10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Jeep Easter Eggs Find Their Way to First

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Let’s face it, if you found a spider hiding under the refueling lid when you went to fill up your car, you’d squash that sucker without a second thought. But if you’re a Jeep Renegade owner who’s familiar with this automotive “Easter egg,” you probably get a momentary impulse of delight when you see that cute little arachnid greeting you with a “Ciao, baby!” each time you’re at the gas station. Likewise, readers enthusiastically greeted our article on the different Easter eggs automakers have hidden for your amusement in vehicles from Jeep and other car brands.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is particularly fond of Easter eggs. The Italian parent company (hence the Renegade spider’s choice of expressions) also stashed an evolution-of-the-minivan graphic in a storage tray in its Chrysler Pacifica and a self-referential outline of a Dodge Challenger — and there’s more where those came from, from the likes of other FCA-manufactured models, Jaguar, Tesla and Volvo. Follow the link below to our No. 1 news story of the week to learn where you can find more of these hidden gems.

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Having mentioned Jaguar a moment ago … when you say the British automaker’s iconic name, how do you pronounce it? The three most common ways tend to be “Jag-WIRE,” “Jag-WAHR” and “Jag-You-Are” — but only one of them is right. You know how boorish Americans can come off to the Brits at times, so this may be one you’ll want to make a mental note of for your next trip across the pond. Check out our No. 2 story for the answer.

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Rounding out the top five this week are our roundup of all the 0% percent financing offers from automakers extended into the month of June in response to economic struggles cause by the coronavirus pandemic, at No. 3; our rapid-fire rundown of all things we like and don’t like about the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, at No. 4; and our video of’s recent head-to-head comparison test of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Toyota Highlander, at No. 5.

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We also have news on the Audi Q3 and Q7 and Toyota Supra, tips for safely selling your car during COVID-19 and more, so you may want to at least peruse the second half of the list. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. Easter’s Over, But You Can Still Hunt for Easter Eggs in Jeeps, Other Cars

2. What’s the Right Way to Say Jaguar?

3. Coronavirus and Car Buying: 0% Financing Deals Extended Through May and Beyond

4. 2020 Volkswagen Passat: 5 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

5. Hyundai Palisade Vs. Toyota Highlander Video: 3-Row SUV Foes Go Toe-to-Toe

6. How to Read a Tire Sidewall

7. Audi Q7: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

8. 2021 Toyota Supra Review: More, and Less, Power Make Up Sophomore Changes

9. Tips for Safely Selling Your Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic

10. Audi Q3: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

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