Inside the Industry

Ford and Mappo enrich the traditional road trip

(April 8, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford vehicles now offer another way to enrich people’s car rides and road trips, whether they’re preparing to enjoy the great outdoors or rediscover their own neighborhoods after more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions. Mappo is a new way to explore the world around you through the lens of history, popular culture, architecture, sports and more — all supported by audio content from literary icons, historians, authors, musicians and others.

2022 Hyundai Kona N boasts performance N dual-clutch transmission 

(April 8, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai  has revealed new technical details for the all-new Kona N SUV. The company’s first high-performance SUV will be available with an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission, known as N DCT, providing high-performance features for driving enthusiasts. N DCT provides the engaging experience of a sequential manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

CyberLandr — The disappearing camper for Tesla Cybertruck

(April 7, 2021) LAS VEGAS — Stream It, Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., has announced the CyberLandr, an innovative camper/overlander for the Tesla Cybertruck. Rather than being tethered to RV parks for power, water/sewer, or Internet access, CyberLandr lets you take a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and office anywhere and everywhere for ultimate wilderness and urban adventures.

Chevrolet to build first-ever Silverado electric pickup

(April 7, 2021) DETROIT _ General Motors President Mark Reuss has announced Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Mich.

Hennessey celebrates 30 years of making fast cars faster

(April 7, 2021) SEALY, Texas — Building a world-renowned tuning business on the foundation of strong family support, John Hennessey's company has created more than 12,000 customer cars since it was founded 30 years ago and has now evolved into a global brand manufacturing its own hypercar.

New Toyota GR 86 introduced at online event

(April 6, 2021) TOYOTA CITY, Japan ― Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) presented the new GR 86 in a world debut in an online event was held together with Subaru. Following the GR Supra and GR Yaris, the new GR 86 is the third global model in TGR's GR series of sports cars. The new GR 86 is scheduled to launch in Japan this fall.

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV offers new tactical technology

(April 6, 2021) DETROIT — GMC’s electric supertruck lineup expands with the addition of the 2024 Hummer EV SUV — and it is loaded with smart, purposeful technology. “GMC’s Hummer EV SUV offers an exceptional balance of on-road performance and off-road capability, enhanced by a unique structure that allows for our signature open-air experience,” said Al Oppenheiser, Hummer EV chief engineer. “New features debuting on the SUV reinforce its role as a tactical tool in almost any situation.”

Monthly vehicle sales rebound over pandemic-struck March 2020

(April 5, 2021) Toyota sales rebounded and Honda, Subaru, Kia and Hyundai set U.S. records last month, signaling the industry’s robust advance from a pandemic-wracked early 2020, even as supply chain woes disrupt output. First-quarter volume rose at 3.7 percent at General Motors, edged up 0.6 percent at Ford and 5 percent at FCA US (Stellantis).

BMW connects customers with new My BMW app

(April 5, 2021)  WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has announced the all-new My BMW App, providing customers with the ultimate in connectivity and digital services for their vehicles. The new app succeeds the BMW Connected app and builds on its seamless feature integration with several new functionalities, improved Amazon Alexa integration, and more. Customers can also manage their BMW Financial Services accounts through the My BMW App. The My BMW App will become available to U.S. customers in mid-April.

New 4Motion system with torque vectoring brings new edge to 2022 VW Golf R

(April 5, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is expected to arrive late this year will offer more power than any Golf R to date, with 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. To ensure that power gets to the road properly, Volkswagen engineers have designed a new 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with rear-axle torque vectoring. This serves as the foundation for the updated handling abilities of the Golf R, delivering a new level of performance for its category.