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Ford Mustang GT from 'Bullitt' movie sells for record $3.4 million at auction

At the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, the Ford Mustang GT featured in the movie "Bullitt" sold for $3.4 million.

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In 1968, a Ford Mustang GT drove up San Francisco streets and across movie screens in the iconic Steve McQueen film "Bullitt." Today, one of the two Mustangs used in the film, dubbed the Ford Mustang Bullitt, crossed the auction block at a Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida selling for $3.4 million.

Its sale price makes the sports car, colloquially known Bullitt Mustang, the most expensive Mustang sold at auction to date. The car originally sold for $3,500.

1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt

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For decades, it was thought that the original Mustangs used in the movie was lost to the annals of history. They weren't.

One was sent to a salvage yard and then resurfaced in 2017 in Baja, California. The other was purchased by a private buyer.

Instead of living it's best Hollywood life, the second Mustang was actually doing duty as a daily driver for the Kiernan family. McQueen tried to buy the Mustang from the family on numerous occasions but was rebuffed each time.

Instead of being driven by McQueen, the car wracked up 65,055 miles on its odometer as a daily driver and then was parked in 1981. The decades since we not kind to the car, which sat in a growing state of disrepair.

It was the Kiernan's son, Sean, who brought the Mustang to auction. He inherited the car in 2014 and began to work with Ford on plans to clean up and show off the model.

Now, the Mustang's time with the Kiernan family has come to an end. The identity of the buyer has not been revealed.

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The ID.4 will ramp up production as the U.S. says goodbye to the Passat.

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The Volkswagen Passat will end its run in 2023 at VW's U.S. manufacturing base in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But don't worry, Volkswagen has plans for what is next. In fact, they've already announced the products; they're just now getting around to specifying a timeline.

Currently, the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is producing the Passat alongside the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Sport. earlier this year, the plant celebrated the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line.

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

1977 Volkswagen Dasher and 2020 Volkswagen Passat The Dasher was the predecessor to the modern Passat. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market. Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing the cars. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

The expansion includes a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) at the plant that will feature a unique, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory that is designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs. These cells and packs are slated to be assembled in the U.S. before being inserted into vehicles.

Production of the ID.4 will ramp up starting 2022. It will reach full capacity by 2023, then the Passat will be shown the door. Before the U.S. production begins, Volkswagen will exclusively produce the ID.4 at its Zwickau plant in Germany.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 The Volkswagen ID.4 will be made in the U.S. starting in 2022.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Though the Passat is leaving the U.S. market, it will continue as a vehicle for international sale. Development of the ninth-generation version of the model is currently underway.

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The EPA-certified range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has met Ford's expectations.

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Ford has announced the certification of its all-electric range numbers for its 2021 Mustang Mach-E variants by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news for Ford is that the numbers meet their publicly shared expectations.

The EPA-estimated ranges for each of the four models tested:

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range RWD - 230 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range RWD - 300 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range eAWD - 211 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range eAWD - 270 miles

"This validation by the EPA comes at a perfect time as the Mustang Mach-E is gearing up to take on the open road," said Darren Palmer, global director, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Mustang Mach-E features a plusher interior than what you'll find in the Tesla Model Y. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There is one remaining model that is being tested. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 is anticipated to be rated at 300 miles of range by the EPA once officials complete their tests.

There are numerous factors that go into determining the range a vehicle gets in real world driving scenarios. Actual range of the vehicle varies with conditions such as external elements, climate control operations, presence of all-wheel drive, the weight of passengers and cargo, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium ion battery age, and the battery's state of health.

The top 300 miles of range is considerably better than most of the electric vehicles on the market today. The 2021 Audi E-Tronhas 222 mile of EPA-estimated range while the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles) have significantly more range. The 2021 Polestar 2 falls between those with 233 miles of range. The 2021 Tesla Model Y gets more - 326 miles - while the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets far less - 208 miles. The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has been certified to get 250 miles of rage.

The forthcoming Nissan Ariya's range has yet to be announced but is expected to rival the Mustang Mach-E.

Customer deliveries for the Mustang Mach-E will start in December in the United States.

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