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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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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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