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General Motors teases Super Bowl ads by asking 'Why does Will Farrell hate Norway?'

Will Farrell stars in GM's Super Bowl LV commercial, helping the brand make its case for electrified vehicles.

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Most automakers have dropped out of the Super Bowl advertising game this year citing one reason or another. Where they left off, General Motors is picking up.

The Detroit-based automaker has released a series of teasers regarding their plans for the big game. Each stars Saturday Night Live veteran and bonafide movie star Will Farrell ranting, raving, and scheming in various ways to showcase his hatred for Norway.

Norwegian History | Big Game Teaser | General Motors

Pizza Coupon | Big Game Teaser | General Motors

Knock, Knock. It's America. | Big Game Teaser | General Motors

Surely this has nothing to with the fact that Farrell's wife, Viveca Paulin, is a native of Norway's neighbor Sweden. The Farrell family even owns a home in Gnesta, southwest of Stockholm. It's more than likely that the reason Farrell hates Norway is because electric vehicle adoption rates are so high.

What? In 2020, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) represented 54 percent of the market share in Norway, up from 42 percent in 2019. Norway has set the goal of becoming the First Nation to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025. Norway also exempts fully electric vehicles from taxes traditionally imposed on models that rely on fossil fuels.

Norway, however, represents a relatively small market. There were just 141,412 new car sales there in 2020. Ford sells more F-150s in one quarte in the U.S. than that.

General Motors is heavily invested in a nearly all-electric future. They have 30 electric vehicles slated to arrive by 2025, some of which we've already seen, and recently made it known that they will attempt to go carbon neutral by 2040.

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The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be the next member of the company's all-electric family.

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There's a new Porsche car coming and despite the way it looks, it's not a fresh all-electric Panamera. It's the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The car was spied on the roads east of Weissach, Germany, doing its finally testing wearing very little camouflage.

We already know that the underpinnings of the new car are pretty much the same as what's in the Taycan sedan. Its outside isn't too dissimilar from the Taycan either, with much of the face holding the family looks and its back getting a sport wagon treatment that's similar to the Panamera - new fenders a longer roof, and a hatchback. The car also has an increased ride height.

And that's just what we can see from the photos. The car was darting along the countryside between frozen farmland and snow-covered forests. Porsche has confirmed many of these details and they were the ones that released the photos of the car testing - something usually left up to a spy photographer but in a COVID world, here we are.

They also released a video showcasing the car and its testing journey, featuring Stefan Weckbach, Vice President of the Taycan product line at Porsche. Take a watch.

The Camouflaged Taycan Cross Turismo Hits the Road www.youtube.com

Just a few days later, Porsche released video of the inside of the Taycan Cross Turismo, giving enthusiasts a peek behind the scenes on its development.

Taycan Cross Turismo - Inner Space www.youtube.com

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to be fully revealed later this year.

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The King Ranch trim level has been added to the Ford Explorer lineup for 2021.

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The 2021 Ford Explorer is getting a King Ranch trim level. The midsize SUV's new grade combines rugged appearance and premium appointments for a look befitting the Texas ranch's name. Ford currently sells King Ranch versions of the Expedition, F-150, and Super Duty as well.

"In 1853, Captain Richard King bootstrapped the King Ranch in the harsh landscape of southern Texas until it became a shining example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success," said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. "Ford Explorer families can now enjoy a piece of the King Ranch's renowned craftsmanship and the multi-generation legacy that still thrives 168 years after its founding."

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch

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The Explorer King Ranch gets a Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with Running W center cap, liftgate scuff plate, King Ranch badging, and quad chrome exhaust tips.

It is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new version of the Explorer adds a standard Class III Trailer Tow Package, which makes the SUV capable of towing up to 5,600 pounds.

The interior of the new model gets mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio perforated leather seats. The leather extends to the armrest. Both areas wear the King Ranch Running W logo. Leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel, Sapele wood appliqués, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Salepe wood insert add sophistication.

"Introducing King Ranch's specialty leather, genuine wood, crafted details and signature colors to Ford Explorer elevates the SUV's brand," said Janet Seymour, Ford color and materials manager. "The warm, earthy Norias colorway, natural open pore wood appliqués and rope perforation design on the seats are just a couple ways we were able to bring the King Ranch lifestyle to a whole new group of customers."

Introducing the 2021 Explorer King Ranch® Edition | Explorer | Ford www.youtube.com

Buyers can add the Premium Technology Package to the model, which will give them multi-contour seats with massage functionality, a 10.1-inch informant touch screen, and a 14-speaker B&O Sound System.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ is standard on the model.

The Explorer King Ranch edition will start at $52,350 for rear-wheel-drive configuration and $54,350 MSRP for four-wheel drive models. It will be available in dealerships this spring.

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