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Lexus unveils hydrogen-powered ROV concept


(December 4, 2021) Lexus has revealed a new ROV (Recreational Off-highway Vehicle) Concept, a unique hydrogen-powered vehicle offering near zero-emissions driving combined with extreme off-road capability. It reflects a commitment by Lexus to ensure exhilarating driving can co-exist with a carbon-free society centered on responsible mobility.

2022 Mini Cooper Convertible

MIAMI — Just as the word “dated” began to appear in reviews of the iconic Mini in recent years, the 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible arrives refreshed and updated but still with the sassy attitude that has been an integral part of its DNA for just over six decades. While still retaining its distinctive overall outer appearance, the 2022 Mini gets new bumpers front and rear, a revised grille and new wheel designs, and three new colors — Island Blue, Rooftop Grey and Zesty Yellow.

2022 Infiniti QX60

PHOENIX — Sedona, Arizona, is tailor-made for a travel brochure — a picturesque small town surrounded with stunning red rock buttes, mesas, and canyons with bright colorful foliage in the fall. It’s a perfect destination for test driving the all-new-for-2022 Infiniti QX60. First introduced for the 2013, the second-generation of the QX60 is long overdue. The three-row mid-size SUV has been dramatically redesigned both inside and out.

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

INDIANAPOLIS — I’m trying to imagine the conversation in Ford’s boardroom several years ago when some enterprising executive lofted this nugget:  “Let’s take our Ford Escape crossover, replace its aft half with a bed, slap on the name of a sub-par compact from the ‘70s, and use it to replace our compact sedans.  We’ll make it a hybrid too.”  I’m sure eyebrows slanted askew, but 2022 Ford Maverick pickup is a pretty good idea.

Vehicle of the Week

2021 Ford Bronco — An off-roader you can live with every day

By Jim Meachen

(November 28, 2021) The most obvious aspect of the Ford Bronco is its curb appeal. Still new to many who have seen the modern iteration only between the covers of auto magazines or on YouTube videos, it's an attention grabber on the street. Viewing one in person clocked in Cyber Orange paint seemed to be the highlight of the day for a few people in the supermarket parking lot, at the gas station, and outside a favorite restaurant.

Here's the Thing

Expert advice on getting car battery ready for winter

(December 3, 2021) CHICAGO — With colder weather just around the corner, now's the time to get cars ready for the winter − including making sure car batteries are in tip-top condition according to vehicle charging specialists CTEK.

2022 Honda Civic — Civic gets better with full redesign

By Jim Prueter

(December 3, 2021) For 2022, Honda has ripped the wrappings of its newly redesigned 11th-generation Civic. It impresses with upgraded refinement, new safety and technology along with an overall simpler new design language that’s less busy than the outgoing Civic.

BMW Motorrad presents 'The Great Getaway'

(November 30, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — Experience the beauty of nature for eight days on the "Big Boxer" R 18 family of Heritage motorcycles, enjoy the freedom of endless expanses, immerse yourself in the urban jungle, sometimes discover the unexpected and leave the stress of everyday life behind. In "The Great Getaway," BMW Motorrad will be offering the perfectly organized travel format for a perfect time-out, arranged and carried out by BMW Motorrad partner Elephant Moto.

Inside the Industry

Toyota kicks off holiday season with a message of togetherness

(December 3, 2021) PLANO, Texas — As the holiday spirit sets in, Toyota is celebrating the season of coming together with a special holiday message. “Bookstore,” the first of two Toyota holiday ads, debuted Dec. 1 during NBC’s primetime special, “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” with a personalized throw from a show host.

Polestar provides next glimpse of Polestar 3 and reaffirms growth plans

(December 3, 2021) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar, a premium electric car company, has released a second teaser image of the forthcoming Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, which is set to launch in 2022. Polestar 3 is the company’s first SUV and will be its first vehicle to be built in the US, with production set to take place in Charleston, S.C. at the Volvo Cars plant.

Together In Motion Indiana Autonomous Shuttle Service launches on Dec. 20

(December 2, 2021) FISHERS, Ind. — The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the City of Fishers have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate a free, public autonomous shuttle service on Dec. 20 to serve the area surrounding the Nickel Plate Cultural District in Fishers, Ind.

Abandoned Car of the Week

This truck has made its final delivery

This L Series mid-1990s Ford truck found in eastern North Carolina appears to have made its final delivery. The truck came with either a gas engine or a diesel engine in three configurations L-600/6000, L-700/7000 and L-800/8000.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)