Inside the Industry

From Woodstock to Waikiki, the nostalgic pull of VW's 23-window bus

(October 24, 2020) What do touring musicians, alpine explorers and beach bums all have in common? You could catch them behind the wheel of the elusive and highly sought-after hippie classic — the Volkswagen 23-window bus. Known to U.S. buyers as the “Deluxe Microbus with Samba package," the 23-window bus was originally designed as a vehicle to tour the Swiss Alps, offering up to nine passengers maximum visibility, but was quickly adopted by families, campers and members of the counterculture.

Care by Volvo car subscription now more flexible

(October 23, 2020) MAHWAH, N.J  — Care by Volvo, the only national flat rate car subscription service, is now more flexible than ever with new customers having the option to upgrade or return a new subscription any time after the first four months. The flexible subscription enhances Care by Volvo as an alternative to traditional car leasing and financing and is inclusive of maintenance and insurance costs.

McLaren driver Lando Norris demonstrates new Elva

(October 23, 2020) As the new McLaren Elva reaches the final stages of its testing and development program ahead of the first customer deliveries later this year, McLaren Racing’s rising star Lando Norris demonstrates the exhilarating experience at the wheel of this exclusive car at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix.

This school bus requires no roads for route to school

(October 22, 2020) PRAGUE, Czech Republic — TORSUS has revealed the PRAETORIAN school bus, an extreme and special-made version the durable, heavy-duty and versatile PRAETORIAN intended for the toughest school run routes in the world. The school bus edition of the PRAETORIAN is ready to carry schoolchildren across some of the world's most rugged environments in comfort and safety.

Thermal Orange 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition arrives in time for Halloween

(October 22, 2020) Acura’s top-selling SUV over the last two years gains a splash of NSX supercar DNA with the creation of the 2021 RDX PMC Edition, the fourth vehicle hand assembled by master technicians at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC). Only 360 units of the RDX PMC Edition will be built for the North American market, each bathed in stunning Thermal Orange Pearl paint and accented with orange stitching throughout the interior. Combining the A-Spec sport appearance package with top-shelf features of the Advance Package, the RDX PMC Edition is priced at $51,000 with the first customer deliveries to begin Thursday, Oct. 29.

2022 GMC Hummer EV comes with 1,000 horsepower

(October 22, 2020) DETROIT — GMC has introduced the 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1 — a first-of-its kind super truck developed to forge new paths with zero emissions. GM says "It will be the first fully electric addition to GMC’s lineup, driven by next-generation EV propulsion technology that enables unprecedented off-road capability, extraordinary on-road performance and an immersive driving experience designed to put occupants at the center of every moment."

General Motors passes 1 million subscribers to Wi-Fi

(October 21, 2020) DETROIT — In September, General Motors crossed a new milestone as the first automaker with more than 1 million subscribers to its Wi-Fi-enabled data services provided by AT&T. The company initially launched a broad rollout of 4G LTE connectivity across Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2014, transforming connected car capability and adding in-vehicle Wi-Fi for customers.

Refreshed Volkswagen Arteon to start at $38,150

(October 21, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced pricing for the new 2021 Arteon will start at $38,150 including destination charge. The updated brand halo offers a new front end with sharpened design elements and greater levels of refinement inside, along with advanced connectivity and new driver assistance options.

GM investing $2 billion to transition Spring Hill plant to build EVs

(October 21, 2020) WARREN, Mich. — General Motors has announced that its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant will begin the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Mich., and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich. In addition, the company is confirming investments in five Michigan plants, including the Lansing Delta Township Assembly and Flint Assembly for future crossover and full-size pickup production.

RBW reveals pre-production electric classic roadster

(October 20, 2020) English classic motoring manufacturer RBW EV Classic Cars has revealed the pre-production model of its stylish electric classic roadster. Inspired by the MGB Roadster of the 1960s, the RBW EV Roadster takes the classic sports car design and enhances it for the modern world, whilst retaining a stylish elegance. Under the brand-new heritage body shell from British Motor Heritage, sits a patented power drivetrain system that has been three years in development.