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Vietnam EV maker VinFast ships first vehicles to the U.S.



(December 12, 2022) Vietnamese EV maker VinFast said it has shipped its first batch of 999 cars to the United States, capping a five-year bid to develop an auto production hub in the Southeast Asian country for North American and European markets. The first cars are expected to be handed over to customers by the end of this month, the company said, according to a report by Automotive News.

Subaru recalls 271,694 Ascent models for fire risk



(December 10, 2022)  Subaru is recalling more than 287,000 Ascent large crossovers globally for a potential defect that could increase the risk of fire. The recall covers vehicles from 2019-22 model years and affects 271,694 vehicles in the U.S, according to Automotive News. Subaru is advising owners of these Ascent models to park their vehicles away from structures such as garages and avoid leaving their vehicles unattended with the engine running.

Limited edition Ford GT Mk IV ultimate track-only Ford GT on sale



(December 10, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — Representing the ultimate and most extreme track only Ford GT ever, the new Ford GT Mk IV by Ford Performance and Multimatic is a radically advanced supercar delivering max performance with its unique body, powertrain and suspension. To deliver unconstrained performance, exceeding that of any Ford GT to date, the Ford GT Mk IV has a unique twin-turbo EcoBoost engine, racing transmission, aero-focused exterior design, and chassis with longer wheelbase for greater on-track handling.

Volvo opens new tech hub in downtown Stockholm



(December 9, 2022) It covers two floors, contains more than 24,600 square feet of floor space and offers an up-to-date, modern work environment for more than 700 Volvo Cars employees: the new tech hub in the Swedish capital Stockholm officially opened today. The tech hub is located nearby the Volvo Studio in downtown Stockholm and will be part of our future foundation as we continue to work towards our mid-decade ambitions and beyond.

Subaru sets pricing on the 2023 WRX performance car starting at $31,625



(December 9, 2022) Subaru of America has announced pricing on the 2023 Subaru WRX performance car starting at $31,625 including destination charge. The fifth-generation of the WRX provides a thrilling drive with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER engine. The tablet-style 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia Plus infotainment system and award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology are available.

Milltek Sport continues USA expansion in performance exhausts   



(December 8, 2022) Following the recent opening of its brand-new facility in Alcoa, Tenn., and the official launch of Milltek Corp at the SEMA Show, Milltek Sport has announced a series of performance exhaust systems for homegrown American domestic market models. The new premium performance exhausts are available for the Jeep Gladiator 3.6L V6, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Ram 1500 (Gen 5) 5.7 Hemi V8 and the Ram TRX 6.2 Supercharged.

GM advances dealer community charging program



(December 8, 2022) DETROIT — GM celebrated the official launch of its Dealer Community Charging Program with the installation of the first community charging stations in Wisconsin and Michigan. Since the program was announced in late 2021, nearly 1,000 GM dealers have enrolled — representing almost a quarter of all GM dealers in North America. The program initially opened to Chevrolet dealers earlier this year and will expand to Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in January 2023.

Scottish-built Munro MK1 electric 4X4 called 'world's most capable'



(December 8, 2022) GLASGOW, Scotland — Munro Vehicles, a manufacturer of all-electric 4x4s, and Scotland’s only volume production car company, has unveiled its first vehicle, the Munro Mk1. Designed, engineered, and built in Britain, the Munro MK1 is "the world’s most capable all-electric 4x4," born off-road to navigate the most challenging terrain and operating for up to 16 hours on a single battery charge.

VW starts update program for ID.4 software with performance improvements



(December 7, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced the next advancement of the ID.4 EV with software updates. New features to enhance the charging experience and further improve system performance will be available on MY21 and certain MY22 vehicles. This first update is a prerequisite for future features. Eligible vehicle owners will receive formal notification once the update is made available to them.

Honda unveils next-generation safety technologies



(December 7, 2022) Honda has announced plans to expand the capabilities of its previously announced Honda Sensing 360 and Honda Sensing Elite advanced safety and driver assistive systems. The improved Honda Sensing 360 system will begin rolling out in the second half of the decade and will be standard on all new Honda and Acura models in the U.S. by 2030. The Acura version of Honda Sensing 360 will bear the AcuraWatch name.