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First Look: Gen 3 2022 Toyota Tundra

Other added items include a high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame, aluminum-reinforced composite bed and redesigned multi-link rear suspension. The result is a competitive Tundra with a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds, +11%, and a max payload capacity of 1,940 pounds, +17.6%. Continue reading

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IndyCar – Honda Takes Manufacturers’ Title at Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca, infamous for its 2.3-mile, 11-turn road course with a breathtaking “Corkscrew” in Turns 8 and 8A turned into a thrilling display of skill and aggression that will see the drivers’ championship*** come down to next week’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Sunday at 3:45 p.m. (ET), with live coverage on NBCSN and the IndyCar Radio Network. Continue reading

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European Light Vehicle Production Tanking

The most recent setback has been the forced closure of semiconductor facilities in Malaysia to contain the latest COVID-19 outbreak, the LMC Automotive consultancy notes. This disaster comes from raw material price increases, semiconductor shortages and bottlenecks in the production of intermediate products. Continue reading

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De-Carbonize the Police. Ford Submits EV to Michigan

Ford said it will use the pilot program testing as a benchmark while it continues to explore purpose-built electric police vehicles in the future. Law enforcement demand for all-electric vehicles is growing globally because of the dire climate change crisis and increasing regulations banning fossil fuel vehicles. Last week, Ford introduced a new Mustang Mach-E police concept car in the United Kingdom. Continue reading

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Carlos Tavares to Step Down from Airbus Board

“This personal decision should allow Carlos to dedicate his full professional time to leading Stellantis to success, together with the leadership team, through this critical transformation period in the automotive industry,” Stellantis said in a statement. Continue reading

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GM Defense – $36.4M Development Contract for HD Surburbans

GM says the commercial vehicle architecture designed for full size pickup trucks and large SUVs – already paid for –  will use significant commercial-off-the-shelf parts, including the body, exterior, propulsion, interior and brakes for the government, purpose-built HD Suburban. Continue reading

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Ford, Argo AI, Walmart to Launch Autonomous Vehicle Delivery

The deal blends a self-driving technology provider with an automotive manufacturer able to integrate that technology with mass-produced vehicles and the world’s largest retailer. The multi-city service will enable Walmart customers to place orders of groceries and other popular items online for door-to-door autonomous delivery directly to customers’ homes. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Brazil Shows Electric Bus

If there is equivalent customer interest, “use outside of Latin America is also conceivable. “The eO500U is a model from the O-500 series, which is also the basis for the Mercedes-Benz Super Padron city bus. Continue reading

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