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Porsche teases new Panamera ahead of August 26 debut

Porsche has shown off lightly camouflaged versions of the new Panamera ahead of its debut.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

It’s not a classic coupe and it’s not a formidable SUV. The oft-forgotten but appealing Porsche Panamera is due for generational change. The new Panamera will debut on August 26, 2020.

Porsche promises that the “core features of the second generation” will be held to in the new, third generation. It’s likely to continue to have sports car-like performance and at least one hybrid powertrain option - all in a saloon car package.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera The car blends Porsche car styling with saloon car design.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

We already know what to expect of the Panamera, at least visually, thanks to a series of photos the company distributed during testing periods over the last few weeks.

Earlier this month, Porsche test driver Lars Kern completed a full lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife over a distance of 20.832 kilometres in 7:29.81 minutes. The certified time now stands as a record in the executive cars category, clocking in 13 seconds faster than the current-gen Panamera when it attempted the feat four years ago.

A teaser video of the new model released to the media shows classic Panamera design lines on the back end, illuminated by strong, swooping LED taillights, much like the rest of the Porsche car family. Its haunches are prominent while its side mirrors have a sharp, modern outline.

Its front clearly takes its design nod from the current-gen Panamera and all other Porsche models (design consistency is a key feature of the brand). LED headlights shine brightly down the road while dual-band LED fog lights sit below, embedded in the front fascia.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera Wide haunches, a wing, and a horizontal spanning LED taillight bar are characteristics of the rear of the Panamera.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Air vents appear to sit on the sides of the model and a wing that deploys on the back. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed especially for the new Panamera and used for the record lap will be available when the model goes on sale to the public.

Inside, the Panamera is getting the freshest version of a Porsche steering wheel.

The biggest mystery about what is coming in the Panamera is in regard to its powertrain. Porsche is putting more of an emphasis on electrification than ever before so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear about high-horsepower and torque options for the four-door car.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera From the front, the new Panamera is unmistakable as a Porsche.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Stay tuned to AutomotiveMap for more news about the new Porsche Panamera.

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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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