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Nissan launches LEAF10 special edition to celebrate 10 years of its electric car

(February 2, 2021) LONDON — Nissan is introducing the LEAF10, a special edition of the popular all-electric car, across Europe to celebrate 10 successful years of sales as the first mass-market EV in the world. The LEAF10 introduces a new bold body colour to the Nissan palette, complemented by exquisite pattern detailing on the exterior, and enhances the model’s comprehensive suite of technologies, featuring intuitive in-car Wi-Fi that is ideal for families and those on the move plus new connected services.

80,000th Bentley Continental GT produced in Crewe

(February 2, 2021) CREWE, England — The Home of Bentley in Crewe has produced the 80,000th individual, made-to-order example of the Continental GT — the world’s definitive luxury grand tourer. The 80,000th car — a right-hand drive Continental GT V8 in Orange Flame — was handcrafted last week, in the world’s first carbon neutral factory for luxury car production.

Volvo Innovation Portal allows outside developers to help create better cars

(February 1, 2021) A vast offer of high-quality apps, easier and more convenient ownership, and even safer cars: these are among the ambitions that Volvo Cars wants to achieve with its newly launched Innovation Portal. The portal makes a broad variety of resources and tools available for free, allowing external developers to create new innovative services and in-car apps.  

Volkswagen Group Components begins battery recycling pilot

(February 1, 2021) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen Group Components has opened the group’s first plant for recycling electric car batteries in Salzgitter. With the pilot plant, the Volkswagen Group takes another committed step towards the goal of sustainable end-to-end responsibility for the entire value chain of the electric vehicle battery. The aim is the industrialized recovery of valuable raw materials such as lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt in a closed loop together with aluminum, copper and plastics, achieving a recycling rate of more than 90% over the long term.

Celebrating 70th anniversary — Jaguar C-type joins Classic Continuation family

(January 30, 2021) MAHWAH, N.J.  — Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer by creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type Continuation cars, which will be hand-built at the world-class Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry, U.K. The C-type Continuation program will allow historic motorsports enthusiasts to purchase a factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 disc-brake-equipped ‘works’ C-type directly from Jaguar, for the first time.

Mini USA unveils new 2022 Mini hardtops and convertibles

(January 29, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  —  Mini USA has unveiled the new 2022 hardtops and convertibles. The modern interpretation of the brand’s most iconic models, the new Mini hardtops and convertibles receive significant updates to the exterior, interior and infotainment and driving safety features while remaining authentic to the elements of the Mini DNA, including fun to drive, expressive design and personalization.

General Motors plans to be carbon neutral by 2040

(January 29, 2021) DETROIT —  GM has announced that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targetsⁱⁱ to achieve carbon neutrality. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders.

Barrett-Jackson to auction Hummer Ed. 1 and Corvette convertible for charity

(January 29, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —  Barrett-Jackson and General Motors have announced the highly coveted 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition VIN 001 and first retail production 2020 Mid-Engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will cross the auction block during Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20-27.

Nissan sets carbon neutral goal for 2050; 100% electrification by early 2030s

(January 28, 2021) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Motor Co. has set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality across the company's operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050. As part of this effort, by the early 2030s every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified.

GM to supply Navistar with Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes for electric vehicles

(January 28, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors will supply its Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes to Navistar for use in its production model fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) – the International RH Series. Navistar's FCEV will get energy from two GM Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes. Each Hydrotec power cube contains 300-plus hydrogen fuel cells along with thermal and power management systems. The power cubes are compact and easy to package and can be used in a wide range of applications, including marine, earth-moving and mining equipment, locomotives and power generators.