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Lot 3005 – 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax Pickup VIN 002

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 21, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will auction two all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra Pickups for charity during the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, January 22-30. These hybrid pickups will include the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax Pickup VIN 002 (Lot #3005) and the VIN 001 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Capstone CrewMax Pickup (Lot #3007) with 100-percent of the hammer price for both going to the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

“Supporting philanthropic initiatives is the very foundation of Barrett-Jackson,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Over our 50-year history, we have helped raise more than $135 million for many nonprofit organizations doing exceptional work in our communities and we look forward to continuing these all-important efforts in Scottsdale with the auction of these new hybrid trucks from Toyota to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.”

Lot #3005, the VIN 002 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax Pickup is one of the first two Toyota hybrid pickups to be sold in North America. The 4×4 pickup’s i-FORCE MAX powertrain is a completely new hybrid system for Toyota that places an electric motor generator unit between the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. Features include electronically controlled locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) and Crawl Control (CRAWL), off-road suspension with FOX shocks and a 1.1-inch front lift, a 5.5-foot bed and maximum towing capacity of 11,170 pounds. Featured in a September 2021 reveal, the Tundra TRD Pro is most off-road capable model in the Tundra lineup. This pickup will cross the world-famous auction block on Friday, January 28 at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Lot 3007 – 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Hybrid CrewMax Pickup VIN 001

The VIN 001 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Capstone CrewMax Pickup will cross the auction block on Saturday, January 29 as Lot #3007 at 4:30 PM MST. As the newest flagship of the Tundra lineup, this auction will be for VIN 001 of the all-new, luxurious Capstone grade. Configured as a 4×4 CrewMax with a 5.5-foot bed, Capstone is powered by the new hybrid i-FORCE MAX powertrain that produces 437hp and a massive 583 lb.-ft. of torque! It comes loaded with unique chrome accents, standard 22-inch chrome wheels, standard luxury-grade leather, side acoustic glass for noise reduction, large 14-inch multimedia touchscreen, 10-in. color heads-up-display, power steps, panoramic moonroof and much more.

One hundred percent of the hammer price from both hybrid Tundras will go to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund. This fund directly impacts the lives of eligible U.S. Paralympic athletes aiming to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and those who competed at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. To date, more than 430 U.S. Paralympic athletes and hopefuls have received direct support from the more than $3.7 million raised thus far for the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund, with contributions from across the country, including Toyota dealerships.

“We are thrilled to join Craig Jackson and the Barrett-Jackson team in celebrating 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” said David Christ, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor North America. “For the occasion, we’re bringing two versions of the best full-sized truck on the market – our all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra. The auction proceeds will benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund, a first-of-its-kind program that we launched last year in an effort to further support Team USA’s Paralympic athletes as they pursue their sport dreams.”

Those interested in being a part of the 50th anniversary celebration and registering to bid for the 2022 Scottsdale Auction, including the opportunity to bid on these charity vehicles, may do so here.

To purchase tickets to the event, click here, and VIP packages are available here. Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube #BarrettJackson

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Title: Barrett-Jackson to Auction Two Early Production 2022 Hybrid Toyota Tundras at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction to Benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund
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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview


American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March

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Title: 2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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