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Hyundai Motor wins four 2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards

Hyundai Prophecy

(December 30, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company has announced four wins at this year’s GOOD DESIGN Awards. Hyundai’s two most progressive EV concepts, 45 and Prophecy, together with the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Hi-Charger, an ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure, were recognized in the Awards’ Transportation category.

Subaru enrolls one-millionth subscriber in SUBARU STARLINK

(December 30, 2020) Subaru of America has announced it has enrolled the one-millionth subscriber into SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services available across Subaru model lines.  These subscription-based services are part of Subaru’s suite of on-board technology called: SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology.  The all-encompassing system provides multimedia content, smartphone connectivity, seamless navigation, extra safety, and everyday convenience.

Kia readies to turn page on 2020 with Times Square celebration

(December 29, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia Motors America will ring in the arrival of 2021 with a groundbreaking effort for the all-new Sorento SUV. The campaign began in early-December with a Sorento embarking on a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. on a mission to deliver the iconic "2021" New Year's Eve numerals to One Times Square in time for the ball drop. Joining Kia on the cross-country trip were photographers from National Geographic that documented the coast-to-coast journey and captured inspirational stories at select points along the way.

Volkswagen previews its mobile charging robot

(December 29, 2020) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen Group Components has provided the first glimpse of the prototypes of its mobile charging robot. This is one of the visionary charging concepts that Volkswagen hopes will expand the charging infrastructure over the next few years. Its task: fully autonomous charging of vehicles in restricted parking areas, like underground garages. “A ubiquitous charging infrastructure is, and remains, a key factor in the success of electric mobility. Our charging robot is just one of several approaches, but is undoubtedly one of the most visionary,” explains Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components.

Documentary offers behind-the-scenes look at mid-engine Corvette design

(December 28, 2020) DETROIT  — Chevrolet has released part one of a two-part documentary series: “Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story.” In the documentary, the Corvette Stingray design team shares what inspired the groundbreaking design of the mid-engine Corvette Stingray. The documentary was released on Corvette’s Facebook and Instagram pages and Chevrolet’s YouTube page. Part two will feature the perspective of Corvette’s engineers and airs Monday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. ET.

Infiniti QX55 Carigami available

(December 28, 2020) NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Folding paper to excite and surprise friends and family just got even more interesting this year. In addition to wrapping gifts for loved ones, Infiniti has announced the fourth installment of its successful Carigami series — and perhaps the most provocative. The all-new Infiniti QX55 Carigami joins the already released Q50, QX80, and iconic FX in the Carigami series as a treat during the holiday season. Bold? You bet. Daring? Of course. Grandparent-approved? That’s right.

Mercedes introduces next-generation Mercedes me connect app

(December 28, 2020) Mercedes-Benz USA has introduced the next-generation Mercedes me connect app, available in app stores now,  for Model Year 2019 and newer Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach vehicles. This new app offers an improved user experience and functionality along with new features.

Lamborghini unveils one-off 759-horsepower SC20

(December 28, 2020) Lamborghini has taken the wraps of a car called the SC20, a unique, 759 horsepower track weapon that the company says is road legal. Lamborghini’s racing arm, Squadra Corse, engineered the car, and the SC20 is the second of just two one-offs built for a customer, following the SC18 in 2018.

Mercedes-Benz launched driver's airbag, seat belt tensioner 40 years ago

(December 25, 2020) The innovation made its preview in December 1980: the driver's airbag and seat belt tensioner (originally termed the belt tightener) were in those days the latest, cutting-edge innovations in safety from Mercedes-Benz. Forty years ago, back in 1980, a limited number of S-Class Sedans (126 model series) were the first cars to be delivered with this new technology and were another milestone for passive vehicle safety in a long line of outstanding innovations from the brand.

FCA invests nearly $700,000 to re-imagine Detroit's Eastside communities

(December 24, 202) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced two financial contributions integral to the automaker’s ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for the people and neighborhoods on Detroit’s east side. FCA is contributing $400,000 to the Impact Neighborhood Fund for improvement projects in the Chandler Park, West End and Riverbend neighborhoods, while a $285,000 contribution to the Chandler Park Conservancy will enable the nonprofit organization to start construction on Detroit’s first community-based environmental education plaza.