Today in Car News: F-150 EcoBoost, Tundra Power, and Harley

September 17, 2010
2010 Toyota Tundra

2010 Toyota Tundra

Is this the first photo of the Ford F-150's new EcoBoost engine? To be precise, it's a screenshot. So, no. [Jalopnik]

Now, this may be the clearest screenshot of the Audi R4 yet, if your eye can subtract all the groovelicious plastic swirls. [eGMCarTech]

The 2011 Toyota Tundra adds a smidge of power to its V-6 version; otherwise, it's still as big as the state it calls home. [CarAndDriver]

Chrysler will jump the automatic shark with a nine-speed automatic for front-drive cars. We're clearly at the blurry edge of technology, where CVTs are gross and icky, but dozen-gear automatics will be just swell. [AutoblogGreen]

A new Jeep pickup--the first since the Comanche lightweight--may already have been approved for production. [KickingTires]

Saab's first electric car makes its way to the 2010 Paris Auto Show with a usable range of up to 124 miles. That's about 1/4 of the way from Trollhattan to the Paris Expo, so plan ahead, guys. [Autocar]

GM is hiring at the old Saturn plant, where it will build four-cylinder engines. Hope springs eternal for more. [Autoblog]

Car dealers will be eligible for loans of up to $5 million thanks to a new federal loan program. We can hear the service center's espresso machine gurgling now. [Automotive News]

Harley-Davidson owners are getting older, creating a challenge for the legendary motorcycle brand. Can you chrome-plate the tennis balls on a walker and mark them up 400 percent? [CNNMoney]

Finally today, when can GM and Chrysler step out of the Feds' pockets and reach out to their communities with donations and grants? It's not going to be tomorrow, but it'll be soon, they say. [Detroit Free Press]

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