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Lincoln makes Pickup & Delivery service complementary, offers payment deferment

Lincoln is offering support to its customers during the conoronavirus pandemic.

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Lincoln is offering their customers peace of mind when it comes to their vehicle during the coronavirus pandemic. The company has made several of their services complementary and is allowing payment deferment options.

In an effort to minimize direct contact between humans, the company is offering Lincoln Pickup & Delivery to "clients for any service they need." That comes with a caveat. Here's the fine print the automaker offers for reference:

"Lincoln Pickup & Delivery Service is available for all 2017 model year and newer Lincoln vehicles with the 4-year/50,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Owners of 2016 and prior model year vehicles and other vehicles not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty may contact your preferred dealer for related cost and other important details. Mileage limitations may apply."

The company has also enhanced cleaning procedures for all Lincoln Loaner vehicles and the owner's vehicle while it's being serviced.

Additionally, Lincoln Automotive Financial Services is offering qualified buyers an opportunity to defer their first payment up to 120 days when purchasing a new Lincoln. This does not apply toward leases and is only available for qualified buyers. Payment deferrals not available in Pennsylvania, unless zero percent APR.

Existing Lincoln owners in the U.S. affected by COVID-19 who purchased or are leasing a Lincoln vehicle are encouraged to contact Lincoln Automotive Financial Services to discuss options if they are having payment difficulty.

Remote purchasing options are available at participating dealers.

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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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The Hispano Suiza Carmen will cost around $2 million.

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Unless your a posh vintage motoring enthusiast, the brand name Hispano Suiza may not be known to you. The company is hoping to change that, designing vehicles meant to make a splash among the Pagani and Rolls-Royce crowd. Like those companies offer, the automaker will offer the new Hispano Suiza Unique Tailormade Program.

The Unique Tailormade Program allows clients to choose between interior and exterior details, offering a high level of customization. In total, 1,904 different customization combinations are possible.

Customers will start by choosing the configuration line that best fits them. The configurations are named to fit the brand's DNA - Heritage, Sport, and Elegance. Designers have named some of the available colors after the historic landmarks and milestones of the brand, such as Peralada Green, Swiss Red, Xenia Gray, Birkigt White, and Begur Blue.

Customizable exterior parts include the grille, side mirrors, body color, wheels, and air intakes. On the inside, buyers can choose to personalize the steering wheel, dashboard, seat upholstery, and floor mats.

With the Unique Tailormade Program we wanted to capture the most diverse possibilities of creating a unique Hispano Suiza Carmen for each client. We want these 19 units of the Carmen to be a work of art on wheels, collectibles, symbols of excellence and that each owner can participate in the customisation process of their vehicle ," said Francesc Arenas, Design Director of Hispano Suiza.

Hispano Suiza was recently brought back to life by the Suqué Mateu family. Automobiles haven't been made under the marques name since the mid 1940s. The Mateu family are direct dependents of the one of Hispano-Suiza's original founders, Damián Mateu.

The Carmen is an all-electric car designed with influence from the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia. The new car was first shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Hispano Suiza is limiting production of the Carmen to just 19 units, ensuring that it is an instant collector's car. Only five of those 19 will be built in the Boulogne version.

The car is expected to achieve around 1,100 horsepower and 855 pound-feet of torque via four permanent magnet synchronous motors housed in the rear axle. Engineers say that the car will get from zero to 62 mph in less than 2.6 seconds.

Pricing for the Carmen is expected to be around $2 million before taxes and fees.

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