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Scout Campers launches Yoho, the lightest hardwall camper, for midsize trucks

The Scout Yoho is a lightweight inn-bed camper option for midsize truck owners,

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Scout Yoho is the lightest hardwall truck camper in the truck camping industry. It's new to the Scout Campers family just in time for state and national parks, as well as KOA campgrounds to get back to regular business.

The Yoho is made specifically for midsize trucks like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and Nissan Frontier. It was designed to be lightweight, durable, and versatile. Its weight, just 913 pounds dry, is designed to not strain the powertrain or chassis of the smaller trucks while providing enough sleeping space for up to four people.

Scout Campers Yoho

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It is made with aluminium exo-skeleton framing and built for four-season travel. Scout Campers says to think of it as a backpack for your truck.

The Yoho is smaller than Scout's first model, the Olympic. Here are its measurements:

  • Floor Length - 69.34 inches
  • Exterior Width - 74.75 inches
  • Interior Height - 75 inches
Unlike the Olympic, it has a gear locker on the exterior passenger side ( (66 3/7 " W x 17 ½" H x 6" D).
The camper's list of standard features is extensive and includes a 160-watt Renogy Monocrystalline Solar Panel, portable Yeti 1000 Lithium Power Station, portable 4.9-gallon Lifesaver Water Storage with built-in filtration, a moonroof, and a ratchet tie down system.
There some some options boxes buyers can choose. The 45L CFX Dometic fridge/freezer is available as is the Convertible Lounge, a new multi-functional design feature that can sleep 2 people. The Convertible Lounge offers a place to sit, sleep, and eat in an L-shaped seating area with dinette. It transitions to two beds.

Additionally, buyers can opt for the Newport 4.5 BTU Real Flame Fireplace, a Rhino Rack 270-degree batwing awning, the portable Dometic 2 Burner cooktop, a portable toilet, and more.

The Yoho starts at $19,24.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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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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