April 2024

Toyota charges up investment and jobs in U.S. manufacturing



$1.4 billion for Indiana plant
brings production of all-new BEV

(April 27, 2024) PRINCETON, Ind.  — Toyota will prepare for assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV in the U.S. as part of a new $1.4 billion investment in its Princeton facility, affirming Toyota’s commitment to reinvesting profits in its U.S. operations and bringing total investment in Toyota Indiana to $8 billion. This also brings the addition of up to 340 new, high-quality jobs with long-term stability.

A Ford work truck



This fifth-generation 1971 Ford F-Series truck was found in northern Florida minus a few necessities such as headlights, bumpers and side trim. The 1971 F-Series had a variety of six and-eight cylinder engines. Transmissions included 3 and 4-speed manuals and a 4-speed automatic.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Led by new 1500 RHO, Ram announces new off-road truck lineup



(April 26, 2024) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Today marks a new milestone in the continued evolution of Ram with the arrival of "the most capable, most affordable off-road truck lineup in the industry." The most off-road models Ram has offered spans both the light- and heavy-duty lineup, including the all-new 2025 Ram 1500 RHO, 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel, 2025 Ram 1500 Warlock, 2024 Ram 2500 Power Wagon and 2024 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel.

Johnny Campbell to lead Honda True Adventure Tour



(April 25, 2024) American Honda has announced that 11-time Baja 1000 winner Johnny Campbell will lead a hybrid influencer/demo-ride event—the Honda True Adventure Tour—next month. Based around an adventure motorcycle ride from Northern Washington to Southern California, the event will feature social-media influencers riding Transalp and Africa Twin adventure bikes, with the group making periodic stops at Honda powersports dealerships for public demo rides.

New electric Mini Aceman will initially be built in China



No definite word if Mini's first
all-electric model will be sold in U.S.

(April 25, 2024) BEIJING — Mini has reinterpreted the original vision of company founder Alec Issigonis, combining maximum space utilization and a minimum footprint with the new Aceman, a premium small crossover. The Aceman replaces the slow-selling Clubman station wagon, giving Mini full coverage of the small premium segment with various body styles and powertrain options. It is the first Mini that will be sold only as a battery-electric vehicle.

Legendary performance, modern power — 2024 Toyota Tacoma i-FORCE MAX



Hybrid powered Tacoma produces
up to 326 hp, 465 lb.-ft. of torque

    
(April 25, 2024) PLANO, Texas — The Toyota Tacoma is shaking up the midsize truck segment again with the addition of the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain. The i-FORCE MAX pairs a 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated exclusively into the 8-speed transmission for the most powerful powertrain ever offered on Tacoma. With a total system output of up to 326 horsepower and a whopping 465 lb.-ft. of torque, that’s a 75% increase in torque compared to the previous generation V-6 powered truck.

Chrysler celebrates Pacifica as most awarded minivan



New marketing campaign begins
with thee 30-second spots   


(April 24, 2024) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In celebration of the Chrysler Pacifica as the most awarded minivan seven years in row, Chrysler brand is launching a new multimedia advertising campaign “Thanking Our Parents,“ which dedicates the accolades and personally gives thanks to the many different types of parents who are the continuous inspiration for the brand to deliver innovative high-tech features, award-winning interior design and the most standard safety features and most advanced available all-wheel-drive system in its class.

Subaru announces Legacy production will end in 2025



Production will end spring 2025
at conclusion of 2025 model year

    
(April 24, 2024) The Subaru Legacy was designed for the American market and on its debut in 1989 it became the first Subaru manufactured in the United States at Subaru’s new Indiana plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive. The Subaru Legacy has been beloved by owners and renowned for its exemplary safety and reliability; over 94% of Subaru Legacy vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today and the model has been an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for 18 years running.