Barrett-Jackson 2020

First 2020 Chevy Corvette, 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson this week

A general view of the atmosphere at the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction at OC Fair and Event Center on June 25, 2011 in Costa Mesa, California

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Two VIN 001 luxury sports cars are slated to go under the gavel at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction this week. The first production models of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible will be up for sale with proceeds from each benefitting various charities.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001

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Lot #3007 is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001. The model is the first retail production of the new, next-gen mid-engine Chevy Corvette. The winner will receive a black-on-black Corvette 3LT model that is fully loaded with all options boxes checked. It is scheduled to be built in the first quarter of 2020.

That model delivers 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque from its 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3LT package includes black seats with red trim, red seat belts, GT2 seats, removable roof panel, rear spoiler, Performance Data Recorder and the Z51 package.

The winning bidder will have the option to taking delivery of the car at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY, with a hosted tour of the Corvette Museum. The new Corvette also will come with a letter of authenticity and some unique artwork.

The entire hammer price of the sale will benefit the Detroit Children's Fun - a non-profit organization that makes targeted investments to grow the number of quality schools in Detroit.

The model is expected to go on sale on Saturday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Click here to see AutomotiveMap's first drive review of the 2020 Corvette. You can see more pictures of the model here.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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Lot #3003 features the first production 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series VIN 001. There will only be 100 Inspiration Series models sold. The Series features design attributes not found in any other LC.

The LC 500 Convertible was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2019 after about a year of teasing following the successful debut of the Lexus LC 500 and 500 Hybrid sports coupes.

Whomever wins the lot wlll receive the first model in the Inspiration Series. It will carry VIN 100001. It has exclusive features not found on any other Inspiration Series, including one-off color accents such as Liquid Platinum-colored headlamp garnishes, side intake garnishes, side mirror bottoms and taillamp garnishes. It also comes equipped with Liquid Graphite-colored forged alloy 21-inch wheels with gloss black accents, blue brake calipers the that match the Structural Blue paint job, and a carbon-fiber scruff plate that is imprinted with "LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1."

The winner also gets a custom Zero Halliburton luggage set, autographed memorabilia, an exclusive Lexus experience and more. Delivery of the vehicle is expected in July 2020.

The entire hammer price of the LC 500 Convertible will support the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The sale of the convertible will be at 4:30 p.m. MST on Friday, January 17.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are both being sold with no reserve.

Kia Motors has given insight into the company's future product plans.

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Kia is charging ahead with an aggressive electric vehicle (EV) implementation plan that includes 11 new vehicles in the next five years. The strategy, called "Plan S" starts with the company's first dedicated EV in 2021.

Plan S is a dual-focus shift for the company. On one side they will be progressing toward an EV-centric product strategy while in the other hand Kia will be focusing on customized mobility solutions. They will also be focusing on autonomous vehicle development.

By the end of 2025, Kia plans to offer a full line-up of 11 battery electric vehicles. The company is aiming to have 25 percent of its vehicle sales outside of China come from what they call "eco-friendly cars" by 2025 on their way to achieving a 6.6 percent market share in the global EV market (500,000 annual EV sales excluding China). According to a McKinsey & Co. analysis published April, the U.S. EV market almost doubled to 360,000 EV units in 2018, mainly because of the strong sales performance of Tesla's Model 3.

From 2022, Kia plans to add EVs in the passenger vehicles, SUVs, and MPVs categories. They further outlined their electric vehicle development:

The dedicated EV model to be launched 2021 will be built on a unique platform specifically engineered to accommodate the car's world-leading EV powertrain and technologies. It will offer a crossover design which blurs the boundaries between passenger and sport utility vehicles, a future-oriented user experience, a single-charge driving range of over 500 kilometers, and sub-20-minute high-speed charging time.

Across its EV line-up, Kia plans to operate two different types of EVs with different charging capabilities (400V/800V) -- high-performance dedicated models and derivative models with reasonable pricing -- to meet the diverse needs of customers.

Growth in global EV sales will be pursued in accordance with a customized, market-oriented strategy, which considers regional differences in environmental regulation, subsidies, infrastructure and more.

These EVs are expected to first be sold as a trim level option in Kia vehicles in the same vein as the Niro EV and Soul EV.

Additional Kia expansion is planned to come from car-sharing and e-commerce businesses.

"Plan S is a bold and enterprising roadmap for Kia's future business transition, buttressed by the two pillars of electric vehicles and mobility solutions," said Han-woo Park, president and CEO, Kia Motors. "Our approach is to put customers first, and Kia will reinvigorate its brand innovation by developing products and services that offer new experiences for customers."

Easily missed in this plan is Kia's proposition to raise the sales of internal combustion engined vehicles while at the same time establish the development system for EV architecture. Though they say that they'll focus those efforts on emerging markets, it's relatively safe to say that the Soul, Forte, and Telluride aren't going away any time soon.

Kia is activating recent partnerships and company share acquitions to get to this goal. Last year, the Korean automaker invested in Croatian performance EV manufacturer Rimac Automobili and IONITY, which specializes in building high-speed charging infrastructures.

They're also planning on building "Mobility Hubs", transfer stations between electric vehicles and internal combustion engine vehicles. Long term plans call for self-driving robotaxis and on-demand roboshuttles to also populate these Mobility Hubs.

Kia is part of a car-sharing services joint venture with Repsol, Spain's major energy corporation, in Madrid via its WiBLE brand.