Inside the Industry

More dynamic eighth-generation 2020 Porsche 911 revealed

(November 28, 2018) ATLANTA — Faster, more emotional, and more connected — the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 is here. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles. With an exterior that unmistakably reflects the Porsche design DNA, a more muscular look, and a completely new interior layout, the new 911 is both timeless and modern.

GM to close five North American plants; terminate six car models

(November 27, 2018) General Motors on Monday announced a major restructuring that will close five plants in North America and two plants elsewhere, and discontinue six car models. The automaker said Lordstown Assembly in Ohio and Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan will not be allocated any products beginning in 2019, while Oshawa Assembly in Canada is slated for closure late next year. Propulsion plants in Maryland and Michigan also will not be given any product.

Rivian launches world's first electric 'adventure vehicles'

(November 28, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled its highly anticipated Electric Adventure Vehicles — the R1T, an all-electric pickup and the R1S, an all-electric SUV — at events surrounding the LA Auto Show this week. The R1T, a 5-passenger pickup truck, debuted at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 26, and the R1S, a 7-passenger SUV, was revealed at the automaker's press conference at Automobility on Nov. 27.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Byton to show SUV concept in L.A.

(November 27, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Chinese electric vehicle maker Byton will showcase its latest innovations at Automobility LA and the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018, including the U.S. auto show debut of the K-Byte Concept sedan. In its booth during the Los Angeles Auto Show, Byton will also offer the first consumer test rides in the M-Byte Concept SUV, a production version of which is scheduled to launch in China in late 2019 and the U.S. and Europe by 2020.

Bentley introduces all-new 626-hp Continental GT Convertible

(November 27, 2018) CREWE, England — Bentley is introducing the all-new Continental GT Convertible. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain — and representing all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers _ the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand.

The all-new Continental GT Convertible heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with exhilarating performance. A 6.0-liter Bentley W12 engine is mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission.

Infiniti returns to Los Angeles Auto Show with Prototype 10 concept

(November 27, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Infiniti will showcase its designs, premium interiors and technologies at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, . The luxury brand will also offer coffee and torched doughnuts to the crowd at AutoMobility LA.

Infiniti's highly-publicized Prototype 10 concept debuted earlier this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and will take center stage at the brand's 2018 LA Auto Show stand. The concept is a daring single-seat, electrified speedster — perfect for the ever-temperate LA weather — that re-imagines the classic perception with a cool, clean and forward-looking design.

Mazda announces extended availability for smartphone integrations

(November 26, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced that Apple CarPlay integration for iPhone, and Android Auto, are now available as a dealer-installed update for applicable Mazda vehicles, model year 2014 or newer and equipped with MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.

This dealer-installed update includes both hardware and software components. Applicable Mazda vehicles will be equipped with a more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports in addition to the latest version of MAZDA CONNECT.

2020 Land Rover Evoque revealed in London's East End

(November 24, 2018) LONDON — The Land Rover brand’s newest iteration of the luxury compact SUV, the new 2020 model year Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in London’s creative East End with a high-energy display, which saw a number of vehicles driving across digital skylines around the globe.

All-new 2019 RAV4 ups the ante for Toyota's best-selling vehicle

(November 23, 2018) PLANO, Texas — The original Toyota RAV4 arrived in the United States 22 years ago, casting the mold for a whole new industry segment, which evolved into the compact crossover SUV. With the all-new, fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4, the vehicle premieres, yet again, at the forefront for the Toyota brand. 2019 RAV4 gas models set to arrive next month, and RAV4 Hybrid models following in late March.

Nissan announces pricing for 2019 Rogue Sport starting at $23,235

(November 22, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan has announced pricing for the 2019 Rogue Sport crossover, which is available now at Nissan dealers nationwide. It has a starting price of  $23,235 including destination charge for the Rogue Sport S front-wheel drive model.

The Rogue Sport adds a number of significant enhancements for the 2019 model year — led by the addition of available ProPILOT Assist, Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, an updated audio system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and available Bose Audio System with nine speakers.