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Porsche expands 911 lineup for 2020

Porsche adding Carrera 4 models to lineup for 2020

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The new 911 made its debut last year as the 992 generation of the famous sports coupe. First they showed off the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Now it's the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet models' turn.

Both models are powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine that the 911 Carrera is, but it has model-specific turbochargers that give it 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat in the coupe. If that's not fast enough for you, you can opt for the Sport Chrono Package and drop that time to 3.8 seconds.

The Carrera 4 Cabriolet isn't as quick, getting to 60 mpg in 4.2 seconds and in four seconds flat when equipped with the available Sport Chrono Package.

The coupe and cabrio top out at 180 and 179 mph, respectively.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

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Porsche is adding the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Both models come standard with Normal and Sport drive modes, as well as Wet Mode preconditioning technology. A fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip rear differential with torque vectoring technology, which is standard on the 911 Carrera S and 4S models, can be ordered as an option.

Both models have 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inchers in the rear. Buyers can up those diameters by an inch each by checking an options box.

A 10.9-inch infotainment touch screen is standard and is paired with a control panel of buttons and toggle switches to control various functions.

The 2020 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are available to order now and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2020. The MSRP for the 911 Carrera 4 is $104,700, while the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet retails for $117,500. Both models come with an additional $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.

The Hyundai Venue is new to the U.S. for the 2020 model year.

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If you thought it didn't get any smaller than the subcompact Hyundai Kona, you were wrong. Hyundai's new, smaller SUV, the 2020 Hyundai Venue, has made its way to the U.S. market. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

Hyundai developed the model to be budget-friendly.

Research indicated that people often pass up buying new cars because they are too expensive, but then they miss out on the latest safety and infotainment tech. Hyundai wanted to create a vehicle that would cost as much as a used car but have all new equipment.

2020 Hyundai Venue The backside of the Venue reveals a wide opening trunk.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Venue comes in three trim levels.

Buyers get to choose between the base SE, SEL, or top-tier Denim model. All the models come with the same engine but the base model has a six-speed manual transmission as opposed to the Venue SEL and Denim's intelligent variable transmission. SEL and Denim models of the front-wheel drive SUV have three drive modes: normal, sport, and snow.

The Nissan Kicks isn't very quick. What is the engine like in the Venue?

The Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. It's peppier than the Kicks but nothing too exciting. Still, you'll feel like you have plenty of power at speed.

2020 Hyundai Venue The interior of the Venue features a standard 8-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has loaded the Venue with a solid list of safety features.

Standard and available safety features include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) uses the car's front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings automatically steering the car if necessary.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) helps detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless
  • Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning (RCCW) helps detect when a vehicle may have entered a car's rearward path providing a driver

It's supposed to cost as much as a used car. What's the MSRP?

Hyundai sells the Venue SE for $17,350. The SEL is $19,250 and the Venue Denim is $22,050. That MSRP does not include the destination charge. Remember, most dealers are willing to negotiate on prices.

So it's a cheap car. Does it look cheap inside?

The short answer is no. The Venue Denim has nicer appointments than many mid-grade trucks on the market that cost a fair amount more. The designer of the HVAC system controls should be proud that they're both easy to use and attractive while looking like little else currently on the market.

The seats are comfortable.

Most low-cost SUVs and cars have seats that aren't comfortable for any length of time. The Venue is the exception to this rule.

When does it go on sale.

The Hyundai Venue is currently for sale at dealerships nationwide.

Subaru recently debuted its VIZIV Tourer concept.

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Subaru has a goal. By 2030, they want at least 40 percent of their globals sales to come from electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles. To get there, the automaker will be continuing to work on electrification via the application of the technology to Subaru's current lineup.

"Although we're using Toyota technology, we want to make hybrids that are distinctly Subaru," Chief Technology Officer, Tetsuo Onuki, recently commented to Reuters. "It's not only about reducing CO2 emissions. We need to further improve vehicle safety and the performance of our all-wheel drive."

Subaru VIZIV Touring concept the VIZIV Touring concept has a WRX-like front end.Photo courtesy of Subaru Corporation

At first, this plan likely means more model variants in the same vein as the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Reuters has reported that the first new model that will enter the Subaru lineup under this plan will be a "strong hybrid" vehicle using Toyota technology. But, it's not coming until later this decade. Subaru previously activated this partnership in the marketplace to launch the Crosstrek Hybrid.

The automakers are also working together to launch an all-battery electric car (BEV) around that time as well.

Don't set your calendar yet. Plans are continually developing and timelines are bound to shift as the market for new vehicles changes. Subaru will likely keep the public updated as their plans develop by releasing concept car versions of their designs ahead of any big news.