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Volvo makes charging and paying easier for pure electric Volvo drivers

(May 20, 2022) For over a century, motorists around the globe have been used to simply driving into a gas station, checking the going rate for their fuel of choice, filling up their tank and continuing their journey. As it moves towards becoming a fully electric car maker by 2030, Volvo Cars believes it should be just as easy and convenient to charge and pay for charging if consumers are to widely adopt all-electric cars.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe sells for $143.1 million

(May 20, 2022) STUTTGART, Germany — A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of 135 million EUR ($143.1 million) to a private collector. This icon of automotive history is an absolute rarity – one of just two prototypes built at the time. Named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.

Toyota marks 25th anniversary of Sienna with special limited edition

(May 20, 2022) PLANO, Texas — The 2023 Toyota Sienna marks the model’s first quarter-century of success and celebrates with a limited-availability 25th Anniversary Edition. Based on the sport-infused XSE grade, the special model gains additional luxury cabin features from the Limited grade and adds exclusive exterior and interior trim. Toyota will build just 2,525 of these models for the U.S., making this a “gotta have it” minivan.

Kia to establish its first electric Purpose Built Vehicle plant in Korea

(May 19, 2022) SEOUL —  Kia Corporation, which is in the midst of its transition into a sustainable mobility provider, has announced that it will establish an all-new, high-tech smart manufacturing facility dedicated to producing electric Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs). The intelligent new production hub for PBVs will be located within Kia’s existing Hwaseong manufacturing site in Korea. The company plans to begin construction in the first half of 2023, with the aim to commence commercial production in the second half of 2025.

New Land Rover Defender 130 will be revealed May 31

(May 19, 2022) MAHWAH, N.J. — Epic all-terrain adventures for up to eight will be possible when New Defender 130 breaks cover on May 31. Land Rover’s 4x4 family will expand with the introduction of the practical Defender 130 body design, which will join the existing 90, and 110 derivatives.

Chrysler launches marketing campaign for Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

(May 18, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler brand is launching a new multimedia advertising campaign for the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid with some comic relief comparing the freedom of the #VanLife influencer lifestyle with the Pacifica as the more ideal choice for parents living their best “real life.” “Van Life” features three new 30-second spots with the broadcast debut of “Duel.”

Electrify America announces charging network backed by renewable energy

(May 18, 2022) RESTON, Va.  — Electrify America announced today it has entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Terra-Gen to build a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in San Bernardino County, Calif., called Electrify America Solar Glow.

Electric Genesis GV60 arrives in the U.S.; sales limited to four states

(May 18, 2022) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis Motor America has announced the start of sales of its highly-anticipated first electric vehicle, GV60. The Genesis GV60 enters the US market as a  first step in the brand’s move towards a lineup of fully electrified vehicles. Initially, the GV60 will only be sold at select Genesis retailers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

2023 Toyota Camry gets updated Nightshade Special Edition

(May 17, 2022) PLANO, Texas — One of the longest-running nameplates in the auto industry, and with 20 straight years as America’s number one selling midsize sedan, the 2023 Camry keeps things rolling with a refreshed Nightshade Special Edition. The Camry was among the first Toyota models to offer the distinctive Nightshade edition, a factory designer package without the customizer’s price. And, for 2023, Toyota offers three moods of Nightshade with the choice of Midnight Black, White and the new Reservoir Blue exterior colors.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV drives closer to delivery

(May 17, 2022) Cadillac on Monday announced new details in the brand’s transformation to an electric future and a transformative EV customer experience, including ordering information, pricing and EPA-estimated range of 312 miles for the 2023 Lyriq RWD. Cadillac’s first fully electric vehicle  starts at $62,990.