Inside the Industry

Nissan develops hands-off autonomous capability in new Skyline

(May 16, 2019) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan today unveiled a new driver assistance technology, combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. Expanding on the award-winning ProPILOT system, the technology will debut on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline this fall.

Hyundai Group develops intelligent air purification system

(May 16, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has developed an intelligent Smart Air Purification system that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The innovation builds on the Group’s prior work to enhance in-car air quality by introducing a new automated monitoring system, which continually checks interior air quality until it achieves an "Excellent" status.

McLaren reveals super-light GT — Grand Touring the McLaren way

(May 16, 2019) McLaren Automotive has revealed its unique interpretation of a modern Grand Tourer: the new McLaren GT.  Sleek, elegant and muscular, the super-light new GT challenges the conventions of the Grand Tourer category with a compelling blend of beautiful design, high-quality innovative materials, true supercar performance and McLaren driving dynamics and engagement.

New Mini Cooper Works Clubman, Countryman infused with performance

(May 15, 2019) The British premium car manufacturer MINI presents what is by some measure the most powerful models ever approved for public road use in the brand’s 60-year history. The 306 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine in the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman both display outstanding performance in the compact premium segment.

Mazda makes 143 more 30th Anniversary MX-5's available in U.S.

(May 15, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — It has only been a few months since the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary revealed its Racing Orange paint scheme at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Immediately following the announcement that there would be 3,000 units worldwide, a frenzy of fans reserved all 500 allotted to the U.S. within four hours.

Polestar confirms battery suppliers for its electric performance cars

(May 15, 2019) Polestar confirms that leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem will supply batteries for the company’s electric performance cars, as part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by Volvo Car Group.

The agreements cover the supply of lithium ion battery modules for the forthcoming global portfolio of Polestar models over the coming decade, starting with the brand’s first fully electric car, Polestar 2, from early 2020. These suppliers will also provide batteries for Volvo’s future electric vehicles.

Smart presents final 21 limited edition combustion-engine vehicles

(May 15, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — In 2020 smart will become the first automotive manufacturer in the world to have switched its entire portfolio over from combustion engines to electric drives. Before smart goes all-electric next year, the brand is presenting an exclusive and strictly limited special edition of the final #21 combustion-engine vehicles — designed by Konstantin Grcic and for the most ardent collectors only. smart has stood for innovative mobility for more than two decades now. With the Final Collector's Edition it is marking the beginning of a new era and 21 years of hands-on pioneering spirit.

Volvo Car USA launches post-accident guidance service

(May 14, 2019) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo drivers will now have help at their fingertips in the minutes following an accident, via their smartphones. Volvo Car Accident Advisor is the first mobile, post-accident experience that serves up emergency services and checklists, guided accident documentation and digital insurance claims and repair services to keep drivers safe, informed and in control after a collision.

Volvo Car USA worked with CCC Information Services, a leading software as a service provider to the automotive, insurance and collision-repair industries, to develop the service.

Hyundai Motor Group to invest 80M EUR million in Rimac Automobili

(May 14, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have jointly invested 80M Euros ($89.6 million) in Rimac Automobili  — the Croatian high-performance electric vehicle technology and sports car company. The companies have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of high-performance electric vehicles.

With the new collaboration underway, Hyundai Group aims to speed up its transition towards Clean Mobility and position itself as a global leader in driving this change in the industry.

2020 Toyota Supra is ready for the road

(May 14, 2019) MIDDLEBURG, Va. — In July 2018, in view of tens of thousands of spectators at England’s world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, a low, long-hood sports car wearing full-body camouflage with mysterious “A90” markings blasted up the narrow, curvy hillclimb circuit. For Toyota enthusiasts, “A90” was the giveaway: the A40, A60, A70 and A80 that came before were Supras.