Inside the Industry

Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn luxury edition debuts in Houston

(January 25, 2019) HOUSTON — Ram has unveiled the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Edition luxury pickup truck. The Ram Laramie Longhorn is the world’s benchmark for upscale pickup trucks, earning the title Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) three years in a row.
“The new Ram Heavy Duty sets benchmarks in HD capability, ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology, extending well past any competitive offerings,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram brand.

Petersen Museum to feature 10 groundbreaking race cars in exhibit

(January 25, 2019) LOS ANGELES — On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Petersen Automotive Museum will open its newest exhibit featuring 10 groundbreaking race cars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory, from the collection of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer. Titled “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” the exhibit will include exceptional competitors including Le Mans winners, land speed record setters, dragsters and road racers.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross celebrates first year with 80,000 global sales

(January 25, 2019 A year after its introduction, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has passed the 80,000 global sales milestone and adds new updates for 2019. First launched in Europe, Japan and then the U.S. in early 2018, the Eclipse Cross has been a hit around the world,
Mitsubishi Motors’ first foray into the Coupe SUV segment, the Eclipse Cross is winning customers over with its style with customer surveys proving that ‘Design’ is listed as the main reason for purchase.

Hyundai Group announces development of multi-collision airbag system

(January 24, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development and future commercialization of the world’s first multi-collision airbag system that significantly improves airbag performance in multi-collision accidents. Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as trees, electrical posts or other vehicles, which occurs in three out of every 10 accidents.

GMC introduces its all-new 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty pickup

(January 24, 2019) DETROIT — Bigger, stronger and smarter, the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty combines greater trailering capability with technologies designed to provide customers with a world-class towing experience.

“The all-new 2020 Sierra HD is the most capable heavy-duty truck that we’ve ever offered,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “For customers who demand a premium, innovative heavy-duty truck that supports their passions, the next-generation Sierra HD can pull like a pro.”

Genesis to award Pro Bowl most valuable players with G70 sedans

(January 24, 2019) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Genesis, the official luxury vehicle of the National Football League, will award the Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players with a 2019 Genesis G70 luxury performance sedan at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl this weekend in Orlando, Fla. The Pro Bowl celebrates football with a week-long schedule of events and festivities culminating the game’s national telecast on Sunday, Jan. 27.

New Mazda3 goes on sale in March starting at $21,895

(January 24, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2019 Mazda3 sets a new milestone as the first production model to lead Mazda into a bold new era. Blending beautiful design and exhilarating driving dynamics, Mazda3 was developed to inspire and create an emotional bond with its customers in two very distinct ways. A completely new design approach was taken when styling the sedan and hatchback, each embodying strikingly different personalities.

Manhattan's largest automated parking system puts more cars in less space

(January 23, 2019) NEW YORK — In the heart of New York City, where street parking is virtually impossible and real-estate is some of the most expensive in the world, a new, state-of-the art automated parking structure stores more cars in less space and less time, and eliminates parking lot accidents.

The new facility, designed and built by PARKPLUS, is the largest automated parking system on Manhattan island. Opened in December,  it offers robotically operated parking and retrieval for patients and visitors of a large hospital complex on the east side of Manhattan.

Infiniti QX Inspiration named best future concept in Detroit poll

(January 23, 2019) DETROIT — Ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show"s public opening, 100 readers of The Detroit News toured the show floor to evaluate contenders for this year"s Readers" Choice Awards, selecting the INFINITI QX Inspiration as their choice for Best Future Concept.

Barrett-Jackson celebrates most successful auction in history

(January 23, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson made history last week when it sold more than 1,800 vehicles, the largest public No Reserve collector car auction ever held, during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-20, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. In total, over 1,800 vehicles sold for over $118 million with a 99.74% sell-through rate, while over 1,500 pieces of automobilia brought in over $4.05 million.