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Building on greatness — 2025 Toyota Camry goes all-hybrid in Kentucky



All-new ninth-generation sedan
rolls off line at Georgetown assembly

(May 10, 2024) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Team members at Toyota’s longest-running U.S. vehicle manufacturing facility cheered as the ninth-generation Camry rolled off the assembly line for the first time. The 2025 Camry is powered exclusively with the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System, part of Toyota’s multi-pathway approach to electrification.

BMW introduces the 2025 M4 CS with 543 horsepower



All-wheel drive traction launches
the M4 CS to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds

       
(May 8, 2024) BMW M has announced the all-new 2025 BMW M4 CS. With its 3-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline six bumped to 543 hp, unique chassis tuning, and targeted weight reduction through the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the special edition M4 CS is equipped to attack the hills, curves, and braking zones of the world’s best circuits as well as highways and backroads.

Ultra Performance V8 Hybrid succeeds W12 as Bentley’s pinnacle powertrain



More than 740 horsepower
with 50-mile electric range


(May 9, 2024) CREWE, England — Bentley’s future is being brought another step closer with the announcement that its iconic W12 engine will be succeeded by an all-new, performance-focused V8 hybrid powertrain. Producing the highest power output ever offered in a Bentley, the new powertrain will also be the most dynamic, most responsive and most efficient system in Bentley’s history, befitting a new generation of daily supercars.

Mazda announces 300th open-concept dealership



(May 9, 2024) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American has opened its 300th Retail Evolution (RE) dealership with Luther Mazda in Kansas City, Mo. Mazda's Retail Evolution program, in the market since 2014, is focused on uplifting customer experience through upscale, open-concept floor plans that offer a higher level of business transparency and customer satisfaction.

GM to end Chevy Malibu production making way for new Bolt EV



(May 9, 2024) General Motors plans to end production of the Chevrolet Malibu — the company's last remaining sedan — in November so it can use the Fairfax, Kan., assembly plant that builds the sedan to assemble the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt. GM on Wednesday said it will pause production of the Cadillac XT4 crossover at Fairfax Assembly from January 2025 until the plant comes back online later that year, according to Automotive News.

Mecum Collector Car Auction now streaming on Max



(May 8, 2024) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions, host of The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction, is now streaming on Max, featuring live auction coverage and on-demand content. The move was made official after the company’s recent successful debut on the popular platform and will continue with Dana Mecum’s 37th Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis this May 10-18. Mecum coverage and content will continue to be broadcast on MotorTrendTV as well, with live coverage to be made available via both services.

Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000 ‘Super Truck’ now in production



1,043 bhp VelociRaptoR adds 300+
horsepower to F-150 Raptor R

    
(May 8, 2024) SEALY, Texas — Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has begun production of its most powerful Ford F-150 Raptor — the VelociRaptoR 1000. Boasting 40+ percent more power, the Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000 has super truck capabilities with tire-shredding performance and a symphony of high-revving exhaust notes to match.

Kia teases new EV3 compact electric SUV



EV3 to be revealed May 23
on Kia YouTube live stream


(May 8, 2024) SEOUL — Kia has released the first teaser images of its upcoming EV3, the brand’s new compact EV SUV set to enhance the accessibility of electric mobility from Kia. The teaser images showcase "the bold, geometric and robust aspects" of the EV3’s exterior design while highlighting its dynamic styling.

Bentley Batur Convertible – the third coachbilt vehicle by Mulliner



(May 8, 2024) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has revealed the third coachbuilt Bentley of the modern era — the Batur Convertible. Created by Mulliner, Bentley’s in house bespoke division and the longest standing coachbuilder in the world, the Batur Convertible follows the exquisitely hand-crafted Bacalar barchetta and Batur coupe. With the Batur Convertible, Mulliner continues its long tradition of crafting truly individual cars, tailored to the wishes of each of its extraordinary clients.

AMG performance in an open top — Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet



(May 7, 2024) The new AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet joins the AMG SL Roadster as the second open-top performance model from Mercedes-AMG. Arriving at U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2024, the 2025 AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet features a spacious interior and generous standard equipment, including AIRCAP, AIRSCAR and active rear axle steering. The AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine produces 443 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque (443 lb-ft in overboost for up to 10 seconds) thanks to an exhaust gas turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor.