Inside the Industry

Aston Martin produces first SUVs at St Athan, Wales

(June 13, 2019) ST ATHAN, Wales — Aston Martin Lagonda’s second UK manufacturing plant has started to produce cars, as the latest pre-production models of the luxury British carmaker’s first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, are built.
The 90-acre, former Ministry of Defense site at St Athan in Wales was announced as the second UK plant for Aston Martin Lagonda in early 2016 and since then the whole site, including three "Super Hangars," has been transformed into a modern manufacturing facility for our hand-crafted British cars.

GM to invest $150 million in Flint Truck Assembly plant

(June 13, 2019) FLINT, Mich. — General Motors today announced the second major expansion of its full-size pickup production capacity this year — a $150 million investment at Flint Assembly to increase production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups, which begin shipping to dealers this week.

This news follows GM’s announcement last month to expand light-duty, full-size pickup production capacity in Fort Wayne, Ind., in response to strong customer demand.

New Bentley Flying Spur — Sports sedan meets luxury limousine

(June 13, 2019) CREWE, England —  Bentley Motors has announced details of what it calls the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan — the all-new Flying Spur.  Whether driving or being driven, the all-new Flying Spur offers a unique combination of limousine luxury and sports sedan performance, blending bold new road presence with world-leading interior quality and design, plus cutting-edge customer-focused technology.

Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction offer mix of classic Mustangs

(June 12, 2019) UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Barrett-Jackson will offer an incredible mix of classic Ford Mustangs during its 4th Annual Northeast Auction, June 26-29 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. When introduced by Ford in 1964, the Mustang sparked a revolution in automotive design and performance that continues on through today.

Among some of those early Mustangs crossing the block at the Northeast Auction is a beautifully restored one-owner 1965 convertible and a 1965 2+2 Fastback that has been restored to original specifications. .

Fiat introduces Urbana Edition for 2019 500X

(June 12, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat brand has announced the new 2019 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition, a custom-appearance package that adds unique wheels, LED lighting, roof rails and sleek black-themed accents inside and out.

Designed and manufactured in Italy, the new 2019 Fiat 500X features an all-new, standard-equipped 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with the latest iteration of the FCA exclusive MultiAir (called MultiAir III) valve-actuation technology, engine stop-start (ESS) technology and best-in-class torque.

Karma to use goldRush Rally to build awareness in new Revero GT

(June 12, 2019) IRVIN, Calif. — Karma Automotive, a Southern California-based luxury electric vehicle company and high-tech incubator, will use its first-ever appearance in goldRush Rally ELEVEN, The Next Chapter, to build awareness and excitement for its 2020 Revero GT in advance of the luxury electric vehicle’s public availability later this year.

Small crossovers are the rage and Mercedes adds another — The GLB

(June 12, 2019) The new GLB is a versatile SUV with powerful proportions, short overhangs and an off-road-oriented design, as well as optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The GLB also serves as a spacious family car that offers even more flexibility as the first Mercedes-Benz in this segment available as a seven-seater.

Powerful and efficient four- cylinder engines paired with the latest driving assistance systems, and the intuitively operable infotainment system MBUX, help to equip this new family member with all the strengths of the current generation Mercedes-Benz compact-class. The all- new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

All-new Mercedes-Benz GLS to start at $76,195

(June 11, 2019) The all-new GLS has raised the bar yet again as the largest and most luxurious SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The GLS is the S-Class among SUVs, combining sophisticated technology and impressive levels of standard equipment with comfort for up to seven passengers, agile dynamics and extensive safety systems. Mercedes has set the starting price for the 2020 SUV at $76,195 including destination charge.

New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America's half-ton torque leader

(June 11, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2020 Ram 1500 will become America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, with 480 lb.-ft. of torque, and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 12,560 pounds. The all-new third-generation 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel is also expected to lead the segment on fuel economy.
“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, following up on Ram’s Heavy Duty torque leadership and achieving what no other manufacturer has, with up to 480 lb.-ft. of torque in a 3.0-liter engine,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand.

How a $7,000 Volkswagen became the 'Million Dollar Scirocco'

(June 11, 2019) Jason Whipple’s 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco S is an instant head turner. Splashed in a rainbow motif, blurred lettering and wild graphics, there’s no surprise why the hand-painted hatchback has people buzzing in and outside the automotive community. Blurring the lines between race car and art car, the sporty coupe beckons viewers to stop and stare a bit longer.