Inside the Industry

Innovative ideas for more sustainability — BMW invites startups to collaborate

(April 29, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — The BMW Group has set itself ambitious goals to increase sustainability. To achieve this aim, the company is inviting startups worldwide to participate in the Open Call 360° Sustainability Challenge. Collaboration with young companies can play a key role in promoting the use of innovative technologies. That is why the BMW Group launched the BMW Startup Garage back in 2015 and is now taking the next step with the Open Call 360° Sustainability Challenge.

Toyota to invest $803 million in Indiana plant, add two new SUVs

(April 29, 2021) PRINCETON, Ind.  — With its 25th anniversary right around the corner, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) is poised to celebrate with gusto as it announces an investment sure to drive the team through the next 25 years and beyond. Toyota has announced an $803 million investment and 1,400 new jobs at the Princeton  auto-manufacturing plant in preparation to introduce two all-new, three-row SUVs designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind. What’s more, only one will bear the Toyota name. The other will officially introduce the Lexus line to Toyota Indiana.

2022 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 comes with a 503-horsepower V-8

(April 29, 2021) Mercedes-Benz USA has announced the new 2022 AMG GLC 63 S SUV, combining the highest- available GLC performance with one of Mercedes’ best-selling models, the versatile GLC SUV. The Mercedes- AMG GLC 63 S SUV is powered by the powerful handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter eight-cylinder biturbo engine, featuring 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Previously, this highest-output AMG GLC engine was reserved exclusively for the GLC Coupe body style. Now, Mercedes-Benz USA will offer this new-to-the-US variant to meet demand from our customers who crave the very best in AMG Driving Performance.

Embrace your adventurous side with the Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition

(April 28, 2021) PLANO, Texas — The new Toyota Sienna is leveling up for 2022, thanks to the all-new Sienna Woodland Special Edition. Featuring adventure-ready, rugged styling and a standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System with increased ground clearance, the new edition will help drivers tackle outdoor adventures with confidence.

Ford accelerates battery R&D with dedicated team

(April 28, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has announced a new global battery center of excellence — called Ford Ion Park – to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology — including future battery manufacturing. “We’re already scaling production of all-electric vehicles around the world as more customers experience and crave the fun-to-drive benefits of electric vehicles with zero emissions,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product platform and operations officer. “Investing in more battery R&D ultimately will help us speed the process to deliver more, even better, lower cost EVs for customers over time.”

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV gets N performance infusion

(April 28, 2021) SEOUL — Hyundai has unveiled the all-new Kona N as well as its high-performance philosophy and ambition for sustainable driving fun at Hyundai N Day, a digital showcase dedicated to introducing Hyundai’s N Brand. Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N lineup but is also the first N model with an SUV body style. It offers a combination of versatility, spirited acceleration, agility and racetrack readiness.

Honda releases video revealing new interior design philosophy

(April 27, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has released a  video, showcasing a new interior design philosophy that will shape the interior design of future Honda models. Johnathan Norman, creative lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S., provides insight into the new philosophy behind the interior design direction.

2022 Volkswagen Taos EPA-estimated fuel economy up to 36 mpg

(April 27, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced the official fuel economy ratings for the 2022 Volkswagen Taos compact SUV. All 2022 Taos front-wheel-drive models feature an 8-speed automatic transmission and have EPA-estimated ratings of 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. 2022 Front-wheel drive Taos models are tied for best-in-class EPA-estimated highway fuel economy for internal combustion models.

Mustang Mach-E First Edition customers get 3D-printed surprise

(April 26, 20210 DEARBORN, Mich. — Mustang Mach-E First Edition customers in the U.S. are getting a little extra surprise from their ponies, thanks to the team at the Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center. Each Mustang Mach-E First Edition customer will receive a special collectible wireframe pony sculpture in the color corresponding to their vehicle’s paint job, created with the help of 3D printing.

Maserati commemorates racing history with special edition

(April 26 2021) MODENA, Italy — Maserati says it has "motorsports in its genes, power rooted in the spirit of pure competition, unprecedented wins and unrivaled achievements." And the Italian car company is celebrating its racing past with the F Tributo Special Edition.