Inside the Industry

Toyota working on artificial grass as substitute for grassy roadside surfaces

(September 16, 2019) From the iconic Prius to the groundbreaking technology in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles like the Toyota Mirai sedan and Project Portal FC semi-truck, Toyota is a leader in green technology. However, the company is focusing on a different kind of green to curb one of the leading causes of fatal vehicle crashes — grass.

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that over half of fatal vehicle crashes have been related to road departure.

Mercedes continues aggressive plug-in hybrid strategy with refreshed GLC

(September 16, 2019) Mercedes-Benz continues its aggresive hybrid strategy with the introduction of the refreshed 2020 GLC crossover — the 350e 4MATIC EQ Power plug-in hybrid. In addition to small tweaks to its interior and exterior looks, the major change comes in energy storage and electric driving range.

Hyundai unveils its electric concept 45 foreshadowing future design

(September 15. 2019) FRANKFURT, Germany — Hyundai Motor Company unveiled the 45, an electric vehicle concept, at the International Motor Show this past week. As an homage to its heritage and reimagined for the future, 45 foreshadows a new era of Hyundai’s automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technologies and intelligent design.

Japanese collector cars featured at Barrett-Jackson auction

(September 14, 2019) — LAS VEGAS — Barrett-Jackson is embracing the rising demand for Japanese collector vehicles during the 12th annual Las Vegas Auction, Oct. 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. Popular Japanese collector vehicles, including the Toyota Supra Mk IV, Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R and more will be a part of this year’s Las Vegas docket, and each will cross the block at No Reserve.

Cadillac introduces new CT4 sports sedan

(September 14, 2019) DETROIT — Cadillac is taking the next step in the realignment of its sedan portfolio with the global introduction of the first-ever CT4 sport sedan. Revealed to customers through a social media campaign that virtually puts viewers in the driver’s seat simulating the car’s liberating drive experience, the 2020 CT4 is poised to appeal to a new generation of sport-luxury customers.

Toyota 4Runner gains new safety, multimedia tech for 2020

(September 13, 2019) PLANO, Texas — The Toyota 4Runner is the family-hauling, boat-towing, hill-climbing SUV that’s been getting it done for five model generations since 1984. With its core DNA as a body-on-frame, do-anything vehicle fully intact, the 4Runner crosses into 2020 with a new safety package and numerous new tech, comfort and convenience upgrades.

McLaren North America to move headquarters from New York to Dallas

(September 13, 2019) McLaren North America, the largest global market for luxury British sports car and supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive, is set to move its headquarters operation from New York City to the city of Coppell, Texas just outside of Dallas.

Since entering the US market in late 2011, McLaren has seen massive growth in sales, recently passing the 7,000-vehicle milestone, and continues to set monthly records with sales up more than 17% year-on-year in 2019.

Kia Motors in West Point, Ga., produces 3 millionth vehicle

(September 13, 2019) WEST POINT, Ga. — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) reached another milestone this week when the plant’s three millionth vehicle — a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige — rolled off the assembly line in West Point.

Representing an investment of more than $1.1 billion, KMMG began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009, and today produces more than 40 percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the United States.

The face of the BMW Concept 4 is the thing — Is bigger better?

(September 12, 2019) MUNICH, Germany — The 68th Frankfurt Motor Show is the venue for the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 — a stunning future-focused interpretation of the BMW Group’s enduring DNA that represents the magic of coupe driving at its most exciting. “The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design.

GM recalling 3.46 million pickups and SUVs over braking issue

(September 12, 2019) DETROIT — General Motors said it was recalling 3.46 million U.S. pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that could make braking more difficult and that has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries.

The recall covers certain Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon vehicles from the 2014-18 model years.