Inside the Industry

New 2023 Honda CR-V fourth-generation hybrid production begins

(October 29, 2022) Associates at multiple Honda plants in North America celebrated earlier this week as mass production of the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V hybrid began at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), featuring a new two-motor hybrid system produced at Honda’s Ohio Transmission Plant (TMP-O), and a newly refined Atkinson-cycle engine unique to hybrid models that is made at the Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Ohio.   

Felicity Jones leads Aston Martin campaign celebrating power of DBX707

(October 28, 2022) GAYDON, UK — Aston Martin has launched its most significant product marketing campaign of 2022, with its benchmark-setting luxury SUV DBX707 the star of a new cinematic film featuring acclaimed British actor Felicity Jones. The emotive creative, shot amongst the intense British landscape of Dartmoor National Park, features the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated actor delivering a powerful monologue to camera as an Aston Martin Racing Green DBX707 appears on the horizon and roars into its commanding role.

2023 Ford Escape 'more stylish and smarter than ever'

(October 28, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — Equipped better than ever before to conquer daily adventures — from heavy traffic to lunch with co-workers or maneuvering into the last parking space on the block — the new Ford Escape SUV is ready to shine in the city and for quick getaways. Ford has given the compact SUV a thorough makeover that includes a stylish new ST-Line series, available 13.2 inch display with cloud-connected SYNC 4 Technology and new advanced driver-assistance system technologies. 

Dodge dials up ‘Last Call’ horsepower locator

(October 28, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ordering is now open for the 2023 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. Dodge is also launching a new Horsepower Locator online tool to help Brotherhood of Muscle members make the “Last Call” for the model of their choice as the brand marks the end of the two iconic vehicles in their current forms.

Kia recalling 2008-2009 Sportage for fire risk

(October 27, 2022) Kia said it will recall 71,000 2008-2009 model year Sportage vehicles in the U.S. previously recalled in 2016 for fire risks and is advising owners to park outside until repairs are completed. Kia said the recall fix is currently under development that will address the risk of a fire originating from around the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit that could occur while parked or driving.

New F SPORT variations, multimedia on 2023 Lexus ES starting at $43,640

(October 27, 2022) PLANO, Texas — The Lexus ES continues to offer customers many choices to fit their personalized interests, passions and lifestyles for the 2023 model year. As the top-selling sedan in the brand’s lineup, the Lexus ES returns for 2023 with the Lexus Interface multimedia system, a redesigned center console and new trim and material options. The ES family is also expanding this year with the introduction of F SPORT Design and Handling, complete with styling and performance upgrades making for an exhilarating grade.

Mercedes-AMG unveils EQE SUV with up to 677 horsepower

(October 27, 2022) AMG presents the 2024 AMG EQE SUV, the next milestone in its electrification strategy — the first all-electric SUV from the performance and sports car brand. With its spacious interior and performance-oriented drive concept, it is the most versatile electric vehicle in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio. The new model also offers generous space for passengers and luggage. Like the AMG EQS Sedan and AMG EQE Sedan, the AMG EQE SUV is based on the electric platform from Mercedes-EQ.

Celebrating history — Bentley opens new Heritage Garage

(October 26, 2022) CREWE, England — Part of the original Crewe factory site has been repurposed as a home for some of the most historically significant Bentley models from the last 103 years of company history. The Heritage Garage complements the existing Bentley Lineage exhibition in CW1 House, providing a showcase for the 42-car Bentley Heritage Collection. The Heritage Garage will house 22 cars from the Collection, currently spread from 1919 onwards but eventually focusing on those members of the fleet built in Crewe — everything from 1946 onwards.

Toyota Tundra reaches new heights with TRD 3-inch lift kit

(October 26, 2022) PLANO, Texas — The Toyota Tundra is raising the bar once more with a newly available 3.0-inch lift kit developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) that makes the already capable full-size pickup bigger and bolder. This new lift kit is available nationwide as a dealer-installed option for $3,995, and it’s the only Toyota-approved lift kit designed to work with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system.

Hyundai breaks ground on EV and battery plant near Savannah

(October 26, 2022)  Ground was broken this week on Hyundai Motor Group's Metaplant America (HMGMA)'s  new manufacturing plant at the Bryan County Mega site. The celebration included a groundbreaking on site, followed by a future technology expo at Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Ga.,where the company highlighted “advanced technology and extraordinary human achievement” with a wide array of exhibits for hundreds of attendees from the community in attendance.