Inside the Industry

The new Mini Cooper SE: In Green Mode through the 'Green Hell'

(October 18, 2019) The North Loop of the Nürburgring, 12.9 miles of motor-sport history, was once named the “Green Hell” by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart. It is still the regular venue for ultimate endurance tests even 43 years after the last Grand Prix race for automobiles was held there.

Every new model of the Mini brand has to put its performance characteristics to the test on the challenging circuit located in the Eifel mountains of Germany.

Ford tricks up Escape, Explorer and Expedition for SEMA

(October 19, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — The all-new 2020 Ford Escape and Explorer make their debut at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show, joining Ford Expedition with tricked-out builds highlighting the latest trends in customization.

“There’s a growing hunger for consumers to personalize their SUVs, which have a huge range of possibilities from lowered street rides to off-road overlanding,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford vehicle personalization and accessories.

New Mojave Sand Package offered on 2019 Ram 1500

(October 18, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram Truck has unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock Mojave Sand Package, which includes a sport performance hood, black-painted 20-inch aluminum wheels and Mojave Sand exterior color.

“The Ram 1500 Classic Warlock continues to prove that value never goes out of style,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand. “With the addition of the popular Mojave Sand exterior paint option, this truck will continue to resonate positively with buyers.”

Ford announces new charging network, at-home charging options

(October 18, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is giving future all-electric vehicle customers the confidence to enjoy a hassle-free electric lifestyle. Ford says, "by providing easy access to more electric vehicle public charging stations in North America than any other automaker, Ford will make it easier for customers to find a place to charge when the company starts delivering new models next year."

Rare Corvette among nearly 1,000 cars for sale at Mecum Chicago

(October 18, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions will return to Chicagoland to host the area’s only annual collector car auction Oct. 24-26 at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. The Mecum Chicago 2019 auction is slated to feature an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the block.

Hyundi to show Veloster 'Grappler' concept at SEMA

(October 17, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Hyundai will unveil the Veloster “Grappler” concept at the 2019 SEMA show next month. The Grappler concept boasts increased ground clearance, combining superb approach and departure angles for confident off-roading capability, while custom front and rear brush guards were developed to ensure the Veloster Grappler is protected whenever the terrain turns unpredictable.

Oversized all-terrain tires and rally-themed Method Racing wheels yield a menacing demeanor and functional capability, while Borla cat-back exhaust components add a visceral audible resonance.

Volvo launches fully electric XC40 Recharge; company's first EV

(October 17, 2019) Future Volvo customers will need to answer one fundamental question: do you want a new Volvo with a cord or without one? Today Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.

History lesson — How plaid became part of Volkswagen Golf GTI

(October 17, 2019) No car has a claim to fame to celebrate all things plaid quite like the Volkswagen Golf GTI – thanks to one woman’s pioneering choices that over the past four decades have become a symbol of driving enthusiasts worldwide.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s debut in 1976 caused a sensation. Even though only a few details distinguished it visually from the original Golf, Volkswagen — influenced by one of the company’s first female designers — succeeded in transforming the compact car into an affordable sports car for the masses and capturing the mood of the era.

Production of all-new Bentley Flying Spur now underway

(October 16, 2019) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has confirmed that production of the all-new Flying Spur is now underway, with the commencement of deliveries set for early 2020. Handcrafting of the first customer orders is taking place at Bentley’s factory headquarters in Crewe, England, following completion of over one million miles of development testing.

The third generation of the marque’s Grand Tourer offers the perfect fusion of performance-orientated agility and exclusive four-door, limousine-style comfort.

New Red S Edition gives custom attitude to the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

(October 16, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler is turning up the heat in the minivan segment, adding a new Red S Edition for the 2020 model year. The new Red S Edition builds on the popularity of the Chrysler Pacifica S model, adding a crimson customized attitude for the no-compromise minivan.

“There’s nothing better than a minivan at moving both people and stuff, and Chrysler Pacifica allows owners to haul with a bit more style,” said Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of Passenger Cars - North America.