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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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Polestar currently operates four showrooms in the U.S.

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Polestar, an electric performance car brand, will be opening 15 new sales locations in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Called Polestar Spaces, the showrooms are more in line with what Tesla offers and less like a traditional auto dealership.

Each Polestar Space features minimalist Scandinavian-like design, pulling together the heritage of the company with a modern sales environment. Each location is staffed by non-commissioned Polestar Specialists. Test drives can be coordinated on-site or at home.

In the next few months, locations in Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Seattle; South Florida; and Washington D.C. will open. Those new showrooms will be established in connection with established retailer groups in the area. Additional information regarding the D.C. and Florida locations is expected soon.

2021 Polestar 2 The fastback Polestar 2 is a head-turner. Photo courtesy of Polestar

The second-half of 2021 will welcome the opening of additional showrooms in Atlanta; Central and South New Jersey; Connecticut; Dallas; Detroit; Minneapolis; Phoenix; and Orange County, California.

Specific showroom details are available at Polestar.com/Spaces.

"In 2019 we stated our goal of servicing 85% of the addressable EV market within a year of the Polestar 2 launch," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. "With these 2021 appointments, we will accomplish that and more- especially with our free pickup and delivery servicing within 150 miles of a brick-and-mortar Polestar location."

Polestar Spaces are already open in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and Manhattan, plus two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Corte Madera and Santa Clara).

The automaker currently offers the Polestar 2 for sale in the U.S. AutomotiveMap recently had the opportunity to test drive the car for review.

It was recently confirmed that the Polestar Precept concept is headed to production. The concept version of the car is noted for its sustainable materials and minimalist design.

Additionally, Polestar and Koenigsegg are working on a project.

Further markets for expansion will be announced later in 2021.

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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

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Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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