Inside the Industry

In Tony Stark fashion, Hyundai introduces Iron Man Kona

(January 22, 2019) In true Tony Stark fashion, the Hyundai Kona has got a new suit with the Iron Man Edition, the result of a collaboration with Marvel. It features both exterior and interior design elements that closely resemble and give a nod to the dynamic Iron Man suit. The Kona Iron Man Edition features a host of standard equipment in line with the rest of the Kona range, with the addition of Iron Man inspired features such as matte grey and “red armor” exterior paintwork, Iron-grip dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels and Iron Man emblems on the front wings and puddle lamps.

Nissan Leaf best-selling car in Norway; top-selling EV in Europe

(January 22, 2019) PARIS, France — Sales of the award-winning, all-electric Nissan Leaf are surging throughout Europe as consumer appetite for electric vehicles continues to grow. Norway has emerged as a standout market for the Leaf, with more car buyers opting for the EV over any other car on sale.

More than 12,000 Leafs found homes in the country in 2018, with the nation’s strong focus on sustainability cited for its sales success.

Barrett-Jackson auction raises $9.6 million for charities nationwide

(January 21, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson was the epicenter for raising much-needed funds and awareness on behalf of deserving charities nationwide at its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, this month at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the weeklong premier automotive lifestyle event, Barrett-Jackson raised $9.6 million, which includes donations made on the block beyond the hammer prices, and is the largest amount raised at one auction in the company’s 48-year history.

Volkswagen sets sights on electric record at Nürburgring- Nordschleife

(January 20, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is driving electromobility forward at high speed, both in production vehicles and on the racetrack. Following the record-breaking run at the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb last summer, the ID. R — Volkswagen’s fully-electric sports car — has now set its sights on another record this summer — the lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which is regarded as the toughest racetrack in the world.

Ford recalls 2,700 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles for adaptive steering issue

(January 18, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford is issuing a safety recall for certain 2019 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles equipped with lane-centering assist and adaptive front steering because these vehicles may not adequately detect if a driver has his or her hands off the steering wheel. If this occurs, the hands on/off detection system may not alert the driver to place his or her hands back on the steering wheel, which could increase the risk of a crash.

World's largest vintage motorcycle auction returns to Las Vegas

(January 18, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s January Las Vegas-based, vintage and antique motorcycle auction will return to South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 26, with an estimated 1,750 motorcycles expected to cross the auction block.
The annual event is recognized as the largest global familial-like gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators that share a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie invoked and inspired by vintage and antique motorcycles.

Record number of British homeowners make millions from their driveway

(January 18, 2019) LONDON — Latest figures released by reveal a massive increase in the number of British residents making money from their empty driveway to help boost household income in a time of economic uncertainty. The online parking portal reveals that 29,621 people registered their driveway or empty parking space with them over the last year — a huge 41 per cent increase from 2017.

Ram claims its 2019 Heavy Duty most powerful, capable pickup

(January 17, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram says the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 pounds and a payload capacity of 7,680 pounds.  Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine.

Cadillac announces 550-horsepower CT6-V preorder program

(January 17, 2019) NEW YORK — Cadillac announced that starting this week customers can now request a preorder for the first-ever CT6-V. Preorders for the V-Series version of the top-of-range sedan, arriving in mid-2019, will be capped at 275 for the United States.

The 2019 Cadillac CT6-V starts at $88,790.

BMW reveals new sixth-generation 7 Series — Across the board updates

(January 17, 2019) BMW has introduced the revised version of its most successful 7 Series to date. The 6th generation of the luxury sedan receives extensive updates in design, technology and powertrain to enhance the BMW 7 Series’ class-leading luxury model lineup. Turbocharged 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines will be joined by a new 6-cylinder plug-in-hybrid variant when the new BMW 7 Series goes into production this March.