Inside the Industry

Two Shelby Cobras highlight Mecum's Original Spring Classic auction

(May 24, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Dana Mecum’s 32nd Original Spring Classic auction May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds was another success with overall sales totals reaching an all-time Indy-auction high at more than $70.4 million. With a consignment list steeped in headline-worthy cars, the auction saw a total of 1,189 vehicles hammer sold.

Kia Motors teams with SiriusXM to provide music festival experience

(May 24, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia Motors America has announced the ultimate EDM music festival experience — the Kia Soul Station Powered by SiriusXM. This immersive activation is designed to provide festival goers with an unforgettable experience and help them refuel their souls in a fun, refreshing way.

The activation will feature amazing music, one-of-a-kind glam rooms and a beautifully designed space that promotes the 2020 Kia Soul and SiriusXM.

Chevrolet making 6.2-liter V-8, 10-speed more available across Silverado lineup

(May 23, 2019) DETROIT — For 2020, Chevrolet makes the strongest, most advanced Silverado even more so with several new features that include the new 10-speed automatic transmission paired with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Boss and available on the High Country; the legendary 6.2L V-8 offered on Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims; and available technologies including new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera.

Mercedes-Benz partners with Mattel to create a gender-neutral toy

(May 23, 2019) If you give a girl a toy car, would she imagine winning a race or would she trade it in for a tea set? According to researchers, most young girls would go for the tea set, thanks to beliefs formed at an early age that some toys are meant for boys and others for girls. To challenge these perceptions, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Mattel have teamed up to show children — particularly girls — that they can aspire to be and do anything they desire when there are no limits.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera on 'Her Majesty's Secret Service'

(May 22, 2019) GAYDON, UK — The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is set to become the newest James Bond inspired car, thanks to the most recent collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond film, "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service," 50 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition cars will be sold. Painted Olive Green to match the original 1969 Aston Martin DBS driven by James Bond in the movie, the new models will take the menacing road presence of the DBS Superleggera to a new level of brutish elegance.

Electrify America hosts testing symposium for combined charging system

(May 22, 2019) RESTON, Va. — Electrify America’s Center of Excellence technology laboratory provided the setting on May 16-17 for the 11th International Testing Symposium for the Combined Charging System, bringing together more than 200 engineers and technical experts from global automakers, charging equipment manufacturers, charging networks and related companies to test the next-generation technologies for electric vehicle charging.

Barrett-Jackson, GM to auction last production C7 Corvette for charity

(May 22, 2019) UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Barrett-Jackson and General Motors will auction the last production C7 Chevrolet Corvette during the 4th Annual Northeast Auction, June 26-29 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The last production C7 Corvette will cross the block on Friday, June 28, with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which supports the nation’s first responders and catastrophically injured service members.

GM digital platform unveiled; to be debuted on 2020 Cadillac CT5

(May 21, 2019) DETROIT — On Monday, General Motors President Mark Reuss debuted the company’s all-new electronic platform necessary for its next-generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature. These and many other advancements are central to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

Land Rover unveils new 'refined and versatile' 2020 Discovery Sport

(May 22, 2019) MAHWAH, N.J. — The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport compact premium SUV has been transformed to make it more versatile and technologically-advanced. Embracing the adventurous spirit that has defined the Discovery family for the past 30 years, the new Discovery Sport strikes a balance between a bold evolution of the original design and the familiarity that comes with no-compromise capability, according to Land Rover.

New resource information available for troubleshooting and repairs

(May 21, 2019) KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Website visitors of BlueSpringFordParts.com frequently search for maintenance and repair topics. To assist, the Blue Springs team turned a set of resources into a convenient online download. The PDF contains essential repair info ranging from a part replacement schedule to a tire number decoder.

In all, there are six resources, each about a page long. The whole kit can be viewed from a computer, tablet, or a phone. While the resource library is designed for Ford owners, the information is applicable to most passenger vehicles.