Inside the Industry

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.

2024 Cadillac XT4 comes with tech additions including 33-inch touchscreen

(February 21, 2023) New luxury and fresh design and technology upgrades that mirror the iconic Lyriq and Escalade are  on tap from the 2024 Cadillac XT4 compact crossover.  The 2024 XT4 has a 33–inch-diameter LED Color Touchscreen Display, AKG Studio 13-Speaker Audio System and revamped interior and exterior designs. 

VinFast gets permit to begin plant construction in N.C.

(February 20, 2023) HANOI — Vietnam's VinFast said North Carolina regulators had given the automaker one of the environmental permits it needs to begin construction on a planned $4 billion EV assembly plant in the state. The company, a subsidiary of conglomerate Vingroup, has been moving to expand in the U.S., where it hopes to compete with existing automakers.

Subaru announces pricing of all-new 2024 Crosstrek starting at $26,290

(February 20, 2023) Subaru of America has announced pricing on the all-new 2024 Crosstrek with new exterior and interior designs, improved ride and handling, enhanced safety, and updated multimedia technology. The third-generation Crosstrek is a highly capable compact SUV with a comprehensive list of standard and available features at a competitive price. MSRP starts at $26,290 including destination charge — the same as the 2023 Crosstrek.

The first all-electric Mini Convertible planned for Europe

(February 20, 2023) Following the positive feedback on the one-off presented in summer 2022, Mini is going ahead with a small series of all-electric Mini Convertible for the European market. "Three years ago, we launched the Mini Electric, and today one in five Mini models sold in Europe is an all-electric Mini. This success has spurred us to implement the small series of the Mini Electric Convertible within only a few months. I'm delighted that we can offer 999 Mini customers an extraordinary and exclusive open-air go-kart feeling," says Stefanie Wurst, head of the Mini Brand Europe.

Genesis reveals pricing for Electrified GV70 crossover — $69,945

(February 18, 2023) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis has announced U.S. pricing and packaging for the first-ever 2023 Electrified GV70. The Electrified GV70 is the third electric vehicle from Genesis following the launch of the GV60 SUV and the Electrified G80 executive sedan last year. Prices will start at $69,945 including destination charge.

BMW 3.0 CSL — An automotive icon marks 50th anniversary of BMW M

(February 17, 2023) DINGOLFING, Germany — To mark its 50th birthday, BMW M GmbH has a special gift for its customers and fans worldwide: the BMW 3.0 CSL. The concept and design of this exclusive special model, which was presented in the anniversary year 2022, pays tribute to the legendary “Batmobile,” the historic BMW 3.0 CSL from the early 1970s — the first standalone model from BMW M GmbH. Fifty years later, in spring 2023 the exclusive reinterpretation of this classic will now be built over a period of several weeks at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.

'Icons of Porsche' will be theme for Rennsport Reunion

(February 17, 2023) ATLANTA — Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has announced the theme for the upcoming Porsche Rennsport Reunion as “Icons of Porsche.” A fitting tribute to the 75th anniversary of Porsche sports cars being celebrated this year with a four-day event  at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, Calif., from Sept. 28 to Oct.1 will enable fans of all ages to experience many of the most iconic cars, drivers and designers in the marque’s history.

2024 Buick Encore GX elevates small SUV with new design, virtual cockpit

(February 17, 2023) DETROIT — Buick has revealed the 2024 Encore GX, elevating the small SUV segment. The Encore GX is the first vehicle in North America to adopt the brand’s new tri-shield logo, as well as the new face of Buick through its front-end styling. Sporting revitalized exterior design and a new tech-centric interior, the Encore GX is a modern, sophisticated and stylish take on the premium small SUV.

Rail commuter parking could be cut by £1,200 per year in UK

(February 16, 2023) LONDON — Smart-thinking commuters who regularly use Britain’s most popular routes could save as much as £1,200 a year by pre-booking unused driveways, according to the online parking portal, Indeed, those who travel from Liverpool Lime Street, could save £1,200 a year if they were to pre-book a monthly spot on the site, rather than using the train station’s own parking provisions.