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Lotus Evora gets a more comfortable, cheaper variant ripe for daily drivability

Lotus is adding a model meant more for daily driving than the sporty cars it's been producing lately.

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The Lotus Evora is a shapely new model with plenty of power and sport-centric drivability. Now, the British automaker is offering a more comfortable and cheaper variant of the model, dubbed the Lotus Evora GT410. The original Evora model is now known as the Lotus Evora GT410 Sport.

While the Evora GT410 Sport has features that make it track-ready. What it doesn't have are the comfort and convenience features that make a super luxury performance car a viable daily driver. Enter the new Evora GT410. The fresh model has a longer list of standard features than the Sport model but costs £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport.

2020 Lotus Evora GT410

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In the GT410, the drive and passenger sit in Sparco sport seats. The list of standard and available features includes air conditioning, a rearview camera, infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors, and DAB digital radio. Lotus has added integrated arm rests, two additional speakers, and storage bins throughout the cabin.

The engineering team has replaced a section of body paneling on the rear of the car with glass for better rearward visibility. Additional standard equipment includes body-colored roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs; red AP Racing brake callipers; and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels (19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear).

There's also an increased amount of insulation to reduce road noise. It has a a revised damper rate and rides on standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires.

Lotus GT410 buyers will be able to choose from an expanded palette of paint jobs that includes some colors from the company's past.

Lotus is selling the model in the UK for £82,900 (€99,900 in Germany).

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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    Vonlane typically runs luxury bus service to multiple high-priority locations in Texas and beyond.

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    Texas-based luxury bus company Vonlane is back on the road following the winter storm, offering limited routes to travelers among Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

    "Upon conducting road tests around the state, we are confident that we can now deliver our normal exceptional travel experience," the Dallas-based company said in a February 19 email to customers.

    A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Houston Downtown Hyatt Regency to Dallas Doubletree at Love Field or the Austin Hyatt Regency, beginning Friday, February 19.

    Rates are $105 each way.

    Routes to and from Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are not yet available.

    Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing. Face masks and temperature checks are required.

    Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like WiFi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, and leather seats.

    Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.


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