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Automakers sold more of these cars and SUVs in April than in March

Subaru once again found success with the Foreseter in April.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Despite dealership closures, social distancing rules, and unprecedented sudden joblessness, some automakers had models that were more popular in April than they were in March. Why? Who knows?! There is seemingly no particular pattern in the list.

The list below is inclusive of autos sold my companies that report their sales totals monthly. Some, like Ford and General Motors, report quarterly so their vehicles will not be shown on the list.

Each month, AutomotiveMap updates our list of best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs in the U.S. for the calendar year. You can see them by clicking through the links.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis sold 551 G70 sedans in April, up from the 517 they sold in March. The company has been gearing up for a big year with the G80 and G90 receiving redesigns, and their first SUV, the GV80 going on sale.

The G70 is a true sports sedan. It is up for enthusiastic drives and doesn't mean being pushed a little. The car's cabin is well-appointed and the infotainment system is easy to use. Plus, it's far less pricey than its German rivals.

Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Not only did Hyundai sell more Tucsons in April than they did in March, they also bested January's totals. Nearly 8,440 vehicles that found a home in April, up from 6,073 in March.

The compact SUV, which competes against the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Though its current generation began in 2015 and the model is gearing up for a redesign, it still delivers a comfortable ride and easy-to-use infotainment system in addition to inoffensive looks.

Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are most families' go-to three-row vehicles. Honda sold around 120 more Pilots in April than they did in March (6562 vs. 6445), but the SUV's sales are way down compared to what they were in January and February.

Much of the Pilot is straight from the Honda playbook and reminiscent of the Odyssey. That's not necessarily a bad thing - Honda sells thousands of Odysseys each year.

Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Hyundai Elantra is in its last model year before a complete redesign. Though many may charge it with being nothing much to look at and a comfortable daily driver, the Elantra wins with customers because of its low price, predictable attitude, and fuel efficiency.

In April, Hyundai sold 7,536 Elantras. In March they sold just 7,430.

Kia Stinger

2020 Kia Stinger

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Only one Kia model had higher sales in April than it did in March - the Stinger. The development sister of the Genesis G70, the Stinger is the Kia version of a sports sedan. Its interior isn't as nice as the G70's and there are some differences between the way the vehicles drive. Still, it's a really good Kia.

Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The Subaru Forester was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. The 2020 model continues along the same path with a few safety upgrades. The Forester lends much of its success to solid advertising messaging as well as a product that fulfills its key customers' expectations. It's comfortable to drive, has great visibility, an holds to the road with ease thanks to its standard all-wheel drive.

Subaru sold 9431 Foresters in April, up from the 9413 they sold in March.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

Hyundai

Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

Subaru

The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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