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Latest project from Callum to make global public debut



Callum Skye prototype to debut
at concours in London this week

(May 21, 2024) LONDON — Callum Skye, the first vehicle fully developed in-house by the British design and engineering business Callum, will be seen in public for the first time at Concours on Savile Row, London on May 22-23. The pioneering, high-performance, all-wheel-drive, multi-terrain electric vehicle was announced in November 2023 to global critical acclaim. The first running prototype will be displayed outside Edward Sexton’s store throughout the free-to-attend event that celebrates the long history that car manufacturers and tailors share.

NHTSA investigates VW ID4 door opening recall



(May 21, 2024) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are investigating Volkswagen Group's handling of a 2023 recall after reports of doors opening while vehicles were in motion. NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation said it received 12 reports for 2021-2023 model year ID4 vehicles alleging the "vehicle's door intermittently opens while driving with no reasonable detectability," according to Automotive News.

Velocity unveils new modernized 1967-68 Convertible Mustang line



(May 21, 2024) PENSACOLA, Fla.  — Velocity, an industry leader in classic vehicle modernization, has announced a new convertible option for its Signature Series Mustang lineup. The highly sought-after 1967-68 Ford Mustang Fastback has been beautifully restored to seamlessly blend the iconic style of the classic with modern components found in late-model Mustangs.

Mitsubishi announces Momentum 2030 — North American five-year business plan



One new or refreshed vehicle
to debut yearly between '26 and '30


(May 20, 2024) Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced details of its North American business plan, dubbed "Mitsubishi Motors Momentum 2030," outlining business and product plans that start immediately and run through fiscal-year 2030. The plan was first revealed to the company's dealer partners in a national dealer meeting in Nashville on May 14, and was met with enthusiasm and excitement.

Acura ZDX Type S is electric pace car for Pikes Peak climb



(May 20, 2024) The all-electric 2024 Acura ZDX Type S will be the first all-electric pace car at the 102nd running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo on June 23. Driving the ZDX Type S pace car up the challenging 12.42-mile hill climb will be pro BMX athlete, car tuner and amateur drifter Coco Zurita.

Morgan and Pininfarina present Midsummer, a celebration of timeless style



Midsummer celebrates centuries
of coach building experience


(May 20, 2024) MALVERN, UK — Morgan Motor Company and Pininfarina have presented Midsummer, a celebration of coach building by two of the longest-established coach builders in the world. Created in recognition of the heyday of European barchetta designs, this special — limited to just 50 examples — represents the shared vision of Morgan and Pininfarina, who have collaborated to reinterpret and celebrate the timeless Morgan silhouette.

Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama vote against joining union



(May 18, 2024) Workers at a Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama voted against joining the UAW, a high-profile defeat for the union that, at least temporarily, halts the momentum of a $40 million organizing drive across the South. According to the National Labor Relations Board, 56 percent of the 4,687 votes cast in the five-day election that ended Friday were against joining the union. The NLRB must still certify the results, Automotive News reported.

Honda to debut Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept at ACT Expo 2024



(May 18, 2024) Honda will debut a Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on May 20, showcasing the start of a new demonstration project aimed at future production of fuel cell powered products for the North American market. Honda is seeking new business collaborations as the company expands its hydrogen business to achieve its global goal of zero environmental impact, including carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050.

McLaren unveils the most powerful trail-legal mountain bike



‘Extreme 600’ — 119 pound-feet
of hill climbing torque available


(May 17, 2024) Renowned for game-changing supercars and hypercars such as the McLaren P1, luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive is ushering in the era of the electric hyperbikes with its debut range of electric bikes unveiled today. Taking inspiration from the company’s award-winning supercars, the new limited-edition four-bike range extends McLaren’s extreme performance-focused design and technology into the electric two-wheeled world for the first time.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz to be featured in 'Dead Forever Experience'



(May 17, 2024) LAS VEGAS — Volkswagen of America will join the excitement of Dead & Company’s Las Vegas residency “Dead Forever – Live at Sphere” as one of the highlights of the immersive Dead Forever Experience at the Venetian Resort with a vintage Volkswagen bus and the latest all-electric model, the ID. Buzz. The Dead Forever Experience, created in partnership with Vibee, began Wednesday and is open to the public for the duration of the residency.