Inside the Industry

Jeep bursting with color — Brand debuts Bikini, Punk'n paint colors

(July 17, 2023) AUBURN HILLS,  Mich. — With summer in full swing, the Jeep brand is announcing the addition of two sunny shades, available for a limited time, to the lineup’s color palette – the Bikini exterior paint color is now available for order on the 2024 Jeep Wrangler and the Punk’n exterior paint color is now available for order on the 2023 Jeep Gladiator.  

Purity meets e-performance — The new Porsche Vision 357 Speedster

(July 15, 2023) Porsche marks the 30th anniversary of the famed Goodwood Festival of Speed in style with the world premiere of the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster. The new concept car is the sister-model to the Porsche Vision 357 with which the sports car manufacturer launched its own anniversary-year celebrations. In design terms the concept is a homage to the 356, however the all-electric Porsche Vision 357 Speedster is based on the 718 GT4 e-Performance technologically.

GMC introduces longer driving range for the 2024 Hummer EV 3X pickup

GM estimates up to 381 miles range
on a full charge with special battery

(July 14, 2023) DETROIT — GMC has announced the extended driving range for the 2024 GMC Hummer EV 3X Pickup: a whopping GM-estimated 381 miles of range on a full charge on the 3X trim with the available 24-module battery (a 26-mile increase over 2023 model year) and GM-estimated 359 miles of range on a full charge for models equipped with the available Extreme Off-Road Package (a 30-mile increase over the previous model year).

Emira — The most powerful four-cylinder Lotus sports car ever

Capable of 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds
with maximum speed of 180 mph

(July 14, 2023) HETHEL, UK — Captivating driving enthusiasts worldwide since its debut two years ago, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Lotus Emira V6 has secured its rightful place as the most accomplished Lotus sports car ever made. With striking design, astonishing performance and benchmark ride and handling, its supercharged 3.5-liter powerplant matched to a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions delivers a driving experience that could only be from Lotus.

Morgan returns to the United States with introduction of Super 3

(July 12, 2023) England's Morgan Motor Company has announced the introduction of Super 3 to the United States. The anticipated arrival of Super 3 — which was launched in February 2022 — signifies a triumphant return for Morgan to the country, bringing with it the individual and unconventional spirit for which the brand is renowned.

Kia announces $200 million Georgia plant expansion for EV9

(July 13, 2023) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia Georgia's West Point assembly plant is undergoing a transformation that will allow for the assembly of the all-electric 2024 EV9 three-row SUV in the second quarter of 2024. This over $200 million expansion will create nearly 200 additional jobs  with the EV9 joining the Telluride, Sorento and Sportage SUVs and the K5 mid-size sedan as the fifth model to be assembled at Kia Georgia.

Porsche beats its own record by nearly two seconds in 911 GT3 RS

New production car track
record set at Road America

(July 12, 2023) ATLANTA — In a new 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, professional race car driver Dimitri Dimakos set a new production car track record at Road America in Wisconsin. Dimakos, a veteran of the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America, lapped the four mile, 14-turn road course in a time of two-minutes, 13.8 seconds.

Bentley Speed Six Continuation Series debuts at Goodwood

Initial engine tests indicate peak power
of 205 bhp, within 5 bhp of original

(July 13, 2023) CREWE, England — The first new Speed Six in 93 years will made its global debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed this month. The most successful Bentley racing car ever, the Speed Six is regarded as one of the most important Bentleys in history. The newest Speed Six — Car Zero — will be used in a development program consisting of real-world durability and track based testing, before being retained by Bentley ahead of the build of 12 customer cars — all of which are already sold.

Ford Escape investigated over doors opening while driving

(July 12, 2023) WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators have opened an investigation into older model Ford Escape compact crossovers after reports of an alleged safety defect that could cause the front doors to inadvertently open while driving, according to Automotive News. About 346,000 Ford Escape vehicles from the 2020-21 model years could be affected.

Stop-drive recall made for 2003 Dodge Ram pickups

(July 12, 2023) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — A May 13 traffic fatality has been potentially linked to the ongoing Takata airbag inflator recall. All owners or custodians of recalled, yet un-repaired model-year 2003 “Dodge Ram” pickups — of which there are an estimated 29,000 still on U.S. roads — to immediately stop driving those vehicles and contact a dealer or the company to determine their recall status. If there is an urgent need for service, call 833-585-0144.