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According to two sources familiar with the matter, Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra has had to cut more than half of its North American workforce since mid-2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its ongoing legal battle with FCA.

The company’s North American unit had over 500 employees in early 2020, with “hundreds of workers” having been laid off since to the tune of two-thirds of the total staffing, as per Reuters.

People were reportedly let go from positions such as engineering, manufacturing and even sales. Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) admits that it has furloughed some staff and laid off others because of the pandemic, but no official figures have been provided.

Read: Mahindra & Mahindra Will Focus On SUV And EV Development

“This forced us to halt production and furlough our manufacturing team and some additional people across several functions, including the Roxor sales team,” said the carmaker, while adding that it now expects to recall a large group of employees after a favorable ruling in the lawsuit against FCA.

Currently valued at just over $12.6 billion, Mahindra is still looking to sell its stake in South Korean brand Ssangyong Motor. It has also called off a joint venture deal with Ford, while pulling the plug on its U.S. electric scooter business GenZe.

Mahindra’s goal moving forward is to focus resources on developing a core portfolio of SUVs and electric vehicles.

“We are going to look ahead at how we can accelerate our investment in electric and really start moving to the new age. We clearly hold the ambition to be a global brand and there again the electric journey is an important one,” said deputy managing exec Anish Shah.

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At the core of this custom expedition rig sits a range-topping Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, although tuner TruckHouse will let you choose which Tacoma model you’d like them to use for your camper. The introductory price is $285,000.

Every one of these builds will come standard with a single-piece carbon fiber reinforced composite house. Over 1,000 hours went into making sure that the camper matches the body lines, proportions and the utility of the Tacoma.

While there’s no final weight figure, the empty BCT shell weighs just 500 lbs (227 kg).

Read Also: Toyota Overland-Ready Tacoma Combines Rugged Looks With A Supercharged V6

“We started by breaking down what the perfect overland camping experience was to us, and from there we built the most capable and livable vehicle we could imagine,” said TruckHouse COO and co-founder Nicolo Monforte, as quoted by New Atlas. “We selected the Toyota Tacoma for its modest size, maneuverability, and proven longevity. We then built a carbon fiber-reinforced composite house to match everything we love about the truck and its utility.”

In terms of features, the house comes with multi-access gear storage, a torsion-free mounting system, automatic awning, low profile rooftop solar array, 10-speaker weatherproof sound bar, 3-point locking entry door and an electric entry step.

Meanwhile, the truck itself features an Expedition long travel suspension, drilled and slotted disc brakes (front and rear), fully fabricated rear axle, high output alternator, high clearance front and rear bumpers, Safari snorkel, rotary forged wheels, oversized all-terrain tires, recovery ladders and off-road accessory lighting.

As for the interior, it’s all about the camper, which comes with a cabover queen bed and rear dinette full bed, integrated hydronic heating, 7 safari-style dual-paned windows, oversized skylight, integrated blinds and screens, multi-speed ventilation fan, stainless galley sink, Bosch speed oven, swivel-mounted 32″ LED TV, 12v air conditioning, a lithium battery bank and more. You can check out all the specs right here.

While the introductory price is $285k, a full options variant could run you as high as $380,000, which is more than what you’d pay for a Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

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Porsche is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Boxster series with a special edition aptly named ‘Boxster 25’.

The open top model is exclusive for the North American market and features various design elements used by the original Boxster concept car that was presented to the world at the Detroit Auto Show in 1993. Most notably, the Boxster 25 features copper-like paint on the front and side air intakes, the 20-inch alloy wheels, and the special ‘Boxster 25’ badge found at the rear. Exterior color options available include GT Silver metallic, Jet Black Metallic, and Carrara White Metallic.

Read Also: Porsche Serves Up Another Look At The Boxster Bergspyder

Porsche has continued the special touches in the cabin where Bordeaux Red leather is featured extensively. The folding softtop is also made from a red-colored fabric and the car lands as standard with brushed aluminum accents, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with ‘Boxster 25’ lettering and a heated GT multifunction sport leather steering wheel. Should shoppers not want such a bright interior, they can also select a black finish.

In terms of power, the Boxster 25 features the same engine as the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 model that it is based on. As such, it has a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine that produces 394 hp and 309 lb-ft (419 Nm) of torque. This engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch. When equipped with the six-speed, the car tops out at 182 mph (293 km/h) while with the dual-clutch and standard Sport Chrono package, it will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in a mere 3.8 seconds.

Other standard features of the car include Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

U.S. pricing for the car starts at $98,600 excluding delivery fees with the first examples expected to land in local showrooms this spring.

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