Inside the Industry

Electrify America sponsoring ride/drive events across U.S.

(September 12, 2019) RESTON, Va. — In celebration of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 14-22), Electrify America has announced its sponsorship of 10 Ride and Drive community events in cooperation with Plug In America, a nonprofit group advocating for the shift to plug-in electric vehicles.

Alice + Olivia's spring collection blooms with a Beetle backdrop

(September 12, 2019) NEW YORK — The fashion world gathers in New York City every September for a week-long reveal of the latest works from top designers, all capturing trends that will shape the industry in the coming year. Attendees put their best, well-heeled foot forward and see what the season ahead will bring.

The brainchild of designer Stacey Bendet, alice + olivia’s Spring 2020 fashion presentation has long shed the stale catwalk approach for a series of nine “vignettes” — colorful, social-media-ready sets ranging from frothy pink flowered swings to a backdrop of neon orange teddy bears.

Mopars and split-window Corvettes top Mecum sales in Dallas

(September 12, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s recent auction in Dallas, held Sept. 4-7, saw 743 cars change hands in just four action-packed days. Overall sales totals for the event reached $23.5 million as a nearly 70% sell-through rate was achieved with just over 1,000 classic and collector cars crossing the auction block.

Land Rover reveals New Defender in Frankfurt

(September 11, 2019) FRANKFURT, Germany — Land Rover has revealed the New Defender with a dramatic live-action demonstration of its capability at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new 4x4 made its first appearance by descending an extreme 42-degree incline at the show — a feat broadcast live to a global audience of eager fans. Land Rover says the New Defender is the most capable and durable Land Rover vehicle ever made and its debut in Frankfurt marked the end of its first adventure, to the Valley of the Castles in the Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan — one of the most land-locked places on earth.

Honda celebrates 40 years of manufacturing in America

(September 11, 2019) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda associates this week are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the historic start of production at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, in 1979, when the first 64 associates began producing the Elsinore CR 250 motorcycle, which began the rapid growth of Honda in America.   

Ram 1500 first full-size pickup to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

(September 11, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram 1500 Crew Cab full-size pickup has been named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019, the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups, and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation.

Porsche announces 2020 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

(September 10, 2019) ATLANTA — Following the introduction of the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, Porsche is now expanding the line-up further with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet models.

Like the 2020 911 Carrera models, the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six engine fitted with model-specific turbochargers, developing 379 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (nine horsepower more than the previous 911 Carrera 4 models) and 331 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 rpm.

Ford sets world record for largest gathering of Mustangs — 1,326

(September 10, 2019) COLOGNE, Germany — Examples from every generation of Mustang since the iconic sports car’s launch in 1964 converged on Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground on Sept. 7, to help set a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs gathered in one place.

Ford smashed its own record of 960 vehicles, set in Toluca, Mexico, on Dec. 3, 2017, with 1,326 Mustangs from all over Europe making the pilgrimage to the Ford testing facility in Belgium.

First electric Volkswagen ID family vehicle debuts for European market

(September 10, 2019) FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is launching into a new era of environmentally friendly mobility and will showcase the fully electric ID.3 at Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The first model from the MEB product line for electric vehicles impresses with the high levels of driving dynamics characteristic of electric cars.

It has been fully networked and, in the ID.3 1ST special edition, enables electrically powered ranges of up to 420 kilometers (261 miles) with initially three equipment variants.

A new record — 1,321 Bentleys gather for UK event

(September 9, 2019) CREWE, England — More than a thousand modern and heritage Bentleys have set a new record for the largest gathering of Bentleys in history. 1,321 cars arrived at the Bentley Drivers Club Annual Rally, hosted this year at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance, together forming a stunning photograph to continue Bentley’s year-long centenary celebrations.