Inside the Industry

Ford continues its water leadership goal with new technologies

(March 27, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. —The Chicago Assembly Plant — home of the Ford Taurus and the Ford Explorer — implemented efficiency efforts towards the end of 2016 that helped the plant reduce water usage by 13 million gallons last year, and expected to be significantly higher in 2017 after a full year of use.

GM engine plant builds 2 millionth Duramax diesel engine

(March 26, 2017) MORAINE, Ohio — The 755 employees at the General Motors DMAX, Ltd. plant on Friday celebrated the build of the 2 millionth Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine. Groundbreaking for the new DMAX, Ltd. plant began in 1998, with the first engine rolling off the line July 17, 2000.

Toyota begins trailblazing eco-billboard campaign

(March 24, 2017) TORRANCE,  Calif. — Toyota Mirai trailblazing customers care about the air — their vehicle emits nothing but water vapor.  Now, the fuel cell car’s newest campaign is blazing a trail with eco-billboard technology that will help Californians breathe even easier. The Toyota Mirai eco-billboard campaign, in coordination with Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, will help clear the air from April 3 through May 28. 

Jaguar Land Rover to start pre-paid connected car unlimited data plan

(March 24, 2017) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar Land Rover has announced that owners of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles with InControl Wi-Fi will have access to a prepaid unlimited data plan for $20 per month enabled by AT&T. The prepaid unlimited data plan, which is available across the U.S., makes it easier and more affordable for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle owners using the brand’s InControl platform to stay connected while on-the-go.

Ram Truck launches new color for Laramie Longhorn edition

(March 23, 2017) DALLAS — Ram Truck has unveiled a new exterior color shade for its luxurious and capable Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks. RV Match Walnut Brown will serve as the model’s new two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.
“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

Mini celebrates 15 years in the U.S.

(March 23, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKES, N.J.  — It was 15 years ago March 22 that a feisty, little-known car company came ashore in the United States and captured the hearts of Americans from coast-to-coast. Since 2002, Mini USA has sold and delivered more than 725,000 Minis to delighted customers across the country.

Coveted rare Chevrolets to cross block at Barrett-Jackson Auction

(March 23, 2017) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson will bring a docket full of coveted, rare Chevrolets to its 15th Annual Palm Beach Auction on April 6-8 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among Barrett-Jackson’s docket of featured Chevrolets is a ’67 Corvette 427/400 horsepower convertible that is one of 16 painted in Greenwood Green over black vinyl interior.

Ford offers Edge buyers a new sport appearance package

(March 23, 2017) DALLAS — Ford has introduced the 2018 Edge SEL Sport Appearance Package at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show giving customers a stylish new way to personalize their Edge.

This new addition to the SEL series offers a sportier look inside and out, and boasts features like a cloth interior and high-tech capabilities. It offers more choice in the Edge lineup, which includes SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport series.

Toyota to introduce new Sienna minivan, Yaris in New York

(March 23, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif.  — Large and small.  Swagger and sportiness.  That is what Toyota will be rolling into their display at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) next month with the debut of two freshened models, the 2018 Sienna van and subcompact Yaris hatchback. 

BMW says it will add 40 new or revised models in next two years

(March 22, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — After reporting best-ever revenues and earnings figures for the seventh year in succession, the BMW Group intends to continue its course of sustainable and profitable growth, while also expanding its role as innovation leader. The company’s core business will be strengthened by the targeted addition of 40 new and revised models and continued work on the strategic areas of electric mobility and automated driving.