Inside the Industry

2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit debuts at sheriff's convention in New Orleans

(June 19, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge is taking its new Durango Pursuit to the Big Easy, introducing the new 2019 model at the 2018 National Sheriffs’ Association Show this week in New Orleans.

“Dodge already leads the police pursuit sedan business with the proven Charger Pursuit, and we believe the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit SUV will expand our appeal to an even broader audience and take our game to the next level in terms of performance,” said Steve Beahm, head of Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat North America.

Volvo aims for 25 percent recycled plastics in all new cars from 2025

(July 19, 2018) Volvo Cars has announced its ambition that from 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Volvo also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics.

Infiniti donates $1.16 million to charities in partnership with the NCAA

(June 18, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Infiniti has announced it has donated $1,160,680 to charitable organizations as part of the brand's ongoing corporate partnership with the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Phil O'Connor, director of Marketing Communications and Media at Infiniti Americas, presented the checks last week to the winning philanthropies at Infiniti's North American headquarters.

Ford, Vaughn Gittin Jr. salute American WWII pilots who defended Britain

(June 18, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich.  — Ford and world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are paying tribute to American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, inviting Gittin to pilot the one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on July 12.

BMW celebrates opening of Shanghai Research and Development Center

(June 18, 2018) SHANGHAI — BMW opened the Group Shanghai R&D Centre as part of BMW’s Innovation Day China last week. The event showcased BMW’s latest developments in the areas of innovation, digital services, autonomous driving and automotive design.

Following the opening of the Beijing R&D Centre and the laying of the foundation stone for phase II of the Shenyang High-Voltage Battery Centre in May, the new R&D Centre in Shanghai marks another milestone for BMW’s “In China, for China” R&D strategy, illustrating how the BMW Group has further enhanced the R&D network in China.

Ford introduces two new fuel-efficient taxis — hybrid and diesel

(June 18, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford introduces two new taxis — the new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi and Ford’s most fuel-efficient, purpose-built taxi ever — the 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi. “Taxi operators want vehicles that are reliable, efficient and comfortable,” said Imran Jalal, brand and communications manager for Ford fleet marketing.

Subaru sells first all-new three-row Ascent in U.S.

(June 16, 2018) Subaru of America today announced the first sale of its all-new three-row Ascent SUV to a loyal Subaru owner by Sommer’s Subaru in Mequon, Wis. After taking delivery, the retailer’s staff held a small celebration for the new owner. Sommer’s Subaru delivered the first all-new 2019 Ascent to long-time Subaru owner, Samantha Ernest of Pewaukee, Wis., who was accompanied by her two sons, Caden and Oliver, and their Boston Terrier, Brewer.

Iconic BMW 8 Series coupe returns to U.S. after 20 years

(June 16, 2018) WOODCLIFF LKE, N.J. — BMW has introduced the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe. Initially available as the BMW M850i xDrive variant, the coupe makes its return to the U.S. after 20 years and writes a new chapter in the luxury sports coupe’s story of outstanding performance, beautiful design and state of the art technology.

Volvo and Polestar launch Polestar Engineered electrified performance offer

(June 15, 2018) Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is launching a new upgraded electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for its new 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. The announcement comes one week before the company will reveal its new S60 premium sports sedan at the inauguration of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Charleston, S.C.

The plant is the sole production site for the new S60, which is the first Volvo car made in the US.

Katzkin Wrangler on road trip to show Jeep transformation

(June 15, 2018) NASHVILLE — Custom automotive leather manufacturer Katzkin is transforming rides across the country and is now taking to the highways to show that transformation off, in the form of a boldly designed all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, featuring over $7,000 of Authentic Mopar Accessories and a unique Katzkin Leather interior. 

According to Doug Johnson, director of OEM development for Katzkin, the program began in May in Michigan and will end in Las Vegas at the 2018 SEMA show, with specific stops at various events along the way including Jeep Beach in Daytona Beach, Fla., Mopar’s annual "We Are Mopar"in Texas and the Toledo Jeep Fest in Ohio.