Inside the Industry

Mini USA celebrates 20th anniversary in the U.S. with special edition

(September 22, 2022) —  Mini USA has announced the launch of the Mini 20 Years Edition, in celebration of the brand’s 20 years in the U.S. The special edition has been produced as a 2023 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door and will arrive at dealers in the U.S. this month with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,315 plus an additional $850 for Destination and Handling.

Sequoia plants new roots in Texas

(September 22, 2022) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas celebrates the start of production for the all-new, all-hybrid Toyota Sequoia – electrified with passion and power. This born in Texas, built by Texans SUV has gone all-hybrid with the twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE Max powertrain, boasting exceptional horsepower and torque while minimizing fuel costs and carbon footprint.

HEMI Spirit — Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is available

(September 22, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge has announced the brand’s penultimate “Last Call” special-edition model, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, a modern-day vision that channels the HEMI-powered spirit of a muscle car that haunted metro Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue in the 1970s.

Caterham reintroduces its heritage range with launch of two new models

(September 22, 2022) CRAWLEY, West Sussex, England — Caterham has reintroduced its heritage range following the launch of two new models — Super Seven 600 and Super Seven 2000. Ahead of the brand’s 50th anniversary next year, the latest editions take inspiration from the Caterham’s early "Super Sevens" introduced in the 1970s and popularized through the 1980s; a classic, British, lightweight, two-seater sports car with the perfect blend of style and performance, yet re-imagined for the 21st century.

Land Rover announces annual TReK off-road competition

(September 21, 2022)  Land Rover has announced the return of its TReK 2022 adventure off-road competition for U.S. and Canada retailers at the Land Rover Experience Center in Manchester, Vt. Land Rover TReK 2022 is a two-day competition inspired by the original Camel Trophy competition. Compromised of qualifying trials and finals, the competition, utilizing the all-new Defender 110, is designed for Land Rover retailer staff to educate and test some of the best off-road driving experts across the U.S. and Canada in off-road driving, navigation and team collaboration.

Hertz and GM plan major EV expansion involving 175,000 EVs

(September 21, 2022) DETROIT — Hertz and General Motors have announced an agreement in which Hertz plans to order up to 175,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop EVs over the next five years. Hertz and GM believe this plan is the largest expansion of EVs among fleet customers and the broadest because it spans a wide range of vehicle categories and price points — from compact and midsize SUVs to pickups, luxury vehicles and more.

Fisker and Wallbox partner globally for home EV charging solutions

(September 20, 2022) LOS ANGELES — Fisker, creator of the "world's most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions," and Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle and energy management solutions worldwide, name Wallbox as Fisker's global partner for home EV charging solutions.

BrightDrop breaks into grocery industry with eCart

(September 20, 2022) PALO ALTO, Calif. —  BrightDrop is expanding its business and product portfolio with the launch of a new temperature-controlled eCart that helps streamline order fulfillment and pickup for online grocery purchases. Online grocery is a rapidly expanding market that’s expected to reach $240 billion by 2025. Kroger, America’s largest grocer, is slated to be the first customer to introduce the BrightDrop Trace Grocery into its e-commerce operations, beginning this year.

Mercedes me Eco Coach app users get discounted charging

(September 20, 2022) STUTTGART, Germany — For Mercedes-Benz customers who opt for an all-electric or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle, the smartphone app Mercedes me Eco Coach offers the support of a personal trainer for environmentally conscious driving. So far, the app is providing more than 50,000 users with helpful and fun advice on the best way to make the most of an electric drive. Of those downloads, more than 24,000 are by users in Germany.

Prices of lithium, a key battery material, hit record highs

(September 19, 2022) The surge in prices of lithium, the key battery material used to power electric vehicles, is seemingly unstoppable. Lithium carbonate hit a fresh record of 500,500 yuan ($71,315) a ton in China on Friday, according to data from Asian Metal Inc. Prices more than tripled in the past year, inflating the cost of batteries used in EVs, with recent gains driven by strong demand and disruptions at a domestic producing hub, according to a Bloomberg News story.