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Rolls-Royce introduces a new Dawn with a historic name

The Rolls-Royce Silver Bullet takes its name from years of company history.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The sleek silver large-body convertible is a bit of a relic of a bygone era. No, further back than the days of the Toyota Solara and Chrysler Sebring. The trend that started near the last bit of the Roaring 20s and continued in its prime until the late 60s.

The Jazz Age decadence and free spirit of the early part of the 20th Century is embodied in the latest model from Rolls-Royce, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. The new vehicle is the first Rolls-Royce Collection Car of the new decade.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet The car features a unique silver paint job.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Its name comes from the company's storied past, which includes cars named the Silver Dawn, Silver King, Silver Silence and Silver Spectre.

This particular model features an ultra-metallic silver paint finish. Its aero cowling moves the car from brute to glamorous speedster. It features a rakish silver centre spine brings the bodywork into the cabin. A vapour-blasted titanium finisher completes the aero cowling windbreak and proudly displays the Silver Bullet name and silhouette.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Artisan design touches fill the car with bespoke elements.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features dark exterior detailing; dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher, providing a dominant and determined expression in heighted contrast to the silver hue. The part-polished wheels offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

Inside, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection has a unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia and a quilted transmission tunnel with design cues taken from a leather jacket.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Designers sketched out the car's design well in advance of one reaching production. Here is one of the sketches showing the transmission tunnel design.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Just 50 of these models will be made. Pricing is likely in "if you need to ask, you can't afford it" territory.

The company will be be curating a special series of "Silver Bullet Drives" featuring epic road trip suggestions for Rolls-Royce owners in its Whispers app.

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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