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YouTuber WhistlinDiesel has done some pretty wild stunts in the past, but his latest is crazier than any other before it.

The YouTuber is the proud owner of an extensively modified Chevrolet Silverado 2500 he has dubbed the Monstermax. When driven on the street, it sits on four massive monster truck tires, but eager to make it even crazier, the content creator has fitted four extra wheels, giving the massive truck the buoyancy it needs to float.

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To put the vehicle to the test, it was transported by trailer from Indiana down to Florida, where the road tires were replaced with the eight monster truck tires on the boat ramp. It then drove directly into the Gulf of Mexico and, surprisingly, had enough grunt to move through the water under its own power, albeit at very low speeds.

However, as the tide started to increase, the Silverado had to be hooked onto a boat acting as a tow vehicle to ensure it could fight the current and continue to move forward. The sight of a pickup truck wading its way through the Gulf of Mexico caught the attention of the authorities, who deployed multiple boats from the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure everything was okay.

The wild stunt proved to be a complete success and while the YouTuber was hit with a $70 fine for not having the pickup properly registered as an aquatic vehicle, the revenue generated by the video itself has already far exceeded the price of that fine.

 


Spy photographers have snapped the facelifted Jeep Compass on numerous occasions and now the company has released the first teaser images ahead of its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted model has a revised grille and restyled headlights with daytime running lights now located up top.

Bigger changes occur below as the 2022 Compass adopts a redesigned front bumper with a larger central intake. We can also see new fog lights and a sportier lower opening.

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While the teaser images don’t show the rear end, undisguised pictures surfaced earlier this month. However, there isn’t much to see as there doesn’t appear to be any changes.

The same can’t be said about the interior as the facelifted Compass will adopt an all-new infotainment system with a metallic frame. Beneath the free-standing display is new switchgear and restyled air vents which feature a landscape orientation. The teasers also reveal a new dashboard with metallic accents and upholstered surfaces.

Little else is known about the model at this point, but the Chinese-spec Compass should be virtually identical to the North American variant. However, we won’t know for sure until the US-spec model is introduced later this year or in early 2021.

Regardless, engine options could carryover and include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque. Europeans, on the other hand, can expect an assortment of options including a plug-in hybrid with a 11.4 kWh battery pack which enables it to travel approximately 31 miles (50 km) on electricity alone.

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The former vice president of the United Auto Workers union has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for receiving kickbacks.

Joseph Ashton, who is also a former General Motors board member, pleaded guilty in December 2019 for steering a near-$4 million watch contract to a friend and then using them to get a $250,000 kickback. Ashton’s friend set up a company to bid on the watch contract. A total of 58,000 watches with ‘UAW’ and ‘GM’ on their face were manufactured but never distributed.

Prosecutors in the case were seeking a 34-month prison term for Ashton, while his attorney requested a sentence of house arrest and a substantial fine. U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman decided to send a message by sentencing Ashton to 30 months in prison.

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“There’s way too many victims, the whole union, the whole trust situation, and we have to send a message,” Friedman said. “We have to let people know that the criminal justice system is not a system that’s only for people on the streets selling drugs and things of that nature, but it’s a system where people get punished for things that they do that are bad things.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ashton’s prison term won’t start until June 2021. He has already paid back the $250,000.

The Detroit Free Press notes that the 72-year-old was visibly upset after learning of his punishment.

“Your honor, I cannot tell you how ashamed and remorseful that I am for what I’ve done,” he said. “Damage that I’ve caused to my family, friends and particularly the UAW is so hard on me to bear. I betrayed the trust that my union members had in me for over 50 years and for that I am genuinely sorry.”