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MotorTrend March 2020

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3 min.
the more things change, the more things get insane

Back on August 3, 2017, a press release went out announcing that the company now known as the MotorTrend Group would enter into joint venture with Discovery Communications. During the transition, a wise man told me, “Ed, this place is going to look very different in six months and completely transformed in a year. In two years, it will be unrecognizable.” I don’t remember believing those words at the time, but they have since proven prophetic in many ways, as we saw at the close of last month’s Cybertruck issue. Four days before Tesla’s announcement, we made our own noise, by celebrating MotorTrend’s 70th anniversary and our 2020 Car, Truck, SUV, and Person of the Year, in a venue I would have never expected: our headquarters in El Segundo, California. The second…

5 min.
top gear america is back!

After an exhaustive search, we’re proud to announce the hosts of Top Gear America, coming exclusively to the MotorTrend app in spring 2020: Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon. Or, as they tell it: two comedians, a guy who’s actually British, and The Stig. “If we’re ever given a script, I promise the viewers that I’m going to light it on fire and throw it away,” Corddry said. “So you can count on me for that, at least. I really think that the strength of this show is going to be an honest interplay between the three of us.” Corddry, like Shepard and Bovingdon, is both a lifelong car enthusiast and a big Top Gear fan. “I feel like that’s the one prerequisite the host should have,” Shepard said. “Cars are my…

2 min.
an interview with the stig

Forget any American cousin you may have seen, The Stig has landed in California to film Top Gear America alongside Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon. We cornered the reclusive driver and TV personality during a photo shoot in hopes of gaining some insights on the new show. We know The Stig is a driver of huge talent but few words, so we hoped bringing a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a mid-engine Corvette, and a McLaren 720S into the studio would open things up. Instead, we found The Stig staring at a lamp. MT: Welcome back to the office! Don’t worry about the mess from last time. It’s all been taken care of. The Stig: … MT: I hope the A/C is on high enough in here. I know it’s a bit warmer…

5 min.
2021 chevrolet suburban and tahoe

A new Chevrolet Suburban is big. In dimension. In investment. In importance. As the sun sets on the current Suburban, which came out in 2014 as a 2015 model, a new and massive three-row SUV with vast improvements takes its place, extending the life of the longest-running nameplate in automotive history at 85 years and counting. The 2021 Suburban will go on sale next spring, riding on the same new architecture that underpins the Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD pickups, as well as its full-size SUV sibling, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe is the SUV for those who tend to carry four people regularly (instead of six or eight) and use all the rear space for cargo. The Tahoe’s wheelbase grew by 4.9 inches to 120.9, and overall length increased 6.7…

1 min.
best of the l.a. show

Hyundai Vision T Concept Make a few tweaks, and you’re looking at the next Hyundai Tucson. The concept is slightly longer overall on a 5.3-inch-longer wheelbase, and it’s powered by an undescribed plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The coolest trick, though, is the front and rear lighting elements, which look like the rest of the metal trim when they’re off but light up when powered. Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion Nearly ready for production, it’ll replace the Golf Alltrack by 2022. The ID Space Vizzion (yes, really) is a pure EV thanks to an 82-kW-hr battery in the floor and a 205-kW rear electric motor. A front electric motor for all-wheel drive is being considered. Volkswagen expects a range of 300 miles. The interior previews VW’s new 15.6-inch infotainment display with all-new software. Chevrolet Trailblazer…

1 min.
rear view

50 March 1970 PRICE: $0.50 This issue was dedicated to our sneak preview of the 1970 racing season in Trans Am, NHRA, Can Am, NASCAR, and USAC. Elsewhere, we ran a family sedan comparison featuring the AMC Ambassador, Chevy Impala, Dodge Polara, and Ford XL, with the Impala inching ahead for the win. We also had our first drive of the AMC Gremlin. “One day some drag racer will probably put a Hemi in it,” we wrote. Turns out, we were right; our very own Roadkill did just that last year. 30 March 1990 PRICE: $2.95 We unknowingly entered our last decade of Import Car of the Year in 1990, as the award would be folded into Car of the Year at the turn of the century. Nevertheless, our final decade of ICOTY started off with a…