The global economy is still seeing new effects of thepandemic, and this week, the automotive industry saw many changes to its labor force. Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen announced layoffs and furloughs this week, and more are expected as plants and offices stay shut down as we mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Layoffs and furloughs weren’t the only big news, though. A fire sent a rental-car lot ablaze at a Florida airport, destroying more than 3,500 cars. Our editors tested some fine automobiles this week, as well, including a big-body Bentley, a quick and fast Porsche, a torque-happy Jeep and more.
Here’s a recap of our most important stories from April 5 to 11.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
If looks are a higher priority than massive cargo space, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport may be a better option than the larger Atlas. Executive Editor Chris Paukert appreciates the chopped-top looks, but isn’t as impressed with the power, fuel economy or handling characteristics of this still large VW. It’s a solid five-passenger SUV, but one that’s focused on style above all.
2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The top-of-the-line Porsche 911 Turbo S hits nearly every mark for Managing Editor Steven Ewing. It does so, in part, by out-accelerating its supercar rivals, while still providing everyday comfort and amenities you should expect from a sporty grand tourer.
2020 Toyota Highlander
Toyota loyalists will not be upset with the marque’s latest Highlander, and neither is Reviews Editor Andrew Krok. The 2020 Toyota Highlander has pleasant looks, sufficient power, decent handling, lots of comfort and more, but the midsize SUV faces some hot competition from other manufacturers. The Highlander is a great all-around choice.
2020 Bentley Flying Spur: Heritage meets modern luxury
Editor-in-Chief Tim Stevens takes a deep dive into what modern luxury should be, and to no surprise, the Bentayga.does not disappoint. The centenarian automaker’s new sedan is really quite good, and we think it’s an excellent alternative to Bentley’s SUV, the
2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel gets muddy
Craig Cole puts the diesel-equippedthrough all its normal paces, including on- and off-road driving. The new engine option offers plenty of torque while also delivering decent fuel economy for an SUV of its capability.
5 PC games that’ll make you a better racer
Now more than ever, PC gaming is a solid option for folks who want to get their racing fix. Editor-in-Chief Tim Stevens has five good choices for folks looking to transition from real-world driving or casual gaming systems toin the video above.
- Colleges That Require Coronavirus Screening Tech Struggle to Say Whether It Works – The New York Times
- Colleges That Require Virus-Screening Tech Struggle to Say Whether It Works – The New York Times
- Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities Expands to DC to Diversify the Tech Ecosystem – Yahoo Finance
- Turkey Widens War Tech Hunt by Tapping Pakistan’s China Ties – Bloomberg
- Tech recruiting lessons in the Covid-19 era – Information Age
- Virtual tech event highlights local STEM professionals during WHAT I CAN BE! Tech Career Showcase – Herald-Mail Media
- Accenture’s Tech Push Makes It World’s Most Acquisitive Company – Bloomberg
- Tech Hosts Duke for Senior Night – Men’s Basketball — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site
- No. 22/19 Tech set for final home game, takes on Cards – VT hokiesports.com