VIRTUAL CAR SHOW

WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: April 4, 2020

Owner Chris Pulley regularly shows off this slammed Ford Short Bus at auto shows in Texas.

Photo courtesy of Chris Pulley

We're just getting started with this whole quarantine situation and if you're like the AutomotiveMap team, you're really starting to miss heading to your local car show.

The WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show brings the best parts of the car show to your phone, tablet, and computer during this trying time. We have shared pictures of a wide variety of vehicles, submitted by car show fans across the country, below and told you the stories of the cars and their owners.

We limited this week's round to 10 entries. Click here to see last week's show.

The only thing missing is the comroaderie. Hop on over to the AutomotiveMap or WHM Facebook page and tell us what cars you loved, tag someone who would enjoy seeing the cars, and tell your friends to submit their own cars.

Click here to register your car for next week's Virtual Car Show.

1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS

Photo courtesy of Jim Meader

Jim Meader spend $6,500 for his El Camino in 2008 because, "[I] got too old to ride fast motorcycles and wanted a El Camino like I bought when I got out of the Army." That was 1972. Today, El Caminos are far less common than they were then.

Since he's owned it, he's done two frame off restorations that include powder coating the frame; adding C6 Corvette brakes, an aftermarket powder-coated suspension, 600-horsepower ZZ502 engine, 400 Turbo transmission, and a 12- bolt differential. The model has all ARP stainless hardware and wears a 1969 Hugger Orange paint job.

This car has won over 90 awards including twice winning its class at the Houston Autorama.

1962 Chevrolet C10

Photo courtesy of Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl, the personality behind the Pickup Truck + SUV Talk YouTube channel, was sold his 1962 Chevy C10 in 2017 for the high price of $1.00. The truck was in rough condition when he bought it, having served many years as a farm truck for Esterdahl's extended family. Since then, he's installed a new engine, brakes, and seat cover.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Big Bear

Photo courtesy of Isaac Gutierrez

Isaac Gutierrrz bought his Wrangler in 2019 and immediately set about upgrading it. He gave the car a Dv8 hood front and back bumper, 2.5-inch lift, Dv8 fender liners and fenders, Fuel Wheels wheels, KC HiLiTES off-road lights, Xkglow rock lights, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, and a TrailFX Winches winch. The Jeep has earned the nickname "Black Widow".

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

Ted Fontenot purchased this Mustang from a restoration shop in 2017. Like much of America, he's a big fan of the model. "The '69 Mach 1 is one of the coolest cars [it] looks fast standing still," he said.

Though it may be hard to believe, the Mustang is all original, except its paint job. It was repainted over 10 years ago its original Wimbledon White hue.

The car was practically destined to find a home at the Fontenot household in Houston, Texas, but it almost passed them by. Fontenot's neighbor when he was growing up had a red '70 Mach 1and when his wife was a child, her mom had a '69 Mach 1. He saw this car for sale twice before he finally purchased it. The first time, he missed it by two days. The second time, he was out of work due to the Obama-era recession and couldn't justify the purchase. The third time was the charm and Fontenot jumped on it.

1968 Dodge Dart GTS

Photo courtesy of Larry McGee

Larry McGee of Katy, Texas plunked down $30,000 for the Dart, which he calls a "Mr. Norm Tribute". He bought the car as a daily driver rather than a show car and hasn't modified it yet, but has the intention of adding new cooling, air conditioning, and a larger carburetor.

McGee's first car was '68 Charger. He claims to always having been a "Mopar guy". He had a '67 Barracuda that he wanted to restore when he retired but it ended up having too much rust for his budget.

1957 Ford B500 Short Bus

Photo courtesy of Chris Pulley

In 2015, Chris Pulley acquired this relic of the past. The Richmond, Texas resident bought the bus, "to be a marketing tool for non-profits around getting people with disabilities out doing activities." Pulled continued, "I am in a wheelchair and I thought what is cooler than a guy in a wheelchair owning a short bus."

The overall aesthetic gives the bus a hotrod feel, while maintaining the functionality of a short bus. It's a fully handicap accessible bus has an air ride suspension, 7.3-liter Diesel engine, 24-inch dually wheels, a custom interior, and unique paint job.

1966 Chevrolet Nova II

Photo courtesy of Jose de Leon

Owner Jose de Leon is very clear, "My car is not a trailer queen." He traded for the car in 2011 after learning that it took two years to build. Since he purchased it, de Leon has added disc brakes, Cal-Tracs, and a carburetor. He adds that he, "drive[s] it and it still shows great. It has several trophies even though it's not a $150k restoration."

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Photo courtesy of West Houston Muscle

This is a Mustang Mach 1 with a slightly different flavor than the one we showed up top this week. Owner Bill Mehling of Richmond, Texas purchased the car used online for $27,000. He tells the story:

"I was ready for a hobby car and always thought the '69 Mach1 was the best looking car ever! It looked great in pictures, but the car was in Minnesota. I had a pro car inspector check it out for me. He supplied a report and dozens of additional pictures. Turned out that the entire undercarriage was new and as clean as the motor! He gave it a thumbs up and the deal was done."

Mehling has modified the car a bit since it arrived in Texas. It has had its interior refreshed with new seat covers, seat foam, door panels, and interior trim pieces. He had air conditioning re-installed (the car was originally equipped with it but had its parts removed).

1997 Dodge Viper GTS

Photo courtesy of Travis Warden

Travis Warden from Houston, Texas, bought his 1997 Viper in 2017, a decade after it rolled off an assembly line in Michigan. It's an Exchange Heads and Cams Car that Warden bought because it's his "dream car". He says that the model has a a Moton suspension, full bolt-ons, and a road racing set up.

1972 Oldsmobile Cutless Supreme

Photo courtesy of Tom Tannahill

Tom Tannahill paid $20,000 for this Olds in 2017. Tannahill's cousin was the original owner of the car, buying it new from Loveless Oldsmobile in Galveston, Texas. She kept it in excellent condition over the years and it now has 184,000 actual miles on it.

Since he purchased the car, the only thing Tannahill has done to the model is install a new convertible top. Its powertrain was rebuilt in 2008.

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Nissan is introducing a long list of new models in the coming year.

Photo courtesy of Nissan Motors

As part of its plan to grow business, on Thursday Nissan (the global overlord that has Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun as its brands) released information regarding its business objectives. While there is plenty notable in the release, one particular item stands out: 12 new products will be released in the coming 18 months.

Though lips are sealed at the Japan-based automaker, there are a few clues as to what is coming for the U.S. market, including a video released today by the company. Scroll down to see AutomotiveMap's thoughts on each teased model and be sure to check out the insight into the Infiniti models shown in the video at the end of the article.

NISSAN NEXT: From A to Z www.youtube.com

2021 Nissan Rogue

We know that a redesigned Nissan Rogue was supposed to debut at the New York International Auto Show (originally slated for April, then pushed to August, then cancelled). Now, it's set to likely have a virtual reveal this summer.

Leaked photos of the SUV reveal a model that is thoroughly updated from top to bottom but still recognizable for Rogue enthusiasts. Reporting by CarsDirect tells that the Rogue will get a power bump for 2021 achieving 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (current numbers are 170 and 175, respectively). Fuel economy numbers also go up. That brings the SUV more in line with its competition.

Additional photos show that the SUV has wireless charging, a new shifter, all-digital instrument cluster, and a variety of available drive modes (all-wheel drive is a likely option). Expect a library-level quiet cabin filled with near-premium materials as those traits have become Nissan hallmarks as of late.

2021 Nissan Frontier

Nissan has not played coy about the 2021 Frontier making its debut later this year. The automaker officially spilled the beans when they told the world that the 2020 Frontier was going to have a new V6 engine, which will power the new Frontier next year.

What can you expect? The new Frontier is likely to be a bigger, more commanding version of the current model that takes much of its design cues from Titan. It has undergone a top to bottom redesign for the first time in over a decade so it will likely have all the latest technology and design language that can be found in Nissan vehicles. Some of the tech that's currently exclusive to Titan, like accelerometer technology, which replaces the truck's gyroscope for what the company says are more accurate degree of pitch and roll angles.

There's also been a series of leaked photos featuring what insiders are calling the Frontier NISMO for the last year. The real question isn't what it will look like - think 2021 Frontier with more accentuated features, but instead what it will be capable of. Will the Frontier NISMO be a Ford Ranger Raptor fighter or just be faster with a stronger face? Many are hoping that Nissan goes the route of the former.

2021 Nissan Ariya

The teaser video showed what is likely a version of what publicly started as the Nissan Ariya Concept. The model, an all-electric crossover designed to have over 300 miles of range, shows off fresh design language and powertrain possibilities. Since its debut, Nissan has made no secret of the fact that plans for an electrified SUV are in the making and we may finally see those go into production.

2021 Nissan Navara

Like the Frontier, the Nissan Navara is also set for a redesign. However, it looks like they won't be the same truck, nor will they be produced on the same platform. it will have familiar characteristics including roof rails and a beefy exterior. The midsize truck, which has nearly the same dimensions as the Frontier is sold in Asia, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

2022 Nissan 400Z

Passionate brand followers likely file this one under, "It's about damn time." A redesigned Nissan Z is on its way, and confirmed in a new video released by the company that shows its retro-inspired styling. The car is slated to have a twin-turbo V6 under its hood (that's what powers the Infiniti Q50 and Q6 400 Red Sport today. In those cars it gets 400 horsepower and that's a figure that likely plays into the car's fresh name. Look for a NISMO-tuned edition of the model to push 500 horsepower.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

From the looks of the teaser video, the Nissan Pathfinder is getting a nose that looks like the one on the Ariya Concept and will retain its three-row seating configuration. While the Pathfinder sells well in the U.S. as a lifestyle-focused SUV, many enthusiasts were hoping to see it return to its roots with a more rugged body style as part of a redesign. That does not look like it will be so.

However, Nissan could be building in more off-roading capability with the new Pathfinder. It will likely have a variety of drive modes (if the Rogue redesign is a clue) and could prove to be at least as capable as the Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Look for the Pathfinder to debut later this year.

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks

Photo courtesy of Nissan Motors

A refreshed Kicks has already debuted in Thailand and its fresh face is likely to make its way to the U.S. soon. Does its product run seem quick? Remember, the model went on sale globally years before it ever came to North America.

The 2021 model sports a new grille design, slimmed headlights, more exaggerated rooflines, and fresh front and rear bumpers. Nissan has also given the car a new available powertrain variant that utilizes the company's e-Power technology to combine a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, a 1.57 kilowatt-hour battery, and an electric motor. However, experts believe that this version of the SUV isn't expected to make it stateside.

2022 Nissan Armada

Will it be a Patrol? Armada? The jury may still be deciding. Either way, Nissan is well down the path of a redesign of the three-row SUV. The model could get the twin-turbo V6 that is poised to go in the 400Z, which could make it more fuel efficient and lighter, while also being just as capable. Expect a new Armada/Patrol to be off-road ready, just as it currently is.

2021 Nissan Micra

The Micra isn't sold in the U.S. but those living abroad in need of a small car should get ready to check out the forthcoming version of the small hatchback. The model is due for a sold refresh rather than a complete makeover, with its last version arriving for the 2017 model year.

2021 Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is sold in the U.S. as the Rogue Sport. Like with the Kicks, the U.S. was late to the ballgame so the Qashqai is already up for a redesign. The Qasqai is built on the same platform as the Nissan Rogue so it makes sense that it would be getting a redo around the same time as the Rogue. Look for the two models to share similar interior and exterior features though the Qashqai is likely to have a less powerful engine.

2021 Nissan Terra

North America doesn't have the Terra and it's likely that it won't in the refreshed version of the SUV either. It is designed and marketed for Asia as an off-road capable near-premium SUV. Think of it as a hardier version of the Murano that is based on the Navara.

2022 Nissan Note

This model is the wildcard in Nissan's promo video. Some speculation by experts says that the automaker is bringing back the Note name not as a Versa hatchback but as its own Honda Fit competitor.

If you closely watch the video at the top of this article, you'll see the 2020 Infiniti QX55 and the 2021 Infiniti QX60 break cover. We've already seen both (one up close) despite the fact they haven't officially been revealed. Learn more about the QX55 here and the QX60 here.

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Nearly every brand has a YouTube channel full of vehicle how-to guides and walkarounds.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

When you get the keys to your new car, it's easy to zone out when it comes to the instruction the dealership is trying to give you about things like how to change the rearview camera view or turn off that annoying beeping sound you think is made by the safety system.

Often. automakers fill their YouTube channel with a selection of videos that share the highlights of the vehicles and give how-to advice for the various tech systems in them. Not all videos are created equal, however. Some automakers do a better job than others.

Most of the links on this list go to a playlist for a certain automobile created by an automaker. However, some manufacturers mix it up, offering model overviews separate from technical tutorials.

If the videos aren't able to help with your particular query, head to your local dealership for a tutorial, something most offer for no charge.

Acura

2020 Acura TLX Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Aston Martin

2020 Aston Martin DBX

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Bugatti

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Photo courtesy of Bugatti

Dodge

2020 Dodge Charger Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Note: Dodge does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Ferrari

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Fiat

2020 Fiat 500 Trekking

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Kia

2020 Kia Niro FE Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Lexus

2020 Lexus NX

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Model Overviews:

Technical Tutorials:

Lincoln

2020 Lincoln Navigator

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

Vehicle Overviews:

Technical Tutorials:

Lotus

Note: Lotus does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Maserati

Maserati Ghibli

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Model Overviews:

Technology Tutorials:

Mazda

2019 Mazda Mazda6 Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Vehicle Overviews:

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MINI

2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP Photo courtesy of MINI

Mitsubishi

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Pagani

Photo courtesy of Pagani Automobili

Note: Pagani does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Tesla

Tesla Model 3

Photo courtesy of Tesla

Vehicle Overviews:

Technology Tutorials:

Volvo

2020 Volvo XC60

Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

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