Inside the Industry

Nissan among first to trial all-electric trucks for new vehicle deliveries

(February 25, 2023) LOS ANGELES — Nissan is now using two battery electric vehicle (BEV) heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks to deliver new vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships in the Los Angeles region. Two major manufacturers of electric heavy-duty trucks, Nikola and Kenworth, will each provide trucks that will pull traditional car haulers. 

Polestar opens dedicated design studio in Gothenburg

(February 24, 2023) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar has inaugurated its new design studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, nestled in a dense forest adjacent the brand’s global headquarters. The dedicated facility provides a specialist home for up to 120 design team members, led by Maximilian Missoni, in an environment that combines modernist architecture with the brand’s clean, minimalistic Scandinavian aesthetic.

Subaru announces pricing of all-new 2024 Impreza starting at $24,085

(February 24, 2023) Subaru of America has announced pricing on the all-new 2024 Impreza starting at $24,085. The sixth-generation compact car receives an all-new design, improved performance, enhanced safety features, and updated multimedia technology. Also new for 2024 is the RS trim featuring a 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer engine, exclusive 18-inch wheels and unique exterior and interior elements. 

New V-8 engine with 48V mild hybrid propels BMW X5 M and X6 M

(February 23. 2023)  — Dynamic flair, a powerful presence, and modern luxury define the character of the new 2024 BMW X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle and 2024 X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M will now be offered exclusively as Competition models — with a new V8 engine with 48V mild-hybrid technology delivering a maximum output of 617 horsepower, exterior design updates, and the latest-generation iDrive control/operation system, complete with the BMW Curved Display and BMW Operating System 8.

Bentley announces end to 12-cylinder engine production

(February 23, 2023) CREWE, England — Bentley has announced that it will cease production of its 12-cylinder petrolgas in April 2024, by which time more than 100,000 examples of the iconic W12 will have been handcrafted in the company’s Dream Factory in Crewe. The decision comes as part of Bentley’s acceleration towards a sustainable future through its Beyond100 strategy which will see the company’s entire model line fully electrified by the start of the next decade. 

Helping weather environment inside the iconic Jeep Wrangler

(February 22, 2023) AUBURN HILLS Mich. — The Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) team at Mopar has two new accessories available that will help Jeep Wrangler owners weather the environment inside the cabin. Designed for superior defense against outdoor elements, including tracked-in mud from the trail or messes from spills, the JPP heavy-duty floor system and JPP heavy-duty vinyl seats provide the ultimate level of surface protection and functionality when deep cleaning is needed. 

Hyundai announces pricing for 2023 Ioniq 6 EV starting at $42,715

(February 22, 2023) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America has revealed pricing, packaging and a 53-kWh battery pack option for its highly anticipated Ioniq 6 electric vehicle. Customers can select from two battery pack options, either 53 kWh or 77.4 kWh, and two motor layouts, either a rear motor only or both front and rear motors for all-wheel drive.

BMW largest automotive exporter by value for 9th consecutive year

(February 22, 2023) SPARTANBURG, S.C.  — For the ninth consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The South Carolina plant exported 227,029 BMW Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes during 2022 with an export value of nearly $9.6 billion.

Meyers Manx remaster kit breathes new life into dune buggy

(February 22, 2023) COSTA MESA , Calif.  — Meyers Manx has unveiled its first-ever Remastered Kit, which empowers enthusiasts to build and customize the world’s most iconic dune buggy according to their personalized specs. The all-new Meyers Manx Remastered kit benefits from modernized production techniques which leverage 3D scanning, digital design tools, and CNC technology to deliver the most precise self-assembly set to date.  

911 GT3 RS Tribute to Carrera RS Package makes first U.S. appearance

(February 21, 2023) THERMAL, Calif.  — Porsche has pulled the cover off the first 911 GT3 RS Tribute to Carrera RS Package to reach the U.S. The special offering pays homage to one of the most the iconic of 911 models and was announced last year. Today it was shown to members of the media in person for the first time before an initial viewing opportunity for the public at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 Hours of Sebring race from March 15 to 18. Initial deliveries to customers will begin in only a few weeks.