Inside the Industry

Aston Martin to hold public debut of electric Rapide E

(June 6, 2019) SILVERSTONE, UK — After showcasing its performance credentials on the streets of Monaco ahead of the Formula E Monaco ePrix, Aston Martin’s first all-electric model — Rapide E — will be presented to the United Kingdom public for the first time at this weekend’s Fully Charged Live, June 7-9.
The event — taking place at Silverstone Race Circuit, Northamptonshire — is a unique celebration of a variety of new and progressive technologies across both the automotive and energy sectors.

Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition rolls with 'blacked-out' look

(June 6, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The legendary story of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat — the "quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world" — continues to grow with the arrival of the limited-edition 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition.
“In the world of muscle cars, limited editions are valued by enthusiasts for their uniqueness and collectability, both today and in the future,” said Tom Sacoman, director of Product, Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT.

Cadillac to add 70,000 miles to Super Cruise hands-free driving

(June 6, 2019) DETROIT — Cadillac is expanding the availability of Super Cruise to an additional 70,000 miles of compatible, divided highways in the United States and Canada. This expansion will make the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature available on more than 200,000 total miles of compatible highways by the fourth quarter of 2019.

Lamborghini conquers new territory with Huracan Sterrato Concept

(June 5, 2019) Automobili Lamborghini is exploring new horizons with its unconventional concept, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato. Based on the super sports prowess of the V10 Huracán, the Sterrato draws on Lamborghini’s off-road expertise exemplified in the Urus Super SUV, creating a new dimension of Lamborghini "fun to drive off-road" — a transfer of technologies creating a super sports car for challenging environments.

Honda announces two new four-seat sport side-by-side models

(June 5, 2019) MIDLOTHIAN, Texas — During the kickoff of Power Lab 2019, a Honda Powersports dealer event held at TexPlex Park, Honda unveiled a pair of new four-seat sport side-by-side models — the Talon 1000X-4 and Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve.

Breaking cover just six months after the industry-disrupting announcement of the Talon 1000X and Talon 1000R two-seat models — and only three months since they hit the market — these new additions to the young Talon family advance off-road driving technology while opening the experience to additional family and friends.

BMW Group, Jaguar Land Rover to collaborate on electrification tech

(June 5, 2019) MUNICH, Germany — As it develops its plans for the mobility of the future, the BMW Group is increasingly focusing on co-operations to help make next-level electrification technology more widely available to customers by the start of the coming decade.

Cooperation between car manufacturers to share know-how and resources is important as the automotive industry tackles the significant technological challenges of autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES).

Michelin and GM take the air out of tires for passenger vehicles

(June 5, 2019) MONTREAL — Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”), at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility on Tuesday. GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.

Nissan says its Navara pickup is 'smarter, safer, and connected' for 2020

(June 4, 2019) LONDON — Nissan has today unveiled the "smarter, safer, and connected" Navara with a host of new features designed to boost the appeal of the award-winning mid-sized pickup.

The latest Navara, sold in Asia, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, receives several key changes. These include a new 6-speed manual gearbox, revised alloy wheel designs, and the latest in-car connectivity. Multi-link rear suspension has now been added to the King Cab, making this feature standard on all models.

Legendary auto designer Ian Callum departs Jaguar after 20 years

(June 4, 2019) COVENTRY, England — Jaguar today announced that Ian Callum, director of design, will leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently creative design director, has been appointed to the role of director of design, effective July 1.

Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Callum has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs.

Volvo teams with POC to crash test bike helmets

(June 3, 2019) Volvo Cars, a leader in automotive safety, is teaming up with top Swedish sports and safety brand POC for a series of world-first crash tests of bike helmets against cars as part of a ground-breaking new research project that aims to further protect cyclists.

The partnership is the latest example of Volvo Cars’ leading position in safety development and its ambition to improve road safety for all through a collaboration and knowledge-sharing approach.