Inside the Industry

McLaren Speedtail — A unity of art, technology and velocity

(October 27, 2018) McLaren Automotive has revealed the stunning, streamlined form and sensational specification of the McLaren Speedtail.  The next chapter in McLaren’s Ultimate Series, the Speedtail is the first Hyper-GT from the pioneering British company recognized for producing luxury sports cars and supercars that deliver an extraordinary driving experiences. 

Jaguar Land Rover opens manufacturing plant in Slovakia

(October 26, 2018) NITRA, Slovakia — Jaguar Land Rover today opened its state-of-the-art $1.59 billion manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia. The plant inauguration represents the first time a UK automotive company has opened a plant in the country.

With the heart and soul of its business in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover’s investment in Nitra marks the latest step in the company’s global expansion strategy following the opening of it Chinese joint venture in 2014 and Brazilian plant in 2016.

Honda Civic Si gets upgraded tech, enhanced interior for 2019

(October 26, 2018) TORRANCE, Calif. — The 2019 Honda Civic Si sedan and coupe begin arriving at dealerships Nov. 1 sporting a range of interior improvements, new exterior colors and an updated Display Audio system with a new interface that includes a volume knob and physical buttons for key functions, and improved Bluetooth integration with easier device pairing.

Hyundai sets starting price of refreshed Tucson at $24,245

(October 26, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced pricing for its redesigned 2019 Tucson, starting at $24,245 including destination charge for the SE model. This entry-level model comes with upgrades inside and out, including a new cascading grille, redesigned wheels, a seven-inch display audio system and more advanced safety features. The 2019 Tucson is on sale now at Hyundai stores nationwide. That's $715 more than the starting price for the 2018 model.

Cadillac celebrates 15 years of the V-Series sub brand with Pedestal Edition

(October 26, 2018) Cadillac has announced the 2019 Pedestal Edition ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan to celebrate the successful first 15 years (2004-18) of its Cadillac V-Series sub brand. The limited-run models bid a grand farewell to the third generation of ultra-high-performance V-Series models, and open the next major chapter in the sub-brand’s story.

BMW's extensive range of M Performance Parts ready for all-new X5

(October 25, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — Like its predecessors and indeed the entire BMW X model family, the fourth generation of the BMW X5 combines impressive off-road performance with outstanding driving dynamics quality on the road. With an extensive range of M Performance Parts for the new premium SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), BMW now in particular addresses those customers who wish to selectively refine the vehicle's sporty character and give this aspect further emphasize the character.

DRIVEN360's classic 1975 Ford Bronco gets second round of modifications

(October 25, 2018) TEMECULA, Calif. — RAW Motorsports, a leading engineering and fabrication builder of high-performance, off-road and specialty vehicles, has led the charge to complete a second round of modifications on DRIVEN360’s classic 1975 Ford Bronco.

Eleanor’s Big Brother features several all-new extensive modifications and will once again debut at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Hyundai introduces high-performance Veloster N to U.S. market

(October 25, 2018) WILLOWS, Calif. — Hyundai this week introduced its high-performance Veloster N model at a driving event at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California. Hyundai had first introduced Veloster N as the first of its U.S. N models at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show last January.

Hyundai ventures further into robotics industry of the future

(October 24, 2018) SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai Motor Group has ventured further into the high-value robotics industry of the future by commencing development of Hyundai Vest Exoskeleton (H-VEX) wearable industrial robots. Following the Hyundai Chairless Exoskeleton (H-CEX) demonstration conducted in the Hyundai-KIA North American factory last August, the company plans to verify H-VEX’s success through extensive testing at the end of 2018.

Avis and Ford team up to connect cars, enhance rental experience

(October 24, 2018) PARSIPPANY, N.J. — To make renting vehicles even easier for customers and to improve efficiency, Avis Budget Group has announced an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to connect more than 35,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles in Avis Budget Group’s U.S. fleet.