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Volkswagen extends New Vehicle Limited, Certified Pre-Owned Limited warranties through July

The Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas are two of the three SUVs Volkswagen is selling now in the U.S.

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Volkswagen will extend its New Vehicle Limited Warranty and its Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty by three additional months for all vehicles for which coverage would have ended between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020.

"Getting to the dealership for service or warranty work may not be an option for our customers right now," said David Durant, Senior Vice President, After Sales for Volkswagen of America. "We want to give our customers flexibility and this is just another example of Volkswagen's commitment to putting our customers first."

2020 Volkswagen TiguanTiguan has passed six million in sales, becomes best-selling Volkswagen ever.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The extension is good for any owner who has a new or certified pre-owned vehicles whose warranty is set to expire between March and May 2020. For example, if the limited warranty would have otherwise expired on April 20, it will be extended until July 20. The extension is automatic and requires no action by the owner.

There is one important caveat, however. If the New Vehicle Limited Warranty or Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty expire due to mileage rather than time, no extension will be provided.

Volkswagen is also extending its payment relief options that were initially put in place at the beginning of the pandemic. The program remains in place through June 1. In addition to deferring new vehicle payments for 90 days, lease extensions up to six months, and waiving past maturity fees in certain circumstances.

Volkswagen recently launched its 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and is set to bring its 2021 Atlas to market this summer. There is also a new Basecamp accessory line for the Atlas.

Volkswagen is committed to an electrified future. The company recently announced that its I.D. Crozz concept vehicle will come to life as the all-electric ID.4 crossover. While some EV models in the VW lineup are exclusively for overseas market, the ID.4 will be built and sold in the U.S.

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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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