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Dark Shadow Edition — The darker, more mysterious side of BMW X-7

(July 26, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE , N.J.  — BMW has announced a very limited edition X7 for those seeking a darker and more mysterious side to their 7-passenger Sports Activity Vehicle. The 2021 X7 Dark Shadow Edition will be built at Plant Spartanburg, S.C.,  BMW Group’s largest global production plant, starting this August for worldwide markets and in the fourth quarter for the U.S. Only 600 vehicles will be built for customers around the world with approximately 75 units reserved for the U.S.

FCA, Waymo expand autonomous driving technology partnership

(July 24, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — FCA and Waymo have announced that they have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their autonomous driving technology partnership. Waymo will now work exclusively with FCA as its preferred partner for the development and testing of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles for goods movement for commercial delivery customers, including Waymo Via.

Reproduction Bugatti Baby going into series production

(July 25, 2020) MOLSHEIM, France — At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Bugatti announced its 110th birthday present to itself, the reimagining of the original Bugatti Baby. And now the brand has to announced the completion of the design and testing phase, the car has gone into series production and clients will be soon be taking delivery of the very first cars. Developed in partnership with The Little Car Company, the Baby II has been described by those who have had the opportunity to drive it as ‘more of an unruly teenager than a Baby.

Volkswagen brings additional partners to industrial cloud

(July 24, 2020) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud to other manufacturing and technology companies. New partner companies will be able to connect with Volkswagen plants and to contribute their own software applications for optimizing production processes to the Industrial Cloud. This way, a rapidly growing range of industrial software applications for Volkswagen’s plants will be created.

2021 Hyundai Sonata adds 19-inch wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires

(July 24, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Following a complete redesign in 2020, the 2021 Sonata model line features available 19-inch wheels and tires, Safe Exit Warning and a six-way power passenger seat on the Limited trim. The 2021 Sonata goes on sale in August.   

The 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/40 R19 Pirelli P Zero tires are now standard on the turbocharged SEL Plus trim. P-Zero All Season tires are for driving enthusiasts who want a combination of a performance appearance, responsive handling and durability along with all-season traction, including in light snow.  

Tesla picks Austin, Texas, site for Cybertruck, semi factory

(July 24, 2020) Tesla has told Travis County in Texas that its planned factory to build the Cybertruck will eventually employ 5,000 full-time workers with an average salary of roughly $47,000 a year. Texas is the big winner in the sweepstakes to land Tesla Inc.'s next Gigafactory, according to the Automotive News.

CEO Elon Musk, speaking on the company's second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, said construction began this past weekend on a 2,000-acre site outside Austin along the Colorado River that sits about five minutes from the Austin airport.

Toyota Sienna can be a game changer for disabled people

(July 24, 2020) The Toyota Sienna is more than a solid minivan choice. It can be life changing. For consumers with disabilities, a Sienna with special wheelchair accessibility modifications helps provide the freedom to move, granting them not only greater independence, but also the access they need to accomplish their goals. This versatile and spacious vehicle has given countless parents with disabled children the peace-of-mind to safely transport their children to school and extracurricular activities.

2021 Lexus NX Hybrid Sport gets Black Line flare

(July 23, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Lexus is giving luxury crossover drivers a new way to style their ride with the special edition 2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line. Complete with exclusive Black Line features inside and out, guests can have the best of both worlds with eco-conscious benefits without compromising on performance, value or styling.

Ford builds road rocket 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Mach E 1400

(July 22, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has introduced the 1,400-horsepower Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course — anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance.

2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible will soon reach dealer showrooms

(July 23, 2020) PLANO, Texas —  After its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show was met with rave reviews, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is ready for showtime on Lexus dealer lots across the country this summer. Expanding upon the flagship performance of its coupe counterpart, the LC 500 Convertible broadens the LC family with a stunning, eye-catching design and its own luxurious handling characteristics designed to take top-down driving to the next level.