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VinFast has had publicity help from famed British footballer David Beckham

Vietnamese car-making startup VinFast Production and Trading Co Ltd (VinFast) was in the headlines in January with the announcement that it plans to build a vehicle assembly plant in the USA and begin local sales of electric vehicles (EVs) by 2022.

Last month the automaker announced it had been granted a licence by the state of California to test self-driving vehicles on public roads, which it says is central to its plan to launch smart EVs in global markets, including the USA, Canada and Europe, by the end of

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The next big step for Toyota’s digital SmartPath digital retail software

While several automakers and dealer vendors quickly ramped up their digital retailing efforts as COVID-19 struck the U.S. industry early last year, their approaches differed greatly, as did the depth of their penetration into a purchase transaction. Some work more as internal lead generators, others expedite finance applications or allow cross-shopping between dealerships.

Toyota’s approach is very dealer-centric, explains Tim Bliss, general manager for retail transformation at Toyota Motor North America and the man leading the in-house development of SmartPath. One example: A prospective buyer can look at the inventory of only one dealer at a time.

“The biggest piece

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Every Big Vehicle Should Look Like the Weird New USPS Truck

This quirky design will save lives.
Photo: Courtesy of USPS

A duck. A modified Popemobile. A Richard Scarry rendering. The Pixar-created star of Cars 5? Over the past 24 hours the internet has exhausted itself creating memes for the United States Postal Service’s new mail-delivery vehicle, which, with its exaggeratedly tall glass cab and stubby extra-low bumper, does look — well, now that you mention it — kind of a lot like a duck. The truck, which is actually more like a minivan, is the first of many different vehicles expected in a next-generation USPS

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Rivian Busy With Three Electric Vehicle Launches, Big Future Plans

Rivian is validating early builds of three key electric vehicles launching in the second half of this year, even as CEO RJ Scaringe works on an expanded portfolio. The electric vehicle startup showed how serious it was about mass production when it bought an assembly plant in Normal, Illinois, from Mitsubishi in 2017, and under Scaringe, Rivian didn’t just retool the 2.6-million-square-foot plant, but expanded it by a further 800,000 square feet. Even that might not be enough to handle his future plans.

First Up: Rivian R1T Electric Pickup in June

Pilot versions of the 2021 R1T five-passenger full-size electric

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