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New Peugeot 408, Toyota GR Corolla Ridealong, And Ford Pro Electric SuperVan: Your Weekly Brief

Good morning and welcome to our weekly digest of automotive news from around the globe, starting with…

Ford Says Dealers Can Choose Whether F-150 Lightning Owners Can Sell Within A Year

Ford’s F-150 Lightning continues to generate strong demand. As with many sought-after models, we had reported that a policy was in place that limited owners of the new EV truck from transferring ownership within the first year. After reaching out to Ford, it now seems that the policy is actually up to the dealer that sells the truck while it would appears some owners have not had to sign any such agreement.

New 2023 Peugeot 408 Coupe Crossover Wants To Banish Boring Family Cars

The 408 has been revealed as the French brand’s answer to a new breed of family cars. Ditching the conventional sedan body shape, but not quite going for the upright dimensions of an SUV, the new 2023 408 is a Coupe Crossover much like its Citroen C5 X sibling or the Renault Arkana. It gets a 1.2-liter PureTech triple or a 1.6 liter four hybrid in two states of tune.

We Took A Shotgun Ride In The 300 HP 2023 Toyota GR Corolla And We’re Totally Impressed

Toyota’s GR Corolla is impressive on paper, but how does it feel on the track? Well, we’ll have to wait just a little longer until we get behind the wheel of one ourselves, but we did manage to snag a shotgun ride with a professional race driver. In the right hands, the GR Corolla is undoubtedly a capable beast, with the four-wheel-drive system even adept after hopping the curb and traversing some grass.

2,000-HP Ford Pro Electric SuperVan Concept Does 60 MPH In Less Than 2 Seconds

The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a one-off return to Ford’s insane performance vans of old. But unlike the previous versions, this bonkers van eschews a large petrol engine for a quad-motor EV drivetrain that shares an outrageous 1,973 hp (2,000 PS) between its four wheels and can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2 seconds.

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2023 BMW M3 Touring Debuts As A 503 HP, AWD, Grocery Getter With A Ring Record

After years of outcry from fans, BMW has finally made the performance station wagon we wanted. The 2023 M3 Touring has already set the record for wagons around the Nürburgring and features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine developing 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, with AWD as standard. Top speed is limited to 174 mph (280 km/h), while the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) dash is dispatched in 3.6 seconds.

2023 Toyota Crown Patent Images Reveal High-Rise Sedan Form, Coming To The U.S. This Fall

The Toyota Crown is coming to the U.S., but it won’t be like the sedan that has been offered to the Japanese market for years. The new Crown, illustrations of which were revealed online thanks to patent filings, will adopt a coupe crossover shape, much like the Peugeot 408 featured above. While Toyota is staying tight-lipped about the images, Japanese media appear to confirm that they’re genuine, while the car itself may be named “Crown Cross.”

2023 GMC Canyon: Tough New Looks, Powertrains And Everything Else We Know Before Imminent Launch

The mid-size pickup market is undergoing a resurgence of late, and the next new entrant will be the 2023 GMC Canyon. Our speculative illustrations show that the truck will be undergoing some enhancements, including slim DRLs, split headlights, chunky fenders, and squared-off proportions. Underpinning the new Canyon (and upcoming Colorado) will be a heavily revised version of GM’s GMT32XX platform. It will also feature a new version of GM’s electrical architecture to enable over-the-air updates and other remote connectivity services.

What Else Is Making The News

FTC Instructs Harley Davidson On Right To Repair 

The US Federal Trade Commission has instructed Harley Davidson to stop voiding warranties over third-party repairs. The Verge reports that the Motorcycle manufacturer must proactively inform buyers of their rights and order officially authorized dealers to avoid deceiving customers about the warranty or promoting official parts over third-party ones.

Netflix Slashes 300 More Jobs As It Tightens The Reins On Falling Subscriptions

Having confirmed the introduction of a new ad-supported tier for the streaming service, Netflix will also be cutting some 300 jobs, which accounts for about four percent of the firm’s workforce, according to the BBC. This comes after it was announced that the streaming service had lost subscribers for the first time in nearly a decade.

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