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Wheeler becomes dealer: Two rare models owned by Mike Brewer to cross the block in June

This 1968 Fiat 500F Berlina's celebrity owner is putting it up for sale in June.

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June's Classic Car Auctions online sale will include two special models owned by television presenter Mike Brewer. The "Wheeler Dealers" host is selling both rare vehicles with no reserve.

The first of Brewer's lots is a very rare 1960 Bedford Utilabrake Van, an original Martin Walker factory converted 10 seater. The model was featured in Series 14 of "Wheeler Dealers" and features a pug nose. Originally built in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, the model was the Ford Transit of its time. Bedford only kept the van in production for 17 years with few changes from model year to model year. It was available two different wheelbases when new.

1960 Bedford Utilibrake Van

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Brewer has put just 400 miles on the model in the last six years. He has kept the vehicle in project-ready condition. This is a Martin Walker Farmers variant, which features a factory-recognized van conversion.

Bedford Vehicles was founded as a division of Vauxhall Motors. The brand became defunct in the mid-80s. Later, it became a badged engineering scheme on a series of vehicles by a variety of brands including Isuzu and Renault. The Bedford name was finally retired for good in 1998.

The other is a 1968 Fiat 500F Berlina. The model underwent a full body and paint restoration in Italy in 2013. The interior was retried and the powertrain was overhauled. It's not a speed demon. The car is capable of achieving 18 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 59 mph.

Fiat made the 500F Berlina from 1965 to 1973. It is often confused with the Fiat L, which began production in 1967 and lasted through 1971 when the new Fiat 126 was introduced.

Brewer and the auction are offering the vehicles at No Reserve and £7,000 to £9,000 respectively.

For this auction, the premiums will be 4% plus VAT for the vendor and 10% plus VAT for the buyer.

The Live Online Auction takes place on Saturday, June 27. All bidding will be done online.

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The Google logo appears for the first time on a car thanks to the partnership.

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"Hey Google, where is my Fiat 500X Hey Google parked?" A new lineup of car models from Fiat celebrates the technology of Hey Google. The special editions are mainly just a publicity stunt (for both companies), but buyers will be able to place an order for the fresh 500 family models this month.

Each car in the special series is equipped with the Hey Google voice assistant. Owners can connect their car to the their Google Nest Hub (included in a welcome kit with purchase) and smartphone, should they so choose.

Owners will use the phrase "Hey Google, ask my Fiat…" to get answers regarding questions about where the car is parked, how much fuel is left, the location of the nearest workshop, and much more.

Fiat 500 Family Hey Google: Fiat 500

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In addition to the tech, each Hey Google cars are equipped with unique exteriors and interiors. They have white paint jobs on their bodies and gloss black roofs and mirror caps. For the first time in automotive history, the Google logo is displayed on an automobile. The Hey Google badge is placed on the wheel arches of every model. Both B-pillars are also embellished with the multicoloured 'molecules' of the Hey Google logo.

The molecules are also displayed on the inside where they feature on the seats, which also have a label embroidered with "Hey Google". The dashboard fascia is matte silver with a white 500 logo.

At the center of the dashboard is a 7.0-inch touch screen display that features an animation where "Hey Google" appears then moves to the Google "G" then transforms to the Fiat logo.

Fiat will offer Hey Google editions of their 500, 500X, and 500L. The Fiat 500 hybrid Hey Google are priced from £16,005 OTR, 500X Hey Google priced from £21,765 OTR, and 500L Hey Google priced from £20,345 OTR

Deliveries are limited to the U.K. Ordering for the special series opens mid-April.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz will debut next week but ahead of that, the design department is giving a closer look at the truck in a new video.

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We'll see the Hyundai Santa Cruz in full for the first time when it debuts on April 15 but ahead of time, Hyundai is setting the stage for expectations with the model. To help with that, the company released a video today featuring the truck's design manager discussing the inspiration for the utility vehicle.

The quick one-minute video is hosted by Brad Arnold, design manager at Hyundai North America. The Southern California native is the leader of the team that created the Santa Cruz, a project that began years ago. He's joined in the video by Senon Franco, the lead designer at Hyundai North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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As Arnold explains in the video, the design of the Santa Cruz started with a simple premise: "this is not a typical truck". Based on how Arnold describes the capabilities of the truck, that sounds true. It is meant to "thrive in dense urban environments and the open outdoors". One could argue that no full-size truck on the market today does that. Neither do most of the midsize models, though their sizing is better for that landscape.

Arnold says that the Santa Cruz is "small in size", a call that serves to remind viewers that the Santa Cruz isn't a big truck. It's more similar in size to the forthcoming Ford Maverick, a small truck that slots below the Ranger in Ford's lineup.

However, the company isn't even calling it a truck. The new model is being referred to as the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. This sounds a lot like how Kia is referring to the new generation of its Carnival minivan as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Arnold says that the design is meant to make the Santa Cruz not look like a truck. Rather, it's supposed to look "like a Santa Cruz". Part of that includes the front end, which looks like a carryover from the fascia of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Among the other secrets Hyundai is giving away ahead of the product's reveal is that there will be more than one "efficient" powertrain, a flexible bed, "cutting-edge" connectivity, and all-wheel drive.

Watch the video for yourself below.

Design Inspiration | 2022 Santa Cruz | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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