Inside the Industry

VW supercar to challenge EV record at Pikes Peak 'Race to the Clouds'

(April 23, 2018) WOLFSBURG, Germany —  Ushering in a new era of Volkswagen motorsport, the brand unveiled its fully-electric supercar — the I.D. R Pikes Peak — on Sunday in Alès, France. The supercar will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, Col., on June 24, seeking to beat the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes in the annual “Race to the Clouds.”

911 GT3 RS sets Porsche benchmark of 6:56.4 minutes at Nürburgring

(April 21, 2018) Porsche Works race driver Kévin Estre has set a lap time of 6:56.4 minutes with the 520 horsepower GT3 RS. Porsche development driver Lars Kern shared driving duties with Estre, and the Frenchman’s lap time was 24 seconds faster than the best time achieved with the previous GT3 RS model.

2019 Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indianapolis 500

(April 20, 2018) INDIANAPOLIS — The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag on Sunday, May 27, for the 102nd running of the legendary race.

It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car since 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

Polestar heads to China auto show after completing winter testing

(April 20, 2018) The Polestar 1 is heading to Beijing for Auto China April 25 - May 4, following its first successful winter test drive in northern Sweden. After making its global media debut in Shanghai last October, this is the first opportunity for the Chinese public to see the Electric Performance Hybrid.

New Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel has 'best in class' EPA rating

(April 20 20, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2018 Ford F-150’s first 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine officially boasts EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined. These are the highest EPA-estimated ratings available in a full-size pickup truck, according to Ford.

Infiniti to build five models in China; electrify its portfolio

(April 20, 2018) BEIJING — Highlighting the importance of the China automotive market, Infiniti Motor Company has announced it will build five new vehicles in China in the next five years, beginning with the all new QX50 SUV. The announcement comes ahead of the Beijing International Motor Show.

Charging to the Peak in an electric Volkswagen I.D. R

(April 19, 2018) WOLFSBURG, Germany — It is the start of a new era in motorsport for Volkswagen and one thing is already certain — This Volkswagen is set to electrify its public. When the I.D. R Pikes Peak is presented to the public on Sunday, it will be Volkswagen’s first fully electric racing car.

Johan de Nysschen out at Cadillac, replaced by Steve Carlisle

(April 19, 2018) DETROIT — General Motors has announced the appointment of Steve Carlisle as General Motors senior vice president and president, Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the company effective immediately.

Travis Hester, currently vice president, Global Product Programs, is named president and managing director, GM Canada, replacing Carlisle. The transition will begin immediately.

1968 Mustang from Steve McQueen 'Bullitt' movie on display in Washington

(April 19, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Once considered lost forever, the original 1968 Ford Mustang GT from the Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” is headed for Washington, D.C. The iconic car is on display at the National Mall in celebration of Mustang’s 54th birthday and the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt.”

Chevy and Shell deliver fuel payment from the comfort of driver's seat

(April 18, 2018) SONOMA, Calif. — Chevrolet and Shell are rolling out the automotive industry’s first embedded, in-dash fuel payment and savings experience. This new feature will allow drivers of eligible Chevrolet vehicles to pay and save directly through the touchscreen in their vehicle when they fuel up at participating Shell-branded stations, without swiping a credit card or using a mobile device.