March 2022

Mercedes battery plant in Alabama sets stage for EQS SUV production in U.S.

(March 16, 2022) TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mercedes-Benz has opened a new battery plant in Bibb County, Ala., a few months ahead of the start of production of the all-electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles in the United States. Mercedes is getting ready to go all electric by ramping up production of electric cars on three continents. The new U.S. battery factory underscores the importance of the United States within the Mercedes-Benz global production network and the status of Alabama as an export hub for luxury SUVs also in the electric era.

Progressive and luxurious — Mercedes shows off interior of new EQS SUV

(March 16, 2022) The new EQS SUV will be the third model on Mercedes-Benz’s dedicated electric vehicle architecture and is set to redefine an entire segment. Its interior combines the progressive design, luxury and comfort that customers love about the EQS with the space and versatility of the popular large-SUV concept. The look- and-feel is a sumptuous fusion of digital luxury and innovative new trim elements, while the purpose design of the electric-vehicle architecture delivers exceptionally generous SUV interior dimensions.

2022 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series — Relax and Unwind

(March 16, 2022) PLANO, Texas — For more than five years, Inspiration Series has taken iconic Lexus vehicles and elevated them to a new level of exclusivity. The anything-but-standard Lexus LC 500 turns heads on its own, but each Inspiration Series levels up that experience via unique designs, thoughtful grand touring experiences and fierce performance enhancements. The 2022 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series continues that legacy while focusing on a meditative in-cabin experience that a select few can enjoy.

Volvo explores electric vehicle charging network at U.S. Starbucks stores

(March 16, 2022)  SEATTLE, Wash. — Volvo  and Starbucks are collaborating to establish the first public electric-vehicle charging network at the coffee company’s U.S. stores beginning this summer, powered by ChargePoint. Volvo will install as many as 60 Volvo-branded, ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route from the Denver area to the coffee company’s Seattle headquarters.

Toyota celebrates 7 millionth sale of a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle

(March 15, 2022) MOUNT LAUREL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Toyota Motor North America marked another milestone with the sale of its 7 millionth Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) to Wayne Maver Jr. The 20-year-old from Vincentown, N.J., purchased the 2019 Toyota Camry from Holman Toyota.

Cadillac announces Escalade-V reveal date

(March 15, 2022) Power like never before: Cadillac will reveal the pulse-pounding specs, details and availability of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V on May 11 on Cadillac says the V-Series is the ultimate expression of Cadillac design, performance and technology and the purest expression of the passion that exists at the core of the Cadillac brand.

Ford plans to sell more than 600,000 EVs in Europe annually by 2026

(March 14, 2022) COLOGNE, Germany — Ford today announced significant strides toward an all-electric future in Europe, which will see the company transformed and offering a new generation of seven, all-electric, fully-connected passenger vehicles and vans by 2024. Ford said it plans on building more than 600,000 EVs a year by 2026.

Virtual reality coming to Audi vehicles this summer

(March 14, 2022) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi is the first automobile manufacturer in the world to bring virtual-reality entertainment from holoride into series production. Beginning this summer, back seat passengers can put on virtual reality glasses (VR glasses) and immerse themselves in various media formats including games, films and interactive content.