Inside the Industry

Nissan Titan said to be on the chopping block

(June 30, 2022) Nissan plans to exit the full-size pickup market after years of failing to make a major dent in the giant Detroit-dominated segment, Automotive News reported Wednesday. "There's no plan engineering's working on for replacing it, updating it," a source briefed on the matter told Automotive News. "It's dead."

Ultimate summer road trip — Dodge sets course on HWY 93

(June 29, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge is charting a course along HWY 93 for its owners and enthusiasts this summer, connecting 93 Dodge-inspired events and locations across America — one for each day of summer. Dodge is curating a list of places that embody the daring, authentic spirit of Dodge. The Dodge HWY 93 campaign officially launched on June 22 and runs through Sept. 22. 

Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 is fastest EV at Pikes Peak

(June 29, 2022) A wet course and dense fog during the 4,724-foot climb to the finish line made the 100th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb especially challenging for drivers on Sunday, June 26. Yet Japanese champion Daijiro Yoshihara was able to master the 156 turns on his way to the peak. He set a time of 11:06.205 in the Turn 14 Distribution / Yokohama Tire / ENEOS / Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak, which placed him ninth overall.

Hyundai unveils design of all-electric Ioniq 6 — Electrified Streamliner

(June 30, 2022) SEOUL,  S. Korea — Hyundai has revealed the streamlined and timeless design of the  Ioniq 6, the second model in its Ioniq dedicated all-electric-vehicle lineup brand. Ioniq 6, which Hyundai describes as an Electrified Streamliner, is aerodynamically sculpted and makes innovative use of sustainable materials to reflect today’s EV customers’ values.

Ford dealers now have access to remote-assistance technology

(June 28, 2022) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford dealerships across the country now have access to state-of-the-art remote viewing technology allowing them to receive real-time assistance for customer repairs from team members at the Ford Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in Dearborn. The two-way, hands-free electronic headset, known as See What I See (SWIS), allows for both visual and audio communication between the dealership technicians and team members at the Technical Assistance Center.

Electrify America raises $450 million; Siemens becomes minority shareholder

(June 28, 2022) RESTON, VA.  — Electrify America has announced it has raised $450 million of equity investments into the company at a post-money valuation of $2.45 billion. Siemens, through its financing arm Siemens Financial Services (SFS), will invest a low triple-digit million dollar amount in Electrify America and now holds a seat on the board.  Siemens is the first external investor in Electrify America.

The sedan lives — VW unveils stylish ID. AERO sedan concept

(June 28, 2022) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Dynamic, strong and with pure aerodynamics: Volkswagen gives a preview of the brand's first global all-electric sedan. VW says its progressive, stylish and aerodynamic design allows for a generous amount of space inside. The Chinese production version is expected to be launched in the second half of 2023.

BMW Motorrad presents the ConnectedRide Com U1 communications system

(June 27, 2022) WOODCLIFF LAAKE, N.J . — Talk to your passenger or group members while riding, listen to your favorite music together, make phone calls or follow the announcements of the navigation system — the new BMW Motorrad communication system ConnectedRide Com U1 offers all this via Bluetooth or Mesh 2.0 technology.

Iconic Bentley Speed Six to be born again with 12 new copies

(June 26, 2022) CREWE, England — Bentley Mulliner is to bring the iconic Speed Six back to life with a new and highly exclusive Continuation Series of 12 cars, each mechanically and aesthetically authentic to the Bentley racers that won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930. Created to honor the achievements of the original cars and while continuing to develop and preserve Mulliner’s heritage skills, the new Speed Sixes will become the second pre-war continuation project in the world after the Blower — both created by Bentley Mulliner.

BMW adds wagon option to M3/M4 range with M3 Touring

(June 25, 2022) The BMW M GmbH model offensive continues in its 50th anniversary year with the addition of a fourth model type to the BMW M3/M4 range alongside the Sedan, Coupé and Convertible. The BMW M3 Touring will celebrated its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. Orders for the new BMW M3 Touring can be taken from September, ahead of a market launch that will get underway with the start of production in November. The BMW M3 Touring will be produced alongside the BMW M3 Sedan at BMW Group Plant Munich.