Inside the Industry

Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicle gets upgrades for 2020

(September 25, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell SUV has added appealing comfort and convenience features for the 2020 model year. NEXO is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and marks Hyundai’s continued momentum with the industry’s most diverse SUV powertrain lineup.

The 2020 NEXO is available in Southern California at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys and Tustin Hyundai, and in Northern California at Capitol Hyundai in San Jose.

Petersen Automotive Museum to auction Ford GT at annual gala

(September 24, 2019) LOS ANGELES — At its 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, Oct. 5, the Petersen Automotive Museum will auction off one of the last public allocations for a new Ford GT. Because the Ford GT is one of the rarest supercars of the modern era with only 1,350 allocations total, this auction represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the winning bidder to obtain the car in any trim—from the ultra-limited-edition (and sold out) Heritage Edition or Carbon Series to custom bespoke paint options chosen by the buyer themselves.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive celebrates 6 millionth vehicle, 30 years

(September 24, 2019) LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) has produced its 6 millionth vehicle, a 2020 Subaru Legacy. The milestone occurred less than a week after the plant’s 30th anniversary of starting production.

“Achieving both milestones within a week of each other is both exciting and humbling”, said Scott Brand, senior vice president at SIA, who is one of 160 employees that has achieved at least 30 years of service at the assembly plant. “Thanks to our dedicated associates, we have come a long way in the last three decades.”

Rolls-Royce celebrates return home of 103EX concept electric car

(September 23, 2019) GOODWOOD, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is celebrating the return of the radical Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 — codenamed 103EX — to the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, the latest stop on a world tour for the marque’s revolutionary electric motor car.

Launched in 2016, this innovative car includes a fully electric drive train, completely autonomous drive and enhanced artificial intelligence. Wholly connected and entirely autonomous, it presents the marque’s uncompromised view of the future of luxury mobility.

UL building electric vehicle battery testing laboratory in China

(September 23, 2019) NORTHBROOK, Ill. — UL, a leading global safety science organization, announced that it is establishing a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) battery laboratory to support the growing EV market. To be fully operational by April 2020 and located in Changzhou, China, the facility will be one of the most advanced in the world and provide comprehensive EV battery testing and advisory services for EV automotive and battery manufacturers as well as top suppliers.

Karma Automotive develops unique sound of silence

(September 23, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Due to the absence of a loud internal combustion engine, a unique exterior sound has been engineered into the new 2020 Revero GT to alert distracted pedestrians that a car is nearby and provide the luxury electric vehicle with a special audible technology unique to the brand that created it.

Nissan Armada Mountain Partol will take on Rebelle Rally in October

(September 22, 2019) LAKE TAHOE — The Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol has lived life to the fullest in its first 15 months. First unveiled at the 2018 Overland Expo West in Arizona, the project rig has mastered the dunes of The Sahara Desert in Morocco, scaled the rocks of Moab, Utah, and encountered a myriad of terrain in between. But never has it been involved in a competition like the Rebelle Rally.

Toyota launches action-packed advertising campaign

(September 21, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Highlighting the excitement of the journey and the thrill of every action-packed moment along the way, Toyota is launching a new multi-model campaign titled “Runs in the Family.” “Runs in the Family” features the all-new Supra, Camry TRD, RAV4 Hybrid, Tacoma and 4Runner, among others.

While aiming to increase consideration of the diverse Toyota lineup, the new campaign showcases the vehicles in a fun and stylish way.

INEOS Automotive to build new SUV — the Grenadier — in Wales

(September 20, 2019) INEOS Automotive has announced that its utilitarian 4x4 will be named Grenadier after the pub in which it was conceived, with over 6,000 international fans and followers responding to an online poll to choose the vehicle’s name.

INEOS also confirmed that the Grenadier will be built in a new manufacturing facility on a greenfield site in Bridgend, South Wales. This will create 200 jobs initially, and up to 500 in the long term.  Site development is now under way to support planned start of production in 2021.

Checkered Flag Limited Edition joins Jaguar E-Pace lineup for 2020

(September 20, 2019) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar has confirmed the new E-PACE Checkered Flag Limited Edition model will be available in North America for the 2020 model year. Featuring premium design touches and an expanded list of standard features, the E-PACE Checkered Flag Limited Edition builds on the agility, precision and performance customers expect from the brand’s compact performance SUV.