Inside the Industry

GM's Arlington Assembly plant gets $1.4 billion updates for new vehicles

(December 11, 2019) ARLINGTON, Texas — A 1.6-million-square-foot expansion of General Motors’ Arlington Assembly facility is designed to improve production-efficiency and build-quality of the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.

The previously announced investment of more than $1.4 billion for the plant includes a new, 1-million-square-foot body shop and a 600,000-square-foot expansion of the paint shop, along with new, high-precision camera- and laser-based inspection systems that offer more sophisticated quality checks for the segment-leading SUVs.

Famous Bullitt Mustang to be offered at no reserve at Jan. 10 auction

(December 11, 2019) The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Hero Car driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film “Bullitt,”will be offered at auction with no reserve this January at Mecum Kissimmee 2020, which will take place Jan. 2-12 in Kissimmee, Fla. The Mustang will be auctioned on Jan. 10.

One of just two Mustangs used to fill the role in the 1968 Action/Thriller “Bullitt,” the car to be offered by Mecum was the film’s “hero” car and was driven by actor Steve McQueen in countless scenes throughout the movie, including in the infinitely famous car chase scene, which went on to become the most influential car chase scene in all of film history.

Cadillac Live takes online luxury shopping to the next level

(December 10, 2019) DETROIT — Part personal shopper and part interactive digital showroom, Cadillac Live has launched in the United States, expanding the reach of Cadillac’s uniquely immersive luxury-shopping experience to mobile devices and desktops across the country.

With Cadillac Live, shoppers can enter a digital showroom to view the features and specifications of 10 Cadillac models, and also speak with a Live product specialist, who can answer vehicle and purchase-consideration questions.

Cadillac introduces all-new 2020 CT4 sport sedan

(December 10, 2019) Cadillac is taking the next step in the realignment of its sedan portfolio with the global introduction of the first-ever CT4 sport sedan. Revealed to customers through a social media campaign that virtually puts viewers in the driver’s seat simulating the car’s liberating drive experience, the 2020 CT4 is poised to appeal to a new generation of sport-luxury customers.

Greenkote metal coatings making new cars more colorful

(December 9, 2019) BROOK PARK, Ohio — Greenkote PLC , a global provider of protective and anti-corrosion metal coatings, has reported a notable upsurge in its business coming from auto manufacturers — specifically for applying brightly-colored powder coatings to brake caliper assemblies. Greenkote provides state-of-the-art powder coating services at its facility in Queretaro, Mexico.

New McLaren 620R is a road-legal version of McLaren GT4 race car

(December 9, 2019) McLaren has announced the 620R, the first car in its class to offer true motorsport credentials in a fully road-legal package. The limited-edition coupé — just 350 will be built — evolves the competition specification of the McLaren 570S GT4 to deliver a race-car experience on either track or road.

“The McLaren 570S GT4 is a first-class GT race car that having won races in every championship it has competed in since its first appearance in 2017 is attracting an increasing number of customer racing teams.

Chevy Suburban first vehicle to receive Walk of Fame star

(December 9, 2019) LOS ANGELES — The Chevrolet Suburban has become the first vehicle ever awarded an Award of Excellence star at Hollywood & Highland. Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and unveiled at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, the award recognizes Suburban for its 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.

“For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 — SUV performance luxury at the highest level

(December 9, 2019) The new Mercedes-The GLS sits atop Mercedes-Benz SUV hierarchy and now the 2021 performance-oriented AMG GLS 63 has arrived, and it's more dynamic and versatile than ever before. It comes with imposing design, exclusive appointments, plenty of space for up to seven people and further improved driving dynamics, which Mercedes says is unrivaled in the large Luxury SUV segment.

Award-winning Resto-Mods at 49th annual Scottsdale auction

(December 8, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson will ring in the New Year with professionally built, award-winning Resto-Mods during the 49th Annual Scottsdale Auction Jan. 11-19. Included with some of the world’s finest classic muscle, supercars and luxury imports, professionally built Resto-Mods like a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible and a 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition are sure to be among the most desirable vehicles to cross the block.

Toyota RAV4 wins Japan Car of the Year for 2019

(December 7, 2019) TOKOYO — Celebrating its 40th year, the Japan Car of the Year organization gathered at the Tokyo International Exchange Center in Tokyo Bay to choose the best cars of 2019. Some 60 jurors, representatives from 40 of the country’s most influential automotive publications and dozens of OEM executives gathered to witness the vote-counting and prize-giving ceremony for this year’s Japan Car of the Year.