Inside the Industry

BMW announces new high-performance M550i xDrive

(April 27, 2017) MUNICH — To coincide with the premiere of the new BMW 5 Series range, BMW M Division is bringing out a sporty BMW M Performance version of the world’s most successful business sedan. For the time being at least, the new BMW M550i xDrive will assume the status of range-topper in the new BMW 5 Series line-up.

2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback adds sporty styling

(April 27, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota has announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the 2018 Yaris hatchback, which is $16,520 including destination charge, $385 higher than 2017.    

Toyota says the fuel-efficient Yaris represents a great value for buyers on a budget as it is the Toyota brand’s least expensive model, yet it is equipped with many standard safety and convenience features. 

Chrysler expands 2017 Pacifica lineup with Touring Plus model

(April 26, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler announced today the addition of the Touring Plus model to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica lineup, extending the appeal of the all-new minivan to more customers.
“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica arrived in dealerships a year ago, and in that time, it has both resonated with our current minivan customers and brought new minivan buyers to the brand,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Car Brands.

FCA delivering additional 500 Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving

(April 26, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat-Chrysler announced on Tuesday that Waymo will add 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016. Production of the additional 500 minivans will ramp up beginning next month. Waymo will then outfit these vehicles with its self-driving technology.

Chevy Bolt EV owners drive 4.5 million miles in four months

(April 26, 2017) DETROIT — Chevrolet reported today that 3,492 Bolt EV owners in the United States have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles as of April 2 since the vehicle went on sale in December. These all-electric miles have resulted in more than 175,000 gallons of fuel saved based on the average EPA-estimated 26 mpg for 2017 vehicles in the U.S. 

All-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan begins mass production in Alabama

(April 25, 2017) LINCOLN, Ala. — More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, slated to go on-sale this spring at Honda dealerships nationwide. HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the family-friendly Odyssey.

"This is a celebration for our entire Honda team of associates who have been committed to bringing an all-new, high tech, family-friendly Odyssey to our customers," said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA.

Surge in exports makes Mustang best-selling sports car in world for 2016

(April 25, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the United States over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to growth in international markets, the iconic pony car is the most popular sports car in the world, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit new vehicle registration data in the sports car segment.

Nissan sets up unit to expand NISMO business

(April 25, 2017) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan has set up a new unit to expand its NISMO road car business by making a greater range of models available to customers in more markets. The NISMO Cars Business Department is part of Autech Japan, Inc., a Nissan group company that makes converted vehicles.

Using talent from Nissan, Autech, Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. and other group companies, it will plan and develop more appealing products in a shorter time.

Engineer's innovation has Ford recycling 20 million pounds of aluminum a month

(April 24, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Americans are quite good at recycling things found around their homes. In a typical week, according to the EPA, items like lead-acid batteries, cardboard boxes, soup cans and newspapers might constitute a 10-pound load in their municipal recycling bins. But Chip Conrad, a Ford stamping engineer, takes on a bit of a heavier load — recycling 5 million pounds a week of high-strength military-grade aluminum scrap.

Mercedes-Benz makes lives easier with Google Home and Amazon Alexa

(April 24, 2017) SUNNYVALE, Calif. —Customers are now able to use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa with all 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models in the United States.

Customers are increasingly benefiting from seamless and intelligent interactions between Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected through their Mercedes-Benz cars.