Milestones

Hyundai celebrates one millionth Tucson sale

Hyundai is celebrating a sales milestone with the Tucson.

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It's been 16 years since the first Hyundai Tucson arrived for sale in the U.S. Since then, it's evolved with each of the three generations design delivering what customers are looking for - a safe and reliable, budget-friendly compact SUV. It's named after Tucson, Arizona

First Generation (2004-2009)

2004 Hyundai Tucson

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The first generation of the Tucson competed directly with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, as it does today. Buyers could get it in their choice of two powertrains, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (139 horsepower) or a 2.6-liter V6 (173 horsepower). A five-speed transmission was standard on the smaller engine and a four-speed automatic was available. V6 buyers all received the automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard and four-wheel drive was available.

Hyundai offered the model in GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels by the time the generation was over though at the beginning it was a GL, GLS, GLS Limited grade ladder.

Standard equipment included air conditioning, six airbags, electronic stability control, a CD player, alloy wheels, keyless entry, and cloth upholstery. Upgrading your model got you access to premium features like a cassette player, body cladding, a six-disc CD player, automatic climate control, heated seats, and leather upholstery.

The SUV received accolades for its safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Similar praise was heaped by Consumer Reports for its reliability.

Second Generation (2010-2015)

2010 Hyundai Tucson

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The second-generation Tucson was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It received a complete overhaul, upping the amount of in-car tech and looks. The model retained its same focus on safety and reliability.

Hyundai sold the model in GL, GLS, and Limited trim levels. It was now available with either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 165 horsepower and 176 horsepower, respectively. GL models came standard with a manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission was available in the GL and standard in GLS and above SUVs.

The list of available features includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, navigation, and a standard iPod interface system.

In 2014, the model's engine lineup received a significant upgrade gaining more power and lower emissions. Eventually the list of features included LED tail lights, stylish alloy rims, interior appointments, a panoramic sunroof, vehicle dynamics control, proximity key, and a better audio system.

The SUV earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Third Generation (2015- present)

2019 Hyundai Tucson

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The third-generation Tucson was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. For the U.S. market, Hyundai found that variety was the model's key to success. They offered the Tucson in six trim levels (SE, Night, Eco, Sport, SE Plus, and Limited) at launch but the names and features changed over the course of the generation.

Standard equipment included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 5-inch infotainment touch screen, CD player, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and iPod integration. The long list of available features included LED headlamps, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Blue Link services, navigation, premium interior surfaces, an ionizer, and automatic dimming rearview mirror.

A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is available. Both engines variants are available with all-wheel drive.

Hyundai is expected to introduce the next-generation Tucson soon.

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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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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

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The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

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The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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