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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is the new, lowest priced model in the AMG GT family

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is the new lowest-price model in the AMG GT family

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It's performance and craftsmanship for less money. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 coupe is the new lower-cost variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that yields 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It also has the Mercedes-Benz EQ Boost mild-hybrid system that provides an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque bringing the total to 382 horsepower and 553 pound-feet. That second number is nothing to sneeze at. The car can get from zero to 60 mpg in 4.8 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43

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The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The new four-seater rides on the same AMG GT chassis and has the same level of standard performance equipment found on the AMG GT 5 including a variety of drive modes, AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension, all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution, silver painted 6- piston front brake calipers, and an electronically-deployable rear spoiler.

It also has a standard Burmester surround sound system and Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which includes learning-capable software, natural speed recognition, and touch screen capability for the 2021 model year.

Mercedes offers the model in a number of configurations and with a wide variety of packages. These options include a variety of interior configurations, such as the standard two-place individual rear-seats, or the optional executive rear-seat package, as well as a wide variety of wheel options and the incomparable Burmester High-End three-dimensional surround sound system.

The Mercedes-AMG GT 43 starts at $89,900, which is significantly less than its AMG GT family members. The higher-end 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT roadster starts at $127,900 while the high-power version of the roadster has a price tag of $162,400. All prices exclude a $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

Delivers to dealerships in the U.S. are expected to begin in late 2020.

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Toyota is mobilizing, putting its money where its mouth is to help Texas affected by severe winter weather.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Winter Storm Uri impacted nearly every single one of Texas's 254 counties. North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for those affected by the storm. The aid is slated to serve both Toyota and Lexus customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

"We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms affected millions right in our back yard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal," said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Social Innovation, TMNA. "Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever."

The $1 million relief effort includes:

North Texas/DFW Metroplex

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits to quickly distribute funds to grassroots organizations: $450,000
  • North Texas Food Bank: $100,000
  • The Family Place and Genesis Women's Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients: $30,000
  • Toyota employees will be able to support the needs of four North Texas community partners significantly impacted by the storms by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists.

San Antonio

  • SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs: $100,000
  • Let's Help SA Fund to provide food, water and shelter: $200,000

Houston

  • United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund that supports local home repairs: $50,000
  • Houston Food Bank: $50,000
  • CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel: $20,000

Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofit organizations recovering from the storm.

Toyota and Lexus Financial Services customers who are looking for loan and lease payment relief, and were impacted by the storm, may be able to receive assistance under a new Toyota program that has a variety of options for clients.

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Vonlane typically runs luxury bus service to multiple high-priority locations in Texas and beyond.

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Texas-based luxury bus company Vonlane is back on the road following the winter storm, offering limited routes to travelers among Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

"Upon conducting road tests around the state, we are confident that we can now deliver our normal exceptional travel experience," the Dallas-based company said in a February 19 email to customers.

A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Houston Downtown Hyatt Regency to Dallas Doubletree at Love Field or the Austin Hyatt Regency, beginning Friday, February 19.

Rates are $105 each way.

Routes to and from Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are not yet available.

Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing. Face masks and temperature checks are required.

Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like WiFi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, and leather seats.

Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.


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