Donated Mercedes SUVs include horsepower to vehicle coaching systems

“Our Mercedes-Benz SUVs will empower us to convey technological innovation to the students.”

Mercedes is providing the automobiles to automotive technological know-how schooling plans in Bibb, Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Hale, Pickens, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties, as effectively as Wallace Point out Group School and Lawson State Group University.

MBUSI President and CEO Michael Göbel reported donating the automobiles to Alabama educational facilities aids bridge the hole involving the classroom and occupation readiness.

“We have observed a sustainable answer to re-goal cars — that would have been destroyed at the close of their check cycle — and diverted them as a substitute for an educational objective,” he explained.

“These faculties are providing fingers-on coaching and encouraging automakers acquire a foreseeable future workforce that will assistance us make sustainable vehicle creation a reality.”

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To day, the organization has donated more than 40 autos to place significant universities that provide as feeders to two-yr schools.

Quite a few of all those schools are in rural Alabama, said Steve Colburn, human resource professional at MBUSI. He travels to high educational institutions all through the condition going to learners, talking about vocation possibilities and marketing the Mercedes TECH plan that offers an associate’s degree in sophisticated automotive engineering.

“Just the other working day, I gave a presentation at Hubbertville High School in Fayette County and there are a few of senior students that have used to the Mercedes TECH plan for the tumble of 2022,” Colburn stated.

“There are a number of rural higher schools that are pretty crucial to the success of our program and to the results of our plant.”

Colburn claimed MBUSI is committed to receiving automobiles and other technologies out into the community when it gets readily available, especially for colleges with automotive tech systems in area.

“We want these motor vehicles to be applied and for the learners to truly discover the technical facets of our SUVs,” he claimed.

BRINGING TECH TO Students

Some of the donated cars are going to the Fashionable Producing Centre of Excellence plan that is operate by West Alabama Functions, which coordinates workforce solutions in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.

The software is found at colleges in four locations of Alabama, a person for every single of the automakers that function in the state, like Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and the Mazda-Toyota partnership, explained Donny Jones, executive director of West Alabama Performs and chief operating officer of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

In West Alabama by itself, 7 faculties have launched the plan, which prepares pupils for entry level producing careers with the state’s automakers. Far more universities in the West Alabama location and in the other a few regions encompassing the other automakers are anticipated to launch the application future 12 months.

Jones reported several of the educational institutions are in rural counties, and each and every location is working closely with the close by automaker.

“The automakers are involved in what is

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Ford’s SEMA Entries Include Modified Bronco, Mach-E, Maverick

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With the cancellation of the 2020 SEMA show, Ford and its collaborators had some extra time to come up with a slew of modified vehicles to show off at the 2021 event How many vehicles make up a slew, exactly? In this case, it means the more than 40 unique Ford project vehicles that will be on display in Las Vegas next week.

It’s no surprise that the SEMA fleet is made up of some of the brand’s more popular models, including at least three Mavericks, two Rangers, four F-150s and three Mustang Mach-E SUVs. Larger F-series trucks, gas-powered Mustangs and the Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs will also be represented, all with the intention of inspiring customers to personalize their own Fords.

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Skyjacker Ford Ranger

Ford, of course, is hyping its Ford Performance Parts and Ford Licensed Accessories, and that’s why you’ll see those products all over the vehicles on display, including on the Skyjacker Ranger pictured here. This truck tries to take the Ranger’s off-roading skills to the next level with a Skyjacker Suspension six-inch lift, a Warn winch, and rock slider side steps and lighting enhancements with Rigid Industries lighting on the A-pillar and a rooftop off-road light bar. The powertrain has also been recalibrated, and the cat-back exhaust system has black chrome tips.

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D.R.A.G.G. Maverick

The lifeguard-ready D.R.A.G.G. Maverick is a personal favorite, not for any particular feature, but because it came about through a collaboration between Oxnard Union High School and the police department of Oxnard, California. The two disparate groups came up with a beach rescue concept truck that houses toolbox swing cases in a Ford Licensed Accessories topper. It also has a watersports carrier, fender flares, front seat covers made from Neosupreme, a sunshade, and off-road cube lights.

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Tucci Maverick

The Tucci version of the Ford Maverick takes the small pickup in a different direction, while keeping the drag racing spirit. Looking the part of a hot-rodded pickup from an earlier era, the XLT series Maverick was transformed by Tucci Hot Rods to be wider with 3D-printed fender flares and a 3D-printed front lip and retro-looking custom wheels. Four Recaro Sportster seats and racing harnesses make sure no one inside the truck forgets the kind of vehicle they’re sitting in.

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Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept

On the electrified side of things, one of the modified Mustang Mach-E GTs on display will look familiar to anyone who knows Ford’s racing history. The name, of course, gives some of the details away, but this blue-and-white-striped performance vehicle replaces some of the original body pieces with graphene-infused carbon-fiber components made by Shelby American. The changes include the front fascia, front fenders and rear flares, and a different hood that has a large vent in order to lower front-end lift. Springs, tires and seats have all also been upgraded. This year will be the first time Ford has brought both a

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