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2021 Nissan Versa retains sub-$15,000 price tag

The Nissan Versa is one of the least expensive cars you can buy.

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The Nissan Versa is traditionally a low-cost, high-value option for car shoppers. It was redesigned for the 2020 model year. The 2021 model does not break the mold and is a carryover from the previous year, continuing to offer a competitive equipment and tech lineup along with attractive interior and exterior design.

The 2021 Nissan Versa starts at $14,930. The base grade Versa S comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It's one of the few vehicles remaining that offers the manual as an option for buyers.

2021 Nissan Versa The Versa is an attractive enough model that is perfectly serviceable as a daily driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Opting for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Vera bumps the price of the Versa S up to $16,600. All other Versa models come with that same powertrain, w which achieves 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. Versa models with the CVT achieve 32 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. No hybrid version of the model is sold.

The next level higher Versa SV has a $17,740 starting price tag.

Nissan has saved its sportiest Versa model for last, giving the top-tier grade the Versa SR designation. Nissan traditionally uses SR to designate this sporty daily drivers throughout its lineup, as seen in the Maxima and Sentra. Buyers who get the 2021 Versa SR receive a model riding on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, and more. Additionally, buyers can choose the SR Convenience Package, which adds heated front seats, automatic climate control, and adaptive cruise control. The Versa SR starts at $18,340.

All models have Nissan's signature V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlights, and floating roof. The interior of the models offer best-in-class front legroom, a D-shaped steering wheel, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen. Keyless entry and push-button start are standard. Each Versa has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

2021 Nissan Versa The interior of the 2021 Nissan Versa features materials that are a big step up from the previous generation's appointments.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Buyers who opt for the Versa SV or SR get Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment. The suite of safety and driver assist technology includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, high beam assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. A driver alertness monitor and adaptive cruise control are available.

Each Versa carries a $925 destination and delivery charge.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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