Inside the Industry

Infiniti to refocus operations to drive sustainable growth

(June 3, 2019) HONG KONG — Infiniti Motor Company has announced a strategic plan that will provide greater efficiencies and enhance collaboration with parent Nissan Motor Co. as Infiniti electrifies its portfolio over the next three years. As part of the plan, Infiniti will relocate its global headquarters from Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan, in mid-2020, where Nissan is headquartered.

Lexus updates RX and RXL luxury crossovers for 2020

(June 3, 2019) LOS ANGELES — The pioneer of the luxury crossover segment is receiving an update — inside and out — for the 2020 model year. The new 2020 Lexus RX and RXL three-row get improved driving dynamics, an updated Lexus Multimedia System, additional standard safety features and elevated styling that bring a new sophistication to the RX lineup.

New all-electric Mini introduced as an airport tug

(June 1, 2019) MUNICH, Germany — Noiseless, emissions-free but very powerful: the Mini Electric will soon enrich the experience of locally emissions-free mobility with the addition of unique driving fun and the individual flair that is so typical of the British premium brand. The recent “testing program” for the first purely electrically powered Mini was equally unconventional: on a foray to Frankfurt airport, a close-to-series prototype of the new model demonstrated just what electromobility in the style of Mini is capable of setting in motion.

Cadillac expands its performance V lineup with CT4-V and CT5-V

(June 1, 2019) Driven by Cadillac’s latest turbocharging technology and building on more than 15 years of performance credentials, the first-ever 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V were unveiled Friday, expanding choices for the brand’s V-Series performance sub-brand. Following the 2019 CT6-V, they grow the V-Series family with even more levels of performance, while preserving the lineage established by the original V-Series lineup introduced in 2004.  

Lotus to reveal Type 130 all-electric hypercar in London July 16

(May 31, 2019) Lotus confirmed today that Type 130, the brand’s first all-new model in more than a decade, will be revealed to the world’s media at an exclusive event in Central London on 16 July. Following first confirmation of the project in April at the Shanghai International Auto Show, several hundred potential owners have come forward to express their interest in the new car. 

Mecum to hold collector car auction in Portland June 21-22

(May 31, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum will return to Portland this June 21-22 for an offering of 500 classic and collector cars at the Portland Expo Center including everything from American muscle cars and Corvettes, to classics, vintage pickup trucks, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more.

GM to invest $24 million to expand full-size Indiana truck plant

(May 31, 2019) ROANOKE, Ind. —  General Motors is making a new round of upgrades to its Fort Wayne Assembly plant to further increase production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups — especially crew cab models.

“We are building Chevrolet and GMC crew cab pickups at record volume and mix levels to meet customer demand and the $24 million investment will allow us to build even more,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO.

A bigger Encore will arrive at Buick dealers in early 2020

(May 31, 2019) DETROIT — When the Encore GX arrives in early 2020, Buick will offer four premium SUVs across the three segments customers are shopping in most: small, compact and midsize. The Encore GX will be positioned between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision and Enclave models. It will offer new standard safety technologies and its style and functionality will be just right for many of today’s buyers.

eBay Motors teams with CarAdvise to expand tire installation program

(May 30, 2019) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today, eBay announced a partnership with CarAdvise, a leading vehicle repair and maintenance technology platform, to expand the marketplace's Tire Installation Program. The new partnership with CarAdvise initially adds 3,500 tire shops to eBay's tire installer network including top national chains like Firestone, Tires Plus, National Tire and Battery, and Tire Kingdom.

Bentley to reveal all-new third-generation Flying Spur on June 11

(May 30, 3019) CREWE, England — In the year Bentley Motors celebrates its 100th anniversary, the British creator of extraordinary Grand Touring cars is promising to once again set new standards of both driving enjoyment and luxury when it reveals the all-new, third generation Flying Spur Grand Touring Sedan on June 11.