Inside the Industry

GM issues second defective battery recall on certain Chevy Bolts

(July 24, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors plans to recall certain Chevrolet Bolts for the second time in less than a year to replace defective battery modules after customers who completed a previous recall remedy continued to report battery fires. GM did not say when the replacements would start.

Volkswagen reveals Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept

(July 23, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has unveiled the latest enthusiast build for 2021, the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept. Combining fresh styling updates and a unique color palette with a modified 2.0-liter TSI engine, lowered suspension, and custom wheels, the concept shows the sporty potential of the Chattanooga-assembled midsize SUV. 

Mercedes-Benz prepares to go all-electric by end of decade

(July 24, 2021) Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to go all electric by the end of the decade, where market conditions allow. Shifting from electric-first to electric-only, the luxury car company is accelerating toward an emissions-free and software-driven future. By 2022, Mercedes-Benz will have battery electric vehicles (BEV) in all segments the company serves.


The first of the British electric AC Cobra fires up

(July 23, 2021) LONDON — Heralding a new generation of iconic sports cars, the first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of the delivery of the first customer cars. A faithful recreation of the AC Cobra, but with a modern, emissions-free electric powertrain, the Series 1 electric is the start of the next chapter for the famous British marque.

GM introduces new Super Cruise features to six 2022 model vehicles

(July 23, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors announced today it will introduce new Super Cruise capabilities on six model year 2022 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022. Super Cruise is the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology allowing drivers to travel hands-free on over 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada.

MINI USA set to celebrate National Day of Motoring with 'MINI Together' event

(July 23, 2021) WODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — MINI USA is ready to celebrate the first ever National Day of Motoring this weekend, as more than 4,000 MINI owners will rally in their local communities as part of MINI Together, a nationwide MINI owners rally. MINI Together will take place on Saturday(July 24), which also marks the first official National Day of Motoring.  MINI owners will start their self-curated motoring adventures at more than 100 Mini dealerships across the U.S.

First stand-alone Porsche service center kicks off U.S. campus development

(July 22, 2021) ATLANTA — The first freestanding Porsche service center in the United States has opened its doors near the busy Atlanta airport. The Porsche Service Center South Atlanta, with 13 lift bays and a design focused on customer comfort and convenience, is the first step of a multi-million dollar investment in new features on the campus of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA). Development through 2023 will also include a major expansion of the existing Porsche Experience Center track, where drivers can today book time in the Porsche model of their choice.

Argo AI and Ford to launch self-driving vehicles on Lyft network by end of year

(July 22, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — In an industry-first collaboration, Argo AI, Lyft and Ford are working together to commercialize autonomous ride hailing at scale. The unique collaboration brings together all of the parts necessary to create a viable autonomous ride hailing service, including the self-driving technology, vehicle fleet and transportation network needed to support a scalable business and deliver an exceptional experience for riders.

Toyota Kentucky produces 10 millionth Camry

(July 22, 2021) GEORGETOWN, Ky.  — Age really is just a number at Toyota’s first wholly owned vehicle plant in North America. Toyota Kentucky (in Georgetown) recently produced its 10 millionth Camry, representing one of America’s best-selling vehicles of all time. The white 2021 Toyota Camry SE rolled off the line to cap a milestone year for the plant, which also celebrated 35 years of operation in the Bluegrass State.

Crank it up: 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

(July 21, 2021) DETROIT — Two years ago this week, Chevrolet introduced a revolutionary twist in the Corvette story: the first-ever mid-engine Corvette Stingray. This fall, the story will continue with the reveal of the all-new 2023 Corvette Z06, the supercar that will put the world on notice. Crank it up and listen to the "music." The street will never sound the same.