Inside the Industry

Mustang team works after hours to create new performance pack

(October 23, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the Performance Pack Level 2 for the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”

Less weight, more performance — 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

(October 23, 2017) ATLANTA — Porsche is reinvigorating the concept of the puristic 911 T model from 1968 with the new 2018 911 Carrera T. With less weight, a manual transmission with a shorter constant transaxle ratio, and a standard mechanical rear differential lock, performance and driving pleasure are heightened.

2018 Nissan Maxima starts at $33,905

(October 22, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan has announced U.S. pricing for the 2018 Nissan Maxima, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide, starting at $33,905 including destination charge. It is available in five well-equipped models: Maxima S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum, each equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine and performance-oriented Xtronic transmission.

Toyota issues statement of impact of Kobe Steel announcements

(October 22, 2017) Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a statement and provided an update regarding its investigation into the impact of Kobe Steel’s recent announcements on improper conduct related to materials used in vehicle bodies, specifically for Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

The ongoing, initial phase of investigation has been focused on aluminum plates based on the information received from Kobe Steel on Oct. 8. Toyota has confirmed that the affected aluminum plates were used in the construction of hoods, rear hatch, and front door hinge components of certain vehicles.

Applying pumpkin math to Chevrolet sport utilities

(October 21, 2017) A new graphic compares the 2018 Chevrolet SUV line-up on the basis of pumpkin carrying capacity. Created by GMPartsOnline.net, the graphic compares the cargo capacity of each of Chevrolet's five new SUVs on the basis of pumpkin space. Surprisingly, when comparing cargo capacity behind the last row of seats, Chevy's smaller SUVs offer more space than larger models.

2018 A7 Sportback — Representing Audi's new design language

(October 20, 2017) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi says the A7 Sportback represents the new Audi design language to a great extent and delivers on the design promise made by the prologue studies. The four door coupe sets standards in the luxury class when it comes to progressiveness. It embodies a new style of Gran Turismo, with dynamic lines, systematic digitalization, a sporty driving experience and a versatile space concept.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude features Amazon Alexa

(October 20, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude equipped with an all-new Tech Connect Package enhances the owner connection with the introduction of the new Uconnect skill for Amazon Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and is behind devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show. Alexa provides a set of capabilities referred to as skills, which enable customers to make voice-activated requests.

Volkswagen developing electric race car for 2018 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

(October 20, 2017) Volkswagen is developing an all-electric race car for the world’s most famous mountain race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on June 24, 2018. The all-wheel-drive prototype’s goal is to set a new record for electric cars at the finish line, 14,000 feet above sea level.

The new motorsport project is part of Volkswagen’s process of transforming itself into the leading producer of electric vehicles. By 2025, the Volkswagen brand will already offer 23 all-electric models.

Ford tripling number of workplace charging stations in next two years

(October 20, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — When it comes to workplace charging, Ford has found that if you build it, they will come, and they will charge.

They are U.S. and Canadian Ford employees, who say the company’s 200 current charging stations at 50 facilities have given them the confidence to buy or lease an electric vehicle without worrying where they can charge away from home.

Mitsubishi launches 3-year strategic plan — 'Drive for Growth"

(October 19, 2017) TOKYO, Japan — Mitsubishi has launched "Drive for Growth," a three-year strategic plan to deliver sustained and profitable growth, targeting an increase of more than 30 percent in both annual unit sales to 1.3 million vehicles and in revenues to 2.5 trillion yen.

Under the plan, Mitsubishi Motors aims to achieve an operating profit margin of 6 percent or more by the end of fiscal 2019, up from 0.3% percent in fiscal 2016. The plan combines a product renewal program with targeted market expansion and operating efficiency improvements.