March 2021

Genesis X Concept EV-based GT is unveiled

(April 1, 2021) LOS ANGELES — Genesis has introduced the Genesis X Concept, an EV-based GT (Gran Turismo) concept car. A world-premiere video captured the concept car’s debut, which took place on March 26 on a private rooftop in Los Angeles.  The Genesis X Concept is the brand’s fifth concept car, following the New York, GV80, Essentia, and Mint concepts, and epitomizes its new take on sustainable luxury car design.

Kia EV6 redefines electric mobility with inspiring design, exciting performance

(March 31, 2021) SEOUL — The new Kia EV6 brings long-range, zero-emissions power, 800V ultra-fast charging and distinctive styling to the crossover SUV market. The EV6 is Kia’s first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new platform for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The EV6 is the first dedicated BEV produced by Kia using the all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), and forms the first part of Kia’s transition to the new era of electrification under the new brand slogan, "Movement that inspires."

2020-21 GMC Savana and Chevy Express recalled for fire risk

(March 31, 2021) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation (NHTSA) urged owners of 2020 and 2021 GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express to park their vehicles outside and away from homes, structures, and other flammable materials such as vegetation, until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire.

Subaru debuts new 2022 Outback Wilderness — Most capable Outback ever

(March 31, 2021) Subaru of America has introduced the most rugged and capable Outback in the auto manufacturer’s history: the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. With a standard 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine, advanced dual function X-MODE, elevated 9.5-inch ground clearance, standard front skid plate, all-terrain tires, upgraded suspension and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-wheel drive, the Outback Wilderness is ready for adventure.

BMW Group steps up sustainable sourcing of lithium for battery cell production

(March 31, 2021) MUNICH, Germany  — The BMW Group will be accelerating its expansion of e-mobility in the coming years. By 2030, at least half the company’s global sales are expected to come from fully-electric vehicles. This will also increase the need for lithium, an important raw material for production of battery cells. For this reason, the company will source lithium from a second leading supplier, U.S.-based Livent. The value of the multi-year contract will total around 285 million euros. Livent will supply the lithium directly to the BMW Group’s battery cell manufacturers from 2022 on.

New usage-based insurance, driving score help Hyundai drivers save money

(March 30, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America has introduced the Usage Based Insurance (UBI) program and Driving Score to promote safe and efficient driving habits and potentially save owners hundreds of dollars on their auto insurance. Through leading global data analytic provider, Verisk, Hyundai drivers are now able to share their driving behavior habits with insurers to potentially receive discounts and lower insurance premiums, which is especially important to younger shoppers looking at models such as the all-new Hyundai Elantra and Tucson. UBI and the Driving Score are now live on