Inside the Industry

Roughing it in style — Toyota Tundra TRD, Sequoia TRD, RAV4 Adventure

(February 18, 2017) CHICAGO — Toyota’s Tundra full-size pickup truck and Sequoia large SUV have long been ideal for adventuresome families in need of that unique combination of performance, utility, towing ability and comfort.  For 2018, the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have developed the new TRD Sport grade for Tundra and Sequoia, offering active families an extra dose of sportier styling and performance for added fun and excitement on their next journey.  

Aston Martin expands its North American pre-owned program

(February 18, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — Aston Martin The Americas has revealed full details of its new certified pre-owned car program now available in North America: Timeless Certified Pre-Owned (CPO).

Timeless CPO builds on the strong foundation of the luxury British brand’s pre-owned sports car buying and owning service and provides customers with the very highest levels of quality, assurance, and confidence with a comprehensive buying and owning experience.

Subaru launches new campaign to celebrate all-new 2017 Impreza

(February 17, 2017) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru of America today debuted a series of new advertising spots centered around the launch of the all-new 2017 Impreza. The new work showcases the automaker's latest evolution of the brand's entry-level vehicle, built with millennials and their on-the-go, ever-changing lifestyles top of mind.

Available in a sleek sedan or versatile 5-door style, the 2017 Impreza is ideal for navigating slick city streets or jetting off on an adventure to the great outdoors – and everywhere in between.

Volkswagen brand sales down nearly 5% in January; up 17.1% in U.S.

(February 17, 2017) In January 2017, the Volkswagen brand handed over 495,900 vehicles to customers throughout the world, corresponding to a fall of 4.9% compared with the previous year. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand board member for Sales, commented: "The Volkswagen brand started 2017 successfully. Worldwide deliveries may be slightly below the value for the previous year, but this is solely due to special effects in the major market of China. All the other reported gratifying increases compared with the previous year."

Why park when you can play? Classics meant for winter driving

(February 17, 2017) PHOENIX, Ariz. — For most classic car owners, when the temperatures drop it’s time to tuck away and protect their classic cars. However, knowing which classics are best suited for blustery winter months can help lower storage costs and provide year-round enjoyment rain or shine. 

Honda begins production of 2017 CR-V in Indiana

(February 16, 2017) GREENSBURG, Ind.  — Associates at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, (HMIN) today celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V — the first SUV built at the plant since it began production in 2008.  With the move, HMIN now builds Honda's two best-selling vehicles of 2016 – Civic and CR-V.

Ford invests $200 million in new wind tunnel complex

(February 16, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Consumers’ appetite for vehicles with greater fuel efficiency and performance has led Ford to invest in a new aerodynamic testing complex that will house a next-generation rolling road wind tunnel and state-of-the-art climatic chamber. The new facility will come complete with testing advancements that better match the technological development of Ford products — both production vehicles and racing vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz celebrates 20 years of production in Alabama

(February 16, 2017) The year 1997 was historic and life-changing for many Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) team members and it launched the beginning of automotive production in Tuscaloosa , Ala. On Feb. 14, 1997, MBUSI's first customer-ready M-Class rolled offline.

Forty team members -— dressed in black, with sunglasses, white gloves, bow ties and black top hats — performed a dance routine for the crowd of 850 to the Temptations' "Get Ready." MBUSI team members had a ball and this set the stage for many more celebrations to come over the years.

Kia introduces all-new Picanto city car to Europeans

(February 16, 2017) The all-new Kia Picanto city car has been revealed to European media for the first time ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe this spring. Now in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto brings a more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customization and promises to be the most versatile car in its class.

New Hyundai Ioniq offers three electrified powertrain choices

(February 15, 2017) SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The eco-focused Hyundai Ioniq is the first vehicle to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform. Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers a design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers.