Inside the Industry

Subaru's monthly sales streak ends, but it's headed for best year ever in U.S.

(October 3, 2019) Car sales were down year-over-year in September for nearly all the mainstream automakers. But the biggest news came from Subaru where for the first time 93 months sales were down, dipping 9.4 percent compared to September 2018. Subaru reported 51,659 sales in September compared to 57,044 in 2018.

The automaker cited low inventories and fewer selling days for the decline. The September sales dip followed a hot August for the brand and its crossover-heavy lineup in which it surpassed the 70,000 mark for the first time in what was a record month.

BMW introduces third generation X5 M, X6 M crossover vehicles

(October 3, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has introduced the new, third generation of the M GmbH brand’s exclusive, track-capable X5 and X6 based vehicles, the X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. The newest M SAV and SAC vehicles offer more power and performance, improved luxury and comfort over the vehicles that they are replacing while also featuring the latest in driver assistance, personal connectivity and infotainment.

Mecum Las Vegas to feature 1,000 collector cars — and more

(October 2, 2019) Mecum Auctions will host its third annual Las Vegas collector car auction Oct. 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and this year, in addition to the anticipated 1,000 vehicles and more than 400 Road Art items slated to cross the auction block, a selection of approximately 25 highly collectible, investment-grade guitars will also be offered as part of Mecum’s new department: Mecum Presents Guitar Search by Domino.

10 Year Edition commemorates anniversary of Porsche Panamera

(October 2, 2019) ATLANTA — Porsche is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Panamera with a special edition model series. The new 2020 Panamera 10 Year Edition models feature upgraded standard equipment and exclusive design highlights. For example, the special standard equipment list includes 21-inch Panamera Sport Design wheels in satin-gloss White Gold Metallic and “Panamera10” logos on the front doors, also in White Gold Metallic.

Toyota restyles front end, offers new wheel designs for 2020 C-HR

(October 2, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Toyota has given the subcompact crossover C-HR a restyled front fascia, LED headlamps and new wheel designs for 2020. There’s more pure Toyota value, too, with all three grades — LE, XLE and Limited — adding new amenities.

The Toyota C-HR broke new design ground for the automaker when it was introduced in 2018, applying new manufacturing techniques to take a highly sculpted concept-car body design into production while preserving its essence. Toyota says the result melds sport coupe personality with crossover versatility.

Letting Bloodhound off the leash en route to a world land speed record

(October 1, 2019) Bloodhound LSR, the most powerful straight-line car on the planet, has reached the exciting final phase of its build program as it prepares to head to South Africa and be put through its paces in a series of high speed shakedowns on the vast Hakskeenpan desert, Northern Cape, in South Africa.

Acura encourages 'Less Talk, More Drive' in new brand campaign

(October 1, 2019) Acura lets its vehicles do the talking in "Less Talk, More Drive," a new brand marketing campaign launching today. A high-speed television thrill ride kicks off the campaign, giving viewers a glimpse into Acura’s world of Precision Crafted Performance through the eyes of its engineers, race car drivers and lineup of performance vehicles. The multichannel campaign will run throughout the fall on broadcast TV and Acura’s social and digital media properties.

Land Rover launches new teen off-road driving experience

(October 1, 2019) MAHWAH, N,J, — Land Rover North America has  announced the launch of the new Land Rover Teen Drive Experience, a custom off-road driving instruction program for teens ages 14 and older at Land Rover Experience Centers across the U.S. The program aims to develop and build defensive driving skills and good driving habits in young drivers in a controlled environment, and encourage an appreciation for the outdoors and off-road exploration.

Ram unveils 1500 Limited Black Edition, 1500 Night Edition

(September 30, 2019) DALLAS, Texas — Ram Truck unveiled a new 1500 Limited Black Edition and Heavy Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions at the State Fair of Texas last week. These new models will offer truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior appointments and content for even greater personalization.

Black Line Special Edition 2020 Lexus NX 300 goes bronze

(September 30, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Lexus has announced the second Black Line Special Edition on the popular NX 300, now on both the FWD and AWD models. Both exclusive exterior and interior design elements have been added to highlight the 2020 NX 300’s innovative and sleek styling, while adding the latest in Lexus multimedia connectivity with the addition of standard Android Auto integration.

The 2020 NX 300 Black Line Special Edition builds on the Premium Package with exclusive 18-inch bronze-finished wheels accented by color key over fenders — a first for the NX family.