Inside the Industry

Volvo creates world's first panoramic moonroof eclipse viewer

(August 17, 2017)  ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo has designed and developed a custom eclipse viewer for the standard panoramic moonroof in the all-new 2018 XC60. The viewers will be shipped to select Volvo retailers along the eclipse’s path, allowing individuals to view the Aug. 21 event safely and comfortably in the all-new XC60.

Colorado ZR2 makes competition debut 'Vegas to Reno' off-road race

(August 18, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Chad Hall of Hall Racing will debut a modified 2017 production Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 during Best in the Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race today. “Vegas to Reno,” known as “the longest off-road race in the United States,” begins at 9:30 a.m. today in Las Vegas and ends at various times on Saturday morning in Reno.

More than 350 contestants are expected to participate this year’s 550-mile race.

Genesis announces new Google Assistant compatibilities

(August 17, 2017) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis Connected Services is getting a lot more powerful with the introduction of the Genesis app for the Google Assistant. All Genesis vehicles are equipped with three years of complimentary Genesis Connected Services, which allows connectivity into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery.

FCA to join BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing autonomous platform

(August 17, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

The development partners intend to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources to enhance the platform’s technology, increase development efficiency and reduce time to market.

Audi R8 V10 plus Spyder to make U.S. debut at Monterey Car Week

(August 17, 2017) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The R8 V10 plus Spyder will make its U.S. debut in California this weekend at the annual Monterey Car Week. In addition, Audi will showcase the track-tested race cars that have inspired their production counterparts at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Chevrolet introduces the Tahoe Custom starting at $44,995

(August 16, 2017) DETROIT — Chevrolet has announced the new Tahoe Custom special edition for the 2018 model year. Like other Custom models, the Tahoe Custom is intended for buyers who want the uncompromised capability of Chevrolet trucks and SUVs in a great looking package at an outstanding value.

Special exhibit of lowriders on display at Monterey Car Week

(August 16, 2017) MONTEREY, Calif. — A special exhibit of lowriders will be showcased at two of Monterey Car Week’s most exclusive events, as part of a new strategic partnership announced this week by and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Inspired by The Petersen’s recently opened exhibit: “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración,” the lowriders will be showcased at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato family announced

(August 16, 2017) CARMEL, Calif. — One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone this week. First with the global debut of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion VI for September 2018

(August 16, 2017) ATLANTA — Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will take place at the famed California racetrack in 2018. The upcoming family reunion has been expanded to four days and will be held Sept. 27-30, 2018.

Mecum to offer nearly 40 collectible Ferraris at Monterey auction

(August 15, 2017) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions will have an array of Maranello’s finest available for bid at the 2017 Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, Calif. From ‘60s- and ‘70s-vintage V-12-powered machines that helped build the Italian brand’s reputation to the modern hybrid hypercars, a broad selection of nearly 40 Ferraris will cross the auction block at Mecum’s Monterey auction — an unprecedented offering of some of the most sought-after Italian machinery at one venue.