We take a look at our top 10 news stories of the last week
There were quite a few teasers last week, a few brand new models including a new generation of the most popular vehicle in North America, reports suggesting massive moves for both Rivian and Tesla, and J.D. Power rocked the automotive industry with an unexpected winner. Here’s what happened this week in automotive news.
2021 Ford F-150 Unveiled
The new 2021 Ford F-150 finally broke cover after months of teasers, reports, and spy shots. The new F-150 packs an impressive list of innovative features, a brand-new Powerboost hybrid V6, more power, and more capability. It’s quite the step up for North America’s most popular vehicle.
2021 Ram TRX teased
On the same day Ford was to unveil the new F-150, Ram released a teaser of the new 1500 TRX, a high-performance version of its pickup. The 2021 Ram TRX will be unveiled at a later date and from the sound of the teaser, it could pack a Hellcat engine.
2021 Volkswagen Arteon unveiled
Just a year after being introduced in North America, the Volkswagen Arteon is getting a redesign for 2021. The Arteon is VW’s flagship sedan and gets a much more luxurious interior and more features. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder carries over.
Rivian isn’t moving all of its operations to California
We initially reported that Rivian was leaving Michigan and moving its operation to California. The EV startup reached out to clarify that Michigan would remain a large part of Rivian’s operation with only certain departments and areas of the business moving to California.
Dodge tops 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
Dodge became the first domestic automaker to top the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. That said, the study had other surprises including Mitsubishi, Kia, Chevrolet, and Ram. Tesla finished last, but J.D. Power wasn’t able to survey every state’s Tesla owners.
Lordstown Endurance unveiled
The Lordstown Endurance EV pickup was unveiled with a $52,500 US price tag. The Lordstown will have 250 miles of range (400 kilometres) and an impressive 2,000 pound-feet of torque that can tow 7,500 pounds.
Mazda3 Turbo teased
Reports of the Mazda3 Turbo seemed to be true as Mazda unveiled a teaser of an upcoming performance model coming on July 8.
Tesla eyeing Austin for its next factory
Tesla is negotiating with Austin to bring its operations to Texas. The move could bring 30,000 jobs to the state and would require a massive $25 billion investment from Tesla.
Apple and BMW partner on a new digital key
Apple will introduce a new digital key that will be available on BMW models starting later this year. The key gives BMW owners the opportunity to not only unlock doors and start the car with their iPhone, but also assign 5 other iPhones that can access the vehicle.
Mitsubishi Motors might be dialing back in the US market
Mitsubishi told shareholders on a conference call earlier this month that they might dial back the world’s largest markets including the US. That would mean cutting back the number of Mitsubishi models in the US and focusing on other, smaller markets.