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New Ducati summer-weight jacket and hoodie hit the market

Ducati has inntoruced a new line of breathable jackets and sweatshirts just in time for summer.

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The battle between comfort, looking cool, and safety always happens at the intersection of motor and cycle. A new line of outerwear from Ducati is specially designed for the hot summer months and combines comfort and safety. They leave it up to you to determine whether or not you look cool in it. The new line includes three jackets and a sweatshirt.

Flow C3 fabric jacket

Flow C3 fabric jacket

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The Flow C3 fabric jacket was designed by Drudi Performance exclusively for Ducati. It is lightweight and breathable, as well as fully CE-certified. The jacket's interior features Warrior lite protectors on the shoulders and elbows. It can accommodate a back protector.

A hook sewn on the back allows it to be worn with any pants having a standard coupling. Flow C3 also has a detachable breathable, waterproof, and windproof lining that is made of a three-layer membrane.

The jacket is available in men's and women's sizes.

Ducati Corse Tex Summer C2 fabric jacket

Ducati Corse Tex Summer C2 fabric jacket

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The Corse tex Summer C2 is made of fabric and features a richly colored design that has its roots in the Ducati collaboration with Dainese. It's body is a mix of lightweight fabric and mesh. There's a windproof lining. Ducati has explicitly designed this jacket for hot and humid climates.

Its shoulders feature aluminum inserts while there are composite protectors on the elbows. The back is designed to fit a Wave or Manis G2 protector.

Speed 3 fabric jacket

Speed 3 fabric jacket

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The Speed 3 fabric jacket was designed by Aldo Drudi and made in partnership with Alpinestars. Ducati says that the blend of mesh and fabric guarantees the stability of protective elements within the jacket in the event of a fall.

It features removable CE protectors on the shoulders and elbows. Inner pockets are designed to accommodate Nucleon back and chest protectors.

At the bottom are two hooks for connection pants, keeping both garments in the proper position.

Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt

Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt

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The Downtown C1 technical sweatshirt is an example of protection and comfort that translates from riding to daily life. It features a removable hood equipped with internal anti-abrasion aramid fiber reinforcements, protections on shoulders and elbows, and a pocket to fit the Nucleon back protector.

The garnet was designed with urban use on motorcycles in mind. It's a fully CE-certified product.

As summer approaches, and the threat of coronavirus lesses, the company's Ducati Cares program allows shoppers who wish to try on the garments at a retailer prior to purchase to do so. The collection of ventilated jackets for the summer is available on shop.ducati.com or in Ducati dealerships.

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The new Porsche Boxster 25 years celebrates the anniversary of the convertible's debut.

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Twenty eight years ago, a convertible concept car made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version of that car launched in 1996 with hardly any changes. It was the Porsche Boxster. Now it its fourth generation, Porsche has sold more than 357,000 of the coupes.

To commemorate the anniversary, Porsche is selling the Boxster 25 years, a limited edition model that takes design notes from the original Boxster and applies them to the current edition. All Boxster 25 years models are based on the Boxster GTS.

Porsche Boxster 25 Years

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The model features a copper-like shimmering brown Neodyme paint color in the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar, lettering, and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels. The original car was colored GT Silver Metallic and the special edition will be offered in that paint color as well as Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic.

Porsche script is featured own the fuel filler cap and there are high-gloss tailpipes on the car's sport exhaust system. The windscreen surround is finished in a contrasting black color.

The Bordeaux leather interior sits below a red fabric convertible top that bears the Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in black. The car's cabin also has an interior package in Aluminum, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with "Boxster 25" lettering, and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel.

Each model is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that has a top speed of 182 mph. There's a PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension, and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Boxster 25 years is available to order now and will roll into dealerships from the end of March 2021. Just 1,250 units will be allocated.

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The Avenir trim level joins the Buick Envision lineup for 2021.

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The redesigned 2021 Buick Envision builds on the success of its little brother, the 2020 Buick Encore GX, giving customers more premium features and making the two-row SUV more competitive in its class.

Buick will sell the 2021 Envision, which slots below the three-row Enclave in the Buick lineup, in trim levels with more distinctions between them than the previous generation Envision offered, including the Preferred, Essence, and Avenir grades. Preferred and Essence trim levels are available with a Sport Touring package, which gives the car darkened exterior finishes and dark 20-inch wheels.

The Envision Avenir is distinguished by an exclusive mesh grille design, with tinted chrome trim and unique 20-inch wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish.

2021 Buick Envision Avenir

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Each Envision comes with a more athletic body design for the new generation. At the front, there are LED headlights with LED daytime running light signatures. LED taillamps are at the back. Welcome/walkaway lighting and animation is activated via key fob.

Buick has put a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Envision that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Push/pull buttons shift the vehicle in the place of a traditional shifter.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is available. Model with AWD get selectable drive modes: Tour, AWD, Snow/Ice, and Sport. Front-wheel drive models have all those with the exception of the AWD mode. Hill descent control is standard on AWD Envisions. A continuous damping control suspension is available on top-tier Envision Avenir models.

Buyers can get their Envision's interior with either a light or dark interior color scheme. Perforated leather upholstery is available on Envision Essence models. Heated front seats are standard on Essence and available on Preferred. Heated and ventilated front seats, diamond-quilted perforated leather upholstery, driver's seat massage, heated rear outboard seats, navigation, and wireless smartphone charging are standard on the Envision Avenir.

The Envision is the first model in the Buick lineup to incorporate the company's new 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen, which faces more toward the driver than the front seat passenger. A covered compartment below the instrument panel is home to the SUV's wireless charging pad, SD card slot, accessory outlet, and USB ports. Amazon Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are available.

The system also has Buick-exclusive apps including Reese's Book Club and NCAA March Madness.

The dual-wing armrest is back by popular demand on the center console between the front seats. A heated steering wheel and air ionizer are standard on Essence and Avenir, and available on Preferred versions of the SUV. A power moonroof is available on Essence and Avenir models.

The five-passenger Envision has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that can fold flat. There is 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first-row seats and 25.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. A hands-free programmable power liftgate is standard on Essence and Avenir and available on Preferred models.

Buick is making the SUV available with the Buick Drive Confidence Plus package, which includes a suite of nine standard advanced safety and driver assistance technologies like forward colliosn alert, front pedestrian braking, and rear park assist. Additional available driver assistance technologies include HD Surround Vision, enhanced automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

The 2021 Buick Envision is on sale now, with a starting MSRP of $32,995.

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