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Ford adds 3 off-road aftermarket partners for Bronco accessories

Three new accessory partners mean Bronco owners will have plenty of customization options.

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Ford is extending the Bronco brand further with new partnerships with three off-road aftermarket accessory companies: RTR Vehicles, ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts. Offerings from the companies will allow for Moper-level personalization of Bronco products for owners.

RTR Vehicles was founded by longtime Ford collaborator Vaughn Gittin Jr. ARB 4x4 Accessories has been Australia's largest manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 parts and accessories since 1975. 4 Wheel Parts is an off-road parts retailer with 95 locations across the U.S.

Ford Bronco Sport Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts

2021 Ford Bronco Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts wheel spare tire

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Ford initially planned to launch Bronco Sport with more than 100 accessories and Bronco with more than 200. The range of accessories being developed with each of the three companies will expand beyond the current catalogue and be available for Bronco and Bronco Sport models.

Ford lists suspension and lift kits, custom wheels and body components, performance driveline parts, plus an extensive list of camping and off-road accessories such as tents, racks, storage solutions, and lighting among the new products in the pipeline.

Ford Bronco Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts Accessories

Ford Bronco Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts Accessories

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"Off-road enthusiasts crave accessories to create their ultimate off-road machines, so we're accelerating the development of Bronco-specific offerings by working directly with three of the leading suppliers in the 4x4 arena to further build out our list of off-road parts and accessories available this summer," said Jeff Seaman, Ford icons regional product line manager.

Ford Bronco Accessories: RTR Vehicles

Ford Bronco Accessories: RTR Vehicles

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Ford anticipates that additional accessory partners will come on-board as the Bronco begins to be delivered to customers. The vehicle's modular design (it's been crafted to be easily modified) allows buyers to change out doors, roofs, fenders, grilles and more in their quest for a new level of personalization.

The automaker already has a deal with Yakima to sell its accessories for the Bronco Sport in dealerships.

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Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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