Inside the Industry

Fiat launches 500e BETA Club, a program for early adopters of new EV



(March 21, 2024) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat has launched the 500e BETA Club as part of the all-electric city car’s arrival in North America. This unique program rewards loyal Fiat customers and enthusiasts with the privilege of being among the first to receive their Fiat500e battery-electric vehicle (BEV). The program also provides valuable insights from previous-generation 500e owners who have experience with a city car and its benefits.

Vision Neue Klasse — Future BMW all-electric vehicles revealed



(March 22, 2024) The Neue Klasse X is a new BMW Vision Vehicle that will, more or less as you see it here, go into production next year. It will be joined by the Vision Neue Klasse, a 3-Series-sized sedan. Both the all-electric Vision Neue Klasse sedan and the Neue Klasse X will fill the market niches of the 3-Series and X3.

2025 Mercedes-Benz GLC plug-in hybrid SUV to join U.S. product range



(March 22, 2024) Mercedes-Benz has announced a new plug-in hybrid variant of its popular GLC SUV model series, the 2025 GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV. The extensive standard offerings of the GLC 300 4MATIC SUV will carry over to the plug-in hybrid, while adding more new standard features to further enhance the electric experience. The new plug-in hybrid model will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2024.

Stellantis and California partner to drive carbon emissions reduction efforts



(March 21, 2024) AMSTERDAM  — Stellantis has announced a partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) demonstrating the company’s resolve to achieve its industry-leading ambition to be carbon net zero by 2038, aligned with its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan.

2025 Lexus NX — Something for everyone



NX to feature four powertrains
including two hybrid electric models

    
(March 21, 2024) PLANO, Texas — For the 2025 model year, the NX line sees minor changes. Two new color options are available: Copper Crest (exterior) and Macadamia (interior, Luxury grade only). Inside, two USB Type-C ports are now included in the front console and a wireless charger is available on all grades. And Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking, Auto Rain Sensing Wipers, and Power Back Door are now standard.

BMW’s ‘Ultimate Driving Experience’ returns with more models



(March 21, 2024)  BMW brings back its Ultimate Driving Experience tour for 2024 this week, welcoming BMW customers and enthusiasts for an immersive program led by BMW professional driving instructors and product experts. This year’s tour will visit over 20 cities across the U.S., featuring a range of dynamic experiences in BMW’s latest vehicles as guests explore BMW technology, performance, and safety innovations and test their skills behind the wheel.

Highest levels of personalization drive financial performance for Bentley



(March 20, 2024) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has revealed financial performance for 2023 that was heavily influenced by record levels of interest in luxury personalization. Operating profits reached €589 million ($642 million) as three-quarters of customers explored the 46 billion different configurations available from the options range to add bespoke content from Bentley’s Mulliner division, representing a 43 per cent rise over 2022.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 Coupe offers dynamic driving experience



Handcrafted AMG 2.0-liter turbo
engine produces 416 horsepower   


(March 20, 2024) Mercedes-AMG is expanding the portfolio of the new AMG GT Coupe with the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 43. The lightweight, Handcrafted AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in conjunction with rear-wheel drive offers a highly dynamic driving experience and agile handling. The hand-built M139 AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers 416 hp and 369 pound-feet  of torque to enable acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Jeep announces 2024 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition



Quickest and most powerful yet,
the 392 is limited to 3,700 units

    
(March 20, 2024) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Jeep Wrangler 392 — the quickest and most powerful Wrangler yet - is roaring off into the sunset with a special, limited-production Final Edition. Powered by a 6.4-liter V-8, rated at 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 has ruled atop the Wrangler lineup thanks to its unique set of skills — it can rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 13.0 seconds, while also offering a 48:1 crawl ratio — all with a factory-backed warranty.

Audi adds third vehicle to its U.S. electric vehicle lineup



(March 19, 2024) NGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi on Monday introduced a battery-powered crossover that will be a fresh addition in the U.S. and other key markets. The Q6 E-tron will become the brand's third electric crossover marketed in the U.S., joining the smaller Q4 E-tron and larger Q8 E-tron. The Q6 E-tron will arrive in the U.S. by year end, Audi said.