Inside the Industry

GM battery plant construction remains on schedule

(July 30, 2020) LORDSTOWN, Ohio — This week marks the beginning of steel construction at the all-new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown. Ultium Cells LLC is a joint venture that will mass-produce Ultium battery cells for electric vehicles and create more than 1,100 new jobs in Northeast Ohio. Since May 2020, ground has been broken and concrete footings have been poured at the facility. Steel construction at Ultium Cells LLC will continue into fall 2020.

Mercedes-Benz buses offer 'highest level of safety, excellent comfort'

(July 30, 2020) STUTTGART, Germany — The bus business is on the move again. The driving ban for German bus companies implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic has been lifted and the market for bus travel is reviving again in some segments. If you decide to travel on a Mercedes-Benz or Setra bus, you are guaranteed the highest possible level of safety with excellent comfort.

2021 Hyundai Veloster N offers eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission

(July 30, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has released product details for its 2021 Veloster N model, which now offers a high-performance N eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT), N Light Sport Seats, navigation and a full host of new driver-assistance features. The 2021 Veloster N, including models with the new N DCT, will arrive at Hyundai dealers in October.

Hyundai develops air conditioning technologies to maintain clean air

(July 29, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has announced new technologies to improve the quality of air in vehicles and create a more pleasant indoor environment for customers. Recognizing the growing concern about air quality, Hyundai has unveiled three new air-conditioning technologies — ‘After-Blow,’ ‘Multi-Air Mode’ and ‘Fine Dust Indicator.’ The technologies will be introduced initially on select models in Korea and expand to upcoming Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles worldwide in the future.

Mini launches digital guide to drive-in movie experience

(July 29, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. —  MINI USA has announced its digital guide for consumers to help them enjoy the ultimate drive-in movie experience. The MINI Drive-In Movie Guide, which offers tips to drive-in moviegoers to have the best drive-in movie experience, as well as recipes for drive-in movie snacks and information on drive-in locations around the country, is available for a free download here.

Harley-Davidson overhauls business, 'rewires' company for success

(July 28, 2020) MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Harley-Davidson has announced actions it has taken to rewire the company, setting the foundation for a 5-year plan as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. The company also reported second quarter 2020 financial results, and its ongoing actions to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on its business.

Ford experiments with four-legged robots to evaluate factories

(July 28, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — These four-legged dog-like robots can sit, shake hands and roll over. They also can perform 360-degree camera scans, handle 30-degree grades and climb stairs for hours at a time. That’s because they are actually 70-pound quadruped robots with distinctly dog-like mobility. They’re part of a Ford manufacturing pilot program designed to save time, reduce cost and increase efficiency.

Volkswagen completes project in Calif. with new Oxnard Engineering Campus

(July 27, 2020) OXNARD, Calif. — The Volkswagen Group Test Center California has finished an expansion project that furthers the state-of-the-art development center’s capabilities and encompasses additional entities within the company under a new name— the Oxnard Engineering Campus. Supporting Volkswagen Group brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Porsche, work at the Oxnard campus is focused on powertrain engineering services that support product development, governmental compliance and emissions testing with an enhanced focus on electric vehicle range testing and analysis.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run gets the green light for 2020

(July 27, 2020) The Royal Automobile Club has announced that the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will be going ahead on Sunday, Nov. 1. Ben Cussons, chairman of the Club, explained: “It gives the Club enormous pleasure to be announcing this news and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the traditional London to Brighton route.

Ground-breaking tattooed Lexus UX offers the chance to 'Ink Big'

(July 27, 2020) Fine craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry collided when Lexus commissioned the world’s first tattooed car. Enlisting leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe to design and create this one-of-a-kind art piece, the brand chose the UX compact SUV to be her canvas. The all-white 2020 Lexus UX offered the perfect backdrop for bringing to life De Sabe’s vibrant ground-breaking design. Her first time tattooing something other than the human body, the Italian-born artist was up for the challenge of inking metal.