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All the tech in Ford’s most important vehicle: the 2021 F-150 truck

Ford rolled out all the stops Thursday evening for the reveal of its all-new F-150 truck, right down to the splashy videos dominated by electric guitar riffs. Heck, the automaker even cast the sharp-tongued Denis Leary as its MC. Of course, none of that really matters. It’s all about what Ford has done to improve the most important and profitable vehicle in its lineup. It’s been six years since the last redesign. This all-new F-150 offers kind of performance and abundance options that Ford truck...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Tech, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Epa, Waze, Alexa, Denis Leary, Mustang Mach, Ford Alexa Office


The Complete Guide to Snell M2020 Standard

The Snell Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates helmet standards for helmets for vehicular activities including motorcycles. My colleagues Jim and Cameron went to the Snell Foundation’s headquarters last year to see exactly how the professionals there do their testing and create the standards that have a major impact on the motorcycle industry and the racing industry.  The foundation’s mission is dedicated to the research, education, testing, and development of helmet saf...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Safety, Features, United States, Motorcycles, Cameron, North America, Guide, Shell, Jim, ECE, Snell, SNELL Memorial Foundation, HIC, Snell M2020 Standard


Waymo and Volvo ink deal to build an all-new electric robo-taxi

It's the latest effort by Waymo to propel its self-driving ambitions
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Volvo, Electric Cars, Waymo


First Look at the 2021 Ford F-150

Normally I'd be standing in the crowd, looking at the truck in person as the wraps come off it, but because of COVID-19 it was all done digitally. Find out more about the new 2021 Ford F-150 with my story and video over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


2021 Ford F-150: There’s New Faces in Your Future, and Maybe a Hybrid, Too

Ford Motor Company pulled the wraps off the next-generation 2021 F-150 on Thursday night, revealing a new body and face that’s evolutionary in nature and a powertrain addition that sets its apart from all rivals. Could you call it revolutionary? Being first in its class to offer something new is key for the F-150, being […] The post 2021 Ford F-150: There’s New Faces in Your Future, and Maybe a Hybrid, Too appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, F-150, Trucks, Hybrid, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Ford F-150, Product Planning, 2021 Ford F-150, PowerBoost


Lordstown debuts a $52,500 electric pickup alongside a campaigning Mike Pence

Lordstown Motors unveiled Thursday a prototype of its electric future, a pickup truck with four in-wheel hub motors and a few other features all aimed squarely at attracting contractors and other buyers in the commercial market. The unveiling by this one-year-old Ohio startup didn’t get too deep into the details about the electric pickup truck known as Endurance. There wasn’t any information on the interior, performance or battery. The entire second half of the event took a 90-degree turn away f...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Ohio, Epa, Trump, Burns, Mike Pence, Lordstown, Goodyear, Lordstown Ohio, Steve Burns, GM assembly plant, Workhorse Group


Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

Waymo’s self-driving software footprint is expanding — this time in a partnership with Volvo Car Group. The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Volvo and Waymo provided few details on the partnership and what this might actually look like except that the companies “will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle plat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Fiat Chrysler


A Conversation With Ari Henning, Zack Courts, and Spenser Robert about Working for Revzilla

Finding a Good Home Most of us in the motorcycle world know the names Zack Courts and Ari Henning. They’re the two long-time journalists at Motorcyclist Magazine, who have entertained and informed us for years now. After a short time with MotorTrend, the duo and Spenser Robert—the man behind the scenes who makes the camera magic happen—are at Revzilla now crafting content for the company on its YouTube channel and writing blog, Common Tread. I wrote about their move to the company when Comoto a...
Tags: Youtube, Motorcycles, Zack, Ari, Motortrend, Motorcycle News, RevZilla, Spenser, Comoto, Motorcycle Industry Council, Motorcyclist Magazine, Ari Henning, Spenser Robert, Zack Courts, Ari Henning Zack Courts, Ari Zack


After Telling Staff That Working During Pandemic Was Voluntary, Tesla Reportedly Sent Termination Notices

Some Tesla workers who were originally informed they were not “obligated” to show up for shifts at the company’s Fremont, California production facility as it reopened during the coronavirus pandemic have in fact received termination notices, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Elon Musk, Science, Labor, Washington Post, Cars, Tesla, Automotive, Fremont California, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Toyota’s Prius Recall Makes Another Cameo

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling roughly 752,000 vehicles due to a presumed faulty hybrid system. Around 267,000 of the affected units are Prius vehicles sold in the United States. According to the manufacturer, certain Prius (MY 2013-2015) and Prius V (2014-2017) models can fail to enter fail-safe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. While […] The post Toyota’s Prius Recall Makes Another Cameo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Toyota, Hybrid, Nhtsa, Prius, Toyota Motor Corp, News Blog, Safety Recalls, Failsafe Mode, Hybrid Systems, Limp Mode, Prius Recall, Prius V


Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone

Rivian wants to dazzle you with excessive range and dirt-flinging tank turns. Ford wants you to feel virtuous while behind the wheel of an F-150. General Motors wants to crush things beneath the wheels of the monstrous GMC Hummer EV. Lordstown Motors’s electric pickup, on the other hand, doesn’t want to be everyone’s best friend. […] The post Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, New Cars, Lordstown, Endurance, News Blog, Product Planning, Rivian, Lordstown Motors, Lordstown Endurance, GMC Hummer EV Lordstown Motors


California Will Require Most Trucks Sold in the State to be Electric by 2035

In California, trucks won’t be able to pollute the air and planet for much longer. The state is approving the nation’s first-of-its-kind rule for truck manufacturers on Thursday. The goal? To make more electric trucks. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Cars, Electric Vehicles, Clean Energy, Welcome To Electric Avenue


From Germany, With Love: Audi Sport GmbH Faces The Brutal Nürburgring

Audi Sport GmbH conducts extensive testing on the North Loop (Nordschleife) of the Nürburgring. The nearly 13-mile course is among the most challenging in the world. More than 80 percent of the course is driven under full throttle. Engineers and test drivers from the Audi Sport GmbH team know this all too well. Say what you want about station wagons, shooting brakes, or whatever you want to call them: The new Audi RS 6 Avant is one of the best modern cars today. If you don’t like wag...
Tags: Germany, Cologne, United States, Magazine, Autos, Audi, Jekyll, Hyde, Hoffman, Nurburgring, Audi Sport, North Loop, J D Power, Jackie Stewart, Sportback, Frank Stippler


Green Dreams: Unifor Releases New Economic Strategy for Canada

Unifor hopes to sway the Canadian government toward an automotive strategy centered around the adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles and a totally revised economic system. On Wednesday, the union released its “Road Map for a Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery” while announcing that corporations have failed everyone. It’s all part the #BuildBackBetter campaign, […] The post Green Dreams: Unifor Releases New Economic Strategy for Canada appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: Unions, Government, Canada, Autos, EVs, Electrification, Unifor, News Blog, Union News, Jerry Dias, Auto Unions, Economic Strategy


Enter Night: Feds Probe Kia Over Sudden Headlight Failure

Having both forward driving lights illuminated after dark is a key element of road safety; one most automakers nailed long ago, at least until their vehicles start really getting on in years. Even then, a new bulb should be all a driver ever needs to keep the path ahead well lit. Not so for some […] The post Enter Night: Feds Probe Kia Over Sudden Headlight Failure appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Investigations, Autos, Kia, Nhtsa, Kia Sorento, Sorento, News Blog, Headlights


Even better than the real thing: Two ‘new’ BSA trackers

In the annals of dirt track history, one of the most famous race bikes is the BSA Trackmaster. Dirt fans will know that it was campaigned by the charismatic but crash-prone Dave Aldana, who also featured in the movie On Any Sunday. In 1970 Aldana was beaten to the Grand National title by Gene Romero, but fifty years later, there are still plenty of folks who remember the BSA he raced. The classic BSA ‘Trackmaster’ even has fans in Europe, and some of the most passionate are to be found in ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Motorcycles, Bsa, Frank, Barnes, Brembo, Zoe, Chartres, Custom Motorcycles, Ceriani, David Marvier, Aldana, BSA motorcycles, Zoe David, Norton Villiers


2020 Nissan Altima Review – Happy in the Middle

The Nissan Altima was once in the mix with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the mid-size sedan conversation. That’s no longer the case, and hasn’t been for some time. Nissan is working hard to get back in that mix, and while the 2020 Altima takes the right strides forward, there’s still more work […] The post 2020 Nissan Altima Review – Happy in the Middle appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Honda, Nissan, Car Reviews, New Cars, Nissan Altima, Altima, Midsize Sedans, 2020 Nissan Altima, Nissan Altima Review


Boondocking along Rampart Range Road

June 22, MondayMartha had a mild case of "Shack Rot" so she asked to go camping in the Rampart Range Road area.  Not being one to deny my loving wife anything, I went and retrieved the URRV from storage and we were on the road by 3PM.I managed to take a wrong turn and we lost about 30 minutes but we managed to get to the first campsite, #9, at 4:40PM.  The sight was more sloping than I remembered from the last time I camped there so we gave up and continued on down Rampart Range Road.We got to s...
Tags: Motorcycles, Martha, Forest Road, Yagi, RV Trips, Rampart Range Road, Yagi Rides, Yagi Along FR


Report: Tesla Eager to Get Started on Roadrunner

No, Tesla isn’t resurrecting an intermediate-sized Mopar muscle car. It’s something far less sexy than that. According to documents, Tesla aims to build a battery research and manufacturing facility, staffed 24/7, in the dreaded state of California. According to municipal documents seen by Reuters, the electric automaker wants to expand a fledgling battery-building operation in […] The post Report: Tesla Eager to Get Started on Roadrunner appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Tesla, Green, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Autos, EVs, Reuters, News Blog


Ram Wants You to Rebel With the 2021 TRX

Oh, it’s really official now. The supercharged, off-road-ready sport truck previewed by a concept vehicle four years ago is almost here, and Ram now has a landing page for it. Appearing for the 2021 model year, the Ram Rebel TRX is a full-size 1500 with a heart transplant from a Dodge Hellcat donor. Squarely in […] The post Ram Wants You to Rebel With the 2021 TRX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Product Planning, Future Models, Ram Rebel TRX


Abt's 400bhp Audi A6 Allroad Is The Fast Wagon You Never Knew You Wanted

Abt Sportsline has revealed tuning options for a range of Audi Allroad models, with the most powerful good for over 400bhp
Tags: Autos, Audi, ABT Sportsline, Audi Allroad


European Ford drivers could save up to $670 as marque makes some connected features free

In a move that’s surely going to please new Ford owners, the American carmaker has made its connected car features free for European owners — putting them on the same terms as US drivers. It’s quite common these days for new cars to come with a host of “internet connected” features that can be controlled through an associated app. Things like remote unlocking, car start, and diagnostic checks can be performed using a vehicle’s app, but the tech doesn’t always come for free. [Read: Study: Tesla l...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Europe, Cars, US, Tesla, Ford, Shift


Dodge Tops Them All in Initial Quality: J.D. Power

Come again? Yes, that’s the finding of J.D. Power’s latest Initial Quality Study, which examines consumer complaints over the first 90 days of vehicle ownership. As you can already see, there was plenty of disruption in the 2020 study. Tesla, darling of both the tech and green crowds, finished dead last in the study, which […] The post Dodge Tops Them All in Initial Quality: J.D. Power appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Brands, Tesla, Fca, Autos, Dodge, J D Power, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, JD Power Initial Quality Study


Ford’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2050 is big on promises, light on details

Where does the carmaker go from here? It's hard to tell
Tags: News, Climate Change, Cars, Trends, Ford, Ford F-150, Mach 3


Hero Electric ‘Be a Bike Buddy’ referral scheme announced

Hero Electric, the largest electric two-wheeler manufacturer in India, has...
Tags: India, Autos, Hero Electric


The 2021 Honda CRF450R Will Get a Hydraulic Clutch

A New Development for This Upcoming Model Recently, I posted about the new 2021 Honda CRF450R that is supposed to be coming out very soon. The bike was spotted in design filings in a few different markets outside of the U.S., including Japan and New Zealand. One of the things I missed in that design filing was pointed out by the Italian publication Motociclismo. The folks at that publication noted the addition of a hydraulic clutch to this model.  This new clutch system would indicate that Hond...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, New Zealand, Honda, Motociclismo


QOTD: Who’s Fooling Who?

You were probably thrilled to get a glimpse of the next-generation Kia Sedona yesterday, perhaps even dissolving into uncontrollable babbling, tears rolling unchecked down your crimson cheeks. Pull yourself together! It’s still a minivan. Kia just decided to play dress-up, disguising the new people mover as everyone’s favorite vehicle type: the easy-driving, socially acceptable crossover. […] The post QOTD: Who’s Fooling Who? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Kia Sedona, News Blog, Minivans, Question of the Day


Watch AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior on the Track

It Looks Good Out There Aston Martin isn’t a company that you usually associate with motorcycles, but Aston and Brough Superior teamed up a while back to build the AMB 001, a limited-production track-only motorcycle. The bike looked fantastic when revealed, and now we’re getting our first look at it testing at a racetrack. The AMB 001 will act as a halo bike for Brough Superior and there’s a chance that the companies could work together in the future. The AMB 001 is no regular motorcycle. The b...
Tags: Motorcycles, Aston Martin, Aston, Brough Superior, Motorcycle News, Amb, AMB 001


Pre-Launch Bookings For All-New Honda City Commence, Launch Next Month

Honda has started accepting the pre-launch bookings for the all-new City. The...
Tags: Autos, Honda


Former Norton Boss Stuart Garner Must Pay Back £14M

It’s About the Pensions So, the verdict is in on the Norton pensions scheme that Norton’s ex-CEO Stuart Garner was the trustee of. The Pensions Ombudsman ruled he was ‘dishonest’ and because of this dishonesty, he will have to pay back £14 million (roughly $17 million), according to Visordown. There was an investigation into the pensions scheme, and it found that instead of releasing the money of the Commando 2012 Pension Scheme, the Donington MC Pension Scheme and the Dominator 2012 Pension Sc...
Tags: Motorcycles, Norton, Garner, Motorcycle News, Norton motorcycles, Stuart Garner, Norton Boss Stuart Garner, Donington MC Pension Scheme



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