Inside the Industry

Honda and Verizon test 5G safety for connected and autonomous vehicles

(April 9, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — Through their partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles, Honda and Verizon are teaming up to research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road, thus reducing collisions and saving lives. Super-fast, reliable and low-latency data transmission at the edge of the network is essential for connected vehicle safety.

2022 Lexus LS arrives this fall with Lexus Teammate driver assistance tech

(April 9, 2021)  PLANO, Texas — The first-generation LS debuted in 1989 with the monumental goal of shaping the Lexus brand. It built the foundation of Lexus by its exceptional quietness, comfort and refinement, and each subsequent generation has embraced the spirit of constant innovation through new technology. The 2022 LS 500h flagship luxury hybrid sedan will continue this trend as the first vehicle in the US lineup to offer the all-new Lexus Teammate advanced driver assistance technology on all-wheel drive (AWD) models.

McLaren Artura high-performance hybrid powertrain sets new standards

(April 9, 2021) With acceleration figures now verified, the all-new High-Performance Hybrid powertrain in the McLaren Artura sets new benchmarks for performance, building on the levels of high-performance hybrid excellence set by the pioneering McLaren P1 — the world’s first hybrid hypercar — and the Speedtail Hyper-GT.

Polestar seeks total climate neutral car by 2030

(April 8, 2021) In Polestar’s first annual review, published on April 7, the Swedish electric performance car brand announced its moonshot goal to create the first truly climate neutral car by 2030. Environmental experts have warned that offsetting is not sustainable in the long run. Questions around the long-term carbon-storage capacity of forests and soils remain, as a forest might be logged, devastated by fire or altered by climate change.

Ford and Mappo enrich the traditional road trip

(April 8, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford vehicles now offer another way to enrich people’s car rides and road trips, whether they’re preparing to enjoy the great outdoors or rediscover their own neighborhoods after more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions. Mappo is a new way to explore the world around you through the lens of history, popular culture, architecture, sports and more — all supported by audio content from literary icons, historians, authors, musicians and others.

2022 Hyundai Kona N boasts performance N dual-clutch transmission 

(April 8, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai  has revealed new technical details for the all-new Kona N SUV. The company’s first high-performance SUV will be available with an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission, known as N DCT, providing high-performance features for driving enthusiasts. N DCT provides the engaging experience of a sequential manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

CyberLandr — The disappearing camper for Tesla Cybertruck

(April 7, 2021) LAS VEGAS — Stream It, Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., has announced the CyberLandr, an innovative camper/overlander for the Tesla Cybertruck. Rather than being tethered to RV parks for power, water/sewer, or Internet access, CyberLandr lets you take a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and office anywhere and everywhere for ultimate wilderness and urban adventures.

Chevrolet to build first-ever Silverado electric pickup

(April 7, 2021) DETROIT _ General Motors President Mark Reuss has announced Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Mich.

Hennessey celebrates 30 years of making fast cars faster

(April 7, 2021) SEALY, Texas — Building a world-renowned tuning business on the foundation of strong family support, John Hennessey's company has created more than 12,000 customer cars since it was founded 30 years ago and has now evolved into a global brand manufacturing its own hypercar.

New Toyota GR 86 introduced at online event

(April 6, 2021) TOYOTA CITY, Japan ― Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) presented the new GR 86 in a world debut in an online event was held together with Subaru. Following the GR Supra and GR Yaris, the new GR 86 is the third global model in TGR's GR series of sports cars. The new GR 86 is scheduled to launch in Japan this fall.