Inside the Industry

The VW dune buggy is back — And now it's electric

(January 31, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is bringing a legend back to life. At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based company will reveal the first fully electric version of a new dune buggy. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is.

Ford engineers make record-breaking 3D part to bring Ken Block truck to life

(January 30, 2019) Gymkhana TEN star Ken Block’s love affair with Ford pick-ups runs deep. He learned to drive in one, did his first burn-out in one and made a 1977 Ford F-150 the star of his latest video.

The “Hoonitruck” has the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine as the Ford GT, tuned to deliver more than 900 horsepower, and the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history.

Audi TT Anniversary Edition celebrates design, performance heritage

(January 230, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — To celebrate two decades of iconic design, Audi of America announces the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Audi TT, now available in U.S. dealer showrooms. With a limited number of models available in the U.S. and globally, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition features unique design elements that celebrate the heritage of the Audi TT and embody the model’s transcendent design.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 will be offered with 10-speed automatic

(January 30, 2019) DETROIT — The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever — will offer an available 10-speed automatic transmission beginning late February. During development, Chevy engineers pushed the limits of the automatic transmission to be more than one half second faster than the standard manual on General Motors’ 2.9-mile Milford Road Course.

Chevy Silverado campaign features Emmet and Lucy for the LEGO Movie

(January 29, 2019) DETROIT — Chevrolet introduced new television, social media and movie theater ads today featuring a LEGO brick replica of the 2019 Silverado 1500 High Country and characters from the new big-screen animated adventure “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” in theaters Feb. 8.

In the ads, Emmet and Lucy (aka Wyldstyle) escape a mysterious alien invader in a Satin Steel Metallic Silverado 1500 High Country made of LEGO bricks.

Porsche Taycan owners with get three years of fast charging

(January 29, 2019) ATLANTA — Porsche Cars North America has announced an agreement with Electrify America to provide the first all-electric Porsche, the Taycan, with three years of charging at Electrify America public stations across the country. This charging benefit will be included in the price of the Taycan.

The heck with football, Volvo has longest drive contest Sunday

(January 28, 2019) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Taking a digital test drive after 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 3, could land you in a new all-new Volvo S60 sedan. Using an eligible mobile device, viewers simply need to keep an eye on the S60 for as long as possible, the three who keep their eyes on the car the longest will have completed the longest drive, and the chance to win a Care by Volvo subscription.

Genesis showcases lineup in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII

(January 28, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis, the official luxury vehicle of the National Football League, is poised to roll out a premium experience to current and future fans in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII Presented by Verizon, during a 10-day city takeover that features unforgettable activations, events, giveaways and premium drive experiences. This ultimate fan experience showcases the Genesis G70 luxury performance sedan, recently named the 2019 North American Car of the YearT, along with the full Genesis vehicle lineup.

2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition celebrates 60-plus years as SUV icon

(January 28, 2019)  PLANO, Texas — Six decades and millions of adventurous miles in the making, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition melds exclusive design with added function for its debut just ahead of the Chicago Auto Show n February, where it will be shown to the public for the first time.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition honors this legendary vehicle’s continuous evolution, from bare-bones, mountain-climbing 4x4 to world-renowned, full-capability premium-luxury utility vehicle. The Heritage Edition also celebrates the Land Cruiser’s continuous place in Toyota’s U.S. lineup since 1958.

Jaguar Land Rover lights up road ahead for self-driving vehicles of future

(January 25, 2019) COVENTRY, UK — Jaguar Land Rover has developed a system that projects the direction of travel onto the road ahead of self-driving vehicles, to tell other road users what it is going to do next. The intelligent technology beams a series of projections onto the road to show the future intentions of the vehicle — for example stopping and turning left or right — as part of research into how people can develop their trust in autonomous technology.