Creative Partnership

New Land Rover Defender inspires Musto performance clothing range

Land Rover has partnered with Australian gear company Musto.

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For more than 70 years, Land Rover has been crafting high-performance 4x4s. For more than 50 years, Musto has been selling high-performance gear, suited for adventurers. Now, the two are teaming up for a new line inspired by the 2020 Land Rover Defender.

"The New Land Rover Defender is pushing the boundaries of automotive design, and we took this as inspiration to work with Musto to create our most advanced, technical and capable performance collection yet," said Joe Sinclair, director of branded goods and licensing, Jagar and Land Rover, "Our ambition was to launch a specialist range of clothing and equipment that united the world-class capabilities of the Defender with our customers' thirst for adventure."

The Above and Beyond collection of men's and women's clothing and technical equipment features innovative products like a Welded Thermo jacket with a RECCO integrated reflective antenna, which can help rescue teams locate a person in difficult terrain. That same jacket includes PrimaLoft Aeroget-lined pockets that works to help mobile phones stay charged.

Land Rover Musto Land Rover and Musto are taking outdoor gear to new heights with their new line of clothing and gear, Above and Beyond.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

The Rodinia Hybrid jacked includes YKK Quickburst zipper technology that quickly changes the jacket into a vest. It also has PrimaLoft Black Eco insulation, a down alternative material.

"Designing technical performance clothing is at the very core of our expertise at Musto and this partnership with Land Rover brings together two innovative British brands, both with a strong heritage," said Paul Stoneham, Executive Chairman, Musto. "The Above and Beyond collection will provide adventurers of all types with the protection on the outside that will allow them to perform at their very best from the inside thanks to the state-of-the-art material technology, durability and comfort of the range."

In addition to clothing, the range includes rugged flasks and bottles, a pen designed to tolerate harsh conditions, and an activity belt with an ANSI COBRA buckle and webbing with 6,000 kg tensile strength.

Musto products are sold in 40 countries. The Above and Beyond collection is available now.

Chevy is once again selling a Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition.

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Realree, the world's leading camouflage brand, has teamed up with Chevrolet for a specially branded 2021 Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition model. This is the second collaboration between the two brands following the success of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition.

"Silverado continues to offer customers more choice and capability where it counts," said Bob Krapes, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. "Building on the popular Custom Trail Boss model, the new Realtree Edition offers hunting and fishing enthusiasts a truck perfectly matched to their passions."

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition

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The truck is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss. It features exclusive graphics from Realtree and comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift, 20-inch black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT On-Off Road Tires, and the Silverado's Z71 Off-Road Package. The Off-Road Package includes monotube Rancho® shocks, Hill Descent Control, automatic locking rear differential, skid plates, and an AutoTrac 2-speed transfer case.

Realtree camouflage graphics on on the exterior of the truck and the interior door trim. The Realtree logo is integrated on the bedliner. The truck has black Silverado and Z71 badging, black rectangular dual-exhaust tips, 4-inch black round assist steps, and all-weather floor liners. It also comes equipped with Silverado's Durabed with 12 standard tie-downs.

The Realtree Edition comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is available with an upgraded 6.2-liter V8 that is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"Having worked closely with Chevrolet all these years, it's great to see the team come out with the new 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition using our latest Timber pattern," said Realtree designer and president, Bill Jordan. "You don't realize how much goes into building a true performance truck until you look behind the scenes, and this new truck will mean so much to all outdoor enthusiasts."

The 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition will go on sale at Chevy dealerships in summer 2020. Pricing will be announced closer to production.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.