Inside the Industry

Land Rover introduces new 8-passenger Defender 130



(June 1, 2022), GAYDON, UK  — Alongside the critically acclaimed Defender 90 and Defender 110, the Defender 130 adds another dimension to the all-conquering family of all-terrain vehicles, with adventuring opportunities for up to eight adults across three rows of full-size seating. Like the Defender 90 and 110, the new 130 body design borrows its name from the original Defender family, inspired by the longest model in the line-up.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Final Edition introduced



(May 31, 2022) AFFALTERBACH, Germany — With the particularly extensively equipped special model E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition as a sedan and wagon, Mercedes‑AMG bids farewell to the successful W/S 213 performance model series. It set new standards with its 612 hp 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and fully variable all-wheel drive including Drift Mode. The refined appearance and extensive standard equipment make the Final Edition a combination of performance and luxury.

Bentley Bentayga EWB First Edition has limited production run



(May 31, 2022) CREWE, England — To celebrate the arrival of the new Bentayga EWB, an exclusive First Edition is now available. Subject to a limited production run for the first 12 months of orders, it combines many of the most desirable options available for the car with a package of eye-catching details found only on Bentley First Editions.

Fiat to sell only electrified vehicles in UK beginning in July



(May 30, 2022) LONDON — Fiat has announced the removal of all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK. This will take effect July 1 with the whole Fiat range now coming in electrified forms, from hybrids to fully-electric.  In 2021, more than 60% of Fiat’s line-up was electrified offering at least one low emission version of each model for UK customers. This year, the Italian manufacturer goes a step further by confirming 100% of the range will be electrified.

Wiesmann’s electric roadster ‘Project Thunderball’ raises $749,000 for charity



(May 29, 2022) ANTIBES, France —  One of the first models of Wiesmann’s hotly anticipated all-electric roadster ‘Project Thunderball’ went under the hammer this past week at the prestigious amfAR Gala Cannes raising 700,000 Euros ($749,000) to support the vital work of amfAR in research into, and awareness of, the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

Volkswagen unveils two 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' inspired ID. Buzz vehicles



(May 28, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Two special "Obi-Wan Kenobi’ inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz vehicles are part of this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend, part of the brand’s ongoing collaboration with the new series, which came to Disney+ on Friday. The show cars, ID. Buzz "Light Side Edition" and the ID. Buzz ‘"Dark Side Edition," embody the Light and Dark side with eye-catching looks designed to delight and thrill Star Wars fans.

Coming to America — The Volvo P1800 Cyan



(May 27, 2022) Following its 2020 launch to rave reviews in Europe, the Volvo P1800 Cyan will make its official North American debut this summer at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 9. Prior to that, Cyan Racing will introduce its exquisite resto-mod to the Los Angeles media and public at a number of special events.

Record-setting $126.5 million auction at Mecum’s 35th Indy event


Most valuable Dodge Hemi Daytona sells for $1,320,000

(May 27, 2022)  Mecum collector car auction company has been crushing its own auction sales records for years, and Indy 2022 continued the noteworthy trend with $126.5 million total overall sales achieved May 13-21—an 18% increase over the past Indy auction record of $107 million achieved at last year’s event.

Hyundai Group to trim Sonata, K5, Stinger in U.S.



(May 26, 2022) Just as people's interest in sedans is on the upswing because of high gas prices according to Kelly Blue Book's Brand Watch shopping considerations for the first quarter, Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it is discontinuing the long-running Hyundai Sonata as well as Kia K5 and the Kia Stinger.

Hyundai recalling 281,000 vehicles over exploding seat belt



(May 26, 2022) — Hyundai Motor America is recalling 281,000 vehicles in North America over seat belt pretensioners that could explode and project metal fragments, causing injuries. The recall, which comes after three injury reports, covers some 2019-2022 Accent, 2021-2023 Elantra, and 2021-2022 Elantra hybrid vehicles.