Inside the Industry

Porsche introduces the Taycan, its first fully electric sports car

(September 5, 2019) NIAGARA FALLS, Canada — Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public on Wednesday with a world premiere held simultaneously on three continents. "The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand — a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years," said Oliver Blume, chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. "This day marks the start of a new era."

Hyundai develops Vest EXoskeleton to alleviate strain of overhead work

(September 4, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has developed new Vest EXoskeleton (VEX), a wearable robot created to assist industrial workers who spend long hours working in overhead environments.

The VEX enhances productivity and reduces fatigue of industrial workers by imitating the movement of human joints to boost load support and mobility.
The wearable vest has polycentric axis — combining multiple pivot points with multi-link muscular assistance — to function, eliminating the need for a battery.

Jeep offering two new special-edition Wrangler models

(September 4, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Jeep brand is returning the Wrangler Willys edition to the iconic SUV’s lineup and introducing the new 2020 Wrangler Black & Tan. Both models are based on the Wrangler Sport S and feature unique exterior and interior content. 

"Special editions are a perfect way for Jeep to connect with customers and feed their ideas and passion into the brand and its vehicles," said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep Brand - North America.

Celebrating 20 years, Toyota says go more places in your 2020 Prius

(September 4, 2019) PLANO, Texas — When the Toyota Prius launched 20 years ago, it quickly became the definition of hybrid. Twenty years later, the evolution of Prius continued as Toyota introduced the 2019 Prius with available AWD-e, a first in its class. Now, the 2020 Toyota Prius campaign, titled “It’s Unbelievable,” invites consumers to go more places, in more conditions, with the capable and efficient hybrid that started it all.

Football to basketball — Nissan ups commitment to college sports

(September 3, 2019) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan's latest commitment to college athletics is official. Already a staple of college football with its Heisman Trophy partnership, Nissan is now an Official Partner of the NCAA including an Official Corporate Partner of NCAA Men's Basketball and the Final Four.

The NCAA partnership began Sept. 1 — the first day of the NCAA's academic calendar.

Bugatti Chiron breaks 300 mph barrier; world record

(September 3, 2019) Bugatti is the first manufacturer to break the 300-mile-an-hour barrier. On a test track in Germany, a near production prototype derivative of the hyper sports car Chiron surpassed the magic limit with a speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). A world record.

BMW introduces exclusive editions of i3 and i8 vehicles

(September 3, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW has introduced two exclusive editions to its BMW i lineup of electric and PHEV vehicles. The i3s Edition RoadStyle takes the quickest and sportiest i3, the purely electric s model, and adds aggressive Fluid Black paint with exclusive details not available before. Just under 1,000 units of the special edition i3s will be available worldwide.

Volkswagen's electric ID.R sets record on Tianmen Mountain in China

(September 2, 2019) An extraordinary drive on the limit, with spectacular images and the fifirst record on Tianmen Mountain: Volkswagen has achieved a major milestone with the ID.R in China — one that literally helps drive electromobility to new highs. Romain Dumas completed the 99 tight corners on the Tianmen Mountain road in 7:38.585 minutes — faster than ever before.

Restored McLaren F1 #603 will be unveiled Sept. 6

(September 2, 2019) LONDON — McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will premiere its recently restored McLaren F1 #063 at the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance just outside London, England, Sept. 6-8.

Following on from the announcement of the McLaren F1 Certification program at last year’s prestigious event, MSO returns with its newest project. As custodians of the F1 legacy, MSO continues to develop and manufacture parts to ensure that every F1 remains an icon of the road for many years to come.

New Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 combines versatility with performance

(September 1, 2019) With a striking design, exciting driving dynamics and space for up to seven occupants, the new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is an unrivaled entry in the compact SUV segment. A spirited drive is guaranteed thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 302 hp, in addition to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8-speed transmission and the variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.