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Car News Round Up, Issue 17

Published on 05 Feb 2022Written by Dr Jiulin Teng with Neofiliac News AI
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Issue 17 of Neofiliac's Car News Round Up: This time, we bring 18 updates from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, and Rolls Royce Motor Cars.
This Round Up provides our summaries on these latest industry news. It is made possible with our NLP-based algorithms.

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BMW announced on 03 Feb 2022

BMW Group France announces the first winning duo of BMW ART MAKERS, its new patronage programme in the field of visual arts and contemporary image-making.
Artist Arash Hanaei and curator Morad Montazami have been named as winners of the BMW ART MAKERS programme. Following a call for applications, a shortlist was created by the jury members and the BMW ART MAKERS team, after which ten artist-curator duos were interviewed via video conference. “As winners of the 2022 BMW ART MAKERS programme, we are honoured by the trust placed in us to successfully create an innovative installation that proposes poetry and a visual policy that considers the spectator’s emancipation, in an era of image “capture”, big data and algorithmic warfare.” Arash Hanaei & Morad Montazami
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BMW announced on 03 Feb 2022

MINI Italy supports the Biosphera Genesis housing module project as part of the MINI Voices campaign
The company specialises in the development of housing modules using the most advanced technologies in the world focusing on human well-being and reducing the environmental impact of the building construction processes. Mirko Taglietti, CEO of Aktivhaus and creator of the Biosphera Project, said: "Genesis is the fourth generation of the self-sufficient regenerative biophilic housing module which has already won the Energy Globe Award, the most coveted sustainability prize in the world. Biosphera Genesis, which was inaugurated on 8 September 2021 in Venice on the island of San Servolo, is the only housing module in the world to integrate Biophilic Design, an architectural design feature aimed at creating a favourable environment for human health.
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BMW announced on 01 Feb 2022

Executive Personnel Change: Stefanie Wurst succeeds Bernd Körber as Head of MINI
The BMW Group announces a personnel change at the top of the MINI brand. Stefanie Wurst returned to Munich after being CEO BMW Group Nederland since September 2018. At the same time, the fully-electric MINI Cooper SE (combined power consumption: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) accounted for 21.5 percent of all new registrations of the MINI brand in the Netherlands in the past year.
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BMW announced on 01 Feb 2022

BMW Group significantly increases use of low-carbon steel in series production at European plants
The BMW Group has now signed a corresponding agreement with Salzgitter AG for delivery of low-carbon steel. “This is an important step in substantially reducing CO2 emissions at source in the supplier network,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. Agreements with two suppliers on low-carbon steel will meet over 40% of steel demand at European plants
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BMW announced on 30 Jan 2022

Tough test: BMW M Team RLL finishes the challenging 24 Hours of Daytona with both MOTUL BMW M4 GT3s
The first 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) proved to be a tough test for the BMW M Motorsport teams and the new BMW M4 GT3. After a race full of challenges, BMW M Team RLL’s two MOTUL BMW M4 GT3s crossed the finish line in seventh and ninth places in the GTD-PRO class. The GTD car run by Turner Motorsport was unable to finish the race after contact, and both of BMW M Team RLL’s cars encountered problems and ended the race in seventh and ninth place.
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BMW announced on 27 Jan 2022

BMW Group joins Leather Working Group – for responsible and sustainable leather sourcing
The BMW Group is underlining its corporate responsibility in the field of sustainability, by becoming the second automotive manufacturer worldwide to join the Leather Working Group. “As a leader in supply chain sustainability, joining the Leather Working Group is the next logical step for us,” says Nadine Philipp, BMW Group’s head of Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Energy. The decision to join the Leather Working Group ties in directly with the BMW Group’s business alignment, with its focus on sustainability and resource efficiency.
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BMW announced on 26 Jan 2022

Big anniversary weekend: BMW M Motorsport celebrates 50 years of BMW M and the IMSA race debut of the BMW M4 GT3 at Daytona
“The 24 Hours of Daytona is a very special race for BMW M Motorsport in many regards – and for me personally,” said Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport. We are hoping to provide BMW fans from all over the world with great excitement as well as top quality engine oil, allowing them to extract maximum power output from their BMW engines while benefiting from maximal protection.” Fellow partners Akrapovič, H&R, Michelin and Puma are also working closely with BMW M Motorsport. They are joined by BMW of North America’s partners BMW M Performance Driving School and Global Medical Response and BMW M Team RLL’s partners Aero and Rousseau.
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Chevrolet announced on 29 Jan 2022

First 2023 Corvette Z06 Raises $3.6 Million for Operation Homefront
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Operation Homefront will receive $3.6 million from today’s sale of the first retail 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. 100 percent of the winning bid from Rick Hendrick, chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group and owner of 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, benefits Operation Homefront. Today’s Barrett-Jackson auction significantly increases the funding support Chevrolet has been able to provide to Operation Homefront.
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Ford announced on 02 Feb 2022

F-150 Lightning Power Play: First Electric Truck To Enhance Your Home Energy Independence
Now, with the all-electric F-150® Lightning™ pickup, Ford is the first in the U.S. to offer the ability for customers to power their homes with an electric truck when the grid goes dark, providing innovative new capabilities that enhance the energy independence of its customers. “Teaming up with Sunrun leverages their expertise to bring solar power to even more customers, giving them the chance to turn their truck into an incredible energy storage source – and future truck features can help accelerate the development of a less carbon-intensive grid.”. Sunrun is the preferred installer of F-150 Lightning home charging solutions, including the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which enables the F-150 Lightning to store and supply power to homes in a variety of ways**.
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Ford announced on 27 Jan 2022

Keep On Truckin’: 40 Millionth Ford F-Series For U.S. Customers Rolls Off The Line
Ford has 45 years as America’s best-selling truck and 40 years as best-selling vehicle, and now, Ford is celebrating production of its 40-millionth F-Series for U.S. customers. It’s headed to a customer in Texas to get to work, because that’s what Ford trucks do. Ford began production of first-generation F-Series Trucks 75 years ago, in 1947.
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Honda announced on 03 Feb 2022

Seven Honda Models Earn 2022 “Editors' Choice” Awards from Car & Driver Magazine
The editors at Car & Driver magazine have awarded seven Honda models with 2022 "Editors' Choice" awards, recognizing each vehicle as the best in its respective category, and wholeheartedly recommending them to buyers. Honda models were recognized across a multitude of segments, with the 2022 Honda Ridgeline the only vehicle of any brand chosen in the mid-size pickup truck category. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and Insight hybrid-electric sedan – to be joined in 2024 by the Honda Prologue, Honda’s first volume battery-electric vehicle.
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Lamborghini announced on 27 Jan 2022

Lamborghini NFT Space Time Memory on auction with the start of the lunar year. A bridge between the physical and the digital world, this project celebrates human space exploration
Engraved with a unique QR code, these carbon fiber parts link the digital element, are a series of five photographs of a Lamborghini Ultimae, lifting off toward the stars. What may look like a computer-generated image is in fact entirely created from elements of the real world: the artist captured more than 1500 individual parts of a real car. At the start of the project, Oefner meticulously studied the engineering plans of the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae and created an accurate sketch of what the final photograph will look like.
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Land Rover announced on 27 Jan 2022

New Range Rover: Orders Open For Flagship Sv Model And Extended Range Plug-In Hybrid With Up To 70 Miles Of Ev Range
Land Rover has confirmed prices for the advanced Extended-Range plug-in hybrid models and the exclusive Range Rover SV, while revealing performance figures for the plug-in electric powertrain are even stronger than originally estimated. The P510e and P440e Extended-Range Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) offer exceptional efficiency, producing CO2 emissions as low as 18g/km and providing up to 113km (70 miles) of EV range – exceeding initial expectations and offering customers even greater breadth of capability. Since its launch at the Royal Opera House, in London, in front of leaders from the world of art, culture, business and sport, Land Rover has experienced unprecedented demand for New Range Rover highlighting the global appeal of the original luxury SUV.
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Lexus announced on 27 Jan 2022

Lexus Announces Lexus Design Award 2022 Finalists
TOKYO (Jan. 27, 2022) — Lexus today announced the six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2022, selected from among 1,726 entries from 57 countries/regions by a panel of design luminaries. The Lexus Design Award program identifies promising talent whose fresh ideas receive a high-profile, cross-media introduction on an established platform respected by the global creative community. Lexus Design Award 2022 Finalists
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Lincoln announced on 03 Feb 2022

Lincoln Celebrates A Century Of Elegance And Innovation, Looks Ahead To A Connected, Electrified Future
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 3, 2022 – On Feb. 4, 1922, Henry Ford, with encouragement from his wife Clara and his son Edsel Ford, purchased The Lincoln Motor Company from distinguished inventor and automotive engineer Henry Leland for $8 million. We look back at Lincoln’s past and find inspiration for the future and, to reflect on what we have accomplished – maintaining a balance between the brand’s core values and redefining our vehicle and experiences for the next generation of luxury clients,” says Joy Falotico, president, Lincoln. “And as we move toward an electric future with connected technologies and always-on experiences, I am so excited to see where the brand will go in China and North America as it begins its second century.”
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Mazda announced on 27 Jan 2022

Production of New Mazda CX-50 Crossover SUV for North American Market Starts at New U.S. Plant
Mazda Motor Corporation began production of its brand-new Mazda CX-50 crossover SUV, targeted at the North American market, from January 18 at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc., a new plant jointly constructed with Toyota Motor Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2016, Mazda has been engaged in initiatives to strengthen its sales area in the U.S. — Mazda's most important market — based on our Medium-Term Management Plan that spans from fiscal year ending March 2020 through to fiscal year ending March 2026. With production kicking off at a new plant equipped with the latest technology developed through the shared knowledge of Toyota and Mazda, we have put in place a production and supply system that enables timely delivery of high-quality products to our customers.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced on 27 Jan 2022

The Rolls-Royce Art Programme Presents Sondra Perry’S Lineage For A Phantom Zone In Partnership With The Fondation Beyeler, February 2022
The newly commissioned work by artist Sondra Perry, sees Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme’s inaugural award, the Dream Commission, come to fruition. On public view for the first time from 13 February - 13 March 2022 at Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland, Lineage for a Phantom Zone is a new immersive artwork which explores themes of lineage, memory and longing, using dreams as a space for reconfiguring history. The installation explores Perry’s personal history through the lens of dreams, highlighting her view of the erasure of Black history in the American South, and imagining the dream space as a passage to reach sites of heritage that are absent in reality.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced on 27 Jan 2022

Phantom Orchid An Inspirational Symbol For Our Times
The ‘one of one’ Rolls-Royce Phantom Orchid has been designed for Singapore. “Phantom Extended, our pinnacle motor car, was chosen to be the ‘blank canvas’ for this commission,” said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke. Phantom is the only motor car in the world to feature the Gallery, a space that enables one to exhibit art, sculptures, or objects of self-expression in the sanctuary of Phantom’s interior.
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18. ^ Phantom Orchid An Inspirational Symbol For Our Times. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 27 Jan 2022.
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