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Land Rover and Royal Geographical Society launch 2021 ‘Earth Photo’ challenge

(March 16, 2021) MAHWAH, N.J. — Land Rover is partnering with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to launch the 2021 Earth Photo competition — inspiring people to get out into the landscape and appreciate their surroundings. Earth Photo is an international photography competition that aims to promote environmental and geographical issues by revealing the stories behind the winning images and videos. Entries are now open, with exhibitions of winning and shortlisted images and videos in the summer and autumn.

Kia reveals new design philosophy; full images of EV6

(March 16, 202) Kia Corporation has revealed the first images of the exterior and interior design of EV6, its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), ahead of the car’s world premiere in March. EV6 was designed under the brand’s new design philosophy "Opposites United," which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the center of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy, with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes.

BMW investing in CO2-free steel production

(March 15, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — The BMW Group is systematically implementing its sustainability goals. As announced last week, the company is investing in an innovative method for CO2-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures. Over the coming years, Boston Metal plans to expand the new method for steel production on an industrial scale. The investment is part of the BMW Group’s far-reaching sustainability activities aimed at significantly reducing CO2 emissions across the supplier network.

More than 850,000 Nissan Sentras recalled over brake light issue

(March 15, 2021) Nissan is recalling more than 850,000 Sentra compact sedans in North America over a defect that may prevent the brake lights from illuminating, which could increase the risk of a crash. The affected vehicles — totaling 807,376 units in the U.S. and 46,737 in Canada — are 2016-19 model-year Sentras. Nissan said it is not aware of any accidents related to this issue.

Roush taking pre-orders for its off-road ready 2021 Ford F-150

(March 14, 2021) LIVONIA, Mich. — Roush Performance has announced that its 2021 F-150 is now available for preorder. This truck is the result of the brand’s rich racing history. From the corners of Pikes Peak to the silt of Baja, Roush brings its commitment to off-road performance to the modern pickup. Building upon Ford’s all-new F-150 platform, the truck is enhanced with Roush-engineered body components, high-performance suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, a cat-back exhaust system and premium interior upgrades.

General Motors looks to the future of Detroit's Riverfront

(March 13, 2021) DETROIT — In 1996, General Motors acquired the Renaissance Center to house its world headquarters on Detroit’s riverfront, a milestone that helped spark a downtown renaissance and enhance public spaces along the Detroit River. Twenty-five years later, GM enters the next chapter of its story in the city it has called home for more than a century. GM’s impact is seen clearly at the top of Detroit’s skyline — the GM RenCen.

Wagoneer to start at $59,995, Grand Wagoneer at $88,995

(March 12, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For the first time in 30 years, customers searching for a true premium SUV experience can now place an order for the all-new 2022 model year Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The return of Wagoneer as a premium extension of the Jeep brand has a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $59,995 including a rather steep $2,000 destination charge. Grand Wagoneer has a starting price of $88,995 including destination.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer — An American icon reborn

(March 12, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The all-new 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer mark the rebirth of a premium American icon, with legendary capability courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, exceptional driving dynamics, powerful performance, including best-in-class towing capability of up to 10,000 pounds., advanced technology, safety and a new level of comfort for up to eight passengers – all wrapped in a sophisticated and authentic new design culminating in an undeniable presence.

All-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV prepares for cross-country drive

(March 12, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America is embarking on a 6,000-mile drive across the U.S. this weekend with the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV. Starting in New York City on Saturday, a small team is crossing the states on a predominantly southern route and will wrap up the drive in approximately 18 days in Sacramento, Calif.

GMC tests Hummer EV in sub-zero conditions; announces reveal date

(March 11, 2021) DETROIT — Before any GMC vehicle reaches customers’ driveways, it undergoes a rigorous test and validation schedule to prove the extent of its capability. Follow the GMC Hummer EV on its testing and development journey as a team of engineers visits locations across the U.S. to tune the GMC Hummer EV in the lead-up to its production debut this fall.