Inside the Industry

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.

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV offers new tactical technology

(April 6, 2021) DETROIT — GMC’s electric supertruck lineup expands with the addition of the 2024 Hummer EV SUV — and it is loaded with smart, purposeful technology. “GMC’s Hummer EV SUV offers an exceptional balance of on-road performance and off-road capability, enhanced by a unique structure that allows for our signature open-air experience,” said Al Oppenheiser, Hummer EV chief engineer. “New features debuting on the SUV reinforce its role as a tactical tool in almost any situation.”

Monthly vehicle sales rebound over pandemic-struck March 2020

(April 5, 2021) Toyota sales rebounded and Honda, Subaru, Kia and Hyundai set U.S. records last month, signaling the industry’s robust advance from a pandemic-wracked early 2020, even as supply chain woes disrupt output. First-quarter volume rose at 3.7 percent at General Motors, edged up 0.6 percent at Ford and 5 percent at FCA US (Stellantis).

BMW connects customers with new My BMW app

(April 5, 2021)  WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has announced the all-new My BMW App, providing customers with the ultimate in connectivity and digital services for their vehicles. The new app succeeds the BMW Connected app and builds on its seamless feature integration with several new functionalities, improved Amazon Alexa integration, and more. Customers can also manage their BMW Financial Services accounts through the My BMW App. The My BMW App will become available to U.S. customers in mid-April.

New 4Motion system with torque vectoring brings new edge to 2022 VW Golf R

(April 5, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is expected to arrive late this year will offer more power than any Golf R to date, with 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. To ensure that power gets to the road properly, Volkswagen engineers have designed a new 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with rear-axle torque vectoring. This serves as the foundation for the updated handling abilities of the Golf R, delivering a new level of performance for its category.

Volkswagen ID.4 EV added to Petersen Museum electric vehicle exhibit

(April 4, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen has announced that the 2021 ID.4 EV is now part of the “Building an Electric Future” exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The multimedia exhibit, which opened to the public in November 2019, celebrates Volkswagen’s history, both globally and locally, and showcases the design and construction of the vehicles of tomorrow.

Nissan and Brie Larson bring back the ‘Thrill’ of driving in new campaign

(April 3, 2021) NASHVILLE, Tenn. –— Following the reveal of 10 new products over 20 months, the Nissan brand now focuses on the "Thrill" of its refreshed lineup and bringing that excitement to customers. Actor Brie Larson showcases Nissan's thrilling vehicles from the past, present and future in the brand's latest commercial. As an official NCAA partner, Nissan will debut the "Thrill" campaign during the NCAA Men's Final Four with a brand-new spot named, "The New Nissan."

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 to start at $162,450

(April 2, 2021) ATLANTA — Porsche announced changes today for the 2022 911 model line including upgrades to the car’s comfort and communications systems. Leading the 2022 911 model lineup is the new 911 GT3, the most focused and agile ‘992’ generation car yet.  The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is now available for U.S. customers to configure and order. The new model carries a starting MSRP of $162,450 including a $1,350 delivery fee. The 911 GT3 is expected to arrive in the U.S. as part of the 2022 model year, reaching dealers by the fall. 

Toyota Indiana kicks off 25th anniversary year at 2021 Sienna celebration

(April 2, 2021) PRINCETON, Ind.  — Toyota Indiana has celebrated numerous milestones over the past year — 6 millionth vehicle, 2 millionth Highlander and 30 millionth U.S. assembled vehicle — just to name a few. During an event this week, Toyota Indiana celebrated the company’s all-new, all-hybrid 2021 Sienna. And, there’s even more to celebrate. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the facility’s groundbreaking. To kick off this milestone, the company cemented its dedication to the community by pledging a major gift.

Lexus accelerates its electrified future with LF-Z Electrified concept debut

(April 2, 2021) TOYOTA CITY, Japan — Lexus has announced initiatives for the transformation of the Lexus brand through its “Lexus Concept Reveal Show.” Since the launch of the RX 400h — the world’s first luxury electrified model — in 2005, Lexus customers have purchased nearly two million electrified vehicles, as of the end of 2020 and currently, offers nine models of hybrid electric vehicles(HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in approximately 90 countries and regions around the world. Lexus has always pursued both performance and environmental friendliness.