Inside the Industry

Hyundai introduces electric double-decker bus

(May 30, 2019) SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai Motor has unveiled an electric double-decker bus which is a first of its kind for Hyundai, and is part of the company’s effort to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

The all-new electric double-decker bus is shown at the "Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair" held in Korea, co-hosted by Hyundai and the national Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, lasting through May 31.

Chevrolet debuts all-new 2021 Trailblazer; on-sale date early 2020

(May 30, 2019) DETROIT — The Trailblazer joins the Chevrolet portfolio in early 2020, and with this new entry Chevrolet offers customers one of the broadest lineups of crossovers and SUVs. Positioned between the Trax and Equinox, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will join the fast-growing small SUV segment.

Daimler Trucks establishes global organization for highly automated driving

(May 29, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — Daimler Trucks is establishing the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organization for automated driving, bringing together its worldwide expertise and activities, as of June 1. The main tasks of the new unit comprise overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving roadmap, including research and development as well as setting up the required operations infrastructure and network, heading towards the series production of highly automated trucks.

New Nissan Leaf ad campaign delivers emotional connection

(May 29, 2019) NASHVILLE — Emotions defy gravity in Nissan’s latest ad campaign featuring the Nissan Leaf and pro wingsuit flyer Roberta Mancino. Although less extreme than weaving through air, EV drivers and wingsuiters alike can find pure exhilaration behind the wheel of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle.

The new Freedom to Move campaign launched over Memorial Day weekend and features Roberta Mancino, a world record holder professional wingsuit flyer and base jumper.

BMW introduces updated 2020 X1 sports activity vehicle

(May 29, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW has announced the updated 2020 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle. Since its introduction in 2015, the X1 has gone on to become BMW’s best-selling X vehicle worldwide. In the U.S., the X1 is the third most popular X model, behind the X3 and X5.
The updated X1, available in front-wheel drive X1 sDr28i and all-wheel drive X1 xDr28i versions, offers one of the roomiest cabins in its class combined with the technology, performance, comfort and agility attributes which make up the heart of all the models in BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle line.

Hyundai inviting 300 'N' enthusiasts to experience Nürburgring

(May 28, 2019) Hyundai Motor is inviting 300 enthusiasts from countries that sell N vehicles for an exclusive hospitality experience at the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours Race. Participants can expect to enjoy a driving academy, helicopter tour and a display of Hyundai N models. Hyundai has been participating in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race since 2016, and is celebrating its return to where the brand was born with a series of special events under the banner "N Homecoming."

BMW Motorrad blends the past with the future in Concept 18

(May 27, 2019) MUNICH, Germany — Against the backdrop of a bustling mix of the traditional and the modern on show at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW Motorrad presents an engaging alternative for a time that is being increasingly characterized by rapid technological change. You could see it as a return to the brand’s core, but given a modern twist: the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 transports the essence of the big BMW Motorrad classics into the modern age, or in other words, it is taking a historical motorcycle design and giving it a modern, custom attitude.

The inside story of creating the Karma SC1 Vision Concept


(May 26, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Southern California-based Karma Automotive has released “Making the SC1 Vision Car: Vision of the Future,” a video short that along with four companion vignettes show how the company’s design team completed the concept car in just nine months.

Karma’s SC1 Vision car is part of its “Shanghai Big Three,” a trio of cars used to illustrate the company’s immediate, mid-term and long-term future.

Mercedes-Benz adds electrified V-8 to GLE model range

(May 25, 2019) Mercedes-Benz will further expand the GLE model range with the introduction of the V8-powered Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC. The all- new Mercedes-Benz GLE introduced a host of new innovations that established new benchmarks in the industry.

For example, the GLE is the first SUV in the Mercedes-Benz line up to introduce the revolutionary new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension — the world’s first 48-volt active suspension system. The new generation GLE also premiered extended driver assistance systems with Active Stop-and-Go Assist and an available third row seat for the first time.

Cadillac marks 15 years of the performance V-Series

(May 24, 2019) DETROIT —Fifteen years ago, Cadillac took a momentous leap by debuting the V-Series, establishing a legacy of refined athleticism conveyed through a succession of acclaimed, distinctive and luxurious American performance sedans. In a bold move for a brand that was still establishing its performance street cred, the preview for the inaugural 2004 CTS-V was held at Germany’s famed Nűrburgring race course.