Inside the Industry

Lexus tees it up for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links

(June 10, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Golf’s most celebrated weekend is back and Lexus, the official vehicle of the United States Golf Association and Pebble Beach Golf Links. will be there when history is made. The 119th U.S. Open Championship takes place later this week at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

“The U.S. Open is one of golf’s most exciting majors, especially when it’s played on a legendary course like Pebble Beach,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing.

Maserati kicks off cultural tour of China

(June 10, 2019) SHANGHAI — Italian luxury automotive brand Maserati began a new chapter in China Sunday by officially kicking off a one-month cultural tour across the country. Starting with a grand celebration at the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, which is a blend of Chinese and Western arts and cultures, the event aims to salute China’s rich heritage.

Being the longest event for an in-depth experience launched by Maserati in recent years, the grand tour is a special celebration of the 105th anniversary of the brand and the 15th anniversary of its entry into China, as well as a tribute to the long-standing Chinese civilization.

Volkswagen ID.R sets new electric record on the Nurburgring

(June 10, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen has achieved another milestone in electro-mobility —The ID.R, powered by two electric motors, lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes — faster than any electric vehicle before it. Romain Dumas beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck in 2017 by 40.564 seconds.

Bentley Continental GT set for Pikes Peak record attempt

(June 9, 2019) Bentley Motors is set to attempt to break the outright production car record at the world-renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with the new Continental GT later this month. The current production car record and time to beat is 10:26.9.

Last year, the record for a production SUV at Pikes Peak was set by the Bentley Bentayga in a time of 10:49.9 — taking nearly two minutes off the previous record by averaging 66.5 mph.

416 horsepower — World's most powerful 4-cylinder in series production

(June 8, 2019) AFFALTERBACH, Germany — With an output of up to 416 horsepower, the completely newly developed Mercedes-AMG 2.0-liter M 139 engine is the world's most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production. With this engine, Mercedes-AMG has even exceeded the previously most powerful M 133 engine by 40 horsepower. Maximum torque has also increased from 350 to up to 369 lb-ft.

Electrify America, Walmart have 120 fast charging stations available

(June 8, 2019) Electrify America and Walmart have announced that more than 120 plus ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at Walmart stores across the U.S. Building upon the original commitment set forth in April 2018, the companies are planning to expand the relationship in the coming years with additional Electrify America charging stations located at Walmart stores.

Fiat fans gear up for 36th annual 'Freakout' celebration

(June 8, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Club America is preparing to host its 36th annual “Fiat FreakOut” (FFO) national convention from July 10 – 14 in Greensboro, N.C. This year’s event also coincides with the 120th anniversary of Fiat and the 70th anniversary of Abarth high-performance vehicles.
Building off of last year’s event, which was one of the most highly attended national conventions in Fiat Club America’s history, this year’s FFO promises to be an action-packed four-day adventure.

Genesis G70 put to the ultimate dynamic test in 'Art of the Stunt' video

(June 7, 20190 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis Motor America HAS launched “The Art of the Stunt” featuring the 2019 Genesis G70 — a three-part video series that demonstrates vehicle agility in a thrilling setting. In each video short, a stunt driver uses a G70 luxury sport sedan to recreate a classic scene of evasive driving from famous motion pictures.

Working with Donut Media, award-winning film industry veterans and professional drivers, Genesis produced both the stunts and behind-the-scenes footage to engage performance enthusiasts and movie aficionados alike.

ROUSH Performance and Ford build custom Mustang GT, the 'Old Crow'

(June 7, 2019) DETROIT — ROUSH Performance has announced its latest one-off, custom vehicle — the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Developed in collaboration with Ford Performance, the bespoke “Old Crow” features an array of unique touches. The vehicle honors World War II ace Col. Bud Anderson’s legendary P-51D Mustang fighter aircraft.

The new vehicle will be on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., from July 22-28, where it will be auctioned off to raise money for EAA’s youth education program.

600-horsepower 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible introduced

(June 7, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has introduced the new M8 Coupe and Convertible, the new top performance models in the M brand’s lineup. Available in standard and Competition variants, these new M cars take the proven M5 and M5 Competition near-supercar capabilities to an even higher level while offering all of the luxury and styling that the 8 Series has to offer.