Barrett-Jackson 2020

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 featured at Barrett-Jackson alongside the Green Hornet, Little Red

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 was sold last year at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. It will be on display this year.

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Last year during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, Carolyn and Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, bid $1.1 million to claim the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001. The model will join the 1968 GT500 prototype known as "Green Hornet" and its predecessor, the 1967 Shelby Mustang prototype known "Little Red," for an exclusive display at the 2020 auction.

Proceeds from the 2020 Shelby GT500 sale benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"This first production 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a significant piece of American performance history," said Craig Jackson. "The independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and electronic fuel injection engineered on this car were pioneered by Carroll Shelby over 50 years ago. He tested and developed these same experimental components on his 1968 EXP500 prototype, Green Hornet, but they were not standard in a GT500 until 2020. It's an incredible honor for Carolyn and me to be entrusted with these important vehicles and to have supported efforts to find a cure for juvenile diabetes."

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 and Green Hornet share a Candy Apple Green metallic paint job.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

As the winning bidder, the Jacksons were given the opportunity to customize their model. They chose to match the car's paint job to the Green Hornet's Candy Apple Green metallic color.

All three models will be featured in an upcoming documentary produced by Jackson. The film will be released this year and chronicle the stories behind the search, discovery, research and restoration efforts with a team of experts over the last decade for the Green Hornet and Little Red.

"Carroll Shelby's racing technology and innovations, like those found on Little Red and Green Hornet, were far ahead of their time," said Steve Davis, president, Barrett-Jackson. "These two incredibly unique vehicles led the way for some of the most important advancements in American performance and racing. The visionaries behind these advancements, like Carroll Shelby, not only impacted the cars of their generation, but have significantly influenced today's performance vehicles."

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale runs January 11-19.

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.