April 2024

New Mini Cooper S — Sporty performance, timeless design

(April 4, 2024) MUNICH, Germany — The fifth generation of the Mini Cooper comes with a broad drivetrain portfolio of purely electric engines, as well as efficient gasoline engines. The Mini Cooper S equipped with four cylinders combines a 150 kW/204 hp gasoline engine with a suspension and damping system tailored to agile handling. The 2.0 liter TwinPower turbo engine with 221 maximum pound-feet of torque accelerates the vehicle in 6.6 seconds from 0 to 62 mph.

Hyundai and Kia's DAL-e delivery robot arrives

(April 3, 2024) SEOUL — Hyundai and Kia have unveiled the new design of their DAL-e Delivery robot with images and a video clip. This robot, based on the delivery robot introduced in December 2022, is expected to improve delivery performance, particularly in complex settings, such as offices and shopping malls.

Tesla regains top spot in global EV sales over China's BYD

(April 3, 2024) BYD, China's biggest electric vehicle maker, reported first-quarter sales fell 43 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2023, handing back the title of world's biggest EV seller to Tesla after winning it last year. BYD sold 300,114 EVs in the first quarter of the year, it said in a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange late on Monday, down from a record quarterly high of 526,409 in the previous three-month period, when it surpassed Tesla. BYD's first-quarter sales rose 13 percent from a year ago, according to Automotive News.

Honda Marysville auto plant marks production of 15 million vehicles

(April 3, 2024) Associates at the Honda Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) in Ohio have marked the production of the 15 millionth vehicle in the more than 40-year history of the plant, Honda's first auto manufacturing facility in North America.

Dodge stages 'Inner Child Intervention' in new marketing campaign

Dodge appeals to the inner child
of drivers in Hornet R/T hybrid ads

(April 2, 2024) AUBURN HILLS Mich. — The Dodge brand is launching a new marketing campaign today, focused on the plug-in hybrid Dodge Hornet R/T, the brand’s first muscle-inspired crossover. In the campaign, called “Inner Child Intervention,” a man’s inner child takes him on a joy ride in the electrified Hornet R/T, determined to get his adult self to realize his childhood dreams don’t compare to the instant torque of the Hornet and the visceral excitement it brings.

A Lark from Studebaker

The Studebaker Lark is a compact car that was produced from 1959 to 1966. This circa 1960 model was found in New Mexico. The Lark came with a choice of an inline 6-cylinder or a 259-cubic inch V-8. The V-8 was measured from 0-to-60 in about 10 seconds, fast for the time. Most of the small-car competition (Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Corvair, Plymouth Valiant) were closer to 20 seconds.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Mercedes announces exclusive Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 'Edition 1'

Special edition model limited to
25 examples for U.S. customers

(April 3, 2024) Mercedes-Benz USA elevates the most dynamic model of the AMG CLA portfolio with the new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S "Edition 1." The special edition model features numerous unique exterior and interior design elements, in addition to a generous suite of standard equipment. Limited to only 25 units for the U.S. market, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S "Edition 1" arrives soon at U.S. dealerships, priced at $81,195.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Robotaxi passes Nevada driver’s license test

Hyundai says film demonstrates
‘uncompromised safety’ with test

(April 2, 2024) Hyundai has released a campaign film showing the all-electric, self-driving Ioniq 5 robotaxi successfully completing a process similar to a U.S. driver’s license test. Created to convey the safety and trustworthiness of the Ioniq 5 robotaxi’s autonomous technology, the video features the Ioniq 5 robotaxi completing a series of public-level driving tests, including road driving in Las Vegas demonstrating outstanding performance.

Agency says U.S. traffic deaths down 3.6% in 2023

But NHTSA says highway deaths
remain above pre-pandemic levels

(April 2, 2024) WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators on Monday said traffic deaths fell by 3.6 percent in 2023 to 40,990 — the second straight yearly decline — but are still significantly above pre-pandemic levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the 2023 results compared with 42,514 deaths in 2022.