Inside the Industry

Volkswagen's all-electric cargo concept makes auto show debut

(December 3, 2018) The original Volkswagen Transporter is the most recognizable light commercial vehicle of all time. With the auto show premiere of the I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept in Los Angeles, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Transporter might change the world of commercial vehicles. Based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and a sibling to the I.D. BUZZ concept first shown in Detroit last year, the CARGO could be launched as a production vehicle in Europe as early as 2022.

Subaru celebrates seven years of monthly sales records

(December 4, 2018) Subaru of America has reported 56,782 vehicle sales for November, a 9.8 percent increase compared to November 2017. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 615,594 vehicles, a 5.3 percent gain compared to the same period in 2017.

November marked the 57th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Ascent, Crosstrek and Forester sales were notably strong as each model achieved its best November ever.

Mercedes-AMG GT updated for 2020; limited edition GT R Pro added

(December 3, 3018) At its debut four years ago, the AMG GT confidently sought out competition on the world-wide sports car scene — and conquered a large part of the market. For model year 2020, the top athlete from Affalterbach now comes to the starting line honed even further, and with the new limited edition AMG GT R PRO.

In addition to exterior updates, the two-door AMG GT Coupes and Roadsters will be fitted with the AMG DYNAMICS integrated driving control system for added agility, a new AMG Performance steering wheel, the center console with innovative display buttons from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and a fully digital instrument display with exclusive AMG "Superport" display style on the instrument cluster.

Volvo expands its Silicon Valley Tech Center

(December 3, 2018) SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Volvo Cars Silicon Valley Tech Center has opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Sunnyvale. The move, which almost triples the physical presence of the Silicon Valley Tech Center, grows the Swedish automaker’s initial foray into Silicon Valley established in September 2016.

All-new Volvo V60 luxury wagon will start at $39,895

(December 2, 2018) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo Car USA has unveiled pricing for the second generation Volvo V60. Starting at $39,895 including destination charge, the first V60s will arrive on U.S. shores early next year.

The V60 is a five-door, mid-size luxury wagon, underlining the Swedish company’s position as a car maker that combine good looks with everyday practicality.  To accommodate the Volvo wagon buyer’s desire to fully customize their vehicle, the V60 will be offered exclusively via customer order production.

Nissan Leaf NISMO RC electric race car has nearly 3-second 0-to-60 time

(December 2, 2018) TOKYO — The all-new Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled this past week in Tokyo. The unveiling took place at Nissan Crossing in the city's Ginza district. The car, which was developed by Nissan's racing arm, NISMO, with its race technology know-how, will officially debut today at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan's new Formula E electric race car.

Mopar to offer 200-plus products for new Jeep Gladiator

(December 1, 2018)  LOS ANGELES — The Mopar brand will deliver a portfolio of more than 200 parts and accessories available to enhance the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. A Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, on display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA, highlights the open-air personalization potential of the most capable midsize truck ever.
Owners can put their personal imprint on the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator by choosing from a full Mopar menu of products.

2020 Lincoln Aviator has advanced technologies, electrification

(December 1, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator touched down at the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week with advanced technologies that let the luxury SUV kneel to greet you, scan the road ahead for uneven pavement, and allow you to drive away using your smartphone instead of a key.

New Hyundai Palisade SUV offers seating for up to eight people

(November 30, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Hyundai this week introduced its new flagship premium three-row Palisade SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility. The Palisade will be produced in Ulsan, Korea, and will be available at dealerships across the U.S. this summer.

Nissan reveals refreshed 2019 Maxima and Murano in Los Angeles

(November 30, 2018) LOS ANGELES – Sixty years ago this month, Nissan had the first public showing of its vehicles in the U.S. at the 1958 Los Angeles Auto Show. Little did the company know that the simple display of three cars and a tiny truck would six decades later lead to Nissan becoming a major player in the U.S. market with 22,000 employees and annual sales of 1.5 million vehicles.