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Watch: University of Texas professor stars in new Lincoln Aviator commercial

A popular Texan stars in the newest Lincoln Aviator commercial.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

Heavy clouds of pink and purple fill the screen, swirling around the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. Then, the camera cuts to the interior where the eyes of University of Texas professor and Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey appear to be staring directly into the soul of the viewer.

As McConaughey thoughtfully sits behind the wheel of Lincoln's new midsize SUV, it's hard not to notice the supple appointments of the vehicle and how close the notoriously nude bongo player is to the steering wheel.

While the actor decries in-your-face horsepower, the sounds of an original score by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays in the background.

The SUV emerges from the smoke to arrive in the desert, reminding viewers that Lincoln is about performance that, "just makes you feel better."

Take a look for yourself.

The All-New 2020 Lincoln Aviator | Fresh Take On Movement | Lincoln www.youtube.com

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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Vonlane offers routes to major Texas and Oklahoma cities.

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In time for summer weddings, graduations, and all the other in-person gatherings Texans missed out on in 2020, Dallas-based luxury bus operator Vonlane is resuming routes among some of its most popular cities. Houston passengers can ride the "private jet on wheels" to Fort Worth and back starting April 1, the company announced earlier this month.

Another Houston route resuming is Houston to San Antonio, on May 2.

Service to both cities had been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 outbreaks and then Winter Storm Uri, the company says. Vonlane hasn't run the Fort Worth-Houston and Houston-San Antonio routes since the middle of December 2020. And passengers haven't been able to travel between Fort Worth and Austin since July 2020.

Routes to Oklahoma City still have not been restored.

A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Fort Worth Hilton to the Austin Hyatt Regency, and vice versa, beginning May 2. Departure times from both cities are 11 am and 3 pm, and the journey lasts three hours.

Fares are $99 each way.

Houston routes to and from Fort Worth are $105 each way, departing from the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St. (Schedule can vary on weekends.)

Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing through March 31. After March 31, face masks and temperature checks will still be required, and they'll continue to use an EPA-approved disinfectant for deep cleaning between trips, a spokesman says.

Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like Wi-Fi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, sleep masks, and leather seats.

Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.

Last year, Vonlane also introduced charter service and parcel shipping service. Packages can be shipped on board scheduled routes for a flat fee of $75 per item.


The original version of this story can be found on AutomotiveMap's sister site, CultureMap.

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