Inside the Industry

Lamborghini takes SUV record at Pikes Peak with the new Urus

(August 11, 2022) Ahead of its premiere in mid-August, the yet-to-be-revealed new Urus model set a new record in the production SUV category on the track used for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: the famous uphill race that recently celebrated its 100th Running. Hillclimb champion and Pirelli test driver Simone Faggioli, holder of the rear-wheel drive record set in the 2018 "Race to the Clouds" on Pikes Peak, was entrusted with the new Urus, sporting a camouflage wrap ahead of its official presentation.

Clean sweep — Jeep introduces high-performance windshield wiper blades

(August 10, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator owners can get a cleaner view of the trail or road with new high-performance wiper blades from the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) team at Mopar that quickly clear the windshield with less washer fluid. The key element of the new JPP performance wipers are 12 laser-cut holes along each blade, creating wet jets that release washer fluid along the entire length, flooding the dirty windshield glass as the blade travels along its arc. Dirt and debris are washed away on the first stroke.

Production of Mercedes-AMG ONE customer vehicles has started

(August 10, 2022) The hypercar with Formula 1 technology has gone into exclusive small-series production. Only 275 units will be built in total, and job#1 of the exclusive production of the Mercedes‑AMG ONE hypercar has now begun. The first customer vehicles will be delivered in the second half of 2022.

Lexus GX 460 — Black Line Special Edition returns for 2023

(August 10, 2022) PLANO, Texas — The Lexus GX 460 is assembled with the versatility required of modern luxury SUVs. The balance of sophistication and impressive capability make it ready for practically any occasion, whether it be a luxurious evening out on the town or traversing the rugged trails for a weekend at the cabin. The GX comes standard with four-wheel drive capability, and it offers three-row seating with room for up to seven passengers to ensure no one gets left behind.

Inaugural Detroit Concours d'Elegance to celebrate the love of cars

(August 9, 2022) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — From the home of the Detroit Tigers to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the inaugural Detroit Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the Motor City next month, Sept. 16 -18. Built upon the Concours d’Elegance of America’s four decades of excellence, the reimagined event will place participants right in the middle of the thriving design, music and sporting heart of Detroit.

Another record breaker for Mecum — Harrisburg at $40 million

2021 Mercedes-Benz GMG GT Black Series

(August 8, 2022) Mecum Auctions has spent the vast majority of 2022 breaking and setting new auction records with unprecedented success beginning with the highest grossing collector car auction ever held in Kissimmee, Fla., this past January. The company’s most recent auction in Harrisburg, Pa., held July 27-30, followed the year’s record-setting trend with a total of $40 million in overall sales for a nearly 30% increase over the 2019 Harrisburg record of $31 million.

Maserati launches new 10-year warranty program

(August 8, 2022) Flexibility, innovation, and personalization: these are the fundamental factors that guide the Maserati Personal Service Lab in the development of new services dedicated to its customers. Maserati has introduced a new Extra10 Warranty Program, to extend the coverage of powertrain components — engine, gearbox, transmission — until the car turns 10 years old. Offered in addition to the existing program to extend the warranty to four or five years (known as “Extended Warranty”), the service is available worldwide, for all customers who own any Maserati model.

Jaguar Land Rover prepares for electrified future with new testing facility

(August 8, 2022)  Jaguar Land Rover has taken another step towards a new era of electrification and connectivity by opening a facility to test the next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference.  The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at the Gaydon facility in the UK, will ensure future vehicles meet current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics. The new Range Rover Sport, which launched in May, was the first vehicle to undergo a bespoke testing program at the in-house facility.

Toyota offers buybacks of electric bZ4X vehicles after recall

(August 6, 2022) Toyota has offered a series of make-goods to hundreds of owners of the new 2023 bZ4X — including an offer to buy back the electric compact crossover — as recompense for asking them to stop driving the recalled vehicle because of concerns that the wheels could fall off. An estimated 260 of the vehicles were in the United States, and a remedy has not yet been determined to allow the vehicles to again be safely driven, Toyota said.

Ringbrothers unveils 'CAGED,' the Ultimate Mustang Convertible restomod

(August 6, 2022) SPRING GREEN, Wis. — Ringbrothers, the well-known custom car builder and parts manufacturer, has unveiled its latest creation — a custom-built 1964.5 Ford Mustang convertible known as “CAGED.” The design objective was to subtly evolve and modernize the original Mustang’s lines and proportions while honoring the aesthetic of Ford’s original pony car. The result is a modern appeal and unbridled performance mating the design of a 20th century icon with the technology of the 21st.