Inside the Industry

Flint Engine Operations to build new turbo-diesel for 2019 Silverado

(January 20, 2018) FLINT, Mich. — General Motors has announced that Flint Engine Operations will serve as the manufacturing site for the all-new Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel for the 2019 Silverado. In 2015 GM announced a $263 million investment in Flint Engine Operations for a new engine line.

The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, enabling customers to find the combination of performance, efficiency and value that best fits their needs. One of these choices will be the all-new Flint-built 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel.

Lexus carves out flagship luxury crossover — LF-1 Limitless concept

(January 19, 2018) DETROIT — Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus. Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit.  It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment.

Ford adds 365,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall

(January 19, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is expanding a safety recall for certain Takata airbag inflators in North America. The recall involves 365,000 vehicles. Ford has also issued a safety recall for 363 model year 2018 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators for a rear-door window issue.

Bentley Bentayga to challenge Pikes Peak

(January 19, 2018) CREWE, England —  Bentley Motors will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time on June 24 with the Bentayga SUV.

The 600 horsepower, W12-powered Bentayga will tackle the famous 12.42-mile Colorado Springs hill climb with record-breaking ambitions, aiming to navigate the 156 corners of ascending asphalt quicker than any SUV before.

Swedish engine plant is Volvo's first 'climate-neutral' manufacturing site

(January 18, 2018) Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company’s first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating as of Jan. 1.

Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status, which marks a significant step towards the company’s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025. Skövde also becomes one of only a few climate-neutral automotive plants in Europe.

Mecum kicks off 2018 auction season with $96.6 million Florida event

(January 18, 2018) — Mecum Auctions’ annual collector-car auction in Kissimmee, Fla., has long held the title of “world’s largest,” and this year’s auction again raised the bar, taking the collector-car auction market to new heights. Demonstrating $10 million in growth over last year’s auction, Mecum Kissimmee 2018 saw 2,208 vehicles hammer sold from Jan. 5-14 for overall sales totals of $96.6 million — a number still on the rise as sales continue to be finalized in Mecum’s Bid Goes On department.

Volkswagen Group sales reach all-time high in 2017

(January 18, 2018) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles than ever before in fiscal year 2017 —10.74 million customers worldwide chose a vehicle from the Volkswagen Group. As a result, VW deliveries rose 4.3 percent compared with the previous year.

Nissan unveils compact SUV Xmotion concept

(January 18, 2018) DETROIT — Nissan this week revealed the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV, building on the company’s long history of cutting-edge crossovers and SUVs. The six-passenger, three-row Nissan Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) concept fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.

Toyota production in North America nearly 2 million in 2017

(January 17, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Toyota built 1,983,723 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants in 2017. Production volume was down approximately 1 percent over the previous year total of 2,124,608 vehicles.
 
Toyota’s total vehicle production in North America since 1986 has reached nearly 32 million. Key drivers of this year’s production include low fuel prices, continued stability in the overall economy and strong customer demand for trucks and SUVs.

Land Rover launches 70th anniversary special V8 Defender edition

(January 17, 2018)  RYTON-on-DUNSMORE, UK — Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.