Inside the Industry

FCA Foundation awards $500,000 in support of veterans, service members

(November 13, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US, has awarded $500,000 in grants to provide U.S. veterans, service members, and their families with support services and workforce development training.

“We are forever grateful for the contributions these courageous men and women have made and continue to make on our nation’s behalf,” said Shane Karr, Head of External Affairs, FCA – North America and president, FCA Foundation.

Volkswagen Car-Net mobile app integrates with Siri to enable new features

(November 13, 2018) HERNDON, Va. —   Volkswagen of America has announced that its VW Car-Net mobile app added a new Apple mobile device feature, available now. The new feature includes two types of Siri commands for VW Car-Net to help owners interact with their vehicles.

vailable with iOS 12 on Apple devices, owners can now use Siri to help control their vehicle. Once logged into the VW Car-Net App, owners can use Siri to lock and unlock their vehicle, check estimated mileage with the fuel or charge left in the vehicle, and enable the Flash or Honk & Flash commands. For example, an owner would simply say to their Apple device, “Hey Siri, lock my car.”

Enterprise awarded contracts for rental services at military installations

(November 12, 2018) ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Enterprise Holdings has been awarded multiple contracts to provide vehicle rental services at U.S. military installations through the United States Marines Corps, Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Navy Exchange Service Command. The new contracts provide active and retired military members and their families on-base access transportation options to meet a variety of travel needs.

Enterprise Holdings, the world's largest car rental provider, owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

Hyundai announces name for new flagship SUV — Palisade

(November 12, 2018) ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Hyundai has announced the name of its new 2020 flagship SUV: Hyundai Palisade. The new SUV name references a series of coastal cliffs and might naturally be associated by many with the Pacific Palisades, an affluent and beautiful neighborhood in Southern California.

Mazda's award-winning CX-5 adds refinement, power, more features for 2019

(November 11, 2018) SEATTLE — As Mazda's best-selling vehicle, with over 2 million units sold worldwide, the compact crossover takes its next step with the unveil of the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature top-tier trim level, which includes the turbocharged SKYACTIV-2.5T engine and new G-Vectoring Control Plus.

Chevrolet celebrates four years of Colorado sales with two special editions

(November 10, 2018) DETROIT — November marks the four-year anniversary of the return of the segment-redefining Colorado midsize truck. Introduced as a 2015 model, the Colorado recorded its first full month of sales in October 2014. Since then, U.S. customers have bought more than 428,792 Colorados.

To celebrate, Chevrolet is expanding the Colorado range with two new special editions, the off-road Z71 Trail Runner and street-focused RST, that offer options to match customer interests on the trails and on the street.

Hyunadi rolls into 2019 with 10 all-new or redesigned vehicles

(November 9, 2018) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hyundai Motor America continues an aggressive portfolio makeover spanning the past 12 months, featuring an unprecedented 10 all-new or enhanced models. Heading into 2019, the Hyundai fleet has been entirely refreshed.

Highlights from this portfolio make over include the all-new Kona compact crossover; three new eco-friendly options with Kona EV and NEXOFuel Cell Vehicle joining the refreshed Sonata Hybrid/PHEV; and a fresh new look for all of Hyundai’s volume leaders — Sonata, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Fe.

All-new Mazda3 to premiere at Los Angeles Auto Show

(November 8, 2018) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new Mazda3 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public Nov. 30 through Dec. 9.

Mazda says the all-new Mazda3 adopts a more mature interpretation of Kodo design that embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Meanwhile, fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level.

Electrify America to work with low-income communities

(November 8, 2018) PASADENA, Calif. — Electrify America has  announced collaboration with six organizations in California to help develop and launch community-based programs to support brand-neutral education and awareness of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) for disadvantaged and low-income communities. Electrify America is investing $2.7 million in the education and outreach campaign.

2019 Toyota Mirai brings 'Real Power'

(November 8, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Press Power. Start something bigger. The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s new marketing campaign, “Real Power,” illustrates the power of hydrogen fuel cell technology to change the world. The vehicle’s POWER button takes center stage, supported by joyful, optimistic imagery, to convey the idea that Mirai doesn’t just make life better for the driver, it has the potential to make life better for everyone. Mirai customers want to bring smart and purposeful innovation to the mainstream.