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Refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Atlas to start at the same price as 2020 model

Volkswagen has significantly refreshed the Atlas for the 2021 model year.

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The refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will start at $31,545, the same price as the 2020 model, despite a number of enhancements. The new model is also three inches longer than the previous edition though that doesn't translate into any more passenger space.

Volkswagen's 2021 Atlas features new front and rear bumper styling, headlight and taillight designs with standard LED lighting, and a new grille that is similar to what is on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross.

Buyers can get the Atlas in two powertrains: a 276-hp V6 and a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with either engine. Previously, all-wheel drive was not available with the 2.0-liter engine.

Upgrades to the interior include a new steering wheel, available contrast stitching on leather seating surfaces and door trim, and an 8-inch infotainment screen on all models except the base S trim. All 2020 Atlas Cross models have next-gen Car-Net telematics and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert are standard on all models.

Click here to see the full trim level feature list breakdown.

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will be available in eight trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers the spring.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class elevates the luxury marque to new heights.

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The formula for every Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is simple. Take a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and elevate it to a bonkers level. Make it lush and plush, and suitable to use as an executive's limousine. That's exactly what Mercedes has done with the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The car starts with a stretch. Its wheelbase is seven inches longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. All that stretching benefits rear seat occupants the most. But that's not all the perks for back seat riders. Long day at the office? Not a problem. The cabin has been upgraded to include new comfort features like a calf rest massage function and neck/shoulder heating.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class The model gets a unique front grille.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

This Mercedes is also differentiated from the rest of the S-Class at its face with a unique Mercedes-Maybach grille, complete with vertical chrome pinstripes. The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS received a similar treatment. At its sides, an admirer can see that the rear doors are wider and C-pillars feature a fixed quarter light as well as the Maybach brand logo. Adaptive rear lighting makes its debut on the model.

Buyers can request their chauffeur-ready car with a two-tone paint finish. The two paint colors are divided by a coachline that is applied by hand. Rolls-Royce offers a similar scheme.

The car's electrified engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that delivers 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. That's less on-paper power than the previous version of the model offered, but the electric boost off the line should make up for that, and make the vehicle more fuel efficient. Motor1.com has confirmed that an all-wheel-drive, V12-powered Maybach S-Class will be part of the lineup when it goes on sale.

Rear-wheel steering makes the car more maneuverable than its dimensions may have lead you to believe. A variety of wheel designs are available including 20-inch monolocks and 21-inchers.

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580

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Buyers can upgrade from the initial Mercedes-Maybach to add electrically operated comfort rear doors. This features allows for the doors to be opened with little force, even when the car is parked on a grade. Rear doors can also be operated from the driver's seat - an important function for those looking to be driven in their car rather than getting behind the wheel.

The cabin of the S-Class is as well-appointed as you may imagine it should be. Authentic materials featured alongside alluring color schemes are standard for the model.

It features high-quality wood surrounds on the sesatbacks of the front seats. Adding the Executive Rear Seat Plus package adds a similar area of trim between the two rear passengers. A seat belt extender has been integrated into the backrest of the Executive seat.

This Mercedes builds on the traditional S-Class's two standard infotainment screens and ups the number to five. In the middle of the car is a 12.8-inch display. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Two 11.6-inch screens are on the rear setbacks, and a removable tablet is stowed in the rear center console.

The car utilizes active noise cancelling technology to keep the cabin of the luxury sedan serene. To add in music, buyers can activate the S-Class's standard Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound system.

Heated, cooling, and multi contour seats are available for each passenger. There's a calf massager for when rear seat passengers need a little extra TLC and a beverage chiller that is located in the center rear of the back console. Custom champagne flutes are available, natch.

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580 will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-2021.

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Honda has teamed up with Omaze to auction off a 2021 Honda Civic Type R to benefit HBCUs.

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Starting today, Honda fans can enter to win the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Serial Plate 001. Honda has teamed with online fundraising platform Omaze to offer the car alongside a unique driving experience on the track with Honda IndyCar driver, Colton Herta. Flights and hotel are included for the winner and a friend.

"We're excited to link Honda's 'racing spirit' and the all-new Civic Type R Limited Edition to benefit Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund," said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "One lucky Type R fan is going to take home a very special vehicle and have an exclusive driving experience at a Honda track with Colton Herta, while helping support the needs of HBCU students navigating their education during COVID-19."

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Serial Plate 001

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Here's how it works. Bidders donate to the chose cause via Omaze and gain entries to win the car. The number of entries given is based on the dollar amount donated. For this auction, $10 gets you 100 entries, $25 gets $250 entries, $50 gets 1,000 entries, and $100 gets 2,000 entries. You can also donate without entering, or pay a smaller amount for less entries.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition that has been put up for the giveaway is one of just 600 that will be made. It's painted Phoenix Yellow and has a gloss black roof, hood scoop, and mirror caps. The Civic badge at the rear is dark chrome and it runs on lightweight BBS wheels.

This Type R has been optimized for track performance. It has had 46 pounds of weight removed (sound deadening, rear seat heater vents, rear window wiper) ad given unique suspension and steering settings.

It includes the roster of updates that were made on 2020 Type R and carry over to 2021 including updated front and rear styling, a larger grille opening and high-capacity radiator, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, weighted shift knob, and a standard suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver assist technologies.

Fans can enter for a chance to win, starting today through Feb. 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST: Omaze.com/CivicTypeR.

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