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Chevrolet expands availability of Midnight, Sport, and RS packages

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Sport Edition is a new addition to the company's lineup.

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Chevrolet is known for offering a long list of packages for their trucks and SUVs. That list is about to get longer for some. The company's Midnight, Sport, and RS packages will be offered on an expanded number of vehicles.

The move makes Midnight and Sport packages available on more than half of the Chevrolet lineup, where it's already a popular choice. One out of every five Chevy Trax models is sold with either of the packages. Those two packages will now be offered on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Midnight Edition The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Midnight Edition will be added to the company's lineup for the current model year.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

"Customer choice is a competitive advantage for Chevrolet," said Steve Majoros, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. "Special editions and unique trims allow us to offer customers the custom look they want straight from the factory. This helps us get more customers interested in our vehicles, which in turn can help Chevrolet grow sales volume, market share and revenue. It's a win-win for everyone."

The Traverse Midnight Edition comes is available on Traverse LS and LT trims. It has a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior paint color, black ice grille, black-painted aluminum wheels, black bowtie emblem, black badging, and black roof rails.

The Traverse Sport Edition is also available on Traverse LS and LT trim levels. A variety of exterior paint colors are available with the package. It gets black-painted aluminum wheels, a black ice grille, black fog lamp bezels, and black tailgate appliqué along with black roof rails, black badging, and black bowtie emblems.

Chevrolet will expand the RS Trim package to the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox. The offering includes a gloss black mesh grille, 19-inch Dark Android wheels, black bowtie emblems, black badging, black nameplates, and black roof rails. Inside the cabin Equinox RS models get an RS shift knob and black upholstery with red stitching.

It was recently announced that a mid-cycle refresh of the Equinox and Traverse has been pushed back to the 2022 model year due to COVID-19-related delays. Updates for that model year are expected for the exterior and interior of the vehicle though there will likely be no powertrain changes.

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The 2021 Nissan Rogue is made from recycled aluminum.

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While General Motors is busy readying its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to run strictly on solar power, Nissan is making its Rogue out of recycled metals just down the street. The 2021 Nissan Rogue is the company's first global model built using a closed-loop recycling system for aluminum parts.

Using a closed-loop recycling system has several benefits. It saves 90 percent of the energy that would normally be used to create the parts that are now made of recycled parts. This type of system also helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to the process of making products out of raw materials.

2021 Nissan Rogue The rear doors, which are stamped from aluminum alloy, open wide on the 2021 Rogue. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The process starts when scrap metal is shredded and collected through a pneumatic system. Nissan then separates the different grades of aluminum in order to ensure that the high-quality scrap is collected and sent to suppliers according to which parts they supply. Different grades of material are used to make different parts of the vehicle.

The scrap is then made into sheets of aluminum, which is delivered in rolls to Nissan where it is transformed into parts for the Rogue. The hood and doors of the 2021 Rogue are stamped from the aluminum alloy.

Aluminum, which is lighter than steel, is used to reduce vehicle weight, which helps to improve fuel efficiency and power performance of the vehicle.

Nissan redesigned the Rogue for the 2021 model year. It is more powerful and spacious than its predecessor. The Rogue is also chocked full of family-friendly features and fresh technology including a new high-tech driver information screen.

Nissan builds the 2021 Rogue in Kyushu, Japan, and Smyrna, Tennessee. As part of the recycling process, Nissan has collaborated with Kobe Steel, Ltd. and UACJ Corp. in Japan, and with Arconic Corporation and Novelis Inc. in the U.S.

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The Ford Motor Company will recall about 3 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recall.

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Following the denial of a 2017 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 3 million vehicles, a move that will cost the company an estimated $610 million, according to internal estimates.

The petition is part of the larger Takata airbag recall and specifically involves the defect of phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate in the driver-side air bag inflators that Takata manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant. Ford wasn't the only recipient of the defective inflators. Mazda also utilized the parts.

The list of impacted Ford vehicles ranges from the 2006 to 2012 model years. They include Ford Ranger (2007-2011), Fusion (2006-2012), Edge (2007-2010), Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr (2006-2012), MKX (2007-2010), and Mercury Milan (2006-2011). Approximately 2.7 million of those vehicles are in the U.S. and 300,000 are in Canada.

Mazda is also part of the recall, with 5,848 vehicles effected by the inflator issue. Those models are 2007-2009 B-Series pickup trucks, which were built on the same platform using the same air bag inflators as the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger.

Late last year, the NHTSA ordered General Motors to recall 7 million trucks and SUVs after a four-year back-and-forth battle over whether or not the Takata air bag recall was absolutely necessary for GM products. The models recalled as part of this action are "GMT900" models that contain "SPI YP" and "PSPI-L YD" inflator variants. The GMT900 is a General Motors-specific platform that underpins a number of light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks and SUVs including: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Cadillac Escalade EXT. The petition involves approximately 5.9 million model year 2007–2014 vehicles.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the models NHTSA recently ruled needed to be recalled. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

In early 2020, 10 million vehicles were recalled after having their original equipment replaced with new versions of the same thing with the same design and chemistry rather than newly designed parts.

The Takata airbag recalls are part of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. It involves more than 67 million vehicles to date.

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