Inside the Industry

Downtime extended at seven GM plants as chip shortage continues

(September 17, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors said it is extending downtime at seven crossover assembly plants in North America as the global microchip shortage drags on, but production at plants that make its lucrative full-size pickups and SUVs will continue.

Mecum Dallas Collector Car Auction achieves $36.8 million in overall sales

2019 Lamborghini Aventador

(September 17, 2021) Mecum Auctions achieved continued success in Dallas this past weekend, with the annual auction event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas featuring 1,101 cars on offer throughout four days of heated auction action. The Sept. 8-11 event saw overall sales reach $36.8 million as 946 vehicles hammered sold for a strong 86% sell-through rate.

Ford begins pre-production of all-electric F-150 Lightning

(September 17, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — As the first pre-production F-150 Lightning trucks roll out of Ford’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and demand soars for the all-electric truck, Ford said it will increase investment and add jobs to boost production. Ford is investing an additional $250 million and adding 450 more direct jobs across the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville Components Plant. The investment and added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year.

Deloitte Europe orders 140 more Mini electric vehicles for employees

(September 16, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE,  N.J.  — More and more young people are opting for an electric company car — at Deloitte alone, 26% of employees do. To meet this growing demand, Deloitte has ordered 140 electric Minis. According to BMW, this is the largest order of fully electric Minis in Europe so far. With an additional charging infrastructure, Deloitte wants to make a significant contribution to climate neutrality.

Ford, Argo AI, and Walmart to launch autonomous vehicle delivery service

(September 16, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford, Argo AI and Walmart are working together to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. — Walmart’s first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the U.S. The last mile delivery service will use Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System to deliver Walmart orders to customers.

GM Defense awarded $36.4 million contract for Heavy-Duty Suburbans

(September 16, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of State has awarded GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, a contract to develop and validate next-generation Large Support Utility Commercial Vehicles (SUV) for future fleet production in support of the Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). As part of the total development contract valued at $36.4 million, GM Defense will create a purpose-built Heavy-Duty (HD) Suburban, building 10 vehicles over the next two years.

Behind the scenes with Range Rover in new Bond film

(September 14, 2021) WHITLEY, UK — The Range Rover Sport SVR goes off-road to pursue James Bond in the latest behind-the-scenes glimpse of "No Time To Die," in cinemas from Oct. 8. The action vehicles and stunt professionals on the new James Bond film pushed the most powerful Land Rover ever made to extremes. A new video gives a taste of the high-speed action as the team explain why Range Rover SVR was perfect for the job.

GM to invest $50 million in Detroit nonprofit programs

(September 15, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors has announced it will invest $50 million into Detroit-based nonprofit programs that expand access to education and employment opportunities and strengthen city neighborhoods. The initiative, launched in collaboration with the City of Detroit, is part of GM’s strategy to promote sustainable solutions through projects that help Detroiters learn, work and thrive.

Mazda refreshes 2022 CX-5; makes all-wheel drive standard on all CX models

(September 15, 2021) IRVINE, Calif.  — Mazda North American Operations announces major updates to the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S., Mazda CX-5. The compelling crossover will continue to allure a wide range of customers with a greater sense of quality, both in sophisticated styling and refined driving dynamics. In addition to improvements to the 2022 CX-5, Mazda will make i-Activ all-wheel drive (AWD) standard across the entire CX lineup in the U.S. market, starting with the 2022 model year.

Ford closing down India plants, ending EcoSport production

(September 14, 2021) Ford said it will stop manufacturing cars in India and will shut down its plants in the country, becoming the latest automaker to quit a market still dominated by Asian rivals. The automaker said it will close the Sanand assembly plant by the end of this year and will cease production at the Chennai engine and assembly plants by the end of June 2022.