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The Mini Electric — Versatile, stylish and sustainable

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(May 8, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — The temperatures are rising and with them the anticipation of outdoor activities and excursions into nature. The model-specific railing and roof rack systems from the Mini Genuine Accessories range create ideal conditions for leaving the limits of urban mobility behind and combining driving pleasure with active leisure activities. The Mini Cooper SE is a particularly sustainable escape from everyday life, the only fully electric model in its competitive class, that can be equipped with optional roof rails and a wide range of retrofit products.

2021 Toyota Sienna



PHOENIX — With its completely redesigned Sienna minivan for 2021, Toyota takes a bold new step by making it exclusively a four-cylinder hybrid through all five trim levels — LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum and our tested mid-level XSE. As a hybrid, the Sienna is the most fuel-efficient minivan in America with a combined EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg. By comparison, the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan gets 22 mpg in city-highway combined.

2022 Hyundai Tucson



TUCSON, Ariz. — Hyundai made a big deal out the introduction of its all-new, fourth-generation Tucson SUV introduced to the automotive media last week in where else but Tucson, Ariz. The outgoing Tucson while in itself a decent and credible compact crossover utility vehicle never gained the traction and sales against newer and more popular crossover competitors like the Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.

2022 Acura MDX



PHOENIX — The Acura MDX is one of the first 2022 models to arrive in showrooms. And just about everything in this fourth-generation three-row crossover is brand new. Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and has been around since 1986. The popular MDX was first introduced for 2001, and Acura says the new model is in an entirely new class. Changes start with the exterior styling, and continue to the all-new ultra-rigid platform with an MDX-first double-wishbone front suspension, new technology, and more space for people and gear.

Vehicle of the Week

2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 — Turbo diesel performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 2, 2021) If your goal is to make the biggest statement possible in terms of performance, off-roading, towing, payload, interior refinement and advanced technologies all in one truck look no further than your nearest GMC dealer. Check out the 2021 off-road-ready GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 Crew Cab with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 paired to a 10-speed Allison automatic transmission.

Here's the Thing

Edmunds offers tips for car shopping during chip shortage



(May 7, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers looking to purchase a new vehicle ahead of the summer road trip season need to be prepared to do more research and be more flexible with their budget to get the car that they want. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the percentage of consumers who paid above sticker price for a new vehicle climbed to 12.7% in April, compared to 11% in March 2021 and 8.1% in April of 2020.

Survey — Electric vehicle range jumps to top priority for consumers



By Autolist.com analytics team

(May 5, 2021) The range of an electric vehicle has become a holy grail for car shoppers, as their priorities for choosing an EV have shifted rapidly in just two years, a recent survey by Autolist.com has found. Range leapfrogged Price and Charging Infrastructure to become consumers’ most important element in choosing an EV since Autolist’s last poll on the subject in 2019.

Hyundai addresses pediatric heatstroke prevention



(May 4, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai continues to proactively address the safety issue of pediatric heatstroke as the result of children being left unattended in vehicles in high temperatures during warmer months. The company now features 13 products with Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) systems as standard or optional (Palisade, Santa Fe, Santa Fe HEV, Sonata, Sonata HEV, Elantra, Elantra HEV, Tucson, Tucson HEV, Tucson PHEV and Tucson N-Line, as well as Genesis GV80 and G80).

Inside the Industry

Ram teams with Foo Fighters to launch new advertising campaign



(May 7, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Ram Truck brand and Foo Fighters have joined forces to pay homage to everyday heroes with the launch of a new multimedia campaign, “Spotlight,” which includes three new videos spanning television, digital and Ram Truck brand social media channels. The campaign will kick off just before Mother’s Day and coincides with the release of “From Cradle to Stage,” a new unscripted series directed by Grohl and inspired by his mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl and her critically acclaimed book.

BMW blends art and artificial intelligence to create 'Ultimate AI Masterpiece'



(May 7, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW has debuted the “The Ultimate AI Masterpiece,” a unique exploration of art and technology that uses artificial intelligence to generate entirely new works. The virtual art installation debuts in conjunction with Frieze New York 2021, as well as the 50th anniversary of BMW Group Cultural Engagement. Content and videos documenting its creation process are available online via BMW USA’s YouTube and Instagram channels.

DTE Energy partners with Ford on rooftop solar installation



(May 6, 2021) DETROIT — DTE Energy has announced that it has commissioned a new solar array at the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn, Mich. The 2,159-panel array is located on the rooftop level of the Deck 400 parking structure. The array includes an integrated battery storage system and will be used to power newly installed electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The solar array can generate 1,127 megawatt hours of clean energy, which has the environmental benefit equal to the carbon sequestered by nearly 980 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Warning — Read the instructions



Warning and instruction labels dominate the cab of this mid-20th Century wrecker (upper left). It must have been overwhelming for the novice truck driver. We weren't able to identify the make of the truck, found in retirement in eastern North Carolina, but we think it's either a Mack or an International.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)