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Lexus celebrates the need to get out in LC 500 Convertible campaign

(August 4, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Lexus has unveiled a new marketing campaign to launch its first convertible in almost five years: the 2021 LC 500 Convertible. And the timing couldn't be better. This convertible is perhaps the perfect expression of the emotional desire of the times, and the new campaign from the luxury automaker leans in to that need to get out and soak in the freedom and daylight.

New Ford podcast 'Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story' breaks new ground

(August 3, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — On Aug.10, Ford will debut Bring Back Bronco, an eight-episode podcast series about the history of the Ford Bronco. Listeners can see the trailer and sign up for notifications on their preferred podcast app when each new episode in video below.

Hosted by former National Public Radio transportation and economics correspondent Sonari Glinton, Bring Back Bronco takes a journalistic approach to telling the story of Bronco — from the birth of the iconic SUV, its life until it was cancelled in 1996, a notorious police chase in 1994, and the efforts of dedicated Ford employees to bring back a family of Bronco vehicles this year. It is the most comprehensive audio story of this uniquely American SUV.

Jeep Wrangler lift kit available; Jeep Gladiator lift kit arrives later this summer

(August 3, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For enthusiasts looking to further enhance the off-road capability of their Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator, Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) are introducing new specifically tuned 2-inch lift kits for EcoDiesel-powered Jeep models.
 
“Our comprehensive Jeep portfolio includes more than 500 factory-engineered, quality-tested, off-road performance parts and accessories,” said Mark Bosanac, head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Carea. “At Mopar, we’ll continue to fill our catalog with ultra-capable, factory-backed features that resonate with Jeep fans.”

Lexus NX 300 gets updates, more standard equipment for 2021

(August 3, 2020) PLANO, Texas — For 2021 the Lexus NX 300 F SPORT grabs the senses with its detailed design, handling performance and sound. The F SPORT exterior includes a unique honeycomb front end with a more aggressive grille, optional Premium Triple-Beam LED headlights and a lower bumper with elegant chrome treatment. The front-end of the NX 300 F SPORT achieves an even more aggressive appearance thanks to a lower bumper, rear lower bumper and taillamps, an addition of laser fog light housing, larger exhaust opening and an 18-inch F SPORT alloy wheels with all-season or summer tires.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner convertible debuts in St. Tropez

(August 2 , 2020) CREWE, England — The luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family, the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, will make its global debut at Cheval Blanc in St Tropez, France, as part of a European Summer Tour hosted by Bentley. The Continental GT Mulliner is the first member of the new Collections portfolio introduced by Bentley Mulliner. Surpassing the industry-leading craftsmanship so synonymous with Bentley, Mulliner has raised the bar further to create the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible; the pinnacle of roof-down automotive luxury.

GM, EVgo partner to add more than 2,700 fast chargers in U.S.

(August 1, 2020) DETROIT — General Motors and EVgo plan to triple the size of the nation’s largest public fast charging network by adding more than 2,700 new fast chargers over the next five years, a move set to help accelerate widespread electric vehicle adoption. The two companies will add fast charging stations to cities and suburbs, unlocking new EV customer segments and providing increased charging access to drivers who live in multi-unit homes, rent their homes and can’t install chargers, or might not have access to workplace charging.

20 years later — A retrospective on the Infiniti FX design

(August 1, 2020) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary since the Infiniti design team finalized the groundbreaking FX45 concept. As history notes, the FX45 concept would evolve into two generations of a much-loved production vehicle named the Infiniti FX, a vehicle that created a new segment and became an icon for the Infiniti brand.

Ford and Telenav helping to insure nav still working outside cellular range

(July 31, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — As the all-new F-150 pickup and Bronco two- and four-door 4x4 rugged SUVs take customers on ever more extreme adventures, Ford and Telenav are helping ensure their connected navigation technologies continue working on far-off adventures unlike smartphone mapping apps that cease to work outside cellular range.

General Motors introduces new 350 small-block replacement engine

(July 31, 2020) DETROIT — General Motors has announced the all-new 350 small-block engine. This new GM Original Equipment 5.7L, 350 cubic-inch V-8 replacement highlights the great features of the iconic engine and is never remanufactured or reverse engineered.

“Building on the history and versatility of the original 350 first available in Chevrolet models such as the Camaro and Corvette, this engine continues to deliver,” said Andrew McKittrick, manager of GM’s propulsion portfolio.

2021 Acura TLX to make racing debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

(July 31, 2020) The 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marks the official racing debut of the completely reimagined 2021 TLX, set to go on sale this fall. Acura will compete in the 98th running of the “Race to the Clouds” on Aug. 30 with two race prepared second generation TLXs powered by modified versions of the production 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, along with a “Time Attack” NSX supercar. Pacing the race to the 14,115-foot summit will be a development prototype of the highly anticipated TLX Type S, ahead of its market introduction next spring.