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Ford recalls over 125,000 crossovers, trucks over fire risk

(June 6, 2023) Ford is recalling more than 125,000 crossovers and trucks in the U.S. due to the risk of an engine compartment fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website showed on Tuesday. The recall, which expands on a similar recall from a year earlier, covers some Escape and Lincoln Corsair crossovers and Maverick compact pickup trucks manufactured between 2020 and 2023 equipped with 2.5L Hybrid/Plug-In Hybrid motors.

Aston Martin Heritage Festival set for Aug. 12

Organizers appeal to owners to create
biggest event in marque’s history

(June 6, 2023) GAYDON, England — Organizers of the Aston Martin Heritage Festival are calling all Aston Martin owners to join the event and make it the largest-ever gathering of Aston Martin and Lagonda vehicles. In the 110th year of Aston Martin and the 25th anniversary of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT), the charity has set a goal of 600 cars on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

GM furthers Flint commitment with $1 billion manufacturing investment

(June 6, 2023) FLINT, Mich. — General Motors has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in two of its Flint, Mich., manufacturing sites— Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Center — to prepare those plants for production of the next-generation internal combustion engine (ICE) heavy-duty trucks. This investment will enable the company to strengthen its industry-leading full-size truck business. Product details and timing related to GM’s future HD trucks are not being released at this time.

Barrett-Jackson to auction 986hp Ferrari SF90 hybrid supercar

2021 Ferrari SF90 Hybrid

High-performance vehicles to be
sold with no reserve in Las Vegas

(June 5, 2023) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson will rev up Las Vegas with an impressive selection of late-model performance vehicles that will cross the block during the Las Vegas Auction, June 22-24. Boasting groundbreaking hybrid performance, a 986-horsepower 2021 Ferrari SF90 selling with No Reserve represents Ferrari’s leap into the future of electrified automotive performance.

Honda creates driver coaching app for teen drivers

(June 5, 2023) Honda today announced the creation of the new Honda Driver Coaching smartphone app, designed to help improve the skills of new drivers and promote safe driving practices. Honda Driver Coaching, now free to download from the Apple App Store, combines exclusive access to the vehicle's onboard computer to deliver detailed, real time driving analysis with a clever game component to ensure the lessons are fun and engaging. Honda is the #1 brand for first-time and Gen Z buyers.

GM, POSCO announce expansion of EV battery material processing

(June 5, 2023) DETROIT — General Motors and POSCO Future M have announced the second phase of their Ultium CAM joint venture, an investment projected to exceed $1 billion to increase production capacity of CAM in North America and integrate precursor materials production. pCAM is a specifically engineered combination of processed raw materials necessary to produce CAM, a key battery material representing about 40% of the cost of a battery cell. Currently, CAM and pCAM processing is highly concentrated in Asia.

Volkswagen debuts three-row ID. Buzz in Huntington Beach, Calif.

North American versions have  
91 kWh battery, 282 horsepower

(June 3, 2023) Volkswagen unveiled the three-row ID. Buzz electric vehicle in Huntington Beach, Calif., this week. Paying homage to the iconic Volkswagen Microbus, the three-row ID. Buzz has been tailored specifically for North America. It offers a longer wheelbase than the two-row European vehicle that debuted in 2022, plus a bigger battery and more horsepower. 

Ford Next launches flexible lease pilot – Ford Drive

New pilot program creates flexible
electric solutions for Uber drivers

(June 2, 2023) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Next is collaborating with Uber to deliver a new lease option for rideshare drivers going electric. Called Ford Drive, the pilot program offers flexible access to Ford Mustang Mach-E models and has launched in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Ford Drive’s Los Angeles vehicle deliveries began this week.

New over-the-air update improves Apple CarPlay experience in Volvo cars

(June 2, 2023) Volvo's latest over-the-air update makes the infotainment system even better for Apple CarPlay users, arriving to Volvo cars globally with Google built-in. The most notable improvement in this update is that Apple Maps and other supported navigation apps are becoming available in the driver display, just behind the steering wheel.

Honda engine plant in Ohio produces 30-millionth engine

(June 1, 2023)  ANNA, Ohio — Honda is celebrating production of the 30 millionth engine built by associates at the company’s Anna Engine Plant in Ohio with the production of the newly refined 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which is part of the two-motor hybrid-electric system that powers Honda Accord and CR-V hybrid-electric models. The Anna plant, Honda’s largest engine plant in the world, is now preparing to retool to add production of the casings for the battery modules that will power Honda and Acura EVs made in Ohio.