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Heather Skovlund Lexus IS 350 F-Sport illustration for use by 360 Magazine

2021 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine took the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport out for a spin along California’s golden coast. We drove the Grecian Water model- an electric blue color that surely was the star of Hollywood Boulevard. As compared to other luxury sedans, such as a the BMW 3 Series, the Lexus IS provides unrivaled steering feel, safety features, and price. The low to the ground position of the vehicle­–30mm wider than its predecessor Lexus model–makes for a dramatic, aggressive, and sleek reimagined design. A pure sports sedan, the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport promises peak performance, craftsmanship, and technological innovation.

The intriguing, proactive layout of the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport inspired 360 Magazine to revamp our LA workspace to reflect the vehicle’s beautiful interior and exterior. During our trip, we drove the Lexus IS to several Home Depots as we worked on renovations. Thanks to the agile driving ability of the IS, we were able to get to our destination smoothly in a matter of minutes. The lean design of the Lexus IS allowed us to easily maneuver into tight parking spaces and around busy corners. The ferocious agility and powerful drive of the vehicle made for a comfortable journey as picked up revamping supplies.

We reimagined our LA location to exude sophistication and innovation, as the Lexus IS represents. With new shelving units and countertops, modern metallic flooring, a chandelier with LED lights, repainted matte countertops, and installed bejeweled glass knobs, the 360 team transformed our area into a completely redesigned and elevated workspace. To maximize the space’s function, we also added surrounded sound, subwoofers, and a TV. Just like the ergonomically compact and versatile construction of the Lexus IS, 360 Magazine’s refurbished LA workspace reflects how we will efficiently utilize the space for future events, dinners, and live performances. For trips to Home Depot, work commutes, grocery runs, cruises along the Golden Coast, and more, the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport is the ideal vehicle.

Design

The Lexus IS 350 F-Sport was designed in tandem with BMW and Lexus, mixing the utmost quality of German and Japanese engineering. Some of the most noteworthy design features of the F-Sport include heated and ventilated power sears for the driver and passenger, as well as a shift knob and hand-selected leather-trimmed steering wheel and interior trim. Fine accent stitching details car’s the dashboard, creating a very coordinated and sleek ambiance in the vehicle. The large, circular air vents in the car are reminiscent of jet turbines and make every drive in the Lexus a daring adventure to embark upon.

The IS 350 F-Sport has all-wheel drive abilities that grant enhanced traction on many surfaces and conditions. Carpet floor mats lets passengers climb back into their Lexus with no fear after a day out adventuring. The car’s 19 in staggered-width alloy wheels, with a dark metallic finish, allow drivers to take on any terrain. The IS 350 F-Sport has luxurious F-Sport exterior styling including glossy black accents around the grille, lower rocker, and rear lip spoiler and a singular tailpipe that stylishly tapers to mere centimeter in the center. When passengers enter the vehicle, they are sure to notice to the black, geometric film interior trim, which creates a classy, elegant atmosphere in the car’s cabin. Following the perimeters of the vehicle’s lustrous trim, passenger’s eyes are led up to the power tilt-and-slide moonroof.

While we loved cruising in style in the Grecian Blue model, the vehicle also comes in seven other stunning shades: Ultra White, Iridium, Atomic Silver, Cloudburst Gray, Caviar, Infrared, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Technology 

Lexus’ impressive multimedia system, comprised of The Mark Levinson navigation/audio package, includes a navigation system with 10.3in touch screen multimedia display, Lexus Enform dynamic navigation (3-year trial included), dynamic voice command (10-year trial included), Lexus Enform destination assist (3-year trial included), and Mark Levinson 17-speaker, 1,800-watt premium sound system audio system with voice command. Also available on the display is a panoramic view monitor with four high-resolution cameras on the car’s front, side, and rear. The panoramic view monitor allows drivers a bird’s eye view of their surrounding environment, providing helpful assistance with parking and tight maneuvering. All of these tech savvy features make navigating and entertaining a breeze.

Driver need not lift a finger from the wheel, as they can easily listen to music, make lists, hear the news, and control smart-home devices by using voice commands. The digital instrumental of the car’s gauges can also be read aloud to inform drivers when necessary. Or flip between channels and navigate the touchscreen with the Lexus Enform Remote (which includes a 3-year trial.)

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility lets drivers cruise while listening to their favorite music, podcasts, audio books, and more. Or, if you prefer to have someone else curating your driving playlist, crank on the car’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio (3-month trial of such is included.) During our sunset cruise, we listened to “Love Nobody” and Afro Soul by WurlD.

The IS 350 is compatible with smartphones, smart watches, devices enabled with Google Assistant, and the Amazon Echo. Even if you’re traveling in remote areas, Lexus’ Enform Wi-Fi (3-month trial included) lets adventurers stay connected, wherever you are. Further, the Lexus App allows drivers to manage their vehicle on the go. Schedule service appointment and start your vehicle remotely with just a few simple taps.

With dual-zone electrostatic climate controls, drivers can customize their car’s temperature effortlessly with intuitive slide touch controls. Individual settings allow for both the driver and front seat passenger to set their preferred temperatures.

Safety

Lexus knows that their customers travel with precious cargo. Keeping this in mind, the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport was created with a myriad of safety features to keep everyone secure. The F-Sport model has a governmental 5-star for its driver and passenger safety in case of a crash and is also rated 5-stars regarding the safety of passengers in case of rollover in a single-vehicle crash.

Equipped with the Lexus Safety System + 2.5 Pre-Collision System, this Lexus has pedestrian detection, all speed-dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beams, road sign assist, lane tracing assist, and lane departure alert with steering assist. The vehicle also comes stocked with a first aid kit, so you can feel prepared for anything while on-the-go.

Additionally, the blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert smart access takes the stress out of driving in crowded areas. If drivers are hesitant the venture out into stormy weather, the IS 350’s rain sensing wipers allow driver’s a clear view of the road in front of them, no matter what. Even while driving at night, Lexus customers can feel protected knowing that the car’s intelligent high bean headlamps and road sign assist will make navigating in the dark easy. Auto on/off LEF low and high beam headlights with daytime running lights (DRL) will illuminate the night, wherever your adventures take you.

Performance 

Standard features of the vehicle include a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 311 HP @ 6600, and 280 torque @ 4800. The enhanced agility of this new model allows for improved cornering, reduced body lean, and greater overall responsiveness. The annual fuel cost of the car totals $2,100, with a 23 MPG– 20 mpg in the city, and 28 mpg on the highway. Further, the F-Spot uses only 4.3 gallons per 100 miles. The fuel economy, greenhouse gas rating, and smog rating of the car is a 5/10.

The IS 350 F-Spot has an exhilarating 8-speed sport direct-shift transmission (RWD only). This model Lexus performs highly, thanks to the car’s rear wheel drive and selection of five driving modes (ECO, Normal, Sport & Snow.) Drivers can also utilize custom drive mode, which enables users to create a unique combination of drive mode settings for a more personalized driving experience.

Drivers to cruise with comfort, thanks to the mounted steering wheel with paddle shifters. For those wanting extra security, the torsen limited-slip differential is available; which shifts power to the rear wheel with the most grip to provide greater traction and command during acceleration and cornering.

Other performance aspects of the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport are included in the Dynamic Handling Package. This package includes adaptive variable suspension turning abilities (with components that are up to 20% lighter to sharpen response and reduce body lean), a moveable meter, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.

Cost

Upon purchasing your Lexus, the car retailer provides their Lexus Enform Safety Connect, which includes a 3-year trial. Furthermore, the Lexus Enform Service Connect is included for the first 10 years of ownership. The 2021 Lexus 2021 IS 350 F-Sport starts at $39,050.

The model that 360 Magazine took on the road–including delivery, processing and handling fees–cost $53,740.

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360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

China’s EV Industry Growth

1.3M Electric Vehicles Were Sold In China In 2020 – Projected For 51% Increase By 2021

China has become a relatively rich market for Electric vehicles (EVs) in recent times, and companies like Tesla have pounced on the opportunity. China posted a record number of EVs sold in the country in 2020, despite the global downturn of the automotive industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data presented by TradingPlatforms, 1.3M EVs were sold in China in 2020– a rise of 8% YoY, but is projected to grow by over 51% in 2021 to almost 2M.

EV Enters Mainstream– China One of Promising Markets, Despite Negative Effects of Pandemic

EVs have entered the automotive mainstream in recent times with Tesla setting the tone for affordable and stylish EVs. In 2019, the global EV market was valued at just over $162B and is expected to see tremendous growth in the next decade. The global EV market is projected to have a compound annual growth rate of 22.12% in the period from 2019-2026, and rise to a value of almost $803B in 2026.

China is a particularly strong market for EVs, where a record number of EVs were sold in 2020. However, recent policy changes around the EV industry in China, and the more recent Coronavirus pandemic, have slowed down the strong momentum EVs once generated. Despite this, the number of EVs sold in China still saw a modest increase of 8% YoY from 2019-2020 to a record 1.3M units sold.

Demand is also expected to rebound after 2020’s sharp downturn for the entire industry. EV sales are projected to increase by over 51% to almost 2M EVs sold. Automotive industry expert Chris Jones noted: “Prospects are very good for China’s EV market in 2021. There is already an excellent network of standardized public EV chargers in China, good government support and now a return to strong consumer demand.”

SAIC-GM-Wuling and Tesla Carried Chinese EV Industry Through Turbulent Time

Two brands and their vehicles carried the Chinese EV industry through a difficult period caused by the pandemic: SAIC-GM-Wuling and Tesla. The Tesla Model 3 was the most popular EV in China for a time until the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV entered the market in the middle of 2020. As of July 2020, the Tesla Model 3 was the most registered new electric car in China with the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV already following closely behind.

An estimated 11,000 Model 3’s had been registered by that period while 7,250 Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV had already been registered despite deliveries only starting in the same month. By the end of 2020, SAIC-GM-Wuling had become the most popular EV brand in China with an estimated 177,000 units in car sales compared to Tesla’s 137,460 units.

The two brands offer two very different EVs, yet found that their shared success that carried the Chinese EV market through a difficult time. Jones further notes: “If it had not been for the huge success of these two very different EVs, the Chinese EV market would have declined in 2020. Between them, the two models represented one in five of all EVs sold in China.”

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information at TradingPlatform’s website.

 

 

Illustration of Lamborghini Urus by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Lamborghini Urus: Super-SUV

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

The marriage of a sports car’s athleticism and an SUV’s versatility is evident in the groundbreaking new creation from Lamborghini: The 2021 Lamborghini Urus. This super-SUV is the first of its kind on the market, offering an exhilarating driving experience to those behind the wheel. With the ability to host five passengers, this vehicle packs in pleasure and practicality wherever you go. The manufacturer elaborates on the invigorating experience of driving their super-SUV:

“It is the absolute all-round super sports car and more. It allows you to explore new paths and new ways to express yourself—to accept challenges confidently and to live life to the fullest. You are not afraid to go far: this is what you aspire to. Unlock any road, unlock your personality.”

The Urus rivals similar super SUV models like 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but beats out the Trackhawk in terms of speed. Its twin turbo engine delivers 217kW per tonne, as compared to the Trackhawk, which only delivers 212kW per tonne. Further, the silhouette of the Urus resembles the electric Jaguar I-Pace, presenting a similarly aerodynamic exterior.

Other comparable models include the Audi Q8. While both vehicles have a top speed of 189.5mph (305 km/h), the Urus is able to hit top speed in 3.6 seconds, which is two tenths of a second quicker than the Audi Q8. Just like the distinguished sophistication of opera music, hearing the roar of the Lamborghini motor is music to driver’s ears.

Design

The interior of the luxe vehicle is inspired by aero-space design and driver oriented instrumentation. With a gear shift resembling a jet’s throttle and a start button hidden under a red flip cover, drivers are met with power and control immediately upon entering the driver’s seat. There are several interior cubby storage compartments, such as door pockets and a bin behind the floating center stack. With up to 22 ft3 of space in the car’s cabin  and the ability to fit 5 passengers, the Urus is spacious–especially when compared to other super cars.

Offering a choice of finishes–from leather to Alcantra, to wood and aluminum, or carbon-fiber­–the Urus is sure to look good from the inside out. The manufacturer now offers more customization than ever before. Clientele can choose from a selection of vibrant, eye-catching colors, including Giallo Inti (yellow), Arancio Borealis (orange), or Verde Mantis (green) with the available Pearl Capsule package. Alternatively, the standard palette offers more subtly attractive options, including black, grey, blue, and white colorways. Any of these fashionable exteriors create a beautiful contrast with the black and carbon fiber-trim. This model doesn’t fail to uphold the signature Lamborghini design with its Y-shaped details, front hood with a center peak, and crossed lines on the rear hood. With frameless doors and hexagonal detailing, this Lamborghini epitomizes modern glamour.

Technology 

Not one, not two, but three TFT LCD display screens are installed inside the Urus, transforming the interior to feel like a cockpit. The screens provide crisp graphics and are easy to view, without the need for any clunky buttons. You can use your finger on the touch screen to write in your destination, or other search requests.

The Lamborghini infotainment system is installed with a Bang and Olufsen radio sound system, smart phone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, a DVD-audio/video reader, 3D maps navigation system, USB capabilities, Bluetooth connection, and voice control recognition. Additionally, the vehicle has a fully digital gauge cluster.

If you’re looking for further refinement, the factory offers an array of optional lavish features for purchase. These features include front seats with ventilation, seats with massage functions, an upgraded sound system, the rear-seat entertainment system, and available Off-Road drive modes. A stand out is the optional hands-free tailgate feature for when you’ve got your hands full, just lift your foot to trigger the sensor beneath the rear bumper to activate the trunk and make loading or unloading your vehicle effortless.

Safety

Drivers feel secure as they transport their precious cargo in this super-SUV. With aluminum tires–21’ x 9.5’ in the front of the vehicle, and 21’ x 10.5’ in the rear–the Urus has some major brawn. At the same time, the multi-link front and rear suspension, with air springs, allows for smooth riding. The Urus is athletic without compromising safety, as evident in its quick steering and high-speed cornering modes.

The car comes standard with several key safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, standard blind spot monitoring, a night vision camera, available self-parking and driver assist, and an audio theft deterrent. Additionally, it is equipped with front, side, and overhead airbags to protect drivers and occupants in case of emergency.

Explore new paths in your Urus as you take on any terrain together.  Its Pirelli P Zero front and rear tires, offered in 21’ to 23’ size options, promise traction and performance. And if you want to take a pit stop along the way? The impressive braking system is equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes and front aluminum 10 piston brake calipers. These brakes, along with the premium shock absorbers, bring the car to a smooth halt from 70 mph to a full stop in 149 ft. Additionally, the car has front and rear anti-roll bars for extra braking power.

While the manufacturer doesn’t offer a lengthy warranty– providing three years with no mileage cap, without any complimentary scheduled maintenance–this car is built to last. However, if you’re looking for that extra protection, there are several extended warranty and maintenance plans available for purchase.

Performance

The Urus is powered by a powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 641hp, producing a maximum torque of 850 Nm (626,93 lb.-ft.) @ 2,2520-4,400 rpm. Feeling the need for speed? Accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 190 mph, or 305 km/h in this sporty SUV. The 8-speed transmission is automatic with driver selectable mode, sequential shift control with steering wheel controls, and an oil cooler. Additionally, the engine has its own auto stop-start feature. The vehicle has eight cylinders, and a total displacement of 3,996 cm³.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, this Lamborghini gets 12mph in the city, or 17mph on the highway. The fuel tank has a capacity of 22.5 G. Equipped with AWD, you can drive anywhere with confidence and power.

Cost

The Urus’ MSRP totals $218,009, with a destination charge of $3,995. Compared to the rest of Lamborghini’s luxurious portfolio, this particular model is the most affordable and versatile option. Here at 360 Magazine, we took a spin in the manufacturer’s testing vehicle, which cost $282,649 with all the car’s capabilities fully loaded.

If you’re searching to cruise in style without compromising functionality, look no further than the 2021 Lamborghini Urus. Stars like Justin Bieber–who drives a custom barbie pink one, and Kanye West, who has his own custom, cream colored model–know that this super-SUV is the choice for drivers looking to stand out. Another member of the Kardashian crew, Kylie Jenner, also owns this super-SUV, which she posted about on her Instagram. Similarly, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers flaunts his fancy super-SUV, decked out with a gloss black trim. Cardi B also just bought her husband–Offset from the rap group Migos,–one, the perfect present to transport the posh celeb duo in style. No matter where you go, every ride in the Urus promises VIP treatment to all of its passengers.

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Alfa Romeo x “Passione”

By: Emily Bunn

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with Alfa Romeo’s interactive e-book release, “Passione.” The Italian “Passione” translates in English to “passion,” inspired by Alfa Romeo’s roots in Turin, Italy. The brand’s iconic designs and craftsmanship over the past 110 years of automotive production have set Alfa Romeo apart, though the brand’s love for creating luxurious, beautiful vehicles has remained unchanged. Their new e-book looks to detail how key design elements have distinguished Alfa Romeo’s legendary automobiles, and how the company’s unparalleled approach has caught the eyes and hearts of Alfa Romeo fans, adoringly dubbed ‘Alfistis’, globally.

Upon opening the e-book, readers are met with a bold statement from Orazio Satta Puliga, Head of Alfa Romeo Engineering from 1946-1973.

“We are in the realm of sensations, passions, things that have to do more with the head than the heart.”

“Passione” looks to showcase the impressive history of Alfa Romeo, providing an exclusive look at renderings and sketches from AR’s designers at Centro Stile (Design Center) in Turin, Italy. The e-book looks to the past and future of Alfa Romeo, including ten chapters of diverse designs, timeless beauty, and Italian inspiration: “Italian roots”, “Heritage”, “Purity”, “Disruption”, “Red”, “Beauty Is Everywhere”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Design Melting Pot.” The informational text in the e-book chronicles the brand’s legacy, and is paired with beautiful imagery, inspired by 14th century Italian Renaissance art and design elements.

To learn more, read Alfa Romeo’s “Passione” e-book here.

Alfa Romeo DNA (sketches by Centro Stile)

Purity: Alfa Romeo Giulia GT (rendering by Centro Stile)

Beauty for everyone: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and MiTo (rendering by Centro Stile)

7 Things to Know Before Using an Auto Transport Service

At some point in your lifetime, you’ll find yourself in need of auto transport services. You could be moving your car or motorcycle from one state to another. In other cases, you may need to ship your vehicle overseas for an extended vacation or work retreat. Instead of grappling with shipping yourself and coordinating tedious logistics, trust the experts at Guardian Auto Transport to oversee the process.

If this is the first time hiring an auto transport company to ship your vehicle, there are a few things you should know before scheduling your pickup date.

What insurance coverage is offered?

Ensure that the auto transport of your choice offers sufficient insurance coverage for the items you are shipping. Be wary of companies that offer low shipping costs and compromise on insurance. Your automobile is one of the most treasured possessions, and you won’t want to gamble with its safety.

Even though your car is insured, your current insurance plan may not be comprehensive enough when crossing state borders. Ensure your shipping company provides adequate insurance coverage that will protect your vehicle from unsightly chips or dents or other catastrophic roadside accidents.

For optimal safety, request a copy of their insurance documents to better understand the extent of coverage. If you aren’t satisfied with the current level, ask them to adjust it upwards. It will cost you a bit more, but it’s well worth the investment, as you won’t have to worry about financially-devastating damage that could potentially drain your bank account. When it comes to your automobile, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Do I need to prepare my car for shipment?

Are you seeking auto transport services to transport your car? Do you know how to prepare your vehicle before shipping? If you identify as a clueless first-timer, below are some vital pointers to keep in mind:

  • Wash your car: A clean car will make any scratches and scrapes visible to the owner. Once you’ve spotted these blemishes, you can document them accordingly.
  • Disable any alarm systems of your car
  • Empty personal belongings from the car
  • Leave minimal gas in the car
  • Lock your car
  • Inspect for any leaks or damages before shipping
  • Ensure it has a valid license

Adequate preparation expedites the shipping process tremendously and saves you from unnecessary delays. Some vehicle owners might be operating under a tight deadline, making timeliness all the more vital.

How much will it cost to ship?

The first question a majority of customers usually ask is: How much will it cost me to ship? Unfortunately, it’s not a simple yes-or-no question that representatives can answer in a few seconds. Instead, pricing shipping depends on a multitude of factors. Some factors bound to influence the total shipping cost include the following:

  • Size and weight of your vehicle
  • Distance to be covered
  • Time of the year (prices tend to increase in the summer due to increased demand)
  • Make and model of your car (Note: classic and luxurious vehicles tend to cost more)
  • Method used (whether open, enclosed, or expedited auto transport)

Is you shipping provider registered?

Safeguard yourself from scams. Ensure that the auto transport company of your choice is registered by the Department of Transportation. A registered company has an active USDOT and MC number. You can verify the validity of these numbers with the US Department of Transportation.

To prevent rip-offs, use caution when dealing with brokers. These professionals bear no responsibility for your shipment and will not feel obligated to maintain your vehicle’s pristine condition.

For those beginners, you’ll need to be able to distinguish between shipping companies and brokers. Unlike shipping companies, brokers don’t have a USDOT number. They only hold an MC number. Requesting their USDOT number is an easy way to differentiate between the two.

Do I need any documentation?

Always have the correct documentation in your possession when shipping your car. At a minimum, you’ll need to have your car insurance certificate and registration documents on-hand. To be on the safe side, confer with your auto transport company and ask about the paperwork you’ll need beforehand.

How long does it take to ship?

The duration of shipping depends on the distance covered and the method of transportation. Your auto transport company should advise you on the likely duration of shipping. A company that values its customers should promptly communicate when faced with unexpected delays for customer satisfaction guaranteed.

How do I make payment?

Consult with your shipping company and inquire about the modes of payment they accept. Some don’t accept checks. Other shipping providers don’t like cash, as it is risky and burdensome to the driver to carry on-the-go.

You may be wondering: Should I pay in full before shipping? The payment requirements and deposits will differ from one company to another. However, it’s advisable to choose a company that bills you only after dispatching a carrier for your shipping order. Remember, a trustworthy auto shipping provider will never charge you for a quote. If they request payment upfront, consider looking elsewhere for auto transportation services.

Final thoughts

Failure to complete the necessary steps associated with the shipping process may result in additional charges or costly damages. To guarantee quality customer service interactions and a seamless shipping process, scan through online reviews posted by former customers. These customer testimonials or negative reviews can point you in the direction of a reliable auto transport company.

Ted Allen illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine.

Ted Allen × Subaru

Subaru of America, the famed brand and subsidiary of the Subaru Corporation of Japan, is hosting an event to fundraise for the HIV/AIDS community across the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced dramatic changes to all lives and brought devastating challenges to the restaurant community, as well as to the healthcare organizations who support people in need. Subaru’s annual restaurant-based fundraiser, Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru, sends crucially needed funds to HIV/AIDS organizations in cities across North America. This aide represents Subaru’s commitment to extending beyond the automobile realm to be an active and ethical member of communities.

Chopped! host Ted Allen joins with Subaru of America, Inc. in their continuing support for Dining Out For Life, and invites the public to join Allen and guests on Instagram Live on Thursday, September 24, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT, for a spicy, clean-food, cooking demonstration. The event will also be hosted by New York-based, award-winning Chef Ric Orlando, as well as conversation with Designer/HIV Activist Mondo Guerra, and actor/author, Pam Grier.

To join the event, go to @Subaru_USA. The nearly 3,000 restaurants that participate in Dining Out For Life need support now more than ever. On September 24, dining out and take-out events will be happening in several cities across the country: Oakland, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Alaska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Seattle, Washington. Many more regions will hold in-person and virtual events in October and through December. Visit your community’s page on diningoutforlife to find participating restaurants and to support your community. Another way an individual can help is to reach out to the HIV/AIDS Service Organization that produces Dining Out For Life in your community to see how one can help the people they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, with support from Subaru of America, Inc., more than $4.2 million dollars was raised from a single day of dining in 60 cities coast to coast, the most funds raised since the event began in 1991. “A commitment to caring for the people in our communities is integral to our Subaru Love Promise, and our longstanding partnership with Dining Out for Life is a shining example of the importance of supporting causes that matter,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are proud to help raise awareness and funds to fight against HIV/AIDS and benefit those who are impacted in our local communities.”

Funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that region to provide HIV care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. This event, hosted by Subaru, truly represents the best of both worlds in supporting local communities in more ways than one.

Negotiations End With California Over Clean Car Standards

Reports indicate that the Trump administration has ended negotiations with California over the administration’s plans to roll back vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. This indicates that the administration is likely to revoke a waiver that permits California and other states to enact more stringent standards than the federal government.

The fact that the Trump administration has stopped talking to California officials about the clean cars standards is an ominous sign. It signals President Donald Trump’s determination to undo the standards – which have saved consumers more than $70 billion at the gas pump and cut dangerous climate pollution – and revoke the California waiver, which allows that state, 13 others and the District of Columbia to protect their citizens from harmful tailpipe pollution. 

Rolling back the clean car standards is reckless. Doing so threatens not only the lives and pocketbooks of every American but also the long-established ability of states to protect their residents from pollution. 

While the Trump administration doubles down on dangerous policies to benefit the auto industry and big oil, more leaders are stepping up to defend the clean car standards. On Wednesday, more than 200 state lawmakers from 14 states called on the auto industry to oppose the rollback and instead support the lifesaving and money-saving standards. 

The industry and administration should heed their call and preserve the standards, which constitute one of the most effective programs we have to combat climate change.

Cadillac CTS-V

By Vaughn Lowery x Reid Urban x Anthony Sovinsky

Cadillac is widely known for being America’s premier luxury vehicle. As for most luxury vehicles, it is focused on a classy, curb-appealing design with a comfort-oriented ride and top of the line technology. As a result, then appeared the 2004 debut of the Cadillac CTS-V, continuing to meet all the previous high-end expectations with some Olympic level athleticism.

The upgraded 2004 CTS-V inherited the Corvette’s 400-hp 5.7 liter V-8 engine and offered it only in a 6-speed manual, which is a unique addition to a unique consumer: the sports car enthusiast. This was a historical step for Cadillac as they now entered the luxury sport sedan realm with the likes of the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. What better way to make a statement than to be featured in one of the best adrenaline pumping car chase scenes of that time as seen in the 2004 movie The Matrix Reloaded.

Fast forward to its second best debut in 2009, which engraved Cadillac in the record books by setting a lap time of 7:59.32 at the Nurburgring for fastest production sedan. This was achieved with a 556hp supercharged 6.2 liter V8, enhanced handling due to the introduction of magnetic ride control, and brembo brakes on all four corners. This catapulted the CTS-V to the top of the ranks of the sport sedan class in performance,  beating the M5 and E63 AMG respectively from zero to 60 mph. 

PRESENT TIME 

The CTS-V will continue its reign in the high performance sport sedan category with the introduction of the astounding new and approved 2019 Cadillac CTS-V.

The front-end greets you with very sharp fighter-jet like lines matched with mesh grills and vents. It is clear the intent of the vehicle is to be as aerodynamic and performance-centric as possible. It features a carbon fiber splitter to redirect wind-drag to down force and keep the vehicle firmly planted for increased traction at higher speeds. The hood is also finished in carbon fiber with functional vents strategically placed to perform a variety of roles including: cooling of the high revving power plant, increased aerodynamics, and a slight weight reduction compared to its stock counterpart.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the side profile is reminiscent of a base model CTS until you spot the 19-inch forged premium painted alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer-only low profile tires. Peering through the light weight forged alloy wheels are gargantuan racing-inspired six-piston front, four-piston rear, fixed caliper Brembo performance brakes with vented rotors that remind you to not forget the V. Moreover. The rear features a carbon fiber spoiler and rear diffuser accompanied by sport badging and quad pipes that announce top of the line engineering. The aggressiveness of the body suits the power in perfect synergism.

The various performance aesthetics are functional for two reasons: compliment the driver and compliment the engine. Let’s start with the engine. The boisterous opulent sedan is blessed to be a part of an incredible gene pool that continues to be one of the fittest on the road. Well-endowed with a supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, it plans to be catapulted by this ostentatious hotrod from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. The horses are put down to the road with an 8-speed automatic transmission available in several drive modes: from the least powerful but still faster than your Eco Mode, to the keep-both-hands-on-the-wheel Track Option. Track mode will tighten the suspension and open all of the cylinders for more power while the transmission will hold gears and have quicker shifts for increased acceleration.

Suspension has been one of the major highlights of the CTS-V since 2009 with the introduction of magnetic ride control. It’s an important feature that reads the road up to one thousand times a second, allowing for incredibly sharp responses from driver input at the wheel. Supplementing “Mag Ride” are multilink MacPherson struts with independent front-and-rear suspension connected to a light-weight stiffened chassis. Such handling technology is especially important to expand the confidence the driver has on and off-track with a vehicle exhibiting as much power, size, and precision as this one embodies.

Interior finishing further address the performance capabilities, as it is fitted with Recaro racing seats up front that are tastefully badged with the V-series logo. Designed for a glove-tight fit for both driver and passenger, the racing-inspired seats keep you firmly situated to resist lateral G forces while hauling through twist and turns through your favorite canyons. However, also comfortable enough to endure a lengthy road trip or frequenting your executive meetings at the office. Rear seats comfortably sit three full-sized adults allowing for a total of four in tow. Don’t worry! It will take more weight than a cabin full of people to slow this bad boy down. The infotainment system is equally accessible to both passenger and driver for ease of use. Simple and straight forward, controls are all touch sensitive as to make the dash sleek and non-distracting. Additionally, the souped-up caddy is laced with some cool features including automatic window shades for more privacy, a digital rear view mirror that allows for more greater vision surrounding the vehicle, blind spot indicators, and Apple Carplay that is compatible with Siri for ease of use and hands-free connectivity with your super car.

Base models for the CTS-V are priced just at $86,995, which is a great value per dollar of horsepower you receive comparatively to other vehicles in its class. Not only that but you have the option to deck it out and become a real show-stopper with carbon fiber and Recaro seat package, which will put you over the 100k mark with a price tag of $106,000. All-in-all, the 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is one of the best performance sport sedans in the world and deserves a spot in your garage.

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Petersen Auto Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum will debut its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” to the media and ticket holders on November 8, 2018. Located in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, the display will feature 12 race cars, racing artifacts and 180-degree panoramic video, providing an immersive way to experience a variety of the fastest and most famous cars built in and around Los Angeles. The reception will pay homage to racing icon Parnelli Jones, a motorsports legend known for his exploits in Indy Car, sports car and off-road racing.

Southern California’s passion for racing became apparent in the early 1900s. The temperate climate and diverse landscapes provided limitless opportunities for racing. Metropolitan cities became home to large racing venues, dry lake beds became the site of land speed trials, airport runways became drag strips and mountains became off-road courses and hill climbs.

Reflecting this diversity, the exhibit will present race cars by the region’s renowned designers and engineers including Fred Offenhauser, Harry Miller, Frank Kurtis and Max Balchowsky. In addition to two racing engines on display, key vehicles will include the 1924 Miller 122, the 1929 Ford 22 Jr. Model A Roadster, the 1963 Ol’Yaller Mark IX, the 1966 AAR Eagle #31 and the 1975 Edmunds Tamale Wagon.

“Although people tend to associate different cities with car racing, Los Angeles has played one of the most consequential roles in the sport,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibit pays tribute to this rich history and honors racing greats such as Parnelli Jones, who has been a hero to fans around the nation for decades. We are thrilled to host and recognize Parnelli at the opening night reception as one of the most successful racers to come out of Los Angeles with accomplishments in a wide range of motorsports.”

Most remembered for his accomplishments at the Indianapolis 500, Jones is often regarded as one of the most versatile racers of all time. He has won nearly every major auto racing event in the United States including six Indy Car wins, four NASCAR wins, 25 sprint car wins and 25 midget car wins. Apart from racing, Jones has operated several successful automotive-related businesses. The preview evening will conclude with an auction featuring signed Jones memorabilia.

“Legends of Los Angeles” will officially open to the public on November 10, 2018 and will run through December 1, 2019. To purchase tickets to the opening or learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

2019 Chevy Silverado

By Anthony Sovinsky x Reid Urban x Vaughn Lowery

Chevy unveiled their most advanced Silverado lineup ever at the historic Forum in Los Angeles for the 2018 Tailgate Fest. 360 Magazine had the pleasure to accompany Chevy in their VIP lounge, where a delicious home style BBQ plate was served in the comfort of the Silverado’s tailgate. The festival included live performances from some of the biggest country artists –  including rap star Nelly and country music icon Toby Keith. As the feast came to a close, we were chauffeured back to headquarters in our test model to enjoy for the rest of our Labor Day weekend.

The Z71 has a massively updated design that embodies all of its characteristics – powerful, luxurious, and extremely capable. Starting at the front you are encountered by a very prominent front-end with chrome finishes. The contour lines of the truck blend flawlessly from front to rear, ensuring a luxurious façade to an otherwise bonafide work truck. In addition, unlike your typical pickup truck, several aerodynamic additions have been appended to enhance functionality. It includes air curtains in the front grille, similar to the sixth-generation Camaro, that reduce drag by routing air around the front wheel wells and an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that help reduce wind drag from the truck bed. Proceeding to the rear end, the tailgate is stamped with the iconic “CHEVROLET” in reference to its late, great predecessors of the 1950s and 60s. However, several other modern upgrades have been made that really set this model apart. Enlarged steps have been crafted into the bumper to better accommodate someone with steel toed boots to have easy access to the truck bed. Dual exhausts have also been stylishly integrated with up to 33 inch wheels for modern customer preferences.

The ultimate test of any pickup truck is the capacity and durability of the truck bed or as Chevy coins it: The “Durabed”. The 2019 Durabeds have all been improved in every manner possible. First off, it is equipped to hold the most cargo space in every bed length offered. This translates to 63 cubic feet of volume, making it 20% larger than the competition. More importantly, it is insanely durable and built for the job. It has a higher strength steel floor that can yield up to 340 to 500 megapascal of pressure. Other features include 12 double strength fixed-tie downs that will withstand up to 500 lbs of force before bending, task lighting, and a 120-volt power outlet.

Aside from using the tailgate for Labor Day festivities, most of our time was expended in the cabin. The redesigned interior with added safety features made commuting in the large truck much more comfy. The cabin space has been increased, allowing up to 44.5 inches of front leg room and 43.8 inches of rear legroom. We also found that there was plenty of storage room in the cabin for medium-sized carry-ons. Equipped with a 24-liter storage tray under the second row seat we were able to stow our champion backpacks and spare gym shoes. Moreover, the fabrics of the seats are super durable while also being stain and smell resistant. This made eating on the go less stressful.

The safety features and infotainment system greatly increased our confidence of navigating such a large truck in a busy city like Los Angeles. Maneuverability was made effortless thanks to several great safety features. The heads-up display enables you to keep your eyes on the road, while important information is projected onto the windshield, a rear camera mirror that allows for a wide angled view of areas behind the truck, and surround vision that gives you a birds-eye view to navigate tight spaces. In addition, several anti-collision mechanisms that include lane departure warnings, low speed forward auto braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and blind zone alert all help keep occupants of The Silverado safe and sound.

The infotainment comes travel ready with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple car play, Android auto, wireless phone charging, and Onstar safety and security features. All amazing additions to have on hand for wherever the road takes you.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the the heart of the vehicle. Chevrolet produces arguably one of the best American engines on the market, and so several engines have been introduced to chariot the extensive line up of work horses. The most astounding options include the 5.3L V8 that allows up to 11,600 lbs of towing capacity, an all-new 2.7L turbo charged powerplant that offers up to 22% more torque and greater fuel efficiency than previous models, and new for the 2019 model is the Duramax 3.0L in-line six turbo diesel.

By nature, the Silverado is an all-encompassing vehicle of utility, design, and comfort. Our model, the 2019 Silverado 4WD LTZ crew with the Z71 off-road package, LTZ convenience package, and safety package additions is priced at $55,080 while the base model sticker is $48,700.

For more information, visit the Chevrolet Instagram page.

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