FIRST LOOK: 2021 Nissan Rogue
September 28, 2020

Overview

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Story Intro

The automotive industry has always been highly competitive and this is readily apparent in the midsize-utility-vehicle (crossover) category where the Rogue is Nissan’s rock.
The 2021 model, which not surprisingly is the automaker’s best-selling model, is chock-full of styling and performance upgrades to maintain pace with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, to name a few.

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The Auto Sleuth
September 21, 2020

Overview

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Use: Voted the best automotive news column available: you need it.

What it is: If you could have only one automotive feature, this should be it. At Wheelbase Communications, we’ve chosen to stay away from providing an automotive-news column until we could do it in a non-traditional way. And here it is: the Auto Sleuth. Our worldly gumshoe has his ear to the ground, digging up the latest news on everything from product launches and updates to names in the news. The column is solely driven by reader interest. No boring statistics or auto-company pap here, just the straight goods peppered with the Auto Sleuth’s commentary and speculative, gossipy-style.

Product specifications

  • Mac and PC print layout with separate text and art files for maximum work flexibility.
  • High-resolution artwork suitable for print.
  • Multi-platform layout opens with either Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign.
  • Layout is 8×16 inches (newspaper), but can be reconfigured by your designer to fit most spaces.
  • PDF of layout included.
  • About 850 words: separate text file included.
  • Fonts are not included, but we attempt to stay with standard system fonts. If not, just change the fonts to match your style.

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Auto Almanac
September 14, 2020

Overview

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Use: Media professionals demanding non-traditional and interesting automotive content for print/Web.

What it is: A treasure trove of essential automotive quick hits. After designing a highly successful Almanac for one of our daily-newspaper customers, we wondered if we could put together an automotive version. As a result, your new Auto Almanac contains trivia, concept-car spy info, auction notes and even games. All along the way, we invite readers to interact and submit their own ideas.

Product specifications

  • Mac and PC page layout with accompanying text and art files for maximum work flexibility.
  • High-resolution artwork suitable for print.
  • Multi-platform page layout opens with either Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign.
  • Layout is the standard one-column newspaper format, but can be reconfigured by your designer to fit most spaces and shapes.
  • PDF of layout included.
  • About 600 words: NO?separate text file included.
  • Fonts are not included, but we attempt to stay with standard system fonts. If not, just change the fonts to match your style.

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Volvo XC90: 2003-’14
September 7, 2020

Overview

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Description

The handsome XC90 was a success for Volvo right from the start, despite a pricetag that topped the XC70 wagon by nearly $6,000. The squared-off body translated into generous cargo space, while passenger accommodations — always a Volvo strong point — were first rate. The XC90’s boulder-clearing ride height came in handy on or off the beaten path.

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2021 Acura TLX
August 31, 2020

Overview

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Story Intro

Like we said, all eyes are on the new TLX. The new sport sedan resembles the outgoing model, yes, but a closer look reveals a more aggressive front end. What makes a huge difference is the car’s enlarged dimensions, including a nearly three-inch gain in length, a width increase of just over two inches and a not-insignificant 3.7-inch stretch in distance between the front and rear wheels.

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The Auto Sleuth
August 25, 2020

Overview

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Use: Voted the best automotive news column available: you need it.

What it is: If you could have only one automotive feature, this should be it. At Wheelbase Communications, we’ve chosen to stay away from providing an automotive-news column until we could do it in a non-traditional way. And here it is: the Auto Sleuth. Our worldly gumshoe has his ear to the ground, digging up the latest news on everything from product launches and updates to names in the news. The column is solely driven by reader interest. No boring statistics or auto-company pap here, just the straight goods peppered with the Auto Sleuth’s commentary and speculative, gossipy-style.

Product specifications

  • Mac and PC print layout with separate text and art files for maximum work flexibility.
  • High-resolution artwork suitable for print.
  • Multi-platform layout opens with either Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign.
  • Layout is 8×16 inches (newspaper), but can be reconfigured by your designer to fit most spaces.
  • PDF of layout included.
  • About 850 words: separate text file included.
  • Fonts are not included, but we attempt to stay with standard system fonts. If not, just change the fonts to match your style.

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Lexus LS 460/600h L: 2007-’12
August 24, 2020

Overview

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Description

The fourth-generation (2007-’12) LS was known for its sumptuous passenger accommodations: soft leather seat coverings; and genuine walnut trim. It was also one of the roomiest and most comfortable sedans in its class, offering plenty of rear-seat space. Even better, the extended-length versions provided about five extra inches between the front and rear wheels. The LS was whisper quiet with engine, road and wind noise barely audible at any speed.

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AutoCross
August 24, 2020

CrosswordOverview

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Description

Use: Media professionals demanding top-quality automotive content for their print products and/or Web sites. Professional artwork, editing.

What it is: For the auto thrill-seeker, this is one of the most unique additions to your publication. The International AutoCross will test the knowledge of your readers with trivia that scours automobile parts bins, dealer showrooms and the history of people and places that have made the automobile what it is today. Retain readers and have them coming back on a regular basis for more. Like Wheelbase’s other features, International AutoCross comes to you formatted and ready to use.

Product specifications

  • Due to the highly complicated graphic nature of this product, we do not yet offer a version that can be played online. Instead, visitors to your Web site can print out the crossword and play it at their leisure. Vote yes to having a playable online version by clicking here.
  • High-resolution 300 dpi jpg CMYK file suitable for printand Web. Postscript file also included for even higher resolution and no bitmapping of fonts.

 

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Profiles, James Garner
August 3, 2020

Overview

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If you are not a member of the media, but still wish to check out some of our stories online, visit www.theoctanelounge.com, which is owned by Wheelbase Media.Use: Media professionals demanding top-quality automotive content for print/Web.Professional artwork, editing. What it is: Cars are nothing without the people who create them and those who own, collect and preserve them. Profiles is designed to bring prominent, interesting car people to your readers’ attention. Fun, informative and masterfully designed, like most Wheelbase features, Profiles comes to you as a Quark Xpress/Adobe InDesign module that is completely editable for any space within your print pages or automotive Web site.

Product specifications

  • Mac and PC page layout with accompanying text and art files for maximum work flexibility.
  • High-resolution artwork suitable for print.
  • Includes Photoshop layers file of main art, where applicable.
  • Multi-platform page layout opens with either Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign.
  • Layout is 8×21.5 inches (for newspaper use), with some depth variation from week to week, but can be reconfigured by your designer to fit most spaces.
  • PDF of layout included.
  • About 850 words: separate text file included.
  • Fonts are not included, but we attempt to stay with standard system fonts. If not, just change the fonts to match your style.

Description

The opening scene of the 1966 flick Grand Prix features actor James Garner in one of the most memorable movie moments of all time.
The green flag drops amid a deafening roar of Formula One machinery. A blur of drivers in their tube-shaped metal envelopes begin their full-scale assault on the streets of Monte Carlo. Split-screen images projected onto the oversized curved Cinerama screen provides an all-too-real sense of riding along with the drivers as they frantically jockey for position.

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2020 Porsche Taycan
August 3, 2020

Overview

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Story Intro

Nearly every automaker seems bent on chasing Tesla and that includes Porsche, which recently introduced the electric Taycan.  It joins a burgeoning battery-electric movement that began in earnest with the launch of the Tesla Model S in 2012. There are now a number of entries, from modest compacts to larger sedans and utility models (crossover). In about a year, there will be pickups and perhaps a sports car or two as well.
The Taycan (pronounced tie-con) EV looks like a real Porsche and from either end resembles the 911 sports car.

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