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Kia Telluride Named The Car Connection’s Best Family Car To Buy 2021

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Kia Telluride named The Car Connection’s Best Family Car to Buy 2021.

Wildly Popular SUV Maintains Stronghold On All Competitors

Telluride celebrates award from TCC for second consecutive year

Recognizable silhouette praised for high style and family friendliness

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Kia Telluride has been named The Car Connection’s Best Family Car to Buy for 2021, marking the second time the big and boxy SUV has earned high marks from TCC editors. Last year, the Telluride was named Best Car To Buy, winning that designation by a landslide.

Kia Telluride named The Car Connection’s Best Family Car to Buy 2021.

“It is with great honor that we accept this award for the Telluride, which continues to cement its status as an icon every day with its long list of accomplishments,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. “The Telluride is the poster child of Kia’s incredible transformation and earning praise from the auto experts at TCC for a second year in a row validates our efforts and commitment to making award winning products.”

Best Car To Buy 2021 focuses on the everyday vehicle that best balances value, fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness, quality, design, and driving dynamics. Editors choose the winners after a year of test driving more than 100 new 2021 vehicles priced under $50,000.

“The Telluride was a clear winner again this year, after having won our Best Car To Buy 2020 award,” said Martin Padgett, editorial director for Internet Brands Automotive. “It’s stylish and spacious, technologically advanced and user-friendly, and a pace-setter among three-row family vehicles.”

With the Telluride launched as an all-new vehicle for 2020, the 2021 Telluride received minor enhancements along with a special Nightfall Edition, which features blacked out elements that lend the three-row SUV an even more commanding presence on the road. The 2021 Telluride starts at $32,190.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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Ismael Cala signs an exclusive representation agreement with Palomera Group

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MIAMI, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ismael Cala, communicator, best-selling author and speaker, signed an exclusive representation agreement with Palomera Group, one of the largest talent representation agencies in the Hispanic world and responsible for the success of major entertainment icons.

“Personally for me, and for Palomera Group, it is a great honour to have Ismael Cala join our family. Ismael is not only a great communicator and journalist who can lead from a newscast to a game or night show, who can entertain, interview and connect with the audience’s deepest emotions; he is also a teacher who helps us grow personally and professionally,” said Alejandra Rodríguez de Palomera, the agency’s CEO.

For the expert in talent development, “the workshops, conferences and activities that take place at the Cala Centre, his guided tours and his philanthropic work will enable us to further extend his successful career. We are very grateful and excited.”

For his part, Ismael Cala described his arrival at Palomera Group as “wonderful news to start 2021.”

“New and exciting projects are on the horizon. We are motivated by a 2020 of creative respite and permanent reinvention. So now we’re moving forward. Thanks to Alejandra Palomera and her team for having faith in me to build together the present and the future,” said Cala.

Cala Centre, Ismael’s new event site in Miami, will be the stage for audiovisual productions for the agency.

Among the agency’s exclusive artists are Eduardo Yáñez, Marjorie de Sousa, Ariadne Díaz, Mark Tacher, Sofía Castro, Chantal Andere, Cynthia Klitbo, Danilo Carera, Rodolfo Landeros, William Valdés, Alejandro Chabán, Zuleyka Rivera, Lucía Méndez, Susana Dosamantes, and Lupita Ferrer.

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

Life and business strategist. For five and a half years he presented CALA on CNN’s prime time in Spanish. He currently directs and presents CALA on the American network MegaTV. Businessman and social entrepreneur. Author of eight best-sellers on leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development, including “The Power of Listening” and “Wake up with Cala”. Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1969. Graduated from the executive program of the prestigious Singularity University in Silicon Valley (California). Personally trained with great masters such as Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Robin Sharma, Dr Bruce Lipton, Dr Joe Dispenza and John C. Maxwell, among others. Ambassador of the concept Corporate Happiness for Latin America. He is president and founder of Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation.

ABOUT PALOMERA GROUP

Palomera Group works with the most important networks in the Hispanic world, including Televisa, Univisión, Telemundo, TV Azteca, RCN Colombia and Caracol Colombia, in addition to studios such as Fox, Universal, Warner, Sony, Paramount, and Netflix. It is chaired by Alejandra Rodríguez de Palomera, a communicator and marketer with a wealth of experience in launching and developing talent in the entertainment world. It has offices in Mexico City, Miami, and Los Angeles.

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Hispanics’ Consumer Confidence Declines in Fourth Quarter

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hispanics in the United States did not end 2020 with an optimistic view of their financial situations, even as new COVID-19 vaccines are expected to help the nation recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index fell to 79.3, about six points shy of the third quarter mark, according to the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business.

The fourth quarter number, while about the same as the general population’s consumer confidence sentiment published by the University of Michigan, is nearly 22 points lower than it was a year ago before the start of the pandemic.

“Hispanics may be less optimistic due to the fact that the Latino unemployment rate is higher than the overall unemployment rate in the United States,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of FAU BEPI.

The fourth quarter poll found that 47 percent of Hispanics said they are better off financially today than a year ago, compared to 57 percent who felt that way during the third quarter. In addition, 62 percent of respondents said they expect to be better off financially in the next year, while 69 percent of respondents felt that way in the third quarter.

The latest survey also revealed that fewer respondents feel it is a good time to buy big-ticket items, while more respondents believe the cost of living has gone up.

Still, Hispanics appear confident in the long-run economic outlook, with 66 percent saying they expect it to be good in the next five years. That’s up nine points from the third quarter.

The poll is based on a sampling of 617 Hispanics, 18 years of age and older, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. The margin of error is +/- 3.95 percentage points. The survey was administered using both landlines via IVR data collection and online data collection using Dynata. Responses for the entire sample were weighted to reflect the national distribution of the Hispanic population by region, education, gender, age and income, according to latest American Community Survey data. The polling results and full cross-tabulations can be viewed at www.business.fau.edu/BEPI.

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Ivon Rodriguez Joins Linqto As CMO

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Ivon Rodriguez joins Linqto as CMO.

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Linqto, a leading digital investment platform for private market securities, announced that Ivon Rodriguez has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Ivon will lead all consumer and product marketing programs for Linqto using her extensive knowledge to continue to generate awareness and expand the community of accredited investors for the Silicon Valley fintech company.

Ivon Rodriguez joins Linqto as CMO.

Linqto is democratizing the private markets space by making private investing accessible for accredited investors. Through their platform, Linqto provides accredited investors with affordable entry into markets that were previously the exclusive domain of large institutional buyers.

“Ivon’s professionalism and highly-engaging management style make her a natural fit for Linqto’s leadership team,” said Bill Sarris, Linqto CEO. “She joins us at a pivotal moment and brings a level of experience and expertise that will be critical in supporting Linqto as we continue making private investing simple.”

“Ivon is creative and insightful and a wonderful addition to the Linqto team,” said Joseph Endoso, Chief Revenue Officer and Director on the Board of Linqto. “Her far-reaching experience in marketing, as well as her innovative approach to customer acquisition will be invaluable to Linqto as it looks to substantially expand its community of users over the next year.”

Ms. Rodriguez has continually demonstrated her ability to successfully execute global marketing campaigns and brings more than 20 years of marketing and management experience to the role. She joins Linqto from The 360 Group, a leader in entertainment marketing, and prior to that role was the Managing Director for IE University’s International Development office in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. Ms. Rodriguez has also overseen station launches for Telemundo Television as their General Manager and has served as a lecturer in marketing in South Florida business schools since 2016. Ms. Rodriguez holds a double Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, an Executive MBA from Brown and IE Business School, and is pursuing a PhD in Business at Virginia Tech.

“Linqto is a great company with an inspired vision,” said Rodriguez, “and am most excited to work alongside a brilliant team as we continue to democratize the private market space for accredited investors worldwide.”

About Linqto

Linqto is a leader in liquidity in the private sector, providing accredited investors access to affordable investment opportunities in the world’s top unicorns. https://www.linqto.com/

Join Linqto at their next Global Investor Conference. https://theglobalinvestorconference.com/

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Kia Sorento Named SUV Of The Year At The 2021 Latin Flavor Cars Of The Year Awards

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Kia Sorento named SUV of the Year at the 2021 Latin Flavor Cars of the Year Awards.

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2021 Kia Sorento SUV has earned the title of “SUV of the Year” in the 2021 Latin Flavor Cars of the Year Awards by Puros Autos, one of the leading automotive news websites for Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America. This new award recognizes vehicles that resonate with and meet the specific needs of the Hispanic community such as outstanding reliability, a strong value proposition, interior space, powertrain options and comfortable yet high impact style.

Kia Sorento named SUV of the Year at the 2021 Latin Flavor Cars of the Year Awards.

“Our vehicles have universal appeal among car buyers of all ethnicities, but we are especially proud to resonate with this important demographic and win this debut,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. “That the Sorento has earned the interest and loyalty of this audience is a testament to our world-class model line-up.”

The all-new Kia Sorento takes on a completely new design, while incorporating elegant and sophisticated new styling elements, with sharper lines, high-tech details and elongated exterior proportions. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been reinterpreted, displaying a wider shape which organically extends into and wraps around the integrated headlamps on each side, giving the all-new Sorento a confident and mature front fascia. Inside, the roomy and attractive cabin introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment and comfort technologies, and a stunning new design.

“We are proud to name the Kia Sorento winner in the SUV category for our first Latin Flavor Cars of the Year Awards,” said Enrique Kogan, Founder and Publisher of Puros Autos. The Kia Sorento has consistently been a Latino favorite for many reasons, including overall quality and reliability, convenience, safety technology for this tech savvy group, the space needed for larger Latino families and the dynamic and luxurious style we all love – all at an affordable price.”

About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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Maria Pomar y Carolina Gutierrez P.’s new book Recetas Con Sazón Cubana, Venezolana y Española, a collection of delectable original recipes that truly fills the appetite

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NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Recetas Con Sazón Cubana, Venezolana y Española was created by Maria Pomar y Carolina Gutierrez P. Maria Pomar is a teacher and commercial area coordinator who has collaborated in conferences and activities by the Red Cross, the church, educational institutes, the Lions Club, cultural, and other organizations.

Maria Pomar y Carolina Gutierrez P. said this about their book: “Since I was little, I always liked to make bread pudding. From there, my interest in cooking began. Over time, I acquired more knowledge with my mother; and little by little, I began to make dishes the people with whom I shared with always celebrated them. Well, I made the decision to make a book with some recipes that will allow many to enjoy the different flavors of Cuban, Venezuelan, and Spanish foods.”

Published by Page Publishing, Maria Pomar y Carolina Gutierrez P.‘s new book Recetas Con Sazón Cubana, Venezolana y Española will surely satisfy food enthusiasts with its delectable recipes of Spanish, Cuban, and Venezuelan origin.

Consumers who wish to widen their knowledge and skill in cooking and creating delicious food for the palate’s delight can purchase Recetas Con Sazón Cubana, Venezolana y Española in any bookstore or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex, and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Yasmin Flores’s New Book Los Hermanos Flores Y Su Niñez, An Evoking Memoir That Inspires Courage And Determination In All Women

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KNIGHTDALE, N. C., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yasmin Flores said this about his book: “My autobiography, apart from being all my life of joys and sorrows, I want it to be the motivation for many women.

I want my story to be an inspiration to never give up.”

Published by Page Publishing, Yasmin Flores’s new book Los Hermanos Flores y Su Niñez hopes to bring blessedness and grace to the readers as they learn from the author’s emotionally driven life and faith.

Consumers who wish to be uplifted in life can purchase Los Hermanos Flores y Su Niñez in any bookstore or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex, and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Thousands Protest Across Cuba Demanding The Right To Have Rights

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MIAMI, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

 

What:

Cuba Decide releases video summarizing 2020 citizen mobilization efforts

 

Who:

 

Cubans on the Island and in the diaspora, general community

 

When:

 

Where:

 

January 13, 2021

 

Miami, FL, USA

The following is a statement from Rosa María Payá, founder and promoter of Cuba Decide. The citizen initiative for democracy in Cuba, Cuba Decide, released a video summarizing how Cubans on and off the island are mobilizing to protest the repression they have been subject to for over six decades. Public protests saw exponential growth near the end of 2020 with 42 protests in the month of September, 88 in October, 110 in November and 122 in December.1 Among the demands of the protests are: the right to define the course of the country, the release of political prisoners, freedom of speech and artistic expression, economic liberty and access to basic resources in the midst of a deep humanitarian crisis caused by communist policies and aggravated by COVID-19.

 

Protesters have been raising their voices in opposition to systemic political, civil, economic and social issues affecting our daily lives and in favor of a change of the system. These protests are evidence that the opposition movement and the Cuban people’s desire for change have continued to expand to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer.

Even so, as recent history has demonstrated, citizens cannot confront a criminal group that holds totalitarian power by themselves – the support of the international community is necessary as well. The international actions and pressure on the regime with the goal of protecting lives and supporting citizens’ demands for freedom is required. That is why it is very important that our request to reinstate the Cuban regime to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism – a list from which it should never have left – has been heard.

For years, I requested that the Obama administration, and later the Trump administration, to reincorporate the Cuban regime on this list because it is the correct and coherent thing to do. Many other Cubans have also asked for this designation, as it recognizes the obvious ties the Castros and the military leadership of the regime have with activities related to terrorism. These actions include: offering sanctuary to U.S. terrorists, refusing the continuous extradition requests of ELN leaders linked to the deadly attack on the Bogotá cadet school in 2019, and systemically applying State Terrorism against civilians in the Island.

State terrorism to which I am not only a witness, but also a direct victim. In 2012, members of the Ministry of the Interior of the dictatorship, by orders that could only come directly from Raúl and Fidel Castro, carried out an attack in which my father, the recognized opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, lost his life. Today, the lives of hundreds of activists, artists, journalists and citizens on the Island are permanently are risk. Those who dare to confront the regime could suffer police harassment, torture, prison, expatriation or even death.

What has been stated above are not opinions, but facts. They do not depend one political party or another. Moreover, denouncing these events and designating the Cuban regime as a state sponsor of terrorism benefits both the protection of the Cuban people against impunity, and the national security of several countries in the hemisphere. In fact, these countries should come together in support of this designation and in solidarity with the Cuban people, because democracy in Cuba is a benefit to all.

While placing Cuba on this list is not enough, nor is it the solution to the situation on the Island, it is, however, a step in the right direction. It is up to us Cubans, and Cubans alone, to decide and define the destiny of our country, something that we have not been able to do for more than 60 years because of the dictatorship’s prohibition of free elections and all political parties apart from Communism. For this reason, Cuba Decide’s strategy is to mobilize Cubans through non-violent, peaceful actions to change the totalitarian system towards democracy and be able to hold free elections.

The Cuba Decide platform is non-partisan, nor is it involved in the domestic politics of any foreign country. We do, however, promote a foreign policy for governments of the world towards Cuba: the policy of direct solidarity with the needs of the Cuban people; and the use of all the mechanisms available through international law to generate maximum pressure on the dicators to make them submit to the will of the citizens. 

We work so that all nations of the free world will join in support of the Cuban people’s fight for change. The victory of democracy in Cuba is essential to the peace, prosperity and stability of the entire Western Hemisphere. As the United States undergoes a change in administration, we hope to extend the communications that we maintain with the current administration to members of Congress as well as the President-Elect Joe Biden, who now has one more tool against the dictatorship to support the demands for democratic change. The demands that have originated from the citizenry and are multiplying in the streets of Cuba.

The heart of Cuba has already changed and is entering into a new era. Hundreds of protests have occurred throughout the Island and across the world. Citizens will continue to take action because they already know that the only way out of the crisis is to change the system.

Help Cubans amplify their voices. Like and share our page on social media @CubaDecide

You too can be a champion for the cause. Let the world know that Cubans demand the right to freely decide their future.   

About CUBA DECIDE

Cuba Decide is a citizen initiative to change the political and economic system towards democracy and the rule of law.

THE STRATEGY
Generate the necessary pressure to force the regime to submit to the will of the people through the joint non-violent action of citizens and the international community.

THE TOOL
Cubans must decide their future and be free.

Cuba Decide proposes that the will of the Cubans be expressed and complied with through a binding plebiscite – a direct vote of the people – in Cuba to make a concrete change in the system, by answering the following question:

Do you agree that free, fair and plural elections should be called by exercising freedom of expression and the press, and freely organizing into political parties and social organizations with total plurality? Yes or no?

Join Us!
A mass mobilization effort is underway!

Learn more and join cubadecide.org

Be part of our conversations on Facebook.com/CubaDecide  and  on Twitter   and Instagram following @CubaDecide and using the tag #CubaDecide.

FDP is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the Cuba Decide platform together with thousands of Cubans.

1 Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos, https://www.observatoriocubano.com/2021/01/05/cuba-es-de-todos-122-manifestaciones-publicas-de-protestas-en-diciembre/

 

Contact:

Leandra Solano

media@cubadecide.org

305.209.5649

 

 

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Attorney Victor Recondo Advises Foreign Investor on Record Setting Miami Beach Lot Sale for $15M

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MIAMI, Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Attorney, Victor Recondo, partner of Miami-based law firm Solomon, Cooperman & Recondo represented the seller of two vacant lots located at 228 and 302 West Dilido Drive on the Venetian Islands in Miami Beach, Florida.  The sale of the waterfront lots, for $15.2 million, appears to beat the prior record sale in the area of $6.5 million for property located at 412 West Dilido Drive in 2016. 

“Selling vacant land is never easy for a seller.  Buyers will spend considerable amounts of time performing due diligence to ensure acceptable development conditions.  Our firm represented the seller in their initial acquisitions of these properties, so we were well positioned to ensure the transaction proceeded swiftly and without any issues,” stated Mr. Recondo.

The lots were sold to well-known California based developer, Zach Valle, who has been on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” series.  Mr. Valle plans to develop the lots into a single-family home mansion for his family.

“This sale represents the continued resiliency of the ultra-high-end market in Miami Beach, despite capital market restrictions fueled by COVID-19.  Miami and Miami Beach remain a preferred destination for developers like this, while Florida, as a whole, continues to attract businesses and individuals seeking to take advantage of Florida’s favorable tax benefits.”

Victor Recondo focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate transactions.  Mr. Recondo regularly advises clients on the acquisition, disposition, and financing of commercial real estate.  Solomon, Cooperman, & Recondo also represents top real estate developers and homebuilders, as well as major banks, REITS and other investors. The firm advises clients on over $10 billion in real estate assets and projects. 

For more information on Solomon, Cooperman & Recondo, please visit the firm’s website www.scr-firm.com or contact Mr. Recondo at victor@sfllp.com.

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NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Expands Revenue Strategy And Distribution Leadership Team

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Ezequiel Fonseca Zas, Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Distribution, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

MIAMI, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises today announced the appointment of two new executives as it expands its Revenue Strategy and Distribution business unit to develop and grow content monetization opportunities in the U.S. and around the world. Effective immediately, Ezequiel Fonseca Zas joins Telemundo in the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Distribution, and Malu Carmona-Botana is appointed to the new position of Vice President of Content Monetization. Both executives will be based in Miami, Florida. Fonseca Zas will report directly to Peter Blacker, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of DTC Licensing, and Carmona-Botana will report to Fonseca Zas.

Ezequiel Fonseca Zas, Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Distribution, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

“I am thrilled to welcome these two exceptionally qualified media experts to the Telemundo team,” said Blacker. “Ezequiel and Malu each bring a unique and deep set of media expertise in Spanish and English, which will help us expand the formats and multilingual experiences across AVOD, SVOD and DTC platforms that Telemundo has pioneered for over ten years in the US and across the globe.”

Fonseca Zas will be responsible for growing and managing Telemundo Enterprises’ content monetization and distribution strategies, in close coordination with Telemundo’s Content Owners (Entertainment, Global Studios, Sports and News) as well as NBCUniversal Distribution and Licensing teams. He will also oversee sourcing and development of future large-scale revenue-generating projects across the business, taking advantage of the transformation of the U.S. and global media markets.

Carmona-Botana will be responsible for strategic planning and managing key partnerships including development, implementation, and short to long-term growth strategies. Carmona-Botana will also work closely with the content teams to align the network content strategies and NBCUniversal’s Peacock team in order to increase the company’s income across all platforms.

Fonseca Zas was most recently at ViacomCBS International where he was General Manager of Streaming Platforms and Senior Vice President of Mobile Partnerships.  In that role, he led the international streaming/OTT strategy and business plans for AVOD (Pluto TV) and SVOD platforms (Paramount+ & Noggin). Previously, he served in several leadership roles with oversight of emerging businesses, multiplatform and digital strategies. Prior to that, Fonseca was at La Nación newspaper in Argentina for over a decade, where he held multiple positions in the company’s marketing, branding and digital divisions.

Carmona-Botana joins Telemundo from A+E Networks, where she was previously Director of Content Distribution Strategy. In that role, she provided strategic support to the President of Distribution. Prior to A+E, she worked at a myriad of companies around the world including Gedeth in Shanghai, Zebra Producciones in Madrid, Televisa in Mexico City and Viacom in New York.

Fonseca Zas and Carmona-Botana will be joining Telemundo’s existing Revenue Strategy and Distribution leadership team including Borja Perez, Senior Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Innovation, Francisco Rivera, Vice President of Emerging Business, Gustavo Granados, Vice President of Digital Productions and Tania Paz, Vice President of Distribution Operations.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:  
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Global Studios, Universo, and a Revenue Strategy & Innovation unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 30 local stations, 50 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. Telemundo Global Studios is the company’s domestic and international scripted production unit including Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International Studios, Telemundo International, Underground Producciones, an internationally renowned production boutique based in Argentina as well as all of the company’s co-production partnerships. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Revenue Strategy & Innovation unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; and Universo, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. 

Malu Carmona-Botana, Vice President, Content Monetization, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

 

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NIH study suggests using cannabis while trying to conceive may reduce pregnancy chances

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BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Women who use marijuana could have a more difficult time conceiving a child than women who do not use marijuana, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Marijuana use among the women’s partners—which could have influenced conception rates—was not studied. The researchers were led by Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D., of the Epidemiology Branch in NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in Human Reproduction.

The women were part of a larger group trying to conceive after one or two prior miscarriages. Women who said they used cannabis products—marijuana or hashish—in the weeks before pregnancy, or who had positive urine tests for cannabis use, were around 40% less likely to conceive per monthly cycle than women who did not use cannabis. The authors noted that although the findings suggest cannabis could affect women’s fertility, they should be tempered with caution as the study observed a relatively small number of cannabis users. However, the authors say their results suggest that women trying to conceive should exercise caution with cannabis use until more definitive evidence is available.

The researchers analyzed data from a broader study of more than 1,200 women ages 18 to 40 with one or two pregnancy losses. The women participated in the study for up to six monthly cycles while attempting pregnancy and throughout pregnancy if conception occurred. After enrolling in the study, the women responded to a questionnaire asking if they had used marijuana, pot, or hashish in the past 12 months, with responses ranging from never, rarely, occasionally, sometimes, often, to daily. Each woman also provided urine samples for analysis when they first entered the study and after six months if they did not conceive or at the time of positive pregnancy test if they conceived.

A total of 62 women (5%) either had a positive urine test or responded that they had used cannabis before conception.

For each monthly cycle, women who had used cannabis while trying to conceive were 41% less likely to conceive than non-users. Similarly, a smaller proportion of cannabis users than non-users became pregnant during the study—42% versus 66%. The authors found no differences in miscarriage rates between users and non-users who had achieved pregnancy.

The authors noted that, compared to non-users, cannabis users also had differences in reproductive hormones involved in ovulation. These differences could potentially have influenced their likelihood of conception. Specifically, users had higher levels of luteinizing hormone and a higher proportion of luteinizing hormone to follicle stimulating hormone.

The authors also noted that animal studies had found that cannabis use could alter the lining of the uterus, making it less likely an embryo to implant and establish a pregnancy. Until more information is available, the authors said, women trying to become pregnant should be aware that cannabis could potentially affect their pregnancy chances.

Reference
Mumford SL et al. Cannabis use while trying to conceive: a prospective cohort study evaluating associations with fecundability, live birth, and pregnancy loss. Human Reproduction. 2020. doi:10.1093/humrep/deaa355

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. For more information, visit https://www.nichd.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit https://www.nih.gov

 

SOURCE Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institutes of Health (NIH)

If You Purchased Certain Disposable Contact Lenses for Your Own Use From June 1, 2013 to December 4, 2018, this Litigation and a Class Action Settlement Could Affect Your Rights

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The following statement is being issued regarding In re. Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation.

A class action settlement has been reached with ABB Optical Group LLC (“ABB”), a distributor of disposable contact lenses manufactured by Alcon Vision LCC f/k/a Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (“Alcon”); Bausch & Lomb, Inc. (“B&L”); Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (“JJVC”); and Cooper Vision, Inc. (“CVI”).

The lawsuit alleges illegal minimum retail pricing policies adopted by contact lens manufacturers called “Unilateral Pricing Policies,” or “UPPs,” for the distribution and sale of certain disposable contact lenses. The safety and effectiveness of contact lenses are not at issue in this lawsuit. For more information, visit the website below. Defendants deny they did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right. 

Notice was previously provided for settlements with B&L and CVI and the formation of “Litigation Classes.” ABB has since agreed to a settlement, and the Court has permitted those who purchased only contact lenses manufactured by B&L an additional opportunity to opt-out of the Litigation Classes. If you are a Settlement Class Member, you can participate in the ABB Settlement regardless of whether you participated in the earlier settlements.

Who Is Included?

The ABB Settlement Class includes certain persons and entities residing in the United States who made retail purchases of disposable contact lenses subject to a UPP. For a list of the contact lenses subject to a UPP and the dates of purchase included in the settlement, please visit the website below.

How can I get a payment?

The ABB Settlement will establish a $30.2 million Settlement Fund. If you already submitted a timely and valid claim for the B&L and/or CVI Settlements, you do not need to submit another claim. You will automatically be included in the ABB Settlement. If you did not submit a claim in either of the earlier settlements, you must submit a claim for the ABB Settlement in order to receive compensation. You will not be able to share in the B&L or CVI Settlements if you did not submit a timely and valid Proof of Claim in those settlements. You can file a claim at the website.  The deadline to file a claim is March 10, 2021. The Net Settlement Fund will be distributed at a later stage of this Action.  Please be patient and check the website for updates.

Your other options.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the ABB Settlement you must exclude yourself by March 10, 2021. In addition, consumers who purchased only contact lenses manufactured by B&L have until March 10, 2021 to request exclusion from the Litigation Classes. You may object to the ABB Settlement by March 10, 2021.  The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing on July 2, 2021, to consider whether to approve the ABB Settlement. Lead Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees of up to one-third (33.3%) of the ABB, B&L, and CVI Settlement Funds, after payment of Court-approved costs and expenses. In addition, Lead Counsel will ask the Court for reimbursement of costs and expenses for their work in this Action, and may also seek service awards for the Class Representatives, all subject to the Court’s approval. You may appear at the hearing, yourself or through an attorney you hire, but you don’t have to.  For more information, call or visit the website.   

www.ContactLensSettlement.com                1-877-253-3649

 

SOURCE United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

If you purchased Keurig K-Cup Portion Packs from persons other than Keurig, you may be entitled to payment from a class action settlement

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SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit called In re: Keurig Green Mountain Single-Serve Coffee Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2542, Master Docket No. 1:14-md-02542-VSB-SLC, Civil Action No. 1:13-03790-VSB-SLC, pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (“Keurig”) monopolized or attempted to monopolize and restricted, restrained, foreclosed, and excluded competition in order to raise, fix, maintain, or stabilize the prices of Keurig K-Cup Portion Packs (single-serve beverage portion packs manufactured or licensed by Keurig that are compatible with Keurig brewers and generally displays the Keurig brand name or logo on the package) at artificially high levels in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1 and 2, Section 3 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 14, and various state antitrust, unfair competition, consumer protection, unjust enrichment, and other laws.  Keurig denies the allegations.  The Court has not ruled on the merits of the claims.

Who Is A Class Member? All individuals and entities that purchased Keurig K-Cup Portion Packs in the United States and its territories, from persons other than Keurig and not for the purpose of resale, during the period September 7, 2010, to August 14, 2020 (except for claims under Mississippi —which are for purchases during the period from March 24, 2011, to August 14, 2020, and for purchases in Rhode Island —which are for purchases from July 15, 2013, to August 14, 2020) (collectively, the “Settlement Class Members”).

What Are The Terms of the Settlement?  Keurig has agreed to pay $31 million into a “Settlement Fund” as described in the Stipulation of Settlement and Release (“Settlement Agreement”).  The Settlement Fund will be used to pay Settlement Class Members who submit a timely and valid claim, after attorneys’ fees and costs and other expenses have been deducted.  Settlement Class Members will give up certain rights to sue Keurig.  Any uncashed checks or amounts remaining in the Settlement Fund after payments are made to Settlement Class Members will be distributed cy pres to Consumer Reports.

How Do You Get a Payment?  Go to www.KeurigIndirectPurchaserSettlement.com to file or download the notice and a claim form.  Claims must be submitted online or postmarked and mailed no later than July 15, 2021.

What Are My Other Options?  If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you may send a request for exclusion no later than May 14, 2021.  If you exclude yourself, you will not receive any money, but you will keep your right to sue Keurig for the claims in the Actions as specified in the Settlement Agreement.  If you do not exclude yourself, you may object to the Settlement by writing to the Court explaining why you do not like the Settlement or the attorneys fees no later than May 17, 2021.  You will still be bound by the Settlement if your objection is rejected.  If you do nothing, you will not receive any Settlement benefits; you will be bound by the Settlement; and you will give up certain rights to sue Keurig. For details on how to opt out or object, please read the long form notice available at www.KeurigIndirectPurchaserSettlement.com.

Final Approval Hearing.  The Court will hold a hearing on June 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern,, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007, or by telephonic or electronic means, to consider whether to approve the Settlement, attorneys’ fees, expenses, and Class Representative service awards as detailed in the Notice.  You or your attorney may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own expense, but you don’t have to.  The Final Approval Hearing date may change, so check the Settlement website regularly.

For More Information.  Visit www.KeurigIndirectPurchaserSettlement.com, write Keurig Indirect Purchasers Antitrust Settlement, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91382, Seattle, WA 98111. or call toll-free 1-833-794-0948.  Class Counsel can also be contacted at www.kaplanfox.com, www.whafh.com, www.pswlaw.com, access the court docket through the Court’s PACER System at https://ecf.nysd.uscourts.gov, or visit the office of the Clerk of the Court for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE.

SOURCE JND Legal Administration

Blue Shield of California Expands Collaboration with Dignity Health Hospitals to Make Billing and Payment Easier for Patients, Providers

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OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Blue Shield of California announced the expansion across California of its innovative program designed to transform the medical payment system into a simple, transparent, and more immediate, retail-like experience for patients and medical providers.

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Blue Shield has teamed up with CommonSpirit Health (which operates Dignity Health hospitals) and software startup OODA Health to introduce the high-tech program. The group is buoyed by initial, positive results – the process makes cost share payments more streamlined, which resulted in a 92 percent satisfaction rate from patients who used it. 

“Our goal is to make the medical billing process better so providers can focus on delivering care to patients that will improve their health and wellbeing,” said Shayna Schulz, senior vice president of transformation and operations at Blue Shield of California. “We are using the latest technologies and innovations to create a healthcare system that puts the people at the center of it. That is our mission as a nonprofit health plan: creating a healthcare system that is worthy of our family and friends, and sustainably affordable.”

The three organizations launched the “Member Payments” pilot program in September 2019 at two Dignity Health hospitals in Sacramento. The program, initially slated to run for 12 months, grew to include six hospitals by the end of that year.

Now, the program has expanded to 20 additional Dignity Health hospitals throughout California. For Blue Shield of California members who receive care at those facilities, they will experience a faster, more concise, and transparent billing process, including additional options on how they pay for their portion of the bill.

“We want to support our patients through the entirety of their medical journey so they can focus on their healing. This collaboration with Blue Shield of California and OODA does just that by using technology to make patient medical bills easier to understand,” said Steve Scharmann, vice president of revenue cycle at CommonSpirit Health. “An important part of caring for our patients is to ensure they have a seamless financial experience that is equal to the high-quality care they receive at our hospitals.”

The Member Payments program works this way:

  • Blue Shield of California members receive a consolidated, easy-to-read monthly medical bill from Blue Shield. The patient can choose a payment method for the amount owed – in full or in interest-free installments through their Flexible Spending Account card, credit card, check, or ACH direct deposit connection.
  • Participating healthcare providers receive help managing the financial responsibility owed by Blue Shield members, improving their financial performance, and reducing time spent on paperwork and tracking down unpaid bills.

As part of the collaboration, Blue Shield of California also has implemented new technologies to reduce manual processes and work more efficiently to help create a more consumer-friendly experience for members and providers.

Seth Cohen, co-CEO and co-founder of OODA Health, added, “We are honored to grow this collaboration to help even more patients navigate their medical bills, especially during this turbulent time. And we’re proud to streamline administration and drive tangible results for our collaborators. This expansion further proves how innovative collaboration can catalyze transformation in healthcare.”

The Member Payment program is a first step toward real-time claims settlement that will make medical billing and payment more immediate and simpler. The effort is part of Blue Shield of California’s Health Reimagined initiative, a comprehensive effort to transform the healthcare system for all.

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of its family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with over 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com.

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Blue Shield of California    

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Ángel Amado Pereira Márquez “Enyelove”‘s new book Pasión Abismal, a gripping unveiling of the author’s innermost fears that influenced her life

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HIALEAH, Fla., Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Pasión Abismal was created by Ángel Amado Pereira Márquez “Enyelove”. Ángel is an author who was born in the state of Mérida, in a town called Bailadores. She studied and graduated at the National Pedagogical Institute on the career of modern languages with a specialty in English.

Ángel Amado Pereira Márquez “Enyelove” said this about her book: “Fate wanted so much to dream of a series of events that they became, through writing, a narrative legend of those dream episodes. On many occasions, Ángel Amado Pereira Márquez had countless and customary insomnia. In them, she reflected the fear she felt of the dark when she was just a child—the fear of height as well as the panic suffered when dreaming that she fell from a building, a viaduct, or any elevation. All this state of affairs made her drowsy, which turned into terror, anguish, fear, and anxiety.”

Published by Page Publishing, Ángel Amado Pereira Márquez “Enyelove”‘s new book Pasión Abismal unravels the author’s deepest anxieties that birthed evoking parables that treasure pearls of wisdom for the readers to ponder upon.

Consumers who wish to partake in the book’s impassioned narrative about life, emotion, and apprehensions can purchase Pasión Abismal in any bookstore or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex, and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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SOURCE Page Publishing

Claudia Quackenbush’s new book “Los Dioses Sí Hablan” is a beautiful novel that unravels expressions of love in many forms

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah, Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Claudia Quackenbush, a graduate of Bachelor of Hispanic American Literature at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, has completed her new book “Los Dioses Sí Hablan”: a gripping and potent expression in forms of poetry that voice out love in its many facets.

Heaviness.
Time nullifies the present,
it poisons future words.
Actions repeat themselves:
I breathe the same air,
the same place
the same memories.
Heaviness.

In Los dioses sí hablan (The Gods, in Truth, Speak), Claudia Quackenbush voices her encapsulated feelings and experiences that she has enjoyed since her marital romance—maternal expressions, sociopolitical thoughts, even her intimate memories, sending the reader to a world of love which breaks barriers and envelops time. Through her poems, one can envision a love for God and nature, peace, optimism, nostalgia, illusions, desire, as well as memories, all viewed through a novel expression of poetry that for the author is the conceptual image that produces desire and thrusts creativity and life forward.

Quackenbush’s poems are verses that seek to develop our dreams, intellect, illusions, sensations, a sense of longing.

Published by Page Publishing, Claudia Quackenbush’s captivating tale about life and love is spoken through creative poetic pieces that let us explore her mind’s wonders while transforming our souls with these inspiring words.

Readers who wish to experience this lovely work can purchase “Los Dioses Sí Hablan” at bookstores everywhere or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing: 

Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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SOURCE Page Publishing

Honda Leads Full-Line Automakers in Fuel Efficiency and Lowest CO2 Emissions According to U.S. EPA Trends Report

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Honda Leads Full-Line Automakers in Fuel Efficiency and Lowest CO2 Emissions According to U.S. EPA Trends Report

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Continuing a more than 40-year history of fuel-efficiency leadership, Honda ranks as the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker in America in a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Wednesday. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any full-line automaker for the 2019 model year (MY2019), the latest year for which full data is available, forming the basis of the report.

Honda Leads Full-Line Automakers in Fuel Efficiency and Lowest CO2 Emissions According to U.S. EPA Trends Report

The 2020 EPA Automotive Trends Report ranked Honda first among full-line automakers and second overall with a U.S. fleet average “real world” fuel economy of 28.9 miles per gallon (mpg), a five-year improvement of 1.9 mpg, and 4 mpg higher than the industry average for MY2019. Similarly, Honda’s fleet average CO2 emissions was 307 grams/mile, an improvement of 22 grams/mile from 2014 results and 49 grams/mile lower (better) than the industry average for the 2019 model year.

The EPA’s very first ranking of America’s most fuel efficient vehicles in 1976 had the Honda Civic ranked number one, and subsequent reports have consistently shown Honda among the leaders in EPA’s annual fuel efficiency measurements. That means that for more than 40 years, Honda has made fuel efficiency a priority in its products.

In 2020, Honda set a new all-time record for sales of electrified vehicles in America, growing sales by 4.5% amid significant market challenges.

In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, globally, Honda intends for two-thirds of its automobile sales to be electrified by 2030 and is making substantial investments for the production of electrified vehicles in America1, including the recently-refreshed Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Insight and the Acura NSX hybrid supercar.

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and Honda Insight, and the Clarity series.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 600 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners. 

1 Using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Francisca Restaurant Announces Its Expansion Plans For 2021 In Times Square

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MIAMI, Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, during the official announcement in Times Square, Francisca Restaurant — one of the most successful Latin American gastronomic concepts in Miami — reported that it will open 12 new locations in Florida as part of its expansion plan for 2021.

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“We are happy to share this announcement with our clients and partners. The growth of Francisca Restaurant, a brand with a Venezuelan stamp, is due to the immense support we have received since our opening. After hundreds of requests, we decided to open more locations in other cities in Florida,” informed Jesús Pita, CEO of the company, from New York.

After the opening of the first location in Doral 4 years ago, Francisca Restaurant has opened 2 other locations in Miami Lakes and Miramar and currently generates more than 190 jobs for the community. The next cities where new locations will open are Brickell, Orlando, Kendall, Davie and others to be announced soon.

Levin de Grazia, CEO of Bocas Group, said that the corporation’s plans are focused on bringing Latin American flavors to Florida and the United States. Francisca Restaurant will offer the possibility to small and medium-sized entrepreneurs to invest in a license to work and grow under the backing of one of the most successful brands in the restaurant industry in South Florida.

Under their slogan “Success is cooked over charcoal”, Francisca Restaurant established itself as the headquarters of Miami’s charcoal chicken. Unique in its style and flavor, and as a meeting place to celebrate Latin American gastronomy.

The pride in the traditions of our cuisine is embodied in the story of Francisca, a Venezuelan woman who traveled throughout Latin America and managed to pay tribute to our flavors. Today, this honor grows and is consolidated thanks to a vision of hard work, high quality standards, service and a passion for cooking.

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ATRESERIES, the first TV channel to broadcast Velvet Colección in the Americas

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MADRID, Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Starting January 17 Atreseries will broadcast two seasons of Velvet Colección, the Movistar+ spin-off that will bring the Atresmedia and Bambú Producciones original series to an end. Thus, Atreseries will become the first television channel to bring Velvet Colección to the Americas and will do so after having broadcast the previous four seasons of Velvet consecutively.

With Velvet Colección, the channel follows the success of one of the most popular fashion boutiques on television and keeps #velvetmania going strong. It will feature a large part of its original cast, led by Marta Hazas, Javier Rey, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Adrián Lastra and Asier Etxeandía, as well as participation from Imanol Arias, Mónica Cruz (Un Paso Adelante), Megan Montaner (Sin Identidad), Andrea Duro (Física y Química) y Adriana Ozores (Gran Hotel) y Paula Usero (#Luimelia)

The first of the 20 episodes of Velvet Colección (20×50′) takes place at the end of the 1960s, finding Ana Ribera (Paula Echevarría) settled in New York with her husband (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) and their son. Five years have passed, during which Ana has led the company remotely. But now the time has come for her to return to Spain, follow in the wake of other international companies and take another step forward with her project. It’s clear to Ana that the new challenge is to franchise the prestigious brand, Velvet, and show that she is capable of replicating the model. Barcelona is the city she chooses for the opening of the second Velvet boutique, where all her friends and colleagues will be charged with turning her dreams into reality. But what will undoubtedly be a new success won’t come without problems right from the start. Fate has a tough test in store for the designer.

BROADCAST TIMES
Sundays, starting January 17

Latin America
8 p.m. Mexico/9 p.m. Colombia/10 p.m. Venezuela/11 p.m. Argentina

US
9 p.m. ET /6 p.m. PT

Department of Communications & Public Relations | @Atreseriesint | blanca.aguirre@atresmedia.com | +34 91 623  49 67 | www.atreseries.com

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Ana Cristina Escobar’s new book Un Día a la Vez, a collection of stirring stories that share people’s evoking toils and regrets in life

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BELLFLOWER, Calif., Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Un Día a la Vez was created by Ana Cristina Escobar. Ana Cristina Escobar is an author from the city of Santa Ana, El Salvador. She is a mother currently studying nutrition. She currently resides in the United States.

Ana Cristina Escobar said this about his book: “This book is focused on understanding why there is a lot of suffering or various situations in life that can be less painful. But because we live hard, we do not realize that. Although we do not see it, it exists. It is there for us—for everyone. Someone can change the landscape and show how important it is to live one day at a time. How many times have we heard ‘I am making these plans for the future’ and, unfortunately, they are not completed because these people have already left? I have heard testimonies in hospitals where people most regret not having enjoyed their families. People in wheelchairs want to go for a walk in a park and cannot do it, but when they could because of the desire, they did not. People saved a lot of money but unfortunately got sick, and that’s where all their savings went. They are stories that hurt my soul and heart, so I can tell you many stories.”

Published by Page Publishing, Ana Cristina Escobar’s new book Un Día a la Vez is a purpose-driven account of emotionally driven circumstances in life that are filled with decisions and consequences, both impactful and tragic.

Consumers who wish to partake in relatable real-life situations that evoke wisdom and grace can purchase Un Día a la Vez in any bookstore or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex, and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Julia M. Brignoni’s new book Dios y Yo: ¡Mis Experiencias Espirituales! an inspiring narrative about the author’s moments and wisdom of living in God’s saving grace

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Dios y Yo: ¡Mis Experiencias Espirituales! was created by Julia M. Brignoni. Julia M. Brignoni is an author and a professional nurse and supervisor at the Orange County Health Department in Florida. She is an active and faithful member of her religious organization.

Julia M. Brignoni said this about her book: “Dios y Yo: ¡Mis Experiencias Espirituales! is an account of various testimonies and personal experiences I have had during my walk with God that I want to share with you. You are part of his highest creation, and as Our Father, he has always been in communication with us. The Bible says God communicated directly with many of his children. God is the same. He has no shadow of variation, and if he did it with us, I am quite sure he will also do it with you. This is a tool he has placed in our hands to activate our faith and recognize that we serve the living and powerful God.

I have lived these beautiful experiences by the grace of God from my youth to the most recent and superspecial fragment in my life at the Ladies’ Camp in November 2018. Many times we talk about our religious convictions, but we lack the spiritual experiences that are the strength and confirmation of what we preach.

There is one experience I like very much (‘El Celular’) because you can see how God, being sovereign and omnipotent, does not stop being a loving and tender father in the care of his son, allowing such a simple prayer and a cell phone to become such powerful tools in the life of a young lady as a testimony to her glory.

All experiences, in one way or another, will impact your life. Go ahead and trust because without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

Published by Page Publishing, Julia M. Brignoni’s new book Dios y Yo: ¡Mis Experiencias Espirituales! shares awe-inspiring proof of God’s graciousness in life that brings blessings, hope, and strength.

Consumers who wish to partake in faith-driven moments in life can purchase Dios faith-driven circumstances y Yo: ¡Mis Experiencias Espirituales! in any bookstore or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex, and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Kia unveils new logo and global brand slogan to ignite its bold transformation for the future

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Kia unveils new logo and global brand slogan to ignite its bold transformation for the future.

SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kia has revealed its new corporate logo and global brand slogan that signify the automaker’s bold transformation and all-new brand purpose. The introduction of the new logo represents Kia’s ambitions to establish a leadership position in the future mobility industry by revamping nearly all facets of its business.

Kia unveils new logo and global brand slogan to ignite its bold transformation for the future.

The logo is a symbol of Kia’s new brand purpose and the values it promises to offer customers through future products and services, and the experiences these enable. Kia seals its brand promise by developing the new logo to resemble a handwritten signature. The rhythmical, unbroken line of the logo conveys Kia’s commitment to bringing moments of inspiration, while its symmetry demonstrates confidence. The rising gestures of the logo embody Kia’s rising ambitions for the brand, and, more importantly, what it offers customers.

“Kia’s new logo represents the company’s commitment to becoming an icon for change and innovation,” said Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President and CEO. “The automotive industry is experiencing a period of rapid transformation, and Kia is proactively shaping and adapting to these changes. Our new logo represents our desire to inspire customers as their mobility needs evolve, and for our employees to rise to the challenges we face in a fast-changing industry.”

The new logo was unveiled during a record-breaking pyrotechnic display in the skies above Incheon, Korea. The event saw 303 pyrodrones launching hundreds of fireworks in a synchronized artistic display, igniting and celebrating Kia’s new beginning. This set a new Guinness World Record for ‘Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launching fireworks simultaneously.’ The dazzling display can be seen on the Kia Global YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/s61_IsjqLzc

A new brand purpose and strategy to be revealed on January 15
In addition to an all-new logo, Kia revealed its new global brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’. Details on Kia’s new brand strategy, including brand purpose and philosophy as well as application to Kia’s future product line-up, will be shared through the digital ‘New Kia Brand Showcase’ event to be held at 09:00 Korean Standard Time on Friday January 15, 2021 (01:00 CET, January 15 / 16:00 PST, January 14). The event can be viewed on the Kia Global YouTube channel.

The launch of the new logo follows the announcement of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ long-term business strategy in 2020. Under Plan S, Kia, among other objectives, has the ambition to take a leading position in the global car market. This is focused on popularizing electric vehicles and introducing a broad range of mobility services, tailored to meet the needs and tastes of individuals and local markets.

Kia Motors Corporation – about us
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) is a world-class mobility experience provider that seeks to inspire its customers through movement. Founded in 1944, Kia has been in the ‘movement’ industry for more than 75 years. With 52,000 employees worldwide, a presence in more than 190 markets, and manufacturing facilities in six countries, the company today sells around three million vehicles a year. Kia is spearheading the popularization of electrified and battery electric vehicles and developing a growing range of mobility services, encouraging millions of people around the world to explore the best ways of getting around.
For more information, visit the Kia Global Media Center at www.kianewscenter.com

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Lifestory Research Reports: Trust in New-Home Builders Reach Historic Highs, as Home Builders Respond to COVID-19 Market Conditions

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In a year of uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, trust in new-home builders has improved this year, according to the Lifestory Research 2021 America’s Most Trusted® Study released today.  As the pandemic raced across the country, consumers turned to home builders as a safe haven as they sought ways to enhance their health and well-being.  As shoppers engaged with new home builders, they formed a bond of trust as reflected in an increase in the Lifestory Research® Net Trust Quotient to 116.4 from 110.4 in the prior year. 

“Our research suggests the changes in the builder rankings in the year of COVID-19 is partly a result of the top builders being responsive to the effects of the pandemic on in-person shopping.  These builders gained trust in part by pivoting quickly to adopt online sales strategies as well as communicating shopper safety amid tremendous uncertainty,” said Eric Snider, President and Chief Research Officer of Lifestory Research.

The annual Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted® Study examines trust among new home shoppers as they are actively in the process of looking for a new home.  The study tracks the homebuilder brands and 55+ active adult resort brands in the largest housing markets in the United States. Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score, which identifies customers that are trust advocates and trust antagonists. 

America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder

The Lifestory Research 2021 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder Study, in its ninth year, tracks the opinions of home shoppers about home builders and the housing market.  The Lifestory Research 2021 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder Study ranks the largest home builders on the Net Trust Quotient Score based on the opinions of 48,317 people surveyed over the prior 12 months in 35 of the largest housing markets in the United States.

For the sixth consecutive time, Taylor Morrison has emerged as the top home builder brand in the Lifestory Research 2021 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder Study.  As the 2021 Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder brand, Taylor Morrison produced a Net Trust Quotient Score of 120.4 and received the 5 Star Trust Rating among people shopping for a new home. 

The sustained success of Taylor Morrison as the Most Trusted Builder in America® speaks to the brand’s success to continually establish trust among the waves of new home shoppers that enter the market each year.  “In a year in which everyone needed to trust others, a year in which people turned to those they trust the most, Taylor Morrison once again was the home builder brand people trusted the most,” said Eric Snider.

The annual ranking of national home builders is characterized this year by the rise of several builders into the top rankings.  Home builders included in the national ranking included Taylor Morrison, LGI Homes, Ashton Woods, Century Communities, K. Hovnanian Homes, Mattamy Homes, Drees Homes, Woodside Homes, Richmond American, Toll Brother, Shea Homes, M/I Homes, David Weekley Homes, Gehan Homes,  Meritage Homes, Beazer Homes, Highland Homes, Pulte Homes, Ryan Homes, D.R. Horton, Perry Homes, Lennar, and KB Home. Brands included in the national ranking were known throughout the United States as measured by brand awareness within the new home construction industry.

Visit www.lifestoryresearch.com for detailed trust scores, ratings and ranking from the 2021 study.

America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Home Builder

The Lifestory Research 2021 America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Builder is Trilogy by Shea Homes.  This is the ninth consecutive year in which customers who actively shop for a new home in an active adult 55+ resort community indicated Trilogy is the brand they trust the most.  As the 2020 Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Builder brand, Trilogy received the 5 Star Trust Rating with a Net Trust Quotient Score of 122.3 among people actively shopping for an active adult resort community.  

The study’s active adult brands included Trilogy, Taylor Morrison, Four Seasons by K. Hovnanian, Toll Brothers, Del Webb, The Villages of Sumter Lake, and Lennar. The 2021 ranking is based on 15,222 opinions of people surveyed between January and December in the United States who indicated they were actively shopping for a new active adult resort 55 plus home.  Active adult builders, sometimes referenced as age-qualified or 55+ community builders, included in the national ranking were the brands most recognized throughout the United States.  To be included in the national rankings, brands needed to receive enough survey responses to achieve a 95% confidence level with no more than a 3% margin of error.

Visit www.lifestoryresearch.com for detailed trust scores, ratings and ranking from the 2021 study.

About the America’s Most Trusted® Study 

America’s Most Trusted® is a consumer-based research program based on thousands of people’s opinions actively shopping for products. To identify America’s Most Trusted®, Lifestory Research conducts an ongoing annual survey in which people anonymously assess the trust they have in brands they encounter during their active search for specific products. Lifestory Research surveys people using well established social science research practices that seek to adhere to the highest quality standards of consumer insight. America’s Most Trusted® and Most Trusted Builder in America® are registered trademarks of Lifestory Corporation. No advertising or promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of Lifestory Research.  Learn more. #mostrustedbrands

About Lifestory Research®

Leaders, companies, and brands know that great ideas are only useful if they move people toward action. Lifestory Research is an independent, science-driven consumer insights and strategy consulting firm that ignites relationships between companies and their audiences. We are passionate about customers, employees, brands, and the science of influence. We use quantitative and qualitative research to create customer insights, drive innovation, deliver brand strategy, and move people forward.

For more information, please visit www.lifestoryresearch.com

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Toyota Motor North America Reports December 2020, Year-End Sales

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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported December 2020 sales of 249,601 vehicles, an increase of 20.4 percent on a volume basis and up 7.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis compared to December 2019.

For calendar year 2020, TMNA reported sales of 2,112,941 vehicles, a decrease of 11.3 percent on a volume and a decrease of 11.9 percent on a DSR basis.

Toyota division posted December sales of 211,378 vehicles, up 22.9 percent on a volume basis and up 9.7 percent on a DSR basis.  For the year, Toyota reported sales of 1,837,900 vehicles, down 11.9 percent on a volume basis and down 12.4 percent on a DSR basis.

Lexus division posted December sales of 38,223 vehicles, up 8.2 percent on a volume basis and down 3.4 percent on a DSR basis.  For the year, Lexus reported sales of 275,041 vehicles, down 7.7 percent on a volume basis and down 8.3 percent on a DSR basis.

December 2020 and Year-End Highlights

TMNA:

  • Number one manufacturer of alternative vehicles sales – hybrids, electrified vehicles, fuel cells – for 21 consecutive years
  • December hybrid sales totaled 50,649 vehicles, an increase of 82.8 percent
  • 2020 hybrid sales totaled 337,036 vehicles, an increase of 22.7 percent
  • Hybrid sales represented nearly 16 percent of TMNA’s 2020 sales volume
  • With the addition of the all-new Sienna, Venza and Mirai, TMNA now offers 14 hybrids, electrified and fuel cell vehicles in its lineup

Toyota Division:

  • Number one retail brand for the 9th consecutive year
  • Division’s hybrid sales doubled in December; up 26.7 percent in 2020
  • Camry best-selling passenger car in the U.S. for 19th consecutive year
  • RAV4 best-selling SUV in the U.S. for 4th consecutive year
  • Tacoma best-selling small pickup for 16th consecutive year; December sales up 39.7 percent
  • Sienna December sales up 45.2 percent
  • Pickup sales up 39.5 percent in December
  • Tundra December sales up 39.1 percent
  • SUV sales up 28.5 percent in December
  • All-time best-ever December: division light vehicle sales, division hybrid sales, division light trucks sales, total Highlander, total Rav4, Highlander hybrid, Corolla hybrid, Tacoma, 4Runner
  • All-time best-ever month: Tacoma, 4Runner, Highlander hybrid, RAV4 Prime, Corolla hybrid, total hybrid sales, total light truck sales

Lexus Division:

  • December sales of 38,223 vehicles represents the best month in 2020
  • Luxury utility vehicles (LUV) best-ever December sales of 29,578 vehicle
  • Passenger cars December sales up 14 percent, represent the best month in 2020
  • December hybrid sales of 5,730 vehicles represents an all-time best-ever month
  • Total Lexus division hybrid sales up nearly 2 percent in 2020
  • UX and UX hybrid sales best-ever sales year
  • December best sales month in 2020: Total RX, total NX, GX, LX, IS, ES, LC, UX

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Contact:
Victor Vanov
victor.vanov@toyota.com 
469.292.1318

 

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY

December 2020

— CURRENT MONTH —

— CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE —     

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL %

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL %

TOTAL TMNA

249,601

207,373

7.5

20.4

2,112,941

2,383,349

-11.9

-11.3

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV

211,378

172,048

9.7

22.9

1,837,900

2,085,235

-12.4

-11.9

TOTAL LEXUS

38,223

35,325

-3.4

8.2

275,041

298,114

-8.3

-7.7

YARIS

141

932

-86.5

-84.9

6,437

21,916

-70.8

-70.6

COROLLA

25,409

23,742

-4.4

7.0

237,178

304,850

-22.7

-22.2

SUPRA

704

404

55.6

74.3

5,887

2,884

102.8

104.1

86 (INCL FR-S)

205

276

-33.7

-25.7

2,476

3,398

-27.6

-27.1

MIRAI

20

66

-72.9

-69.7

499

1,502

-67.0

-66.8

AVALON

1,913

1,844

-7.4

3.7

18,421

27,767

-34.1

-33.7

PRIUS

4,078

6,058

-39.9

-32.7

43,525

69,718

-38.0

-37.6

CAMRY

30,364

26,309

3.0

15.4

294,348

336,978

-13.2

-12.7

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR

62,834

59,632

-5.9

5.4

608,771

769,014

-21.3

-20.8

IS

2,289

1,171

74.5

95.5

13,600

14,920

-9.4

-8.8

RC

416

428

-13.2

-2.8

3,808

4,591

-17.6

-17.1

ES

5,101

5,025

-9.4

1.5

43,292

51,336

-16.2

-15.7

GS

85

265

-71.4

-67.9

2,560

3,378

-24.7

-24.2

LS

524

583

-19.8

-10.1

3,617

5,528

-35.0

-34.6

LC

230

114

80.1

101.8

1,325

1,219

8.0

8.7

TOTAL LEXUS CAR

8,645

7,586

1.7

14.0

68,205

80,975

-16.3

-15.8

TOTAL TMNA CAR

71,479

67,218

-5.1

6.3

676,976

849,989

-20.9

-20.4

SIENNA

7,513

5,176

29.6

45.2

42,885

73,585

-42.1

-41.7

C-HR

3,308

3,303

-10.6

0.2

42,936

48,930

-12.8

-12.3

RAV4

46,846

41,282

1.3

13.5

430,387

448,071

-4.6

-3.9

VENZA

4,495

0

0

0

13,073

9

0

0

HIGHLANDER

26,778

20,449

16.9

31.0

212,276

239,438

-11.9

-11.3

4RUNNER

16,869

11,529

30.6

46.3

129,052

131,888

-2.8

-2.2

SEQUOIA

1,048

876

6.8

19.6

7,364

10,289

-28.9

-28.4

LAND CRUISER

606

360

50.3

68.3

3,147

3,536

-11.6

-11.0

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV

99,950

77,799

14.7

28.5

838,235

882,162

-5.6

-5.0

TACOMA

28,957

20,727

24.7

39.7

238,806

248,801

-4.6

-4.0

TUNDRA

12,124

8,714

24.2

39.1

109,203

111,673

-2.8

-2.2

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP

41,081

29,441

24.6

39.5

348,009

360,474

-4.1

-3.5

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK

148,544

112,416

18.0

32.1

1,229,129

1,316,221

-7.2

-6.6

UX

1,848

1,933

-14.6

-4.4

16,962

16,725

0.8

1.4

NX

8,256

7,955

-7.3

3.8

55,784

58,715

-5.6

-5.0

RX

14,514

14,069

-7.9

3.2

101,059

111,036

-9.6

-9.0

GX

4,139

3,220

14.8

28.5

28,519

25,945

9.2

9.9

LX

821

562

30.4

46.1

4,512

4,718

-5.0

-4.4

TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK

29,578

27,739

-4.8

6.6

206,836

217,139

-5.4

-4.7

TOTAL TMNA TRUCK

178,122

140,155

13.5

27.1

1,435,965

1,533,360

-7.0

-6.4

Selling Days

28

25

309

307

DSR = Daily Selling Rate

*NA Built Vehicles 

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY  

December 2020

— CURRENT MONTH —

— CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE —

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL %

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL %

COROLLA

12,192

13,451

-19.1

-9.4

116,915

154,355

-24.7

-24.3

CAMRY

30,364

26,308

3.1

15.4

294,342

336,392

-13.1

-12.5

AVALON

1,913

1,844

-7.4

3.7

18,421

27,767

-34.1

-33.7

YARIS SD (INCL YARIS IA)

72

241

-73.3

-70.1

2,454

19,730

-87.6

-87.6

YARIS HB

69

685

-91.0

-89.9

3,953

1,817

116.1

117.6

RAV4

39,336

30,148

16.5

30.5

322,908

256,458

25.1

25.9

HIGHLANDER

26,778

20,449

16.9

31.0

212,276

239,437

-11.9

-11.3

SIENNA

7,513

5,176

29.6

45.2

42,885

73,585

-42.1

-41.7

SEQUOIA

1,048

876

6.8

19.6

7,364

10,289

-28.9

-28.4

TACOMA

28,957

20,727

24.7

39.7

238,806

248,801

-4.6

-4.0

TUNDRA

12,124

8,714

24.2

39.1

109,203

111,673

-2.8

-2.2

ES

5,077

4,824

-6.0

5.2

42,961

45,099

-5.4

-4.7

RX

11,235

12,260

-18.2

-8.4

86,584

94,210

-8.7

-8.1

TOTAL

176,678

145,703

8.3

21.3

1,499,072

1,619,622

-8.0

-7.4

N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL

70.8%

70.3%

70.9%

68.0%

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR

18,224

17,103

-4.9

6.6

172,686

228,953

-25.1

-24.6

LEXUS IMPORT CAR

3,568

2,762

15.3

29.2

25,244

35,876

-30.1

-29.6

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS

44,610

42,529

-6.3

4.9

436,085

540,061

-19.8

-19.3

LEXUS NA BUILT CARS

5,077

4,824

-6.0

5.2

42,961

45,099

-5.4

-4.7

TOTAL TMNA CARS

71,479

67,218

-5.1

6.3

676,976

849,989

-20.9

-20.4

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK

32,788

26,326

11.2

24.5

295,687

375,969

-21.9

-21.4

LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK

18,343

15,479

5.8

18.5

120,252

122,929

-2.8

-2.2

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK

115,756

86,090

20.1

34.5

933,442

940,252

-1.4

-0.7

LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK

11,235

12,260

-18.2

-8.4

86,584

94,210

-8.7

-8.1

TOTAL TMNA TRUCK

178,122

140,155

13.5

27.1

1,435,965

1,533,360

-7.0

-6.4

Selling Days

28

25

309

307

TOYOTA  U.S. HYBRID SALES SUMMARY

December 2020

— CURRENT MONTH —

— CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE —  

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL%

2020

2019

DSR %

VOL%

TOYOTA PRIUS HYBRID

4,078

6,058

-39.9

-32.7

43,525

69,718

-38.0

-37.6

TOYOTA COROLLA HYBRID

2,436

1,545

40.8

57.7

17,628

16,301

7.4

8.1

TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID

4,600

2,247

82.8

104.7

33,826

26,043

29.0

29.9

TOYOTA AVALON HYBRID

753

571

17.7

31.9

6,714

6,552

1.8

2.5

TOYOTA MIRAI

20

66

-72.9

-69.7

499

1,502

-67.0

-66.8

TOYOTA SIENNA HYBRID

6,909

0

0

0

9,690

0

0

0

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID

9,454

1,796

370.0

426.4

48,455

18,248

163.8

165.5

TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID

11,104

10,127

-2.1

9.7

115,974

92,525

24.5

25.3

TOYOTA RAV4 PRIME

1,070

0

0

0

3,200

0

0

0

TOYOTA VENZA HYBRID

4,495

0

0

0

13,073

0

0

0

LEXUS ES HYBRID

1,138

1,054

-3.6

8.0

8,784

9,073

-3.8

-3.2

LEXUS GS HYBRID

0

0

0

0

1

7

-85.8

-85.7

LEXUS UX HYBRID

1,370

1,089

12.3

25.8

11,818

8,603

36.5

37.4

LEXUS NX HYBRID

1,434

1,230

4.1

16.6

9,358

9,651

-3.7

-3.0

LEXUS RX HYBRID

1,786

1,907

-16.4

-6.3

14,411

16,116

-11.2

-10.6

LEXUS LS HYBRID

0

20

-100

-100

66

187

-64.9

-64.7

LEXUS LC HYBRID

2

3

-40.5

-33.3

14

37

-62.4

-62.2

TOTAL TMNA HYBRID

50,649

27,713

63.2

82.8

337,036

274,572

22.0

22.7

TOTAL TOYOTA HYBRID

44,919

22,410

79.0

100.4

292,584

230,898

25.9

26.7

TOTAL LEXUS HYBRID

5,730

5,303

-3.5

8.1

44,452

43,674

1.1

1.8

 

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Trucks & Electrified Vehicles Propel American Honda to Strong 2020 Finish

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American Honda announced December and Q4 auto sales today, with solid gains by Honda and Acura trucks. The Honda Passport set the bar, setting new December and annual all-time sales records. (PRNewsfoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

American Honda

Honda

Acura

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

Q4

366,068

138,925

227,143

41,329

11,069

30,260

324,739

127,856

196,833

-8.9%

-13.4%

-5.9%

-7.3%

-8.3%

-7.5

-9.1%

-14%

-5.7%

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

Dec.

136,467

48,833

87,634

15,648

3,788

11,860

120,819

45,045

75,774

-0.1%

-6%

+3.6%

-3%

-10.5%

-0.3%

+0.3%

-5.6%

+4.2%

“While 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges, through the efforts of our Honda and Dealer associates and the continuing loyalty of our customers, we were able to deliver 1.3 million vehicles,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations at American Honda. “As the world continues to cope with the global pandemic, we remain optimistic that things will improve soon and look forward to the upcoming launches of critical all-new products like the Honda Civic and Acura MDX.”

BRAND REPORT

Sales Highlights

Notes

Honda wrapped a globally-challenging year on a positive note with a 4.2% December gain for trucks, plus a new record for electrified vehicles and a double record for Passport.

   •    Led by strong sales of the CR-V Hybrid (24,406) and Accord Hybrid (18,229), Honda posted record sales of electrified vehicles for the third straight year, totaling 62,982 in 2020.

   •   Passport set a new all-time annual sales record of nearly 40,000 units, plus record December sales of 4,344 units.

   •   CR-V remained Honda’s best-selling vehicle, as sales topped 300,000 units for the 8th straight year, on sales of 333,502 units.

   •   Civic posted strong sales of 261,225 in 2020 to lead all compact cars and remain the best-selling model to millennial and first-time buyers.

The boldly redesigned 2021 Ridgeline signals a new design direction to more effectively communicate the rugged capabilities of Honda light trucks and SUVs.

 

The Civic Type R LE just launched as the ultimate street-legal Honda, the perfect capstone to the unparalleled success of the retail best-selling 10th gen Civic.

 

BRAND REPORT

Sales Highlights

Notes

Acura completed 2020 with strong December sales performances, both at the gateway to the lineup with ILX and at the top with MDX which posted its best month since August 2018. 2021 promises to be an exciting year with the arrival of the fourth-gen MDX and the return of Type-S performance variants.

   •   ILX enjoyed another strong month in December with sales of 1,417 units, gaining 8.6% for the month.

   •   Acura SUV sales topped 100,000 units for the 7th straight year.

   •   RDX sales surpassed the 50,000 mark for the 6th consecutive year with total sales of 52,785 units in 2020.

 

The all-new 2021 TLX is the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sedan in Acura history, and just earned the highest safety rating from IIHS: TOP SAFETY PICK+.

 

As the new brand flagship, the 2022 MDX represents a quantum leap forward as the most premium, performance-focused and technologically sophisticated Acura SUV ever.

            

American Honda Vehicle Sales for December 2020

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

December 2020

December 2019

DSR** % Change

MoM % Change

December 2020

December 2019

DSR** % Change

YoY % Change

American Honda Total

136,467

136,566

-10.8%

-0.1%

1,346,788

1,608,170

-16.8%

-16.3%

Total Car Sales

48,833

51,952

-16.1%

-6.0%

549,701

706,463

-22.7%

-22.2%

Total Truck Sales

87,634

84,614

-7.5%

3.6%

797,087

901,707

-12.2%

-11.6%

Honda

Total Car Sales

45,045

47,718

-15.7%

-5.6%

513,319

663,973

-23.2%

-22.7%

Honda

Total Truck Sales

75,774

72,715

-7.0%

4.2%

696,486

786,812

-12.1%

-11.5%

Acura

Total Car Sales

3,788

4,234

-20.1%

-10.5%

36,382

42,490

-14.9%

-14.4%

Acura

Total Truck Sales

11,860

11,899

-11.0%

-0.3%

100,601

114,895

-13.0%

-12.4%

* Total Domestic Car Sales

44,083

46,070

-14.6%

-4.3%

492,335

603,197

-18.9%

-18.4%

Domestic

Car

Honda Division

40,367

41,908

-14.0%

-3.7%

457,008

561,726

-19.2%

-18.6%

Acura Division

3,716

4,162

-20.3%

-10.7%

35,327

41,471

-15.4%

-14.8%

* Total Domestic Truck Sales

87,633

84,122

-7.0%

4.2%

796,444

879,432

-10.0%

-9.4%

Domestic

Truck

Honda Division

75,773

72,223

-6.3%

4.9%

695,843

764,537

-9.6%

-9.0%

Acura Division

11,860

11,899

-11.0%

-0.3%

100,601

114,895

-13.0%

-12.4%

  Total Import Car Sales

4,750

5,882

-27.9%

-19.2%

57,366

103,266

-44.8%

-44.4%

Import

Car

Honda Division

4,678

5,810

-28.1%

-19.5%

56,311

102,247

-45.3%

-44.9%

Acura Division

72

72

-10.7%

0.0%

1,055

1,019

2.9%

3.5%

  Total Import Truck Sales

1

492

-99.8%

-99.8%

643

22,275

-97.1%

-97.1%

Import

Truck

Honda Division

1

492

-99.8%

-99.8%

643

22,275

-97.1%

-97.1%

Acura Division

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

   MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION

Honda Division Total

120,819

120,433

-10.4%

0.3%

1,209,805

1,450,785

-17.2%

-16.6%

Honda

Car

ACCORD

19,509

19,682

-11.5%

-0.9%

199,458

267,567

-25.9%

-25.5%

CIVIC

21,047

22,913

-18.0%

-8.1%

261,225

325,650

-20.3%

-19.8%

CLARITY

551

805

-38.9%

-31.6%

4,215

11,654

-64.1%

-63.8%

CR-Z

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

1

2

-50.3%

-50.0%

FIT

2,705

2,609

-7.4%

3.7%

32,488

35,414

-8.9%

-8.3%

INSIGHT

1,233

1,709

-35.6%

-27.9%

15,932

23,686

-33.2%

-32.7%

Car

Truck

CR-V

38,120

36,098

-5.7%

5.6%

333,502

384,168

-13.8%

-13.2%

HR-V

8,428

9,199

-18.2%

-8.4%

84,027

99,104

-15.8%

-15.2%

ODYSSEY

8,701

8,734

-11.1%

-0.4%

83,409

99,113

-16.4%

-15.8%

PASSPORT

4,344

3,677

5.5%

18.1%

39,567

36,085

8.9%

9.6%

PILOT

13,054

11,250

3.6%

16.0%

123,813

135,008

-8.9%

-8.3%

RIDGELINE

3,127

3,757

-25.7%

-16.8%

32,168

33,334

-4.1%

-3.5%

Truck

Acura Division Total

15,648

16,133

-13.4%

-3.0%

136,983

157,385

-13.5%

-13.0%

Acura

Car

ILX

1,417

1,305

-3.1%

8.6%

13,414

14,685

-9.2%

-8.7%

NSX

14

10

25.0%

40.0%

128

238

-46.6%

-46.2%

RLX / RL

72

72

-10.7%

0.0%

1,055

1,019

2.9%

3.5%

TLX

2,285

2,847

-28.3%

-19.7%

21,785

26,548

-18.5%

-17.9%

Car

Truck

MDX

6,040

5,636

-4.3%

7.2%

47,816

52,019

-8.7%

-8.1%

RDX

5,820

6,263

-17.0%

-7.1%

52,785

62,876

-16.6%

-16.0%

Truck

Selling Days

28

25

309

307

**** Electrified Vehicles

8,498

4,700

61.4%

80.8%

64,792

61,978

3.9%

4.5%

*    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts

**   Daily Selling Rate

**** Electrified Vehicles equal: Total sales of Hybrid (FHEV & PHEV), EVs (BEV) and Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) from the Honda and Acura brands.

 

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SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.