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Lincoln Aviator in A minor — Bringing orchestral experience into vehicle

(November 7, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. —The notes are precise, crystalline and rich with detail, recorded by heralded musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And they can only be heard in the all-new Lincoln Aviator, which makes its debut Nov. 28 at AutoMobility LA.

Unique chimes, informing drivers of everything from an open fuel door to an unlatched seat belt, are now symphonic in the all-new Lincoln Aviator. Three levels of informational chimes — non-critical, soft-warning chimes and hard-warning chimes — will provide distinct musical alerts for about 25 features in the vehicle.

Hyundai launches CRADLE Tel Aviv innovation hub; announces Israeli startups

(November 7, 2018) TEL AVIV, Israel — Hyundai has officially launched its Hyundai CRADLE Tel Aviv office in Israel while announcing a number of strategic investments in Israeli startups. CRADLE Tel Aviv is the second CRADLE office worldwide in addition to the U.S.-based CRADLE Silicon Valley.

First BMW 8 Series convertible rolls off the line in Dingolfing, Germany

(November 7, 2018) DINGOLFING, Germany —  Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up in Dingolfing, the BMW 8 Series family is joined by another new addition from Lower Bavaria. Earlier this week, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing began series production of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will be built alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series variants on a single assembly line.

The BMW Group is building the new model family at the site in Lower Bavaria, strengthening Dingolfing’s role as the lead plant for the upper luxury-class segment.

Volkswagen unveils pick-up truck concept in Brazil

(November 7, 2018) SAO PULO, Brazil — Volkswagen has uveiled the Tarok Concept to the world at the São Paulo International Motor Show. The all-wheel drive pick-up combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed 196-inch pick-up.

Toyota Tundra Pie Pro makes its own pizza

(November 6, 2018) PLANO, Texas — The one-of-a-kind, Zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro is a mobile pizza factory that takes the party wherever it goes. It was on display last week at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.
“As the flagship Toyota truck, the Tundra is a workhorse in the truest sense,” said Ed Laukes, Group vice president - Toyota Division Marketing.

Toyota Camry and Highlander to get Nightshade Special Edition

(November 6, 2018) DALLAS — Toyota is preempting the earlier sunset associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time that occurred Sunday by turning down the lights on two new Nightshade Special Editions. The 2019 Camry and Highlander will both get Nightshade Special Edition packages that offer sporty styling with black accents, guaranteed to stand out with the sun up or down.

The Camry Nightshade Special Edition and the Highlander Nightshade Special Edition will both be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show and be available for purchase in 2019.

Veterans wow huge crowds on historic London to Brighton run

(November 6, 2018) LONDON — Pioneering vehicles make their annual pilgrimage from capital to coast on the world’s longest running motoring event this past weekend. As an unseasonably mild London was still covered by darkness, nearly 400 pioneering veteran cars, their intrepid drivers and plucky passengers gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday, Nov. 4, waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the remarkable Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

Volkswagen develops traffic management system with quantum computers

(November 5, 2018) HERNDON, Va. — The Volkswagen Group is making further progress in its work with quantum computers. For the first time, Volkswagen experts have succeeded in developing on a quantum computer a traffic management system that will replace forecasts of urban traffic volumes, transport demand and travel times by precise calculations.

Buick adds Yelp for on-the-go reservations

(November 5, 2018) DETROIT — Drivers of properly equipped Buick vehicles can now make on-the-go reservations at a variety of restaurants with just a few taps on their infotainment touchscreen. Part of a recent update to Buick Marketplace, Yelp Reservations gives drivers access to thousands of restaurants nationwide. Marketplace, the industry’s first in-vehicle commerce platform, is one more way Buick is using connectivity to enhance vehicles and create new and convenient customer experiences.

Hyundai Motor Group reveals solar charging system technology

(November 5, 2018) SEOUL, S. Korea — Hyundai and Kia have announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.