Inside the Industry

Ford pulls plug on automated parallel parking feature

(February 8, 2024) It was a neat party trick showing off the automated parallel parking in your new Ford crossover. But in the future, people purchasing new Ford vehicles will no longer be able to check off that option. Ford has announced it plans some big cost cuts as part of a drive to boost profitability and beat back inflation, including removing some once-ballyhooed features from its vehicles — like automated parallel parking.

New 2024 Jeep Gladiator production starts at Toledo Assembly Complex

(February 8 2024) TOLEDO, Ohio — Production of the new 2024 Jeep Gladiator is underway at the Toledo Assembly Complex, the home it shares with the iconic Jeep Wrangler.   Revealed during the 2023 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last September, "the world’s most off-road capable midsize truck" offers several new features for the 2024 model year.

Electrify America debuts first indoor flagship station in San Francisco

(February 8, 2024) SAN FRANCISCO —  Electrify America, the largest open DC fast-charging network in the U.S., announced the opening of its first indoor flagship station available to the public on Feb. 9 at 928 Harrison St. in San Francisco. Located two blocks from the Bay Bridge, the indoor charging station provides easy access for EV drivers visiting the South Market neighborhood.  

First fully electric van from Mercedes-Benz — All-new eSprinter hits the road

New eSprinter now available
for order at U.S. dealerships

(February 7, 2024) The all-new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is the electrified pioneer of the large van segment. For the first time, U.S. customers can make their fleet more sustainable with an emission-free, battery-electric van bearing the Mercedes-Benz star. In addition to optimized efficiency, the all-new eSprinter offers customers a multitude of technical innovations that make driving and fleet logistics more convenient and sustainable.

The split doors close on an icon — Farewell Mini Clubman

1.1 million vehicles produced
during model’s 55-year-history

(February 7, 2024) OXFORD, UK — The last Mini Clubman rolled off the production line this week at MiniPlant Oxford, 55 years after the model’s debut in 1969.  With its unique styling and signature rear split doors, the Mini Clubman remains instantly recognizable around the world. The end of the Mini Clubman signifies a closing chapter in Mini’s history, while the brand continues to introduce its new, all-electric Mini family.

Toyota bringing battery electric vehicle production to Kentucky

$1.3 billion investment reinforces
commitment to future production

(February 7, 2024) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota has announced a $1.3 billion investment at its flagship Kentucky facility for future electrification efforts including assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV for the U.S. market. The project brings the plant’s total investment to nearly $10 billion and reinforces Toyota’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability.

BMW is 'Talkin’ Like Walken' during this year’s Super Bowl

(February 6, 2024) BMW will return to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a new 60-second advertisement for the all-new generation of the iconic BMW 5 Series, highlighted by the first-ever, 100%-electric BMW i5. The star-studded commercial entitled “Talkin’ Like Walken,” also features another icon — Hollywood icon Christopher Walken — along with actress Ashley Park (Emily in Paris, Beef, Joy Ride), and Grammy Award Winning global superstar and Super Bowl LVIII halftime performer, USHER.

Toyota Tacoma has 'More Power for More Play' in new campaign

Adventure awaits for the
all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma

(February 6, 2024) PLANO, Texas — Built with more power than ever before, the all-new 2024 Tacoma is completely redesigned and reimagined and ready to take on all the action. Launching this week, the “More Power for More Play” campaign highlights the model 2024 truck’s exciting new i-FORCE and i-FORCE MAX powertrains, rugged capabilities, modern technology and features that are guaranteed to amplify life’s exciting adventures and off-roading excursions.

Elegance meets tech in 2025 Lincoln Aviator

(February 6, 2024) The new 2025 Lincoln Aviator SUV combines elevated design and connected experiences including the all-new Lincoln Digital Experience and BlueCruise hands-free highway driving technology, available on Aviator for the first time. Lincoln enhances its popular three-row SUV by showcasing the brand's evolved design language and focusing on signature features and connected experiences.

OnStar’s most popular features now standard in all 2025 GM vehicles

(February 5, 2024) DETROIT – GM is making some of OnStar’s most sought-after technology even more accessible to retail and fleet customers. Starting with the 2025 model year, every customer who buys a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle will get Automatic Crash Response, remote vehicle commands, and navigation and voice assistance features at no additional cost above the vehicle purchase price.