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New 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 designed to relax and excite while cruising

The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is a new addition to the Honda powersports lineup.

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The Honda Rebel 1100 is a new addition to the company's Cruiser family, joining the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500. It's more powerful and pricier than its Rebel stablemates. The bike was designed with a "relax and excite" theme, which is meant to appeal to a variety of rider types.

It has a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The motorcycle is powered by a 1,084cc twin-cyclone engine. That's the same power plant that is in Honda's African Twin. Honda offers the engine with an available dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that allows for automatic or manual shifting. Operators can change gears via handlebar-mounted buttons. They can also choose between Standard, Sport, and Rain drive modes.

2021 Honda Rebel 1100

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Antilock brakes are standard. Cruise control is available.

"With the evolution of cruiser culture, today's rider demands a motorcycle that expands on the capabilities that have traditionally been possible in the segment," said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. "The all-new Rebel 1100 fits the bill, providing cruiser customers with technologies—including DCT—and riding experiences that were previously unavailable in the category. It's truly a motorcycle for the modern cruiser rider."

Riders sit at seat height of 27.5 inches with the engine allowing a 35-degree bank angle. The bike's suspension includes a 43 millimeter conventional fork with a cartridge-type damper, and twin Showa shocks with piggyback reservoirs, while the front brake has a monobloc, four-piston, radial-mount caliper with a floating rotor.

Models equipped with the DCT weigh just over 500 pounds.

2021 Honda Rebel 1100 

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Buyers can customize their bike thanks to the company's roster of accessories that range from minimalist to touring-focused equipment.

The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in January. Purchasers can choose from a Metallic Black or Bordeaux Red Metallic paint job. The Rebel 1100 with a manual transmission sells for $9,299 while the DCT version has a starting price of $9,999.

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A new robot is helping with customer service at one Hyundai store in South Korea as part of a trial program.

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You're probably familiar with Wall-E. Now, meet DAL-e, a robot that is currently being tested as a customer service representative at a Hyundai Motor showroom in southern Seoul.

DAL-e is a acronym for "Drive you, Assist you, Link with you-experience." The robot uses artificial intelligence technology for facial recognition as well as an automatic communication system based on a language-comprehension platform to assist clients.

"The DAL-e is a next-generation service platform that can offer automated customer services anytime. It is expected to become a messenger capable of delivering consistent messages to customers in a more intimate and personal way than conventional robots," said Dong Jin Hyun, Vice President and Head of the Robotics Lab at Hyundai Motor Group.

Hyundai Motor Group's DAL-E robot

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"With continuous updates and improvements, the DAL-e will provide fresh, pleasant experiences to our valued customers in a contact-free environment. Our objective is to enable the DAL-e to engage in a smooth and entertaining communication with customers and present valuable services to them."

The robot has a truncated yet humanoid body that is designed to have a welcoming appeal to customers. It measures 1,160 x 600 x 600 millimeters and weighs jut 80 kilograms.

Engineers have given DAL-e "emotive physical features" and the ability to engage in "smooth dialogue" utilizing both speech and touch screen commands. Additionally, DAL-e can move freely throughout the store and even guide customers to designated spots using its four-wheel capability.

Customers learn from the robot as well as be entertained by it DAL-e is able to wirelessly connect to a large display screen at the back of the store and encourages visitors to take photos with it by providing gestured feedbacks with its movable arms. In the event that a customer enters the showroom without wearing a mask, the android recognizes it and advises the customer to wear one.

Hyundai Motor Group plans to continuously update the DAL-e based on data from pilot operations, perfecting its operational capabilities as an advanced android robot.

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Volvo is allowing Super Bowl LV fans to enter to win a free car - terms and conditions apply.

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Volvo Car USA Is bringing back its Volvo Safety Sunday campaign for this year's big game. This time around, they're giving away up to $2 million worth of cars.

When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021, Volvo fans won't be talking about the old guard/new guard quarterback battle. They'll instead be hoping for a safety.

Here's how it works. For a chance to win a free car, contestants visit VolvoSafetySunday.com between January 25 and February 7, 2021 to design, in any trim and color available in the U.S. Entrants can build their car in the Volvo vehicle configurator or take a short quiz that will recommend a model based on their lifestyle. Once configured, users must click "Try to win this Volvo" on the summary page to enter. Full rules, terms and conditions can be found at VolvoSafetySunday.com.

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Volvo Safety Sunday 2021

Then, it's all up to the Chiefs and Bucs. It doesn't matter which team scores the safety. As long as one football lands in the end zone to score two points, there will be winners. Think it's a long shot? Remember that just last week the Buffalo Bills scored their first points of the game via a safety.

The giveaway is part of a larger push by Volvo to focus on the safety offered by their vehicles. The company is currently innovating to address the challenges of speed, intoxication, and distraction. Some of this work includes looking at how smart speed control and geofencing can automatically limit vehicle speeds near schools and hospitals in the future.

A new vehicle, designed to rise to meet some of this with hands-free driving software built in, is the redesigned 2022 Volvo XC90, which is expected to go on sale later this year. The XC90 is Volvo's best-selling SUV in the U.S. It comes in two- and three-row configurations, is available with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, and routinely is evaluated as having one of the poshest cabins in its class.

Last year, Volvo put $1 million worth of cars on the line to celebrate the more than one million lives saved by the three-point safety belt, a Volvo invention.

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