Mazda Reveals the Launch Miata RF and VW Set to Debut A 300-mile EV: The Evening Rush

Plus, upgrade your car's tech with Automatic Pro and grab a pair of wooden speakers by Grovemade.

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The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. Less time searching, more time driving. Motor on.

Automotive

Mazda has announced that they will be offering their “valued customers” the opportunity to place an order for the Mazda Miata RF before the general public. The attractive retractable hardtop stunned the automotive world at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and Mazda decided to make the vehicle a limited edition with a capped production of 1,000 units.

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Uber and Volvo have partnered in Pittsburgh to provide faithful ride-hailing app users with autonomous rides throughout downtown Pittsburgh. Although Uber formed other partnerships with manufacturers like Toyota, the company has said they require several manufacturer partnerships to really get their autonomous vehicle program rolling worldwide.

According to reports in Elektrek Magazine, VW will be revealing a 300-mile electric vehicle at the Paris Motor Show this year. This will be the first of many electric vehicle debuts for VW as then plan on releasing 30 by 2025.

Gear

If you are looking to smarten up your car a bit, check out Automatic Pro, a device that connects to your vehicle’s OBD II port and provides you with a flurry of data through an easy-to-use app. From tracking your car to detecting a crash and notifying first responders, this app will turn your old car and into a high-tech machine.

Automatic Pro

Plastic is so overrated—invest in a set of wooden desktop speakers to round out your already awesome desk. Manufactured by Grovemade in Portland, Oregon, these acoustic oriented speakers use a carved-out cavern to amplify the sound and produce an awesome audio experience.

Lifestyle

Today’s beer pick takes us to the laid back and outdoor oriented Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson, Wyoming. Nestled by Jackson Hole, this brewery caters to the outdoorsman. Starting in 2008 as Wyoming's first brewpub, Snake River Brewing Company was destined for success. Fast forward to present day and they have an array of awesome beers (on tap and in cans) for all craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy. If you find yourself in a position to try some of their beer, try Pako’s IPA.

As the peak of summer starts to fade, taking a backpacking trip sounds pretty enticing. Rather than breaking your back with the backpack you got in high school, upgrade to a true camping backpack by going to Steep & Cheap’s backpack sale. With brands from Arc’teryx to Osprey, you're bound to find something you like.

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