Inside the Industry

Bill Nye explains the all-electric Porsche Taycan

(April 21, 2021) ATLANTA — As consumer interest and market share in battery electric vehicles (BEV) continue to grow, many are intrigued by the Porsche Taycan and how it differs from other BEVs. To satisfy that curiosity, Porsche teamed up with the well-known engineer and science educator, Bill Nye The Science Guy, at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles to explain the science behind the automakers first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan.

All-wheel drive comes to 2022 BMW M3 and M4 Competition sedan and coupe

(April 20, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The new BMW M xDrive-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models will arrive in the U.S. in August. The additional traction generated by all-wheel drive will enable the full 479 pound-feet of torque to be used to a greater extent during both acceleration and dynamic driving. Prices for the 503-horsepower M3 Competition sedan start at $77,895 including destination charge. The M4 coupe will start at $79,795.

VW Taos harnesses North American engineering expertise

(April 20, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — The Volkswagen Taos entry-compact SUV, which slots into the brand’s SUV portfolio below the Tiguan and ID.4 EV models, is the latest product to be built on the company’s versatile modular transverse toolkit, or MQB. It has also been specifically tuned for regional markets by engineers within the North American Region.

Toyota debuts all-electric SUV concept

(April 19, 2021) PLANO, Texas — Toyota envisions a future in which carbon neutrality is achieved through the practical marketization of a portfolio of products with advanced, alternative-fuel and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Already a leader in electrification, the company took a major step forward with the introduction of the Toyota bZ4X Concept, a vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the “Toyota bZ” brand umbrella.

Ford Performance debuts new lightweight carbon fiber parts for Shelby GT500

(April 19, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Performance Parts has revealed four new aftermarket carbon fiber components for the exterior of the Mustang Shelby GT500. The components were showcased at a GT500 track tour event at Texas International Speedway outside Dallas.

Volkswagen de México begins exports of Taos to the U.S. market

(April 19, 2021) VERACRUZ, Mexico — With the departure of the first units from the port of Veracruz, Volkswagen de México began exporting the all-new Taos, which is produced at the Puebla plant. Loaded on board the Mediterranean Highway vessel, which is part of the fleet used by the Volkswagen Group, these vehicles are destined for different ports in the United States.

Mercedes introduces the all-electric EQB, a GLB with a plug

(April 19, 2021) Just days after Mercedes-Benz revealed the ultimate electric luxury car in the form of the sophisticated EQS luxury sedan,  Mercedes this weekend introduced the EQB, an electric seven-seater crossover SUV that is essentially the GLB-class with a plug. And it will come to the U.S. market, expected by the 2022 calendar year.

World's first mass-produced battery swap starts operation in Beijing

(April 19, 2021) Sinopec last week unveiled the NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station in Beijing. This is NIO’s first second-generation battery swap station and also the first under the NIO-Sinopec partnership, and the world's first mass-produced battery swap station.

GM, LG investing $2.3 billion in second Ultium cell manufacturing plant

(April 18, 2021) NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, has announced a more than $2.3 billion investment to build its second battery cell manufacturing plant in the United States. The facility will be located in Spring Hill, Tenn. Ultium Cells will build the new plant on land leased from GM. The new battery cell plant will create 1,300 new jobs.

Hyundai showcases Heritage Series PONY as icon of design innovation

(April 17, 2021) SEOUL — Hyundai  has revealed the Heritage Series PONY, a swank retro-modern reconstruction of the original mass-produced PONY model that heralded the dawn of Korea’s automotive industry more than 45 years ago. Featured at the recently opened Hyundai Motorstudio Busan in South Korea as part of its ‘Reflections in Motion’ exhibition, from April 8 through June 27, the Heritage Series PONY combines distinctive legacy design features with modern touches to offer a glimpse of the future.