Honda hopes its Rose Parade float will be a source of inspiration

As main sponsor of the Rose Parade – and for the 12th time in 2022 – Honda is also creating a tank for the Jan. 1 trip along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. This year the float is designed to “inspire young people to pursue their dreams” with the theme “Believe and Succeed”.

Honda says it wants to encourage STEAM education and career preparation, and therefore “the budding engineer pictured on the float.”

The tank also celebrates women in such careers and will be piloted by four Honda engineers: Sue Bal, chief engineer at the Honda Research Institute; Nicole Harvel, chief materials engineer at Honda’s South Carolina manufacturing plant; Melanie Morimoto, principal manufacturer at American Honda in California; and Yolanda Pate, head of the quality division at the Honda automotive plant in Alabama.

The theme of the 133rd Road Parade, scheduled for the morning of January 1, is “Dream. To believe. To achieve.”

Vintage vehicles are part of the Rose Parade

While the flowered floats attract the most attention, reports that a number of vintage motor vehicles will be participating in the Tournament of Roses parade through Pasadena.

These vehicles include a 1967 Crown Firecoach, a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (carrying Grand Marshal LeVar Burton), a 1915 Pierce-arrow Model 48, a 1920 Pierce-Arrow Model 38, a Lincoln Mark 1 Continental from 1940 and a Ford Model TT from 1924.

Ford friends can share miles and smiles

Ford touts the possibility of sharing power between electric vehicles

We’ve all seen it, and probably did, pulled over to kick somebody’s drums up so they could get back on the road, or had someone help out else when our battery was down.

Ford says its new F-150 electric and hybrid pickup trucks equipped with Pro Power Onboard technology have the ability to allow their owners to share some range with other electric vehicle drivers, and adds that they can not only recharge. the batteries of other Ford electric vehicles, but also those of other car manufacturers.

For example, says Ford, the system can add 20 miles of range in an hour for a Mustang Mach-E.

1972 El Camino electrified

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Lingenfelter Performance completes first installation of GM eCrate powertrain outside GM facilities

General Motors announced its “Everybody In” electrification strategy which includes offering rechargeable electric powertrains to replace internal combustion engines in older and vintage vehicles.

Chevrolet has shown several examples at recent SEMA shows, but GM’s press release includes a photo of a 1973 El Camino taken by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and shows GM’s first installation of eCrate powertrain outside of its own. GM workshops.

The facility, adds GM, “boldly inaugurates the next generation of Chevrolet Performance EV components as the program prepares for launch in 2022.”

GM says its “Everybody In” program will include various custom electrical solutions, electrical ground support equipment for airports (as part of a joint program with Textron) and electric boats through an investment in Pure Watercraft, based in Seattle.

New Countach Poster Set Ready

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New collection of posters Countach

Remember how you had a poster of the Lamborghini Countach hanging on your bedroom wall? Lamborghini is hoping a new generation will do the same and has launched a new collection of posters featuring the Countach LPI 800-4, the 50th anniversary tribute car unveiled at the latest Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

By the way, Lamborghini reports that it has already sold 112 of the new versions of the classic supercar.

“The love for the timeless lines of the Countach reinterpreted in this poster collection underscores how image alone can stimulate creativity,” reports Automobili Lamborghini, adding that the posters each bear the signature of specialist artists and illustrators. in 3D and digital works.

An era ends at Lotus

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Lotus celebrates the end of an era

After producing 51,738 cars in 28 years for itself and 9,715 for customers including General Motors and Tesla, Lotus discontinued production of the Elise, Exige and Evora sports cars and redesigned its assembly line for the new. Emira, which Lotus claims will be its last petroleum-powered vehicle, and for the all-electric Evija hypercar and Type 132, Lotus’s first SUV. The Type 132 is expected to debut in spring 2022.

The last copies of the Elise, Exige and Evora went from the assembly line to a photoshoot en route to the company’s heritage car collection.

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