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Ford reveals Bronco, F-150, Transit product plans through 2022

Ford showed off a test of an electrified version of the F-150 last summer.

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Earnings calls are always a careful balance between revealing too much and revealing not enough. As part of that tightrope they walk, company representatives often give out bits of information concerning future product in a move to whet the appetites of investors. This was true of a call by Ford Motor Company today that included CEO Jim Hackett and COO Jim Farley.

Here's what we learned.

Ford F-150 EV and Transit EV will be available in the next 24 months.

2022 Ford Transit EV

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With GMC, Tesla, and Rivian hot on their heels, Ford is preparing to launch its long-anticipated electrified F-150. An all-electric version of the pickup truck is slated to rival those of its competition and have the capability to serve as a generator.

The Transit EV has long been promised. Earlier this year, Ford teased the model saying that it's coming in 2022.

Ford will not sell the Bronco or Bronco Sport in Europe.

No reasons have officially been given yet, but this isn't new news, per say. It's a confirmation that nothing has changed since the second quarter of 2019 when the models first officially showed up on the company's public product plans. The two models are, however, slated to be sold in the Middle East and Asia (but not China).

The partnership between Volkswagen and Ford will include a midsize pickup truck.

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Though this news was already public, the comment is a confirmation that neither Volkswagen nor Ford is changing course due to the economic impact of COVID-19. A medium sized pickup truck, called the Volkswagen Amarok, will be built-in the Ford Ranger platform from 2022.

VW and Ford's alliance will produce 8 million vehicles.

This is new news. During the lifecycle of the commercial vehicle products the companies produce, they expect to create a combined 8 million vehicles.

The agreement also includes a collaboration on commercial vehicles.

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Up first for development is a city van based on the latest Volkswagen Caddy model, created and built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Then, a one-ton cargo van engineered by Ford will enter the market. Expect to see these vehicles rollout from 2022.

Ford will build a new electric vehicle for Europe only.

Ford plans to build a new electric vehicle for Europe based on Volkswagen's MEB architecture. The vehicle, which will be designed and engineered by Ford in Cologne-Merkenich, Germany and will be introduced in 2021.

The partnership may result in 600,000 new electric vehicle sales.

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They will take a multi-year approach to the development of future electric vehicles on the MEB platform, which is slated to produce over 600,000 units in a flourishing sales environment.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

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Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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