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Hyundai partnering with Thule to sell accessories at U.S. dealerships

Thule's accessories fit Hyundai's entire line of SUVs and crossovers.

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Beginning today, Thule accessories are available for sale at participating Hyundai dealerships across the U.S.

Included as part of the available lineup are bike racks, roof racks, winter and water sports racks, cargo carriers, and basket accessories. The selection is curated from the entire Thule catalogue.

2019 Hyundai Kona Thule accessoris roof rack Thule accessories are made for beach-goers and mountain-seekers.Photo courtesy of Hyundai

"This partnership with Thule proves to be great timing as we simultaneously grow our line of SUVs, including newcomers such as the Hyundai Palisade and Hyundai Venue," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning for Hyundai Motor America. "Whether you go camping every weekend or need some extra space for your kid's soccer gear, Thule and Hyundai are making it simpler than ever for you to maximize your lifestyle with this new accessory partnership. Thule is the leader in this space and their lifetime warranty is a good match to our brand aspirations."

Hyundai has grown its lineup to include the hot-selling subcompact Kona SUV, new Hyundai Venue, and three-row Palisade SUV in the last 18 months. Last week the company announced plans to expand its portfolio even more in the coming years by adding 13 new products, including the Hyundai Santa Cruz utility vehicle.

Hyundai has also recently begun targeted advertising for adventure seekers, specifically with its Palisade campaign, which champions road tripping.

2019 Hyundai Kona Thule accessoris roof rack Thule's accesses are designed to help surfers, swimmers, and snowboarders (and everyone in between).Photo courtesy of Hyundai

"We are thrilled about our new partnership with Hyundai this year," said Tom Chimenti, director of original equipment sales, North America for Thule Group. "Our industry leading rack products are a perfect match for Hyundai's expanding line, and Thule's award winning offering of solutions to help transport your gear, regardless of activity, will be a great addition for any Hyundai owner looking to live an active lifestyle."

In addition to the products available at Hyundai dealerships, Thule designs and manufactures luggage, computer and camera bags, sports bags and backpacks, and child-related products such as baby joggers, child bike seats and bike trailers. The products are sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is mostly a carry over for 2021.

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Toyota continues to celebrate the history of the Land Cruiser with its Heritage Edition of the SUV. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is a carry over from the 2020 model year but has some added enhancements for 2021.

Two new exterior colors join the mix for 2021. In addition to Classic Silver Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic paint jobs, customers can order their special edition in Midnight Black Metallic and Blizzard Pearl. The paint jobs are accented by a grille with black features and bronze-colored BBS 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels featuring a "TOYOTA" center cap.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The model has classic logo script.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The body-on-frame model will continue to be powered by Toyota's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has given the off-roading capable model full-time four-wheel drive. Additionally, it gets Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist, CRAWL Control, and Off-Road Turn Assist standard. There are also skid plates to protect the suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case. Multi-Terrain Monitor allows for 360-degree visibility of the model's surroundings.

When equipped with the standard Trailer Towing Package, the Land Cruiser can pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds.

The list of standard features is long and includes ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping and memory, power moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control with 28 cabin air vents, keyless entry, and push-button start. It also a 14-speaker JBL stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and wireless charging.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition wears bronze-colored wheels.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.


Toyota equips each model with its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technology. It features lane departure alert a vehicle sway warning system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Additionally, the SUV has standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Buyers are now able to choose between a two- or three-row version of the SUV. The two-row will be the base model while the three-row will be available for a premium.

Toyota has priced the two-row Land Cruiser Heritage Edition to start at $87,845. Pricing for the three-row model will be announced closer the the SUV's on-sale date. Production will begin in September.

The traditional 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,515.

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The Cadillac Lyris is an all-electric SUV. Based on this new photo, we now know where the model's plug is.

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The electric future of Cadillac is nearly here. The company will debut the Cadillac Lyriq on August 6, showing off the first all-electric SUV in the brand's portfolio.

It's a move that's been a long time coming. The journey of the General Motors electrification strategy began in earnest with the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era, the EV1, which was on sale from 1996 to 1999. Twenty years after that model was discontinued, GM announced that Cadillac would spearhead the company's shift to an all-electric future.

Cadillac Lyriq Based on this image, it appears that the model will come with aerodynamics-enhancing wheels.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Lyriq is the first model to be built on GM's next-generation architecture, which will include the Ultium battery. The new General Motors electric vehicle platform is capable of working with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive vehicles.

The forthcoming GMC Hummer EV, which was also teased this week with full body images of its SUV and truck form, will also use the battery.

GM has already signed Honda as part of a partnership to co-create vehicles on the new platform.

Earlier this month, Cadillac released a video showing off new details of the Lyriq including its interior, which is rich with digital technology, all-silver Cadillac side badging, and unique fascia styling.

Cadillac Lyriq The Cadillac Lyriq SUV looks to be a two-row model.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The SUV sports an AKG audio system with the ability for the driver to adjust the sound mode (front and rear) depending on their preference between stereo or surround acoustics.

We also know that the SUV will have Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

You can find out more about the model following its reveal on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET.

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