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'Parks and Recreation' reunion charity special has a Subaru twist

During its original run, "Parks and Recreation" lasted 125 episodes.

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Leslie Knope and company will be making a star-studded return to the small screen on April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and Subaru's along for the ride.

The special "Parks and Recreation" episode will feature key members of the show's cast and take place in the present day. It will center around Leslie Knope (Amy Peohler) attempting to keep in touch with her friends, played by Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O'Heir, and Retta. A release said that, "special guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in". Fingers crossed.

The episode will help raise money for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, which is providing assistance to food banks across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Feeding American New York City Earlier this month, Subaru announced that it had partnered with Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to those in need. Photo by Getty Images

"Parks and Recreation" creator Mike Schur said in a statement, "Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help, and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money. I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old 'Parks and Rec' team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!"

Subaru will be matching donations made to Feeding America during the event. "We at Subaru of America are constantly committed to supporting and strengthening our communities," said Jack Kelly, National Integrated Media Manager, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "In addition to matching donations to Feeding America generated from the 'Parks and Recreation' reunion special, we are also working with the hunger relief organization to help provide 50 million meals to communities nationwide hardest hit by COVID-19."

Subaru frequently notes its commitment to both parks and recreation in its advertisements. This year, the automaker rolled out a spot featuring the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and America's National Parks.

During the program, Subaru will feature its "Never Been More True" ad during commercial breaks. The spot focuses on Subaru's commitment to Feeding America.

Fans of "Parks and Recreation" will remember that the final episode, titled "One Last Ride", which aired in 2017, featured a look into the future. That future had Tom Haverford (Ansari) married to Lucy (Natalie Morales) married but losing it all in an economic recession after expanding the Tom's Bistro empire. By 2019 he is a best-selling author and motivational speaker.

Craig Middelbrooks, the mouthy waiter at Tom's Bistro played by Billy Eichner has met Typhoon Montalban (Rodney To), Donna Meagle and Ron Swanson's former hairdresser, and married him.

The 2020 date for the special episode means that Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and his wife April Ludgate (Plaza) have not yet had children. Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) has not yet faked his death and Swanson (Offerman) is still working at the Very Good Building Company.

Check out a preview of the episode here:

Leslie and Ron Catch Up While Social Distancing - A Parks and Recreation Special www.youtube.com

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The Ioniq 5 will be the first dedicated electric model designed on Hyundai's new battery electric vehicle platform.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Company, the parent of the Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis brands, has released a new series of photos and videos teasing the forthcoming Ioniq 5. The midsize crossover is slated to Abe the first model in the company's Ioniq dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup brand.

It will also be the first vehicle that is underpinned by Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The architecture is similar to what General Motors unveiled with its Ultium platform. The vehicle, Hyundai says, will showcase a "fundamental shift in design approach" for the company where vehicles are designed around the platform rather than modifying existing vehicles to put in BEV power systems like what is in the Kona EV.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview back Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The fresh design elements in the Ioniq 5 include Parametric Pixels, the smallest unit of digital imaging, as well as the CUV's color, material, and finish (CMF) direction that works to connect digital functionality with its analog counterpart. The car's front end features pixel-inspired lights, u-shaped and squared off at the corners. Its clamshell hood spans the entire width of the car, which is a concerted effort to minimize panel gaps and increase aerodynamics.

The wheels feature aero-optimized design and come in 20-inch diameter, the first ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

"Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai's design DNA," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Beginning with Ioniq 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured."

In addition to the photos, Hyundai released videos that preview the Ioniq 5's core technologies. Three feature "ultimate camping" scenarios where owners are able to use the Ioniq 5's general power supply (110/220V). In each video, the camper is seen using IONIQ 5's 3.5KW of V2L-supplied power, which they use to roast a turkey in a large oven, listen to music on high-end audio speakers, and exercise on a treadmill—all at a camping site.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview front wheel Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The '5 Min Challenge' video highlights Ioinq 5's ultra-fast charging capability that enables it to drive more than 62 miles with only a 5-minute charge (WLTP).

You can watch all the videos below.

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 1. Cooking

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 2. Sound

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 3. Running

Ioniq 5: 5 Min Challenge (teaser) - Trailer

IONIQ 5 will debut in a virtual world premiere event in February 2021.

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Three Bugatti Divos have been delivered to U.S. customers.

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Three Bugatti customers on the West Coast have started 2021 off on a better note than the rest of us. Bugatti of Beverly Hills was recently able to deliver three of the four Bugatti Divo supercars that have been commissioned through the dealership to their new owners.

Each of the models has been customized to deliver the high-performance, exclusive drive and ride experience required by its commissioner. Ahead of their delivery, the three Divos took to the track together completing laps at The Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California.

The Divo itself is a unique Bugatti even before customization. It rides on new architecture that features more air inlets than other Bugatti models and a wide front spoiler that works to provide optimal air supply and aid with downforce. The car looks lower and longer than other Bugattis due to its slimmer side line. At the front of the grille is the traditional, 159-gram Bugatti emblem.

U.S.-bound Bugatti Divos

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Each model is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine that achieves 1500 horsepower. That engine can propel the car up to its 236 mph top speed.

Bugatti's Atelier in Molsheim is charged with the creation of each Divo. The first deliveries of the hyper sports cars took place in August 2020. By the end of the first months of 2021, all Divos will have been delivered to their new homes.

"To see these spectacular automobile works of art go from a piece of paper to sitting here in front of me is a phenomenal feeling," says Tim O'Hara, General Manager Bugatti Beverly Hills. "It was a very involved and lengthy process that demanded our best skills and expertise. To deliver 4 of only 40 to be built in the world and see the project through fruition is deeply gratifying."

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