Inside the Industry

Jaguar Land Rover unveils advanced product creation center

(September 30, 2019) GAYDON, UK — Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled new facilities at its Gaydon site in Warwickshire, creating one of the UK’s most sustainable non-domestic buildings and the country’s largest automotive creation and development center. The Gaydon site forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission; an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner.

Ford reveals its most capable truck ever with new 2020 Super Duty

(September 29, 2019) DALLAS — Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 42 consecutive years, is once again delivering for its most demanding and hardworking customers by producing its most capable and powerful heavy-duty pickup ever – the new 2020 F-Series Super Duty.

“Ford truck customers are building a better world with Super Duty and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” said Mike Pruitt, Super Duty chief engineer.

2020 Nissan Titan gets more powerful V-8, redesigned exterior

(September 28, 2019) The Nissan Titan full-size pickup has undergone an extensive redesign for the 2020 model year. The new Titan features substantial powertrain updates and unique styling for different trim levels. Titan now also offers standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 across all grade levels. The new Titan will go on sale in early 2020.

General Motors to bring Amazon Alexa to millions of vehicles

(September 27, 2019) DETROIT — General Motors is bringing millions of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners the ability to add convenience and productivity to their daily drives through a new in-vehicle Alexa experience coming in the first half of 2020. Leveraging embedded available 4G LTE connectivity and GM’s updateable embedded app framework in the vehicle, GM will make Alexa available on model year 2018 and newer cars, trucks and crossovers with compatible infotainment systems.

Aston Martin DBX sport utility goes through final tests

(September 27, 2019) GAYDON, UK — With DBX’s unveil drawing closer, Aston Martin’s first SUV has entered the closing stages of the most comprehensive test regime of any Aston Martin and today, the luxury British marque can confirm the beating heart of the most versatile product in its illustrious history.

Volvo says its first electric car, the XC40, is one of safest on the road

(September 27, 2019) The advance of electric cars constitutes the biggest change in the history of the automobile. For the first time in over a century, cars move without a gas or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, changing the car at its core.

With the introduction of the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40 SUV next month, Volvo Cars says it is not just launching its first fully electric car — in true Volvo tradition, it is also introducing one of the safest cars on the road, despite a fresh set of challenges presented by the absence of an internal combustion engine.

Celebrity cars to be sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction

(September 26, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Barrett-Jackson will bring some real “star power” with celebrity cars once owned by entertainment legends to its 12th Annual Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, Oct. 3-5. Among the “star cars” set to shine on the auction block are vehicles once owned by Hollywood actors Nicolas Cage and Richard Pryor, as well as legendary musicians Frank Sinatra and Liberace.

Ford reintroduces legendary King Ranch Edition to Expedition lineup

(September 26, 2019) DALLAS — Aiming to continue meeting growing demand for Ford Expedition, Ford has revealed two new models for the 2020 model year — Expedition King Ranch and an upgraded Platinum model with new materials and high-end finishes.

Large SUVs continue to appeal to customers across the U.S. Through August, U.S. sales of Expedition for 2019 were up 56 percent versus the same period last year — the best eight-month start for the nameplate in more than a decade. The addition of a new King Ranch version aims to build on that success.

New Mercedes GLB compact crossover comes with third row seat

(September 26, 2019) ATLANTA —The Mercedes-Benz GLB is the highly anticipated all-new addition to the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup. A durable and practical SUV with powerful proportions yet compact dimensions, the GLB provides a generous amount of space for up to seven passengers with an optional third row — a first from Mercedes-Benz in the compact segment.

More standard features elevate the 2020 Mazda3

(September 25, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Last November the all-new Mazda3 made a bold statement in its debut with striking redesigns for both the hatchback and the sedan. Embodying Mazda’s latest iteration of its Kodo design language, both variations are purposely crafted to forego traditional sharp body lines and opt for sleek styling that flows throughout.

The thoughtful touches and attention to detail continue to the interior of the Mazda3. Lush materials with a simplistic design are surrounded by intuitive technology features such as an 8.8-inch large center display with the latest Mazda Connect system that can be operated thru the commander control or voice command.