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Mercedes slowly peeling back the onion on the next-gen S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is producing several weeks of video regarding the nuances of the S-Class before they reveal the entire thing.

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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be slowly revealed over the next few weeks. Mercedes will be showing various aspects of the vehicle off in three video installments leading up to a complete reveal.

"The new S-Class is packed with groundbreaking innovations and takes individual mobility in the luxury segment to a whole new level. We developed the Meet the S-Class DIGITAL series to provide media representatives with information on the key highlights in advance of the world premiere," says Katja Bott Head of Global Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans. "It enhances the successfully established Meet Mercedes DIGITAL news format, which will present other new products and company developments in further episodes published in parallel."

The first show airs July 8 and features Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for CASE, and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG, alongside the car. The episode is titled, "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: My MBUX" and will center around the innovations present in the new Mercedes-Benz infotainment operating system regarding interaction and personalization.

The second episode is named "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: Innovation by intelligence" and airs July 29. Conversation in that feature will be focused on safety and comfort.

A third, "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: Luxury and well-being" commences on August 12 and features on the luxurious accommodations of the interior of the S-Class.

In a teaser for the series, Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Daimler Group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO, stands in the electromagnetic test lab next to a camouflaged plug-inn hybrid prototype of the forthcoming S-Class that achieves an all-electric range of about 62 miles.

Schäfer climbs into the car and we can see a large, vertically orientated tablet-like screen sitting next to the front seat, between driver and passenger in a similar position to where Volvo puts its screens. He discusses the model having artificial intelligence and a head-up display with augmented reality. Then, to close out the video, Schäfer asks, "Hey Mercedes, when do I need a recharge?" The car's personnel assistant advises.

The full reveal of the S-Class is slated for September.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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