Inside the Industry

Bentley marks its first century with Mille Miglia Run in two 1930 Blowers

(May 10, 2019) CREWE, England —  In 1930 the legendary Bentley Blower was due to become the first British car to compete in the Mille Miglia race. Despite the best efforts of "Bentley Boys" Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and then-CEO Woolf Barnato, this attempt was aborted prior to the race commencing as the gentlemen felt there was a lack of preparation to complete a successful run.
Nine decades later, Bentley is returning to the historic race to finish what the ‘Bentley Boys’ didn’t.

McLaren 600LT Spider now arriving in North America

(May 9, 2019) While all examples of the limited volume McLaren 600LT Coupé have been allocated, customers wanting the opportunity to own one of the brand’s signature LT model still have the opportunity to place an order for a 600LT Spider. The newest Sports Series convertible, which combines the acclaimed track-honed dynamic experience of a 600LT with the added exhilaration of open-air driving, is arriving now to North American retailers.

GM in discussions with Workhorse Group to sell Loadstown, Ohio, plant

(May 9, 2019) DETROIT — General Motors says it is in discussions with Workhorse Group and an affiliated, newly formed entity to sell the company’s Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio. The move has the potential to bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant. Upon final agreement, the entity, led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns, would acquire the facility. Workhorse would hold a minority interest in the new entity.

Volkswagen announces name, sales date of first electric iD. vehicle

(May 9, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Months before its official world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, the next milestone has already been reached. Volkswagen is officially announcing the name of the first model of the new all-electric ID. family. It will be called ID.3. Volkswagen revealed several camouflaged pictures of what should be close to the actual production vehicle.

Hyundai streamlines integration with Google Assistant

(May 8, 2019) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — To make it easier than ever to control a Hyundai vehicle remotely through the Google Assistant, Google is previewing enhanced remote vehicle controls with Hyundai’s Blue Link at Google I/O. Using an Assistant-enabled smart speaker, Smart Display or Android or iOS phone, Hyundai owners soon can do things like start their car from the kitchen, set their car’s temperature from the comfort of their couch, or make sure their car doors are locked while in the grocery store more efficiently.

Ford expanding GoRide Health non-emergency medical transportation

(May 8, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is expanding its GoRide Health non-emergency medical transportation business nationwide, starting with Ohio. GoRide Health expects to deliver thousands of rides per day in six cities by the end of the year.

GoRide Health is operating in Toledo now, with service coming to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus by the end of the year. Later this year, the business plans to begin offering its services in major cities in Florida, beginning with Miami. In 2020, it plans to expand to several other states, including North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, and California.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sets SUV speed record on ice in Russia

(May 8, 2019) At the annual Speed Days of the Baikal Ice Motor Sports Festival 2019 in Russia, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk set the speed record for SUVs driven on ice. According to data confirmed by the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF), the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was able to achieve an average speed over a distance of 1 km (six-tenths of a mile) of more than 257 km/h (159 mph) with a rolling start and an average speed starting from a standstill of more than 62 mph.

Electrify America launches mobile app to enhance EV charging experience

(May 7, 2019) RESTON, Va. — Electrify America today announced the launch of a mobile app, available for both Android and iPhone. The company’s first-ever app allows users to manage the entire charging session on their phone, increasing convenience for electric vehicle (EV) owners. The company also is introducing two charging membership plans called Electrify America Pass and Electrify America Pass+.

Polestar unlocks Android developer potential at Google I/O

(May 7, 2019) Polestar has presented a new platform that encourages Android developers to create innovative in-car digital experiences. Appearing at the Google I/O developer conference in California one week after making its North American debut in San Francisco, the Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to feature a new infotainment system powered by Android that offers huge potential for developers.

Mercedes-Benz all-electric EQC SUV starts production in Germany

(May 7, 2019) BREMEN, Germany — The Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles is ready for launch. The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV is being produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant — and can be ordered now. There the EQC can be flexibly integrated into an ongoing series production of vehicles beyond pure electric with a combustion engine or a hybrid drive. The EQC 400 4MATIC offers extensive standard equipment and attractive services.