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Barrett-Jackson to auction 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door VIN 001 for charity in March

Barrett-Jackson will auction off the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door VIN 001 during its March dates in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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During its March auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson will auction off two coveted VIN 001vehicles for charity, the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door VIN 001 and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 VIN 001.

The proceeds from the sale of both will benefit charity. One-hundred percent of the hammer price from the Bronco sale will benefit the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound, both of which are part of Ford's Bronco Wild Built mission. Monies from the Mustang Mach 1 sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's efforts against Type 1 diabetes.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 brings back the iconic model name after a 17-year hiatus. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"The 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door VIN 001 and 2021 Mustang Mach 1 VIN 001 are born from two of the world's most fabled vehicles," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "The return of these two models is among the most celebrated of our time. I'm really excited about both of these reborn icons selling on our auction block and, since I own a vintage Bronco myself, am particularly interested to see what VIN 001 of the new model will bring. These two vehicles will help write collector car history as part of our Scottsdale docket, which features the most VIN 001 and first-production vehicles ever offered at a single auction."

The Bronco being auctioned off is a fully loaded, the first of only 7,000 First Editions built for the 2021 model year. It has the mechanical components of the Bronco Badlands model plus the Sasquatch Package. It is finished in a Lightning Blue paint job and powered by a EcoBoost V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Ford has equipped the model with a modular black hardtop, removable doors, and Limited Edition badges.

"Ford perfectly incorporated the spirit of the original Bronco and Mustang Mach 1 into their latest models," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "While each is purpose-built for the track or off-road, both remain true to their heritage. We couldn't be prouder to work with Ford on the sale of these two legendary vehicles. Not only will they make history as VIN 001s, but their sales will drive change through the charities they benefit for years to come."

After a 17-year hiatus, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has for the 2021 model year. It has a 480-horsepower V8 engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and comes track-ready with a handling package. The car wears a Fighter Jet Gray paint job, exclusive wheels, and special edition badging.

There is no reserve for either model.

The Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale is set for March 20-27, 2021.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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