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Acura TLX Type S returns with 355 horsepower



(March 18, 2021) Acura has announced the on-sale timing for the highly anticipated 2021 TLX Type S, which returns the Type S performance brand to Acura showrooms for the first time in more than a decade. Building on the second-generation Acura TLX, which went on sale in September, the TLX Type S debuts a brand-exclusive turbocharged V6 engine, sport-tuned chassis with double wishbone front suspension and powerful Brembo brakes to become the quickest and best-handling Type S in Acura history.

Ford, University of Michigan open new robotics complex



(March 17, 2021) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As robots and autonomous systems are poised to become part of our everyday lives, the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company are opening a one-of-a-kind facility where they’ll develop robots and roboticists that help make lives better, keep people safe and build a more equitable society.

Upcoming electric BMW i4 revealed at conference



(March 17, 2021) MUNICH, Germany —  The upcoming BMW i4 was revealed at BMW Group's annual conference on March 16. “With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales.

2022 Kia Stinger revealed with more performance, upgraded styling



(March 17, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — The Stinger established a new era in Kia’s history when it debuted in 2017 as a 2018 model, but that was just the start of the story.  It “crashed the party” in a way never expected and converted enthusiasts stuck in the old “German is better” doctrine. For 2022, Stinger continues to evolve and maintain its position as Kia’s halo sport sedan while pushing frontiers in expected style, performance and engineering.

'Alexa, start my car' — Doing more with Nissan and Amazon Alexa



(March 17, 2021) — NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan customers can now ask Alexa to start, lock and unlock their vehicles with a simple request like “Alexa, start my car.” Alexa is Amazon's intelligent voice AI, ubiquitous in homes around the world. Nissan is the first automaker to work with Amazon on new features that leverage Alexa's new Connected Vehicle Skills API, making it more direct and easier for customers to control vehicle functions with Alexa.

Land Rover and Royal Geographical Society launch 2021 ‘Earth Photo’ challenge



(March 16, 2021) MAHWAH, N.J. — Land Rover is partnering with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to launch the 2021 Earth Photo competition — inspiring people to get out into the landscape and appreciate their surroundings. Earth Photo is an international photography competition that aims to promote environmental and geographical issues by revealing the stories behind the winning images and videos. Entries are now open, with exhibitions of winning and shortlisted images and videos in the summer and autumn.

Kia reveals new design philosophy; full images of EV6


    
(March 16, 202) Kia Corporation has revealed the first images of the exterior and interior design of EV6, its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), ahead of the car’s world premiere in March. EV6 was designed under the brand’s new design philosophy "Opposites United," which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the center of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy, with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes.

BMW investing in CO2-free steel production



(March 15, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — The BMW Group is systematically implementing its sustainability goals. As announced last week, the company is investing in an innovative method for CO2-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures. Over the coming years, Boston Metal plans to expand the new method for steel production on an industrial scale. The investment is part of the BMW Group’s far-reaching sustainability activities aimed at significantly reducing CO2 emissions across the supplier network.

More than 850,000 Nissan Sentras recalled over brake light issue



(March 15, 2021) Nissan is recalling more than 850,000 Sentra compact sedans in North America over a defect that may prevent the brake lights from illuminating, which could increase the risk of a crash. The affected vehicles — totaling 807,376 units in the U.S. and 46,737 in Canada — are 2016-19 model-year Sentras. Nissan said it is not aware of any accidents related to this issue.

Roush taking pre-orders for its off-road ready 2021 Ford F-150



(March 14, 2021) LIVONIA, Mich. — Roush Performance has announced that its 2021 F-150 is now available for preorder. This truck is the result of the brand’s rich racing history. From the corners of Pikes Peak to the silt of Baja, Roush brings its commitment to off-road performance to the modern pickup. Building upon Ford’s all-new F-150 platform, the truck is enhanced with Roush-engineered body components, high-performance suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, a cat-back exhaust system and premium interior upgrades.