"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week ending April 2, 2021, include FCA US Q1 2021 sales, Dodge is Kelley Blue Book's "Best Car Styling Brand," the Jeep® 4xe Charging Network launches and the auctioning of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX VIN 001.
Mercedes-Benz F 100 in 1991 – A powerful glance into the future of the car
Looking back, it is stunning how much of the future the Mercedes-Benz F 100 research vehicle already featured in 1991. Be it operating the phone with buttons on the steering wheel, distance control or the electronic tyre pressure monitoring system as well as many attributes of networked vehicles: what seemed utopian three decades ago forms part of the familiar equipment scope of contemporary passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The research vehicle was presented to the public on 12 January 1991 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, USA, a specialist exhibition that has been held since back in 1907. Engineers and designers fitted more pioneering technology in the F 100 than in any research vehicle ever before. At the same time, however, the list of technology carriers is as long as it is impressive. It all started with the Patent Motor Car by Carl Benz dating back to 1886, the world’s first ever car and also an experimental vehicle. And the list is far from complete with the 2020 “VISION AVTR” concept vehicle.
Restyled headlights with darker buckets, and there are metallic details flanking the bulbs Rear LED combination lights have more technological appeal than previous. Entry-level EX trim adds a new 8-inch screen Premium EX trim now includes a 10.25-inch screen.
John Lennon drove one, Peter Sellers roared through his detective comedies in one, and even the Queen was chauffeured through the park of Windsor Castle in one. Countless celebrities succumbed to the charm of the classic Mini, which was first presented to the public 60 years ago. The car’s distinctive design, surprisingly generous space and agile driving characteristics were all major factors in the revolutionary small car being accepted into the circles of high society at an early stage – especially in its home country of Great Britain. Exclusive photographs show numerous stars from the world of music, film and fashion choosing the classic Mini as their preferred means of transport, making it an icon of its time. To mark the brand's 60th anniversary furthermore, MINI is commemorating those glorious early years with some exceptional special vehicles. Following the successful market launch of the MINI 60 Years Edition for the current MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door, the classic Mini will once again be at the forefront. A unique, elaborately restored one-off in the colourful striped design of the current MINI 60 Years Lifestyle Collection revives the fashionable panache and lifestyle of the wild sixties.