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Hyundai shows new automatic charging robot for electric vehicles

(March 22, 2023) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has developed an automatic charging robot (ACR) for electric vehicles (EV), and has released a video showing its capabilities in a video. The ACR for EVs is a one-arm robot capable of plugging a cable into an EV’s charging port and removing it again once charging is complete. The new video of the real robot in action follows up on a CGI version released by the Group in July last year.

Ford Pro working with services firm to help customers with EV tax credits

Going electric can be challenging
for businesses to navigate new law

(March 21, 2023) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Pro is expanding its one-stop shop for commercial customers with the announcement of a new program designed to help fleets understand Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) electric vehicle tax credits. Ford’s commercial division is working with professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) to help provide customers with information on potentially valuable tax credits and incentives designed to make electric vehicle adoption more affordable.

Final Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow — Sold out

(March 21, 2023) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled the Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow to mark the end of production of one of the most transformative motor cars in the marque’s history. This bespoke masterpiece, limited to just 12 examples worldwide, is also the last V12 coupé Rolls-Royce will ever make, as it embarks on its bold new electric era.

320 horsepower confirmed for Acura Integra Type S

(March 20, 2023) Acura today announced the highly-anticipated 2024 Integra Type S will launch this summer with an impressive 320 horsepower, 310 lb.-ft. of torque and class-leading power-to-weight ratio, taking Integra performance to its highest levels yet. 

29 Ford dealers drop out of EV program; N.C. dealers challenge plan

(March 20, 2023) A small number of Ford dealers have dropped out of the automaker's EV certification program after the automaker made changes following complaints raised by a majority of state dealer associations, according to Automotive News.

World’s most famous hot rod donated to the Petersen Museum

(March 20, 2023) LOS ANGELES — A recent donation to the Petersen Automotive Museum will ensure that generations to come can enjoy one of the quintessential American hot rods.
Renowned car collector Bruce Meyer recently handed over the keys to his 1932 Ford “McGee Roadster” to Terry L. Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. 

120-car collection to headline Mecum Houston auction April 13-15

1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible

(March 20, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Nearly 120 highly respected and sought-after American classics from the Horton Classic Car Museum in Nocona, Texas, will be offered at no reserve as part of the estimated 1,000 total vehicles to be offered at auction at Mecum Houston 2023. The annual event will return to Houston’s NRG Center this April 13-15 with a characteristically diverse and desirable selection of classic and collector vehicles.

Ford recalls more than 1.3 million Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars

(March 18, 2023) WASHINGTON —Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million older model sedans globally for front brake hoses that might rupture and leak brake fluid. The recall covers certain 2013-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. It affects nearly 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., about 66,000 in Canada and 18,000 in Mexico, Ford said.

Dodge Durango Hellcat owners sue Stellantis for false claims

(March 17, 202) A lawsuit filed against Stellantis last week claims the Dodge brand deceived consumers by saying the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat would be produced for only one model year. Seven customers say they paid more for their vehicle "than they otherwise would have" and, had they known Dodge would build the Durango Hellcat beyond the 2021 model, possibly "would not have purchased the vehicle at all."

Mercedes adds more features, improved technology for AMG GLA and GLB

(March 17, 2023) With many innovations and an expanded range of standard features, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and GLB 35 compact SUVs will showcase a number of updates when both models arrive in U.S. dealerships later this year. The newly styled front fascia with the AMG emblem now on the hood and light signatures at the front and rear make a strong visual statement. Both models are fitted standard with revised LED headlights and taillights.