Inside the Industry

BMW balances precise handling with quick acceleration in new all-electric i4

(January 22, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — When an ideal balance is called for between dynamics and ride comfort, the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series models consistently set the benchmark within their segments in the premium market. In terms of electrically powered vehicles, the new BMW i4 is set to take on this role very soon. The first purely electrically powered 4-door Gran Coupé enriches locally emission-free mobility with sheer driving pleasure.

Buick provides first look at 2022 Enclave; to go on sale later this year

(January 22, 2021) DETROIT — Buick has shared a sneak peek of the upcoming 2022 Enclave, which includes a more modern, expressive design. The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year. The Enclave is a seven-passenger premium SUV which serves as the brand’s flagship vehicle. More information about the 2022 Buick Enclave will be shared later this year.

Volkswagen to end production of Golf for U.S. market

(January 21, 202`) HERNDON, VA — Volkswagen of America has announced that the Volkswagen Golf ended production for the U.S. market last week. Volkswagen expects that the model year 2021 Golf models built at the Puebla, Mexico plant will sustain sales of the affordable, European-designed hatchback through year end. The Golf family name will carry on in model year 2022 with the introduction of the all-new Mk 8 Golf GTI and Golf R, arriving this fall.

Nissan introduces all-electric NV200 Winter Camper concept in Europe

(January 21, 2021) LONDON — Inspired by the feeling of exhilaration that goes hand-in-hand with winter exploration, Nissan has unveiled its vision for sustainable adventu
ring with its innovative all-electric e-NV200 Winter Camper concept. At a time of year when bracing hikes and fresh-air leisure normally offer a peaceful escape, the e-NV200 Winter Camper looks forward to re-connecting with the marvel of nature and exploring the great outdoors again.

GM lights Renaissance Center amber to honor COVID-19 victims

(January 21, 2021) DETROIT— General Motors illuminated its Detroit Renaissance Center global headquarters amber on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as part of the national memorial to honor and remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

From stone wheels to EV, bringing progress to life in a VW ID.4 EV ad

(January 20, 2021) Volkswagen has a history of groundbreaking, memorable advertising, and the new all-electric ID.4 coming this spring has inspired its next chapter with a visually stunning demonstration of transportation’s progress from the wheel to the EV future. The ad, created by Johannes Leonardo, was the result of months of planning and imagination using different types of zoetropes — forerunners of motion pictures that were the first examples of animation.

Harley-Davidson unveils new motorcycles for 2021

(January 20, 2021) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson offers motorcycle riders more performance, style, technology and freedom for the soul in 2021. Highlights of the line include the gritty Street Bob 114 and restyled Fat Boy 114 cruisers, and on-trend new styling options for three popular performance baggers: Street Glide Special, Road Glide Special and Road King Special models. Harley-Davidson will also offer four super-premium models created by its Custom Vehicle Operations team.

Cruise and GM team up with Microsoft to commercialize self-driving vehicles

(January 20, 2021) Cruise and General Motors on Tuesday announced they have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. The companies will bring together their software and hardware engineering excellence, cloud computing capabilities, manufacturing know-how and partner ecosystem to transform transportation to create a safer, cleaner and more accessible world for everyone.

Fiat Chrysler merges with PSA Group to become Stellantis

(January 19, 2021) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France-based PSA Group completed their $52 billion tie-up and formally merged into Stellantis on Saturday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is no more. The merger creates the fourth largest automaker in the world with combined annual sales of around 8.1 million vehicles and deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen Group.

GM to invest nearly $800 million in Canadian plant to build EVs

(January 19, 2021) INGERSOLL, Ont. — Unifor members have ratified a three-year contract with General Motors to bring production of its recently announced BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, to its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The nearly $800 million (1 billion Canadian dollar) investment will support GM’s timing to deliver BrightDrop EV600 in late 2021. The investment will enable GM to convert CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale electric delivery vehicles manufacturing plant.