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In this episode, Aaron talks about heavy duty pickups with Tim Esterdahl of PickupTruckTalk.com. The HD truck industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years and continues to make rapid developments in powertrains, comfort, and capability. Tim explains where things are and what’s coming soon, including information on the new electric HD truck from Bollinger and the upcoming Ford Tremor package, which will compete with the Ram Power Wagon in off-road prowess. That and more in this informative chat with Tim.

Find Tim at http://www.PickupTruckTalk.com

See Kristin’s interview with an engineer at GM about HD trucks here: https://drivemodeshow.com/2020/03/06/2020-gmc-sierra-towing-with-an-engineer-to-explain/

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There are a lot of good things happening during the coronavirus social distancing. Even as automotive plants shut down the production of vehicles for the health and safety of their workers, automakers are jumping in to help communities and the country during this time. Here, we talk about the current happenings and give highlights of what vehicle brands and companies are doing to give back to communities. From building ventilators to making safety gear and feeding the hungry, the automotive industry continues its long tradition of caring for the people and nations it serves.

Stay safe and happy. We’re getting through this together.

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The 2020 Ford Expedition is a big, well-made sport utility that straddles a line between being a traditional body-on-frame SUV and a more car-like crossover. With tons of interior room and excellent capability, it’s a solid choice in family hauling. In the FX4 off-road package, it’s also a great weekend getaway to wherever machine.

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Like horsepower? Driving fast? Having your hair flip in your face because someone shoved down the throttle? Kristin rides with Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American and true performance lover. They talk fun times in cars, safe teen driving, why he married his wife, and why the unexpectedly good handling in the Shelby GT500 is, well, unexpected.

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Ford has announced that the Driving Skills for Life program, which teaches safe driving to teenagers around the nation, will continue for 2020. This year, the tour will appear in 18 cities around the U.S. with a total of 80 clinics in all.

These free, hands-on driving clinics have taught thousands of teenagers the skills needed to become safer, smarter drivers. Training includes information on the latest vehicle technologies, how various types of vehicles interact (including cars, bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles) as well as ride sharing protocols.

“Despite progress in recent years, teens continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities across the country and vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for newly licensed drivers,” said Jim Graham, global manger, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We look forward to continuing and expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through real-world training and improved decision-making skills. Working with all of our partner organizations we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving.”

This will be the 17th year of the Driving Skills for Life program from Ford. The tour began on January 25 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s clinics have been modified in reaction to surveys made in 2019 about how Generation Z drivers view the world and driving in it. Including the fact that while most Gen Z drivers agree that using handheld devices while driving is very dangerous, most still use them on the road.

Working in the U.S. with its national partner, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Ford Driving Skills for Life tour will reach Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia this year. In addition to the hands-on driving clinics, a free online “Academy” is available for teens and parents at www.drivingskillsforlife.com/academy.

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Ford unveiled the new Mustang Mach-E electric crossover to Texas at the Houston Auto Show. Presenting was Cristina Sanders, who heads up marketing for the new Mustang. Cristina gives us a full walkthrough of the highlights of the Mach-E, including a quick look at the funky door handles and new interior. Ford is clearly proud of this new Mustang and it definitely shines on the Houston Auto Show floor.

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