Ducati released a teaser image ahead of its first World Première 2023 episode, with all signs pointing to a new Lamborghini tie-in model based on the Streetfighter V4. The image shows a green and red piece of carbon bodywork with the “STO” logo that matches that of the Lamborghini Huracán STO. The initials stand for “Super Trofeo Omologata“, indicating the street-legal version of Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo racecar. The color scheme appears to be a match to the STO’s “Verde Citrea” livery. Ducati and Lamborghini are, of course, neighbors in Bologna, Italy, and more importantly, both subsidiaries of Audi and the Volkswagen Group. The two Italian brands have collaborated before with the 2021 Ducati Diavel Lamborghini. Lamborghini marks its 60th anniversary in 2023, so another Ducati tie-in model comes as little surprise. Lightening up the teaser image gave us enough clues to identify the bodywork as a match for the Streetfighter V4, specifically the lower fairing. The shape is a bit different, with a new opening in the carbon fiber panel, but the position of the fastener and the subtle Italian flag graphic above it are the giveaways. You can also make out some of the hoses and cabling from the 1,103cc V-Four engine. The first episode, titled “The Unexpected”, will stream live on Sept. 2 at 12:30 pm EST/9:30 am PST from the paddock of the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit in Misano, which is also hosting the 14th round of the 2022 MotoGP Championship this weekend. The post 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Model to be Announced Sept. 2 appeared first on Motorcycle.com.
General Motors has announced it will invest $491 million to prepare its Marion, Indiana stamping plant to provide a variety of steel and aluminum stamped parts for future products, including electric vehicles (EVs), produced at GM assembly plants throughout North America. GM said the funds would be used to buy and install two new press lines, complete press and die upgrades, make renovations, and build an approximately 6,000-square-foot addition onto the 2.758-million-square-foot plant. The work is to begin later this year. “While this investment prepares the facility for our all-electric future, it’s really an investment in our talented Marion team and will keep the plant working for many years to come,” Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, said in a statement. “This investment is another example of the company bringing everyone along and investing in the people who make manufacturing a competitive advantage for GM.” The plant employs 748 people, who are represented by United Auto Workers Local 977. Employment is expected to remain stable with the addition of the new work. “GM is making this investment because of the hard work and dedication of our UAW Local 977 members in Marion,” Ray Curry, UAW president and director of the General Motors and Gaming departments, said in a statement. “The new stamping presses, upgrades and renovations associated with the investment will create job security for our members and help them care for their families and support their local community for years to come.” Opened in November 1956, GM’s Marion Metal Center produces sheet metal parts for multiple GM assembly plants to support production of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles. In an interview Wednesday with The Washington Post at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM CEO Mary Barra said the corporation is on track to meet its stated goal of building 1 million EVs in North America by 2025. Barra noted that its Ohio Ultium battery plant is ramping up production now and that three more plants will come online within the following three years. “As we get our own batteries in these vehicles as we ramp these plants up, each of our EVs will be profitable, and I think that’s going to be something that’s important,” she said. The CEO predicted that price parity between EVs and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will be reached “in the latter part of the decade,” helped along by a continuing rise in the cost of producing ICE vehicles. “You… have to understand the requirements of the performance of internal combustion engine vehicles is increasing as well. And to get the, you know, the emissions and the CAFE [corporate average fuel economy] regulations, you end up adding more technology. So those costs are going up as well,” she said. Barra said GM’s EV portfolio offers buyers a number of choices, from the Chevrolet Equinox to the Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV. “Giving people those choices, and then, you know, letting them drive the vehicles, I think once they drive them, they’re not … [going to] want to go back to an internal combustion vehicle.” To listen to the entire interview, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/post-live/general-motors-ceo-mary-barra-on-future-of-auto-industry/.