Inside the Industry

BMW unveils 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster to arrive in March

(January 16, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Following the unveiling of the all-new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster at Pebble Beach Lodge to kick-off Monterey car week, BMW unveils the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster, which will arrive in March, and the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster, which will follow.

Agility, performance and precise handling have always been top priorities for the Z4 family but the new two-seater’s body, powertrain and chassis have received the greatest amount of development work to make sure the new Z4 Roadster arrives with a genuine sports car performance pedigree.

Mini celebrates sporting spirit, British flair with 60th anniversary edition

(January 16, 2019) An original that constantly reinvents itself — firmly rooted in tradition yet always open to change: this is Mini, 60 years after the launch of the small British car that brought worldwide popularity to unique properties such as go-kart feeling and the creative use of space.

Pricing for new Mercedes-Benz A-Class to start at $33,495

(January 16, 2019) Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the all-new 2019 A-Class Sedan — Arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2019, the Mercedes-Benz A 220 Sedan will start at just $33,495 including a $995 delivery charge, while the A 220 4MATIC Sedan will start from $35,495.

Pure electric Nissan IMs concept creates the elevated sports sedan

(January 16, 2019) DETROIT — The Nissan IMs concept, with its revolutionary new proportions and stretched interior space — including a unique "Premier Seat" 2 + 1 + 2 seating architecture — is designed to create an entirely new vehicle segment, the elevated sports sedan. The pure electric all-wheel drive concept vehicle with full autonomous drive capability, made its world debut Tuesday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

Volkswagen, Ford launch global alliance to build trucks, vans

(January 15, 2019) DETROIT — Volkswagen and Ford today announced the first formal agreements in a broad alliance that positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry.

Toyota Supra returns with starting price $50,920

(January 15, 2019) DETROIT — Sports car enthusiasts have been waiting more than 20 years for the return of Supra and will soon be able to purchase the 2020 Toyota GR Supra for starting price of $50,920 including $930 destination price.

For those fans and collectors anxious to be among the first owners of this iconic sports car, the initial 1,500 production Supras for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models starting at $56,180.

Kia introduces its biggest vehicle ever — the Telluride

(January 15, 2019) DETROIT — Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the midsize Telluride SUV opens the door to exploring in a whole new way. Imagined in America, designed at Kia’s design studio in California, and assembled in Georgia, the Telluride is all about big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives.

The largest Kia ever, it provides seating for up to eight, a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6, and available active on-demand all-wheel drive. In short, the Telluride offers potential for exploration and adventure every time it’s on the road.

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 — Delivering more than 700 horsepower

(January 15, 2019) DETROIT — The all-new Shelby GT500 — the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance — delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

Hyundai Veloster N race car makes world debut at auto show

(January 14, 2019) DETROIT — With a new generation of Hyundai owners buying the high-performance Veloster N as cars hit dealer lots, Hyundai fuels the excitement even further today with the debut the Veloster N TCR race car at the North American International Auto Show.

The Veloster N TCR joins the fierce competition in the 2019 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) MICHELIN Pilot Challenge. At North America’s premier racetracks, it will line up on the grid alongside the Honda Civic Type R TCR, Volkswagen GTI TCR, and the Audi RS3 LMS TCR.

Volkswagen chooses Chattanooga for U.S. electric vehicle production

(January 14, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen has announced that Chattanooga, Tenn., will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles. Strengthening the company’s commitment to an electric mobility future, this expansion of Volkswagen's U.S. footprint will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000 jobs at the plant, plus additional jobs at suppliers. EV production at the site will begin in 2022.