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Electrify America introduces proposal for electric vehicle charger emoji

(July 15, 2020) RESTON, Va. — Ahead of World Emoji Day on Friday, July 17, Electrify America — the largest open electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network in the U.S. — announced a new proposal to introduce the first-ever “EV Charger” emoji for smartphone keyboards. The proposal was officially submitted for consideration to the Unicode Consortium, the governing body for emoji creation.

All-new Ford Bronco Sport expands the Bronco family of vehicles

(July 14, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — The all-new Ford Bronco Sport off-road vehicle — the Brono of small SUVs — signals for adventure-seekers a welcome return to roads and trails less traveled. With unmistakable Bronco styling and Bronco capability, the smaller sibling of Bronco two-door and first-ever four-door SUVs joins the family with its own idea of fun. As with all Broncos, 4x4 is standard, and this rugged SUV is engineered to handle whatever weekend adventure its owner has in mind.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept powered by 450-horsepower V-8

(July 14, 2020) AUBURN HILLS,  Mich. — The last time the most recognizable vehicle on the planet was offered with a V-8 engine was in the 1981 Jeep CJ, with its 5.0-liter V-8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a V-8-powered production Wrangler in recent years and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may soon get their wish.

Ford unveils long-awaited 2021 Bronco — 2-door and 4-door

(July 14, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has unveiled the 2021 Bronco — including a classic two-door and first-ever four-door — the flagship of an all-new family of rugged off-road vehicles. The all-4x4 Bronco brand is Built Wild and ready to deliver thrilling experiences with its heritage-inspired style, engineering and smart off-road technology, plus innovative features to help outdoor enthusiasts create adventures in the most remote corners of the world.

Lincoln introduces Monochromatic Package across SUV lineup

(July 13, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — The sleek, dramatic and striking elegance of Lincoln’s Monochromatic Package, which debuted on the flagship Lincoln Navigator SUV, now expands across the brand’s growing SUV lineup to Corsair, Nautilus and Aviator. As monochromatic color schemes gain traction in a variety of fields including fashion and home décor, Lincoln SUVs are continuing to drive momentum for the brand.

Hobbyists return to car restoration projects during pandemic

(July 13, 2020) With time to spare and nowhere to go during lockdown, many classic-car owners have seized the opportunity to finally make progress on a restoration project — or two. Rob Dibble saw the overabundance of time at home as an opportunity to pursue his passion for car restoration. The corporate development entrepreneur has been working remotely in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his flexible schedule allowed him to focus on the restoration of his 1969 Volkswagen dune buggy.

Porsche Leipzig gets ready for electromobility and electric Macan

(July 13, 2020) LEIPZIG, Germany — All signs point forwards at Porsche in Leipzig. Preparations for the start of electromobility are underway across the plant. All construction work is on schedule. The external work on the new body shop for the third-generation Macan, the first fully electric version, is now complete. The next step is to set up the plant inside the building.

Toyota TRD Pro to add 'out of this world' color, new features for 2021

(July 12, 2020) PLANO, Texas — With a striking new debut, TRD Pro models are carrying on the color tradition with the introduction of Lunar Rock for 2021. Replacing Army Green in the TRD Pro color pallet, Lunar Rock will turn heads as customers enjoy all the on and off-road features the lineup offers. First unveiled in 2014, the TRD Pro lineup was born from Toyota’s rich racing and off-road heritage. All TRD Pro vehicles offer unique styling, as well as highly capable, tried and tested performance off-road equipment, specifically tailored for when the pavement runs out.

FCA to recall 1.2 million 2007-2011 vehicles over bad airbag covers

(July 11, 2020) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it would recall about 925,239 older-model vehicles in the United States to replace airbag covers on their steering wheels after 14 potentially related injuries. Additional vehicles subject to recall are estimated at 188,249 in Canada, 24,139 in Mexico and 66,120 in certain markets outside North America.

EcoDiesel engine added to 2021 Jeep Gladiator

(July 11, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich.  — The 2021 Jeep Gladiator  offers increased torque and driving range with the introduction of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. The expected fuel economy ratings will deliver the highest driving range on one tank of fuel ever for Gladiator. The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard.