Inside the Industry

Stellantis announces $99 million investment for new engine production

(August 2, 2022), AUBURN HILls, Mich. — Stellantis has announced that it will invest a total of $99 million in three North American plants for production of a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Investments will be made at the Dundee Engine Complex in Michigan, the Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana and the Etobicoke Casting Plant in Toronto.

BMW grows i4 portfolio with electric i4 eDrive35

(August 2, 2022)  BMW continues to deliver on the promise to provide engaging and innovative electromobility solutions with the latest addition to the fully-electric BMW i4 range, the new BMW i4 eDrive35. The BMW i4 eDrive35 joins the successful BMW i4 eDrive40 and BMW i4 M50 and makes purely electric BMW performance more attainable than ever. U.S. deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2023 with a starting base price of $52,395 including destination charge.

Volvo Cars adds Apple CarPlay support with over-the-air update

(August 1, 2022) MAHWAH, N.J.  — The latest over-the-air software update from Volvo Cars adds a variety of feature and quality improvements including Apple CarPlay to Volvo passenger vehicles equipped with Google built-in. After downloading the new software to their Volvo, iPhone users are able to seamlessly connect and access apps wherever Apple CarPlay is available.

Ultra luxury is selling — Bentley posts big first-half profits

(August 1, 2022) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has announced encouraging financial results for the first six months of 2022, despite continued global economic uncertainty. While the outlook for the second half of the year remains challenging, the luxury British marque posted operating profits of €398 million, up 124 per cent on the same period last year. The half-yearly figures compare favorably to €389 million for the whole of 2021, the company’s previous record year.

Chevrolet introduces all-new mid-sized Colorado for 2023

(July 31, 2022) DETROIT — Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2023 Colorado offering customers greater performance, capability and customization, plus a refreshed exterior and interior design. Designers and engineers focused on three key categories to take the Colorado to the next level: elevated design, enhanced performance and new and useful technology. Each category weaves into a streamlined lineup built around a single wheelbase and single cab configuration to create a unified Colorado pickup family.

Mercedes-Benz USA announces pricing for all-new Mercedes-AMG SL

(July 30, 2022) The highly anticipated 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL represents the rebirth of an icon, returning to its roots with a classic soft top and sporty character, as well as a luxurious 2+2 seat roadster suitable for everyday use. With its stunning design, state-of-the-art technology and exceptional driving characteristics, the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL sets a new standard in the luxury sports car segment.

Honda video shows design team progress on Prologue EV

(July 30, 2022) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has released a new video showcasing how its Los Angeles-based Honda Design team led the exterior and interior styling of the all-new Prologue battery electric SUV launching in 2024. Project leader Jiro Ikeda leveraged his 30-years of design experience to assemble a team of talented young designers to develop an SUV motif that is modern and fresh, with clean and simple surface lines — imagined as "Neo-Rugged."

BlueCruise Ford Power-Up software update creates hands-free driving

(July 29, 2022) DEARBORN, Mi, July 28 – Ford BlueCruise is sweeping North America with F-15, Mustang Mach-E and other Ford vehicle customers accumulating 10.6 million miles of hands-free highway driving since the technology launched in July 2021. And now Ford Power-Up software updates are bringing BlueCruise to even more customers who bought vehicles before the technology launched.

Ford unveils America’s first electric pickup purpose-built for police

(July 29, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Pro continues to help guide cities into an electrified, software-driven world with the launch of America’s first electric pickup truck purpose-built for police: the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle. Ford has been providing police departments with the vehicles they need to protect and serve communities for more than 70 years.

Bond movie stunt cars up for auction

(July 28, 2022) LONDON — Defender, Range Rover and Jaguar stunt cars from No Time To Die are among lots being auctioned to mark 60 years of James Bond films. Two Defenders and a Range Rover Sport SVR will be offered, led by a Defender 110 (estimate: £300,000-£500,000) famed for its all-terrain stunt scenes in No Time To Die. Its sale will benefit the British Red Cross. The auction lot has the unique VIN (vehicle identification number) 007. One of 10 Defenders used during filming, it was also used in promotional activity ahead of the film’s release.