Inside the Industry

Reviving auto shop classes for the EV era — One old VW at a time

(September 20, 2019) A high school teacher revitalized his auto shop class in West New York, N.J., by introducing an electric vehicle conversion course. When Ron Grosinger began teaching shop class in 2005 at Memorial High School the program was struggling to survive. In a school facing many challenges, the elective course had dwindled from six teachers to two and rarely offered any hands-on learning, Grosinger says.

Honda CR-V gets hybrid version for 2020, styling updates

(September 19, 2019) The Honda CR-V gets a major boost with the introduction of the 2020 model, sporting freshened styling, new features and upgraded powertrains — including a new CR-V Hybrid to be built in the company's Greensburg, Ind., plant. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is the first electrified SUV from the Honda brand in America, joining the Accord Hybrid and Insight as the third electrified Honda manufactured in the U.S. as the company moves to apply its advanced two-motor hybrid-electric system to all of its core U.S. models in the years ahead.

Off-road leveling kits developed for Ford Ranger and F-150

(September 19, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich.— For the first time ever, Ford Performance Parts is offering after-purchase leveling kits for Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 for even better off-road performance and greater vehicle customization.

“Ford Performance Parts developed these kits to make the off-road experience even better for our Ranger and F-150 customers,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories.

Mitsubishi to debut small electric SUV concept in Tokyo

(September 19, 2019) TOKYO — Mitsubishi will make its small plug-in hybrid electric SUV concept car world debut at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019, which opens its doors to the public from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4.

Embodying the values of Mitsubishi's brand message "Drive your Ambition," the small electric SUV concept car pulls together the company's electrification and all-wheel drive control expertise and technologies.

Fiat introduces new 'Scorpion Sting' graphics for 124 Spider Abarth

(September 19, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The scorpion is celebrating 70 years and Fiat has announced the all-new “Scorpion Sting” Appearance Group, which provides an unmistakable look, available on the performance-oriented Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
“Every Fiat 124 Spider comes standard with turbocharged open-air fun,” said Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of Passenger Cars — Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America.

Bugatti Baby II revealed at Bugatti's 110th anniversary

(September 18, 2019) MOLSHEIM, France — For the celebration of the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, a special surprise was prepared for the enthusiasts of La Marque: the unveiling of the first Bugatti Baby II prototype. Earlier this year, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti had revealed the reimagining of the iconic Bugatti Baby as a 3D printed model. It captured the imagination of automotive enthusiasts around the world, and the limited edition run of 500 cars sold out completely within three weeks.

Kentucky Expo Center to host Mecum auction of 600 collector cars

(September 18, 2019) Mecum Auctions will return to the Kentucky Exposition Center Sept. 20-21 for Mecum Louisville 2019. The auction is slated to feature an estimated 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more with offerings coming from across the U.S. and Canada.

Toyota invests $391 million in its San Antonio assembly plant

(September 18, 2019) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Through its commitment to build vehicles where they are sold, Toyota is investing $391 million at its San Antonio truck assembly plant to better serve customers. Once complete, the plant’s total investment will exceed $3 billion.

Tuesday's announcement comes as part of a broader commitment from Toyota to invest $13 billion in its U.S. operations over five years through 2021. This new investment also comes with a commitment by Toyota Texas to continue funding local workforce development, a community need the company has long championed.

Nissan supporting electric vehicle education week

(September 17, 2019) FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Nissan is supporting consumer education and support of electric vehicles as the exclusive automotive sponsor of National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) for the eighth-consecutive year. The grassroots program, being held this week, includes more than 300 nationwide events presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.

"As a global leader in EVs, we strive to help consumers understand the benefits of electric cars in their local markets," said Aditya Jairaj, director, EV sales and marketing, Nissan North America.

2020 Honda Accord heading to dealerships starting at $24,800

(September 17, 2019) TORRANCE, Calif. — With a choice of two turbocharged engines, standard Honda Sensing, and a spacious and high-tech interior, the 2020 Honda Accord begins arriving at dealer showrooms today with a starting price of $24,800 including destination charge. The 2020 Accord Hybrid on-sale will be announced separately. According to Edmund's that's $150 more than the base 2019 Accord.