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Volkswagen, Faurecia team up to produce, deliver PPE to NYC's front line responders

Volkswagen has worked with one of its suppliers to donate PPE to NYC first responders.

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Volkswagen has teamed up with Faurecia to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet the needs of those on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort was started by an internal Volkswagen task force that reached out to VW's suppliers and production partners. Faurecia offered to pivot its processes and begin production at one of its 15 facilities in Mexico. Volkswagen placed an initial order for 70,000 masks and 5,000 gowns.

Volkswagen Fauercia COVID-19 coronavirus One of Faurecia's Mexico facilities is producing the equipment.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Since that initial order was placed, Faurecia has been able to significantly ramp up production and is now able to make an estimated 250,000 masks and 50,000 gowns per week.

"Volkswagen is proud to have partners like Faurecia willing to step outside their usual scope and drive something bigger," said Scott Keogh, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "This joint effort is putting the ingenuity of VW and our supplier network on full display, and we don't plan on stopping our response to this crisis here."

Volkswagen has donated the first run of Faurecia-produced masks and gowns to New York State's COVID-19 response efforts. A shipment of 75,000 units is scheduled to arrive this week and be distributed at area hospitals including New York City's Javits Center, which was recently transformed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers into a temporary hospital staffed by FEMA and Army medical personnel.

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The Sorento Yosemite Edition is a one-off Kia model designed to showcase the company's new Sorento accessories line.

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For the 2021 model year, Kia redesigned its Sorento SUV. That fresh face began arriving in showrooms this month, with more trail-ready capability than ever before found on the model. To celebrate that, Kia has worked with LGE-CTS Motorsports to create two custom Sorentos inspired by America's National Parks.

Each of the models is built on the Sorento SX Prestige X-Line model, an SUV that features 20-inch wheels, increased ride height (8.2 inches versus the Sorento's traditional 6.9-inch height), improved approach and departure angles (18.4 degrees and 23.3 degrees, respectively, versus 16.8 degrees and 22.1 degrees), all-wheel drive with Snow drive mode, and a more robust roof rack.

2021 Kia Sorento Yosemite Edition

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The 2021 Sorento Yosemite Edition is named after California's Yosemite National Park, one of the country's first national parks. It's finished in a matte Pine Green paint job and has gloss and matte black exterior accents.

The 2021 Sorento Zion Edition gets its name from Zion National Park in southwest Utah. Like Yosemite, Zion is known for its long canyon full of trees with hills rising far above. The SUV wears a Desert Sand gloss paint color and has gloss black exterior accents. The Sorento Zion Edition has a full-length cargo top on its roof.

Both models have custom fender flares and ride on 32-inch all-terrain tires. Their body armor includes custom skid plates and brush guards finished in satin chrome.

Kia will be offering the Sorento with a range of port-installed and dealer-installed accessories including roof racks, tow hitches, and side steps.

2021 Kia Sorento Zion Edition

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Traditionally, these types of models would have debuted at a major auto show, like the LA Auto Show, then been shown at smaller auto shows throughout the country over the next year. Instead of that, these models debuted during Kia dealer meetings and will make their way across the country making what Kia calls "special appearances".

These models are not for retail sale.

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The expected range of the Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will have an EPA-estimated 250-mile range. The estimate is for ID.4 1st Edition and Pro models. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for city driving is 104 MPGe; highway driving is rated at 89 MPGe, and combined city/highway at 97 MPGe. It will be VW's first long-range model sold in the U.S.

The ID.4 1st Edition and Pro will be the first models out of the gate for VW. They feature an 82 kilowatt-hour battery and a rear-mounted motor that produces 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 The interior of the ID.4 features a minimalist aesthetic.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen says that at a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kilowatt charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. VW is providing three years of Electrify America fast charging with every ID.4 purchase at no additional cost. Electrify America is the nation's largest open DC fast charging network with more than 470 charging stations and over 2,000 DC fast chargers. Earlier this year the company completed its second cross-country charging route.

Based on calculations by Volskwagen using the EPA's cost allowances, it will cost $700 per year, on average, to fuel the ID.4 in the U.S. The company estimates that over five years owners will save $2,250 compared to the average new model.

The first ID.4s will be made overseas soon. VW will make the battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the U.S.A at VW's Chattanooga plant. The model will be made and go on sale in early 2021.

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995 for the ID.4 Pro. Buyers may qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

Volkswagen has plans to release a 302-horsepower, electric all-wheel-drive variant of the ID.4 later in 2021. Range estimates for that model are forthcoming.

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