Inside the Industry

All BMW plants to be digitalized using 3D laser scanning by early 2023

(June 21, 2022) MUNICH, Germany —  By early 2023, the BMW Group will have a digital scan of every one of its vehicle plants worldwide. In this way, the company is systematically merging the real and virtual worlds and tapping into the enormous potential for highly efficient planning of future plant structures and production facilities.

Mecum’s 2022 Tulsa Collector Car Auction reaches $17 million in sales

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

(June 20, 2022) Mecum Auctions held its second annual auction in Tulsa, Okla., with sales at its June 9-11 return to SageNet Center at Expo Square reaching $17 million in total. The sophomore event drew large, enthusiastic crowds over the course of the three auction days as a total of 643 vehicles crossed the auction block and a 77% sell-through rate was achieved.

Volvo Cars makes New Jersey its Americas hub for EV training

(June 20, 2022) MAHWAH, N.J.  — Volvo Cars is expanding its footprint in New Jersey to prepare for a future selling only electric vehicles by building a new technical and training facility, and installing 50 EV chargers, at the company’s headquarters in Mahwah. Ground has been broken at the future site of the Volvo Car Americas Technical and Training Center. The new facility will enable the company to better support its network of retailers and their service technicians in the US, Canada, Mexico and South America. It is scheduled to open in March 2023.

Polestar to debut first electric performance SUV, Polestar 3, in October

(June 20, 2022) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, has announced that the world premiere of its next car, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, will be in October. Polestar 3 is the company’s first SUV. The launch of the car marks Polestar’s entrance into one of the highest margin and growth segments in the automotive industry, particularly in the United States.

Mazda — Factories worldwide will be carbon neutral by 2035

(June 19, 2022) Mazda Motor Corporation has announced its commitment to making Mazda factories globally carbon neutral by 2035, supporting the goal of making the whole Mazda supply chain carbon neutral by 2050. Mazda sees it as the core responsibility of all automotive manufacturers to do their part in curbing global warming by reducing CO2 emissions in every step of vehicle production, including manufacturing, transport, vehicle usage and recycling.

Lunaz unveils world’s first electric classic Jaguar with ocean clean-up textiles

(June 18, 2022) LONDON — Lunaz, one of the world’s leading creator of up-cycled, restored and electrified classic cars, has unveiled a very special customer commission: a 1952 Jaguar XK120 handed over at the Concours on Savile Row in London. The car presented a world-first for a project of this type — a leather-free interior that utilizes ocean clean-up materials. This includes carpets that are woven from reclaimed nylon sea-fishing nets. Additionally, the backing of these carpets is up-cycled from marine plastic pollution such as plastic bottles.

Impending water crisis is subject of TV documentary

(June 17, 2022) NEW YORK — Water — it’s one of the greatest challenges all nations face today. Though it covers about 71% of the earth’s surface, more than 97% is found in the ocean, unusable for drinking, growing crops and most industrial uses. In fact, less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh, and, of that, less than 1% is available for human consumption.

Cadillac Celestiq to be built at GM’s Global Technical Center

(June 16, 2022) DETROIT — General Motors announced it will invest more than $81 million into the company’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Mich., to prepare the campus to build the Cadillac Celestiq. The investment will be used to purchase and install related equipment to hand-build the Celestiq, and campus renovation work has already begun.

Mecum to auction large portion of Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum collection

(June 16, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — On the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in the small community of Fountain City, Wis., lies a 90-acre parcel with five buildings that are stocked to the hilt with more than 100 collector cars, over 700 pedal cars, hundreds of bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, thousands of vintage toys and more. Long known worldwide as Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum, a large portion of the collection will soon be offered at auction by Mecum Auctions at an on-site auction event in Fountain City Sept. 14-17.

Subaru debuts refreshed 2023 Ascent 3-row SUV

(June 15, 2022) Subaru of America has announced the 2023 Ascent 3-row family SUV with updated styling as well as new safety and in-vehicle technologies.  Also new for 2023, the Onyx Edition trim level receives new exterior and interior accents and a comprehensive option package.  The Ascent is available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring trim levels and arrives in Subaru retailers this fall.