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BMW has created a handful of pickups over the years, but this two-tone monstrosity certainly isn’t one of them.

Based on the second-generation Dodge Dakota, this BMW-ified pickup isn’t going to win any beauty contests thanks to its jarring green and silver paint job.

However, that isn’t what makes this truck interesting as a twin kidney grille replaces the traditional crosshairs. In a tragic sign of the times, the grille looks tiny and has us wishing for one of BMW’s larger and more modern grilles.

I believe this belongs here. from r/Shitty_Car_Mods

Putting the grille aside, the truck has a BMW roundel on the hood. It’s joined by a second one on the chromed front plate, but they aren’t fooling anyone.

The Pep Boys special also sports window deflectors, LED lights and rings on the headlights. We’re not entirely sure what the latter are supposed to be, but at least they draw some of the attention away from the grille.

Getting back to BMW’s official pickups, the most famous debuted in 2011 as an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke. It featured a removable targa top, a diamond-plated bed and the first trailer hitch to ever be installed on an M3.

While it’s 420 hp (313 kW / 426 PS)  V8 engine was interesting at the time, it’s a little outmatched these days thanks to the Ram 1500 TRX which has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 702 hp (523 kW / 712 PS) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday that he would be awarding a $100 million prize for the “best carbon capture technology.”

Musk made the announcement on Twitter, following it with another tweet promising “details next week.” The tweets follow another last week, in which he asked for help in finding ways to donate his vast fortune.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO becamethe world’s richest person earlier this month before drop in his company’s stock price pushed him down to number two. Regardless, his net worth is, according to Forbes, estimated at $184 billion.

Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 21, 2021

The good news for the centibillionaire is that I have a very easy suggestion for how he could donate to a vast system seeking to improve the world. By paying more taxes.

Also Read: Elon Musk Confirms He Has Moved From California To Texas

Although carbon neutralizing technology will doubtless be important in the coming years, income taxes help pay for government grants that help fund the actual research that goes into making the technology. It also helps pay for stuff like roads, which I guess you don’t need if your roadster is flying across the cosmos.

Carbon capture technology may become more important now that President Joe Biden has been sworn in and is about to make the U.S. rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement – which, to be fair, Musk has long supported. Moreover, President Biden has announced plans to increase federal investments and tax incentives for developing the carbon capture technology.

The global climate is set to pass levels targeted for 2100. Even if carbon emissions stopped by then, 33 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide would to be scrubbed from the atmosphere every year in order to maintain safe levels.

Ford has revealed that the recent recall forced upon it by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will cost it $610 million.

On Tuesday, the NHTSA ordered the car manufacturer to issue a recall for potentially-deadly driver-side airbag inflators. Ford had previously filed a petition to avoid a recall, claiming that the airbag inflators in question did not pose the same risk as millions of other Takata inflators that have been involved in widespread recalls in recent years.

Read Also: Misdiagnosed 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra Recalled Again Over Defective Takata Airbag Inflators

Upon reviewing the information submitted by Ford, the NHTSA disagreed and said that the Takata inflators in question do in fact show signs of “propellant degradation and potential future rupture risk.” These inflators can rupture and send deadly metal fragments flying through the cabin of a car in the event of a crash. Ford estimates the recall will cost it approximately $610 million and confirmed that this figure will be reflected in its fourth-quarter 2020 results.

The recall involves 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. and a further 300,000 in Canada and other locations. In a regulatory filing, the automaker said that this most recent recall impacts select 2006-2012 model year vehicles, including the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2006-2012 Fusion, 2007-2010 Edge, 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, 2007-2010 MKX, and 2006-2011 Mercury Milan models.

Ford originally filed its petition to the NHTSA in July 2017 and confirmed that it was denied on January 19, 2021.