model rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Priced from $71,300, it is priced perfectly within that grade walk. The Macan S starts at $59,400 and the Macan Turbo is $86,300.

Its specs and features list also puts the SUV snugly between the two. The Macan S is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, achieves 348 horsepower, and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The top-tier Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.-9-liter V6 under its hood that gets 434 horsepower and can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Porsche has given the Macan GTS the same engine as the Macan Turbo, but de-tuned it to get just 345 horsepower. It can still haul, getting off the line and to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS At its back, the Macan GTS features similar features as the other Macan models, with black accents.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and Porsche is offering this model with the equipment to give it sporty driving dynamics but deliver a comfortable ride for the SUV's occupants. The model comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and cast iron brakes. Buyers can choose to upgrade to a Porsche Surface Coated Brake with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.

The SUV also comes with a standard sport exhaust system that allows its twin-turbo growl to shine.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The interior design is similar to the other Macan models.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Its exterior is uniquely defined with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts. The front fascia has black accents and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. At the back are three-dimensional lights with an LED light bar and a black diffuser. Buyers can option the headlights in black with PDLS Plus.

The SUV's interior is mostly a carryover from the Macan S. It features high-quality materials like Alcantara leather and brushed aluminum. It has sport seats that are unique to the GTS trim level and feature eight-way adjustment as well as pronounced side bolsters. Options packages add red or white stitching and additional leather surfaces, a Bose surround sound system, and wireless device charging.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS Alcantara leather feutres on the car's interior.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Park Assist including Surround View, a heated windshield, and an ionizer are also available.

The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer and feature an added $1,350 delivery charge.

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The Jeep Wrangler Islander is now aviallable to order.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Jeep is bringing back its popular Islander special edition SUV for the 2021 model year, but with a twist. This year, the Wrangler and Renegade are getting the treatment. This is the first time the Jeep Renegade has been available with this special edition treatment.

"Our Jeep enthusiasts expect legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, and they also embrace the Jeep brand's fun 'go anywhere, do anything' adventure lifestyle," said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. "With Surf Blue accent stitching, Islander-embroidered front seats and available white three-piece hardtop on the Wrangler, you can't help but think summer and the beach life when you see these new Islander special editions."

2021 The Jeep Renegade Islander beings the spirit of coastal communities to the off-roading family hauler.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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The Wrangler Islander has been gone for 11 years after being first introduced as a special edition in 1988. The new model is based on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport S with either two- or four-doors. It comes standard with the following features and equipment:

  • Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio
  • 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels in Silver Finish with all-terrain tires
  • Rubicon Rock Rails
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual-zone temperature control
  • Exterior details include a Tiki Bob hood decal; interior details include a Ceramic White mid-bolster and black cloth seats with an embroidered Islander logo and Surf Blue accent stitching
  • Available white three-piece hardtop
  • Optional Islander Plus Package by Mopar adds front/rear grab handles, cargo tub liner, solid sunbonnet top and Tiki Bob soft spare-tire cover

The Jeep Wrangler Islander is available in Billet Silver, Black, Chief, Granite Crystal, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Hellayella, Sarge Green, Snazzberry and Sting-Gray.

Each Islander model receives unique interior appointments.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The Renegade Islander is based on the 2021 Jeep Renegade Latitude. Its list of standard and available features and equipment includes:

  • Available Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system
  • 19-inch Silver Alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof for ultimate open-air freedom
  • Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Exterior details include a Tiki Bob hood decal; interior details include premium black cloth seats with an embroidered Islander logo and Surf Blue accent stitching
  • Keyless Entry with panic alarm
  • Remote start system
  • Available Alpine White painted roof

The Jeep Renegade Islander is available in Bikini, Jetset Blue, Glacier and Omaha Orange paint jobs.

The two models serve up a unique look.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

All 2021 Jeep vehicles get the Jeep Wave premium owner loyalty program with purchase. It gives access to benefits and exclusive perks like three years of worry-free maintenance at Jeep dealerships, including oil changes and tire rotations; 24/7 support via phone or chat; 24/7 roadside assistance and first-day loaner coverage; access to select Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander has a starting U.S. MSRP of $33,370 for two-door models and $36,870 for four-door models (all prices exclude $1,495 destination). The starting price for the 2021 Jeep Renegade Islander is $27,430.

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NXP Semiconductors has two chip plants in Texas that were effected by Winter Storm Uri.

Photo courtesy of NXP Semiconductors N.V.

The effects of Winter Storm Uri are still being felt across Texas and it's impacting the auto industry. Reporting by Reuters tells that chipmakers, like Samsung Electronics, are still weeks away from resuming normal operations in Texas.

Traditionally, this sort of production slowdown wouldn't much impact the industry. There would typically be enough dealership and inventory and automaker back stock to make up for many, if not all of the shortages for a short period of time. However, COVID-19 has put a strain on the chipmaking industry and is already slowing production, limiting sales, and hurting automaker bottom lines.

There's also been increased demand for semiconductor chips as sales of laptops, gaming consoles, and other entertainment and exercise equipment soared as coronavirus-related lockdowns changed lifestyles globally.

Ford and General Motors have both said that their 2021 sales and profits will be hit hard by the shortage. Additional analysis by Reuters says that Toyota has enough inventory to last four months while Hyundai and Kia, which share common ownership, purchased a stockpile of chips when production was going full steam in late December and are thus far unaffected.

Samsung and NXP Semiconductors shut their factories in Texas last month when Winter Storm Uri took hold. Like Lone Star State households, Texas businesses lost access to electricity, natural gas, and water.

Samsung's logic chip plant is located in Austin. It began operating 2017 and makes chips using Samsung's 14-nanometer, 28-nm and 32-nm chip production technologies. The facility is Samsung's biggest logic chip production facility outside of South Korea, where the company is headquartered. The company also has a NAND flash chip facility in Austin.

NXP's plants are also in Austin where the company has its corporate headquarters. While there are nine other NXP offices in the U.S., there are no other manufacturing sites.

Edward Latson, CEO of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, told Reuters that chipmakers now have the power, water and gas they need to operate, but they need time to restart tools and clean the factories. He characterized the process as being slow and "very expensive".

The one month of lost production is most likely to hit automakers hardest five months down the road, in the third quarter.

Many analysts had been predicting an uptick in new vehicle sales for 2021 after car sales rallied in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, these chip shortages are deeply impacting those sales predictions.

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