Sunday, August 15, 2021

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Highlight: The methodically well thought out interior layout was designed by Brian Peterson, a former car designer. Peterson, who is an entrepreneur and humanitarian, was once a member of an elite group of approximately 30 Black car designers around the globe.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $38,205 (Base S Model$34,675)

Seating Capacity: 6

Standard Safety Features (S): airbags; ABS; a tire pressure monitoring system; intelligent speed limit assist system; forward collision warning system; a forward collision warning assist system; a pedestrian automatic braking system; a driver attention warning system; heated outside mirrors; and a lane forward assist system

Saturday, August 14, 2021

'Auto Trends' Goes One-On-One With Author And Filmmaker Of New PBS Special 'Driving While Black' (REWIND)


In an exclusive two-part conversation with Auto Trends with, curator, documentarian, professor and author Dr. Gretchen Sorin literally take us on a historical road trip, exploring the popular acronym DWB beyond the lens of racial profiling.  In her new book, Driving While Black, the effervescent Sorin shares how the car, which has served as the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, played different roles for both the Black and White community.

We begin our talk during the period of 1930, which was also known as the Jim Crow Era, discussing everything from W. E. B. Dubose to Booker T. Washington to Albert Einstein to the cars that played a prominent role with Black vacationers, business travelers, entertainers, sports figures and Civil Rights activists. We also dissect the history behind the infamous Green Book travel guides, sharing a number of revealing findings. 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

'Auto Trends' Talks To A Mother-Daughter Team Who Hold The Keys To Two Of Mercedes-Benz Black-Owned Dealerships (Two Shows)

                                               Grene Baranco (l) and Juanita Baranco (r) (photo credit: G&J)

With less than 6 percent of today’s nearly 17,000 new-vehicle dealerships being minority-owned, its literally like finding a needle in a haystack to come across a mother-daughter dealership team. More specifically, a mother-daughter squad who have a financial stake (and hold key positions) in 2 out of 7 of Mercedes-Benz’s black-owned dealerships. The family owned stores are located in Atlanta, Georgia and Covington, Louisiana.

According to the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), 95 percent of today’s minority owned dealerships are first-generation dealerships. However, when it comes to minority dealers, especially Black dealers, the numbers are grave. One means of creating general wealth is through owning dealerships. They are literally cash cows, if run properly. This prominent Atlanta family has made provisions to hand the keys off to one of their daughters, when the time becomes appropriate, as opposed to allowing the business to slip outside of their hands (into other communities).

Thursday, July 29, 2021

2021 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T SE: The Brand’s Three Row Crossover

                                                               A photo of the Atlas SEL

Highlight: Volkswagen offers its customers the best bumper-to-bumper warranty in the industry. And unlike some other brands, the warranty is transferable, when it is retailed as a used vehicle.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $35,915 (Base model: $32,565)

Seating Capacity: 7

Standard Safety Features: air bags; a rearview camera; a post collision automatic braking system; blind spot monitor; a rear traffic alert system; an electric parking brake; rain sensing windshield wipers; front assist and a tire pressure monitoring system

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