Inside the Industry

Fully electric Volvo XC40 introduces new infotainment system

(October 10, 2019) Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. Powered by Android, the new infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness and new embedded Google technology and services.

Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store built-in. The two companies have been development partners for the past several years.

Hyundai is pushing infrastructure-based autonomous driving

(October 10, 2019) HIGH WYCOMBE, UK — With the continuous development of autonomous driving technology, the concept of the vehicle is changing. Where cars were once simply a means of transportation, they will ultimately become personal living spaces, customized to meet the customer’s needs and individualized to fulfill our desires.

UK TV personality signs up for London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

(October 9, 2019) LONDON — As an extraordinary and magical event, the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for pre-1905 cars has always been a magnet for people from all walks of life.

Taking part each year are families who have participated in their cherished automotive heirlooms for generations, but the enchanting lure of the world’s longest-running motoring event also has a history of captivating numerous well-known personalities too.

First new 2020 Ford Puma arrives in Great Britain

(October 9, 2019) CRAIOVA, Romania — Production of the new 2020 Ford Puma subcompact crossover is now underway at Ford’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, with full United Kingdom pricing now available. High specification First Edition models will be exclusively offered for delivery starting in January January, ahead of the full range becoming available to order early next year.

Volkswagen electric car ID.3 communicates using light

(October 9, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The ID.3, the first model from the new all-electric ID. family, stands for the future of the Volkswagen brand — with a large range, impressive driving dynamics, pioneering design and the innovative ID. Light concept. The intelligent light concept in the interior supports the driver visually and makes communication with the ID.3 more emotional.

Not only does this car’s voice control obey your every word, the ID.3 also communicates visually with its occupants thanks to the completely new intelligent ID. Light concept.

Hyundai fuel cell vehicles have driven 8.4 million miles

(October 9, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Celebrating National Hydrogen Day 2019, Hyundai’s U.S.-market fuel cell SUVs, the Nexo fuel cell and the Tucson fuel cell, together have accumulated more than 8.4 million miles while emitting only clean water vapor. This cumulative distance is the equivalent of 17 round-trip journeys to the surface of the moon, a distance of approximately 238,900 miles.

Silent film star's 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S wins at Newport

(October 8, 2019) NEWPORT, R.I. — After nearly two years of planning, the inaugural Audrain’s Concours d’Elegance came to an close with Joseph & Margie Cassini’s 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Fleetwood crossing the podium to receive the ‘Most Elegant’ award and also the Best of Show award.

Shown at the 1926 New York Auto Salon, the Tipo 8A S Roadster was commissioned by film star Rudolph Valentino, and adds this Audrain’s Best of Show trophy to its extensive collection which includes two Best of Class trophies from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

First production fuel cell car earns top safety pick from IIHS

(October 8, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The 2019 Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV has earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for vehicles built after June 2019. The Nexo, which is only available in California, is the first such hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that IIHS has tested.

Volvo Cars to merge combustion engine operations with Geely

(October 8, 2019) Volvo Cars and Geely intend to merge their existing combustion engine operations into a stand-alone business in order to establish a new global supplier that will seek to develop next generation combustion engines and hybrid powertrains. The proposed new business would clear the way for Volvo Cars to focus on the development of its all-electric range of premium cars.

Ram 1500 diesel highway fuel efficiency set at 32 mpg

(October 8, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram Truck has announced EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine. Ram’s half-ton EcoDiesel will be rated at 32 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, 22 mpg city for 4x2 models; 29 mpg highway, 21 mpg city for 4x4 models.