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2021 Nissan Titan gets a slight price increase, keeps America’s Best Truck Warranty

The Nissan Titan will be a carryover for the 2021 model year.

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There's nothing new about the 2021 Nissan Titan except its price. The automaker has given the model a very slight price increase for the new model year. The truck starts at $36,550 - a $360 bump.

The Titan will continue to be available in five trim levels for 2021: S, SV, SL, PRO-4X, and Platinum Reserve. There are two cab configuration available: king and crew. Most models are available in the buyer's choice of two- or four-wheel drive.

The Titan King Cab pricing options range from $36,550 to $48,070 for a King Cab Pro-4X. The Platinum Reserve trim level is not available on King Cab models. Opting for a Titan Crew Cab will run you anywhere from $39,280 to $59,280.

2021 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve Nissan will sell the Titan in five trim levels including the range-topping Platinum Reserve.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan has priced the 2021 Nissan Titan XD similarly, giving its base model a $450 price increase. All Titan XDs come with a crew cab. They are available in S, SV, SL, PRO-4X, and Platinum Reserve grades, which are only available with four-wheel drive. The 2021 Titan XD is priced to start at $45,030 and tops out at $62,310.

These prices are before any packages or options boxes are checked, and do not include dealer incentives.

Each Titan and Titan XD model is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. An 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen is also available.

Nissan gives each new model bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first (includes basic and powertrain coverage).

2021 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserv The interior of the Titan XD Pro-4X features unique accents and a sportier design.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

All Titan and Titan XD trucks are subject to a $1,595 destination and handling charge. This is unchanged from 2020.

Nissan continues to build the Titan in the U.S. for 2021. All models are assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi, with engines sourced from Nissan's Powertrain Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

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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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