Inside the Industry

‘Last Call’ Special Edition — Dodge Charger King Daytona

(September 19, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Dodge brand’s “Last Call” lineup heads into the homestretch with a special-edition Dodge vehicle that owns a royal racing pedigree: the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona. The 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona traces its lineage to a famous monarch of the 1960s and 1970s West Coast drag-racing scene: William “Big Willie” Robinson, who nicknamed his 1969 Dodge Charger “King Daytona” and used it not only in claiming victory at the drag strip, but also in keeping racers on the track and off the streets.

Ford introduces performance series 2024 Mustang Dark Horse

(September 19, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — With sinister looks and a specially modified 5.0-liter V8 — the most powerful 5.0-liter V8 ever, projecting 500 horsepower — Mustang Dark Horse expands the lineup and sets a new benchmark for American street and track performance that could only come in a Mustang.

First-ever Toyota GR Corolla rockets out this fall

(September 17, 2022) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The first-ever 2023 GR Corolla might be the newest member of Toyota's GAZOO Racing sports car family, but this hot hatch is ready to make a big impression on North American streets. Rooted in rally, developed under the scrutiny of master driver Akio Toyoda and inspired by Toyota’s sports car lineage, GR Corolla looks to rocket to the top of driver wish lists as it debuts at dealerships later this year.

Hyundai puts XCIENT fuel cell electric trucks into commercial fleet

(September 16, 2022) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company has announced that it has secured $3.5 million in 2021 Targeted Airshed Grant (TAG) funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to deploy five XCIENT Fuel Cell electric trucks in California. First Element Fuel (FEF), the largest hydrogen-refueling station operator in the U.S., will deploy the Class-8 heavy-duty trucks to deliver liquified hydrogen to their refueling stations for the next five years, including one year of demonstration with reporting duties to U.S. EPA and four years of commercial operation.

Record-setting $55.2 million at Mecum Dallas 2022 auction

2006 Ford GT Hetiage Edition

(September 16, 2022) Mecum’s Dallas 2022 classic and collector car auction lent credence to the claim that everything is bigger in Texas with a record-setting total achieved at the 12th annual event in one of the Lone Star State’s most populous cities. A total of 1,191 vehicles hammered sold in just four days, Sept. 7-10, for an 84% sell-through rate and more than $55.2 million in sales, which amounted to a 50% increase over the auction’s previous record total of $36.8 million.

NACTOY names 26 semifinalists for 2023 North American vehicles of year

(September 16, 2022) DETROIT — The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards organization announced its list of semifinalists today at the North American International Auto Show. Following a vote by NACTOY jurors, 26 vehicles have been selected to advance to the next round of the 2023 awards process.

2024 Ford Mustang redefines driving freedom with 6-speed manual, V-8 power

(September 15, 2022) DETROIT — Ford once again sounds a wake-up call for sports car lovers around the world with the introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang. Ford says the seventh generation is the most exhilarating and visceral yet, from its fighter jet-inspired digital cockpit to new advanced turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines to its edgier yet timeless exterior design.

New Defender honors its lineage with 75th Limited Edition

(September 15, 2022) MAHWAH, N.J. — In 1948, the Series I was introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show, and Land Rover is marking the anniversary of this milestone with the Defender 75th Limited Edition. Available in 90 or 110 body designs, the Defender 75th Limited Edition has an exclusive exterior design theme with unique detailing, finished in iconic Grasmere Green paint with complementing wheels and interior finishes.

Chevrolet introduces 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition

(September 15, 2022) DETROIT — Chevrolet’s most popular full-size SUV has been specially tuned for performance with the new 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition. With more horsepower and speed than ever before for retail customers, this special edition four-wheel-drive Tahoe is ready to impress performance enthusiasts who still want to sport around town in a full-size SUV.  

Last of a legend — 6.4L HEMI-powered 2023 Chrysler 300C

(September 15, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler is commemorating the nearly 70-year legacy of the Chrysler 300 with the 2023 Chrysler 300C, powered by a 6.4L HEMI engine with 485 horsepower. The 2023 Chrysler 300C was revealed near the Spirit of Detroit statue in downtown Detroit on the eve of media day for the 2022 North American International Auto Show.