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GTO Engineering working on a new car codenamed 'Moderna'

The new car will be customizable.

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GTO Engineering is working on a new project vehicle, codenamed "Moderna". The automaker has already let a few details about the fresh model slip out.

The new car will be a sub-1,000-kilogram (2,204-pound) model that celebrates "the best of the Sixties". It will include modern and motorsport-derived engineering and will be created by hand under the GTO Engineering name.

With the car, GTO Engineering looks to "push the boundaries of modern craftsmanship, with new materials and using the learnings the team has had building and maintaining a range of road- and race-oriented Ferraris since 1991."

GTO Engineering Moderna The rear of the car blends vintage GTO design with modern Rolls-Royce aesthetics.Photo courtesy of GTO Engineering

Though it has an eye to the past, the new car will be "highly innovative" and feature a tubular steel chassis with a lightweight, high-strength aluminum subframe. Carbon fiber will be used for the car's shell - a first for the company - and be made of F1-type spec carbon fibers. The car's doors and hood will be made of aluminum.

Its double bubble roof and functional venting on the hood and arches help the car maintain its vintage character. while the front headlights and spotlights, rear lights ,and exhausts are modernized with updated electrics and internals.

The engineering team promises that the car will have an independent all-around suspension, large diameter wheels, and lightweight brakes.

"It's exciting to finally talk about our new project – a car that we've been discussing, sketching, specifying and honing for some time. Now it's in development and we're working alongside some incredible technical partners, we're ready to lift the cover off the design renderings and initial sketches and explain the fundamentals of what makes this new car tick," said GTO Engineering Managing Director Mark Lyon.

"We've learnt from building the 250 SWB Revival, and working on a range of Ferraris, that a car's weight and engine are two of the key ingredients to make a good sports car. So, we knew that this car should be under a tonne and powered by a quad-cam V12 – an engine format we are familiar with and developing in-house.

"To accomplish the desired light weight, carbon fibre will be used, which obviously wasn't available in the Sixties but a composite we will utilise alongside other materials. For example, the doors and bonnet feel and 'weight' when you open them, was something we knew we wanted to keep and that's why they'll be made in aluminum – they'll be lightweight but still give that 'reassuring' close and feel of a classic when the driver or passenger gets in and out, as well as opening and closing the bonnet."

Each model will be personal and customizable to the owner, including paint, trim and accessory options offered, alongside the option to adjust major components such as suspension and gearbox changes.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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Two new Toyota Tacomas are on their way.

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With a new, next-gen Tacoma still a few years away, Toyota is bringing two new special edition versions of the truck to market for the 2022 model year. The adventure-ready trucks were teased in a split image the Japanese automaker released this week.

The Tacoma debuted in 1995 and in the three generations since then the truck has gained a solid following across the world. The midsize Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling truck in its class. It sells better than most of the full-size truck offerings, including Toyota's Tundra.

Expect these new versions of the truck to have body styling similar to the current version of the truck. Toyota recently sought a trademark for the word "Trailhunter" and the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition might be a naming clue for a new version of the Tacoma.

2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition The 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition goes on sale this year. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Models with "TRD" in their name are traditionally more rugged with the TRD Pro able to scurry up rocks, easily get through mud, and hit the trail in a hurry. It's sold with either a Double or Access cab, depending on trim level, with either a five- or six-foot bed.

Buyers have their choice of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood making up to 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque with the larger power plant. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two- and four-wheel drive are available.

Industry analysts expect the Tacoma to be redesigned for the 2023 model year though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing chip shortage may push those plans back another model year. Ahead of that truck's debut, the new version of the Tundra will debut. Expect to see that model in the next few months with production kicking off shortly thereafter.

An all-electric SUV and two new larger SUVs are also coming down the pipeline as the Toyota brand begins a busy few years.

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