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Monthly car payments near $600 as SUV and truck sales surge: Experian

The average monthly car loan payments are on the rise, surging upwards of $600, as an increasing number of consumers switch back to financing new vehicles, according to Experian’s latest auto financing report.

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During the last three months of the 2020 fiscal year, consumers borrowed almost $2,000 more for new vehicles, spending on average $35,228, according to Experian’s State of the Automotive Finance Market report.

This pushed their monthly bill from about $13 to upwards of $576 during that period, according to Experian.

“The events of 2020 disrupted the automotive industry and we’ve seen some consumers shift away from patterns that have been cemented over previous quarters such as opting for used vehicles,” Experian senior director of automotive financial solutions Melinda Zabritski, said.

This change can be attributed

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GM All-Electric Pickup Truck Will Be On The Road In 2021

It’s no secret that trucks are hot right now. And the notion of, and desire for, an electric pickup has ramped up in ways never before thought possible. The loudest noise maker in the space is obviously Tesla and Elon Musk’s cyber monstrosity. Thanks in part to Tesla, however, and their fabulous marketing machine the public’s perception of electric vehicles has finally started to shift to a point where it might just be possible for an automaker to be successful with an all-electric pickup.

Both Ford and General Motors have been up front in their ambition to bring a mass-produced electric truck to market. Ford has even gone toe-to-toe in marketing rhetoric against Tesla by staging a stunt where an electric F-150 pulled a train. GM has been a little more reserved, however company President Mark Reuss made a big announcement about the future of the company’s electric pickup

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Nikola Refuse Garbage Truck Announced, 2,500 Orders Placed

*****Update, December 28, 2020: Nikola and Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) have discontinued their collaboration on refuse truck development.*****

Will this be the coolest—and quietest—garbage truck in the world? Perhaps—but we’ll believe it when we actually see it. Nikola, whose most notable contribution to the pickup-truck world thus far is the hydrogen fuel-cell Nikola Badger, is now dabbling in the dirty business of trash collection with its Nikola Refuse battery-electric garbage truck. Nikola, which is shooting for dominance in the zero-emissions heavy truck market, sees waste as a stable business and has received an order of 2,500 electrified Nikola Refuse trash trucks from Republic Services, the second largest recycling and solid waste provider in the U.S. The order is expandable up to 5,000.

Claiming about three times the power (up to 1,000 horsepower), Nikola expects its Nikola Refuse to outperform its diesel and natural-gas competition—not to mention the zero-emissions perk of

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3,000-HP Cummins Diesel-Powered Dodge Truck Explodes on the Dyno

Attendees at Edge Products’ Weekend on the Edge 2020 event in Ogden, Utah, witnessed one of the gnarliest dyno catastrophes in recent history. In its quest to reach a mind-boggling 3,000 hp on the dyno, the truck affectionately known as Master Shredder succumbed to too much NOS (and to Satan) and literally flung its Cummins diesel engine out as a fiery meteor. While it was game-over for the truck, the driver, co-driver, and bystanders escaped with no major injuries.

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  |   Master Shredder Industrial Injection Cummins Diesel Dyno Explosion 3000hp 02

Master Shredder, Industrial Injection Diesel Performance’s heavily-modified 6.7-liter Cummins Dodge diesel race truck piloted by Shawn Baca and Kody Pulliam, had just completed a solid 2,920-hp dyno pull (apparently the highest horsepower on a chassis dyno). Even more impressive? The truck’s 4,026 lb-ft of torque. In order to eke out an extra 80 hp to reach the magic
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