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Zero Halliburton designs two-piece luggage set for Lexus Black Line series

Zero Halliburton will offer customers a unique two-piece luggage set for Lexus.

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Zero Halliburton has introduced a new luggage set exclusively for Lexus, inspired by the automaker's Black Line series of cars.

The Edge Lightweight Collection for Lexus is a two-piece set that includes an Edge Lightweight 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case, both in black. The cases get specialized Lexus details including a cushion-cut, chrome logo badge laser-etched with "Zero Halliburton for Lexus", "sumptuous" interior lining embroidered with the Intersect by Lexus Spindle Grille Art, and interior compression panels with a Lexus embossed leather logo badge.

Zero Halliburton edge lightweight The polycarbonate exterior of the suitcases in the Edge Lightweight collection carries a matte paint job.Photo courtesy of Zero Halliburton

Separately, the non-Lexus version of the Continental Carry-on retails for $495 and the Medium Travel Case goes for $595.

The matte polycarbonate suitcases feature a telescoping pull handle, spinner wheels, concave edging designed to absorb impact, scalloped grip handle, retractable rubberized side handles, TSA approved custom cushion-cut latch lock with combination, zippered pockets inside, full-zip compression functionality, and a streamlined magnetized leather ID badge. The carry-on, weighs less than eight pounds, and measures 22"x16.5"x9". The travel case is larger, coming in at 26"x18"x10" and weighing 9.7 pounds.

Buyers can only get the luggage with a purchase of the new, limited edition 2020 Lexus GS 250 F-Sport Black Line Special Edition models.

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Teachers from Houston, Tampa, and Detroit can be entered to win.

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With more parents having a larger hand in educating their children for the last seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become apparent to many just how tough being a teacher can be. Maaco, the world's largest provider of auto paint and collision services, is rewarding one lucky teacher with a free MAACOver as part of a new giveaway.

The giveaway can include an exterior paint job, deep cleaning, and collision/damage repair. These are all services that Maaco offers as part of its menu.

Teachers of grades K-12 can nominate themselves or students and community members can nominate a deserving educator via Macao.com. Only teachers in Houston, Tampa, and Detroit are eligible.

Nominations must be submitted by October 5. Winners will be announced October 19.

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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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