Inside the Industry

Subaru to team with Toyota on three new EV crossovers

(May 13, 2024) Subaru plans  to team with Toyota on three new all-electric crossovers it has planned through 2026 as the small-sized Japanese player tries to minimize its risk in an electric-vehicle market that is cooling off but still requires massive investment in new technology, according to Automotive News.

Manthey Kit for 718 Cayman GT4 RS now available in U.S.

Upgrade in track performance
offered without sacrificing warranty

(May 13, 2024) Owners of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS in the U.S. can now order an optional kit developed by Manthey through authorized Porsche Centers, which will also handle the installation. The kit is intended to offer an even greater level of performance and driver confidence on track. Additionally, both U.S. Porsche Experience Centers will offer the opportunity to drive an equipped example of the upgraded model through a drive program open to the public.

Ford cutting battery orders as EV losses mount

(May 13, 2024) Ford has begun cutting orders from battery suppliers to stem growing electric vehicle losses, according to people familiar with the matter, as it throttles back ambitions in a rapidly decelerating market for plug-in models, according to Bloomberg News. Ford said EV losses exceeded $100,000 per vehicle in the first quarter of 2024.

First ever Porsche 911 Turbo returns to limelight at Concours of Elegance

1973 Porsche 911 ‘Turbo’ concept
car to appear at London event

(May 13, 2024) LONDON — The Concours of Elegance, Europe’s premier concours d’elegance event, is has announced that its 2024 edition will feature one of the most historically significant Porsches of all time — the original 1973 911 Turbo "Prototype." This special car represents the genesis of an icon; it was the first road-going 911 to wear the "Turbo" badge.

VinFast becomes first to launch Sony's in-car entertainment service

(May 11, 2024) LOS ANGELES — VinFast Auto today announced the launch of Sony's new online entertainment service, RIDEVU, on its VF 8 electric car model in the U.S. As the world's first automobile manufacturer to launch RIDEVU, VinFast says it reaffirms its commitment to providing modern, smart electric car products and superior driving experiences to its customers.

Alpine Alpenglow Hy4 — A rolling prototype with hydrogen power

Mergeing environmental innovation,
performance with hydrogen engine tech

(May 11, 2024) Under the spotlights of the 2022 Paris Motor Show, Alpine presented its Alpenglow concept, a veritable manifesto of the brand's future directions in design and sustainable innovation, the "mother of all future Alpines." This founder model embodied the brand's ongoing research into hydrogen-powered combustion engines for sports cars, with the potential for high performance both on the road and in competition, in line with the brand's ambitious decarbonization targets. Alpine is therefore ready for possible changes in future regulations.

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.