Inside the Industry

Ticket sales open for Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge event

(July 11, 2023) MotorTrend presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is moving to a new location in the heart of downtown Pontiac, as well as featuring a new format for one of the highlights of the event, the popular Direct Connection Grudge Race. Direct Connection is the Dodge performance parts brand, relaunched in March 2022, offering factory-backed performance parts through the Dodge Power Brokers dealer network.

One millionth fourth generation Mini 3-door delivered in Canada

(July 11, 2023) In mid-April, Mini announced that the one millionth example of the current generation Mini had rolled off the production line. On Wednesday, June 28, that vehicle was delivered to Steve and Kerry Lockhart who are now part of the Mini family. The one millionth Mini of the current generation is an all-electric Mini Cooper SE built at Plant Oxford in the United Kingdom. Fittingly, the tradition-rich British plant is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. 

Mecum Auctions returns to Chattanooga Motorcar Festival Oct. 13-14

(July 11, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions will return to the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival this Oct. 13-14 with an estimated 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee.

Arriving on 2024 Mustang — Ford exit warning for road users

(July 10, 2023) Ford is unveiling a new driver assistance feature called Exit Warning, which will be available to customers this summer on all models of the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang to help safely share the road and protect vulnerable road users like cyclists, scooter riders and pedestrians. If a vulnerable road user is approaching the Mustang, it warns the driver before they open their door.

Mercedes-Benz expands charging options for customers

(July 10, 2023) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz drivers can use Tesla Superchargers in North America starting in 2024, following a customer-focused approach to scale electric vehicles based on a superior product experience and full access to all major charging networks. Mercedes-Benz will be the first German OEM to implement NACS ports into its new electric vehicles starting in 2025.

Audi endows 2024 RS 6 Avant and RS 7 with 621 horsepower

(July 10, 2023) HERNDON, Va. — Audi of America has announced the fastest and most powerful RS 6 and RS 7 models to date – the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 performance. The new models receive a number of dynamic improvements including an increase in power and torque, more precise self-locking differential, and more direct steering.

GMC unleashes the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition

AEV Edition takes capability further

with extra 1.5-inch lift, 35-inch tires

(July 8, 2023) DETROIT — Less than a year after the introduction of the next-generation 2023 Canyon, GMC has raised the bar with the 2024 Canyon. This model takes the capability and connectivity of Canyon to new heights with the introduction of both the Ultifi end-to-end software platform and the first ever Canyon AT4X AEV Edition.

Final Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals set for July 14-16

(July 7, 2023) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The longest-running active event or race sponsorship in all of motorsports is coming to an end, and Dodge  — America’s performance brand — is planning to bring the thunder to the Rocky Mountains one last time at the final Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals, scheduled for July 14-16 at famed Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Col.

Volkswagen launches its first autonomous driving test program in U.S.

VW to roll out ID.Buzz test fleet
in Austin, Texas, this month

(July 7, 2023) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen Group of America is starting its first autonomous vehicle test program in Austin beginning this month. The company will kick off its program with a batch of 10 all-electric ID. Buzz vehicles outfitted with an autonomous driving (AD) technology platform developed by the global Volkswagen Group in partnership with technology company Mobileye.

Stellantis reveals STLA Medium EV platform with 435 miles range

(July 6, 2023) Stellantis has unveiled STLA Medium, a global BEV-by-design platform with state-of-the-art features including best-in-class range of 700 kilometers (435 miles), energy efficiency, embedded power and charging power. The STLA Medium platform offers long range combined with designed-in flexibility to host a variety of vehicles and propulsion configurations in the heart of the market, the C- and D-segments, which accounted for 35 million sales in 2022 — nearly half the 78.5 million vehicles sold globally that year.