Inside the Industry

Lexus ES gets refreshening inside and out for 2022 model year

(April 25, 2021) PLANO, Texas— In 2018, the all-new seventh-generation Lexus ES redefined its status among entry-level luxury sedans with a striking exterior design and transformative performance made possible by the Global Architecture–K (GA-K) platform. For the 2022 model year, the new ES family builds upon this recipe for success with numerous multimedia, safety, style, and color updates. Additional enhancements to F SPORT models include a new Dynamic Handling Package and the introduction of a new ES 300h F SPORT trim available in select regions.

Ram drives into commercial truck season with ‘Giants’ ad campaign

(April 24, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand is immersing itself in the spring commercial truck season sales event that offers special incentives on the highly capable Ram Commercial lineup of trucks and vans with a brand-new advertising campaign, “Giants.” The multimedia campaign salutes American working-class heroes and pays tribute to small businesses that are mobilizing by serving communities.

GTO Engineering confirms its new V-12 car will be called Squalo

(April 24, 2021) TWYFORD, UK — GTO Engineering,  an automotive authority on Ferrari servicing, repair restoration, engine-building, parts, event support and acquisition, has confirmed that Squalo will be the production name for its new sports car and has revealed the final exterior design updates and a first production-ready look of the new 4.0-liter V-12 engine. Squalo, meaning shark in Italian, has been chosen for GTO Engineering’s car due to its shark-like look, instincts and speed.

Hyundai expands Nexo fuel cell SUV availability in San Diego County

(April 23, 3031) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — As California continues to lead the nation in clean air initiatives, Hyundai fuels the advancement of sustainable mobility and zero emissions solutions with its Nexo fuel cell SUV, now available at Hyundai Escondido in San Diego County. Hyundai Escondido is the first Nexo dealer in San Diego County and the fifth in California, with two dedicated dealerships in Northern California and three in Southern California. Nexo can be leased for $379 for 36 months, including complimentary hydrogen fuel for three years (up to $15,000), and free maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.

Mini upgrades 2022 John Cooper Works hardtop and convertible

(April 23, 2021) Munich, Germany,  April 21, 2021. Offering maximum fun-to-drive performance in the premium small car segment, the new 2022 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and Convertible take their rightful place at the top of the starting grid. With fresh design and new equipment features, the Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible expresses the enhanced performance character of the two models.

Lincoln debuts Zephyr Reflection preview car for Chinese market

(April 23, 2021) SHANGHAI, China — Lincoln has debuted the Lincoln Zephyr Reflection preview car this week at Auto Shanghai show, showcasing the best of Lincoln’s global design expertise in a vehicle designed solely for the China market. The all-new Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid (PHEV) also made its debut as Lincoln’s first locally produced new energy vehicle. Lincoln also officially launched Lincoln ID, a single ID that enables customers to login across Lincoln’s digital ecosystem, further elevating the effortless experience as part of The Lincoln Way.

Chevron, Toyota pursue strategic alliance on hydrogen

(April 22, 2021) PLANO, Texas  — Chevron U.S.A., through its Chevron Products Company division, and Toyota Motor North America, have announced a memorandum of understanding to explore a strategic alliance to catalyze and lead the development of commercially viable, large-scale businesses in hydrogen, with the goal to advance a functional, thriving global hydrogen economy.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq debuts, heralding an all-electric future

(April 22, 2021) Wednesday marked a pioneering moment for Cadillac that illuminates the brand’s future and resets the fundamental notions of luxury motoring. The production debut of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is the culmination of a century of innovation and the beginning of a great new era. With testing of Cadillac’s inaugural luxury SUV running ahead of schedule, the brand announced that customers may place order reservations beginning in September, with initial availability starting the first half of 2022.

Electric performance Audi RS e-tron GT to make U.S. debut in Malibu

(April 21, 2021) HERNDON, Va — The all-new 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT will make its U.S. debut on Sunday, April 25, in Malibu, Calif., at the Cars and Coffee gathering near the Malibu Kitchen, 3900 Cross Creek Rd. from 10 a.m. to noon. 
The e-tron GT combines stunning design, high levels of performance in a fully electric, grand touring package. It is the electrified halo of the Audi brand that will is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships this summer.

Volkswagen Chattanooga marks 10th anniversary of first vehicle assembled

(April 21, 2021) Volkswagen is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first customer vehicle to roll off the assembly line at its Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant. On April 18, 2011, a Passat SEL in Night Blue Metallic equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, automatic transmission, leather interior and 18-inch wheels became the first customer vehicle to be assembled in Chattanooga.