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    2022 Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks Get Bigger Screens

    The 2022 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups will be available with a new horizontally oriented 12.0-inch touchscreen first seen on the 2021 F-150.
    Ford isn’t giving the Super Duty trucks any significant visual changes like the new F-150, though, just new color choices and appearance packages.
    The 2022 F-250, F-350, and F-450 will be on sale this summer.
    Ford is upping its screen game to compete with Ram’s vertically oriented touchscreens. The 2021 Ford F-150 got a slight overhaul with a new available horizontally oriented 12.0-inch screen (the same size as Ram’s), and now the Super Duty models, which get no other changes besides colors and appearance packages, will arrive for the 2022 model year with the bigger screens available, too. The 2021 F-150 is on sale now, and the 2022 Super Duty trucks will arrive this summer.

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    To get the new 12.0-inch touchscreen you’ll have to select the Lariat model or above. They use Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. However, the Super Duty trucks don’t get the available 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster from the F-150. F-Series Super Duty XL models come standard with a 4.2-inch screen while XLTs get the previous model year’s 8.0-inch screen with Sync 3. Chevy and GMC’s heavy-duty trucks only have up to 8.0-inch screens available.

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    The only visual tweaks for the 2022 Super Duty pickups include a new Atlas Blue exterior color, a Baja interior color for the Lariat, Navy Pier and Light Slate interiors for the Limited models, and some appearance packages for the F-250 and F-350. The new Lariat sport appearance package matches the Lariat model’s bumpers, mirrors, and grille with the exterior color and equips chrome exhaust tips and black running boards. Meanwhile, the black appearance package, previously only on the Lariat, is now available on the XLT. It includes black 20-inch wheels, body-colored bumpers and grille, running boards, and blacked-out Ford badges.
    The Ford Super Duty comes standard with a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, though a 430-hp 7.3-liter V-8 and 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 with 475 horsepower and 1050 lb-ft of torque are both available. Either rear- or four-wheel drive is available, as is a six- or 10-speed automatic transmission. Super Duty trucks can tow up to 24,200 pounds, but reach 37,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch.
    The 2022 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks will be on sale this summer. Ford declined to comment on when they’ll receive a refresh with the new Pro Power Onboard generators available on the 2021 F-150.

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    GMC Hummer EV SUV Will Debut April 3

    The SUV version of the GMC Hummer EV will debut April 3.
    We already got an idea of what it will look like from a GM EV presentation.
    The debut will occur online and during the NCAA Final Four broadcast at 5 p.m. on April 3.
    The Hummer electric pickup’s SUV stablemate will be shown to the world soon, as GMC has announced that it will make its debut April 3. The reveal will happen at 5 p.m. Eastern time both online and during the NCAA Final Four basketball game broadcast.

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    We’ve already gotten glimpses of the SUV version’s overall shape thanks to a GM presentation about future electric models, where this new bodystyle was clearly visible behind one of the presenters. It has the same face as the Hummer EV pickup, and we also expect it to share its platform, powertrain, and basic specs with the truck. That means it should offer the same three-motor EV3X and two-motor EV2X and EV2 models.
    The same removable roof panels seen on the truck will likely be found on the SUV so that it can compete with models such as the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco. The key differences between the truck and the SUV will be found inside, where the Hummer SUV may offer a third row of seats. The SUV also looks to have a spare tire mounted on the tailgate according to a teaser silhouette GMC released.

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    We expect the Hummer SUV to follow the pickup truck’s arrival by at least a year. With production of the loaded First Edition models scheduled to start this fall, the SUV likely won’t go on sale until late 2022 or early 2023. GMC says it will have more information to share later on about the Hummer SUV’s specs and on-sale date.
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    Okinawa Electric Scooter New Offers – Chance To Win Rs 1 Lakh Gift Cheque

    Ola Electric Scooter Discounts March 2021
    Okinawa Marvellous March offer of assured gifts to encourage switch to electric scooters

    Okinawa announces ‘Marvellous March’, a month-long campaign with curated offers on its electric scooters till March 31, 2021. Okinawa Autotech reported growth last year. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought with it, Okinawa was able to withstand, and move forward. At the end of 2020, retails sales was reported at 5,601 units.
    In a market that sold less than 30k units through the year, Okinawa finds itself second only to Hero Electric. The manufacturer ended 2020 with 20.5 percent market share.
    Electric scooters for personal commute
    Current circumstances demand safety in commuting. While Covid-19 pandemic is continually a focus area, safety in personal commuting is now a key focus area. With scooters being an entry level vehicle, electric scooter manufacturers are putting their best foot forward.
    With tech being a core area for such offerings, smart mobility is the future. And the future seems to be knocking on our doors now. Apprehensions regarding public charging are being addressed, and electric two-wheeler manufacturers are counting on momentum built in 2020.
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    Okinawa Scratch & Win assured gifts
    The ‘Scratch & Win assured gifts’ campaign is designed for Okinawa Lite, Ridge+, and R30 purchases. The benefit to customers is designed to encourage individuals to switch to electric scooters, and drive the change.
    For customers making a purchase, the choice of gifts is wide-ranging. A customer can select a gift from the ‘Choose Your Gift section’. This includes gifts such as Amazon Pay Gift Card worth Rs.3,000/-, Amazon Pay Gift Card worth Rs.5,000/-, Morphy Richards 20MS Microwave Oven, 1 Gram Gold Coin, Whirlpool 7.5 KG Semi-Automatic Washing Machine worth Rs.10,000/-, Samsung Galaxy M11 Smartphone – 64GB, Samsung 80cm LED TV worth Rs.25,000/-, Lenovo Laptop worth Rs.35,000/- and Gift Cheque worth Rs.1,00,000/-, and many others.
    On the price front, Okinawa Lite, Okinawa Ridge+, and Okinawa R30 are available at a retail price of Rs 63,990, Rs 73,417 and Rs 58,992, respectively. Okinawa operates through a 300+ dealership network pan India, including metro cities, Tier-2, Tier-3 and rural regions.
    Rupali Sharma, Chairperson & Co-founder, Okinawa Autotech said, “While it is great to celebrate women and womanhood on a particular day, we believe that women must be celebrated as much as men on any given day. It is heartening to see the outlook towards women gradually transforming.
    Today, more and more women are being valued and acknowledged for their contributions across the world. We are celebrating ‘Marvellous March’ so that people continue to care for and do something special for their loved ones. We are looking forward to the participation of people from pan India.” More

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    2021 Yamaha FZ-S FI New TVC Highlights Updated Features

    2021 Yamaha FZS FI New TVC
    Yamaha has added a few additional features to the 2021 FZ and FZ-S range although there have been updates in its mechanical department

    Yamaha recently launched an updated version of its most popular motorcycle in India FZ FI and FZ-S FI at a starting price of Rs 1,03,700 (ex-showroom). The refurbished version of the sporty commuter bike has been given a few crucial updates which make it a more tempting buy.
    The Japanese bikemaker has now launched a new TV commercial highlighting some new features of FZ-S which is the premium version of the FZ series. Apart from a few feature upgrades, it also gets a new colour option – Matte Red in addition to pre-existing paint schemes such as Dark Knight, Dark Matte Blue, Matte Black and Vintage Edition.
    New Features on offer
    Among new feature additions, the most prominent is Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X technology which allows riders to connect their smartphone to the instrument console of the bike via Bluetooth.
    This feature was earlier limited to top-of-the-line Vintage Edition but with the latest update has been made a standard offering across the FZ-S range. The Connect X technology permits riders to access features such as ‘Answer back’, ‘E-lock’, ‘Locate my bike’, ‘Hazard’, etc.
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    Apart from these, FZ-S now comes with a new 3-D emblem on its fuel tank along with a Side Stand Engine Cutoff Switch. Other feature highlights from the updated FZ-S lineup include an LED headlight, fully-digital negative LCD instrument panel, two-level single-piece seat and Bosch single-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch spoke alloy wheels and now weighs two kilos lighter than its predecessor at 135 kg.
    Mechanical Specs
    Coming to its mechanicals, FZ-S is very bit identical to its predecessor. It is powered by a 149cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that cranks out 12.2 bhp and 13.6 Nm of peak torque. This unit is offered with a 5-speed gearbox. Hardware setup of the bike utilises a telescopic fork at front and a 7-Step adjustable monocross at rear. Anchorage duties are handled by a single disc of 282mm and 220mm at front and rear wheels respectively.
    The Japanese bikemaker on the occasion of its launch, said that it will continue to take feedbacks from its consumers and launch new products under the banner of ‘The Call of The Blue’.
    These updates have come at a minor price hike in the range of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,500. Despite the increment in prices, Yamaha FZ remains one of the most affordable in its segment. It rivals segment heavyweights such as Pulsar 150, Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Hero Xtreme 160. More

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    Bajaj Colombia Plant Starts Production – Pulsar, Dominar, Discover, Boxer, Platina

    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    Bajaj Auto and Uma Group start assembly ops at La Tebaida plant

    Bajaj Auto Ltd announced the start of motorcycle production at its new plant in La Tebaida, Quindío, Colombia. The new plant UMA and Bajaj Group in Colombia includes CKD operations for materials imported from the parent company. Operations start with motorcycle assembly lines with Pulsar, Dominar, Boxer, Platina, and Discover.
    In addition, new models will arrive in time. Process streamlining is designed through the assembly line being divided in two – one for high-performance models, and one for high-volume models. Grihapathy Krishna Srinevasa, President of International Business said, “This will bring a lot of synergy in our service to Colombian consumers.”
    Success of Bajaj Boxer exports
    For Bajaj India, exports are crucial to business. Though Bajaj’s domestic market sales aren’t a threat to the frontrunners, in the global market, the company has outdone all Indian motorcycle manufacturers.
    It’s mass market high volume motorcycle sales overseas are now just as high as its domestic market sales. If not, more. Colombo is already a strong export market for Bajaj Auto India. The new plant will help meet growing demand.
    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    For Bajaj, the Boxer is its topmost high volume export. And all else, pales in comparison. More than half a million units were sold in 10 years of exports. With Bajaj Boxer CT 100 being the most successful motorcycle in Colombia, business activity around it was taken over by UMA Group last year.
    It’s reliance, reputation as work horse, and low operational cost makes it a winning proposition. its main arguments are robustness, durability and low consumption. Variants available in Colombia include Boxer S, Boxer CT 100 KS, CT 100 ES Alloy and CT 125 versions.
    Bajaj and Uma Group in Colombia
    Bajaj’s association with UMA group is fairly new. The latter came onboard as the new official authorized distributor. This includes motorcycle sales, spare parts and service for Bajaj Auto in Colombia. For the last 10 years, until 2020, Bajaj Auto was represented 10 years, the company was represented by Auteco. The , which already sells its last units in inventory.
    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    The new-ish association between Bajaj and UMA is part of growth strategy for the manufacturer to to continue growing and strengthening its presence in Colombia. This comes with a commitment to high quality products, innovation and technological superiority.
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    Autonomous Delivery Robots Are Now 'Pedestrians' in Pennsylvania

    A Pennsylvania state law has gone into effect giving delivery drones the right to operate on city sidewalks, and it also classified them as pedestrians.
    This makes Pennsylvania the latest in a string of states, plus Washington, D.C., to let these delivery robots maneuver around towns.
    Not everyone is a fan of these changes, including the National Association of City Transportation Officials, which is calling for a “comprehensive overhaul” of city streets to make automation work.
    The legal rights of robots have expanded, at least in Pennsylvania. There, autonomous delivery drones will be allowed to maneuver on sidewalks and paths as well as roadways and will now technically be considered “pedestrians.” It’s the latest change in the evolving relationship between autonomous vehicles and humans.

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    In Pennsylvania, the legal limits for autonomous delivery robots mean a maximum top speed of 12 mph in a pedestrian area, 25 mph on a roadway, and a load limit of 550 pounds. The Pennsylvania law was sponsored by state senator Ryan Aument and went into effect in January. Aument did not respond to Car and Driver’s request for comment.
    Counting Pennsylvania, there are now a dozen states, including Virginia, Idaho, Florida, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., according to Axios, where it is legal for personal delivery robots to share the streets with people.

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    The benefits of autonomous delivery robots include a reduction in the need for large, potentially emission-heavy trucks to move in crowded cities and a reduction in the number of delivery drivers required to get the stuff people order online to them quickly. Of course, that last item is one reason groups like the Teamsters have come out against delivery robots. The National Association of City Transportation Officials has also issued a Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism that calls for more thought about adding self-driving robots to our streets. “Automation without a comprehensive overhaul of how our streets are designed, allocated, and shared will not result in substantive safety, sustainability, or equity gains,” the report said. Tech-friendly San Francisco even banned most sidewalk robots back in 2017.
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    It takes a lot of artificial intelligence to get robots to safely navigate s crowded street. The Tamura Lab at Tohoku University in Japan has collected a list of factors autonomous vehicles should consider when interacting with pedestrians. That means avoiding “smartphone zombies,” or people who are walking while looking at a device instead of where they’re going, as well as using something called the “social force model” to try to understand a human’s intention about when they might change direction. In 2017, engineers at MIT created an autonomous robot that used socially aware navigation, to teach the AV to basically follow “the same rules as everyone else” regarding personal space and expectations about where to walk, one of the researchers said in a statement at the time. It’s not going to be easy to keep these knee-high robots moving alongside human pedestrians.
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    Seat Foam Shortage Could Cut Car Production, and Texas Grid Failure Is Blamed

    The massive winter storm that hit Texas in February caused widespread damage to water and electric infrastructure, and it also shut down oil refineries in the state.
    That meant fewer refinery byproducts were produced, which meant there was less polyurethane foam produced, which meant no foam for car seats—and now automakers might have to stop or slow production in March until replacement supplies can be found.
    One anonymous auto executive told Automotive News that this is going to be a bigger problem than the microchip shortage the industry is already dealing with.
    The Texas-size electric grid shutdown that made headlines last month continues to have an impact on people living in the state, but it may also now affect production of new automobiles. That’s because the state’s failure to prepare for the dramatic winter storm and the resulting power outages stopped local petrochemical plants from operating, which is having a domino effect on the foam required to make new vehicle seats.

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    When the state’s processing plants had to shut down, they put a pause on refining oil, which meant that the oil refinery byproducts that eventually get used in seats (specifically the propylene oxide that’s needed for polyurethane foam) were also not being produced for a while. And that lack is now becoming evident to the automotive industry to the degree that, according to Automotive News, which broke the news, the looming foam shortage could alter automobile production starting next week, perhaps even Monday. Other sources said the impact might not be felt until later in March. But everyone seems to agree that finding alternative sources for seat foam is a priority right now.

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    “Everyone is scrambling,” one unnamed auto-industry executive told Crain’s Detroit Business. “This problem is bigger and closer than the semiconductor issue.”General Motors, Stellantis, Toyota, BMW, Hyundai, and Kia all told Automotive News that they’re monitoring the situation but do not have any production stoppages to announce just yet.
    The devastating winter storm that hit Texas in mid-February was caused by a blast of cold Arctic air moving further south than usual. It wasn’t like the state didn’t have any warning, with a senior meteorologist working for the state’s unusual electric grid operator, ERCOT, writing in the days before the worst of the storm hit, “This period will go down in Texas weather history as one of the most extreme events to ever impact the state. Temperatures early next week will set widespread daily records that are likely to be the coldest experienced since the 1980s.”
    A possible foam shortage is not the only supply chain issue that automakers have faced recently. Late last year, the industry was not able to source enough microchips for new cars, which forced at least eight automakers in North America and more around the world to adjust schedules at production plants. That shortage was driven by auto plant shutdowns that happened in early 2020 when the coronavirus started spreading across the globe. At the time, automakers lowered their orders for more chips, thinking they would not need them if the virus dramatically lowered demand for new cars. But demand bounced back sooner than expected and automakers quickly learned chip suppliers had by then promised their products to companies making consumer electronics.

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    Land Rover Defender 130, Three-Row Version of the SUV, Is Coming

    The reborn Land Rover Defender has been popular on both sides of the Atlantic in its two-door (90) and four-door (110, pictured above) sizes, so it’s not surprising that a three-row Defender 130 is coming.
    The Defender 130 is expected to seat seven in a body about 201 inches long, about the same overall length as the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon.
    The bigger Defender is targeted at North America as well as China and the Middle East, according to a Jaguar Land Rover executive.
    While rumors of a larger version of the Land Rover Defender have been circulating since the stylish SUV was first announced—with a leaked document seemingly confirming its existence in 2019—the British company has now confirmed that the new three-row Defender 130 exists and is being readied for market.

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    This news is no great surprise; buyers of rugged SUVs like the extra practicality of three-row versions. But it does confirm the importance of the Defender for Jaguar Land Rover’s bottom line, with the growing clan a sign of where demand is strongest. Defender sales have been accelerating strongly since it was launched last year, and despite the disruption of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it made up 16 percent of the company’s total production in the last quarter of 2020 with that proportion set to grow dramatically this year.
    The original Defender had model numbers referring to its wheelbase in inches and included commercial and pickup 130s, but never a three-row SUV like this. The new Defender has broken this naming convention with the 110 sitting on a 119-inch wheelbase that the 130 will share, but with overall length increased to around 201 inches, according to the leaked document, and could seat as many as eight.
    Land Rover has confirmed the Defender 130 was discussed during a call between investors and JLR chief financial officer Adrian Mardell in February. Automotive News Europe quotes Mardell as saying, “The Defender 130 will hit a sweet spot in North America, China, and the Middle East, which we’re not yet touching.”
    We don’t know which powerplants the 130 will get, but we would not be surprised if the entry-level P300 four-cylinder engine wasn’t adjudged worthy of such a gargantuan range topper. The recently announced supercharged V-8 version is a much more likely option, one that would come with a price comfortably over $100,000. Diesels will be available in other parts of the world, and Land Rover is set to launch a plug-in-hybrid Defender in some markets, one that combines the 296-hp four-cylinder engine with a 139-hp electric motor. There are no immediate plans to bring the plug-in to the States, but that might change in the face of toughening emissions requirements.
    JLR has committed itself to a comprehensive transformation that will see the Jaguar brand turn EV only, and its entire existing model lineup axed, as soon as 2025. With the 130 plus the strong likelihood of other future variants, the Defender is going to play an increasing role in the company’s future.
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