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Mercedes-Benz to use SAE Level 3 automated driving in U.S.

(January 27, 2023) Mercedes-Benz says it is the world's first automotive company to bring SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving to the U.S., with Nevada being the first state to confirm the compliance of the system with state regulations. This significant milestone sets the ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT system apart as the first and only SAE Level 3 system in a standard-production vehicle authorized for use on U.S. public freeways.

2024 BMW M3 CS — Lighter, stronger, faster

(January 26, 2023) Continuing the celebrated lineage of legendary CS models is the very special, limited-edition 2024 BMW M3 CS. Today, CS stands for “Competition Sport”; the designation given to exclusive BMW M models equally at home on road and track. More power, unique chassis calibration, and intelligent lightweight construction featuring carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components deliver an exhilarating performance experience without sacrificing the functionality and everyday usability of the BMW M3.

2024 Polestar 2 brings more power, performance and range

(January 25, 2023) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar is giving the 5-door electric performance fastback, Polestar 2, a major update. For the 2024 model year, the premium compact EV features a new high-tech front end that reflects the design language premiered by Polestar 3, substantial performance increases with all-new electric motors, even more powerful batteries, sustainability improvements and, for the first time in a Polestar, rear-wheel drive.

Lexus and ChargePoint elevate RZ 450e charging experience

(January 25, 2023)  When guests purchase an all-new, all-electric RZ 450e crossover from Lexus dealers, they’ll be offered several ways to enhance their battery-electric ownership through an elevated charging experience. Lexus announced today it will work with ChargePoint, a leading public EV charging network and provider of home charging equipment, and Qmerit, a home charger installation and EV integration solutions provider, to offer home chargers, installation services, and a vast network of public charging EV stations.

Bentley seeks extraordinary talent to accelerate path to full electrification

(January 24, 2023) CREWE, England —Bentley Motorshas announced a recruitment drive creating 200 new roles as the luxury marque accelerates its forward-thinking Beyond100 strategy. Working across multiple disciplines to support delivery of the ambitious Five-in-Five plan, which commits Bentley to launching five new electric models by 2030, the growth will help redefine Bentley’s credentials as the benchmark manufacturer in sustainable luxury mobility.     

First 2024 Ford Mustang GT to be auctioned to fight diabetes

(January 24, 2023) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —  To aid the fight against diabetes, Ford is bringing the most powerful Mustang GT ever to Barrett-Jackson’s annual auction in Scottsdale. The all-new, seventh-generation 2024 Mustang GT with VIN 001 will be auctioned off on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. MST. All sales proceeds will benefit JDRF, the leading global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve lives by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Hennessey debuts 650 horsepower supercharged upgrade for 2023 Escalade

(January 24, 2023) SEALY, Texas — Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has released a comprehensive new performance upgrade package for the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Hennessey's boost in output for vehicles with the GM 6.2-liter V8 takes power from the mild 420 bhp factory rating to a wild 650 bhp — entirely transforming the acceleration and driving dynamics of GM's full-size SUVs.

New Volkswagen ID.7 comes with 'smart air conditioning'

(January 23, 2023) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Air conditioning systems are an integral part of modern cars and ensure pleasant temperatures in all seasons. Volkswagen goes one step further in the new ID.7 and for the first time uses an air conditioning system that performs faster cooling or heating of the vehicle interior before the start of a journey.

Mitsubishi reveals 2023 Outlander special editions to celebrate 40 years in U.S.

(January 23, 2023) FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to further  40 years of operations in the United States, the brand is expanding its flagship family of seven-passenger SUVs with special Anniversary Editions of its top-selling Outlander and newly launched Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), combining a unique paint scheme, badging and premium accessories, and offering a special value.

BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in the company's history

(January 22, 2023) MUNICH, Germany — BMW Motorrad achieved the highest sales in its corporate history in 2022 with 202,895 motorcycles and scooters handed over to customers, which is an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the previous year. BMW Motorrad remains in first place in the global premium motorcycle and scooter segment.