Inside the Industry

Japanese, South Korean automakers show robust April sales



(May 4, 2021) Despite depleted inventories from chip shortages and other pandemic-related issues, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and Mazda, posted sharply U.S. light-vehicle sales in April compared with April 2020, when the market bottomed out early in the pandemic, with showrooms and factory floors mostly shuttered. The sales rose on demand for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Genesis reveals U.S. pricing for redesigned 2022 G70 starting at $38,570



(May 3, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis Motor America has announced pricing for the newly redesigned 2022 Genesis G70 sport sedan. Available starting from $38,570 including destination, like all Genesis vehicles, the G70 is sold with an unparalleled suite of ownership benefits including complimentary scheduled maintenance with Service Valet, Genesis Connected Services, map updates, and more, all for 3 years or 60,000 miles. Customers can now reserve their 2022 G70 at www.genesis.com.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition arrives with upgraded interior



(May 3, 2021) NAS
VILLE, Tenn. — The new 2021 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition grade is now available at Infiniti retailers and priced from $48,200. This new addition to the Infiniti Q50 line is a limited production model featuring a unique leather-appointed interior, exclusive exterior features and is powered by a 300-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 in rear- or all-wheel drive.

Toyota developing hydrogen engine technologies through motorsports



(May 3, 2021) TOYOTA CITY, Japan  — Toyota has announced that it is developing a hydrogen engine in an effort to move toward a carbon-neutral mobility society. It has installed the engine on a racing vehicle based on Toyota’s Corolla Hatchback, which it will enter in competition under the ORC ROOKIE Racing banner. The first race will be the Super Taikyu Series 2021 Powered by Hankook Round 3 NAPAC Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours Race on May 21-23.

Stellantis ranks first in global European sales in Q1 2021



(May 2, 2021) AMSTERDAM — The newly formed Stellantis has taken the top spot among automakers in Europe with a market share of 23.6% in the first quarter of 2021 in the Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles perimeter. In a context of moderate growth of the European market at 3.8%, the results achieved by Stellantis are above par, with an increase of sales of 10.8% year-over-year with 854,151 vehicles registered on a total market of 3,619,749 vehicles in Europe and an overall positive performance achieved across the brands line-up.

Mini celebrates production milestone — 20 years of the modern Mini



(May 1, 2021) OXFORD, UK — The Mini brand and BMW Group’s UK manufacturing plants in Oxford and Swindon are celebrating 20 successful years of Mini production. In early 2001, production began for Mini body parts in Swindon and on the April 26 that same year, the first new Mini rolled off the line in Oxford. Over the past two decades Mini has built over 5 million cars in the UK. Plant Oxford currently builds the Mini 3-Door Hatch, Mini 5-Door Hatch, Mini Clubman and the Mini Electric, all on the same production line.



GM introduces Ultium Charge 360 — To put 'Everybody In' an electric vehicle



(May 1, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors introduced Ultium Charge 360, a holistic charging approach that integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM electric vehicle owners. Ultium Charge 360 builds on GM’s existing charging efforts to provide GM EV owners more confidence and convenience when it comes to EV charging.

Honda introduces all-new Civic for 2022 model year



(April 30, 2021) As Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate, Americans have purchased more than 12 million Civics since 1973, making it one of the top three best-selling passenger cars in America over the past 48 years. With sales of more than 1.7 million units over the last five years, Civic has been the No. 1 model in America — car or light truck — with first-time buyers, Millennials, Gen Z and multicultural customers, since the launch of the 10th-gen model in 2015.

Jeep Performance Parts introduces 2-inch lift kit for plug-in hybrid Wrangler



(April 30, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— With a comprehensive portfolio of Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) and accessories, Mopar will help power the introduction of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle “With an industry-first lift kit for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar will give owners of the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe the opportunity to amplify the 4x4 capability and the fun-to-drive, open-air experience of the most capable, technically advanced, eco-friendly SUV,” said Jim Morrison, vice president, Jeep Brand North America.

Electrify America opens 600 public fast charging stations in three years



(April 30, 2021) RESTON, Va. — In less than three years, Electrify America now has 600 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the continental United States open to the public. The nation’s largest open DC fast-charging network opened its first charging station on May 2, 2018, in Chicopee, Mass. Today, Electrify America has nearly 2,600 individual fast chargers across the country, furthering its mission to build an accessible charging network that encourages EV adoption.