iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com Mobility in the automotive capital of the world – Southern California. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:58:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 The iDriveSoCal Podcast covers automotive news and the future of transportation from the car capital of the world – Southern California. <br /> <br /> The region with the worst traffic on the planet has become ground zero for the revolution in how humans and our stuff travels from points ‘A’ to ‘B’. <br /> <br /> But while the future of mobility is sorted out, you still have to drive, pretty much everywhere, especially here in SoCal. So, our content includes lots of vehicle reviews and behind the scenes car buying tips from real car dealers. After all, what better time to contemplate the details of your next vehicle purchase then when you're stuck in traffic? <br /> <br /> Plus we're always covering cool automotive events, shows museums and everything about the history and future of transportation. Tom Smith clean episodic Tom Smith tom@idrivesocal.com tom@idrivesocal.com (Tom Smith) Copyright © 2018 iDriveSoCal Automotive news and the future of transportation. iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/iDriveSoCal_album_cover.jpg https://www.idrivesocal.com TV-PG Los Angeles, California Making Corvette C8: 1953 Autorama Concept To Mid-Engine Supercar https://www.idrivesocal.com/making-corvette-c8/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:55:26 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13129 Making Corvette C8 Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline. For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version. But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah! So, since I'm not Jay Leno who's already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show. Chevy's Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8's electric plans below. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Making Corvette C8 Making Corvette C8  Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I'm going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is. Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we're sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible. Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That's very generous of you guys. Picture from July 2019 Reveal Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well. Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we're sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe. It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953 Shad: That's correct. Tom: And why don't you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine. Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car. More than 6-decades of Corvette And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle. And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance. I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground. CERV III So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with. And we've actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We've been talking about this forever. Tom: Right. The Father Of The Corvette Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it. Tom: Zora. Shad: Yes. Yes. He's who we call the father of Corvette. Tom: Right. Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit. CERV I He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized. He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece. Tom: Is he still alive? Shad: No, no, he's not. Me in the driver's seat podcast prepping! Tom: Okay. But he's smiling right now, right? Shad: I'm sure he is. Making Corvette C8 - Delivery Coming Soon Tom: So 2020, the release, when the vehicles are going to be rolled out has been delayed a little bit due to the UAW strike from what I understand. Shad: Yeah. So the strike is over, so we will start building and delivering the Corvettes in early February. Tom: Okay. And mine's coming in... Shad: I mean this is yours. Making Corvette C8

Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline.

For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version.

But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah!

So, since I’m not Jay Leno who’s already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show.

Chevy’s Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8’s electric plans below.

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Podcast: Making Corvette C8

Making Corvette C8

Making Corvette C8 

Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I’m going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is.

Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we’re sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible.

Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That’s very generous of you guys.

Making Corvette C8

Picture from July 2019 Reveal

Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well.

Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we’re sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe.

It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953

Shad: That’s correct.

Tom: And why don’t you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine.

Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car.

Making Corvette C8

More than 6-decades of Corvette

And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle.

And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance.

I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground.

CERV III

CERV III

So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with.

And we’ve actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We’ve been talking about this forever.

Tom: Right.

The Father Of The Corvette

Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it.

Tom: Zora.

Shad: Yes. Yes. He’s who we call the father of Corvette.

Tom: Right.

Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit.

CERV I

CERV I

He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized.

He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece.

Tom: Is he still alive?

Shad: No, no, he’s not.

Making of C8 Corvette

Me in the driver’s seat podcast prepping!

Tom: Okay. But he’s smiling right now, right?

Shad: I’m sure he is.

Making Corvette C8 – Delivery Coming Soon

Tom: So 2020, the release, when the vehicles are going to be rolled out has been delayed a little bit due to the UAW strike from what I understand.

Shad: Yeah. So the strike is over, so we will start building and delivering the Corvettes in early February.

Tom: Okay. And mine’s coming in…

Shad: I mean this is yours. Oh, you can drive it off right now.

2020 Corvette coupe front

2020 Corvette coupe front

Tom: Thank you. So what can you tell us that you haven’t told anybody else?

Shad: Well, if I’m going to let you live, not much. Apologies.

Tom: I appreciate that. So the convertible, the Stingray, what is the rollout plan of the trims?

Shad: Yeah. So if you follow the history of Corvette, it’s easy to deduce what will probably come next in terms of various trim levels.

Tom: Sure.

Performance Stats To Date

Shad: This past January we’ve shown the Corvette Stingray, we’re sitting in the Stingray.

There’s a Z51 performance package that you can add to the base Stingray to give it a little bit more so that gets you 495 hp, top speed of 194 miles per hour, zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds, which is unheard of.

Tom: Right.

Shad: So you get all of that power and performance and this is just the base car.

Tom: And what’s the sticker price going to be? Do you guys have that official yet?

2020 Corvette C8 Stingray w/ Z51 Performance Package:

  • MSRP: about $64,000
  • 0 to 60 mph: 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 194 mph

Shad: We do. So you can get one of these for less than $60,000. It starts at $59,995.

Tom: That will do zero to 60 in 2.9?

Shad: Well you have to add the Z51 package.

Tom: Okay, so then what are we talking about?

Making Corvette C8

Engine display @ LA Auto Show

Shad: $64,000. Yeah, it’s about a $5,000 add on.

Tom: That’s incredible. There’s nothing on the market that’s ever touched that performance at that price point, right?

Shad: Not at all. And the thing is is it’s not just that it’s the value proposition. It is a better car.

Making New Corvette Customers With C8

Because it is a car that will be faster, will hit top speeds at a much quicker rate. It is sold at a Chevrolet dealership.

Parts to service and replace are not going to break the bank. I mean the whole entire package about Corvette is a remarkable achievement when you consider what this car is capable of.

Tom: So we are, what is it, November 20th? Can you disclose any kind of pre-order sales figures?

Making Corvette C8

2020 Corvette coupe @ LA Auto Show

Shad: No, I can’t at all.

Tom: All this information I’m asking for that I’d have to be dead in order to know.

Shad: I can tell you. I can tell you a couple of things though.

The dealers that are taking orders for Corvette are very excited and they’re very overloaded with Corvette orders. The take rate before they’ve even been made available is better than we expected. We’re getting new customers.

MotorTrend Car Of The Year

Customers that traditionally drove 911s or McLarens, Ferraris, et cetera, they’re now coming to us and saying, “When can I get this? Where can I get this?” So we’re pretty excited about it. And not to mention the fact that Motor Trend just this past Monday, awarded us the Motor Trend Car of the Year.

2020 Corvette coupe w. MotorTrend award

2020 Corvette coupe w. Golden Calipers

When you get a third-party endorsement from a performance publication like Motor Trend, that gets people’s attention. That gets the enthusiast’s attention.

Tom: They had a pretty, I don’t normally use such colorful language, but they had a pretty bitchin picture on the front cover of what was it, last issue where all four tires are off the ground?

Shad: That’s right. On a race track. On a road course.

Making Corvette C8 Electric?

Tom: Electric’s becoming more of a thing. What talk has there been, what can you tell us about anything potentially electric in the Corvette’s future or hybrid?

Shad: Yeah, yeah. Unfortunately, I can’t make product announcements.

I don’t meet that pay grade. But, I can’t tell you this. Mary Barra, our CEO, she’s been very direct about the move to all-electric.

Making Corvette C8

2020 Corvette design kiosk @ LA Auto Show

So she, in her mind long-term, is committed to making every product run on electricity so it will happen. I mean, I don’t know what the exact product mix will be when that does happen, but everything’s going to be electric.

What I love about the electric drive is that you can’t beat it in terms of power and performance. Electric motors, unlike gas-powered cars, are better performing. You get full horsepower and full torque, right at zero RPM, unlike a gas-powered car where you have to rev up until you get the peak power.

So from that standpoint, it would make perfect sense to apply electric technology into a sports car.

Tom: But as far as when?

Shad: TBD.

Keeping Up With Demand

Tom: TBD. Okay, so what about availability? So we know when the rollout’s now planned. But you know, I have a very dear friend that’s a Chevy dealer, Lewis Cook, Martin Chevrolet.

I’m going to drop his name. You’re welcome, Lewis. The availability is limited obviously in the very beginning, but what does the rollout moving forward look like?

2020 Corvette design studio @ LA Auto Show

2020 Corvette design studio @ LA Auto Show

Shad: Yeah, I mean Corvette is built in Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky and it’s a dedicated plant.

We are in the process right now of retooling it to build this vehicle. We just stopped building the seventh-generation Corvette.

So we’re getting ready and production will start, like I said, in earnest in February. We have the ability to add shifts to meet demand.

Tom: Okay.

2020 Corvette wheel

2020 Corvette wheel

Shad: We do know what we’re going to build right away and there’ll probably be a little bit of more demand than availability, but you know, that’s not always a bad thing.

Tom: When are you guys are going to release that valve is I guess the real key part of the question.

Shad: I mean, we’ll build enough to meet the demand at the end of the day. It might not happen right when the flood gate opens, but we will do that.

Corvette C8 Making Heads Turn

Tom: I am so thrilled to be sitting in this car. It’s hard for me to keep concentrating on the questions that I wanted to ask you, quite honestly.

Shad: Well, it’s interesting you know. I can give you a little perspective of what it was like for-

Tom: That’s right. Let’s talk about that a little bit. You drove this around for you said a week?

2020 Corvette convertible passenger front w. Tom and Shad @ LA Auto Show

Impossible to miss – who would want to?

Shad: Yes. Yeah. I drove this vehicle around for a week in Los Angeles and I was working with another media outlet who was doing a story on people’s reactions to this vehicle. And so we were driving through Beverly Hills-

Tom: You can say the other media outlet. I’m pretty sure iDriveSoCal doesn’t compare with this one. I would love to think that it does and maybe someday.

Shad: I can’t break their story yet.

Tom: Oh, okay.

Blank Checks Being Offered

Shad: But it was amazing. I mean, we had people jumping out in front of the vehicle asking us what it was and when they can get it and where they can get it.

We were driving through Rodeo Drive and all those streets in Beverly Hills next to my McLaren’s and Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s.

2020 Corvette convertible cockpit

Digital dashboard turned off for this pic :0(

The attention that this car gets. I mean you would’ve thought I was a Kardashian being spotted in Beverly Hill.

Tom: Okay. And then do you want to tell the bit about the very high net worth individual that offered you a blank check for one?

2020 Corvette convertible center console

Totally driver-focused center console

Shad: Oh yeah. Yeah. I had one guy pull me over and literally he pulled up in front of me, made me pull over.

He was in a McLaren so I naturally pulled over. And he wanted to buy the car right then and there and money was no object.

2020 Corvette convertible passenger pit

Passenger gets to adjust their vents, window, and door. This is a driver’s car! :0)

And he comes from a, he disclosed he comes from a very wealthy family in Korea and he wanted to take this car right then and there, no questions asked.

Making Corvette C8

Here’s driver’s door interior

Tom: Extraordinary wealth.

Shad: Yeah. And it’s not something you hear every day or see every day with a Chevy.

Really The End Of Front Engine?

Tom: There’s one thing that I want to touch on and, and we talked about it before we live recorded on the podcast. End of the front engine for sure?

Never again will we see a front-engine Corvette? Can we change the factories around to retool them for a limited run, say every five to 10 years?

Shad: Well, I mean, it’s an interesting question…

But, I will tell you, when we were looking at the C8 design, what we were going to do for the next-generation Corvette, our engineers told us, “Look, the C7 is amazing. It is fantastic.”

Martin Chevrolet ZR1

The best front-engine rear-wheel-drive ever?

The ZR1, which does 205 miles per hour and zero to 60 in two-point something seconds, they told us that’s all that we can get out of a front-engine car.

Tom: Laws of physics apply.

Shad: Laws of physics apply.

And unless you want to have a subpar next-generation car, we’ve got to put the engine behind.

So until there’s a way that you can make a front-engine perform better than a mid-engine, I don’t know, I think we might be waiting a long time.

Tom: Shad, is there anything that I missed? Anything that the iDriveSoCal listeners, readers should know?

February 2020 Deliveries

Shad: Car will be available in February. All Chevy dealers who have signed up to sell the car will get them right about that time.

Otherwise, I think we’ve covered just about everything.

Tom: That brings up one, did any Chevy dealer not sign up and say, “No, I don’t. I don’t want to sell this car.” I mean, come on, really?

Shad: We asked them to go through a lot of training.

Tom: Oh, sure. Okay.

Making Corvette C8

Many drivers will see this view

Shad: It’s based on the market that they might be in. There could be some locations that don’t have anything that’s conducive to Corvette or Corvette customers.

Tom: Sure. But if I’m a Chevy dealer and I don’t want to own one of these personally, I think you guys ought to pull their dealership away.

Shad: Right. They’re missing the business option. You’re right.

Tom: Alright. Shad Balch, Communications Director for Chevrolet. Thank you so much.

Shad: Thank you for having me.

Martin Chevrolet Name Drop :0)

As always, my thanks to iDriveSoCal Chevrolet partner, Martin Chevrolet.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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Making Corvette C8 Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline. - For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the ... Making Corvette C8<br /> Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline.<br /> <br /> For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version.<br /> <br /> But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah!<br /> <br /> So, since I'm not Jay Leno who's already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show.<br /> <br /> Chevy's Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8's electric plans below.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Making Corvette C8<br /> <br /> <br /> Making Corvette C8 <br /> Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I'm going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is.<br /> <br /> Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we're sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible.<br /> <br /> Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That's very generous of you guys.<br /> <br /> Picture from July 2019 Reveal<br /> <br /> Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well.<br /> <br /> Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we're sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe.<br /> It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953<br /> Shad: That's correct.<br /> <br /> Tom: And why don't you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine.<br /> <br /> Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car.<br /> <br /> More than 6-decades of Corvette<br /> <br /> And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle.<br /> <br /> And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance.<br /> <br /> I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground.<br /> <br /> CERV III<br /> <br /> So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with.<br /> <br /> And we've actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We've been talking about this forever.<br /> <br /> Tom: Right.<br /> The Father Of The Corvette<br /> Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it.<br /> <br /> Tom: Zora.<br /> <br /> Shad: Yes. Yes. He's who we call the father of Corvette.<br /> <br /> Tom: Right.<br /> <br /> Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit.<br /> <br /> CERV I<br /> <br /> He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized.<br /> <br /> He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece.<br /> <br /> Tom: Is he still alive?<br /> <br /> Shad: No, no, he's not.<br /> <br /> Me in the driver's seat podcast prepping!<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 14:15
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review, Prices, Trims, Features And Pictures https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-volkswagen-tiguan-review/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:53:33 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13043 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating. It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan. Plus the Tiguan's smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition. I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Available LED headlights and daytime running lights A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV? Sometimes it's difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That's because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category. Sidebar: And if you've ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that's to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that's between you and me. ;0) So, back to Tiguan's class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I'm putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category. And while I could refer to the vehicle's dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I'm not going to.  Instead, I'm calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year. 2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen VW's Crossover SUV Line-Up In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized. But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It's slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn't offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does. And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here's Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020. 2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up: Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option. Standard Driver Assistance: Front assist Side assist Rear traffic alert SE R-Line Black Trim: Fog lights Black headliner Panoramic sunroof Front and rear park distance control 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging. 2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer's suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan. 2020 VW Tiguan SEL - My Test Drivers For This Review  2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs: S $24,945 SE $27,095 SE R-Line Black $30,295 SEL $32,245 SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795 4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim. As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price. But always keep it simple and go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They give you both the best deal and buying experience in all of Southern California. Your iDSC contact @ Ontario VW: Randy Halcomb cell: 909-772-1728 email: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com Or email me and I'll introduce you personally: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. Engines & Transmissions Volkswagen keeps it simple by offering the same engine across all trim levels.  And that's a 184-hp, 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating.

It’s hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan.

Plus the Tiguan’s smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition.

I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan front A

Available LED headlights and daytime running lights

A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV?

Sometimes it’s difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That’s because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category.

Sidebar: And if you’ve ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that’s to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that’s between you and me. ;0)

So, back to Tiguan’s class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I’m putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category.

And while I could refer to the vehicle’s dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I’m not going to.  Instead, I’m calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year.

2020 VW Tiguan driver profile

2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen

VW’s Crossover SUV Line-Up

In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized.

But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It’s slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn’t offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does.

And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here’s Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020.

2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up:

  • Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating
  • Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows
  • Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating

New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option.

Standard Driver Assistance:

  • Front assist
  • Side assist
  • Rear traffic alert

SE R-Line Black Trim:

    • Fog lights
    • Black headliner
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Front and rear park distance control
    • 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels
    • Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging

Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging.

2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs

So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer’s suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan.

2020 VW Tiguan rear model badge and plate

2020 VW Tiguan SEL – My Test Drivers For This Review

 2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs:

    • S $24,945
    • SE $27,095
    • SE R-Line Black $30,295
    • SEL $32,245
    • SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795

4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim.

As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price.

But always keep it simple and go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They give you both the best deal and buying experience in all of Southern California.

Your iDSC contact @ Ontario VW:

Randy Halcomb

cell: 909-772-1728

email: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com

Or email me and I’ll introduce you personally: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Engines & Transmissions

Volkswagen keeps it simple by offering the same engine across all trim levels.  And that’s a 184-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 221 lb-ft of torque.

2020 VW Tiguan center console

Available drive modes: snow, on-road, off-road and off-road custom

Additionally, VW gives all Tiguan trim levels the same 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode.  Plus that transmission also includes Tiptronic shifting for when you want to be in even more control of the vehicle’s performance.

Drive And MPG

The 2020 Tiguan drives like a sure-footed and responsive Volkswagen – just as you’d expect.  The turbocharged 4-cylinder kicks appropriately kicks-in earlier and revs higher in sport mode.  And manually shifting gears with Tiptronic is fun.

22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway – w/out 4MOTION

Fuel economy for Tiguan is pretty similar regardless of the trim option you go with.  And the only major difference that comes into play 4MOTION all-wheel-drive.

2020 VW Tiguan rear

LED taillights

So 2020 Tiguan’s without all-wheel-drive is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.  And when you add 4MOTION all-wheel-drive there’s just a slight drop to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

What Does 2020 VW Tiguan Look Like?

The 2020 Tiguan is unmistakenly a European vehicle.  And to that end, also unmistakenly a Volkswagen.  It’s bold and clean from every angle.

LED headlights

Available LED headlights move with your turns

And the R-Line Black trim gives Tiguan an aggressive and sporty new dimension that immediately had me doing a double-take.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

When you close the door of a Volkswagen you can both hear and feel the quality.  That’s because it’s always solid with attention to the fit and finish – especially inside.

2020 VW Tiguan front seats and dash

Tiguan front seats & (digital) dash

One feature of the Tiguan’s interior that doubles as an exterior feature is the available panoramic moonroof.  I’m noting that hear because it’s absolutely huge.  It’s so big that I couldn’t fit the entire roof into one picture.  So, you’re going to have to trust me.  It nearly takes up the entire roof.

Spacious 2nd-row backseat

Spacious 2nd-row backseat

And a nod to Volkswagen engineering is the versatility of 3-rows of seating in a compact crossover SUV.  While the 3rd-row of seating is definitely sized for kids, it’s functionality is brilliant in a compact vehicle.

2nd and 3rd rows of seating

3-row compact crossover SUV

And when you lay both rows of backseats down you’re left with a generous amount of cargo space.

2020 VW Tiguan cargo area with 2nd and 3rd row seats partially down

Up to 73.5 cu ft of cargo space

With the backseats laying nearly flat the Tiguan provides up to 73.5 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Technology

So the lead topic in Volkswagen technology has to be the digital cockpit.  This has to be the way the entire automotive industry is going.

2020 VW Tiguan digital cockpit

Digital instrumentation

The available digital cockpit allows for unique driver personalization.  Up to 4-different profiles can be customized and saved.

cockpit

Available full-screen navigation

And lots of vehicle monitoring options keep drivers well informed.

vehicle driving options

Monitor the vehicle and your driving performance

So whether you want to keep track of the vehicle’s performance, or your own skills behind the wheel, Tiguan has you covered.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Top-3

My Top-3 for the 2020 Tiguan are pretty simple:

  1. Styling: I love this current generation of VW’s Tiguan already.  But adding the SE R-Line Black takes Volkswagen’s European styling to another level.
  2. Technology: Until all the class competitors catch-up to VW’s digital cockpit the Tiguan’s available tech will be tough to beat.
  3. Versatility: The words compact crossover SUV and 3-row do not usually go together.  Especially in such a high-value package.

Ontario VW

My thanks as always to my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Whether you need to get your VW serviced or pick-up a new one, this is the place to go to in Southern California.  PLMK if you’d like me to introduce you.  General Manager Earl Reed and Randy Halcomb are always happy to connect with iDSC readers/listeners.

 

 

 

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating. - It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan. - 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review<br /> The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating.<br /> <br /> It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan.<br /> <br /> Plus the Tiguan's smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition.<br /> <br /> I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Available LED headlights and daytime running lights<br /> <br /> <br /> A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV?<br /> Sometimes it's difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That's because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category.<br /> <br /> Sidebar: And if you've ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that's to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that's between you and me. ;0)<br /> <br /> So, back to Tiguan's class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I'm putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category.<br /> <br /> And while I could refer to the vehicle's dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I'm not going to.  Instead, I'm calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen<br /> VW's Crossover SUV Line-Up<br /> In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized.<br /> <br /> But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It's slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn't offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does.<br /> <br /> And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here's Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up:<br /> <br /> Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating<br /> Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows<br /> Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating<br /> <br /> New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan<br /> Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option.<br /> <br /> <br /> Standard Driver Assistance:<br /> <br /> Front assist<br /> Side assist<br /> Rear traffic alert<br /> <br /> <br /> SE R-Line Black Trim:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fog lights<br /> Black headliner<br /> Panoramic sunroof<br /> Front and rear park distance control<br /> 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels<br /> Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging.<br /> 2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs<br /> So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer's suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Tiguan SEL - My Test Drivers For This Review<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> S $24,945<br /> SE $27,095<br /> SE R-Line Black $30,295<br /> SEL $32,245<br /> SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim.<br /> <br /> As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 10:45
2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review, Prices, Trim Options, Features & Pictures https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-traverse-review/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:30:42 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12998 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV. It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows. And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row. With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles. BEST Chevy Traverse PRICES HERE But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There's the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV. So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset 2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there's a Traverse trim level for you.  2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs: L $29,800 LS $32,900 LT Cloth $35,400 LT Leather $39,100 RS $43,600 Premier $45,800 High Country $50,900 As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA. Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA Because they'll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I'll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. 2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions Chevrolet made it simple for the 2020 Traverse by going with the same engine and transmission across all trims. So, that engine is a 3.6L V6.  It delivers 310 hp with 266 lb-ft of torque.  And, It's paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy rating = 18-city / 27-highway MPG I find it impressive that Chevrolet puts that same powerplant in trims from the L all the way up to the top-of-the-line High Country.  Because it's powerful and fun to drive. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Chevy’s Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV.

It’s small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows.

And that’s not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row.

With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles.

BEST Chevy Traverse PRICES HERE

But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There’s the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV.

So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review.

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse driver profile

2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset

2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there’s a Traverse trim level for you.

 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs:

  • L $29,800
  • LS $32,900
  • LT Cloth $35,400
  • LT Leather $39,100
  • RS $43,600
  • Premier $45,800
  • High Country $50,900

As always, don’t worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.

Martin Chevrolet

Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA

Because they’ll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I’ll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions

Chevrolet made it simple for the 2020 Traverse by going with the same engine and transmission across all trims.

So, that engine is a 3.6L V6.  It delivers 310 hp with 266 lb-ft of torque.  And, It’s paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse passenger rear

Fuel economy rating = 18-city / 27-highway MPG

I find it impressive that Chevrolet puts that same powerplant in trims from the L all the way up to the top-of-the-line High Country.  Because it’s powerful and fun to drive.

What’s equally impressive is the Stop/Start technology that is in every 2020 Traverse.

center console

Stop/Start technology standard

Because it’s the tech that many carmakers add only to upper trim level vehicles.  Or, they leave it entirely optional.  And it’s going to save you money at the pump.

What’s 2020 Chevrolet Traverse’s MPG rating?

Well, with the same engines and transmissions that leaves only two main factors that can impact the equation.

First is the vehicle’s overall weight.  The heavier the SUV the more fuel it will consume.

steering wheel and instruments

Optional AWD w/ FWD standard

Second is whether or not you go with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.  So the 2020 Traverse is rated for 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

Driving The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Driving the 2020 Chevy Traverse is effortless.  And that says a lot considering the massive amount of space for both passengers and cargo.

So, although it’s big inside and highly capable it drives like a much smaller vehicle.

Mid-size crossover SUV

5,000 lbs Towing Capacity

It has ample power ready at a moment’s notice.  And that’s whether you need a boost uphill, entering the highway or passing a slower driver.

I really enjoyed driving the Traverse.  It’s quick, super-smooth, nimble and quiet inside.

The 2020 Traverse can tow up to 5,000 lbs.  And depending on your configuration you can have up to four different drive modes.

 Available Traction Mode Select:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel drive
  • Tow/haul
  • Off-road

Overall, I really enjoyed driving the Traverse.  It’s quick, super-smooth, nimble and quiet inside.

Inside the 2020 Traverse

In addition to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse being quiet inside it’s also refined and big.  The Traverse I drove for this review was the Premiere trim.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse front seats and dash from 2nd row

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Premier trim

So, Traverse I drove for this review came very well equipped with both technology and creature comforts.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse 2nd row captains seats

Available 2nd Row Captain’s Chairs

The seats were extremely comfortable – in all three rows.

In fact, while sitting in the 3rd-row backseats I snapped the below picture with my legs completely extended.

view from 3rd row of seats

I’m 5’10” – My legs are completely extended

Notice how they just reach the front of the 2nd-row Captain’s chairs.

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Plus, the leather and all the plastic surfaces felt like I was in a European luxury vehicle.

3rd-row backseat access

Easy access to 3rd-row seating with Smart Slide

And the 2nd-row seats collapse and slide forward easily providing access to the 3rd-row.  Plus, the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse can impressively seat up to 8 passengers.

But, to do that you would have to pass on the 2nd-row Captain’s chairs for a bench that sits three across in the second-row.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse cargo area with 2nd and 3rd row seats partially down

Near minivan interior space

And with up to 98.2 cubic feet of interior cargo space, the Traverse creeps towards the typical space of a minivan.  (Minivans are usually in the 145-ish cubic-feet range.)

Hidden Storage Compartments

I love vehicles with lots of cubbies and storage areas.  That way there’s always a spot to tuck belongings away from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

But the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse actually comes with two completely hidden compartments – which is sweet!

in-dash hidden storage compartment

In-dash hidden storage

The in-dash hidden storage compartment is a great place to temporarily keep valuables when you really don’t have a choice.

For example; when I go to the gym I hate leaving my wallet and phone inside my car.  But I’m also not comfortable leaving it in my gym locker either.

And for those much bigger items to hide, the cargo area in the back of the Traverse offers a hidden space too.

2020 Chevy Traverse under cargo storage

2020 Chevy Traverse under cargo storage

The hidden compartment in the rear of the Traverse sits under the floor.  It’s completely out of sight and huge.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Technology

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse comes available with all the technology you’d expect and even some that you wouldn’t expect.

2020 Chevy Traverse cockpit

2020 Chevy Traverse cockpit

For instance, there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  And an available 8-inch touchscreen.  Plus available wireless phone charging in the front.

2020 Chevy Traverse infotainment touchscreen

2020 Chevy Traverse infotainment touchscreen

There’s also available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

But what Chevrolet offers that more carmakers need to get on board with is its Teen Driver Technology.

Teen Driver Technology

Teen Driver Technology

Through the Teen Driver technology, parents are able to monitor and track all sorts of info about what their kids are up to behind the wheel.

Teen Driver locking PIN code

Teen Driver locking PIN code

In fact, parents even know when a teen deactivates Teen Driving mode.  (Brilliant!)

And inside the Traverse, there’s plenty of access to connectivity throughout.

So, the 2nd-row backseat passengers have available heated seats, climate controls and lots of connectivity.

2020 Chevy Traverse 2nd row seat climate control and ports

2nd-row seat climate control and ports

And, even the third-row passengers can stay plugged-in.  Both outward passengers in the 3rd-row have USB ports to connect to.

2020 Chevy Traverse 3rd row seating cup holder and USB port

2020 Chevy Traverse 3rd row seating cup holder and USB port

Safety And Safety Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse a solid 5-star safety rating.

The rearview back-up camera comes standard.

2020 Chevy Traverse forward and birdseye camera view

Back-up, forward and birdseye camera view

And Traverse offers all the available driver assistance safety technology that we’re coming to expect in new cars these days.

Available Safety & Driver Assist Features:

  • Rear park assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Land change blind spot alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist w/ lane departure warning

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Top-3

So this brings us to my Top-3 for the 2020 Chevy Traverse.

  1. Interior: There are critics out there who are not impressed by the Traverse inside.  I totally disagree.  It’s refined and hugely spacious.  :0)
  2. Technology: The available tech checks all the boxes and then some.  Teen Driver mode is a biggie in any family’s buying decision.
  3. Drive: Traverse is super-smooth and is easy to drive.  Especially for a vehicle that offers so much space and versatility inside.

BEST Chevy Traverse PRICES HERE

Your SoCal Chevy Dealer – Martin Chevrolet

Thanks again to our friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California.

Led by General Manager, Lewis Cook Martin Chevrolet sets itself apart from other Southern California Chevy dealers by being completely transparent.  And everyone loves that.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV. - It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows. - And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without h... 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review<br /> Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV.<br /> <br /> It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows.<br /> <br /> And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row.<br /> <br /> With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles.<br /> BEST Chevy Traverse PRICES HERE<br /> But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There's the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV.<br /> <br /> So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there's a Traverse trim level for you.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> L $29,800<br /> LS $32,900<br /> LT Cloth $35,400<br /> LT Leather $39,100<br /> RS $43,600<br /> Premier $45,800<br /> High Country $50,900<br /> <br /> As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.<br /> <br /> Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA<br /> <br /> Because they'll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I'll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke! <br /> It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Send it & Subscribe!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bingo! Check Your Inbox.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions<br /> Tom Smith clean 17:42
2019 Volkswagen Passat Review, Prices, Trims, Features and Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-passat/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:11:05 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12833 The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan. And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons. BEST Passat PRICES HERE First, they've been doing it for a while so they've definitely got it 'right'.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making! BEST Passat PRICES HERE My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California's Inland Empire. Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial. 2019 VW Passat - test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen BEST Passat PRICES HERE 2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it's more feature-rich SE R-Line. 2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs: Wolfsburg $25,295 SE R-Line $29,995 BEST Passat PRICES HERE What's up with the 'Wolfsburg' moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I've been wondering too! Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen's Global HQ It's pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters. BEST Passat PRICES HERE And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group. VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016. So... now we both know. ;0) BEST Passat PRICES HERE Engine, Transmission, And MPG With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that's a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode. 6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I'm guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway! Because here's the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway! BEST Passat PRICES HERE Exterior Of The '19 VW Passat The '19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen. 2019 VW Passat passenger front The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for. BEST Passat PRICES HERE On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level - especially at night. Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well. Wolfsburg Trim 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels And while the above pictured 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels. BEST Passat PRICES HERE Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate. Passat's Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA If you're new to European cars then Passat's interior will have you feeling you are, in fact, driving a luxury brand. Because if you're not looking at a badge, it takes an educated driver or passenger to know they're not inside an Audi. BEST Passat PRICES HERE And in the cooler months, heated front seats will keep your butt guessing too! :0) Tall adults fit very comfortably in Passat's backseat As always the Passat's backseats are super comfortable with ample legroom. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen’s seventh-generation midsize sedan.

And, that’s a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons.

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First, they’ve been doing it for a while so they’ve definitely got it ‘right’.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making!

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My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial.

2019 Volkswagen Passat driver profile

2019 VW Passat – test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen

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2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations

For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it’s more feature-rich SE R-Line.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs:

    • Wolfsburg $25,295
    • SE R-Line $29,995

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What’s up with the ‘Wolfsburg‘ moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I’ve been wondering too!

Exterior 2019 VW Passat Wolfsburg Edition badge

Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen’s Global HQ

It’s pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG’s headquarters.

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And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group.

VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016.

So… now we both know. ;0)

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Engine, Transmission, And MPG

With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode.

2019 VW Passat gear shifter

6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic

Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I’m guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission.

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!

Because here’s the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!

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Exterior Of The ’19 VW Passat

The ’19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen.

White 2019 VW Passat passenger front

2019 VW Passat passenger front

The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for.

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On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level – especially at night.

Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well.

17" 10-spoke alloy wheels

Wolfsburg Trim 17″ 10-spoke alloy wheels

And while the above pictured 17″ 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19″ twin 5-spoke alloy wheels.

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Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat

The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate.

Front seats from back

Passat’s Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA

If you’re new to European cars then Passat’s interior will have you feeling you are, in fact, driving a luxury brand.

Because if you’re not looking at a badge, it takes an educated driver or passenger to know they’re not inside an Audi.

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And in the cooler months, heated front seats will keep your butt guessing too! :0)

Great legroom in the backseat

Tall adults fit very comfortably in Passat’s backseat

As always the Passat’s backseats are super comfortable with ample legroom.

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And that’s another feature I wish more carmakers copied.  In the above picture, notice the contours on the front-seatbacks for even more backseat comfort.

…another feature I wish more carmakers copied… contours on the front-seatbacks for even more backseat comfort.

That’s a highly appreciated staple of Volkswagen design.  And, it goes a very long way for those of us with bad knees or just a bit taller.

USB charging ports in the backseat

USB Charging Ports

Speaking of the backseats the 2019 Passat helps keep your passengers connected with USB charging ports easily accessed.

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Passat cargo area/trunk

15.9 cu-ft with backseats up

Plus, you have 15.9 cubic-feet of cargo space in the trunk.  Another nod to VW’s tight fit and finish is the clean, snag-free walls and ceiling of the cargo space.

I like pointing out the little things.  Because they can make a big difference. :0)

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2019 VW Passat Infotainment And Technology

And through Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect you can link to Apple’s CarPlay or Android’s Auto applications.

2019 Passat Cockpit

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatible

My prediction is that Apple and Android connectivity is soon added to every new vehicle on the road in the near future.

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hands-free easy open trunck

Hands-free Trunk Access

And standard on the SE R-Line you receive Volkswagen’s hands-free easy-open trunk.  Translation; an air-kick underneath the bumper pops-the trunk.

One item of note that’s not on the 2019 Passat is Volkwagen’s new digital cockpit.  However, my bet is that the all-new Passat in 2020 will have it – perhaps standard.

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2019 VW Passat Driver Assistance Tech And Safety

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat was awarded a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Which safety-conscious parents such as myself always appreciate.

Plus the ’19 Passat delivers a solid suite of driver assistance safety technology.

  2019 Volkswagen Passat Safety Tech:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Front assist
  • Lane assist

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People First Warranty

And a nod must be given to Volkswagen’s People First Warranty.

White 2019 VW Passat driver rear

6-Years/72,000-mile People First Warranty

That includes 6-years or 72,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

VW’s People First Warranty – 6-years or 72,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Additionally, that industry-leading warranty is also transferable.

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Ontario VW

My thanks, as always, to our friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They provided the 2019 Passat for this review.

2019 Volkswagen Passat rear badging and plate

2019 VW Passat from Ontario Volkswagen

And Ontario VW should be every Southern California Volkswagen buyer’s first stop to shop and owner’s service destination.

Like all the car dealers we work with at iDriveSoCal, the team at Ontario VW helps you buy what you want.  Whereas so many other car dealers sell you what they want.

 

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The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan. - And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons. BEST Passat PRICES HERE First, they've been doing it for a while so they've de... The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan.<br /> <br /> And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons.<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> First, they've been doing it for a while so they've definitely got it 'right'.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making!<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California's Inland Empire.<br /> <br /> Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial.<br /> <br /> 2019 VW Passat - test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen<br /> <br /> <br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations<br /> For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it's more feature-rich SE R-Line.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wolfsburg $25,295<br /> SE R-Line $29,995<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> What's up with the 'Wolfsburg' moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I've been wondering too!<br /> <br /> Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen's Global HQ<br /> <br /> It's pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters.<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group.<br /> <br /> VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016.<br /> <br /> So... now we both know. ;0)<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Engine, Transmission, And MPG<br /> With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that's a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode.<br /> <br /> 6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic<br /> <br /> Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I'm guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission.<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!<br /> Because here's the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Exterior Of The '19 VW Passat<br /> The '19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen.<br /> <br /> 2019 VW Passat passenger front<br /> <br /> The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for.<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level - especially at night.<br /> <br /> Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well.<br /> <br /> Wolfsburg Trim 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels<br /> <br /> And while the above pictured 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels.<br /> BEST Passat PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat<br /> The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate.<br /> <br /> Passat's Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA<br /> <br /> If you're new to European cars then Passat's in... Tom Smith clean 12:08
2019 Volkswagen Golf R – Subtle Badness, That You’ll Totally LOVE! https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-golf-r/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:59:27 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12771 Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it. Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn't scream 'look at me.  I'm driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!' BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review! VW Golf R Test Drive & Review Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved 'props' to the Golf GTI.   2019 Volkswagen Golf R Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran - boy did it run. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI's more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving. 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP Everyone's first question when we're talking about performance vehicles is; 'how much does it cost?'  Followed by the second question of; 'what are its options?' BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE But for the 2019 VW Golf R it's kept pretty simple.  And that's because the 2019 Golf R doesn't offer any trim level options. Starting MSRP $40,395 - But contact Ontario VW BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf's initial sporty version, the GTI. "...the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395." Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395. As always, that's just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn't worry much about it two reasons. First, you've got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you'll be glad that you did. Engine, Transmission - Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine. So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque... [with] Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with. So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up. 2019 Golf R Fuel Economy And the Volkswagen Golf R's fuel economy is highly respectable. It's rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE However, I've come across reports stating drivers are actually reaching 30-MPG on the highway. ...rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway. Of course, this is with premium fuel, etc.  But it's worth stating that the Golf R, for as sporty of a drive it delivers, it also comes with incredible fuel economy... somehow?!?!? BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE The Exterior of the 2019 VW Golf R So, Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it.

Because it’s that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a ‘Race mode’, it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter.

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Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn’t scream ‘look at me.  I’m driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!’

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Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review!

2019 VW Golf passenger profile banner

VW Golf R Test Drive & Review

Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf.

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And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved ‘props’ to the Golf GTI.

 

2019 Volkswagen Golf R driver front

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran – boy did it run.

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So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI’s more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP

Everyone’s first question when we’re talking about performance vehicles is; ‘how much does it cost?’  Followed by the second question of; ‘what are its options?’

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But for the 2019 VW Golf R it’s kept pretty simple.  And that’s because the 2019 Golf R doesn’t offer any trim level options.

2019 VW Golf R passenger rear

Starting MSRP $40,395 – But contact Ontario VW

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It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf’s initial sporty version, the GTI.

“…the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.”

Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.

As always, that’s just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn’t worry much about it two reasons.

First, you’ve got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.

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Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you’ll be glad that you did.

Engine, Transmission – Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.

So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque… [with] Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Golf R badge

Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.

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For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with.

So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up.

2019 Golf R Fuel Economy

And the Volkswagen Golf R’s fuel economy is highly respectable.

It’s rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.

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However, I’ve come across reports stating drivers are actually reaching 30-MPG on the highway.

…rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.

Of course, this is with premium fuel, etc.  But it’s worth stating that the Golf R, for as sporty of a drive it delivers, it also comes with incredible fuel economy… somehow?!?!?

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The Exterior of the 2019 VW Golf R

So, I think this crazy but it’s not too hard to find criticism of the 2019 Golf R’s exterior styling.  Look, it’s a very subjective thing.  And perhaps if I was in my 20’s or even 30’s I might opine differently.

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But I love the outside of the Golf R.  And here’s why.  It is sporty in all the right places without being obnoxious and calling attention to itself.

It is sporty in all the right places without being obnoxious and calling attention to itself.

You have LED lights in the front and rear.  The addition not available that I’d like to see is foglights on the front.

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The LED lights do the job.  But foglights always look cool.  And you can never have too much illumination.

2019 VW Golf R front

Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R

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Great looking rims (my test driver had the optional 5-spokes) with black colored brake calipers on display.

2019 Golf R 5.spoke wheel

5-spoke wheels are my choice.

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And my favorite, the rearview subtlely highlighting 4x functional tailpipes.

2019 Golf R rear close.up

Those 4-pipes play a sweet sound!

So the perfect fit for this subdued exterior styling is that the Golf R can easily be a daily driver.

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But one that literally has a ‘Race mode’.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R lap timer on center stack screen

Lap timer in Race mode

Personally, I’d prefer not to call attention to myself when having fun driving the freeways of Southern California.  Or anyplace else for that matter. ;0)

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Inside the Volkswagen Golf R

And much like the outside, the interior of the Golf R is subdued but classy.  It comes only in one color, Titan Black Leather.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R front seat from rear

Golf R front seats from the back

The fit and finish throughout the interior punches above its weight class.  And even though that’s something that most of us have come to expect from Volkswagen, it’s still notable and appreciated.

The fit and finish throughout the interior punches above its weight class.

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I found enough nooks to stash stuff inside the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R.  And when it comes to cargo space the hot-hatch continues to excel with 22.8 cubic feet with the back seats up.

2019 VW Golf R cargo area w. back seat partial down

Plenty of versatile cargo space

Drop the back seats down and you grow your cargo space to 42.3 cubic feet.

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2019 Golf R back seat w. armrest down

4-adults can hit the highway

Overall the interior of the Golf R is spacious for what it is.  4-adults can hit the highway and 5-adults can get across town in relative comfort.

The driver’s seat is a 12-way power-adjustable with lumbar support.  But it doesn’t have memory options which are something I’ve grown to really appreciate as I constantly switch cars with my wife.

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And the other element of the interior I’d love to see in future Golf R’s is ventilated front seats.  The Golf R does heated front seats for 2019 but not ventilated.

Safety & Technology

For being a serious enthusiast car the Volkswagen Golf R for 2019 comes with impressive technology and safety features for its class.

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Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit keeps the Golf R leaning tech-forward and delivers great driver-focused functionality.  I was excited to find that feature in VW’s serious performance vehicle.

 

2019 VW Golf R steering wheel and instrument cluster

VW’s Digital Cockpit in Golf R

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Additionally, safety technology that comes in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R but not in much of its class includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning and Front Assist (emergency braking)
  • Lane Keeping Assistance
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Traffic Alert

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep you infotained.  And the Fender premium audio system does its namesake justice in pumping out said infotainment.

Volkswagen’s People First Warranty

We cannot cover a Volkswagen review with touching on its industry-leading People First Warranty.

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That includes 6-years or 72,000 miles.  It’s a bumper to bumper limited warranty that a dealer like my friends at Ontario VW will be happy to detail for you.

2019 VW Golf R cockpit

Driver-focused ergonomics

But beyond the great longterm coverage and peace of mind is the fact that the warranty is fully transferable.

Driving The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R

So, I really didn’t want my day of test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R to end.  It’s really that fun to drive!

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The car has a ton of power for its size.  Again, ‘Race’ is one of it’s driving modes.  And that’s the mode where I spent most of my time driving.

Race mode provided a comfortable enough drive to be in throughout the day, while also providing power and stability whenever I felt like ‘getting on it.’

And not because I was driving aggressively the entire day.

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But because Race mode provided a comfortable enough drive to be in throughout the day, while also providing power and stability whenever I felt like ‘getting on it.’

2019 Golf R Driving Modes

Race mode is a blast

And yes, when in Race mode, there’s a little engine/exhaust sound pumped through the sound system.  I won’t lie, the little kid in me loved it!

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Another aspect of driving the 2019 VW Golf R was the combination of the power, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, and the dynamic chassis control.

2019 VW Golf R driver profile

It looks great – and performs even better!

Because combining all of that engineering provided for a truly impressive and exceptional handling experience.

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 Is the Volkswagen Golf R Going Away?

Finally, I’m happy to report that the Golf R isn’t going away for good as previously suggested in the rumor-mill… And I believe that came from VW itself at one point.

2019 Golf R driver rear

Coming soon, the Mk8 Golf R!

Nevertheless, the Golf R Mk 8 (aka Mark 8 and aka 9th generation) is now on VW’s rollout plan for 2021.  So, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Rs will be it for a while.

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Ontario VW – Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer

So, contact my friends at Ontario Volkswagen about the 2019 VW Golf R while they last!

And my thanks Ontario VW’s General Manager, Earl Reed and Randy Halcomb for providing the Golf R for this review.

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Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it. - Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter. BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it.<br /> <br /> Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn't scream 'look at me.  I'm driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!'<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> VW Golf R Test Drive & Review<br /> Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved 'props' to the Golf GTI.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Golf R<br /> <br /> Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran - boy did it run.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI's more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving.<br /> 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP<br /> Everyone's first question when we're talking about performance vehicles is; 'how much does it cost?'  Followed by the second question of; 'what are its options?'<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> But for the 2019 VW Golf R it's kept pretty simple.  And that's because the 2019 Golf R doesn't offer any trim level options.<br /> <br /> Starting MSRP $40,395 - But contact Ontario VW<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf's initial sporty version, the GTI.<br /> "...the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395."<br /> Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.<br /> <br /> As always, that's just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn't worry much about it two reasons.<br /> <br /> First, you've got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you'll be glad that you did.<br /> Engine, Transmission - Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.<br /> <br /> So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque... [with] Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive.<br /> The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with.<br /> <br /> So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up.<br /> 2019 Golf R Fuel Economy<br /> And the Volkswagen Golf R's fuel economy is highly respectable.<br /> <br /> It's rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.<br /> BEST VW Golf PRICES HERE<br /> However, Tom Smith clean 12:49
End of Lease Options – What Most Car Dealers Don’t Want You To Know https://www.idrivesocal.com/end-of-lease-chevrolet/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 03:08:04 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12741 When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself! And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease. BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there's equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity. But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah! BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position. You'll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you're returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you're buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you're leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease, BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it's going to save you money. Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California End Of Lease Process Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes. BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE But basically, here's the process at the end of your lease: You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near. In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle. That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.) .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. Depdepending on the manufacturer that inspection will be handled by an authorized dealer of that manufacturer or a third-party.  Either way, there's no cost to you. When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I’ll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself!

And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease.

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Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there’s equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity.

But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah!

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So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position.

You’ll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you’re returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you’re buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you’re leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease,

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Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it’s going to save you money.

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Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California

End Of Lease Process

Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes.

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But basically, here’s the process at the end of your lease:

  • You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near.
  • In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle.
  • That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.)

Depdepending on the manufacturer that inspection will be handled by an authorized dealer of that manufacturer or a third-party.  Either way, there’s no cost to you.

End of Lease Martin Chevrolet

Leasing The Car You Intend To Buy Is Something To Consider

And one additional point, depending on market conditions, the manufacturer or your dealer might reach out to you prior to the end of your lease.

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So if they contact you it’s almost always to try and get you to return your current lease and get into a new one from them.

Martin Chevrolet’s Lewis Cook emphasizes the most important thing is knowing the market value of your vehicle at your end of the lease.

And all that is great, but Martin Chevrolet’s Lewis Cook emphasizes the most important thing is knowing the market value of your vehicle at your end of the lease.

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That, and of course, the residual value assigned to the vehicle you’re currently leasing are key factors.

Because if the market value is greater than the residual value then BINGO you have equity!

Because if the market value is greater than the residual value then BINGO you have equity!

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Know Your Residual AND Market Value For End Of Lease Options

First, the easy one.  Your vehicle’s residual value.

Every leased vehicle has a residual value.  The residual value of a leased vehicle is what that vehicle is predicted to be worth at the end of the lease term.

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We all know weather forecasters get it wrong a lot!  But many people who lease vehicles don’t realize the bank analysts get it wrong a lot too.

The key thing here is that the predicted residual value is officially assigned by the bank’s analysts.

And just as weather forecasters try to predict the weather.  Bank analysts try to forecast the value of a vehicle.

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We all know weather forecasters get it wrong a lot!  But many people who lease vehicles don’t realize the bank analysts get it wrong a lot too.

End Of Lease - Martin Chevrolet Corvette

Buy A Corvette @ The End Of Lease?

Now, nobody cares (except the banks – but boo-hoo for them) if the market value of the vehicle you lease isn’t worth it’s residual at the end of the lease term.

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Conversely, if the market value of your leased vehicle exceeds it’s residual value then shazam!  You’ve got equity!

And that equity can be used as a down payment for your next vehicle.

What’s the Real Market Value Of Your Car or Truck

So, here’s the big to-do on your end of lease checklist.  And that is to figure out the market value of your leased truck or car.

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But what’s market value… really?  Well, it’s the value you can get for the vehicle if you were to sell it.  And we all know that market values change.

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Lewis Sharing Details Other Car Dealers Might Never!

There are tons of factors that go into market value.  The geographic area plays a role.  Obviously the year, make, model, trim level and features on your car or truck are factors.

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Also, a big one is demand.  Are there buyers out there for my vehicle at my end of lease?

How To Determine The Real Market Value At Your End of Lease

Savvy shoppers and or car-gals/guys will immediately think KBB.com or Edmunds.com to figure out what their car is worth.

And Lewis from Martin Chevrolet suggests using those only as references.  Because he says, “there’s a lot of play in those numbers based on value and mileage.”

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But Lewis really threw me off when he made this next suggestion.  Although it makes perfect sense once he explained it.  He says go to your nearest CarMax.  Yep, a new car dealer being so brutally honest that he’s telling you to go somewhere else.

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Of course, there’s more to it.  Here’s the rest of what Lewis suggests, “you go to CarMax, you’re not obligated to sell it to them. Because you’re not obligated to sell it to them, they’re going to put their best foot forward, because if they don’t, you’re not coming back.”

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“Because you’re not obligated to sell it to them, they’re going to put their best foot forward, because if they don’t, you’re not coming back.”

And he continued, “that will give you a really, really good idea about what that car is worth with no obligation, it’ll take a couple of hours of your day.”

Additionally, Lewis says, “then worst-case scenario, if their offer is higher than the residual and nobody else wants to do that for you, you can sell it to CarMax, too.”

But Lewis doesn’t suggest you actually sell to CarMax.  There’s another step.

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New Car Dealers Want Their Brand On Their Pre-Owned Lot

So, that next step is to take the offer CarMax gives you to the new car dealership you leased from.  (Or any new car dealership that sells your leased vehicle’s brand.)

And my friend Lewis at Martin Chevrolet says, “Acquiring vehicles for sale is a chore, it really is.  It’s not an easy thing to do. If it’s a Chevy, I’m going to give you more than CarMax because I want the car.”

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“I’m going to give you more than CarMax because I want the car.  I don’t need them having my product out there and selling it. I need the car, so I’m going to give you more.”

He continues rationalizing his philosophy by stating, “I don’t need them having my product out there and selling it. I need the car, so I’m going to give you more.”

So, because new car dealers want their own brand well represented in their used car inventory.  And with that in mind, the new car dealer will likely give you a higher market value than CarMax.  Again, simply because they want to sell their own brand – new and used.

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Beyond a new car dealer wanting their own brand in their pre-owned car inventory, Lewis pointed out something else.  And it’s something that I know I forget and you probably do too.

What’s I’m referring to is a simple fact that a new car dealer has to spend time, energy and overall resources to keep his pre-owned inventory flush.  So, yet another reason Lewis at Martin Chevrolet is likely to give you a higher market value for your vehicle.

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Lease Extension – The Little Known Option

So the end of your lease term has arrived.  It’s time to decide.  Or, is it?

When your lease has come to an end do you really have to make a final decision?  Nope!  Well, not always, you have another option.

Oftentimes, when you’re at the end of your lease you can simply extend it!

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Oftentimes, when you’re at the end of your lease you can simply extend it!

This is yet another option that I’ve only recently learned.  And of course, it comes with caveats.

First, not all manufacturers (their financial arms that lease their vehicles) will always agree to extend a lease.  Although I’ve never heard of a lease extension request being denied.

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Chevy’s Traverse Is A Great Lease For Growing Families

Different manufacturers offer different types of lease extensions.  Some longer and others shorter.  And this too changes.

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And Lewis from Martin Chevy had another suggestion here.  He said, “if you’re making more payments on the car, really, that residual value should drop.”  And to make sure that’s happening when you speak with the financial institution you leased from.

End of Lease Options – Return, Buy Or Lease Again

So this brings us to your typical end of lease options.  And those are either return the leased vehicle.  Buy the leased vehicle.  Or trade the leased vehicle in on another lease.

And with any of these options, Lewis reiterates, “that’s why it’s so important to know what your equity position is at the end of the lease.”

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The Martin Chevrolet General Manager continues, “if you have equity, the car’s worth ten-grand, and the residual’s eight-grand.  You can utilize that.  Because $2K goes to your next purchase.”

Your SoCal Chevrolet Dealer – Martin Chevy

As always, my sincere thanks to my friend and Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet.

Lewis generously shares details of the car business few are willing to divulge and we seriously appreciate his doing so.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself! - And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself!<br /> <br /> And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease.<br /> BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE<br /> Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there's equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity.<br /> <br /> But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah!<br /> BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE<br /> So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position.<br /> <br /> You'll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you're returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you're buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you're leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease,<br /> BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE<br /> Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it's going to save you money.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California<br /> <br /> End Of Lease Process<br /> Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes.<br /> BEST Chevy Lease PRICES HERE<br /> But basically, here's the process at the end of your lease:<br /> <br /> You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near.<br /> In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle.<br /> That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.)<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke! <br /> It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 28:14
2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal – Hardtop For Chevy’s Mid-Engine C8 https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-corvette-convertible-reveal/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:14:10 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12673 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe. Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here's what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal: First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible. Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving! Identical drag between the coupe and convertible. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Continue reading for more info and specifics. -->And click play below for the podcast version of my report for even more details commentary.<-- 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible? First, let's get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone's list of question during the revel as well. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Inviting driver-focused cockpit. And here's what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what's perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn't exciting enough, then consider this. The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that's not while you're sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph. That's while you're driving at speeds up to 30 mph! RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Chevy states that it's made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine. https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Corvette Convertible Performance Engineering Revealed With the convertible hardtop up, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible delivers exactly the same drag as it's coupe sibling. Looks like a coupe w/ the top-up. Plus, C8 engineers adjusted the convertible chassis with springs and dampers to deliver nearly the same performance as the coupe. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE 2020 C8 Convertible Engine So Chevrolet has been trumpeting the naturally aspirated aspect of the Stingray's 6.2L Small Block V8 LT2 engine so much that I have a theory.  And, if you're an enthusiast you'd probably agree. That is that they're setting us up for some crazy performance out of engines that will be in C8 trims above the base-model Stingray. 5-spokes of fury. ;0) RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Now, do not get me wrong for a second.  Because the Stingray's 495-horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque is going to deliver awesome performance as is. As reported in the C8 reveal podcast that's 0 to 60 mph in just above 3-seconds! C8 Transmission Also, previously reported in that post is the double-edged-news of Chevrolet's super-quick new dual-clutch automatic transmission. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE Frunky! The good news is that it's eight-speeds and shifts faster than any human will ever be capable of. And perhaps, what might be a bummer to the hardcore purist, is that the C8 will not be built with a manual transmission of any kind.  That includes both the coupe and the convertible. RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe.

Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here’s what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal:

  • First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible.
  • Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving!
  • Identical drag between the coupe and convertible.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Continue reading for more info and specifics.

–>And click play below for the podcast version of my report for even more details commentary.<–

Covered 2020 Chevrolet Corvette with reveal countdown clock

2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event

How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?

First, let’s get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone’s list of question during the revel as well.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Corvette Convertible cockpit

Inviting driver-focused cockpit.

And here’s what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what’s perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal

So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn’t exciting enough, then consider this.

The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that’s not while you’re sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph.

That’s while you’re driving at speeds up to 30 mph!

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y

The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Chevy states that it’s made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine.

https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc

So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Corvette Convertible Performance Engineering Revealed

With the convertible hardtop up, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible delivers exactly the same drag as it’s coupe sibling.

2020 Corvette Convertible passenger front

Looks like a coupe w/ the top-up.

Plus, C8 engineers adjusted the convertible chassis with springs and dampers to deliver nearly the same performance as the coupe.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

2020 C8 Convertible Engine

So Chevrolet has been trumpeting the naturally aspirated aspect of the Stingray’s 6.2L Small Block V8 LT2 engine so much that I have a theory.  And, if you’re an enthusiast you’d probably agree.

That is that they’re setting us up for some crazy performance out of engines that will be in C8 trims above the base-model Stingray.

2020 Corvette wheel

5-spokes of fury. ;0)

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Now, do not get me wrong for a second.  Because the Stingray’s 495-horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque is going to deliver awesome performance as is.

As reported in the C8 reveal podcast that’s 0 to 60 mph in just above 3-seconds!

C8 Transmission

Also, previously reported in that post is the double-edged-news of Chevrolet’s super-quick new dual-clutch automatic transmission.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

2020 Corvette Convertible Frunk

Frunky!

The good news is that it’s eight-speeds and shifts faster than any human will ever be capable of.

And perhaps, what might be a bummer to the hardcore purist, is that the C8 will not be built with a manual transmission of any kind.  That includes both the coupe and the convertible.

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Hardtop Convertible C8

During the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal Chevy announced that the hardtop does have an option.  And that’s to have the standard body-colored roof switched to a ‘carbon flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof.’

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

Sounds cool – but what the heck is a nacelle?  I had to look it up myself.

Corvette Convertible Hardtop

Retracts while going up to 30 MPH!

A nacelle is a streamlined enclosure for an engine.  And it’s often in relation to an aircraft engine.  So, check-check, Chevy is definitely engineering the C8 with speed and performance in mind.  (In case that was ever in question.)

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

When Will The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Be Available?

So next to how much will it cost the other top question rattled off at the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal was this:  When will the 2020 Corvette convertible be available for buyers?

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

We all know that these matters are an entirely moving target.  And my recommendation is to contact my friend Lewis Cook and his team at Martin Chevrolet to stay abreast of the latest developments.  (Or email me and I’ll connect you personally – Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Original Chevrolet Corvette

The original Corvette was on display too!

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

But what Chevrolet is maintaining is the following regarding availability for the 2020 Corvette C8:

  • Coupe – production begins in late 2019.
  • Convertible – production follows in late Q1 of 2020.

And one parting shot Chevrolet shared with us about its iconic American sports car is this: A right-hand-drive version of the convertible will be available ‘at a later date.’

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

So, to our European friends dying to get their hands on a slice of Americana’s finest automotive engineering, it’s coming.  Just wait. :0)

Martin Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet!  Find New Roads!

 

 

RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE

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2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe. - Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneo... 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe.<br /> <br /> Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here's what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal:<br /> <br /> First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible.<br /> Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving!<br /> Identical drag between the coupe and convertible.<br /> <br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> Continue reading for more info and specifics.<br /> -->And click play below for the podcast version of my report for even more details commentary.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event<br /> <br /> <br /> How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?<br /> First, let's get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone's list of question during the revel as well.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> <br /> <br /> Inviting driver-focused cockpit.<br /> <br /> And here's what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what's perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> <br /> 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal<br /> So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn't exciting enough, then consider this.<br /> <br /> The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that's not while you're sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph.<br /> <br /> That's while you're driving at speeds up to 30 mph!<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y<br /> <br /> The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> Chevy states that it's made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine.<br /> <br /> https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc<br /> <br /> So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> <br /> Corvette Convertible Performance Engineering Revealed<br /> With the convertible hardtop up, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible delivers exactly the same drag as it's coupe sibling.<br /> <br /> Looks like a coupe w/ the top-up.<br /> <br /> Plus, C8 engineers adjusted the convertible chassis with springs and dampers to deliver nearly the same performance as the coupe.<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> <br /> 2020 C8 Convertible Engine<br /> So Chevrolet has been trumpeting the naturally aspirated aspect of the Stingray's 6.2L Small Block V8 LT2 engine so much that I have a theory.  And, if you're an enthusiast you'd probably agree.<br /> <br /> That is that they're setting us up for some crazy performance out of engines that will be in C8 trims above the base-model Stingray.<br /> <br /> 5-spokes of fury. ;0)<br /> RESERVE YOUR Corvette HERE<br /> Now, do not get me wrong for a second.  Because the Stingray's 495-horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque is going to deliver awesome performance as is.<br /> <br /> As reported in the C8 reveal podcast that's 0 to 60 mph in just above 3-seconds!<br /> C8 Transmission<br /> Also, previously reported in that post is the double-edged-news of Chevrolet's super-quick new dual-clutch au... Tom Smith clean 13:14
2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Review: Really The End Of Front Engine? https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-corvette/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:09:12 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12516 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal. You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so. C7 Stingray In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy's showroom floor recently.  And yes, I'm referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar - the $150K, 755-horsepower beast! '19 Vette VR1 Chevy Corvette - From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8 But with news about the new generation of Corvette's (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales. YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019's is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let's be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that's the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette's value in years to come. Z06 Supercharged badge Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species. And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette's are selling out...  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast. But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job... but I struggle through. ;0) Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version. My Stingray Test Driver 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift. And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here's the thing... Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way. 6.2-Liter V8 Sure, of course, you'll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I'd offer my sincerest encouragement to 'go have at it and try and do better!' The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette... is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette! Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology. YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE Corvette Nostalgia Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I'm going off on a brief tangent. Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive! For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that's because of what happens next. The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle. "The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle." The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail's pace because you're barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it's cool! But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces.  As the back-wheels slide the vehicle in a sideways circular motion it's really hard not to giggle or just flat-out laugh. And that's because doing donuts is pointlessly childish.  But, oh,  they are so flippin' fun! And now Chevrolet wants to take one of the greatest donut-doing cars away from us forever... 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review

Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that’s highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette’s recent reveal.

You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray front

C7 Stingray

In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy’s showroom floor recently.  And yes, I’m referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar – the $150K, 755-horsepower beast!

Corvette flags, ZR1 badge, Martin Chevrolet plate and 4x exhaust pipes

’19 Vette VR1

Chevy Corvette – From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8

But with news about the new generation of Corvette’s (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales.

YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE

For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019’s is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let’s be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that’s the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette’s value in years to come.

Chrome, black and red Corvette Z06 Supercharged badge

Z06 Supercharged badge

Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species.

And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette’s are selling out…  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast.

But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job… but I struggle through. ;0)

Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version.

2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe grayish blue w/ black wheels

My Stingray Test Driver

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift.

And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here’s the thing… Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray engine

6.2-Liter V8

Sure, of course, you’ll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I’d offer my sincerest encouragement to ‘go have at it and try and do better!’

The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette… is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette!

Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology.

YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE

Corvette Nostalgia

Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I’m going off on a brief tangent.

Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive!

For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that’s because of what happens next.

The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.

“The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.”

The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail’s pace because you’re barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it’s cool!

But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces.  As the back-wheels slide the vehicle in a sideways circular motion it’s really hard not to giggle or just flat-out laugh.

And that’s because doing donuts is pointlessly childish.  But, oh,  they are so flippin’ fun!

And now Chevrolet wants to take one of the greatest donut-doing cars away from us forever! No.  Please, General Motors, no!  ;0)

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wheel

’19 Stingray wheel

So, of course, I’m only joking.  But, there is a slice of truth in every joke – right?

I’m just sayin’ I can’t imagine the rear-wheel Vette is gone forever.  Bring on the mid-engine for sure.  I can’t wait for the future.  But the past definitely doesn’t suck.

Now, on with our regularly scheduled programming.

YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE

How Much Is A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

Upon setting eyes on their first Corvette, the second question usually asked is: ‘How much does a Corvette cost?’

And that’s the because the first time a young car-gal gazes upon the seductive two-door coupe sports car their first question is: ‘What’s that?’  BTW – This is based on my 100% unscientific methodology of remembering being a car-loving little kid asking those exact questions. :0)

With that in mind, here’s the answer to the “how much does a Corvette cost?” question.  The below are starting MSRPs for Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette lineup:

2019 Chevrolet Corvette starting prices (MSRPs):

    • Stingray $55,900
    • Grand Sport $65,900
    • Z06 $80,900
    • ZR1 $123,000

YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE

Your Southern California Chevrolet Corvette Dealer

Now those are starting MSRPs, and you can equip Corvette’s in lots of heart-thumping adrenaline rushing ways.  So, two things as always with iDriveSoCal reviews.

First, you’ve got to get your Vette (aka ‘America’s Sports Car‘) equipped to your inner child’s delight.  So, that’s going to impact your price.  Second, I recommend contacting my friends at Martin Chevrolet.

Corvette flags, ZR1 badge, Martin Chevrolet plate and 4x exhaust pipes

You can almost hear the ZR1 roar in this pic! :0)

General Manager Lewis Cook is a personal friend of mine and beyond the best price, selection, and service he gives all of my iDSC readers a little something extra.  And that’s after you negotiate your deal.

YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE

Lewis will give you 3-year’s free maintenance.  That includes oil changes, windshield, and tire damage protection.  That’s a $1,300 minimum value, just for reading. :0)  Nice!

How Fast Is A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

So, the first question is; ‘what’s that?’  And the second question is; ‘how much does it cost?’  You probably know the third question; ‘how fast does is a c7 Corvette?’

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ZR1

And the answer has always been very fast.  In fact, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 clocks 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds.  Plus,  the ZR1  delivers what General Motors states is a ‘top track speed’ of a white-knuckling 212 MPH!

“…a ‘top track speed’ of a white-knuckling 212 MPH!”

So, where does all that, rather insane, performance come from?  Oh, just a stock 755 HP, 715 lb-ft of torque 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine.  And a fun fact here; the Supercharger in the ZR1 was problematically big for engineers.  So you’ll notice the abnormally-shaped hood doing a poor job of concealing the overly big supercharger.

Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Which brings us to another fun fact, engineers code-named the problematically big supercharger the BAS.  Aka ‘Big A** Supercharger.’

Remember, the ZR1 is at supercar status.  And that means super-price-tag rides shotgun.  These are in very limited production.  So that means the $123K starting price is going to be super-hard to come by.

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Z06

Now if the ZR1 is a little out of your price range… then, you certainly wouldn’t be alone.  But perhaps the Z06 would fit nicely in your wallet and garage.  And the good news with the Z06 is that there’s a lot more of them being made.  So, Z06 will be easier to come by and the $81K starting price will be more attainable.

“…how fast is the Z06 from 0 to 60?  2.95 seconds.  Yep, a mere tenth of a second slower than the ZR1.”

And performance-wise the Z06 is still a serious force on four-wheels.  That’s because the Z06 is this/close to being as fast as the ZR1.

White 2019 Chevy Vette Z06

2019 Chevy Vette Z06

So get this, the Z06 gives you 650 HP with 650 lb-ft of torque.  And that’s also with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine.  But how fast is the Z06 from 0 to 60?  2.95 seconds.  Yep, a mere tenth of a second slower than the ZR1.  Do the math.  Nearly double the price between the Z06 and ZR1 for a tenth of a second…

But whoah, if you’re in ZR1’s serious-buyer-land then I say go for it!  Without a second thought and for sure.  Because the long-term value is likely to hold-up better and increases more over time.  Again, supply and demand.

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Grand Sport

Yes, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport sits two slots below the beastly ZR1.  And no, that doesn’t mean this option isn’t awesome itself.  How fast is it?

The Grand Sport’s 6.2-liter V8 cranks out 460 HP with 465 lb-ft of torque.  And that translates into a 0 to 60 time of 3.6 seconds.

“…the Grand Sport starts at $66K.  Plus it’s way-more available.  And, so what if it takes 3/4’s of a second more to give you whiplash?!?!”

So let’s put this into perspective.  At basically $150K (the price you’re really likely to pay) the ZR1 pounds-out 0-60 in 2.85 seconds.

And the Grand Sport starts at $66K.  Plus it’s way-more available.  And, so what if it takes 3/4’s of a second more to give you whiplash?!?!  Again, the arithmetic is yours to do.

Stingray

So this brings us to the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  And this is what Martin Chevrolet had me test drive for this review.

“How fast is the Corvette Stingray?  0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.  Yep, a tenth of a second behind the Grand Sport.  Only  .85-seconds off the ZR1’s sprint.”

Don’t think for a second that this base-model Corvette doesn’t turn heads.  Because I caused quite a scene at a Palos Verdes Starbucks just grabbing a quick afternoon cup of java.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driver front

2019 Vette Stingray

And yeah, it performs too – seriously.  How fast is the Corvette Stingray?  0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.  Yep, a tenth of a second behind the Grand Sport.  Only  .85-seconds off the ZR1’s sprint.

So that performance is courtesy of another 6.2-liter V8 delivering 460 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque.

So, no matter which of the 2019 Corvette’s you are lucky enough to snap-up you really cannot go wrong.  The base model Stingray is awesome and each trim/model above it is just a little more awesome.

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’19 Chevy Corvette as a Daily Driver?

Corvette drivers do whatever they please when it comes to using their Vette’s as daily drivers – or not.  But I’d probably stick with summer-only daily driver with the Stingray and Grand Sport.

Because the ZR1 is definitely not a daily driver.  Nope, never.  Same goes for the Z06.  But hey, here in Los Angeles there are plenty of commuters tooling around in some pretty crazy cars as their daily drivers.  So, to each their own.  :0)

Cargo area in the 2019 Chevy Corvette

Groceries go here! Just not too much. ;0)

With that in mind, personally, I wouldn’t use any of the 2019 Corvette’s line-up as a daily driver here in LA.  And that’s because LA County roads are terrible.  So not only are the rough LA roads going to put excessive wear-and-tear on the wheels and suspension.  But, the bad roads also make for a bumpier ride.

Now, if I lived in Orange County, then that’s a totally different story.  No problem as a daily driver.  But I’d still limit it to the Stingray or Grand Sport… eh, maybe the Z06 too.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Review

So clearly I’m a big Corvette fan.  Even for the hardcore Ford or Mopar guys that I grew up with… the Chevrolet Corvette always received its proper respect.

And pretty much everyone on the road gave me envious looks as I tooled around LA’s Southbay area in my 2019 Corvette Stingray test driver.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray passenger front

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray passenger front

I loved the sound and feel of the rumbling engine.  Especially when in track mode!  You can easily hear the difference when switching into that driving setting.

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And the Corvette’s cockpit really couldn’t be more driver-oriented.  I took a couple of pics to clearly illustrate that.

Inside 2019 Corvette Stingray - driver focused cockpit

Here are all the toys the driver gets to play in the 2019 Corvette.

As you can see above that the driver has plenty to play with in the 2019 Corvette.  And, not so much for the passenger as displayed below.

Corvette passenger view

As a passenger, you get to control your climate and window!

And look a little closer at the center stack below.

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See if you can spot the button to the secret James Bond compartment.

 

Corvette Stingray center stack and console

Center stack and console

Now cue the opening theme music to your favorite 007 movie.

Chevrolet Vette hidden dashboard compartment

Hidden compartment complete with a USB port!

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2019 Chevy Corvette – Is This Really Goodbye Front-Engine?

Please don’t get me wrong.  I cannot wait for the 2020 mid-engine Corvette.  It’s going to be incredible.  (And unavailable in manual transmission.)

But I honestly believe that I’ve taken far too long to create this post, perhaps because I don’t want the front-engine rear-wheel drive to be gone forever.

Chevy/General Motors just has to bring it back.  If nothing else then maybe they bring it back every few years with a limited run of production.

Or, maybe, this really is goodbye…

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rear

Martin Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette Stingray

If it is the end and you can afford to put a 2019 Corvette in your garage then now is without a doubt the time to do it.  And go see my friend Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet.

I’m happy to personally introduce you.  Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

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Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal. - 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review<br /> Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal.<br /> <br /> You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so.<br /> <br /> C7 Stingray<br /> <br /> In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy's showroom floor recently.  And yes, I'm referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar - the $150K, 755-horsepower beast!<br /> <br /> '19 Vette VR1<br /> Chevy Corvette - From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8<br /> But with news about the new generation of Corvette's (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales.<br /> YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE<br /> For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019's is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let's be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that's the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette's value in years to come.<br /> <br /> Z06 Supercharged badge<br /> <br /> Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species.<br /> <br /> And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette's are selling out...  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast.<br /> <br /> But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job... but I struggle through. ;0)<br /> <br /> Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version.<br /> <br /> My Stingray Test Driver<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7<br /> The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift.<br /> <br /> And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here's the thing... Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way.<br /> <br /> 6.2-Liter V8<br /> <br /> Sure, of course, you'll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I'd offer my sincerest encouragement to 'go have at it and try and do better!'<br /> <br /> The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette... is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette!<br /> <br /> Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology.<br /> YOUR BEST Corvette PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Corvette Nostalgia<br /> Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I'm going off on a brief tangent.<br /> Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive!<br /> For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that's because of what happens next.<br /> <br /> The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.<br /> "The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle."<br /> The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail's pace because you're barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it's cool!<br /> <br /> But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces. Tom Smith clean 19:03
2020 Honda Accord Midsize Sedan Review, Prices, Trims, Features & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-accord/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:59:23 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12545 The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord. In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0) Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family's garage soon enough. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California's Inland Empire. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen to the podcast.<-- Honda's 'Still Night Peral' color - aka a cool electric blue Honda Accord Overview So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender. That's because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort. If you're a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I'm all about value.  And that's why I, and so many other drivers, love the Honda Accord. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, "a car is not an investment. " Courtesy of Rock Honda So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE 2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I'll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately. 2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs: LX $23,870 Sport $26,530 EX $27,770 EX-L $30,270 Touring $36,100 BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. First, there's the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That's standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L. Sport Trim 19" machined alloy Wheel Plus there's the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda's smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission. Automatic transmission console above - Manual trans available BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord - they're available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring. Sport - Available Paddle Shifters And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Even though you probably don't want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It's still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate. Fuel Economy No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we're still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker's DNA. So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway. Adjustable Digital Instrument Cluster And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway. Again, I'll be reviewing the Accord Hybrid separately. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE Outside The 2020 Accord The 2020 Honda Accord continues it’s highly awarded 10th generation.  And there’s plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord.

In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda.

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So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0)

Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family’s garage soon enough.

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And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California’s Inland Empire.

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2020 Honda Accord passenger rear

Honda’s ‘Still Night Peral’ color – aka a cool electric blue

Honda Accord Overview

So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender.

That’s because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort.

If you’re a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I’m all about value.  And that’s why I, and so many other drivers, love the Honda Accord.

BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE

Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, “a car is not an investment. ”

2020 Honda Accord driver profile

Courtesy of Rock Honda

So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing.

BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE

2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices

The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I’ll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately.

2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs:

  • LX $23,870
  • Sport $26,530
  • EX $27,770
  • EX-L $30,270
  • Touring $36,100

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Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions

So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

First, there’s the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That’s standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L.

2020 Honda Accord wheel

Sport Trim 19″ machined alloy Wheel

Plus there’s the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim.

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Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda’s smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Honda Accord Center console

Automatic transmission console above – Manual trans available

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Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord – they’re available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring.

2020 Honda Accord instruments. steering wheel and paddle shifters

Sport – Available Paddle Shifters

And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission.

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Even though you probably don’t want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It’s still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate.

Fuel Economy

No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we’re still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker’s DNA.

So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG.

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It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway.

Instrument cluster

Adjustable Digital Instrument Cluster

And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway.

Again, I’ll be reviewing the Accord Hybrid separately.

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Outside The 2020 Accord

Since 2020 is the third year for the current generation, the exterior of the Accord has become a common sight.

2020 Honda Accord front

Bold front-facing view

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LED headlights and available LED fog lights give the Accord a distinctive and sharp look – especially as the sun goes down.

2020 Honda Accord driver rear

2020 Honda Accord driver rear with a decklid spoiler

Available 19″ wheels, LED taillights and dual-chrome exhaust ends further accent the Accords sportiness and athletic overall look.

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2020 Honda Accord passenger profile

Passenger profile

And the downward swooping roofline nicely adds to the sporty and sleek design.  There’s a slight loss of headroom for backseat passengers but you’d have to be a bit over average male height to even notice it.

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2020 Honda Accord Interior

The 2020 Honda Accord is spacious and, of course, well designed.  The infotainment screen comes on Sport trim and above.  It’s big, crystal clear and the controls include buttons as well as the touchscreen.

2020 Honda Accord front seats from backseat

Available heated and ventilated front seats

Adjusting the climate in the cabin is a breeze (pun intended).  And drivers can manage a variety of tasks without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

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I drove the 2020 Accord with Sport trim for this review.  And I was impressed by the comfortable but firm bolstered front seats.

2020 Honda Accord backseat with armrest down

Available heated rear seats

Plus, I like the fabric Honda’s using for the seats both the look and feel.  You can kind of tell by the pictures but the fabric gives the seats a leather look.

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And I can best describe it as quality and high-tech to the touch.

2020 Honda Accord center stack bottom storage

Center stack bottom storage

There’s a great cubby storage area at the bottom of the center stack.  It has connectivity and charging ports with available wireless charging.

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But what I really like about it is that when it’s closed would-be thieves don’t really know that it’s there.

2020 Honda Accord cargo area with backseat down

Cargo area with backseat down

The 2020 Honda Accord’s trunk gives you 16.7 cubic-feet of cargo space and all trims but the LX includes standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks.  The only time you curse not having that is when you don’t. ;0)

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Honda Technology

And the Accord can come loaded with tech.  Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot capability are all available.

2020 Honda Accord center stack and center console

Center stack and center console

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Accord Touring Technology

And if you go with the top-of-the-line Touring model you can subscribe to HondaLink.  That technology allows you to lock and unlock your doors through your smartphone from basically anywhere.

Additionally, it includes more features to keep you safe on the roads like emergency calling, stolen vehicle tracking, and automatic collision notification.

The Touring trim, with subscriptions, also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi and, for Amazon Prime Customers, package deliveries via Amazon Key.

Personally, I’m not so sure about Amazon having access to my car… even just my trunk.  But, it’s available and some people are cool with it.

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One of my favorite Accord Touring features is the heads-up display.

2019 Accord heads up display MPH

Available heads up display

The display is crystal clear and you can select from a number of different views easily.

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Honda Sensing Safety Technology

Plus, all 2020 Honda Accord’s come standard with Honda Sensing.  And that is Honda’s suite of driver-assistance technologies and safety features.

Honda Sensing Technology:

    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Driver Attention Monitor
    • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
    • Automatic High Beam Headlights
    • Collision Mitigation Braking System

Additional available driver assistance technology includes blind spot information and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Accord 5-Star Safety Rating

And Accord’s many awards are nice reassurance regarding the vehicle.  But the standout is definitely from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Because of the organization’s 5-star overall vehicle score drivers can feel all the more secure in their decision to buy a Honda Accord.

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2020 Honda Accord rear badges and plate

Plus, the 2020 Honda Accord is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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2020 Honda Accord Top-3 Features

So here are my top-3 favorite features for the 2020 Honda Accord – in order:

  1. Value: No matter what trim level you go with the Accord is a great deal.
  2. Technology: If you go with the Touring trim you’re getting all the tech content that carmakers in putting in cars 3 to 4x the cost.
  3. Interior: Great design from user-friendliness to style.  While the Touring would be my pick I was very impressed with the Sport’s quality look and feel.

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Your SoCal Honda Dealer – Rock Honda

And, if the 2020 Honda Accord is on your shopping list then you should connect with my friends at Rock Honda.

front badge and plate

They’re in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California and one of the biggest Honda retailers in the world.

I’m happy to connect you personally just email me: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

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The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord. - In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda. BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE So, what stopped me? The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord.<br /> <br /> In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0)<br /> <br /> Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family's garage soon enough.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California's Inland Empire.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen to the podcast.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Honda's 'Still Night Peral' color - aka a cool electric blue<br /> <br /> <br /> Honda Accord Overview<br /> So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender.<br /> <br /> That's because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort.<br /> <br /> If you're a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I'm all about value.  And that's why I, and so many other drivers, love the Honda Accord.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, "a car is not an investment. "<br /> <br /> Courtesy of Rock Honda<br /> <br /> So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices<br /> The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I'll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $23,870<br /> Sport $26,530<br /> EX $27,770<br /> EX-L $30,270<br /> Touring $36,100<br /> <br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions<br /> So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.<br /> <br /> First, there's the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That's standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L.<br /> <br /> Sport Trim 19" machined alloy Wheel<br /> <br /> Plus there's the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda's smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission.<br /> <br /> Automatic transmission console above - Manual trans available<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord - they're available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring.<br /> <br /> Sport - Available Paddle Shifters<br /> <br /> And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission.<br /> BEST Honda Accord PRICES HERE<br /> Even though you probably don't want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It's still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate.<br /> <br /> Fuel Economy<br /> No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we're still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker's DNA.<br /> <br /> So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG.<br /> Tom Smith clean 15:50
Motte Historical Car Museum – SoCal’s Hidden Antique Automotive Heavan https://www.idrivesocal.com/motte-historical-museum/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 04:30:34 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=8945 Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA. The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip. Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they're displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses. Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip. ***Transcription*** Recorded in Los Angeles, CA The Motte Historical Car Museum - Menifee's Hidden Automotive Gem Clinton "The Professor" Quan: They're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums." Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California Clinton Quan: There's definitely cars from the 1920s, Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby. Professor: Yes. Tom: Like, that time period, right? Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. "Made me think Great Gatsby." Professor: Hi, Tom. Tom: Hello. This podcast, we're talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks… I don't know. We've almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you're still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find. So, keep that up. Let's see how long you can keep that up until I'm like, "Oh, this one again?" Professor: I'll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California. Tom: There's so much. 1931 Cadillac Professor: Yeah. Tom: There's so much. Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums." Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round. Professor: Yes. Tom: And hey, partially that's what iDriveSoCal's gonna help. We're gonna be a... Is the right word "repository?" Professor: You could say that. Southwestern Riverside County Tom: I'm making myself laugh because I'm thinking about other... And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com. Professor: Resource. Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility. And a lot of the future of mobility is... Well, we'll see what it's gonna be, but it's an exciting time, right? 1924 Electric Ford Model T Professor: Yes. Tom: But for always and all time, there's going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars. Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come. For a long time to come, and certainly, the history. Professor: Yes. Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that's considered Inland Empire? Professor: I believe that is considered the Inland Empire. It's a little east of the city of Perris, which is spelled P-E-R-R-I-S. Not to be confused with what everyone assumes. "It's a little east of the city of Perris... it's off the 215." Tom: Of course, I've buzzed by there and I know that I've buzzed by Perris, as well as Menifee, and I don't know what else comes to mind for Menifee, but I know I've been through both. Professor: Yeah, it's off the 215. Tom: Okay. So, Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars
with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA.

The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you’ll surely agree it’s well worth the trip.

Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they’re displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses.

Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip.

Open-cockpit antique race car pictured as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast banner 163

***Transcription***

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA

The Motte Historical Car Museum – Menifee’s Hidden Automotive Gem

Clinton “The Professor” Quan: They’re like, “Wow, I didn’t realize there are so many car shows and I didn’t realize that there were so many car museums.”

Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California

Clinton Quan: There’s definitely cars from the 1920s,

Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Like, that time period, right?

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

“Made me think Great Gatsby.”

Professor: Hi, Tom.

Tom: Hello. This podcast, we’re talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks…

I don’t know. We’ve almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you’re still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find.

So, keep that up. Let’s see how long you can keep that up until I’m like, “Oh, this one again?”

Professor: I’ll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California.

Tom: There’s so much.

Museum-shiny 1931 Cadillac convertible

1931 Cadillac

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: There’s so much.

Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they’re like, “Wow, I didn’t realize there are so many car shows and I didn’t realize that there were so many car museums.”

Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: And hey, partially that’s what iDriveSoCal’s gonna help. We’re gonna be a… Is the right word “repository?”

Professor: You could say that.

Southwestern Riverside County

Tom: I’m making myself laugh because I’m thinking about other… And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com.

Professor: Resource.

Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility.

And a lot of the future of mobility is… Well, we’ll see what it’s gonna be, but it’s an exciting time, right?

White open-air 1924 Ford Electric Model T

1924 Electric Ford Model T

Professor: Yes.

Tom: But for always and all time, there’s going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars.

Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come.

For a long time to come, and certainly, the history.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that’s considered Inland Empire?

Professor: I believe that is considered the Inland Empire. It’s a little east of the city of Perris, which is spelled P-E-R-R-I-S.

Not to be confused with what everyone assumes.

“It’s a little east of the city of Perris… it’s off the 215.”

Tom: Of course, I’ve buzzed by there and I know that I’ve buzzed by Perris, as well as Menifee, and I don’t know what else comes to mind for Menifee, but I know I’ve been through both.

Professor: Yeah, it’s off the 215.

Tom: Okay. So, the Motte Historical Museum has… First off, the museum itself is really old and cool looking.

Professor: Yeah, it looks like a barn.

Tom: From the pictures that you shared, yeah. And so the collection is really neat, too. Do they define their collection? It seems to be ’20s to ’30s, maybe ’40s?

Professor: I think that’s a good description.

Motte Historical Museum Is A Private Car Collection

Tom: But there’s a Thunderbird that had to be from the ’50s that I saw in the pictures.

Professor: Yeah. It’s probably ’50s, ’60s.

Tom: Anyway, it’s a private collection. Apparently, the Motte brothers-

Professor: Yeah, Motte Classic Cars.

Tom: You know what? I’m stealing your thunder. You tell me about it.

Baby blue 1931 Ford Victoria @ the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee

1931 Ford Victoria @ The Motte Historical Museum

Professor: Well, the Motte brothers, they were in the agriculture business.

They were farmers. And-

Tom: Oranges or something, out here? Or do you know what?

Professor: That I don’t know, but probably oranges. I know that in Riverside, that’s-

Tom: Lot of orange groves out there?

Professor: There’s a lot of orange groves out there.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah, in fact, I believe it’s a state park that’s dedicated to the citrus fruit.

Tom: You grew up here. I did not, so I get a pass on that lack of knowledge.

“…there are about 24 vehicles currently on display in the museum.”

Professor: Yes, you do. So going back to the museum, I think they started their collection back in the 1950s.

They purchased an old Chevrolet and that was the start of the collection and there are about 24 vehicles currently on display in the museum.

They do have more vehicles that they store elsewhere, and they’ll rotate the cars from time to time.

Tan colored shiny museum quality 1930's coupe

Something for Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone

Professor: It is used as a special events venue, so they do have a number of other special events, including weddings.

It’s a popular wedding venue. If you check out the website, you’ll see some wedding photos, as well. So, if they take the vehicles out and they leave some of them inside, it’s a great place to host a cocktail reception, as well.

Great Gatsby Era @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

Tom: All right. And the cars that they have, again, going back to… Would you say the oldest is… I mean, those hot rods had to be like 1920s?

Professor: Oh, I think there were some cars. There’s definitely cars from the 1920s, I believe.

Tom: Well, the first one that you showed me was a Packard, and that was a beautiful…

Professor: Oh, yeah, a Packard. I believe that was a V12. I would say that car was-

Open cockpit racer at the Motte Car Museum

Motte Historical Museum

Tom: I think I saw the placard that-

Professor: Right in the center of the museum.

Tom: And rightfully so. I mean, that thing’s gorgeous.

Professor: Yeah, caught my attention right away.

Tom: I think I saw the placard that said it was a 1937.

Professor: Okay, that sounds right.

Tom: But yeah, so the stuff that you’re going to see at the Motte Historical Museum is-

Professor: Mostly American cars.

Tom: Yeah, it immediately made me think Great Gatsby.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Like, that time period, right?

Professor: Yeah, it could include that time period, as well.

Tom: And a little bit before, a little bit after.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: On both sides. Excuse me.

“…they started their collection back in the 1950s.”

Professor: They also had some hot rods, as well.

Tom: Oh yeah?

Professor: Yeah, remember the photo? Three hot rods.

Tom: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay, gotcha. But that had to be ’20s.

Professor: Yes.

Navy blue WWII era Lincoln Continental parked in the Motte Historical Car Museum

WWII era Lincoln Continental

Tom: It wasn’t American Graffiti hot-rod kind of thing.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay, so it being called the Motte Historical Museum, were there other pieces of history that were on display, or is it really all automotive?

Professor: It is pretty much an all-automotive museum.

Tom: Okay.

Motte Family History

Professor: Now, there is a second floor to the museum. It doesn’t take up the entire space of the museum, and they do talk about the history of the Motte brothers and their influence in the valley, in that area.

Tom: And of course, you focused on absolutely none of that, because you were completely enthralled with the cars, right?

Professor: It’s interesting you use that word “enthralled,” because that came to mind, as well. I was thinking the exact same thing. Yes, that is 100% correct.

Tom: See, if I had gone there, I would look at the cars. I would take pictures. I would read up on them because I have to read all the placards at a museum.

“…they do talk about the history of the Motte brothers and their influence in the valley…”

But then I would definitely go read about the guys behind the museum, as well. But that’s how you and I are a little bit different.

Professor: I just went up to one of the staff members there and asked her about the Motte brothers and she just gave me a one-word answer: They were farmers. She just said, “Farmers.”

Like, “Okay, that summarizes.”

Tom: And then she went back to her game on her mobile device that she was playing.

Professor: Either that or reading or doing something.

Tom: Now, the venue, as you said, sure, it can be rented, whatever else.

Baby blue w/ white top 1950's Ford Thunderbird - Motte Historical Car Museum

1950’s Ford Thunderbird @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

But it’s one of these museums like the Marconi, where it’s open only certain times during the week, throughout the year, yeah?

Professor: They’re open Wednesday to Sunday, so they’re only closed Monday and Tuesday.

Tom: So you got the weekends all the time?

The Big Barn Classic Car Show @ The Motte Museum

Professor: Yeah, you got the weekends all the time and then you got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Tom: Is there a fee to get in?

Professor: It is complimentary. There is no fee.

Tom: Okay. Not even like a donation box, if you wanted to kick in a couple of bucks or something?

Professor: I’m sure there’s a donation box.

Yellow antique open air hand-crank car - Motte Historical Car Museum

Motte Historical Museum

Tom: Everybody’s got a donation box.

Professor: The hours are ten to four.

Tom: All right.

Professor: Ten to four, Wednesday to Sunday.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: And their one big annual event is The Big Barn Classic Car Show, and that takes place the last weekend in April. I believe it’s a Saturday.

Tom: Big Barn Classic Car Show?

Professor: Yeah. That’s their one big annual event.

Tom: All right. What goes on then?

“…their one big annual event is The Big Barn Classic Car Show, and that takes place the last weekend in April.”

Professor: They have a number of classic cars.

Tom: They show cars.

Professor: They have a number of classic cars from, I’m sure, a lot of people who live in Inland Empire and they want to show off their passion for their classic cars.

Tom: All right, there you have it. Now, you’ve been to this museum before.

Professor: Yes, I’ve been there once before.

Tom: Only one time before?

Professor: Only one other time.

iDriveSoCal Test Drive Via The Motte Museum

Tom: And this was something that you did while you were on a test drive for one of our partners, right?

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay, and that would be our good friends out in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California, Rock Honda.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Stay tuned or tune back into another podcast for all the content that we create with our partners at Rock Honda but in this case…

It was a vehicle review for the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe, which is a good-looking redesigned vehicle, right?

The Motte Museum’s Annual Open House

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: And we’ll save the rest of that for another, but what else about the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee, California, if you have anything else to share?

Professor: Oh, one other thing. They do have another event that will be coming up in February. It will be their open house.

“They do have another event that will be coming up in February. It will be their open house.”

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah, and that will be from … I believe that’s the ninth if I remember correctly, and it’s from ten to two.

Tom: Okay, is that on a Saturday or Sunday, most likely?

Professor: Oh yes. That would definitely be on a weekend.

Dark brown long-nose 1940's sedan at the Motte Historical Car Museum

Motte Historical Car Museum

Tom: Okay. And auto shows, auto museums, always good family-friendly fun, and this looks like a really neat one, too.

It looks like one that I’ll have to be stopping by because I love… Going to see the historical vehicles at a Petersen Automotive Museum is cool.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Because they have some amazing vehicles. But then the environment is state of the art.

Antique Cars & Barn @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Whereas, this is something where you go and…

Is the building just made to look old, or is it actually old? Or do you know?

“…they’re open Wednesday to Sunday, so they’re only closed Monday and Tuesday.”

Professor: I believe it is actually old, yes.

Tom: Because it looks like it’s in an old barn that’s been updated, converted, whatever.

Professor: Yes.

Motte Historic Car Museum Barn

Ok, the car is a brand new 2019 Honda Civic Coupe from Rock Honda but check out that historic barn!

Tom: And it’s just a neat, neat space. So not to plug you guys, but hey, why not? It’s such a neat space. It would be a cool space for an event, such as a wedding or whatnot.

But honestly, didn’t mean to be a commercial for events at the Motte Historical Museum. But a cool spot, nonetheless.

So, Professor, are you good?

Professor: Yes.

Tom: All right. Thank you, as always, good Professor, for your expert analysis, in this case of a Southern California automotive museum, again, the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee, California.

For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. As always, thank you so much for tuning in.

 

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Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA. The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip. - Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars<br /> with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA.<br /> The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip.<br /> <br /> Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they're displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses.<br /> <br /> Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcription***<br /> Recorded in Los Angeles, CA<br /> <br /> The Motte Historical Car Museum - Menifee's Hidden Automotive Gem<br /> Clinton "The Professor" Quan: They're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums."<br /> <br /> Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California<br /> <br /> Clinton Quan: There's definitely cars from the 1920s,<br /> <br /> Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: Like, that time period, right?<br /> <br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> "Made me think Great Gatsby."<br /> Professor: Hi, Tom.<br /> <br /> Tom: Hello. This podcast, we're talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks…<br /> <br /> I don't know. We've almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you're still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find.<br /> <br /> So, keep that up. Let's see how long you can keep that up until I'm like, "Oh, this one again?"<br /> <br /> Professor: I'll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California.<br /> <br /> Tom: There's so much.<br /> <br /> 1931 Cadillac<br /> <br /> Professor: Yeah.<br /> <br /> Tom: There's so much.<br /> <br /> Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums."<br /> <br /> Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: And hey, partially that's what iDriveSoCal's gonna help. We're gonna be a... Is the right word "repository?"<br /> <br /> Professor: You could say that.<br /> Southwestern Riverside County<br /> Tom: I'm making myself laugh because I'm thinking about other... And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com.<br /> <br /> Professor: Resource.<br /> <br /> Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility.<br /> <br /> And a lot of the future of mobility is... Well, we'll see what it's gonna be, but it's an exciting time, right?<br /> <br /> 1924 Electric Ford Model T<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: But for always and all time, there's going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars.<br /> <br /> Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come.<br /> <br /> For a long time to come, and certainly, the history.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that's considered Inland Empire?<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 13:23
When To Buy A Car – New Car Dealer Shares Best Timing Secrets https://www.idrivesocal.com/when-to-buy-a-car/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:06:05 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12227 Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car? When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car? These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there's no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered. But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today - right now! The Best Time To Buy A Car: When to buy a new car? And, when to buy a used car? Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car? Plus, when to lease a new car? "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think." Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year! Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car. As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when? Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets! In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here! Check Your Best PRE-OWNED Vehicle Pricing Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below! When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car? Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception. Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient. "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..." What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months. "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated." I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car. Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content . Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car?

When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what’s the best time to lease a car?

These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer’s mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there’s no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered.

But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today – right now!

The Best Time To Buy A Car:

  • When to buy a new car?
  • And, when to buy a used car?
  • Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car?
  • Plus, when to lease a new car?

“…the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think.”

Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year!

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Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.

As if car buying wasn’t already stressful enough- d’Oh!  So here’s yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation – when?

Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!

In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you’ll find out the answer is different depending on what you’re buying – and many other factors.  But it’s all here!

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Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!

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When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car?

Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“…this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked…”

What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

“…we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated.”

I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

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Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.

Thank you so much for joining me yet again.

Lewis: My pleasure. Sorry to be giggling in your spectacular intro. One of the best intros on the market, I think.

Tom: [Laughs] Thank you.

Lewis: Yeah, I couldn’t do it that well, for sure.

Tom: Thank you. Well, as I shared before, you know, we keep costs low.

Lewis: What are you talking about? This table is plastic. I mean, the tablecloth is clean. [Laughs]

Tom: [Laughs] I wear a lot of hats, including the—well, the host, but then also what do you call it?

Lewis: Preproduction, postproduction?

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Tom: Yeah, yeah. I do it all.

Lewis: Everything.

Tom: I wear a lot of hats. So, this podcast is about—and I’m excited to do this one.

Lewis: That’s so funny.

Tom: [Laughs] I mean, I love—hey, I love cars. I love buying new cars. I love getting a new car.

Lewis: You know, I guess this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked about what we—

Tom: What you’re going to share?

Lewis: Yeah.

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Behind The Scenes With Martin Chevrolet’s Boss – Lewis Cook

Tom: And if you haven’t listened to a podcast that Lewis and I have done in the past, please do so. There’s some great buying information that Lewis shares.

Lewis is a long-time general manager, again, here at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California, but he’s been in the business for a long time and he shoots very, very straight. He gives us information that most don’t.

You share new stuff with me that I don’t—we just did a podcast on lease return, end of lease return, and I learned a couple of very significant tidbits that are going to help me in my next leases.

Lewis: I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the…”

Tom: Why are you sharing this stuff? [Laughs]

“…I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the… STOP IT!”

Lewis: [Laughs] STOP IT!

Tom: Okay. This one is the best time to buy. When do I pull the trigger on buying a car? And whether you’re buying new, leasing, buying used, buying a CPO vehicle, through a CPO program, it doesn’t matter.

Lewis: No, it does.

Tom: All those—

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: We need to break all that stuff down?

Lewis: Probably.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: Did I just throw a wrench in your…

Tom: Well, yeah, hey. We got plenty of time to—it’s a podcast.

Lewis: We’ve never been short-winded, that’s for sure.

Tom: [Laughs] Okay, so let’s take it from there. That already throws off my plan. As you said, don’t even plan, just go and do it.

Lewis: I just try to throw him off, that’s all I do. That’s my goal.

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When To Purchase Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: Your very first comment, there is a difference when it comes to time to buy in buying or leasing or buying new or certified preowned? Or used or certified pre-owned (CPO)?

Lewis: Correct. New and certified preowned specifically, for sure. I mean, it’s going to be based on the market. I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: In the used car world—

“You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or certified preowned and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.”

Tom: Let me reiterate that because that was significant, and it’s my perception. You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or CPO and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.

Lewis: Or is it?

Tom: That’s what you said. [Laughs]

Lewis: [Laughs] This is all going to come full circle, I promise. Well, the reason I say, “Or is it?” is if it is a misconception or hey, if it is a conception, then perception is a reality, right?

Tom: Okay.

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The End Of The Month Can Be A Factor When Buying

Lewis: Even though we’re playing on it in businesses and getting better at the end of the month because we’re playing on it, maybe there are some better deals to be had. Right?

Tom: Okay. Yeah.

Lewis: See my point?

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Tom: Yeah.

Lewis: We’ll get back to that. Specifically, between a new car and pre-owned certified, that’s not a monthly deal there where it’s better at any one time of the month to buy. So, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.”

On the dealer level, what happens in our preowned inventory or certified inventory, obviously it’s a depreciating asset as a business owner or somebody that has money invested in depreciating assets. The best thing to do is to get rid of them as fast as possible. Because if you don’t, they’re depreciating.

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Consider How Car Dealers Price Their Inventory When Deciding the Best Time to Buy

What will happen is, is like the—my model in pricing is price high to start, right? Get the most potential to make the most money.

And as the car, we call, ages, on your lot, you’re going to start reducing that price. That age could be at its max the first week of the month, the second week of the month, the third week of the month, it doesn’t really matter.

There are lots of cool little widgets if you go to some of these sites, like Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book and whatnot, that you can actually watch the car. When there’s a price reduction, they’re going to alert you.

Tom: Gotcha.

“As these [pre-ownded] cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price…”

Lewis: And as that car ages on the dealer’s inventory—and when I say ages, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad car or there’s something wrong with it.

Tom: It just might not be the right fit for that market, that particular dealer.

Lewis: Or that particular customer.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: As these cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price, the faster you get rid of it.

Tom: The longer it’s here, the most it costs you, right?

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Dealers Look At New And Pre-Owned Cars Differently

Lewis: Yeah, absolutely. Not so much as a new car. A preowned car doesn’t cost you because we own those cars.

There’s no loan, per se, on them, whereas on a new car, there is a loan on them. Basically, we have 15 to almost $20 million in inventory right now. Nobody is going to put up that kind of money just to have cars sitting on the lot. There’s a process for that. Basically, there’s a loan on them.

“…in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.”

But in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.

Tom: Now, as the car gets older, that’s for everything or just one of the categories?

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Lewis: Well, I think specifically used, it’s very relevant. It does come into play on new cars and we’ll talk about that when we get to the new car part of it. But for used, it’s a big part of the—

Tom: Okay. When buying new, the best time to buy is—

Lewis: I haven’t talked about new yet.

Tom: I’m sorry, I meant to say used. I said it right in my head.

Lewis: That’s the most important part, except to your listeners.

Tom: What do you mean you don’t understand what I’m saying? I said it perfectly in my head. It just came out of my mouth wrong.

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Guidelines For When The Best Time to Buy Is – Pre-Owned & Certified Pre-Owned

So, when buying used or preowned—not necessarily CPO, right? Or certified preowned as well?

Lewis: Preowned is preowned. Certified, yeah, it doesn’t matter.

Tom: So, whether it’s certified pre-owned or pre-owned, you’re buying pre-owned or CPO, know what you want, identify what you want. Probably be flexible, I think would be another idea worth considering. But then the guideline is the best time is really, be patient and wait until you see that price drop a bit.

Lewis: Watch. Yes, exactly. There are all kinds of other things along with that, too. Know what the market value of the car is, know what the car’s worth, and that’s going to give you, obviously, some more leverage when you come in to buy, because nobody wants to pay more than what it’s worth.

When Is the Best Time to Buy Pre-Owned And CPO – Factors To Consider:

  • Above all be patient and wait for price drops.
    • But know the market demand, supply, and value for what you want.
    • Because you could lose out to someone else buying your car.
  • Be flexible with what you want.
    • Consider expanding your color, feature and trim options.
  • If you cannot be flexible then…
    • Be ready to travel an extended distance to track down exactly what you want.
  • Pro-Tip – Work with a dealer you can trust.  A dealer that will treat you fairly and have your back with any issues.
    • Tell them what you want and let them go to work finding it for you.  That’s what they do!

Obviously when it comes to Chevrolet – our suggestion here at iDriveSoCal is to connect with Martin Chevrolet!

Tom: Now, which do you want to tackle next?

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For New Cars – When Is The Best Time To Buy Works Differently

Lewis: Well, on the flip side of that, there would be new cars and it’s a little bit of the same philosophies there.

What happens in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

Tom: From the factory.

Lewis: From the factory. It’s the same but almost flipped. The sooner we get rid of a new car, the better for us because then we’re not going to ever pay interest on the car.

“…in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.”

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: It’s kind of a good rule thumb, but there’s really no way for the general public or customers to know that.

With new cars, or I guess new or preowned, we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated. It is somewhat of a misconception.

Here’s the deal: My cost never changes.

Tom: Never changes?

Lewis: Never changes. The cost, what I owe on a car for, that doesn’t change. What changes are the factories, the deals.

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Automakers Typically Drive The Big Sales “Events”

Now, there are some factories that get really aggressive because of that perception that these times of the year are better to buy a car, so they’ll get really aggressive and in the Chevy world, they get super aggressive in December. Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard—

Tom: The employee pricing.

Lewis: Yeah, right.

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Tom: They’ve had that since cash for clunkers way back when, ’08, ’09, something like that.

“Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard— employee pricing… Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.”

Lewis: Right. Chevy does that specifically in December, so it is better to buy kind of at that time because you’re getting that price and it’s out there, the factory puts it out there in the universe, so that’s what we do.

Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.

Tom: Easier?

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The ‘Big Sales Event’ Misconception On When To Buy A Car

Lewis: Because… so in December, in the Chevy world, everybody knows it’s “you pay what we pay,” so the customer is coming in, “Hey, we pay what you pay,” “Okay, here you go, here’s what we pay, here’s the deal.” We make a deal, we move on.

Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier because everybody knows about it.

Tom: Right, right.

“Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier [in December] because everybody knows about it.”

Lewis: If you walk in and you’re—

Tom: If you’re listening to the iDriveSoCal podcast and specifically the direction of Mr. Lewis Cook from here at Martin Chevrolet, you can get that same end of year deal.

Lewis: Any day.

Tom: Any day.

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: Especially here at Martin Chevrolet. I’m going to give you guys a plug, an additional plug there, as I should.

But that’s interesting, because me, as a consumer, you know, I love cars, I love getting a new car. The buying process, as we’ve discussed, and everybody knows, is—can be very painful. In the past it has been. And I mean, you put your consumer hat on, right?

Lewis: Sure.

Tom: When you have to buy cars for your family.

Lewis: When you have to.

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Tuning Out Of ‘Big Sales Event’ Ads

Tom: But I’ve been desensitized to the hype on TV commercials and a little bit of radio commercials, but primarily TV commercials.

I’ll look at the car and appreciate the new car and I like the commercials that show the new product coming out.

But when it gets to the deals, it’s like—it’s almost the equivalent of back when the internet first came around and people used to say, “www dot” before every URL, or when social media got big, “Follow us on this or like us on this.”

It’s almost like I just tune that out.

I guess I’m smart to tune that out because the reality is, I can get those deals anytime?

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Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the end of the year might not be the best time for you to buy, right?

Tom: You mean for me personally?

Lewis: Yeah, for you personally. The podcast listener personally.

December might not be convenient and because it’s not convenient, you might be costing yourself more money doing it in December, even though you think you’re getting a better deal, right? Perse.

You might not have enough equity in your car. You might not have enough down payment or whatever the case may be.

We tend to pull all that business forward in December. Everything happens at once.

Tom: And then you sleep through the first quarter of the next year?

Lewis: Unfortunately, yeah. Pretty much.

Tom: And I mean, that’s due to what the manufacturer does that, right? I mean, it’s not you.

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Automakers Want To Tell You When The Best Time To Buy

Lewis: Specifically, Chevy. I mean, a lot of manufacturers will come out at the end of the year, “This is the end of year sale.”

But if you think about it, they’re doing it all the time. I mean, it’s constantly happening. Exactly what you’re tuning out is happening every day.

It’s not just happening at the end of the year. It’s just a different message and it’s perceived differently because people are anticipating it.

They don’t anticipate it during the year so it’s not… You can get a deal on a Chevy truck, a Silverado truck right now, if you wanted to buy a Chevy Silverado, you can get a better deal right now than any other time.

Even towards the end of the year, just because, for instance, they’re going through this build-out from ’18 to ’19. It’s a new body style and there’s a lot of promoting going on. So, now is the time to do that. It’s not the same with every other model.

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What About the Big Holiday Sales Events?

Tom: We just kind of covered the President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Black Friday, New Year’s Eve/end of the year.

Lewis: It’s all the same as the end of the year. Yeah, you can group all that together, right?

It’s the perception that the dealers are doing better deals and it doesn’t mean that we are, per se, but that’s like I said, perception is the reality.

If that’s what the customer thinks is happening, okay.

Tom: Right, right.

Lewis: I’m not going to disagree.

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Model Year End And The Best Time To Buy – Extreme Example

Tom: Then I want to get to—well, I’m going to skip over something and then get to this, what you just got to. You hear the end of the model year. First off, what does that mean?

Lewis: Well, end of the model year is just typically anytime that, you know, you have a 2018 and those are phased out and now the 2019 is here. It’s been a little bit different every year that I’ve been in the business as far as what we have in inventory.

“…a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker… that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.”

When I got here, we still had 2017s in stock and I got here in 2018. Right now, here we are mid-2019, I have one 2018 left. Everything else in my inventory is a 2019.

Can you get a better deal right now on that 2018 that I have one left of than the 2019? Absolutely. Absolutely. Believe it or not, we just sold our last 2017 Corvette yesterday.

Tom: That was a good-looking Corvette, too.

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Lewis: It was a very nice Corvette.

Tom: I would’ve never guessed that was a ’17. I would’ve thought it was a ’19.

Lewis: Yeah. It’s $125,000 car.

Tom: Oh, there you go.

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Aging Inventory Can Create Great Opportunities

Lewis: So, it cost me $5-600 a month every month it’s here. It’s not a good situation for that car to be here for so long.

That gentleman, he’s a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker. That’s the probably best end of the model year—I mean, that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.

He paid—if you looked up Kelly Blue Book on this car and said it’s a preowned car, he’s paying less than retail. Kelly Blue Book as a preowned car, and it’s a new car with 0 miles on it. He knows he got a steal and he was very grateful. I’m not going to pay the $800 in interest and flooring on the car this month and it’s off the books and it’s done with.

Tom: It’s a win for everybody.

Lewis: Well…

Tom: [Laughs] Sorry, pal.

Lewis: Losing $20,000 is technically not a—I wouldn’t call that a win. But it’s the cost of doing business that I was anticipating, so, I mean, it doesn’t hurt that bad.

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Being Local Can Be A Factor When Car Buying

Tom: And you did it with, as you said, a local customer who is going to appreciate it.

Lewis: Yeah, in the reality of it is, is I am more apt to do that with a local customer, too.

I mean, that’s a pretty good segue into another aspect of this that you probably don’t even have in your prepared notes.

Tom: [Laughs] I laugh because we had a discussion before the mics went hot about how much to prepare and just shoot from the hip. Yeah, anyway. My prepared notes, right?

Lewis: Yeah. But what I didn’t have in there. What was I saying? [Laughs] I guess if it was in my notes, I wouldn’t have asked that question, right?

Tom: [Laughs] You were saying what I didn’t have in my prepared notes and it was another thing and we were talking about in the context of the customer, the local customer that just got that.

Lewis: Local, thank you. Wow. Okay, so you proved your point. I won’t ever make fun of you for having notes again.

So, if a local—if somebody comes in here that’s a local and we’re negotiating a deal and then I have another customer here that’s say from San Diego, this business is customer acquisition business.

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Service Can Be A Factor When Buying A Car

That’s how I like to put it. And we’re acquiring customers for one purpose and that purpose is to maintain their cars.

The service department is definitely more of a profit center than the retail sales department, right?

So, if you’re from San Diego and you’re here in Torrance and you’re trying to buy a car, what’s my incentive? I’m never going to see you again.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: Am I going to straight out lose money to buy a—to sell you a car? Without having the opportunity to, you know, to gain that money back.

Service can be a factor in when to buy a car

Service matters while considering when to buy.

Whereas a local customer, if I have to take a little bit of loss—and I know that the listeners are like, this guy’s talking about losing money on cars. Yeah, dealers don’t lose money.

Well, unfortunately, we do and that’s why I call it an acquisition business because the money you make is on the flip side, right?

In the service department, the customers are coming in and they’re servicing the vehicles and there’s money to be made there.

So, am I more apt to give this local customer that I’m going to see all the time and they’re going to tell their family, and everything is local and keep it in my PMA, as they call it?

Tom: Primary market area.

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Service That Entices Buyers To Go The Extra Mile(s)

Lewis: Yeah, doing air quotes there. Of course, I’m going to give probably—sway more to giving him a better deal.

If they’re asking me for this deal and another customer asks me for the deal and I’m never going to see them again, I’m probably going to—I’m more apt to say yes to the local customer.

Tom: I want to jump in on that though because you point out a scenario where it would keep—it’s good for you and anybody that lives around your store because you operate that way.

You’re legit, you set the bar high for everybody else.

Now, that San Diego customer might have a bunch of Chevy dealers around them—not saying that they do—or put somebody else anywhere.

My nearest dealer for the car that I want to get, might not necessarily be somebody that I want to buy from and go back to.

So, in that sense, from the customer’s perspective, I might drive—and actually, I had a service advisor that I loved that I drove 20 miles extra to go see that service advisor.

Lewis: We have that a lot here, actually. There’s a lot of customers that will drive to come to our service department.

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Where Can Impact The Best Time To Purchase

Tom: I know you’re on a roll there, but I wanted to point that out because it’s a selling point of Martin Chevrolet, for sure, that sets you guys apart from the rest and in some cases, it’s worth that extra drive.

Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the reality of it is, I mean, we try to treat customers a little bit differently, so I think the experience—well, I know the experience will be better here than anywhere else.

If that’s what you’re after, then absolutely. But for the subject of the right time or place to buy a car—

Tom: When to buy.

Lewis: Yeah, when to buy a car, I think that the locality needs to be mentioned, for sure.

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Tom: Yeah. I get where you’re coming from, how—

Lewis: I guess that really has nothing to do with when.

Tom: It’s a factor though.

Lewis: Right. It is a factor.

Tom: It is a factor. So, that covers the model year. Now, another thing that you mentioned that we kind of transitioned to a few minutes back, you mentioned Silverados. I think it was Silverados.

Lewis: Silverados, because of the year-end, the new body style.

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All-New Models And The Best Time To Buy A Car

Tom: The new body style. Now, is that going to be all-new or is it going to be a refresh?

Lewis: All new.

Tom: All new?

Lewis: Yeah. This is all new. The ’18 and ’19 is a completely different body style.

Tom: Okay. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about that a little bit from a timing perspective. If the ’19 is an all-new body style—which it is, actually, I know this, I already did a vehicle review on ’19 Silverado and I loved it.

Lewis: I bet you’re just testing me.

Tom: No, no, no. [Laughs] I’m so focused on this one, on this podcast that we’re doing right now, I had to remember that I’d actually already done that.

You’re saying that you still have a couple of ‘18s leftover or you’re out of ‘18s?

Lewis: I’d say I don’t have ‘18s in stock in the Silverado lineup. We have a Suburban, but no ’18 Silverados. I think what you’re getting at—and correct me if I’m wrong—is it better to buy an ’18 than a ’19?

Tom: Well, if someone is—obviously there’s cons and pros to going both ways, right?

I’m not getting the ’19 and all the new bells and whistles and design that the ’19 has to offer.  But, in that transitionary period, there’s something to be said about going with the former design.

The former generation, so to speak, because they’ve already gone through that life cycle of that generation in the vehicle and they got everything right. There’s not going to be any phantom bugs or anything to really worry about.

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When To Buy A Car – Also Depends On Your Preferences

Lewis: They’re not coming out with technology right now that’s going to create any more new phantom bugs, I don’t think. I think with that, is it comes down to, with the consumer, the preference of the look. I mean, that’s kind of the society we live in.

Tom: Sure.

Lewis: What looks better the ’19 or the ’18?

Tom: Especially here.

Lewis: Yeah. And if right now you decide that the ’18 looks better, you’re probably going to get a better deal.

Because, as I said, dealerships are going to—they may have had that ’18 in their inventory for a while.  They’re going to want to get rid of it, stop paying the flooring fees and whatnot and the manufacturer knows that.

The manufacturer tries to support us, and they understand that we pay these flooring costs on cars as they age on our lot. They’ll put more incentives out there to help us move those.

Then, of course, it’s in their best interest for us to move the older models anyway because as the new stuff comes out, then it’s more relevant.

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Does the Day Of The Week Matter?  Nah.  But Last Day Of The Month Could

Tom: So, day of the week, day of the month, end of the quarter, end of the year—well, we talked about the end of the year already.

But those other ones, day of the week, day of the—because if you do a Google search…

Even some of these credible websites that offer valuations that we’ve mentioned earlier in this podcast and other podcasts, they have little sidebars that say, “Oh, well, hey, this day, buy on Monday because of the weekend has just gone by.” That sounds like absurd based on the—

Lewis: No, I guess it’s not totally absurd.

“…the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th. It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday…”

As far as the day of the week, I mean, I don’t know if you really want to buy into any of that, per se. However, I will give some credit to the day of the month. But I think it goes back to—again, remember, the same deal can happen any time of the month, any day of the month.

But I think it goes back to that perception, right? So, it’s the end of the month and it depends on the situation the dealer is in.

I mean, I’ll be honest, I’ve been at the end of the month where I’m, you know, 10, 15 cars away from my quota. It’s the last day of the month. We’re going around asking employees if they want to buy cars at that point. At that point sometimes.

But if you think about it, if you come in and I’m 10 cars away—let me back up a little bit.

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A Dealer’s Bonuses On Sales Can Impact When To Buy A Car

Specifically, for us and that last day of the month and missing that 10 cars and the quota thing, it goes back to Chevy incentivizes the dealership in volume and they set a number ahead of time, it’s called a bogie. If you hit that bogie, you get X-amount of dollars back. That’s the simplest way to put it.

Tom: They refer to that as the back-end, or in layman’s terms, could you say that?

Lewis: I mean, I think the back-end would be more towards like financing and stuff like that in the car world. But we call it other income.

We do take a loss on cars, we touched on that, and it’s a reality, but we get this money back from the factory.

If we’re taking losses on cars in anticipation of getting this money back from the factory as a volume bonus, let’s say, then if I’m not going to do that, if that’s not going to happen, then we’re going to be in trouble.

Here’s the last day of the month, we’re 10 cars away from this volume bonus. It could be a substantial amount of money that may be coming our way if we hit this bonus, yeah, the deals are going to get better.

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But Not Every Factory Offers Their Dealers Volume Bonuses

That may play into your last day of the month. The end of the month, the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th.

It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday or whatnot. So, that plays into your end of the month deal where yeah, of course, in that situation, you know, I’m at the customer’s mercy for the most part because I have to sell these 10 cars.

I have to get this number, and there it is.

I think that’s where that comes from. Not every manufacturer is like that and let me tell you, Chevy is one of the only—General Motors is one of the only manufacturers like that.

A lot of the different manufacturers I’ve worked for, that’s not the case. There is no volume bonuses and whatnot. They pay a little bit different.

Tom: Gotcha. Okay. Am I missing anything about the when? It feels like we’ve covered it pretty extensively, but based on that expression I just got, I might be missing something. Either I’m missing something, or we’ve beat it to death. I’m not sure, which one is it?

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When To Buy A New Car Always Changes

Lewis: Yeah, no. I don’t know. I think it’s all relevant. It’s a hard topic to touch on because it’s forever changing.

I mean, I might not have that volume bonus this month and maybe next month, so it may be the end of the month, it may not be the end of the month. Listen, not to sound like I’m giving a plug for myself or—

Tom: Go ahead, do it!

Lewis: You know, it comes back to relationships.

Knowing who you’re buying for, having that trust in them and knowing that they’re going to do the right thing by you.

Because we have that power. I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

But, to your point, there is some relevancy when it comes to certain factors in the industry that can play into that.

You just got to know when that is. Honestly, it’s going to be tough between all these different manufacturers because they’re all different.

So, is there a rule of thumb? Not really. Do all those play out in some fashion? Absolutely. Does that even make any sense? Probably not.

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Ultimately It Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: It does if you’ve listened to the entire podcast. [Laughs] It absolutely does.

If you were to say one, two or three key takeaways in a short sentence, or the headline, what’s the headline takeaway? Is it patience? Or, is it knowing what you want and not being in a rush?

Is it a combination of things?

Lewis: I think it’s a combination. So, I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. I think knowledge is power.

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When to buy a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pick-up truck

I think a partnership with somebody that’s going to be there for you throughout the whole buying process is key.

You can back it into a lot of different things as far as the day of the week and day of the year and all that kind of stuff. It’s all relevant.

I think if you have somebody that wants to earn your business again and again and again, they’re going to take care of you and that’s really the bottom line there.

All these manufacturers are going to put some money into holidays and there’s always going to be some hype somewhere.

Tom: Right.

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When To Buy A New Car – Summarizing The Many Factors

When Is The Best Time to Buy New – Factors To Consider:

  • Typically dealers have possession of new cars for three or four months before having to pay interest:
  • ‘Big Sales’ events can be misconceived:
  • Model year-end can create great opportunities:
    • When a vehicle is being replaced by it’s next ‘generation’ – deals can be available.
  • Being local can be important to car dealers:
    • Being local means you’re likely to bring your car back for service.
    • And that can entice dealers to work a bit harder with you on price.
  • Day of the week doesn’t matter as much as the end of the month – sometimes.
    • That’s because of some carmakers end of month bonuses they give to dealers that reach their quota.
  • Pro-Tip – Find a transparent dealer you can trust.  Dealers are people too.  Be honest with them and demand the same.
    • Start the conversation with what you’re looking for.
    • Let them know what you’ve learned about their business from iDriveSoCal.
    • All dealers should respect your knowledge and want to help further educate you.

And of course, when it comes to new Chevrolet’s, Martin Chevy is who we highly recommend.

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Buy When You Are Ready

Lewis: We’re all trying to find that way to create the hype and I mean, you can play into it and buy with the crowds and wait for finance, or you know, you can just come to Martin Chevrolet and I’ll just give you that deal any day of the week. [Laughs]

I didn’t even answer your question, I’m pretty sure.

Tom: No, no, you did. Always good stuff. Thank you, as always, for the behind-the-scenes info, the behind-the-scenes look, if I can say that, on an audio podcast.

Anything to add before we wrap this one up?

Lewis: No, I’m good.

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Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance, California

Tom: Mr. Lewis Cook, right here at Martin Chevrolet, come to say hello to him. His entire crew, Ronnie Blomquist [phonetic] is his general sales manager and one of these two head managers are pretty much always at the store.

Lewis: Yeah, one of us is always here, for sure.

Tom: And available to answer questions, meet people, and make sure that you are taken care of.

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Behind the Scenes on When To Buy

Thank you so much again for all the info, for the partnership.

Lewis: Always a pleasure.

Tom: The pleasure is mine, my friend. We will do it again, soon.

Thank you for listening. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. We will talk to you soon.

Lewis: See ya.

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Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car? When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car? - These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car?<br /> When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car?<br /> <br /> These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there's no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered.<br /> <br /> But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today - right now!<br /> <br /> <br /> The Best Time To Buy A Car:<br /> <br /> When to buy a new car?<br /> And, when to buy a used car?<br /> Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car?<br /> Plus, when to lease a new car?<br /> <br /> "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think."<br /> Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year!<br /> Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing<br /> Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.<br /> <br /> As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when?<br /> <br /> Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!<br /> <br /> In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here!<br /> Check Your Best PRE-OWNED Vehicle Pricing<br /> Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car?<br /> Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.<br /> <br /> Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.<br /> "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..."<br /> What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.<br /> "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated."<br /> I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.<br /> Check Your Best NEW Chevy Pricing<br /> <br /> Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom . Tom Smith clean 33:44
2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan, Prices, Features, Trims & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-odyssey/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:49:11 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12084 The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.) CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation. 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan. 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda That's because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it's hard to pass up. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan. 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan - carry on. :0) Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside. 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing: 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs: LX $30,190 EX $34,160 EX-L $37,710 Touring $44,760 Elite $47,070 So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons. First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely. And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals. '19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque. "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission." But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trim levels, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey Paddle Shifters! What I found to be kind of funny is that all '19 Honda Odyssey minivans come with standard paddle shifters! The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.

And there’s a lot to love about the ’19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That’s the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)

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I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.

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2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

My wife and I currently have one child – he’s 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.

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And even with just the four of us, I’m this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan.

'19 Honda Odyssey front

2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda

That’s because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all – and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it’s hard to pass up.

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Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey Elite cockpit

2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit

But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan – carry on. :0)

Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey

My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.

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But it’s tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

And here’s all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs:

  • LX $30,190
  • EX $34,160
  • EX-L $37,710
  • Touring $44,760
  • Elite $47,070

So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that’s for two primary reasons.

First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer’s factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family.

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Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they’re one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.

And they literally embedded “Rock bottom pricing” in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.

’19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG

You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that’s a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.

“…the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission… the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.”

But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trim levels, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Paddle Shifters!

What I found to be kind of funny is that all ’19 Honda Odyssey minivans come with standard paddle shifters!  :0)  Because paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology.

“…paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology… you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.”

And they’ve been making their way from high-performance vehicles to more mid and entry-level vehicles.  But you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.

Paddle Shifter and windshield wiper control behind steering wheel

Yeah, paddle shifters on a minivan!

Even so, hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!  That’s because they allow for better control of acceleration with the wide variety of weight-loads Odyssey can haul.

“…hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!”

And driving the 2019 Odyssey minivan was a breeze.  Because it definitely is far larger and more functional than it drives.  It’s quick on the road and nimble to maneuver through crowded parking lots.

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Fuel Economy

Regardless of your trim level and transmission the 2019 Honda Odyssey fuel rating is the same across the board.  During city driving, your ’19 Honda minivan will deliver 19-miles-per-gallon and 28 MPG on the highway.

Built-in fuel emergency fuel funnel

Built-in emergency fuel funnel tucked away in Odyssey’s rear

But even this makes sense when you factor in additional weight added by the extra features for the higher-level trim configurations.

Outside the ’19 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Every time I spot an Odyssey the first thing I check for is the sliding track for the rear side-doors.  That’s because Honda redesigned the location of those once ugly tracks.

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As of last year, designers moved the Odyssey rear side-door tracks, positioning them under the rear side-windowsill.

“…I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?”

This makes the tracks disappear and gives the Honda minivan a far more streamlined look.

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger profile

Sexy + Minivan = Possible?

(Okay, I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?  Alright, moving on!)

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Automatic Sliding Rear Doors & Liftgate

And a couple of additional points about the rear side-sliding doors.  First, they’re huge making them super-easy to get people and our stuff in and out of them.  So that’s another great aspect of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey driver front

Can a minivan be sort-of sexy?

Second, Honda added some available family-minded technology right into the minivan’s side-sliding doors.

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That is the ability to unlock and open the doors with your keyfob from up to 50-ft away.

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2019 Honda Odyssey minivan driver profile

And, speaking of exterior power-doors, the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan also has an available power tailgate.

white 2019 Honda Odyssey driver rear

If a minivan can’t be ‘sexy’ then this one is darn good looking! :0)

Finally, on the outside of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan, I appreciate the available LED headlights and taillights.

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I’m a fan of these for not only how they look aesthetically.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger rear

You have to admit, for a minivan, it looks great.

But also their functionality of being easy for other drivers top spot.  Most importantly without blindly them!

2019 Odyssey Interior

Getting inside the 2019 Honda minivan is super-easy no matter which door you’re using.

Driver & Passenger

First, the cockpit.  It’s really well laid out for total driver control.  However, Honda also designed the 2019 Odyssey knowing that while one parent is driving another will likely be co-piloting in the front passenger seat.

2019 Honda Odyssey rear entertainment monitor deployed

Driver and front passenger have easy access to center stack controls

So, the controls are easy enough for co-pilot-parent to adjust creature comfort and entertainment controls too.

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Also, both front seats are very comfortable.  Plus, the Elite trim that I drove for this review had both heated and ventilated front seats!

Front seat center console

Available wireless phone charging!

And the center console is basically a highly functional piece of furniture between the front seats.

2nd & 3rd-Row Seating Inside ’19 Honda Minivan

On the topic of center consoles, the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan offers an insanely versatile backseat.  And to be clear we’re talking about the 2nd-row backseat here.

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We’ll get to the 3rd-row back seat in a moment.

2nd row seating

2nd-Row Seating for Three

So the 2nd-row backseat of the ’19 Odyssey seats three.

2nd-row seating for two

2nd-Row Seating for Two

Or it can seat two with the middle seat’s back folded down revealing a great 3-cup-holder and storage area for road-snacks. :0)

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

Plus the 2nd-row of backseats in the 2019 Odyssey includes Honda’s Magic Slide functionality.

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The Magic Slide seat technology allows you to remove one or all of the 2nd row of seats.  And it allows for positioning the 2nd-row in multiple positions side-to-side and even slightly forward or back.

“That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions.” ;0)

For instance, this is perfect for when I want my 22-month old son in his child safety seat and centered in the 2nd-row.

3rd-Row Seating

3rd-Row Seating – aka Mother-In-Law Seating!

That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions. ;0)

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Hauling Stuff With Honda Odyssey

Plus, with the 3rd-row backseats folded down and the 2nd-row removed, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is big enough to lay standard 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood flat!

3rd row folded down Honda Odyssey 2019

Up to 155.7 cubic-feet of storage

Boom, that’s big.  And delivers an entirely new dimension of functionality to Odyssey.  Thumbs-up Honda engineering team!

But Wait – There’s More!

And this one really gets me.  Because, the Odyssey’s top two trim level options, the Touring and Elite both come standard with a vacuum cleaner.

Built-in vacuum hose and nozzle

Easy cleanup w/ Odysseys built-in vacuum!

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Yes, the 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite (and Touring) come standard with a vacuum cleaner to clean-up whatever messy stuff you’re hauling.

Built-in Shop-Vac

Serious suction power with Shop-Vac

And it’s not just any wimpy old vacuum cleaner either.  It’s a flipping Shop-Vac!

Technology in the 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is loaded with technology that will make everyone in the family happy.

Safety Tech

All ’19 Odyssey minivan trim levels, except the LX, come with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology.

Honda Sensing Safety & Driver Assist Tech:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Plus Honda includes childproof locks and a serious suite of airbags to keep you and your family safe on the roads. That IIHS Top Safety Pick designation for the 2019 Honda Odyssey is a big deal.

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Parent Tech

Also, Honda’s available Cabin Watch system is a big parent-helper.  That allows the driver to see what’s going on in the cabin right on the center console screen.  So, no need to turn around!

Rear cabin displayed on center console monitor

Honda CabinView Keeps Your Eyes On the Road & The Kiddos!

Just glance at whatever shenanigans taking place in the backseats.  And once you’ve assessed the situation you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.

“…you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.”

This allows you to turn-down all audio playing throughout the vehicle and address your people! :0)

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’19 Odyssey Minivan Entertainment & Connectivity

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan has an available 8-inch center console touch screen.  Plus you have Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

Center stack with navigation on

Control focused center stack

The Elite I drove even has a wireless phone charger in the center console with mobile hotspot capability and a ton of ports to plug-in and stay charged.

backseat center stack

Blu-Ray Access From 2nd-Row Seats

At the top of every kid’s favorites-list on the Honda Odyssey has got to be the available 10.2-inch rear entertainment system.  That drops down from the ceiling and comes ready to play Blu-Ray DVDs.

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And that’s also got to be near the top of each parent’s favorites-list too because it includes Honda’s awesome “How Much Further?” app.

How much further? App display

How have parents survived without Honda’s “How Much Further?” App

Finally, what’s a vehicle review without mentioning Amazon?  (That’s a joke – I just give them too much money already.)

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Because with HondaLink activated you can even have Amazon deliver to your 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan!

rear access to Honda Odyssey

Amazon can deliver to your Odyssey

I’m not sure that I’m personally ready to have Amazon delivery people accessing my vehicle (or home) but that’s another story. :0)

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Top-3

So versatile and packed with functional features it’s hard to pick just three top favorites for the 2019 Honda Odyssey.  And I already called out safety at the top of this article.  here goes:

  1. Safety: Remember the very top of this article I mentioned the ’19 Odyssey being an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
  2. Interior versatility: The ample options for configuring seating or cargo is a huge win for families of all sizes.
  3. Overall technology: From being able to open the doors up to 50-ft away to highway safety, parental and entertainment tech – props to Honda.

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Your 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Awaits At Rock Honda

My thanks as always to our great friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.  Led by General Manager David Latif, his right hand Hamid Javid the General Sales Manager and Ruben Serna the Rock-star Service Director.

2019 Honda Odyssey front badge and license plate

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Elite – My test driver for this review

These guys (and gals) will take care of you – promise.  And I’m happy to introduce you.

 

 

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The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. - And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.<br /> <br /> And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey<br /> I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan<br /> My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey<br /> And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda<br /> <br /> That's because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it's hard to pass up.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey<br /> Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit<br /> <br /> But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan - carry on. :0)<br /> Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey<br /> But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front<br /> <br /> And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $30,190<br /> EX $34,160<br /> EX-L $37,710<br /> Touring $44,760<br /> Elite $47,070<br /> <br /> So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons.<br /> <br /> First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Odyssey<br /> Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.<br /> <br /> And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.<br /> '19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.<br /> "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission."<br /> But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Tom Smith clean 22:19
Volkswagen Drive Bigger And Support Your Public Schools https://www.idrivesocal.com/volkswagen-drive-bigger-and-support-your-public-schools/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:41:43 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12051 You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games! "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!" In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free! Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go! How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom! Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb. We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick. For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here. Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here. VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools. I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous. At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE! The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy! Randy: I think that number is probably low. Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate. The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools. DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes. Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet. Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose. For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations: Go to Ontario Volkswagen. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card. Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing. Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects. It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes. In this particular case, you're able to come down, we supply you with a donor's card, and you're able to apply that to whichever classroom project or school... You’ve seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you’ve even thought – ah, cool concept.

But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid’s class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!

“The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!”

In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid’s teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!

Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event Supporting Public Schools

How To Put Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid’s Classroom!

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I’m at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.

We’re talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

This topic has me fired up a little bit because it’s all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen’s diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I’m going to rattle off some stuff here.

Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.

VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers

Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen’s way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I know teachers of public schools.

I’ve always heard that obviously, they’re always working on contracts, they’re always trying to get paid themselves. But what’s outrageous, and this – a statistic. This is outrageous.

VW Drive Bigger Donation Envelope front

At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid’s Classroom is FREE!

The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!

Randy: I think that number is probably low.

Tom: I think it’s low too. That’s an average. That’s what we know. Right? That’s what’s reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.

The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.

DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger

They’re doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy’s friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.

Randy: That is correct, Tom. It’s pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen’s trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.

Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy:  Yes, they’re the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects.

It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes.

In this particular case, you’re able to come down, we supply you with a donor’s card, and you’re able to apply that to whichever classroom project or school you wish.

Tom: DonorsChoose, it’s basically like a platform, kind of like GoFundMe. Right?

Randy: Correct. That’s exactly what it is, but for education.

It’s Like GoFundMe For Your Kids Classroom

Tom: I wonder if GoFundMe didn’t pull their idea from DonorsChoose?  Because DonorsChoose was started by a teacher in the Bronx, apparently in 2000.  So basically DonorsChoose, and Volkswagen of America have partnered up. You as a teacher can go and post your project that needs funding on DonorsChoose.

Randy: That’s correct.

Tom: Then you as a teacher can tell your friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and request a donation card. This doesn’t cost anything out of the customer’s pocket.

Randy: Just the time to swing on by and pick one up.

Tom: Right. So you could give me a donation card right now if I knew what I was wanting to apply it to.

Randy: Correct.

Tom: These donation cards, the denomination is?

Randy: They’re $20, and we’ve got quite a few of them here to hand out.

So if you’ve got two, three different parents, one per family, or whatever, but you can have aunts, uncles, different people of your family come on in and ask for a donation card, and donate to that project or classroom.

How To Put Money In Your Kids Classroom with VW Drive Bigger DonorsChoose Program

Tom: Okay. We have these $20 donation cards. They cost me nothing.

I come into Ontario Volkswagen. And, I say I heard about the program. I ask you, Randy, or Shant Bashian, or anybody else here at Ontario Volkswagen, “Hey, I want it. I want to get a donation card,” and then what happens?

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy: Then we basically just log down who we gave it to so that we can track that. We just don’t hand them out to anybody.

They can open up the envelope, and we’ll walk them over to the computer, and we’ll walk them through the steps on logging into the DonorsChoose.org, and selecting the project or classroom of their choice.

Tom: Cost me nothing. Right?

Randy: Cost you nothing.

Drive Bigger folded donation card

Go to Ontario VW and pick up a card like this.

Tom: No hidden car games in here.

Randy: No. You don’t have to-

Tom: No hanky-panky of any sort?

Randy: No.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Public School Donations

Tom: This is literally just-

Randy: About giving back.

Tom: Giving back. Volkswagen’s putting up this money. Ontario Volkswagen’s partnering on it.

Drive Bigger top half of paper donation card

VW Drive Bigger Event with DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the platform, and all we have to do, ladies and gentlemen, is come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card and direct the money.

Randy: Yes, and here’s something I just thought about Tom. Let’s say that you’ve got a grandchild on the East Coast, and you want to donate it to their school, and they go to school in Florida. You’re still able to come in here, get that donation card, and still donate to your grandchild there in Florida.

Teachers Can Still Sign Up For Funding Requests

Tom: That’s a beautiful thing. We’re giving the money, but then also at the same time it’s open currently and all the time to any teachers that want to go onto DonorsChoose and say, “Hey, I need money for this particular project.”

Randy: Correct.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

Tom: So right now somebody listening as a teacher can log on.

Randy: I would highly recommend them to do that because they never know who might donate, or come into the dealership to donate to their school. So I would definitely say if I was a teacher, to put whatever I can up on DonorsChoose because people you may or may not know might end up donating to your classroom.

Tom: “Hey, I’m a teacher. I want to get something funded,” or “Hey, I am a parent. I am an aunt and uncle, a grandparent, that wants to get something funded as well for my kids going to school.” It’s a win-win all the way around.

That the thing why I point out there’s no hanky-panky. There are no games. Right?

Drive Bigger at Ontario Volkswagen Now – Zero Obligation!

Randy: There’s none.

Tom: Because usually, you go to a car dealership, it’s like, “All right. All right. How much money is this going to cost me?”

Randy: Yeah. Yeah.

Tom: But in this case, you guys are giving the ability to give money away.

Randy: That’s exactly what it is. It’s their thought of, as all these kids getting ready to go back to school, of helping these teachers.  We want to make sure that we do the best we can to take care of them.

VW Drive Bigger bottom half with donation card

Go to Ontario VW and Support Your Kid’s Education!

Tom: It’s a really good thing. Now, the program is going through the end of September.

Randy: Yes, I believe which is like Labor Day.

Tom: So anybody can come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card, and submit the donation. Now, I understand as well if they don’t have time to do it at the dealership, they could actually take the donation card home and do it as well. Right?

Randy: Correct.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event at Ontario VW – Great Cause AND Opportunity!

Tom: Again, Volkswagen of America, Ontario Volkswagen, and DonorsChoose. It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. Right?

So it’s a great opportunity to support our kids’ education ultimately. It’s the Drive Bigger Event. If you’ve seen the television commercials, it ties in obviously to the great television commercials that Volkswagen has recently put out where they show the waterfall, and it’s like, “Oh, that’s big.” But then they show somebody turning off the leaky faucet.

Randy: Leaky faucet because of that a bigger issue of how much wastefulness.

“It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. “

Tom: I love the one where they show a weight lifter lifting the heavyweight, and then they say, “That’s big.” Then somebody running up a flight of stairs, and helping a mom with a stroller come down the stairs and, “Oh, that’s bigger.” Like that sure is bigger for sure.

Randy: It’s a great campaign. We’re super excited about it, and we love doing things for our community.

Get Your Donation Card At Ontario Volkswagen And Drive Bigger!

Tom: It’s the Drive Bigger Event. Volkswagen of America, DonorsChoose, and Ontario Volkswagen. Come on into Ontario Volkswagen before the end of September to direct the funds as you would like to see them directed, which is just so cool.

VW Drive Bigger donation envelope back

Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger Event is easy, free and supports your family!

Randy: Yeah, and a couple of other ways they can share it is by going onto our social media, any of our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and they can share it right from there.

Tom: Well, we’ll repost it on iDriveSoCal as well. My friend Randy Halcomb. Thank you so much as always. Love you guys here at Ontario Volkswagen. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith.  Thank you so much for tuning in!

 

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You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. - But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some! You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept.<br /> <br /> But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!<br /> "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!"<br /> In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!<br /> <br /> Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom!<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.<br /> <br /> We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org<br /> <br /> This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here.<br /> <br /> Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.<br /> VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers<br /> Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools.<br /> <br /> I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous.<br /> <br /> At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE!<br /> <br /> The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!<br /> <br /> Randy: I think that number is probably low.<br /> <br /> Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.<br /> <br /> The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.<br /> DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger<br /> They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.<br /> <br /> Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.<br /> <br /> Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:<br /> <br /> Go to Ontario Volkswagen.<br /> Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.<br /> Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing.<br /> <br /> <br /> Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers projects.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 11:06
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal: Behind the Scenes on the Mid-Engine https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-corvette-reveal/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:18:20 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11969 2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm. So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette.  That's C8 in Chevy-speak. https://youtu.be/w4muNr2bNVY And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that's an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0) After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out. Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything! "They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It's a mid-engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It's an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody's really serious about it, they need to get on it." 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal - More than 50-years in the Making Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard. In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open? We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation? Lewis: Too long. Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner. 495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque This is, let's see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you're going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th. I don't know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did. Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California. The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he's going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you're not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com. The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal! And, we're going to share the pictures that Lewis at this event. "It's a Mid-Engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen." So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal. Click Here to Get on the Waitlist for the 2020 Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette! Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there's lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes. Overall, different kinds of car lines and brands and whatnot. And I was absolutely most impressed with this and if I wasn't a Chevy dealer, I would be most impressed with this. They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination and are... I can't even say good about it. I don't even know where to start. 2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that’s because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar’s ability to perform into an entirely new realm.

So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it’s the eighth-generation Corvette.  That’s C8 in Chevy-speak.

https://youtu.be/w4muNr2bNVY

And ever since the Corvette’s beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that’s an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0)

After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out.

Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything!

Red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driver profile car dealer reveal banner

“They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It’s a mid-engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It’s an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal – More than 50-years in the Making

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.

Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard.

Blue 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray dealer reveal

In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open?

We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation?

Lewis: Too long.

Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner.

This is, let’s see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you’re going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th.

I don’t know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did.

Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette

Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California.

The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he’s going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com.

Executive speaks on stage w. 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

And, we’re going to share the pictures that Lewis at this event.

“It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.”

So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal.

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Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there’s lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes.

Overall, different kinds of car lines and brands and whatnot. And I was absolutely most impressed with this and if I wasn’t a Chevy dealer, I would be most impressed with this.

They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination and are… I can’t even say good about it. I don’t even know where to start.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray bottom rear sectioned

Mid-Engine Corvette changes everything!

We got to meet the actual designer, the actual engineer, and they talked a lot about it. It’s a completely different car ground up. I believe they said one piece, maybe, came from the previous generation Corvette.

It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.

Tom: It is gorgeous.

Lewis: It is gorgeous.

What Was Revealed About the 2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine

Tom: It is. Okay, so one of the other things that I wanted to address is a little of, and this is common with any new vehicle rollout but obviously, with one with such heightened anticipation, there are a few discrepancies that were coming across.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray cargo area w. golf clubs

Even with mid-engine, they found a place for your golf clubs!

Now obviously on Chevy’s website and what you were told on Friday, what I saw on the live stream, 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque.

I’ve seen some reports that have said, oh, 490 horsepower. That’s wrong but I’m just using that as an example for a discrepancy.

Zero to 60 is how fast?

One of the other really key discrepancies is that on the live stream, the notes that I took and I believe we could look at the recording that they have of the live stream, it was 0 to 60, they said, in under three seconds. They didn’t specify but then you were saying something different on Friday.

Lewis: So I think what we’re missing there is… so 0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car. What I’m thinking is is that, because I didn’t see that part of the live stream, the 0 to 60 under three seconds might be Z06 type model or an upgraded model which I could see that happening.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Reveal – First Mid-Engine Available

Tom: Got it. And speaking of models, this is being named the Stingray. Now, that is… do we know yet? What the current Vette’s Stingray is the base, right?

Lewis: Correct.

Tom: So as we go into the mid-engine, here in 2020, they’re assumingly going to be coming out with the Stingray and then in subsequent years, we’re going to go upstream again with a more powerful performance like what we currently have in the whole 2019 lineup or it’s still unknown?

Lewis: Yeah, I wish I could answer that question specifically.

I know that I got in the car and there’s Stingray all over it. So the kick panel where you get in on the driver’s door says Stingray.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray center console and stack

Driver focused everything!

They have not released different types of models or there was literally four cars at the presentation I went to and all four cars were exactly the same besides the color as far as equipment and… and they’re pretty hush-hush about that right now. I wish I had some insight but.

Starting Price for the 2020 Chevy Mid-Engine Corvette

Tom: Yeah. Well in the live stream, they were cryptic at the end of it which everybody’s wondering, how much is it going to be? At the end of the live stream, they said, we’re not announcing the exact packages as of yet. But it’s going to start at under $60K.

Lewis: Right. Drop the mic!

“But it’s going to start at under $60K… Drop the mic!”

Tom: Because here’s the other thing. Good luck getting one for under $60K from a consumer perspective, from a buyer’s perspective just because, I’m assuming and you can correct me, there’s going to be so much demand on those vehicles that people are going to be at sticker or plus, right?

Lewis: Yeah and it’ll be hard for somebody to pay sticker for this car right in the beginning, you know? Which is a little bit unfortunate but-

Tom: But that’s a nature of anything like this. And this is a really big, amplified, magnified example of a lot of anticipation for a car.

Stingray from the 1970's on.hand for 2020 Stingray reveal

Notice the classic Stingray looking on?

Lewis: Yeah. There’s a lot of anticipation for it. And you’re right but you know, I just have a different thought process on that whole thing.

I wish we could just sell every car for MSRP and be done with it but instead of discounting others and marking the others up $10, $15, $20-grand, there’ll be dealers out there that’ll have this for $20,000 over MSRP.

Supply and Demand for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Hopefully, from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply and when there’s enough supply, then that kind of goes away, that big markup.

Let me tell you what. If there’s a car that’s going to demand a markup and for any kind of longevity that this is the car. So it wouldn’t surprise me that it goes on for a long time.

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray driver profile

Sexiest car I’ve ever seen.” – Lewis Cook

Again, it’s just going to be a production issue. General Motors also did say that they were adding a second shift for production which is huge because a second shift costs them a substantial amount of money.

“…from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply…”

Tom: A lot of money. A big investment.

Lewis: And it is a big investment. So they’re committed. I’ve never seen as much commitment to a project or a car like this as they put into it. They’ve done well.

The Long Road to Chevy’s 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Reveal

Tom: So the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette is, and I’m going to rattle off some stats, the 2020 mid-engine Vette is the 8th Generation of Corvette.

So C8 in Corvette terms. And that’s after more than 1.7 million Vettes have been produced.

CERV I

CERV I

And one of the original designers of the Vette, I’m not going to try and even pronounce the full name, but Zora.

He had wanted to do mid-engine all along and there have been some prototypes that had been on the track and whatnot and you got some really cool pictures of those.

Lewis: Yeah so I sent you that to some and you’ll have it up on the site, I’m sure.

CERV III

CERV III

Tom: Yup.

Lewis: The first concept, Mid-Engine Vette. It looks strikingly similar.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Design Reveal

Tom: And a little bit about the design of 2020. I mean, it is a gorgeous car. Everybody’s just been jaw dropped as far as when I’ve talked to them in the last 24, 48 hours. Not a bit of criticism that I’ve been able to pick up on.

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Lewis: Well, when you talk Chevy, you don’t think exotic and I think that’s the best way to describe this car.

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Chevrolet Supercar

Tom: Supercar.

Lewis: It’s an exotic supercar. I mean, that’s just it. As I said, you don’t expect that from Chevy so much.

I mean, you look at the Camaro, you look at Corvette, and now you look at. They all have some pretty aggressive lines but they’re kind of… it’s got that kind of American made look to it which is good.

That’s part of their deal. But this is, they were talking about out of the box. This is definitely out of the box for them.

Tom: You touched on, well, a lot of things just there.

Noticeable Rearend Design – 2020 Chevy Corvette Reveal & Camaro

You have American made and you have mid-engine and you mentioned Camaro. Well, first off, before I dive into that, the look of the Vette. A couple of comments from me.

I love the front end. It definitely looks like a Vette. It definitely looks like an exotic supercar, though, too. It’s that perfect blend.

Red 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray passenger rear car dealer reveal

Do you see Camaro in this rearend?

The rear has a little bit of a Camaro look to it. I noticed some other and I’ve heard that from other people too which I think is really cool because it’s like, okay, it’s a supercar but it’s still a Chevy but it’s still a Corvette.

It just looks like they’ve done everything very, very well. Any comments on that before I go with-

Mistaking the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette for a Ferrari

Lewis: Well, I just think it’s funny because when I was trying to give you the pictures earlier today. Microsoft has this feature where you can put a picture on your phone and it’ll give you all the relevant information.

Lewis: It’ll look and try to guess what the picture is of and it thought it was a Ferrari.

Blue 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray dealer reveal

Unmistakably Corvette

Tom: That makes sense.

Lewis: Because there are no real pictures out there, you know?

Tom: Right. There’s no point of reference.

Lewis: There’s no picture to exact … an exact copy or point of reference to pull up, right? So this may be a Ferrari. And the cars that it may have been were all high end, $150,000 super exotic cars.

Tom: And watching the live stream, I guess there was… and ladies and gentlemen if you hear planes going by in the background-

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Lewis: It was a Corvette.

Tom: Corvettes going by, we are podcasting at Martin Chevrolet on a beautiful Saturday with doors open so people are enjoying the South Bay here. So the Camaro. We talked about this recently. The Camaro’s going to be going away, supposedly, 2023?

Lewis: 2023 is the-

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Tom: Now here’s where I went off on a tangent after you mentioned something earlier.

We have the… because there’s something about American Muscle.  And there’s something about the Corvette that I think, as awesome as the mid-engine looks and I can’t wait to drive it…

There’s just something special about the front-engine Corvette where you got a long nose. And I’m wondering, and I don’t think I’m alone here.  I think a lot of people can probably finish this thought.

Red 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray passenger front sectioned

New from the ground up

The Camaro’s never going to… it’s not going away forever, right? There’s too much in the Camaro and the name, my guess. I love to pull out the crystal ball with the iDriveSoCal podcast and try to figure out what the future has in store for everything.

But so, it’s conceivable that the Corvette becomes the mid-engine supercar like the Corvette has always been attainable to the average man.

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But then the Camaro comes back after going away a little bit in an upgraded form to kind of where the Vette is now.

Because I mean, hey, one of the things they said in the stream is with the ZR1 Vette, right? The tippity top Vette that you guys just got one in stock. Hard to come by, 2019 ZR1.

Red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray bottom rear sectioned

The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

That took front-engine rear-wheel-drive about as far as they could go from a technological engineering perspective. And in fact, that vehicle, 755 horsepower, 715 pound-feet of torque, a top speed of 212 miles an hour and 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. So that’s the ZR1.

So let’s think about this. The mid-engine is finally coming out but the top of the line front-engine can outperform the new one, right? Now granted, the new one, we haven’t gotten the top trim packages yet but comments on that possibility. Of the Camaro coming upstream as the Corvette goes upstream as well?

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Revealed Remains Topped by ZR1

Lewis: Okay Nostradamus of the automobile business!  Sorry, I don’t know. I can predict as you can predict.

Chevy’s real hush-hush on that and I haven’t heard from Chevy specifically that the Camaro is going away. That’s not their words, right? That’s people putting two and two together for the most part.

Red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray front sectioned

Hand-crafted in the USA

But to touch on the ZR1, the ZR1, just to put this into perspective, the ZR1’s $150,000 Vette that does 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. And this new Vette, this is just kind of… it makes everything click for me. This new Vette does 0 to 60 in 3.2. In my world, I’ll give up .4 for $100-grand. I mean if that’s what it’s coming down to.

So that’s how serious this car is going to be. A production car. A ton of them being made, supposedly, hopefully. And that’s how it performs.

However, the ZR1 is a beast in itself and it’s a very, very limited production car. I think that, in my opinion, I think this was just our holdover until the mid-engine came out and they did a really good job with it. Every dealership gets one or two. It’s more of a… what’s the word I’m looking for?

Tom: Kind of a halo?

Lewis: Yeah. Halo or it’s one of those one-offs, you know?

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These enthusiasts that have a ton of money and can spend money on those kinds of cars, they’re getting them because of the nostalgia or because of… first of all, mid-engine is coming out and it’s going away. That’s the best of the best of the best.

But as far as the Camaro goes, I would love, I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t? Redesign the Camaro into a supercar like the new Vette. They need to do something.

I mean the reality of it is is that Mustang outperforms it and they realize that. So, I don’t necessarily agree with stopping the model line for one to two years and revamping it. I think that you should just keep going. Maybe that’s what they’re going to do. I don’t know. We can listen back to this podcast in 2024 and doesn’t that sound weird? 2024.

Tom: It does. It sounds really weird.

Lewis: Anyway, I won’t even touch on that. And then we’ll see if Nostradamus’s predictions come true.

When the Revealed 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Will Be At Dealerships?

Tom: Anything else that you want to share with us from behind the scenes perspective as far as what the dealer’s experience on Friday?

Lewis:  They’re talking about an extra shift. They’re talking about mass production. They won’t give us a lot of timeframes.

White Classic Corvette at 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray mid.engine reveal

Mid-engine – a long time coming!

If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.

“If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.”

I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it, right? And figure out what we’re doing or if they want a car, they need to start the process.

Most of the information that’s lacking information, right? It’s keeping everybody guessing too. I’m sure that’s, maybe, on purpose.

Tom: Yeah. Well, even if it’s not on purpose, it’s easy to spin it if you’re a Chevy, right? From a PR perspective. Oh no, no, yeah. We’re just doing that to increase anticipation. Like, wow, guys, we really got to make some decisions here.

No Stick But Cool Front End Lift in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: But you know, some of the cool things that they were talking about at the meeting yesterday, there’s not going to be a stick. There’s not going to be a manual transmission.

And they were talking about how that would, they’d have to pretty much redesign the car. Put a hole in the chassis and they can’t.

And they didn’t want to compromise any of the integrity so they’re not doing that. They talked a lot about the design and how everything on a car is super functional. They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches, right?

“There’s not going to be a manual transmission. [But] They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches…”

Tom: During the live stream, I don’t know if you saw that, but that got a huge round of applause. I guess the live stream had primarily Vette owners in the audience.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: Yeah and media and all kinds of stuff and yeah, yeah. But not only that but it will remember where you do this at as you drive and will do it automatically, right?

Tom: So you’re coming up to a speed bump, you’re coming up to your driveway that has a big difference between the road and the driveway.

Lewis: Don’t push the button. It’s happening already, right? It’s mind-blowing to me.

Tom: That is crazy.

Lewis: So like I said, they’ve totally outdone themselves and I can’t wait.

2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine Stats Reveal

Tom: And then one other… well, few other stats. So it’s going to have small black V8s, 6.2-liter. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed transmission as you said.

Lewis: Dual-clutch.

Tom: Dual-clutch. And it’s going to shift faster and better than any human possibly could anyway.

Lewis: Correct.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

Tom: Although, I think myself included, there’s going to be other purists that are like, I still would like to be able to step on a clutch.

Lewis: Well, the issue with a clutch in this, is it’s the mid-engine.

So for a clutch to be so close to the front of the car, if the engine’s in the front of the car and the clutch is there, it’s closer, right? So there’s not a lot of play, I guess, but to get the clutch to the mid-engine of this car, it would’ve been afoot.

And you’re right, based on that, it does shift faster itself than you’re ever going to be able to shift it. And I really think everybody’s going to that. Manual transmissions will be phased out. This might a Nostradamus saying.

Tom: Right?

Lewis: In the next probably five to ten years.

How to Reserve a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Tom: Well, it’s all coming. I mean, hey, fully autonomous vehicles are coming too but there’s still going to those of us that just enjoy driving like to drive, you know?

But then also, the one other note that I took during the stream was the first six gears are going to be rather right whereas seven and eight will be longer for highway driving and better fuel economy.

We’ll see what the 0 to 60 winds up being and all the other details but let’s go through, again, the specifics of I want one, what do I do as a consumer? Obviously, I’d Martin Chevrolet.

Lewis: Obviously.

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Tom: But what are the steps? I know they have some special and we touched on this but let’s go through top to bottom just before we wrap everything up on what consumers do.

Lewis: It’s a little tough right now from a dealer perspective because if any dealer tells you they know when the cars are coming, they’re lying because it’s definitely not true.

Tom: It’s a moving target.

Now Is The Time To Express Interest

Lewis: It’s a moving target. GM’s not committing to it for obvious reasons, right? They don’t want to underperform. They want to under-promise.

I think the best thing to do right now like so what we’re doing here at the store is… I mean, I already have five or six customers just from yesterday that are very interested.

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So we’ve gathered all their information and then we’ve committed to keeping them updated with any news or any relevant information that we get. They get it at the same time.

And then they’ll have the first choice when these cars come in. If the production isn’t what GM said, my suggestion is to get on it now and to put your hand up in the air, right?

And let everybody know that you want one so that you’re one of the first thought of that when these do hit the floor because when they hit the ground, hitting the ground running is going to be an understatement.

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Tom: So that was another thing. They mentioned, I think, 12 different exterior colors and I remember, you could even specify your seatbelt color, I think they said. And there are a few different seats.

Lewis: Yeah. Three.

Tom: But so, when are customers going to be able to sit down with you and say hey, Lewis, I want to configure mine and I want this exterior, this interior, these seats, these seat belts, etc.

Lewis: That’s a great question. Not yet.

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Tom: Not yet.  So the firsts that are going to be available are going to be what the manufacturer provides to you-

Lewis: No, we’ll be able to order them so that’s when the timeline gets really close is when I can actually go into the site and actually order the cars, specify trims, specify all of that.

We can’t do that yet. So that tells me they are probably two or three months away from even being able to start that process.

And then once that process happens, it’s a good 90, 120 days out before the car gets here. They build it to an extent and then we order it how we want to order it or how the customer wants it. So yeah.

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Tom: All right.

Lewis: The whole paging thing just threw me off.

Tom: See, it’s hard. Isn’t it. You’re always trying to throw me off purposely.

Lewis: Yeah, right. Well, I was going to start with Baby Shark. I thought that might be … yeah.

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook talking 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Baby Shark and Mid-Engine Corvette…

Tom: Lewis and I were singing Baby Shark a little bit before the podcast started. My son is 21, 22 months old now. And yeah, all that, Sesame Street, very relevant in my world right now.

Lewis: We’re sound checking. We weren’t singing it because can we please elaborate on that a little bit? We were sound checking the mic.

Tom: Oh, we were just singing. Come on.

Lewis: And Tom might have been doing the hand motions. And I was going to start with Baby Shark. After that intro, I couldn’t do it to you though.

Tom: All right. Very good. Mr. Lewis Cook, Martin Chevrolet, love you guys. Thank you for your partnership with iDriveSoCal.

Lewis: So fun.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal Recap

Tom: So fun. 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette C8, eighth generation. Man, this is going to be sweet. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. 0 to 60 in either under 3 or 3.2 or somewhere around there. And it’s just going to be bad to the bone.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

So contact Lewis, Martin Chevrolet. E-mail me, Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com, I will put you directly in contact with the crew and here at Martin Chevrolet. And I’m getting some strange looks from Mr. Cook right now.

Lewis: It’s…

Tom: Are we good?

Lewis: Yeah, we’re good.

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Mid-Engine Corvette @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom: Are you sure? You don’t want to cover anything else?

Lewis: I was just singing Mama Shark but you blew it.

Tom: All right. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll talk to you very soon.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely n... 2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm.<br /> <br /> So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette.  That's C8 in Chevy-speak.<br /> <br /> https://youtu.be/w4muNr2bNVY<br /> <br /> And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that's an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0)<br /> <br /> After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out.<br /> <br /> Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> "They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It's a mid-engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It's an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody's really serious about it, they need to get on it."<br /> 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal - More than 50-years in the Making<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard.<br /> <br /> In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open?<br /> <br /> We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation?<br /> <br /> Lewis: Too long.<br /> <br /> Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner.<br /> <br /> 495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque<br /> <br /> This is, let's see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you're going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th.<br /> <br /> I don't know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did.<br /> Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette<br /> Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California.<br /> <br /> The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he's going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you're not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com.<br /> <br /> The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!<br /> <br /> And, we're going to share the pictures that Lewis at this event.<br /> "It's a Mid-Engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen."<br /> So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal.<br /> <br /> <br /> Click Here to Get on the Waitlist for the 2020 Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette!<br /> <br /> Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there's lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes.<br /> <br /> Overall, Tom Smith clean 26:25
2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Review, Prices, Trims, Features & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-insight-review/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:20:28 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=3100 The 2019 Honda Insight Hyrbridlooks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'. When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight Because the Insight Hybrid looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it's really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid. Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper. Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight. I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle. That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing - like hybrids have and some still do look like. 2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight So, when the new Honda Insight Hybrid first came out there were a lot of billboards promoting it.  And they proclaimed something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on. "The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride." The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the 4-door Hybrid was given elements of both vehicles. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight 2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs Honda keeps it simple with the Insight Hybrid this year offering three trim levels: The base model - LX starting at $22,830. The mid-level - EX starting at $24,060. And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090. As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go! 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid driver profile. Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey! CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common: 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque. So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque. They also share the same transmission which offers three modes: Economy Sport EV – electric vehicle. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight Honda Insight Hybrid Fuel Economy Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined. The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined. The Touring gets 51 City, 45 Highway and 48 combined. My near-certain assumption is that the extra features that come on the Touring add weight that decreases the fuel efficiency just a bit. Nevertheless, awesome fuel economy across the board. CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight So let’s dive into this review – shall we? The 2019 Honda Insight Hyrbridlooks nothing like what we’ve come to accept as that ‘hybrid look’.

When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes.

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

Because the Insight Hybrid looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it’s really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid.

Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper.

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Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid

Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight.

I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle.

That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing – like hybrids have and some still do look like.

2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.

2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

So, when the new Honda Insight Hybrid first came out there were a lot of billboards promoting it.  And they proclaimed something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on.

“The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.”

The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the 4-door Hybrid was given elements of both vehicles.

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs

Honda keeps it simple with the Insight Hybrid this year offering three trim levels:

  • The base model – LX starting at $22,830.
  • The mid-level – EX starting at $24,060.
  • And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090.

As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price.

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go!

Driver profile.

2019 Honda Insight Hybrid driver profile.

Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey!

CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight

Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common:

  • 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque.
  • So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque.
  • They also share the same transmission which offers three modes:
    1. Economy
    2. Sport
    3. EV – electric vehicle.

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Honda Insight Hybrid Fuel Economy

Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined.

  • The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined.
  • The Touring gets 51 City, 45 Highway and 48 combined.

My near-certain assumption is that the extra features that come on the Touring add weight that decreases the fuel efficiency just a bit. Nevertheless, awesome fuel economy across the board.

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So let’s dive into this review – shall we?

The 2019 Honda Insight Exterior

My friends at Rock Honda set me up test driving the top-of-the-line Touring trim – so I had all the whistles and bells.

“It offers the refined look of the new Accord with sleek sweeping clean lines with a bold grill.”

First, let’s talk exterior.  You probably picked up on this earlier – I love the exterior styling of this Honda hybrid.  It offers the refined look of the new Accord with sleek sweeping clean lines with a bold grill.

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It’s notable that all trim levels include LED lighting – headlights and brake lights.  Now, this not only makes the car look great but let’s face it – that lighting makes the vehicle easier to notice by other drivers and thus easier to avoid potential accidents.

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That’s just my safety thoughts – I’m sure there are studies on something along those lines someplace but I’m going with common sense here.

2019 Honda Insight passenger rear.

2019 Honda Insight passenger rear.

“It’s hard to tell that it’s not mid-sized and even harder to tell that it’s a hybrid at all.”

So again, going around the outside of the Insight, it really does look like a sophisticated yet sporty sedan and you might have to look twice to see if it’s a luxury brand or not.

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It’s hard to tell that it’s not mid-sized and even harder to tell that it’s a hybrid at all.

Inside the Good Looking Honda Hybrid

Going inside the 2019 Honda Insight it’s pretty much all Accord styling that, for the Touring trim level I drove, felt very close to a luxury manufacturer rather than a Honda.

“There’s no actual gear shifter sticking out of the center console.  That adds to the high-tech feel inside.”

One of the first things you notice inside is the push-button gear shifting and driving modes – there’s no actual gear shifter sticking out of the center console.  That adds to the high-tech feel inside.

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Another tech feature that’s cool is what looks like paddle shifters at first glance but they’re actually paddles on the back-side of the steering wheel that allows you to adjust the regenerative braking that recharges your battery.

2019 Honda Insight w. red non.eco effect.

2019 Honda Insight w. red non-eco effect.

And adding to that nod to luxury inside are softer leather surfaces with handsome double-stitching.  Very nice touches for a Honda hybrid that doesn’t look like a hybrid at all.

The Insight seats 5 adults.  There’s legroom in the back – you’re not crammed in.  The back seat folds down to give you more cargo space from the trunk which is a great versatility feature of this Honda Hyrbrid.

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Again, you forget it’s a hybrid because the hybrid battery doesn’t take away from the vehicle’s interior spaciousness.

The Bells and Whistles

I have to touch on the Insights tech because it’s significant across the board.  The LX, EX, and Touring all come with Honda Sensing standard.  That includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

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Now, one safety tech feature you only get on the EX and Touring is Honda Lane Watch.

Inside the cockpit.

2019 Honda Insight cockpit.

Also, only on the EX and Touring in the tech category is Honda Link which delivers some of my favorite features including Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  These are the tech features that allow you to integrate your phone into the vehicle’s dash.  So if you want to display Waze navigation from your phone onto your dash or listen to your audiobooks through your app – viola.

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Only the Touring trim level is going to give you dual climate control and some other interior creature comforts.

“One other notable interior feature that does come with all trim levels is the handy and versatile center console armrest.”

But, one other notable interior feature that does come with all trim levels is the handy and versatile center console armrest.  Great for tucking away the random items you don’t want to leave out in the open for curious potential thieves.

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So that leaves the drive itself.

Insight’s Hybrid Driving Modes

“The vehicle has plenty of torque so acceleration is quick and seamless.”

As I mentioned the vehicle has plenty of torque so acceleration is quick and seamless.  And there’s plenty of power to feel comfortable merging onto the highway and passing slower traffic.

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Plus the optional driving modes transition the gearing of the vehicle instantaneously so if you want even more oomph at certain times you have that option too.  And one other thing I liked when switching driving modes was the background light in the dash changed from green to red to remind you when you’re in the sport mode.

2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Top-3

And now, we’ve come to my top three things I like about the 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid from our friends at Rock Honda.

  1. Hands-down the styling – the car is clean looking, four-door, sporty sophistication.
  2. The interior – both space and styling. It punches above its class here.
  3. The fact that it’s a hybrid that doesn’t scream “look at me – I’m taking better care of the planet than you are because I’m driving a hybrid!”

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Passenger front

2019 Honda Insight passenger front.

“The 2019 Honda Insight is simply a great looking 4-door sedan that happens to be a hybrid and deliver killer gas mileage.”

The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid is simply a great looking 4-door sedan that happens to be a hybrid and deliver killer gas mileage.

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My thanks again to our friends at Rock Honda.  If you want me to connect you to them personally I’m always happy to do so.  Email me and we’ll make the warm introduction my email address is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

 

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The 2019 Honda Insight Hyrbridlooks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'. - When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes. The 2019 Honda Insight Hyrbridlooks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'.<br /> <br /> When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> Because the Insight Hybrid looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it's really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid.<br /> <br /> Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid<br /> Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight.<br /> <br /> I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle.<br /> <br /> That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing - like hybrids have and some still do look like.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> So, when the new Honda Insight Hybrid first came out there were a lot of billboards promoting it.  And they proclaimed something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on.<br /> "The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride."<br /> The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the 4-door Hybrid was given elements of both vehicles.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs<br /> Honda keeps it simple with the Insight Hybrid this year offering three trim levels:<br /> <br /> The base model - LX starting at $22,830.<br /> The mid-level - EX starting at $24,060.<br /> And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090.<br /> <br /> As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price.<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go!<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid driver profile.<br /> <br /> Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey!<br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common:<br /> <br /> 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque.<br /> So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque.<br /> They also share the same transmission which offers three modes:<br /> <br /> Economy<br /> Sport<br /> EV – electric vehicle.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On Honda Insight<br /> <br /> Honda Insight Hybrid Fuel Economy<br /> Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined.<br /> <br /> The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined.<br /> Tom Smith clean 14:48
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-beetle-convertible-review/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:35:57 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11662 With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon. Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in German. ;0) BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug's end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life! Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right! BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon. And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.) BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Trim Configurations & MSRPS The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing: 2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs: S $25,995 SE $28,395 Final Editions: SE $27,295 SEL $29,995 As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE However, there are two reasons you shouldn't get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs. You know what car this is just by the steering wheel! First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle. Ontario VW - Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They're completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com mobile: 909-772-1728 And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you! '19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well. Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible. Center console w/ Tiptronic Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you'll be getting great gas mileage. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway. Turbocharged Beetle! BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being... well, let's get real.  It's a Beetle Convertible! BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE Impressively quiet with the top-up! And I'd make a pretty big bet that it's the most recognized car in the world.  Meaning around the entire planet, more people know what kind of car the VW Beetle is just by looking at it.  More than any other car in the world. BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE And that factors in both people who know cars and people who really don't. With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon.

Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr – the last one means ‘no more’ in German. ;0)

BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE

As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug’s end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life!

Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right!

BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE

You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon.

And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.)

Red 2019 VW Beetle convertible w. top down driver profile banner

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Trim Configurations & MSRPS

The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:

2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs:

As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews.

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However, there are two reasons you shouldn’t get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs.

Red 2019 VW Beetle steering wheel

You know what car this is just by the steering wheel!

First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking.

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Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle.

Red 2019 VW Beetle badge and license plate

Ontario VW – Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer

More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They’re completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying.

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Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:

  • RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com
  • mobile: 909-772-1728

And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!

’19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG

All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle wheel

Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle

Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode.

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And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible.

Red 2019 VW Beetle center console

Center console w/ Tiptronic

Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you’ll be getting great gas mileage.

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For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Turbo badge

Turbocharged Beetle!

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The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being… well, let’s get real.  It’s a Beetle Convertible!

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Red2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top up driver profile

Impressively quiet with the top-up!

And I’d make a pretty big bet that it’s the most recognized car in the world.  Meaning around the entire planet, more people know what kind of car the VW Beetle is just by looking at it.  More than any other car in the world.

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And that factors in both people who know cars and people who really don’t.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top up passenger front

And good looking with the top-up.

Of course, this last generation of the Beetle has gotten bigger overall.  For example, it’s longer and it’s wider.  But it’s still 100% a Volkswagen BeetleConvertible!

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With unmistakeable swooping fenders.  Plus a front end that seems to always be in a great mood.

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down driver front

Hi, I’m Beetle. And I’m happy!

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And a rear-end that has an air of ‘yes-yes we’re going’ but ‘life’s too short so let’s have fun getting there.’

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down rear

Do-do-do… going somewhere fun.

The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible does have daytime LED running lights.

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But if you look at Beetles of the past, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible looks pretty darn similar.

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible w. top down passenger profile

I’m sexy and I know it!

Finally, on the exterior of the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible, it looks good!  In fact, it looks especially good – if not best with the top down.  Wouldn’t you agree?

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Inside the ’19 Beetle Convertible

For a convertible, the 2019 Beetle is very quiet.  And that’s a great relief for anyone who wants the option for both top-down fun in the sun and top-up tranquility.

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I really love the dashboard infused with vintage styling and accents.  For instance, the exposed red-painted metal areas of the dash are cool and give it that old-school feel.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible driver dash

Old meets new – and it’s super-cool!

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Plus Volkswagen tinkered with the instrument cluster and gauges in such a way that gives the Beetle Convertible a retro yet contemporary look.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle instrument cluster

New technology with a throwback feel.

And you have some fancy accents like available diamond-stitched leather seats.  Also, Volkswagen’s cool interior ambient lighting.

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Two adults are very comfortable in the front.  And then you have that backseat.  Suffice it to say that it’s a VW Beetle backseat.  It’s… useful. :0)

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top down passenger rear

Ready to cruise Cali!

However, that’s the coolest place to sit when riding with the top down!

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible trunk

7.1 cubic-feet of cargo space

Finally, regarding the inside, the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible gives you 7.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.  Which is actually impressive when you consider the fact that it’s a Beetle and a convertible.

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Technology in the Beetle Convertible

The technology in the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible is a far cry from its predecessor in the ’60s.

Red 2019 VW Beetle Convertible w. top down driver front

It almost looks fast in red!

For example, the super-smooth operating one-touch button that takes the windows and the top down, and back up!  I mean the functionality was impressive.

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Just one touch and the windows roll down.  And the top unlocks from the windshield and automatically folds back.  Brilliant!

Red 2019 Volkswagen Beetle center stack

Lots of available tech

Furthermore, VW also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  Plus you can opt for the awesome upgrade of a Fender premium sound system.

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Driver Assistance Safety Tech

And the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible even includes driver assistance safety tech penetrating more and more cars these days.

For example:

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Top-3

  1. Value: This tops my list because of what the car is right now and what it will be in the not-so-distant future.  And that’s a representation of something very unique and special recognized by generations around the world.  Plus, don’t forget.  This is it for the Beetle.  They’re not making any more! :0(
  2. Fun for all: This bigger version of the Beetle, minus the flower vase its predecessor had, makes it ok (even cool) for guys to drive.  And it is fun to drive, even with the top-up.  However, especially with the top-down!
  3. Warranty: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is covered by VW’s People First Warranty.  And that’s industry-leading coverage. Because you’re getting 6-years or 72,000 miles bumper to bumper.  And it’s transferable.  This is tough to compare.

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Don’t forget to reach out to my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen.  He’s always happy to hear from iDriveSoCal readers/listeners.

Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:

  • RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com
  • mobile: 909-772-1728

And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!

Ontario Volkswagen is in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California and at OntarioVW.com.

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With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon. - Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in G... With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon.<br /> <br /> Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line.  That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in German. ;0)<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug's end came in July of 2019.  But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life!<br /> <br /> Because I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for a day-long evaluation.  As a result, I can say with certainty that VW did this Bug right!<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> You can continue reading my 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review or click play below to listen to the podcast.  Either way, check out the many pictures of this retiring icon.<br /> <br /> And consider if the Beetle ought to be in your future.  Either as a daily driver or to hold onto as an investment.  (Not a bad idea if you can afford it.  Because these last Bugs will increase in value for certain.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Trim Configurations & MSRPS<br /> The 2019 VW Beetle Convertible comes in 4-different trim configurations.  Each is listed below with its starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 VW Beetle Convertible Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> S $25,995<br /> SE $28,395<br /> Final Editions:<br /> <br /> SE $27,295<br /> SEL $29,995<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As a point of reference, MSRPs are provided in our reviews.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> However, there are two reasons you shouldn't get overly concerned about the 2019 VW Beetle Convertible MSRPs.<br /> <br /> You know what car this is just by the steering wheel!<br /> <br /> First, you need to get your Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configured to your liking.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> Meaning, whatever features you add or subtract will impact the final price of your Beetle.<br /> <br /> Ontario VW - Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer<br /> <br /> More importantly, you should simply go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because the team at Ontario VW gives you more than just the best deal on the Volkswagen you want.  They're completely transparent.  So, no games or nonsense that always comes with car buying.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> Contact my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario VW:<br /> <br /> <br /> RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com<br /> mobile: 909-772-1728<br /> <br /> And, tell Randy Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you!<br /> '19 VW Beetle Convertible Engine, Transmission & MPG<br /> All 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim configurations come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> And having driven it I can state for certain that delivers surprising power and performs very well.<br /> <br /> Optional VW wheels can really dance-up your Beetle<br /> <br /> Additionally, each of the trims come with a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic that also offers a fun to drive Sport mode.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> And this too adds a surprising performance element to the Beetle Convertible.<br /> <br /> Center console w/ Tiptronic<br /> <br /> Moreover, no matter which 2019 VW Beetle configuration you choose, you'll be getting great gas mileage.<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> For example, all 2019 Beetle Convertibles are rated for 26-MPG in the city and 33-MPG on the highway.<br /> <br /> Turbocharged Beetle!<br /> BEST Volkswagen PRICES HERE<br /> <br /> The Exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible<br /> As a result of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible being... well, Tom Smith clean 17:25
Long Beach Grand Prix – How To Get Behind The Scenes! https://www.idrivesocal.com/long-beach-grand-prix/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:48 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1224 The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America. And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it's NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types. As always, iDriveSoCal's Clinton "Professor" Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share. So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below! Clinton "The Professor" Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour. An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix  Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. Professor:  Hi, Tom! Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura. Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now. Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny. Professor:  [Laughs] Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor. Professor:  Yes. Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles.  Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun. Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or… Professor:  Yeah.  "And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX." Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX. Professor:  Yes! Behind the Scenes Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right?  Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday. Tom:  You were at Practice Day. Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th. Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no? Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday. Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor. "I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles."  Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles.  Line-up of NSXs. Tom:  There were four of them. Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a—  Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out? Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes. Tom:  Okay. Professor:  While everyone else was walking around. [Laughs] Tom:  Getting finger food? Professor:  Yes. [Laughs] Or talking to some of the other drivers. Tom:  So, were you like literally the first one out on the track? [Laughs] Professor:  I was literally the first one out on the track.  Riding with Oriol  Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap! The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it’s the longest running major street race in North America.

And with 2019’s event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it’s NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types.

As always, iDriveSoCal’s Clinton “Professor” Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share.

So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below!

Professor Quan strikes a pose at Long Beach Grand Prix banner

Clinton “The Professor” Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.

An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix 

Acura Motorsports on display.

Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Professor:  Hi, Tom!

Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura.

Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now.

Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny.

Professor:  [Laughs]

Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. 

Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun.

Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or…

Professor:  Yeah. 

“And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.”

Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.

Professor:  Yes!

Behind the Scenes

Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right? 

Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday.

Tom:  You were at Practice Day.

Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th.

Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no?

Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday.

Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor.

“I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles.” 

Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles. 

Line-up of NSXs.

Line-up of NSXs.

Tom:  There were four of them.

Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a— 

Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out?

Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes.

Tom:  Okay.

Professor:  While everyone else was walking around. [Laughs]

Tom:  Getting finger food?

Professor:  Yes. [Laughs] Or talking to some of the other drivers.

Tom:  So, were you like literally the first one out on the track? [Laughs]

Professor:  I was literally the first one out on the track. 

Riding with Oriol 

Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap

Thumbs up for Long Beach Grand Prix hot lap!

Professor:  And I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver.

Tom:  And what was his name?

Professor:  Oriol Servia.

Tom:  Oriol? 

Professor:  Servia, S-E-R-V-I-A.

Tom:  And you got to check out these pictures on the post on iDriveSoCal.com. Because not only does it have the Acura NSX’s all lined up and detailed up looking great, but then you have the Professor and Oriol in the NSX in a few different poses getting ready to roll. And I’m sorry, I don’t know racecar drivers, but he didn’t look like a racecar driver to me. He looked like a guy who just got lucky and like—who is giving this guy the keys to that thing? Let me go!

Oriol and The Professor break 120 MPH.

Oriol Servia and The Professor break 120 MPH at The Long Beach Grand Prix.

Professor:  Well, he’s been a racecar driver for quite a few years.

Tom:  Yeah, he’s probably an awesome driver and I just don’t know my racecar drivers.

Professor:  Yeah. This year, he’s only racing in the Indianapolis 500, the big one.

Tom:  Gotcha. I mean, I don’t know what a racecar driver is supposed to look like.

But, I don’t know, he looked like a regular guy to me. He just looked like—hey, I can do that! Give me the keys to that car! I want to drive it!

Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need… Roads

Tom: And you said 0 to 60 in what time? 

“The NSX hit 60 miles an hour in 2.7 seconds.”

Professor:  The NSX hit 60 miles an hour in 2.7 seconds.

Tom:  2.7?

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  That’s quick. 

Professor:  Yeah, it’s quick. It’s a hybrid.

Inside the NSX cockpit

Inside the NSX cockpit.

Tom:  It is 

Professor:  It is a hybrid.

Tom:  Wow! 

Professor:  A 3.5 liter V6 Twin Turbo that produces 573 horsepower combined output. 476 pound-feet of torque and it has a top speed of over 190 miles an hour.

Tom:  And what did you guys hit?

“On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.”

Professor:  On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour. Pretty impressive on a street course. 

Tom:  On a street course.

Professor:  On a street course.

Tom:  With Long Beach City buildings flying by you, like…

Professor:  I mean, there’s a lot of turns. This is not like some oval, 2-mile racetrack.

Tom:  Yeah, yeah.

Professor:  That’s fast.

Tom:  Okay. So, you get there, you’re first in line. You get your ride.

Professor:  Yes.

Tom:  One lap? Two laps?

Professor:  It comes out to about two laps. Because you start off in the pit, right? And the pit is right where the front straightaway is. So, if you’re only going around once, you’re not going to go full speed on the front straightaway.

Tom:  Gotcha.

Professor:  So, you really have to go around twice to get to the top—to hit maximum speed on the front straightaway.

Tom:  Gotcha.

Tom:  But as far as action time, driving aggressively, it’s one lap. 

Professor:  One full lap, yes correct.

Two Thumbs Up for The New NSX at the Long Beach Grand PRIX

Tom:  And that was in the NSX. I’m assuming you give that two big thumbs up, right?

“Two huge thumbs up. I’m a huge fan of the new NSX.”

Professor:  Oh, two huge thumbs up. I’m a huge fan of the new NSX.

Tom:  Have you driven that car?

Professor:  I have not driven the new NSX. I would love to.

Tom:  And did they have ‘19s there or ‘18s?

Professor:  I believe those are ‘19s, yeah. I believe that’s a new color, too, for 2019.

Tom:  It’s not a quiet color. [Laughs]

Professor:  Yeah, it’s not. Well, this is for the—

Tom:  It’s not a quiet car.

Professor:  For a race, you don’t want a quiet color.

Tom:  Yeah.

Professor:  You want something that stands out.

Tom:  True, true.

Professor:  Yeah, gorgeous, gorgeous car.

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Acura NSX.

Tom:  So, then I saw another picture of a racecar. Was it the A8 or the R8?

Professor:  The Audi R8.

Tom:  You got a ride in that.

Professor:  I got a ride in that and for that one, I actually had to put on a racing suit because that one is actually a racecar. The NSX was just—

Tom:  A street car that was on the track.

Professor:  Yes, a street—yeah, it wasn’t modified in any way.

Tom:  But, yeah, I mean, it’s an NSX, so, I mean.

Get Your Checkbook Out

Tom:  What is the sticker on the NSX, anyway?

Professor:  The sticker on the NSX is about $160,000. 

Tom:  And are they selling for more than that?

Professor:  It starts at just a tick under 160, like $159,300, something like that. Oh, yes, of course, with options, taxes, you’re looking at close to 200,000.

Tom:  No, but I mean, desirability, market adjustments, because supply and demand.

Professor:  Oh, I’m sure there are.

Tom:  They’re getting more than—

Professor:  Depending on the dealers, there would be markups on that.

Tom:  Giving you the MSRP.

Professor:  Yeah, right.

Tom:  As often happens in those cases.

Professor:  I have no doubt, yes.

Buckle Up for The Audi R8

Tom:  Okay. All you had on was a helmet for the NSX and then you went and drove in or rode in the R8?

 Professor:  Yeah. So, for the R8, I actually had to suit up.

Tom:  Okay.

Audi R8 ready for takeoff at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Audi R8 ready for takeoff.

“They’ve got the racing belts strapped on really, really tight.”

Professor:  Yeah, and they’ve got the racing belts strapped on really, really tight.

Tom:  Was it the three point—or is it five points? The harness.

Professor:  I don’t even know what they call it.

Tom:  It’s like multiple points of the harness.

Professor:  Yes, correct. Yes. Correct.

Tom:  Maybe I’m thinking of Star Wars or something, I don’t know.

Professor:  No, no, no. You’re right. I don’t know what they exactly call it, but yeah, it’s not like a regular seatbelt.

Tom:  I know we have pictures of you and Oriol in your helmets, but I didn’t see a picture of you in a race suit. Do we got that?

Professor:  No. I wasn’t able to get a picture of that.

Tom:  Professor! Come on, man!

Professor:  There was limited time. I was lucky to even get a ride on the Audi R8. I asked them, they said, “Well, we’ll let you ride in it, if we have enough time,” and luckily there was enough time. They said, “You know what? Get in that thing, go.”

Tom:  Get in that thing and go.

Professor:  Yes.

Dressed for The Job

 Tom:  Now, when you put on one of those race suits, I’m assuming it hasn’t just been sterilized in any capacity and probably somebody else just took it off, maybe 40 other people.

 Professor:  Well, there’s only a small number of people that get to go in that.

 Tom:  Was the race suit clean? I’m just curious.

Professor Quan strikes a pose.

Professor Quan strikes a pose at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Professor:  It looked clean.

 Tom:  All right, it looked clean.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  You don’t like strip down to your underwear and t-shirt.

 Professor:  I’m assuming they cleaned it or sterilized it before. [Laughs]

 Tom:  Well, I’m sure! I’m just curious about these things.

 Professor:  So no, you wear whatever you’re wearing.

 Tom:  So, you’re just pulling the race suit over you. It’s really fire—it’s a fire-retardant suit in case anything should go very wrong.

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  Got it. Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah, it goes over your clothes. Yes, correct.

 Tom:  Then you had a helmet on as well? Did you have a neck brace on underneath the helmet, too? Or just the helmet?

 Professor:  No, neck brace, a helmet.

 Tom:  Got it.

A De-tuned Racecar

 Professor:  And that car is just impressive.

 Tom:  Well, it’s a race car. It better be impressive.

 Professor:  Just to get an idea of how impressive the NSX is, the NSX was, I think, pretty much just as fast as the R8.

 Tom:  Really?

“It’s de-tuned. The R8.”

 Professor:  Yeah. That’s how impressive the NSX is. But then I didn’t find out until later, they de-tune, it’s de-tuned. The R8.

Audi R8 at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Audi R8 at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Tom:  What? They de-tuned the racecar?

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  How does that make any sense?

 Professor:  I think the reason they do that, it’s already got so much horsepower and it’s less weight than the stock R8, the vehicle that you would buy off the showroom floor.

 Tom:  Oh, I gotcha.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  Interesting.

 Professor:  Yep.

 Tom:  Do you know what speeds you got up to in the R8?

 Professor:  No, but I believe it was probably about the same, about 130 miles an hour.

 Tom:  You know what we’re going to do next year?

 Professor:  Because in the Indy cars, we got up to what? Like 100—

 Tom:  I’d say you did 140 or something.

 Professor:  I think it was around 145, 150, if I remember correctly.

 Tom:  Last year?

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  Yeah.

Professor:  Yeah, and that’s an Indy car.

Media Day at Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  Huh, all right. And speaking of last year, last year food played a big role in your Media Day experience, but I think you recall you mentioning—

 Professor:  Food played a big role again this year. There wasn’t really a breakfast, like they had last year. But they had a really, really nice luncheon.

 Tom:  They probably listened to our podcast and realized that there really wasn’t a need for both breakfast, super-fast car rides, and then lunch as well.

 Professor:  Well, they had some other special presentation and panel discussion last year, that they didn’t have this year.

Former driver Justin Bell and Professor Quan at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Former driver Justin Bell and Professor Quan.

 Tom:  Okay. Oh, that’s why they had the breakfast?

 Professor:  That’s why they had the breakfast. They didn’t have that this year, so that’s why there wasn’t a breakfast.

 Tom:  So, is that it for Media Day? Are we going onto the prequalifying Practice Day that you went to? Or anything else on Media Day before we carry on?

 Professor:  That was my experience on Media Day. They also gave out rides to people that were interested in going in the drift cars

 Tom:  And you didn’t want to do that?

 Professor:  The other rides pretty much consumed my whole morning.

 Tom:  Gotcha.

 Professor:  Yeah. And then lunch.

 Tom:  How long were those rides? Was it a lot more waiting than actual ride time?

 Professor:  There was some waiting in the beginning, yeah. So, I think I waited—well, it was—

 Tom:  Well, you mentioned that. What’s a lap?

 Professor:  Oh, the lap times?

 Tom:  In the NSX, what was your—how long did a lap take in the NSX? 

Professor:  Probably just a little over a minute.

Tom:  Really?

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  Wow, okay.

 Professor:  Yeah. I believe that’s how long it took, yeah.

The Acura Contest at Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  So, anything else about Media Day?

 Professor:  That pretty much covers it, but yeah, it was just an incredible experience. Oh, I did also want to mention that this year Acura had a contest for enthusiasts, if they were interested in getting a hot lap in the NSX like I did. They could’ve gone to the dealership and entered a contest where they post a selfie of themselves and they could’ve had the opportunity to win a hot lap ride in an NSX. I think they gave away 17 of those.

 Tom:  Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah.

Acura proudly takes over the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2019

Acura proudly takes over the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2019.

 Tom:  So, good thing we’re telling people about it now. [Laughs]

 Professor:  Well, for next year.

 Tom:  [Laughs] Yeah, for next year.

 Professor:  Maybe they’ll do the same thing, or they’ll have some other—

 Tom:  For next year.

 Professor:  Maybe they’ll have some other special contest for next year.

 Tom:  Well, you know, hey, hats off to Acura for jumping on board. Honda being the company behind Acura, of course. Acura being the luxury brand of Honda and the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

 Professor:  45th anniversary.

 Tom:  45th anniversary of the Grand Prix.

 Professor:  Yes, correct.

 Tom:  Yes.

 Professor:  45th anniversary of the Grand Prix.

The Lifestyle Expo

 Tom:  So, carrying on.

 Professor:  I also attended Practice Day. It’s a three-day event, so I went on Friday, April 12th, and I spent—I would say I spent most of the day inside the Convention Center, where they have the Lifestyle—

 Tom:  The Lifestyle Expo.

 Professor:  Yes, the Lifestyle Expo.

 Tom:  Is that where we got the picture of you with the models?

 Professor:  Yes. Yes.

 Tom:  Good picture.

Professor Quan flanted by Lovely Car-Gals at the Lifestyle Expo during Long Beach Grand Prix

Professor Quan struggles through another auto event… ;0)

 Professor:  Thank you. [Laughs]

 Tom:  [Laughs]

Professor:  And then—actually Acura had a contest in there, too, where if you take a picture and then you did a hashtag and tagged Acura, they were giving away some swag.

 Tom:  So, you of course? Of course.

 Professor:  I won an official Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach hat.

 Tom:  Nice!

 Professor:  Now, unfortunately, they didn’t notify me until the following day, on Saturday, when I was already out of town for another car event.

 Tom:  So, they messengered you the hat?

 Professor:  No, unfortunately. It was either you were there, and you got it or—

 Tom:  That’s a bummer, Professor! Professor is big on swag, if you are a first-time listener.

 Professor:  Yeah, I love those caps. [Laughs]

Practice Day at The Long Beach Grand Prix

 Tom:  What was the Practice Day about? Because at the Grand Prix, it’s not just the Grand Prix, there’s a bunch of other races, right? A bunch of other categories of vehicles?

 Professor:  Oh, yeah!

 Tom:  So, who do you see practicing?

 Professor:  Well, they have the Indy cars that are practicing.

 Tom:  Right.

“They have the super trucks. Those are really cool, where they’re jumping off the ramps.”

 Professor:  They have the super trucks. Those are really cool, where they’re jumping off the ramps.

 Tom:  Yeah, yeah.

 Professor:  That’s a huge fan favorite.

 Tom:  Oh, sure!

 Professor:  People love that. That gets a lot of attention They also have these much older cars. They’re racecars.They look sort of like stock cars, but they’re a little modified so it just has that shell of the original car.A lot of them from like the 19—what, probably like 1980s, 1990s.

 Tom:  And those actually race? Or they just practice and have fun?

 Professor:  No, I believe they actually had an actual race on Sunday as well.

 Tom:  It sounds like the practice that you went to is a full day. It just wasn’t the official races, which happened after.

Toyota Supra at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Toyota Supra at Long Beach Grand Prix.

 Professor:  The gates open at 7:00 in the morning and then they have activities that run well into the evening. I think there was a concert.

 Tom:  Yeah, they make a whole thing of it.

 Professor:  There was a drifting event in the evening as well.

 Tom:  If you haven’t had enough exhaust and burnt rubber, we’re going to really hit it hard now.

 Professor:  They give it sort of a party atmosphere at the end of the day on Friday.

The Biggest Event in Long Beach

 Tom:  Yeah! So, how was attendance? Are they holding strong? Holding their own with the now Acura Long Beach of Grand Prix?

 Professor:  I didn’t read the—

 Tom:  Long Beach of Grand Prix? [Laughs]

 Professor:  I didn’t read what the numbers were, but I’m sure—

 Tom:  The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, I got to correct myself.

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix Lifestyle Expo

Acura NSX at the Long Beach Grand Prix Lifestyle Expo.

 Professor:  From what I saw on Friday in the afternoon—

 Tom:  It’s packed?

 Professor:  There were a lot of people there.

 Tom:  Good.

 Professor:  And I’m sure on Saturday and Sunday, a lot more people than what I saw. I have no doubt. It’s the biggest event in Long Beach.

Is Hybrid The Future?  

Tom:  Now, the reason why I ask is because I was talking with my wife the other day.  And, my son is a year and a half, and when we play cars together in the bathtub, we play boats, he’s picked up the engine sound, right? When you’re playing cars [vroom, vroom], so he’s making that sound. And my wife’s like, “Oh, that’s so cute you taught him how to do that!” I was like, “Well, he just picked it up, you know?” So, when he has kids, are they going to be familiar with those sounds?

 Professor:  I think so.

 Tom:  You think so?

 Professor:  I think so. I think so.

 Tom:  I don’t know, man, everything is going to be electric. I fear that our combustion engines are going to be—if they’re around anymore when he has kids, twenty-some years from now, thirty-some years from now, if he waits, like me, even longer! [Laughs]

Professor:  We’ll see. We just don’t really know.

Tom:  But so, with that in mind, was there any hybrid, was there any electric at the Grand Prix in any kind of competitive nature, whether it be practice or the real deal?

Professor:  No. No, I remember, I think it was maybe two or three years ago, they had a separate event just called Formula E.

Tom:  Right!

The Times, They Are A Changing

Professor:  And those were fully electric.

 Tom:  They didn’t do that this year?

 Professor:  But that’s on a separate weekend. It’s not during—

 Tom:  But it’s while they have everything set up.

 Professor:  Correct. It’s like the weekend before. But they’re not—the Streets of Long Beach, that’s not one of their street courses anymore.

 Tom:  Oh, it’s not?

 Professor:  No.

 Tom:  So, Formula E is still happening, but just not in Long Beach?

 Professor:  Yes. I believe it’s still happening but in other cities.

 Tom:  Okay.

 Professor:  Yeah, just not in Long Beach.

 Tom:  All right, very good.

 Professor:  Yeah. I haven’t heard too much about that. I’m not sure if it’s—I don’t think it’s generating the type of excitement that people thought it would. It’s because it’s so quiet!

Professor in the driver's seat at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Professor poses NSX-style!

 Tom:  Well, it’s quiet, but come on! You know the torque that those things have.

 Professor:  Yeah, but when people go to a race, you know what they—

 Tom:  Part of it, part of it.

 Professor:  The sound!

 Tom:  Part of it is the sound, yeah, I know. Yeah, part of it is the sound, without a doubt.

 Professor:  Yeah.

 Tom:  But times, they are changing.

 Professor:  Yes.

 Tom:  All right, Professor. Thank you so much. That’s the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Thanks to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach folks for having the good Professor out and actually Bernadette Sanicola on behalf of iDriveSoCal as well. That will be a separate report.

But, thank you, Professor, and thank you for listening as always! I’m Tom Smith. This is iDriveSoCal. We’ll talk to you soon.

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The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America. - And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975.  In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America.<br /> <br /> And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor.  Namely, Acura took center stage.  Subsequently, it's NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types.<br /> <br /> As always, iDriveSoCal's Clinton "Professor" Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share.<br /> <br /> So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar access or continue reading and check out the hot cars in pictures below!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Clinton "The Professor" Quan: I got to go out with a professional Indy car driver. On the front straightaway, we hit over 130 miles an hour and then on the back straightaway, over 120 miles an hour.<br /> An Introduction to Long Beach Grand Prix <br /> Acura Motorsports on display at the Long Beach Grand Prix.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith:  Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the Good Professor, Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Hi, Tom!<br /> <br /> Tom: This little report that we’re putting together is on the Long Beach Grand Prix of Acura.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Acura is the title sponsor now.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Right. It was a joke. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but because it used to be called something else, a play on words. I thought I was being funny.<br /> <br /> Professor:  [Laughs]<br /> <br /> Tom   So, Acura is the new big sponsor.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom:  And the reason being—and in this podcast, we’re going to cover the report. I, of course, didn’t get to go again this year. Of course, Professor Quan did get to go. He has all the fun; I do all the work. That’s how it works out around here. It works out good for him. He went to Media Days last year, as well as this year. And in both instances, got to drive some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. Drive in some pretty bad-to-the-bone vehicles. <br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes, ride shotgun.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Yeah, ride in them, shotgun or…<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yeah. <br /> "And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX."<br /> Tom:  And the cool thing was, this year was in the NSX.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes!<br /> Behind the Scenes<br /> Tom:  So, I’m going to give it to you in just a second. I just wanted to pre-frame the fact that this is going to be a combination. It’s the Professor’s experience at Media Day.  So, we’re taking you behind the scenes there. But also, the experience at the actual race itself, which is a little bit behind the scenes, because you had some pit access, right? <br /> <br /> Professor:  Well, not the race. Practice Day. I went on Friday.<br /> <br /> Tom:  You were at Practice Day.<br /> <br /> Professor:  Yes. I went on Friday, April 12th.<br /> <br /> Tom:  But you had special access of some sort, no?<br /> <br /> Professor:  I didn’t pick up the media pass for that, for the day I went on Friday.<br /> <br /> Tom:  Okay, whatever. Let’s start from the beginning. Media Day, you got there, or if there’s anything significant about before you got there, take it away, Professor.<br /> "I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles." <br /> Professor:  Well, I got there, and I saw the line of brand new Acura NSX vehicles. <br /> <br /> Line-up of NSXs.<br /> <br /> Tom:  There were four of them.<br /> <br /> Professor:  There were four of them, yes. And I wanted to make sure I was the first one to get a ride in it, so I stood at spot number one and I was the very first one to go in a— <br /> <br /> Tom:  How long did you stand in line? Like Steve Wozniak waiting for the latest iPhone to come out?<br /> <br /> Professor:  Not that long. Maybe 15 minutes.<br /> Tom Smith clean 21:01
2019 Chevrolet Traverse SUV Review, Prices, Trims, Features & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-traverse-review/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:40:58 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11378 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review My first thought for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review, "ah, now I get it." That is to say, I 'get' why I'm seeing more and more Chevy Traverses on the road.  Likewise, I 'get' why families are so fond of Chevrolet's Traverse.  In addition, I 'get' why the Traverse makes such a great choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Because what I found during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review is that this 3-row SUV is highly versatile, great looking and fun to drive. My friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California gave me a '19 Traverse for a day. And so, you can listen to my podcast review report of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse or continue reading below. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Configuration Options & MSRPs For '19 Chevrolet makes the Traverse available in 7-different trim levels.  And, since the Traverse is a crossover SUV you also have 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive to consider. Accordingly, with that many '19 Chevy Traverse configuration options, there's definitely something for everyone.  As a result, the manufacturers suggested retail pricing starts in a pretty wide range as well. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Trim Levels & Starting MSRPs L $31,125 LS $34,095 LT Cloth $36,595 LT Leather $40,295 RS $44,295 Premier $46,695 High Country $52,095 But, don't worry about MSRP.  Because that's just what the factory puts on the window stickers. First, you don't need to worry about it as long as you go to my friends at Martin Chevrolet. Second, beyond going to Martin Chevy, you need to get your Traverse equipped to your liking. 2019 Chevy Traverse Review - courtesy of Martin Chevrolet Moreover, that's something that Martin Chevy insists upon.  They make sure you get into the vehicle that you want with the right equipment. Because let's face it, we spend way too much time in our cars to not be as comfortable and pleased with our driving experience as possible! .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Get 3-Years FREE Maintenance - no joke!  It's a $1,300 value!  EXCLUSIVELY from iDriveSoCal & Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll email the offer! Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. '19 Chevy Traverse Engines, Transmissions & MPG Evaluation 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review

My first thought for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review, “ah, now I get it.”

That is to say, I ‘get’ why I’m seeing more and more Chevy Traverses on the road.  Likewise, I ‘get’ why families are so fond of Chevrolet’s Traverse.  In addition, I ‘get’ why the Traverse makes such a great choice for anyone with an active lifestyle.

Because what I found during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review is that this 3-row SUV is highly versatile, great looking and fun to drive.

My friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California gave me a ’19 Traverse for a day.

And so, you can listen to my podcast review report of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse or continue reading below.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Traverse banner

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Configuration Options & MSRPs

For ’19 Chevrolet makes the Traverse available in 7-different trim levels.  And, since the Traverse is a crossover SUV you also have 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive to consider.

Accordingly, with that many ’19 Chevy Traverse configuration options, there’s definitely something for everyone.  As a result, the manufacturers suggested retail pricing starts in a pretty wide range as well.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Trim Levels & Starting MSRPs

    • L $31,125
    • LS $34,095
    • LT Cloth $36,595
    • LT Leather $40,295
    • RS $44,295
    • Premier $46,695
    • High Country $52,095

But, don’t worry about MSRP.  Because that’s just what the factory puts on the window stickers.

First, you don’t need to worry about it as long as you go to my friends at Martin Chevrolet.

Second, beyond going to Martin Chevy, you need to get your Traverse equipped to your liking.

Black and chrome 2019 Chevy Traverse front close-up

2019 Chevy Traverse Review – courtesy of Martin Chevrolet

Moreover, that’s something that Martin Chevy insists upon.  They make sure you get into the vehicle that you want with the right equipment.

Because let’s face it, we spend way too much time in our cars to not be as comfortable and pleased with our driving experience as possible!

’19 Chevy Traverse Engines, Transmissions & MPG Evaluation

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse offers a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine standard.  And that engine produces 310-horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Traverse engine compartment

Under the hood of my 2019 Chevy Traverse review vehicle

Additionally, the ’19 Traverse comes with a standard front-wheel drive 9-speed automatic transmission.  Furthermore, that transmission can be combined with a drive mode selector that offers 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive/snow, off-road and tow/haul options.

Black 2019 Chevrolet Traverse passenger front

Traverse delivers great MPG even w/ Premier trim & optional AWD

My 2019 Traverse review vehicle from Martin Chevy had that option and I used it!  For instance, when I was on a rock surface going up a rather steep hill in Palos Verdes I switched over to 4-wheel drive.  Immediately I could really feel the enhanced traction.

Fuel Efficiency

Impressive fuel economy also seems to come standard.  For example, depending on your configuration, the ’19 Travers will give you about 17/18-MPG in the city and 25/27-MPG on the highway.  And that’s great gas mileage for a mid-sized 3-row SUV.  Especially when you factor more than 300-horses under your right foot!

Exterior Review – ’19 Chevy Traverse

If you’re like me then there are certain vehicles you fell in love with as a kid or young adult, and still, haven’t owned yet.  Case in point, for me, the Chevrolet Tahoe is one of them.

Black 2019 Chevy Traverse review driver front

2019 Chevy Traverse Review – driver front

Until now I didn’t realize it.  But then it hit me, the Traverse clearly looks like a scaled down and slightly sportier Tahoe.  And I love that!

Plus, my 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review offered a great example of just how sporty-looking this crossover/SUV can be.  The red accent stripes on the black wheels and black Chevy bow tie look fantastic.

And those are Redline package accents for you serious shoppers. ;0)

Black wheel w/ red accents 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review

Sporty Accents on my 2019 Chevy Traverse review

Black Chevy bow tie and red/black Traverse badging

Black bow tie & red/black Traverse badge

And while you’re probably noticing my reflection in the rear liftgate of the above picture… it’s probably a good time to point out that the Traverse also offers an air-kick-to-open-liftgate.

Black exterior, driver rear, 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review

Driver rear view ’19 Chevy Traverse Premier

Always a super-handy (or, in this case, footy) convenience feature to have!  (And here’s to super-stupid puns!) :0)

2019 Chevy Traverse Interior Review

During my review of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, I climbed in and out of the vehicle more times than I can count.  And I am happy to report that each time was a complete pleasure.  Especially since my pants are fitting a bit tight these days due to not enough appearances at the gym. :0)

front seats and dash from second row- 2019 Chevy Traverse Review

Supportive and stylish leather seats in my Traverse review vehicle w/ Premier trim

I really liked seating and surfaces in the Traverse.  The leather was supple with a great quality feel.  And the seats were a little firmer than I’d expected.  This gave the Traverse a little bit of a high-quality European feel.  And that too was impressive.

2nd row captains chairs in the 2019 Chevy Traverse

Super-comfortable 2nd-row captains chairs!

Commanding Ride w/ Second Row Captains Chairs

My ’19 Chevy Traverse review vehicle included second-row captains chairs that were just as comfortable as the front seats.  And that second row included plenty of creature comforts from climate controls to connectivity.

2nd row climate controls & connectivity ports 2019 Chevy Traverse review

2nd-row climate control & connectivity

What’s more about the 2nd-row of the ’19 Chevy Traverse is that it’s simple to get into the third-row.

2019 Chevy Traverse review - 3rd row seating access from outside

Traverse 3rd-row access from outside

And with 2nd-row captains chairs, I was able to easily slide into the 3rd row without having to open the backdoors at all!

view from third row seating during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review

View from 3rd-row seating in ’19 Chevy Traverse

Plus, the 2019 Chevy Traverse review vehicle Martin Chevrolet gave me offered ample ports to plug-in, power-up and stay connected throughout all three rows!

And, I cannot leave out the ample cargo space in Traverse.  That’s because there’s simply so much of it and it’s highly versatile.  And, on that note, the ’19 Chevy Traverse can seat up to 8 if you go with a second-row bench.  Personally, I’m sticking with the captain seating but the option is there if you need it.

With two rows of backseats, you have lots of options and space to put your cargo.  23.00 cubic feet with all seats up. 57.8 cubic feet with the 3rd-row down.  And 98.2 cubic feet with both the 2nd and 3rd rows down.

’19 Chevy Traverse Analysis – Secret James Bond Compartment!

So, I have to point out my favorite feature of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse.  And your inner James Bond will appreciate this too.  The secret compartment in the dashboard!

Secret compartment in dash of the 2019 Chevy Traverse

Traverse has a secret dash stash!

It’s right behind the touch screen and operates with the push of a button.  Below is another pic of the same compartment but with my glasses case inside to show how big it is!

Traverse secret compartment holding glasses case

Secret compartment even has a USB port inside!

Plus, the secret compartment even has a USB port inside.  So you can plug in your phone and completely conceal it!  And, this is great because it’s so important to be able to tuck away our stuff from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Technology Review

So, besides the super-cool secret compartment in the dash, the Traverse can come loaded with great technology.  And that’s both on the sides of comfort, convenience, and entertainment as well as safety and driver assistance.

2019 Chevy Traverse cockpit

Comfortable and user-friendly cockpit.

For example, you have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an available 8-inch touchscreen.  And that touchscreen is exceedingly easy to navigate – BTW.

But, what really impressed was the weather forecast feature.  That feature projects the weather forecast right on that same 8-inch center console touchscreen.

Plus, looking at the above picture what do you see?  You can check hourly, 5-day and even on your route!  Hello, that’s one smart piece of tech.  Nicely done Chevy.

Chevrolet Traverse Review Safety & Driver Assistance Technology

The ’19 Chevrolet Traverse received a highly respectable 5-Star Rating from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration.  So, add another mark to the good for families column along with parental peace of mind.

And, in fact, Chevy really has families in mind with the Traverse’s Teen Driver Technology.  For instance, when that’s activated it gives Mom and Dad a report card on your teen driver’s recent performance.  (Another ‘atta-boy/girl’ to Chevy for this innovation.)

“…it gives Mom and Dad a report card on your teen driver’s recent performance… ‘atta-boy/girl’ to Chevy for this innovation.”

Plus, the 2019 Chevy Traverse I reviewed included all the optional driver assistance safety features.  And those included forward collision alert and braking, rear vision camera, lane keep assist, so on, so forth and etc. :0)

2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review | Top-3

  1. Space: Inside the ’19 Chevy Traverse is huge, comfortable and stylish.
  2. Drive: Even being so big inside, the Traverse manages to drive like a much smaller vehicle.  (Awesome maneuverability!)
  3. Secret Compartment: I don’t usually select one particular feature but this one is not only cool but totally functional.  Hide your phone and charge it at the same time!

The SoCal Chevy Dealer – Martin Chevrolet

For your 2019 Traverse or any other Chevrolet go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California.  Because Lewis Cook is the General Manager and a friend of mine.  And he leads a great team and is completely transparent about the business of car buying.

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook podcast at Martin Chevrolet

Podcasting with my friend Lewis Cook @ Martin Chevrolet

 

 

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Lyon Air Museum – Greatest Generation Tribute https://www.idrivesocal.com/lyon-air-museum/ Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:59:09 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=2889 If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately. Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well - including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves - World War II veterans - volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day. Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too. ***Transcript*** Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA Mark: We're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We've got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We've got the military vehicles, motorcycles... we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler. Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in ... Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right? Mark: We're Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It's all kind of around the corner, and it's at John Wayne Airport. That's the thing, we're not near John Wayne, we're at John Wayne Airport. Tom: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what's your exact title? Mark: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO. Tom: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum. Mark: Correct. Tom: Right down here, literally, I'm looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it's taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel. The Lyon Air Museum. Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you've been around since '09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, "Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat," because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here. So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon's Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me. Mark: Oh, it's great to have you. Thanks, Tom. Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation Tom: So, high-level. What do you guys do here? "We're the Greatest Generation in aviation museum." Mark: Well, we're an aviation museum, and we're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. Tom: Okay. For those that don't, and I think there's a whole lot of people that aren't aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you're right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what? Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac. "The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy." Mark: Yeah. Well, we've got the World War II airplanes. We really start with pre-World War II aviation history. We've got pre-World War II, like a DC-3 American Airlines type aircraft that's kind of a late '30s design, and then we go all the way up through aircraft that wou... If you’re fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there’s a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum – Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don’t know or haven’t yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately.

Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well – including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves – World War II veterans – volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day.

Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too.

WWII airplanes on tarmac pictured as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast 108 banner

***Transcript***

Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA

Mark: We’re the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We’ve got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles… we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler.

Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in … Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right?

Mark: We’re Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It’s all kind of around the corner, and it’s at John Wayne Airport. That’s the thing, we’re not near John Wayne, we’re at John Wayne Airport.

Tom: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what’s your exact title?

Mark: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO.

Tom: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: Correct.

Tom: Right down here, literally, I’m looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it’s taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel.

The Lyon Air Museum

The Lyon Air Museum.

Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you’ve been around since ’09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, “Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat,” because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here.

So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon’s Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me.

Mark: Oh, it’s great to have you. Thanks, Tom.

Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation

Tom: So, high-level. What do you guys do here?

“We’re the Greatest Generation in aviation museum.”

Mark: Well, we’re an aviation museum, and we’re the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation.

Tom: Okay. For those that don’t, and I think there’s a whole lot of people that aren’t aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you’re right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what?

Lyon Air Museum History on the Flight Line

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.

“The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy.”

Mark: Yeah. Well, we’ve got the World War II airplanes. We really start with pre-World War II aviation history. We’ve got pre-World War II, like a DC-3 American Airlines type aircraft that’s kind of a late ’30s design, and then we go all the way up through aircraft that would have been used in the Vietnam air war. We don’t have a lot of airplanes, but we have quality. The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy, and we fly kind of rotationally, but we fly a few of them at any given time.

Tom: That’s the thing. So you know, podcast listener, thank you for listening, the museum is literally a hangar, and right now we’re doing this podcast in July, late July, and the hangar’s quite hot.

Mark: Yeah.

Ready for Takeoff

Tom: But all of the aircraft are, as Mark pointed out, airworthy. They have their fluids in them, and I’m sure there’s plenty of planning that needs to go into it before they head out to take a flight, but that’s entirely possible that the hangar doors can open and away you go. Right?

Mark: Yes, correct. Any given time there’s maintenance going on. We have one of them that the propellers are off, and the propellers are in a propeller shop for a regular inspection they have to have, but there’s a couple of airplanes down there that we could, literally, just end the interview, walk down there and open the doors and roll them out, they’re ready to go.

Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner takes Flight

Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner takes Flight.

Tom: A lot of these aircraft are, as you point out, Greatest Generation World War II, so if you watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, a lot of the aircraft that you see there are represented right down here, and airworthy and beautiful and well maintained.

How It All Began

Tom: Mark, please tell me about how the Lyon Museum came about.

Mark: Well, General William Lyon, our founder, saw a need to share these stories with the local community, and particular the school kids. He had a big passion for aviation, with his background dating all the way back to World War II, and he was now flying vintage airplanes in modern times and thought, “I need to really share these with people,” so he was able to secure a lease for space here at John Wayne Airport and build a hangar and establish the Lyon Air Museum.

General William Lyon

General William Lyon.

Tom: So it was really his passion for preserving the story of the Greatest Generation?

Mark:  That’s exactly, the best I’ve heard. You said that so well, Tom.

Tom: Thank you.

Mark: I think that’s actually our slogan.

Tom: If not, work on that.

Mark:  Yeah, there you go.

A Little More About General Lyon

Tom: General Lyon entered the military before the Air Force was, and it was the Army Air Corps. That was pre-World War II?

Mark:  No. Well, it was during the war.

Tom: It was during the war?

“General Lyon started off as a civilian flight instructor training military pilots.”

Mark: General Lyon started off as a civilian flight instructor training military pilots.

Tom: So he was a pilot himself before he started-

General Lyon

General Lyon.

Mark: Exactly.

Tom: … in the military.

Mark: And then he started doing some work with the Ferry Command. They were delivering airplanes for the military all over the country and all over the world.

Tom: So, literally, he was a pilot that was bringing aircraft that would be used in the war …

Mark: Correct.

Tom: … in combat. He was bringing those planes from wherever they were being manufactured in the States to where they needed to be.

Mark: Yeah. That’s how he got into the Army, basically, just becoming a Service Pilot, they called them back then. It wasn’t really a commissioned officer, it was a Service Pilot, which is something that really bothered him for many years until he got his actual Air Force wings post-World War II.

Tom: Okay. The museum didn’t become until … Your first year in operation was ’09. Right?

Mark: Yeah. We opened officially in ’09.

Tom: So, General Lyon, once he got out of the military, he was in the homebuilding business.

Mark: Correct, yeah.

Tom: So some of us in Southern California would recognize the name of some of the neighborhoods that he developed. Yes?

Mark: Yeah. William Lyon Homes, yeah.

A Great Place for Students

Tom: Okay. Now, you mentioned what the museum has to do with the local schools. Let’s talk a little bit about that.

School Tour at Lyon Air Museum

School Tour at Lyon Air Museum.

“We have about 60-something classes coming through the museum each year.”

Mark: Lyon Air Museum is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District sixth grade curriculum, so we have about 60-something classes coming through the museum each year. We get new students every year. It’s great. And we have World War II veterans and some other of our docents who work with the students. They’re basically broken up into four sectors throughout the museum, and the students go from sector to sector, and they get to hear the stories of the Greatest Generation from the people who lived it.

Tom: From the veterans themselves.

Mark: Yeah. It’s just a fabulous program. The teachers love it. The school administration, the district loves it. I think we’re in our about the eighth year now doing it, so it’s been [crosstalk 00:07:40].

Hero Cards > Baseball Cards

Tom: Do the kids understand it at that age?

Mark: You know, they do, and I wasn’t sure about that at first. I thought, “Boy, you know, sixth grade, is that really the right time?” That’s what the school had suggested, and we thought maybe it should have been later. We weren’t sure. We had these little history, these little, we call them hero cards. They’re like baseball cards, but they’re for some of the veterans that we have, and we get them, they’re Lyon Air Museum. They’re like collector cards.

Mark: Some of them were passing those out to the students the first time, the first year we were doing this. The students have a free period, after they’ve gone to all four sectors they get this 20 minute roaming period, and I figured all the kids would go huddle in a corner somewhere and just hang out with each other. Well, the kids came back and they stood in line for the veteran who had given them their card to get their autographs on the cards.

Tom: That’s cool.

Mark: When they were walking out they were looking down at the cards, like, “Wow. I’ve got something that’s a treasure in my hand,” as they were walking out to get back on the bus. I witnessed that, and I go, “No, we’ve got something here.” It is impactful. It does make a difference.

The Lyon Air Museum Is a Visit Anyone Will Enjoy

“If you’re a World War II buff, it’s an awesome museum. Or if you just like to go see things that fly.”

Tom: Now, tell me a little bit about what you guys have out here, because for really anybody if you’re a history buff, it’s an awesome museum. If you’re an aviation buff, it’s an awesome museum. If you’re a World War II buff, it’s an awesome museum. Or if you just like to go see things that fly. What do you guys have out here consistently? And then, I know you have a exhibit that’s temporary.

Inside Lyon Air Museum

Inside Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: Yeah. Well, we definitely check all those boxes that you mentioned, everything from we have the little kids standing up on these platforms we have out there so they can look out the window. Our hangar doors are big glass windows, and there’s like 260 windows, I think, and they look out onto the taxiway and the runway, so they can see the airliners taking off and landing. Some kids just like to do that. That’s always happening here, every day, which is really neat to see airports [crosstalk 00:09:36].

Tom: So they just come to get a great view of John Wayne …

Seeing True History at The Lyon Air Museum

“We’ve got the famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles and so forth.”

Mark: It’s the activity. Best seat in the house. And then we’ve got the famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We’ve got the military vehicles, motorcycles and so forth. We even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler, and it’s an authentic World War II Mercedes parade car that’s on display here.

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac

Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.

Mark: You had mentioned just people who like airplanes, just the technology. That’s what originally attracted me to airplanes. It wasn’t the history initially, it was just the high performance. These airplanes were really high performing airplanes for back then, and that’s what drew me to it. And then, once I learned about the history, that’s where really my passion went.

Tom: A little bit about the models. For those that know, let’s just breeze over some of the models that you have out here.

From a DC-3 to a B-17 Flying Fortress

Mark: Well, we start off with the pre-World War II, the famous DC-3 airliner. We have an American Airlines DC-3 in here, which coincidentally was converted from a cargo airplane after World War II, and it’s a D-Day veteran airplane, so it’s actually a pretty famous airplane. And then, we got the cargo-

DC-3 Flagship a the Orange County Lyon Air Museum.

DC-3 Flagship a the Orange County Lyon Air Museum.

Tom: It actually flew troops on D-Day.

Mark: Yes. On D-Day. Yep.

Tom: Men jumped out of-

Mark: On June 6th.

Tom: Greatest Generation men jumped out of that plane …

Mark: June 6, 1944.

Tom: … on D-Day.

Mark: Yeah.

Tom: That is a significant piece of history.

Mark: Yeah. It was with the 440th Troop Carrier Group. They were based out of Exeter in England and took off on the evening of D-Day, so it was actually about 11:00 at night on June 5th, flew across the English Channel, and they were dropping 101st Airborne troops into drop zone Delta in France in the early morning of June 6, 1944, out of that airplane.

Band of Brothers

Tom: And 101st is, literally, the Band of Brothers, all about the 101st. Right?

“These airplanes, they don’t just sit in the hangar. They get out and do some flying as well.”

Mark: Yeah, there you go. And you mentioned Band of Brothers because we also have the sister ship to that airplane, which is configured as a C-47. It’s a B model, and it was built in 1944, and it’s got the invasion stripes. I mean, it’s painted up just like it would have been back then. That airplane we use and fly out to the local airshows. We’ll be at the Huntington Beach Air Show now, which I think is called the Great Pacific Air Show this year. It’ll be one of the star attractions during that airshow. Hundreds of thousands of people see that flying as it goes up and down the beach there, and over the pier and all that. So these airplanes, they don’t just sit in the hangar. They get out and do some flying as well.

C-47 Skytrain Lyon Air Museum

C-47 Skytrain Lyon Air Museum.

 

“That’s what they used to do the bombing missions over Germany.”

Mark: Some of the other model we have, probably the most significant or famous would be the b- Flying Fortress, which is a four-engine World War II bomber, and that’s what they used to do the bombing missions over Germany. There’s only about a dozen of those left flying in the world-

Tom: Wow.

Mark: This is one of them. We don’t fly it very often right now, but it’s considered an airworthy B-17 and there’s only about 12 of them left flying.

B-17 Flying Fortress, Fuddy Duddy at The Lyon Air Museum

B-17 Flying Fortress, Fuddy Duddy at The Lyon Air Museum.

The B-25 Mitchell Bomber

Mark: Then we’ve got a B-25 Mitchell bomber. That was a famous airplane that was the type of airplane used in the Dolittle raids, if you ever heard of the Dolittle Raiders. That’s where the 16 B-25s took off of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and flew to Japan and bombed Tokyo when the Japanese never thought that we could ever get to them.

Tom: Right.

Mark: Jimmy Dolittle led that raid. It was kind of a one-way mission type of raid. There have been movies about it and so forth. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo was a famous movie a long time ago, and then as of lately, Disney did one in the early 2000s that was like a Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett-

Tom: Oh, sure.

Mark: It was a thing called Pearl Harbor. There was a section of that where Alec Baldwin plays Jimmy Dolittle, and they fly the B-25s on that mission as part of the storyline. So you get to see that type of airplane in person here.

The Most Powerful Plane in the Hangar

Mark: Then, we’ve got some other … We’ve got a forward air controller airplane that represents the Vietnam air war. They used them during the Korean and Vietnam air war. We’ve got the A-26 Invader, which is a really neat airplane because that’s the type of airplane that flew in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, so they take it across three generations of flyers, basically.

Lyon Air Museum A-26 Invader

Lyon Air Museum A-26 Invader.

“It had 2,000 horsepower per engine, and it’s got two engines on it.”

Mark: And it happens to be the most powerful of the airplanes in the hangar if you go by per-engine horsepower. It had 2,000 horsepower per engine, and it’s got two engines on it, so it’s a pretty amazing high-speed type airplane. So, the stuff’s not old. It still competes. It won’t compete with a modern jet, but it’ll definitely compete with the modern prop planes. They’re pretty amazing airplanes, given the time.

World War II Era Vehicles at The Lyon Air Museum

Tom: You mentioned the Hitler parade car that he literally stood in and waved to people. What are some of the other World War II-era vehicles that you have that don’t fly?

Mark: Yeah, and the vehicles don’t fly. Not far, anyway. But yeah, we’ve got the Army Jeeps, which are classics. Right?

Tom: Right.

Mark: We have the old Willys Jeep and all that. We’ve got two of those out there, and we’ve got a big Dodge command truck out there. We’ve got motorcycles. We have some interesting motorcycles. We have a really rare, it was kind of the, I might mispronounce it, but a Rikuo, which is a Japanese motorcycle that was basically modeled after the Harley Davidson.

Kind of an interesting story where Harley Davidson had worked out a deal with the Japanese prior to World War II, and they were building Harleys over there under license, basically, the Japanese were, with Harley. And then, obviously, as tensions began to build, they left, and the Japanese continued to build these motorcycles and the Rikuo, which I think means like road king in Japanese or something. So we have one of those out there. Some of the motorcycles are functional as well.

Bikes Bombers at The Lyon Air Museum

Bikes Bombers at The Lyon Air Museum.

Dan Gurney Cars Exhibit at The Lyon Air Museum

Tom: Now, let’s talk a little bit about the exhibit that you have right now, the Dan Gurney cars.

Mercedes-Benz at Lyon Air Museum

Mercedes-Benz at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: Yes. We have, it’s Vintage Motor Racing, and we’re doing a special tribute to Dan Gurney. This is the year that we lost Dan Gurney, in January, and it was a big, big loss for everybody, and we wanted to, through the Vintage Motor Racing, show a little bit, pay homage to Dan Gurney.

We have on display here nine vintage motor racing cars, three of which are Dan Gurney-related. We have two Dan Gurney Eagles here, the Gurney Eagle, and then we have his Sebring Cobra, which is not the original Sebring Cobra that he raced in 1963, but it’s a highly accurate replication of the one, and it was his personal car until his passing.

Car Exhibit at Lyon Air Museum

Car Exhibit at Lyon Air Museum.

Tom: How long is that exhibit here for?

Mark: It’s going to run through Labor Day, so through September, what is that? September 3rd. So you want to get here and see it. You know, the neat thing about our display, to see the cars among the airplanes is really neat, just, it’s great for photo ops and so forth. And the car exhibit is included with the admission of coming to see the air museum, so if you’re going to come see the air museum, you might as well come while the cars are here.

Planning a Visit?

Tom: That’s where I was getting to next. If you want to come to the Lyon Air Museum, obviously, head down towards John Wayne Airport, which we are right on there, but you definitely want to hit the navigation because you’re not going to stumble across it unless you intend to arrive here.

1933 Duesenberg at the Lyon Air Museum

1933 Duesenberg at the Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: Yeah. It’s easy to find if you know where we are. Basically, on Baker Street, if you’re heading east toward John Wayne Airport, Baker Street dead-ends into our parking lot. It turns into another street called Ike Jones Road, but if you just keep going straight and follow the windy road, it ultimately ends up dead-end into our parking lot. It’s pretty hard to miss as long as you get on Baker and head east and keep going.

Tom: You guys are pretty accommodating in that you’re open most days of the year. Right?

Mark: We’re open seven days a week, every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, and occasionally a special event if we have to close down, but that’s very seldom. We’re open 10:00 to 4:00 daily.

Tom: Okay. And admission’s reasonable. What’s admission, real quick?

2017 Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner

2017 Lyon Air Museum Bikes & Bombers Winner.

Mark: Yeah. I think basic admission is $12, and we’ve got some discounts for veterans and seniors, and that takes it down to $9, and we’ve got some group discounts, 10 or more people show up, I think it’s a dollar off per admission. Then kids are $6 and under five’s free.

Follow The Lyon Air Museum Online!

Tom: Okay. Do you want to drop the website in?

Mark: Yeah. It’s just LyonAirMuseum.org.

Tom: LyonAirMuseum.org.

Steve McQueen' s Panther at Lyon Air Museum

Steve McQueen’ s Panther at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: And all those people who follow on Instagram and Facebook and all that, it’s also it’s just Lyon Air Museum, and Lyon is L-Y-O-N Air Museum, and there’s no S.

Tom: No S.

Mark: Yeah.

Mark: It’s kind of like those fingernails on the chalkboard, and we’re always like, “No, it’s no Lyons,” because so many people say Lyons Air Museum. But no, it’s Lyon. Our founder’s name is General William Lyon, which is interesting because there’s a big guy with Jaguar, which is, it’s a vintage car that we’ve displayed before, and the designer of the XK120 was a William Lyons, so that was really confusing while we had the Jags on display here.

Tom: All right. All kinds of fingers on the chalkboard for you.

Vintage Indian Motorcycle at Lyon Air Museum

Vintage Indian Motorcycle at Lyon Air Museum.

Mark: Yeah, yeah. Exactly.

Tom: All right. Well, Mark Foster, President, General Manager, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum, thank you so much for having me, and for iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thanks very much, as always, for listening.

 

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If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute.  If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately.<br /> <br /> Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum, but Lyon also showcases various ground vehicles as well - including a parade vehicle that Adolf Hitler rode in.<br /> <br /> Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Lyon Air Museum is that members of the Greatest Generation themselves - World War II veterans - volunteer as docents, bringing this truly incredible venue to life nearly every day.<br /> <br /> Click play to listen below as Mark Foster, Lyon Air Museum CEO, shares more fascinating details in this iDSC podcast. And be sure to check out the amazing photo gallery too.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcript***<br /> Recorded July 31, 2018, in Santa Ana, CA<br /> Mark: We're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation. We've got famous airplanes, the rare flyable World War II type airplanes. We've got the military vehicles, motorcycles... we even have a very historical car that was originally owned by the evil dictator, Adolph Hitler.<br /> Introduction to the Lyon Air Museum<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I am in ... Where are we technically? Costa Mesa, right?<br /> <br /> Mark: We're Santa Ana, which is really Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa. It's all kind of around the corner, and it's at John Wayne Airport. That's the thing, we're not near John Wayne, we're at John Wayne Airport.<br /> <br /> Tom: That is Mark Foster, who is the, what's your exact title?<br /> <br /> Mark: Whatever you want to call me, but President, CEO.<br /> <br /> Tom: Okay. President, CEO of the Lyon Air Museum.<br /> <br /> Mark: Correct.<br /> <br /> Tom: Right down here, literally, I'm looking at Alaska Airlines getting ready, it's taxiing down the runway right now. Mark, thank you very much for having me and the iDriveSoCal podcast. Again, all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States. A big piece of mobility is air travel.<br /> <br /> The Lyon Air Museum.<br /> <br /> Tom: You have a couple of things going on in the museum currently, but I recently learned about you guys. I guess you've been around since '09, and I recently learned about you guys on KTLA. Saw a quick piece and said, "Hey, I really want to go down there and have a chat," because you guys do some really, really cool stuff down here.<br /> <br /> So, with that strange, kind of totally non-traditional introduction, Mark Foster of the Lyon's Air Museum, literally right on John Wayne Airport watching planes taxi as we do this interview. Thank you for joining me.<br /> <br /> Mark: Oh, it's great to have you. Thanks, Tom.<br /> Aviation Museum Dedicated to The Greatest Generation<br /> Tom: So, high-level. What do you guys do here?<br /> "We're the Greatest Generation in aviation museum."<br /> Mark: Well, we're an aviation museum, and we're the Greatest Generation in an aviation museum, so we focus primarily on World War II veterans and aviation.<br /> <br /> Tom: Okay. For those that don't, and I think there's a whole lot of people that aren't aware of the opportunity to come and check out what you guys have here, but your museum, again, you're right on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, you can come and see what?<br /> <br /> Lyon Air Museum shares John Wayne Airport tarmac.<br /> "The airplanes that are in the hangar here, all of them are airworthy."<br /> Tom Smith clean 21:38
Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library https://www.idrivesocal.com/air-force-one/ Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:00:48 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=983 Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway. Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One! ***Transcript*** Recorded February 12, 2018 John: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it. I don't know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous "tear down this wall" speech. Anything that was classified or I guess you'd call "secret" that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there's nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies. The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States - Southern California. I'm Tom Smith, and in honor of President's Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. John: Correct. Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who's the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. John: Correct. We are part of the library... the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library. Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I'm looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it's a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn't able to sit in President Ronald Reagan's office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that. Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One. John: You're very welcome. How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library? Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that's told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane. “It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.” John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece. They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane. When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction. Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport. John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California and then it was trucked from that airport, from the San Bernardino Airport to Simi Valley and ultimately here to the Reagan Library. Tom: There's a cool picture where you see the fuselage of the plane next to the wings of the plane next to the dirt mounds that are ... Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world’s most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway.

Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One!Air Force One Reagan Library iDriveSoCal banner

***Transcript***

Recorded February 12, 2018

John: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it.

I don’t know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous “tear down this wall” speech.

Anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there’s nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.

The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States – Southern California. I’m Tom Smith, and in honor of President’s Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

John: Correct.

Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who’s the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

John: Correct. We are part of the library… the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library.

Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I’m looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it’s a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn’t able to sit in President Ronald Reagan’s office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that.

Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One

Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One.

John: You’re very welcome.

How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library?

Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that’s told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane.

“It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.”

John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece.

They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane.

When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.

Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport.

John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California and then it was trucked from that airport, from the San Bernardino Airport to Simi Valley and ultimately here to the Reagan Library.

Tom: There’s a cool picture where you see the fuselage of the plane next to the wings of the plane next to the dirt mounds that are going to be the building being built.

John: It basically was brought up and the pieces of the aircraft, the fuselage and the wings and all the major pieces and components were put in a dirt area that is now the parking lot behind the building.

Number 27,000 – Air Force One at The Regan Library

Tom: The tail number of this plane that we’re sitting underneath is 2700.

John: Thousand.

Tom: I’m sorry, thank you, 27,000 is the tail number and there is actually a number of other planes that were used as kind of Air Force Ones but the other…this one didn’t actually fly Kennedy?

John: No.

Tom: Twenty-six thousand flew Kennedy.

Presidential Seal on Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Presidential Seal on Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“All the aircraft that were called Air Force One because Air Force One is a call sign.”

John: Correct. There was another… This is a Boeing 707. And it is, as you said, tail number 27000. It went into service in 1973. The first president to fly on board was President Nixon. However, the previous 707, which is infamously the one that flew Kennedy back from Dallas, was tail number 26000.

That aircraft is on display at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. And if you come to visit the Reagan Library in the Air Force One Pavilion, we have a huge mural that, actually, we’re sitting right across from right now, that has a pictorial history of all of the Air Force One aircraft or I should say the other way around.

All the aircraft that were called Air Force One because Air Force One is a call sign. It’s not a particular aircraft. So any aircraft that the president is flying on that the military is operating is Air Force One. Anybody who’s listening who is in another branch of the military, yes, that’s true. If it’s run by the Air Force, it’s Air Force One. However, if it’s run by the Navy, it’s Navy One and so on.

Skip Through the Commercials 

Tom: Okay. So this probably never happened but trivia question, sitting president happens to hop on a Cessna in somebody’s ranch in Montana and fly not too far or whatever, what’s the official call…?

“President Nixon flew onboard a ‘commercial flight’ to prove that he didn’t have to use Air Force One and spend all the extra fuel and time and everything.”

John: Well, you’re right that wouldn’t happen, but there is actually on the mural there’s a very small DC10 up there United DC10 and everyone always asks, why is there a commercial aircraft up there? During the energy crisis back in the 70s, President Nixon flew onboard a “commercial flight” to prove that he didn’t have to use Air Force One and spend all the extra fuel and time and everything.

That was probably one of the most secure commercial flights ever happened, but it could happen that he was on any other aircraft other than an Air Force aircraft, they would probably use if it was a commercial aircraft would probably use the call sign Air Force One. I don’t know that for a fact.

However, I do know when President Bush landed onboard the aircraft carrier for his famous Mission Accomplished speech, that was Navy One because it was a naval aircraft.

Tom: When it comes to an expert on Air Force One here at the Reagan Presidential Library, that person is you.

John: There are probably a couple of us we could put the word expert on. However, since I am the building and facilities manager for this building, and the plane is in the building, I take a certain amount of pride on making sure I know a lot about the plane as well.

From Nixon to George W. Bush

Tom: Let’s go through the presidents that have flown on this plane.

John: President Nixon.

Tom: Then who flew on it?

“This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous ‘tear down this wall’ speech.”

John: It flew the entire…it was retired in 2001 and George W. Bush was the last president to fly on board. So it technically flew seven different presidents.

President Reagan put the most mileage on it. I don’t know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president.

This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous “tear down this wall” speech.

President Reagan on Air Force One.

President Reagan on Air Force One.

 

Tom posing as President Reagan on Air Force One

Posing as President Reagan on Air Force One.  (Super-cheesy, I know.  John wanted me to do it.)

Tom: A lot of history right there.

A Rare Opportunity to See Air Force One at The Regan Library

John: There is there is a lot of history behind it, and I like to tell people that you know this is a historical aircraft. It’s a historical military aircraft. We do not own it. It is on loan to us by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force so the Air Force does own it, and they’ve given it to us on permanent loan. If you’re into aircraft or you’re into historical presidential travel, whatever it might be, this served a lot of different presidents. It wasn’t President Reagan’s plane, but he’s the one who put the most mileage on it if you want to put it that way.

Tom: How many Air Force Ones are in other presidential libraries?

“We are the only presidential library that has an Air Force One. There aren’t many Air Force One planes available period.”

John: We are the only presidential library that has an Air Force One. There isn’t many Air Force One planes available period. However, there are few in some other aviation museums around the country, but there are very few Air Force One aircraft that are still in decent condition that can be put on display.

Inside the Pavilion

Tom: And again, we’re in the pavilion so let’s just talk about all the different… We have Air Force One, and there’s Marine One. Additionally, we have a presidential limousine. Take us around the horn.

“We have three aircraft. There’s three motorcycles. Also, we have three vehicles. Additionally, we have the obviously, Air Force One jet”

John: It comes in threes. We have three aircraft. There are three motorcycles. Also, we have three vehicles. Additionally, we have the obvious, Air Force One jet. Plus, we have Marine One helicopter which is an older model A model helicopter that was built back in the 60s.

Interesting side note, the current Marine One helicopters that President Reagan actually flew on are still in service. So hopefully, those will get retired one day, and we hope to get one. That would be a treat for us.

Tom: So he did not fly on that?

John: No he did not fly…

Tom: I’m pointing to Marine One right now.

John: The one that we have he did not fly on.

Marine One at The Regan Library

Welcome Aboard Steps of Marine One.

Welcome Aboard Steps of Marine One.

Tom: Did any president fly on it?

John: We know that President Johnson flew on it but that’s the only confirmed presidential use that that aircraft had. And then we have an F14, which is outside, that you probably saw as you came in. That represents the two F14s that were involved in an incident in… I believe that was in 1986 I believe it was.

Yes, it was 1986 where they shot down a couple of MiGs. That’s not the actual aircraft because the two aircraft that were involved in that incident were destroyed. One was involved in a crash. The other one was chopped up for scrap.

Marine One tail at Ronald Reagan Library

Marine One tail at Ronald Reagan Library.

That one is the right model; it’s an F14-A model. We painted it to look like a Fast Eagle 102 which is one of the aircraft that was involved in that incident.

Then we also have, as you mentioned, we have a motorcade on display underneath the wing of Air Force One. Plus, there’s an LAPD cruiser, two LAPD motorcycles.

Those were donated to us by the LAPD Historical Society. Additionally, we have one of the limousines that are on loan to us from the Secret Service.

It is an actual limo that was used during the Reagan administration and then we have the chase car which is also on loan to us from the U.S. Secret Service. That is the follow-up car that would have been in the motorcade as well.

Other Wheels Inside the Pavilion at The Regan Library 

Tom: And now the limo, did Reagan ride in that?

John: I believe he did. I don’t have an actual manifest that shows that he did, but it was in service during his presidency.

Tom: And the presidential limos that we see while on the roads if you’re lucky or in documentaries, they’re more like tanks that are made to look like a vehicle. This actually looks like a look a, what does that, a Cadillac?

“It is based on an actual car heavily, heavily modified for armorment and bulletproof glass and the whole bit.”

John: Yes it is. It’s actually based on a Cadillac frame. 1983 Cadillac, and it was first used in 1984. So it is based on an actual car heavily, heavily modified for armorment and bulletproof glass and the whole bit.

The current limousines that they use are truck-based and they nicknamed them the beast for a reason. They’re huge.

Most of that’s probably classified anyways. There are numerous documentaries and there’s probably a lot on the Internet that you can figure out what goes into those.

Tom: And then the chase car back here that we have, it’s basically a Suburban?

John: Yeah, it’s an ’86 Chevy Suburban Silverado. Very minor modifications on that. It was mainly set up to house the security detail that went along with the motorcade.

Tom: And that was actually used as well?

John: It was, yeah.

The Secret Technology of Air Force One at The Regan Library

Tom: So I asked John repeatedly off mic, but I’m going to do it again now that we’re on mic, the secret compartments on Air Force One, the secret technology on Air Force One?

“Well, anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft.”

John: Well, anything that was classified or I guess you’d call “secret” that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there’s nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.

Tom: We are in that town, aren’t we?

John: Yes we are.

Visit the Ronald Reagan Library – You Won’t Regret It

Tom: Thank you so much for having us, having me. It was really neat. If you’re listening to the podcast, check out the pictures on the website. I feel pretty special to have been able to sit in Air Force One and, John, thank you again for…

“You’re welcome up here to the Reagan Library and we welcome all your listeners, too.”

John: You’re welcome up here to the Reagan Library and we welcome all your listeners, too, as well. Check us out at reaganlibrary.com or reaganfoundation.com, either one, and check out the site and you can see the events that are coming up and what are available.

Tom: You have different exhibits that come and go throughout the year?

John: We have a lot of special exhibits up here. Famously, the Titanic exhibit just ended. Next week, we’ll be opening up a fantastic exhibit on Genghis Khan, and that will be here for a couple of months, and then I don’t know what the next exhibit in line is, but we invite everybody to come up and check out this exhibit.

Tom: John Lehne, thank you so much again. The building facilities manager for the Ronald Reagan Foundation here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Podcasting from underneath Air Force One, which is just really cool to say and really cool to look up and be actually here, I’m Tom Smith. This is iDriveSoCal. As always, thanks for listening.

 

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Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. - And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway. - Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.<br /> <br /> And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft.  Well, one of them anyway.<br /> <br /> Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One!<br /> <br /> ***Transcript***<br /> Recorded February 12, 2018<br /> John: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it.<br /> <br /> I don't know what the exact number of that mileage is, but he definitely flew a great deal on this plane much more so than any other president. This was the aircraft that took him to Germany for the famous "tear down this wall" speech.<br /> <br /> Anything that was classified or I guess you'd call "secret" that was all removed prior to our obtaining the aircraft. There are no escape pods. Additionally, there are no hidden guns or bombs or anything else that can be released from the aircraft, so there's nothing like that and a lot of that are the fantasies in Hollywood that they portray in movies.<br /> The Home of Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Library<br /> Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of these fine United States - Southern California. I'm Tom Smith, and in honor of President's Day, we are sitting underneath Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> John: Correct.<br /> <br /> Tom: Okay. And that is John Lehne who's the building facilities manager here for the Ronald Reagan Foundation, which runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> John: Correct. We are part of the library... the foundation actually supports the library. It is actually run by the government, National Archives Administration. The Air Force One pavilion, which we are sitting in right now with the Air Force One plane, is operated by the foundation. So this is a little unique part of the library.<br /> <br /> Tom: So there you have it for the specifics. But what the exciting part is, literally I'm looking up at the belly of Air Force One and it's a pretty cool thing. We got some really neat pictures. John was nice enough to walk me through the plane, little private tour, got a couple of pictures. I wasn't able to sit in President Ronald Reagan's office chair, but I did sit at the conference table and that was pretty darn neat. So, John, thank you so much for that.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith sits at Conference table aboard Air Force One.<br /> <br /> John: You're very welcome.<br /> How Did Air Force One Get to The Regan Library?<br /> <br /> Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.<br /> <br /> Tom: How did this plane get here? When you come to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Air Force One pavilion, you can see a cool pictorial story that's told on how actually the building was kind of built around the plane.<br /> “It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.”<br /> John: They put the superstructure, the building up. The plane had flown in a little prior to that, and they disassembled the plane, towed up here in pieces, except for the fuselage was one solid piece.<br /> <br /> They did the superstructure of the building, pulled the plane and the pieces into the building and literally put the plane back together inside the building. Stripped the plane, repainted it, shrink-wrapped it, and then they finished the building around the plane.<br /> <br /> When they were done with the building, they unwrapped the plane, cleaned it up, polished it up, then put it on display. It was almost like the ultimate ship in a bottle type of construction.<br /> <br /> Tom: And the plane landed actually at San Bernardino International Airport.<br /> <br /> John: It flew out from Andrews Air Force Base and landed here in California and then it was trucke... Tom Smith clean 16:06
Highway Earth Auto Show, Nature Meets Great Cars in Beverly Hills https://www.idrivesocal.com/highway-earth-car-show/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 07:00:43 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=1852 The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you're there, you forget where you are. That's because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous!  Evan Klein is a long-time automotive photographer.  And, he 's also the show's founder.  His ultimate goal was to merge the beauty of cars and the beauty of nature together. Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show.   If you're wondering if this is a good event for the whole family, the answer is yes! Automotive enthusiasts of all ages and niche interests enjoy the Highway Earth Show. For instance, you could love sports cars, Ferraris or Porsches or antique Fords. Likewise, you might prefer the types of cars you don't see at shows very often, and this event would be a good fit for you too.  Case in point, while touring this year's show we met Alexander Lehr.  And he was displaying his vintage Studebaker.   The 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show 1963 Studebaker Avanti RI Sports Coupe. “This was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it.” Alexander bought his Studebaker Avanti off of eBay in 2005. "Believe it or not, this was a very radical design in 1963. There was nothing like it. Now, a lot of cars look like it. However, back then, it was a very unique design" said Lehr. Alexander Lehr with his 1963 Studebaker Avanti at the Highway Earth Auto Show. Andrew and his Studebaker attend many car shows.  But, like other attendees we spoke with, he called out the Highway Earth Show as one of his favorites.  "Well, I've been to a lot of car shows. I like this show because the people are very friendly and easy going. Additionally, it's in a beautiful park" he said.