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Chevrolet adds 1500 Midnight and Rally Editions for 2020

Chevrolet is introducing the racing-inspired 2020 1500 Rally Edition.

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Chevrolet is known for the numerous special editions and options available on its full-size pickup truck, the Silverado 1500. For the 2020 model year, the automaker is adding the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition to their lineup.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition

Available on LT Trail Boss and Custom Trail Boss models, the Midnight Edition truck is off-road ready. It comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift, the Z71 Off Road Package, Rancho mono-tube shocks, an automatic locking rear differential, and skidplates. The truck rides on 18-inch painted black wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. There's a host of black accents including its Silverado badging, exhaust tips, and off-road assist steps. It sports red recovery hooks.

LT models get high intensity LED headlights with dark bezels and full-curtain signature daytime running lights.

Buyers of the Silverado Custom Trail Boss Midnight Edition can choose between either a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or a 6.2-liter V8 power plant that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Silverado LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition models are exclusively available with the larger engine.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition Chevrolet has introduced the 1500 Midnight Edition to their growing stable.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition

The Silverado 1500 Rally edition is offed on Custom and RST trim level models. The sport styled truck comes in black, Red Hot Silver Ice Metallic, and Summit White paint jobs. It has a body-colored grille, black rally striping on the hood, black badging, and the Chevrolet name painted on the tailgate.

The Custom Rally Edition rides on 20-inch black painted wheels and is powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RST Rally Edition has 22-inch black painted wheels and comes with three powertrain options: the turbocharged 2.7-liter or 5.3-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission or a 6.2-liter V8 that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight and Rally Editions will arrive on dealer lots later this year. Orders are currently being accepted at dealerships nationwide.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


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The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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