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All-new 2023 Lexus RZ 450e electric crossover has arrived

(March 14, 2023) PLANO, Texas  — The future of Lexus Electrified has arrived with the introduction of the all-new, all-electric Lexus RZ 450e. The RZ is the brand’s first globally available, purpose-built battery-electric vehicle that brings a dynamic driving experience and distinctive design focused on performance.

MG4 electric hatchback crowned ‘UK Car of the Year 2023’

(March 13, 2023) LONDON — The MG4 EV has been named as UK Car of the Year 2023, with a panel of experts selecting the all-electric hatchback as the best new car on sale in the UK. An expert panel of 27 automotive journalists praised the MG4’s design, quality and outstanding value for money — recognizing that the new fully electric hatchback puts zero emissions motoring within reach for more people than ever.

BMW and AirConsole host developer competition for in-car games

(March 13, 2023) The BMW Group and AirConsole are launching a competition to develop games tailored to the in-car experience. With this competition, the two companies are tapping into the potential of the global game developer community while developers are invited to pioneer the field of in-car gaming. The BMW Group and AirConsole will jointly promote the competition at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco March 20-24.

Lamborghini LB744 — Plug-in hybrid will develop 986 horsepower

(March 13, 2023) Lamborghini has unveiled the first details of the first HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle) hybrid super sports car, codenamed LB744, which will soon make its debut in the year that Lamborghini celebrates its 60th anniversary. With the LB744, Lamborghini has established a new benchmark in terms of performance and driving pleasure.

‘Last Call’ Countdown: Teaser video No. 3 — ‘Scream @ 215 mph’

(March 11, 2023) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge is adding fuel to the fire as the brand ramps up its teaser series ahead of the worldwide reveal of the seventh and final 2023 "Last Call" special-edition model. The release of the “Scream @ 215 mph” teaser hints at a key to unlocking the full power of the ultimate Dodge vehicle. 

Mitsubishi to invest $10 billion on EVs, hybrids, EV batteries

(March 10, 2023) TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors will spend more than $10 billion on electrified vehicles and battery production through 2030 as it expands its battery-powered lineup in advanced markets such as North America, partly by leaning on help from Nissan and Renault. CEO Takao Kato unveiled the push today while announcing a new mid-term plan. This according to Automotive News.

Amelia Earhart Cord added to National Historic Vehicle Register

(March 9, 2023) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — This International Women’s Day, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, announced Amelia Earhart’s 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton as the 33rd vehicle to be inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, the only federally recognized program to document the historical and cultural significance of the automobile. Later this year, the Foundation will announce the 34th vehicle to be added to the Register.

BMW presents the New BMW iDrive with customizable home screen

(March 9, 2023) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW has revealed the next stage of development of BMW iDrive. A new home screen with clearly arranged functions offers greater ease of use on the BMW Curved Display. The system’s QuickSelect concept brings an improved menu structure that takes its design inspiration from consumer electronic devices. The new BMW iDrive plays a critical role in delivering a focused, assured driving experience by showing the right information in the right place. The new BMW iDrive system will be gradually introduced in current models over the course of 2023.

Mercedes-Benz Alabama-built EQE SUV to start at $79,050

(March 9, 2023) The all-new EQE SUV is the second fully-electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz based on the premium-class electric architecture (EVA2), following the EQS SUV. The versatile EQE SUV is the perfect electric all-rounder and the ideal companion for any adventure. Seamlessly blending a sporty character with generous, variable space and agile, long-range driving dynamics, the EQE SUV also features a luxurious interior with the groundbreaking technologies starting at $79,050.

GM’s safe deployment of hands-free technology shapes Ultra Cruise

(March 8, 2023) DETROIT – General Motors has announced that Ultra Cruise, the company’s next-generation advanced driver assistance system designed to ultimately enable hands-free driving in 95 percent of all driving scenarios, will have a 360-degree view of the vehicle through a unique sensor suite when it launches on the Cadillac CELESTIQ. GM’s Ultra Cruise sensor strategy is directly guided by the company’s philosophy of safely deploying advanced driver assistance (ADAS) technologies.