Inside the Industry

Petersen Automotive Museum to pay tribute to 'Father of the Corvette'

(July 10, 2019) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will host two days of special events celebrating the life and accomplishments of former Chevrolet chief engineer, race driver and “Father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov. The two-day celebration will feature several high-profile events including a VIP reception, exclusive Corvette rally event, Corvette cruise-in and a special panel discussion on the history and future of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Ford recalls 58,000 Focus vehicles for engine issue

(July 10, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has issued a safety recall on select 2012 and 2017 Focus vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GDI engines and 2013-14 Focus ST vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GTDI engines. The powertrain control module software used to service these vehicles in accordance with safety recall 18S32 was incomplete.

Jason Bateman new Voice of Hyundai in traditional digital advertising

(July 10, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Audiences of Hyundai’s advertising in the U.S. will have a new and recognizable voice as actor, director, and producer Jason Bateman will provide the voice- overs for its national traditional and digital advertising. Jason’s voice-over work with Hyundai started this past weekend with a new brand campaign that communicates the company’s “Better Drives Us” positioning.

Renee Brinkerhoff and her Valkyrie racing team complete 36-day rally

(July 10, 2019) PARIS — Colorado-based endurance rally racer Renee Brinkerhoff of Valkyrie Racing may have been one of only four women, in a field of more than 100 entrants, to participate in and complete the grueling 36-day Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge2019,  but she was also the ONLY competitor to lead a separate charge through four countries that spread the word to stop human trafficking worldwide.

Mini Cooper SE gets electrified with 181 horsepower

(July 10, 2019) MUNICH, Germany —Pure electric drive can now be experienced in Mini style with the new Mini Cooper SE that combines sustainable mobility with the driving fun, expressive design and premium quality that are typical of Mini vehicles. Mini says that the spontaneous power delivery of its 135 kW/181-horsepower with 199 pound-feet of torque motor, the brand-specific front-wheel drive, and the innovative driving dynamics system with wheel slip limiting close to the actuator, give the new Mini Cooper SE a particularly intense and unmistakable agility, known as the go-kart feeling.

Bike-to-bike communications possible with new BMW system

(July  9, 2019) MUNICH, Germany — BMW Motorrad has simplified wireless communication between motorcyclists with two new products. The new Fit-for-All communication system can be integrated into virtually any helmet. Connecting this up to the new Bike-to-Bike communication module also allows group communication with other motorcyclists.

Video clip celebrates worldwide debut of new Hyundai SUV — The Venue

(July 9, 2019) SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai today released a blockbuster video advert that marks the global debut of its newest entry sports utility vehicle, the Venue. Designed to win the hearts of millennials and young consumers with its “urban vibes” concept, the video highlights Venue’s youthful, attractive appeal and urbane identity that are well suited for the city lifestyle.

BMW installing 100 charging stations in and near National Parks

(July 9, 209) The BMW Group has announced the successful completion of its project, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. Additionally, to date, more than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on course to open this month.

BMW Group, Daimler launch cooperation on automated driving

(July 8, 2019) Two German automakers — the BMW Group and Daimler AG — are launching their cooperation on automated driving. Representatives from the two companies have signed an agreement for a long-term strategic cooperation, which will focus on joint development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking.

A superstar in the compact class — 2020 Mercedes AMG CLA 45

(July 7, 2019) Outstanding performance, the ultimate in driving dynamics, and expressive design — the new Mercedes-AMG compact sports car, the CLA 45, reasserts its leading position in the segment. It seamlessly continues the success story of Mercedes-AMG's sporty compact cars, while setting new standards.

The 2020 CLA 45 is powered by the newly developed M139 2.0-liter engine, the world's most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder manufactured for series production. With 382 hp in the CLA 45, it boasts more power than its predecessor.