Inside the Industry

Volkswagen reveals Jetta GLI Performance Concept in Las Vegas

(November 3, 2022) Volkswagen has revealed a Jetta GLI Performance concept at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. First launched in 1984, the Jetta GLI model has affectionately been referred to as a “GTI with a trunk” over its many generations. Having frequently shared numerous exterior design cues and performance hardware with its Golf GTI cousin, the Jetta GLI has been just as much a driver’s car over the near four decades of its existence.

More performance fun and excitement from Toyota at SEMA

(November 3, 2022) LAS VEGAS — Toyota returns to the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show with a new, expanded display, the most showcase vehicles ever, a laser focus on the aftermarket industry, on- and off-road performance and adventure and new initiatives for off-the-grid explorers and those who love to accessorize their Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs.

Bentley announces its good fortune — Best operating profit in history

(November 3, 2022) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has announced record operating profits for the first nine months of 2022, despite continuing challenges and uncertainty in the global economy. The British luxury car manufacturer saw profits more than double to €575 million, an increase of 109 per cent compared to the same nine-month period last year. The previous best full year total for the Crewe-based luxury marque was €389 million. An encouraging 23.1 per cent return on sales was the highest in Bentley’s 103-year history.

All-new fully-electric EQE sedan to start from $76,050

(November 2, 2022) The new EQE sedan is the latest all-electric model from Mercedes-Benz based on the Mercedes-EQ premium-class electric architecture (EVA2). The sporty "purpose design" exhibits all the characteristic elements of Mercedes-EQ, including aerodynamic one-bow lines and a striking cab- forward design. Starting from $76,050 including destination charge, and with up to 305 miles of range according to EPA estimates, the 2023 EQE Sedan is poised to set new standards in the luxury electric segment when it arrives in U.S. dealerships in the fall.

Porsche 718 heads into 2023 in style

(November 2, 2022) ATLANTA — Porsche has announced two new variants within the mid-engine 718 model lineup: the new Porsche 718 Boxster Style Edition and 718 Cayman Style Edition. These new models will be initially offered in Europe in early 2023 with global availability to follow. Underlining Porsche’s commitment to ever more creative and vibrant bespoke finishes, the new models are characterized by special colors and matching contrasting elements.

Ringbrothers unveils 'ENYO' 1948 Chevrolet super truck

(November 2, 2022) SPRING GREEN, Wis. — Ringbrothers, the world-renowned custom car builder and parts manufacturer, has unveiled its most extreme creation yet, the “ENYO” super truck. The new build is paradoxical to traditional American truck capabilities. The 1948 Chevrolet pickup is the result of over 10,000 thorough and laborious build hours. Powered by a Goodwin 1,000-horsepower tall-deck racing engine and crafted using extensive carbon-fiber components, ENYO embodies the quality and custom work Ringbrothers is known for.

Mopar charges into SEMA with three new custom concept vehicles

(November 1, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Mopar is charging into this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas with three new head-turning concept vehicles and hundreds of quality-tested, factory-backed performance parts and accessories. SEMA runs from today through Nov. 4.

Hyundai's XCIENT fuel cell fleet racks up 5 million kilometers

(October 31, 2022) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company has announced that its fleet of XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks in Switzerland has accumulated more than 5 million km (3.1 million miles) in two years. Starting in 2020, the company exported 47 units of the hydrogen-powered, zero-emission commercial trucks to 23 Swiss companies, which are using them for logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfillment.

Maserati and Barbie join forces for an unprecedented collaboration

(October 31, 2022) MILAN, Italy — Italian luxury icon Maserati has unveiled an unprecedented collaboration with Mattel, Inc.’s Barbie, driven by the mutual desire to break boundaries and showcase the unique flair of both brands. Both immediately recognizable by their extraordinary personality and signature style, Maserati and Barbie unleashed their creativity in a masterpiece of timeless design and bold character, inspired by the Barbiecore phenomenon.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates four decades

(October 30, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced the 2023 Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition, available exclusively in the North American market. The GTI has defined the term “hot hatch” in the United States since its arrival in the form of the Rabbit GTI in 1983. With a run of approximately 1,500 units for the U.S., the 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates the model’s four-decade history while showing off the best of the current eighth generation.