Inside the Industry

2023 Nissan Altima boasts a refreshed design and more tech

(June 10, 2022) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nissan Altima receives a comprehensive makeover for the 2023 model year with new front end styling, expanded standard safety features and available technologies, along with new wheel designs and two new exterior colors.

Polestar begins delivering first of 65,000 electric vehicles to Hertz

(June 10, 2022) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car manufacturer, has begun delivering new Polestar 2 electric cars to Hertz as part of the agreement announced in April under which Polestar will supply the global car rental giant with 65,000 cars over the next five years.

Cadillac Celestiq show car — A magnetic first impression

(June 9, 2022) Cadillac is sharing a glimpse of the Celestiq show car, which represents the purest expression of Cadillac design, technology and performance. From first approach, the striking silhouette of the Celestiq show car leaves a lasting impression, challenging the ultra-luxury space with the spirit of futurism and the avant-garde.

Volkswagen starts operation of battery engineering lab in U.S.

(June 9, 2022) Volkswagen of America (VWoA) has opened its Battery Engineering Lab (BEL) in Chattanooga, Tenn., to test and optimize batteries for all electric vehicles in the American marketplace. By developing critical battery expertise in-house, the $22 million, 32,000 square foot facility will enable Volkswagen to gain a competitive edge in the push to electric mobility.

All-new Sequoia builds upon three-row Toyota SUV heritage

(June 9, 2022) PLANO, Texas  — The all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia lives up to its powerful and legendary namesake, thanks to a head-turning new look, luxurious comfort, impressive technology and the perfect blend of performance and efficiency. Toyota says that coupled with its long-lasting quality, durability and reliability, the three-row SUV is sure to stand tall in the large-size SUV segment when it hits dealerships at the end of the summer with a starting price of $59,795 including destination charge.

Lamborghini Urus achieves new production record

(June 8, 2022) Automobili Lamborghini has added a new record to its list with its Super SUV Urus, as the best-selling model in the shortest time ever. Since its market debut in 2018, 20,000 units have been produced, setting sales records year on year. The 20,000th Urus, in Viola Mithras with black calipers and panoramic roof, came off the production line June 7, destined for a customer in Azerbaijan.

2022 Ram 1500 TRX Sandblast Edition joins Ram lineup

(June 8, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram has announced it is expanding its light-duty lineup with the addition of the exclusive new 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Sandblast Edition, offering performance truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior and interior appointments and content.

Honda introduces all-new HR-V with starting price of $24,895

(June 8, 2022) TORRENCE, Calif. — Stylish and sporty with a roomy, feature-rich interior, the all-new 2023 Honda HR-V gains aspirational qualities beyond its segment. A larger, more responsive engine, an all-new platform with a smooth-riding independent rear suspension, and a clean, high-tech interior with standard digital instrumentation display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, take HR-V to a new level. The new HR-V will begin arriving at dealerships this month with a starting price of $24,895 including destination charge.

New Bentley Continental GT and GTC S — A sharper edge

(June 7, 2022)  CREWE, England — Bentley is bringing contrast and depth to its Continental GT family with the launch of a new S range, focused on driving performance and visual presence. Through a multitude of enhancements to the exterior design, interior specification and dynamic system, the new S range adjusts the Bentley grand touring recipe to center on the pleasure of driving — an opposing yet complementary emphasis to the “Wellbeing behind the Wheel” concept of the recent, comfort-centric Azure range launch.

Ford launches technician training program in three new locations

(June 7, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich.  — Ford is expanding the curriculum and adding locations to its premier training program designed to add more specially trained automotive technicians to a fast-growing field that now includes electric vehicles. The initiative, known as Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET), is a collaboration between Ford, Ford and Lincoln dealers and select community colleges and technical schools.