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General Motors debuts Maps+, an in-vehicle app-based navigation system

(April 13, 2021) DETROIT — General Motors has announced the launch of Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based navigation solution, upgrading capabilities for select model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021. Maps+, which is powered by Mapbox, is expected to begin its rollout to approximately 900,000 vehicles on April 30, as part of select Connected Services plans.

Infiniti ushers in new era with 2022 QX55 crossover

(April 12, 2021) NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The wait is over. Infiniti celebrates the arrival of the all-new 2022 Infiniti QX55 crossovers into showrooms across the U.S. and Canada soon, signaling the arrival of a new era for the luxury automaker. Fortified by its commitment to deliver vehicles that are both powerful and composed, the path forward for Infiniti includes an impressive roster of vehicles, complemented by a renewed focus on driver and owner engagement.

Ford Explorer adds choices with new models for 2021

(April 12, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford adds three new choices to America’s all-time best-selling SUV, the Ford Explorer. New for 2021 is a lower-priced Explorer Enthusiast ST, powered by Ford Performance, and a better-value rear-wheel-drive Explorer Platinum, while Platinum Hybrid takes Explorer’s three rows to new levels of luxury and efficiency.

Toyota and AT&T team up to keep families entertained while on the road

(April 12, 2021) PLANO, Texas — Toyota North America and AT&T have teamed up to help make every parent’s dream come true on road trips. When connected to AT&T in-car Wi-Fi, the WarnerMedia RIDE App allows Toyota and Lexus owners to connect up to five compatible devices to browse, stream and share content from the open road.

Jaguar Land Rover makes SiriusXM standard feature across U.S. lineup

(April 12, 2021) NEW YORK — Jaguar Land Rover North America and SiriusXM have announced that they are expanding the factory installation of SiriusXM’s audio entertainment service, and that SiriusXM is now a standard feature in all Jaguar and Land Rover models in the United States beginning with 2021 model year vehicles. The standard availability of SiriusXM is part of a new agreement between SiriusXM and Jaguar Land Rover that extends their relationship into 2026.

A showstopper — The Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept

(April 10, 2021) Volkswagen recently revealed its latest addition to the 2021 Enthusiast Fleet family — a sleek and sporty all-black Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept, named for the Riverside North arts district in downtown Denver, Col. The concept was designed by Jamie Orr and incorporates a selection of partners from the automotive aftermarket to showcase the athletic mid-size SUV’s adventurous style, strength and spirit.

Honda and Verizon test 5G safety for connected and autonomous vehicles

(April 9, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — Through their partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles, Honda and Verizon are teaming up to research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road, thus reducing collisions and saving lives. Super-fast, reliable and low-latency data transmission at the edge of the network is essential for connected vehicle safety.

2022 Lexus LS arrives this fall with Lexus Teammate driver assistance tech

(April 9, 2021)  PLANO, Texas — The first-generation LS debuted in 1989 with the monumental goal of shaping the Lexus brand. It built the foundation of Lexus by its exceptional quietness, comfort and refinement, and each subsequent generation has embraced the spirit of constant innovation through new technology. The 2022 LS 500h flagship luxury hybrid sedan will continue this trend as the first vehicle in the US lineup to offer the all-new Lexus Teammate advanced driver assistance technology on all-wheel drive (AWD) models.

McLaren Artura high-performance hybrid powertrain sets new standards

(April 9, 2021) With acceleration figures now verified, the all-new High-Performance Hybrid powertrain in the McLaren Artura sets new benchmarks for performance, building on the levels of high-performance hybrid excellence set by the pioneering McLaren P1 — the world’s first hybrid hypercar — and the Speedtail Hyper-GT.

Polestar seeks total climate neutral car by 2030

(April 8, 2021) In Polestar’s first annual review, published on April 7, the Swedish electric performance car brand announced its moonshot goal to create the first truly climate neutral car by 2030. Environmental experts have warned that offsetting is not sustainable in the long run. Questions around the long-term carbon-storage capacity of forests and soils remain, as a forest might be logged, devastated by fire or altered by climate change.