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Toyota promotes electrification with nearly 24,000 royalty-free licenses

(April 4, 2019) TOYTOA CITY, Japan — With consideration for the amount of time, money and resources needed to develop sustainable mobility to help combat rising emissions and continuing to utilize currently available technology, Toyota has announced two measures related to its patents and technical knowledge to further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles.

First, Toyota announced that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies.

Mullen to bring Chinese electric car — the Qiantu K50 — to N.Y.

(April 4, 2019) NEW YORK — Mullen Technologies is pleased to announce the North American debut of the Qiantu (meaning “Future” in Chinese) K50 electric car at the New York Auto Show later this month. This past December, Mullen Technologies and Qiantu announced a cooperation agreement, which allows Mullen to sell the vehicle in North America.

The K50 EV is Qiantu’s flagship model and combines a 402 HP motor mounted on an all-aluminum frame with an aerodynamic carbon fiber design that combines lighter weight and a stronger downforce for optimal performance and handling.

Volvo adds 415-horsepower hybrid electric SUV and wagon to lineup

(April 4, 2019) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo Car USA is adding 415 horsepower plug-in hybrid electric variants of its award-winning XC60 mid-sized SUV and all-new V60 mid-sized wagon to the 2020 line-up within the “Polestar Engineered” trim. The XC60 was named 2018 World Car of the Year and 2018 North American Utility of the Year.

Lexus showcases performance born from refinement campaign

(April 3, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Lexus unveiled a new marketing campaign for its updated line of RC coupes including the all-new 2020 RC F Track Edition, a limited-production model that blends Lexus’ tradition of luxury with a new level of performance. The new coupes feature numerous engineering updates, making them some of the lightest, fastest, and most dynamic vehicles produced by Lexus, all the while maintaining the comfort and sophistication integral to the brand. Two spots, “One Track Mind,” and “Fast” began airing nationally this week.

Ford says the all-new 2020 Escape reinvents the brand

(April 3, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — With the reveal of the stylish new Escape, featuring the small SUV’s best-ever performance, flexibility and smart new technology, Ford is reinventing the model that helped drive the popularity of the segment. Escape, which debuted the world’s first hybrid SUV in 2005, brings back two hybrid choices for 2020, a standard hybrid and a plug-in variant, and introduces technologies ranging from drive modes and driver-assist features to electric vehicle ingenuity and on-board connectivity.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition available for one-day preorders

(April 2, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator has been highly anticipated since its reveal last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. To celebrate its arrival in Jeep showrooms this spring, a limited-run Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition model will be made available to customers who take advantage of a special one-day-only online preorder opportunity.

Toyota introduces all-new 2020 Yaris subcompact hatchback

(April 2, 2019) PLANO, Texas — The 2020 Yaris embodies the ideal formula for modern hatchback appeal — make it fun, make it efficient and keep it affordable. Add in the latest in multimedia technology to go with practicality and value, and the new Yaris Hatchback hits all the key points its customer demands. It combines the sporty fun and premium engineering of the Yaris sedan in an audaciously styled hatchback while adding other upgrades.

2019 Corvette Grand Sport to pace 103rd Indianapolis 500

(April 2, 2019) INDIANAPOLIS — The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the legendary race.

It marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the 500 Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.

Volvo to reduce energy consumption, emissions with new paint shop

(April 1, 2019) Volvo Cars has announced it will replace its current paint shop at its Torslanda, Sweden, car manufacturing plant with a new one, which will result in an expected reduction of paint shop energy consumption and emissions by at least one third.

This is in line with the company’s ambition to have climate neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025 and follows the 2018 solar panel installation at the company’s Ghent factory, and also in 2018, its Skövde engine plant in Sweden becoming the first climate-neutral facility in its global manufacturing network.

2020 Acura TLX arrives at dealers with four new premium colors

(April 1, 2019) The 2020 Acura TLX is set to begin arriving in Acura dealerships Tuesday (April 2) bringing with it four new premium exterior color options. The 2020 TLX will continue to be offered with two performance-minded powertrains, an available A-Spec sport appearance package, as well as a long list of premium features including the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, standard on every TLX.

Acura's midsize performance luxury sedan is coming off a solid 2018, where TLX outpaced key competitors from BMW, Lexus, Audi and Infiniti in retail sales.