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Truck Wars – 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 470hp V8

Whether this beast is the better choice for off-roading will likely be debated for some time. It has a 2-inch factory lift. True to the trend among performance truck makers, capability is there with larger approach and departure angles (approach, breakover and departure angles of 44.5, 22.6 and 37.5 degrees, respectively), more suspension articulation, and water traversing up to 32.5 inches. Marketing babble alert – a Tri-level Hydro-Guide air intake system can channel up to 15 gallons of water a minute away from engine.  A secondary air path built into the hood allows engine breathing up to top speed even if the hood scoop is completely clogged by mud, snow or debris. Continue reading

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GMC 2021 Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition

The profitable and relatively new performance pickup truck segment continues to expand with fresh offerings. Latest is the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition, an upsell/upgrade of the Canyon AT4. Continue reading

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Europe’s F-Series – All-Electric Ford E-Transit Revealed

E-Transit, which starts arriving with European customers in early 2022, is part of Ford’s more than $11.5 billion global investment in electrification through 2022. The all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E will be in European dealerships from early next year and the fully electric F‑150 appears at North American dealers in mid-2022. Continue reading

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Cadillac V-Series Blackwing to Get Magnesium Wheels

One of the longstanding weaknesses of OE engineering and marketing led to a thriving aftermarket wheel and tire business. Cadillac was among the front-runners ignoring wheels – notably chrome – as its customers customized their rides. Continue reading

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GM Defense Delivers First Infantry Squad Vehicle to US Army

The ISV is based off the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 mid-size truck architecture and use 90% commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts, including Chevrolet Performance race components. The 5,000-pound ISV was engineered to fulfill military requirements and designed to provide rapid ground mobility. The expeditionary ISV is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transportability. The parts, combined with the ISV’s Rollover Protection System, should provide agile transportability on the battlefield. Continue reading

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First Look – 2021 Mazda CX-9 Crossover SUV

The badly named Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine equipped on all CX-9 models is rated at  320 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 horsepower on premium (93 octane) gasoline or 310 lb.-ft. of torque and 227 horsepower on 87 octane gasoline. Continue reading

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Petersen Museum Reveals Latest Ford GT Sunday

The Ford GT reveal marks the final day of Petersen Car Week, which started airing Wednesday on the Petersen Museum’s YouTube channel. Continue reading

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Mazda, Toyota Add Money to Manufacturing in Alabama

It also insiders say makes production line enhancements made to improve processes supporting unannounced Mazda vehicle and design changes and to the thus far unknown Toyota SUV that will be produced at the plant. Continue reading

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Cadillac LYRIC – Taking Back the Luxury EV Lead?

“You can tune the car to the personality of the customer. The Lyric will continually get better  throughout the ownership experience… the vehicle you drive today may not be what you want to drive tomorrow which we can change with over the air technology. If I had one word to describe it,  I would say personal,” Reuss concluded. Continue reading

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Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for the New Hummer EV

Engineering targets include 1000 horsepower and 11,500 lb. ft. of torque. This should mean a zero-to-60 mph acceleration elapsed time of, oh, ~3 seconds. Continue reading

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Ford Bronco Sequel Appears with First-Ever Four-Door

Prospective Bronco owners can choose from an extensive lineup of more than 200 factory-backed accessories for personalization, enabling dealers to provide “outfitting-on-demand” for individual needs – just like MOPAR does for Jeep. Just bring money not bitcoins: MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. “More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch.” Continue reading

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Xpeng Now Delivering P7 Intelligent EV Sports Sedan

The P7 claims cutting-edge autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technology. On paper it’s formidable. P7 arrives as the Trump Administration is being outflanked in a trade war that Trump started and is losing. Continue reading

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New Fiat 500 Debuts at the Quirinale and Palazzo Chigi

The New 500 BEV was created, designed and engineered in Turin. “Just another shining example of the creativity and innovation of which the company and the city – where Fiat was founded over 120 years ago – are proud,” FCA said.
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First Look: 2021 Ford F-150 Pickup

The launch will be closely watched by industry observers – the number of build combinations seems needlessly large, and Ford needs to prove it can launch the best selling pickup in the US without the problems it experienced on the Explorer.
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EV Ford Mustang Has Optional Intelligent Range

The vehicle battery system reports how much energy is available, while the powertrain module tracks how much energy is being used. Warmer or colder weather can impact range, so Intelligent Range takes that into consideration, too, updating estimated range along the way. Continue reading

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