Inside the Industry

Mercedes-Benz reveals the redesigned GLC Coupe

(March 20, 2019) Just a few weeks after unveiling the GLC SUV, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the redesigned GLC Coupe. The next generation of the successful model skillfully and intricately combines the sportiness of a coupe with the functionality of an SUV. The result is a vehicle for individuals who seek a vehicle with extraordinary looks, the greatest possible freedom and pioneering technology.

Gooding & Company's sales at Amelia Island hit $22 million

(March 19, 2019) AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Gooding & Company realized $22,047,980 in a single day at the company’s 10th annual Amelia Island Auction, held on March 8, including three of the top 10 sales across all auction houses. The most anticipated and talked-about event of the week continued to impress, as President David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross sold 78 of 89 lots for an exceptional 88% sales rate, resulting in an average price of $282,666 per car sold.

Ready to rock — 12th generation Corolla rolls off the line in Mississippi

(March 19, 2019) BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. — It has style. It has grace. And today, Toyota’s stunning all-new 2020 Corolla calls Mississippi home. Plant President Sean Suggs praised his team’s success when the first Mississippi-built 12th-generation Corolla rolled off the line, showcasing its sleek new design to team members and community leaders.

Cadillac reveals new CT5 sedan ahead of New York appearance

(March 19, 2019) DETROIT — Cadillac has revealed its first-ever CT5 sedan with a social media campaign designed to stimulate the senses using autonomous sensory meridian response, also known as ASMR. The videos focus on distinct sounds designed to trigger a physical response — often experienced as a spine-tingling sensation, such as the rev of the CT5’s available 3.0L Twin Turbo engine, audio from its Bose Performance Series speakers and the whisper of its custom black-and-white camouflage wrap slowly being peeled away to reveal the new sedan’s exterior.

Porsche dealerships to receive new corporate architecture

(March 18, 2019) ATLANTA, GA. — Porsche is launching a new corporate architecture for its dealerships worldwide. Following the tagline “Destination Porsche,” the dealership is intended to become a central gathering place for the Porsche community, appealing to current as well as new customers. The new architecture is characterized by its flexibility, its use of digital media for individualized communication, and its emphasis on brand experience.

Karma Automotive invests $7.5 million in new test labs

(March 18, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Southern California-based automaker Karma Automotive celebrated its five-year anniversary by continuing major investments in its U.S. operations and by sharing a glimpse of an all-new 2020 Revero luxury-electric vehicle.

Karma’s latest investment of nearly $7.5 million resulted in the installation of a new suite of state-of-the-art powertrain test labs at the company’s global headquarters in Irvine, Calif.  The new equipment strengthens Karma’s in-house engineering capabilities as the automaker readies for a period of rapid new product introductions.

New Mercedes GMG GT53 4-door coupe to start at $99,995

(March 18, 2019) Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the GT 53 variant of the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Starting from $99,995 including destination charge, the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 is powered by an AMG-enhanced 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost and Electric Auxiliary Compressor that produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet peak torque.

Musk unveils Tesla's Model Y crossover; deliveries to start in late 2020

(March 17, 2019) LOS ANGELES — The Tesla Model Y was revealed Thursday, the electric automaker's second crossover with deliveries set to begin in the fall of 2020. It is built on the same platform as the Model 3. A long-range version will arrive first, followed by a standard version in the spring of 2021. Tesla says he Model Y will start at  $39,000 for the Standard Range version, and will also come in Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance variants that are expected to start at around $47,000.

Heritage-inspired Grabber Lime arrives for 2020 Mustang

(March 16, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Ford is unveiling Grabber Lime for the 2020 Mustang. More potent than krypton-ite, this high-impact green inspired by a vintage Mustang color from the 1970s is sure to leave other muscle cars green with envy.

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”

Kia teams with Amazon to provide one-stop home-charging for EVs

(March 15, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia Motors America (KMA) has begun a new program with Amazon to provide plug-in vehicle customers with easy, one-stop shopping for a home charger and installation services using the same easy digital Amazon shopping experience they have come to love.

Before they even bring home their new Soul EV, Niro EV, Niro PHEV or Optima PHEV, customers can visit to learn everything anyone needs to know about choosing a charger, having it installed, and charging at home.