Inside the Industry

All-new 2023 Honda Pilot arrives as America’s 'ultimate family SUV'



(November 8, 2022) TORRANCE, Calif. — The largest and most powerful SUV in Honda history, the all-new 2023 Honda Pilot comes with rugged new styling, more passenger and cargo space, and a class-leading combination of off-road capability and sporty on-road dynamics. The new Pilot TrailSport is the most off-road capable Honda SUV ever, engineered to get weekend adventurers even further off the beaten path with special off-road features including a raised off-road tuned suspension, all-terrain tires, steel skid plates and expanded all-wheel drive system capabilities. 

Petersen Automotive Museum to host in-depth Tesla exhibition



(November 7, 2022) LOS ANGELES  — The Petersen’s Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit offers an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of Tesla. “Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution” explores the company’s history, from early inspiration and humble beginnings, to its rise as a world leader in electric vehicles and clean energy technology.

GM collaborates on electric battery separator



(November 7, 2022) DETROIT — General Motors and battery manufacturer Microvast will work together to develop specialized EV battery separator technology and build a new separator plant in the U.S., which is expected to create hundreds of new jobs. This work will be supported by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing initiative.

Genesis electrified GV70 makes North American debut




(November 5, 2022) LOS ANGELES — Genesis held the North American debut of the Electrified GV70 during a special media event in Los Angeles this week. The Electrified GV70 is the third electric vehicle added to the Genesis lineup and celebrates another step toward a more sustainable future.

Toyota Trailhunter trucks purpose-built overlanding rigs



(November 6, 2022) LAS VEGAS — Toyota has announced the new Trailhunter grade of trucks with the unveiling of the Trailhunter Concept at the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) last week. Trailhunter will strengthen Toyota’s commitment to the overlanding community and take its legendary go-anywhere credentials to the next level. Toyota is planning to offer purpose-built trucks and SUVs under the Trailhunter name to outdoor enthusiasts who long for off-the-grid expeditions.

Tesla recalling 24,000 Model 3s over seatbelt issue



(November 5, 2022) WASHINGTON — Tesla is recalling a bit more than 24,000 2017-2022 Model 3s in the U.S. over a seat belt issue. The Austin-based electric vehicle company said the second-row left seat belt buckle and second-row center seat belt anchor may have been incorrectly reassembled during vehicle service.

Two special Porsche 911s begins a journey of exploration



(November 5, 2022) ATLANTA — For approaching 60 years, the Porsche 911 has been pushed to extremes on both the track and on the open road. Now, a fresh chapter is being written; a unique pair of experimental 911 sports cars are being tested where there are no roads, where the air is thin, where the temperature is far below freezing and even plant life can’t survive.

 


Hagerty Marketplace launches online auctions with 10-car capsule sale



(November 4, 2022) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Hagerty, Inc., an automotive lifestyle brand and a leading specialty insurance provider, has launched Hagerty Marketplace online auctions which allows members and enthusiasts to buy and sell automobiles through a trusted, easy-to-use platform. The addition of online auctions builds upon Hagerty’s growth strategy and helps augment its existing Marketplace business which includes classified offerings, Hagerty Valuation Tools and DriveShare businesses.

Adventure comes standard — Ford Pro reveals 2023 Transit Trail



(November 4, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — Van life just received an upgrade with the arrival of the new 2023 Ford Transit Trail van. For more than six decades, Ford has provided travelers with vans, trucks and chassis built for life on and off the road. In fact, more motorhomes are built on Ford chassis than any other brand. Today, Ford Pro announced it is continuing that tradition with Transit Trail, an upfit-ready adventure van that leverages the same capability, versatility and customization options that helped make Ford Transit America’s best-selling commercial van. 

Learning to shift for yourself — MINI USA to launch manual driving school



(November 4, 2022) THERMAL, Calif. — MINI USA is bringing back the fun of driving a manual transmission by launching a new Mini Manual Driving School at the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, Calif. The announcement comes shortly after MINI USA confirmed the manual transmissions would return to specific Mini models for November production.