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President Trump names auto execs to Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups

President Donald Trump (center) delivers opening remarks at the beginning of a policy forum with business leaders with General Motors CEO Mary Barra (right) and chaired by Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman (left) in 2017. The President named Schwarzman and Barra to the newly formed Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.

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Reopening the economy is the biggest talking point surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak as Americans have been social distancing and self-quarantining for the better part of a month at this point. President Trump today announced the lineup of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, a roster of advisors that are helping advise the administration as the best way to reopen the U.S. for business.

The Groups are divided by industry: agriculture, banking, construction/labor/workforce, defense, energy, financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, retail, tech, telecommunications, transportation, sports, and thought leaders/groups.

Ford face masks 2020 coronavirus Ford has begun manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment at its plants. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

While all other group names are easily definable, thought leaders/groups appears to be a group of former government officials from previous administrations and philanthropists.

The manufacturing division of the initiative is filled with leaders of the U.S.'s top automotive companies including Mike Manley (CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Bill Ford (Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company), Mary Barra (Chairman and CEO, General Motors), and Elon Musk (co-founder and CEO, Tesla).

FCA, Ford, and General Motors have already begun helping the COVID-19 relief effort. FCA is converting a plant to make face masks. Ford has launched a series of projects from construction face shields to working with suppliers to create respirators and using airbag material to create reusable hospital gowns for medical personnel. General Motors has formed a partnership with Ventec and begun fulfilling an order for 30,000 ventilators.

Though Musk made claims that Tesla shipped ventilators to health care facilities, it has been revealed that the company actually sent ResMed BiPAP (B-PAP) machines, which are more closely related to C-PAP devices than ventilators and will have to be converted to work as a ventilator.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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