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Dodge makes widebody exterior available on two new Challenger varieties for 2021

Dodge is extending its widebody styling to more of its lineup.

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The Widebody body style has proven popular with customers so Dodge is expanding it to two new Challenger body styles for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody and 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combine the hallmarks of the Widebody design with their respective styling and power packages.

The expansion comes on the heels of Dodge offering up a 807-horsepower Challenger as part of a horsepower infusion to th lineup earlier this year.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock The previously-revealed 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is a Hellcat-powered straight line racer. Photo courtesy of FCA US LCC

"The Widebody on Charger and Challenger continues to gain traction, making way for wider wheels and tires, which means more grip and faster times at the drag strip," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Bringing that Widebody capability to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 allows us to stick to that successful formula and offer more performance to more members of the Brotherhood of Muscle."

Both cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody offers a painted Satin Black NACA ducted hood, Satin Black wrap roof and deck lid, roof and deck-lid graphic, T/A body-side stripes, "Air Catcher" headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, black spoiler with 392 logo. Factory-installed hood pins are available.

The car's cabin features throwback design and premium appointments. Its 1971-inspired "tic-toc-tach" gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces and Gloss Black details. The black upholstered performance seats have signature Houndstooth cloth inserts. Heated and ventilated black Nappa leather performance seats with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered "T/A" logo are available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combines the engine compartment extension of the typical Shaker style car with 3.5 inches of extra room to a widebody design. Like its ancestors, the Shaker comes with a Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter, and optimized air box for improved airflow and performance.

It rides on 20-by-11-inch wheels, has an SRT-tuned chassis, SRT-tuned higher-performance adaptive damping suspension, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), dual-extractor hood, SRT Performance Pages with drive modes, and Line Lock.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody starts at $47,690 and the Challenger T/A 392 Widebody has a starting price of $49,090. Dealership orders are currently open for both. The Shaker is scheduled to arrive on lots in early 2021. The T/A 392 will be at dealerships in the spring.

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Volkswagen has sold seven generations of the Golf in the U.S.

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Volkswagen is saying goodbye to the Golf in the U.S. Kind of. The small hatchback is popular overseas but failed to find a continued, dedicated audience in North America where buyers are opting for larger SUVs and trucks over cars.

"Over four decades, the Golf has delivered a great value to American drivers," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It exemplified what Volkswagen does best—melding dynamic driving characteristics with purposeful packaging and unmatched quality. While the seventh-generation Golf will be the last of the base hatches sold here, the GTI and Golf R will carry its legacy forward."

Though its audience has faded recently, the Golf family has been popular with buyers in the U.S. for decades. Nearly 2.5 million of the cars have been sold since 1974.

The first-generation Golf was sold as the Rabbit in the U.S.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

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Production of U.S. bound 2021 model year VW Golfs ended last week at the plant in Puebla, Mexico. The run of models that has already been produced is expected to sustain the market through the end of the year. It will be available in just one grade: Golf TSI. That car is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Every Golf TSI comes standard with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated washer nozzles, keyless entry, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a sunroof, leatherette steering wheel, heated front seats, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert.

Pricing for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf with a standard six-speed manual transmission starts at $23,195. The eight-speed automatic transmission starts at $23,995. The destination charge for all Golf models is an additional $995.

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But, if you really, really want a new, eighth-generation Golf, there's a way to get one. The Golf GTI and Golf R, both performance-focused versions of the Golf, will be arriving in the U.S. this autumn for sale as 2022 model year vehicles.

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Subaru has partnered with Feeding America to deliver over 150 million meals in the last year.

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In April, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in America, Subaru of America stepped up donating the funs to supply 50 million meals to hungry Americans via the Feeding America hunger relief organization. To kick off 2021, Subaru of America, Subaru of New England, and Subaru Distributors Corporation.

"Once again, Subaru is working with Feeding America to help the millions of families struggling with hunger across the U.S.," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "As we continue to weather these unprecedented times together, we hope our contribution to Feeding America ensures the most vulnerable members of our communities are fed and cared for."

According to a release, one in four children in the U.S. are vulnerable of facing hunger because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The pandemic has posed unique challenges for food banks and the people we serve," said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. "We are tremendously grateful to Subaru of America, along with Subaru retailers and distributors, for their generous support and commitment to fighting against hunger in communities across the country."

The 633 Subaru retailers nationwide will work with Feeding America to disburse the donation to the organization's 199 food banks with the highest food insecurity rates and child food insecurity rates. Subaru retailers have made an additional donation of 5.6 million meals to those in need.

For every $1 cash donation, at least 10 meals are secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

As they did with the donation last spring, Subaru will launch a new creative campaign showcasing the impact of the donation. The spots will run on broadcast and digital platforms.

This new donation is part of Subaru's Subaru Loves to Help pillar, the community-focused pillar of the Subaru Love Promise. Other recent initiatives include the donation of blankets to the homeless and an anti-litter campaign.

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