Inside the Industry

BMW's annual 'Ultimate Driving Experience' returns to U.S. cities

(April 12, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW’s annual Ultimate Driving Experience is back. Building on past success, BMW’s signature experiential driving event returns this year to an expanded, 16-city line-up, with new program components in select cities. The Ultimate Driving Experience invites consumers, from coast-to-coast, to get behind the wheel and experience “The Ultimate Driving Machine” first-hand.

Electric Polestar 2 to be built in Chinese plant

(April 12, 2019) At the Chinese debut of the Polestar 2 in Shanghai, Polestar confirmed that production of the new electric performance fastback will take place in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, in China in early 2020.

Owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding and operated by Volvo Cars, the Luqiao production facility will produce Polestar 2 alongside other models from Volvo and Lynk & Co. which share the core CMA platform with Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the first car on the modular chassis to feature a fully electric drivetrain.

GMC Sierra CarbonPro delivers innovation and durability where it counts

(April 12, 2019) DETROIT — Starting production in early June, GMC Sierra CarbonPro Editions will begin appearing at select dealerships this summer, available on the Sierra Denali 1500 and the Sierra AT4 1500. The purpose-built CarbonPro bed is the first application of its kind for carbon fiber composite and delivers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.

2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell arriving at select California dealers

(April 11, 2019) Arriving at select dealerships in California beginning April 16, the 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell received an emissions-free 360-mile driving range rating and offers quick refueling at a competitive lease price of $379 per month. The Clarity's spacious and sophisticated interior offers ample room for five, and every Clarity Fuel Cell comes standard with advanced technology, such as the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

Toyota hints at all-new 2020 Highlander with 3D illusion

(April 11, 2019) NEW YORK —  Is it real? Or is it suspended by invisible strings? The answer to both questions is yes. Toyota has partnered with installation artist and sculptor Michael Murphy to create a 3D illusion for its fourth-generation 2020 Highlander, set to debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 17.
 
The art installation capitalizes on the new sculpted design elements that will make Highlander stand out in the marketplace.

Petersen Automotive Museum present electric motorcycle exhibit

(April 11, 2019) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum has debuted the world’s first exhibit dedicated exclusively to electric motorcycles. Located in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, “Electric Revolution” explores the history and current state of the e-bike industry with 21 groundbreaking examples from visionary custom builders and established manufacturers.

Refreshed 2019 Audi TT RS makes US debut in New York

(April 11, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — With an even more dynamic look, the top of the TT model line — the 2019 TT RS — makes its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show. The refreshed TT RS Coupe includes redesigned front and rear fasciae, enhanced technology offerings and additional packages and trims, providing drivers increased personalization options.

Excellence reborn — Work under way on iconic DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

(April 10, 2019) NEWPORT PAGNELL, UK — The first Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation car — part of the forthcoming Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection — is beginning to take shape. The meticulous construction process is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable Aston Martin restoration center in the world, the invaluable and highly specialist skills nurtured at Aston Martin Works are perfectly suited to the brand’s celebrated Continuation projects.

2020 Mercedes CLA 35 new point of entry to the world of AMG

(April 10, 2019) Sporty, stylish, intelligent and dynamic: The new 2020 CLA 35 is the latest point of entry to the world of Mercedes-AMG. The four- door coupe shares the progressive technology with the A-Class, but is even bolder with its iconic design and the intelligent MBUX interior assistant.

Global Weather Corp. awarded patent for forecasts using vehicle sensors

(April 9, 2019) BOULDER, Colo. — Global Weather Corporation, a leading provider of weather forecast data services for business applications, announced today that it has been awarded a patent for its method for improving weather forecasts by incorporating sensor data from vehicles.