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People across America are celebrating Thanksgiving today – and while this year things are not the same due to the devastating coronavirus pandemic, we gather most will be with their immediate family to celebrate

This, in part, is what we’re planning to do too, so we can taste some turkey and take some time off, although Carscoops will be up and running at a reduced capacity today. Talking of turkeys, we decided to take a look back at the year so far and see which cars deserve this, rather unflattering, title. So, without further ado, this are our picks.

BMW M3 / M4

We have no doubt that the M Division’s latest creations will be fun to drive, go like stink and handle, well, as we’ve come to expect an M car should. However, even if we wanted to, we can’t turn a blind eye to their design – and more specifically those hideous oversized grilles.

Granted, huge grilles are a trend these days in the automotive industry and almost everyone, from Audi to Lexus and anyone in between, is following suit. What makes the Bimmers’ stand out, however, is the execution. At best, it jars with the rest of the design; at worst, it’s one of the most disappointing styling choices of the year and has, unsurprisingly, raised an uproar among car fans, journalists and designers alike.

Plus, it’s not going to be a one-time thing; the iX electric SUV is proof of that. We guess sales figures will eventually show if this was the right decision, although patronizing critics on social media doesn’t strike us as something very clever.

Aznom Palladium

Now here’s something that will make you forget BMW’s grilles. Officially, it’s “a hyper-limousine capable of traversing any terrain” – which, given its underpinnings (more on that in a minute), might be true. The thing is that the Italian coachbuilt model literally looks like the offspring between a luxury sedan with a pickup truck. Not a marriage made in heaven, that one.

The Palladium, for all its luxury gear and Rolls-Royce Phantom-like front end, is in fact based on the Ram 1500. And if you can’t tell so from the outside, the dashboard, even with its new, plush trim, is a dead giveaway. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, since Aznom offers a number of amenities such as a liquor cabinet, on-board refrigerator, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control, and a premium audio and infotainment system.

It also offers a bi-turbo 5.7-liter V8 with around 700 HP, so it’s really fast, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds. Still, we can’t get over those looks, even though the company might indeed find 10 customers (the car’s production run) who will find the Palladium to their taste.

Chrysler & Dodge Lineup

Putting the C in FCA, Chrysler (and sister brand Dodge) suffers from a very limited (and shrinking) range. With almost everyone pulling out of passenger cars and turning to SUVs, it is refreshing to see someone that doesn’t follow that route. With that being said, their model of choice, namely the 300, is nine-years-old, which is a very long time in the automotive world – and the competition has moved on. Sure, the sedan has been updated a few times, the latest being for the 2021 model year, but if it looks old it’s because… well, it is old.

Then there’s the Pacifica, an admittedly pretty competent minivan that also comes as a hybrid, and then the Voyager, which is pretty much a pre-facelift, entry-level Pacifica – and that’s it: one passenger car and two (almost identical) minivans. Doesn’t make for a big range, does it?

As for Dodge, after killing off the Grand Caravan and the Journey last summer, its lineup comprises of the Challenger, Charger and Durango that date back to 2008 (the Challenger) and 2011 (the other two). Still, despite their age, sales are good, with the Challenger outselling both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, but we can’t help but think that a performance-oriented brand, as Dodge labels itself, newer hardware would be better.

So, these are our turkey picks for 2020. Feel free to share your thoughts, as well as your choices, in the Comments section right below.

Ever since Citroen stopped making the C6 back in 2012, France has been starving for a large, premium saloon that could, at least in some aspects, keep up with various German offerings.

Enter the new DS 9, riding on the PSA Group’s EMP2 V2.3 platform. It’s arguably the most elegant car France has produced in almost a decade, and it’s priced locally from €47,700 ($56,774).

Go for the top spec E-TENSE 4×4 360 model and that can set you back as much as €80,000 ($95,218).

There are a total of three available power units for the time being, starting with a PureTech 225 gasoline variant, followed by two plug-in hybrids in the E-TENSE 225 and E-TENSE 4×4 360. Another, longer-range E-TENSE 250 model will soon complete the lineup.

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The flagship DS 9 E-TENSE 4×4 360 uses 110 and 113 PS electric motors, working alongside a 200 PS PureTech gasoline unit for a combined 360 PS (355 HP) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque. The spec also comes with black DS Performance logo brake calipers and 20-inch Munich alloy wheels.

There will only be two trim levels available at launch in the Performance Line + and Rivoli +. The former offers a black Alcantara interior, chrome badges on the front doors, DS Performance Line logos, gloss back grille, perforated full grain leather steering wheel and more. The Rivoli + on the other hand is said to connect quality materials with premium diamond-shape trim.

As for its convenience and active safety technology, the DS 9 comes with Level 2 autonomous driving features, the DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Active LED Vision headlights, a Focal Electra sound system, Proximity Keyless Entry & Start, DS Night Vision, Driver Attention Monitoring, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition and Active Safety Brake.

A total of five exterior colors are being offered in Pearl White, Midnight Blue, Pearl Crystal, Artense Grey and Perla Nera Black.

First deliveries are scheduled to commence in September of 2021, so there is some waiting to be done.

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Tesla has increased pricing for the Model S and Model X across Europe, though the rates vary based on market. Still, the price bumps are quite significant, especially in markets such as Germany where the entry-level Model S now costs €81,990 ($97,700).

Before the price update, it retailed for €76,990, so that’s a difference of €5,000 ($6,000), which is a lot, regardless of where you’re from. Similar differences now exist in France and the UK, reports Reuters.

To put things into perspective, the Model S is priced from $67,920 in the United States, following Tesla’s recent back-to-back price cuts.

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Meanwhile, price changes in other European countries were less extensive, with the Model S costing just €2,000 more in Spain than before. According to Electrek, these price hikes apply to Tesla’s next batch of Model S and Model X vehicles, which won’t be delivered until March of 2021.

This could also be connected to Tesla’s rumored plans for a refresh involving both EVs, which could follow next year’s debut of the Model S Plaid, featuring a new structural battery pack design. The Model S and Model X are also in line to receive an interior refresh next year, but nothing is certain at this point.

We should also note that price bumps within Tesla’s European configurators don’t apply to just the S and X, but also the Model 3, reportedly. However, the latter only costs more by about €500 to €1,000 on average.