Inside the Industry

The Wraith Kryptos Collection — A labyrinth of complex ciphers

(July 7, 2020) Rolls-Royce Collection Cars are poetic embodiments of artistry and skill, envisioned at the hands of the marque’s accomplished designers. They are illustrative of the Bespoke Collective’s mastery of their craft, and extremely limited in number. Incorporating only the finest materials and contemporary applications, Rolls-Royce Collection Cars are executed with creative passion and technical precision. These cars capture owners' imaginations around the world, joining the chronicles of some of the greatest and most storied Rolls-Royces ever to have been created.

Hyundai ships 10 heavy-duty fuel cell trucks to Europe for commercial use

(July 7, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai has shipped the first 10 units of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland. The company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT Fuel Cells to Switzerland this year, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September. Hyundai plans to roll out 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025, reflecting the company’s environmental commitment and technological prowess as it works toward reducing carbon emissions through zero-emission solutions.

Ford awards TomTom global deal to provide Ford real-time traffic service

(July 6, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Similar to planning trips around weather predictions, drivers of the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E will be able to adjust trips based on traffic forecasts, thanks to another new innovation from TomTom, the location technology specialist, which powers Ford’s next-generation Ford SYNC technology navigation system.

Jaguar-Land Rover announces premium car subscription service

(July 6, 2020) LONDON — As more people choose flexible monthly payments over one-off bills, Jaguar Land Rover is changing the way we use vehicles — with a premium car subscription service. Britain’s biggest car maker has set up the service, called Pivotal, so customers can experience either the latest technology from the smarter, more refined and premium Jaguar range, or the unrivaled breadth of capability, versatility and luxury offerings of the Land Rover range, swapping between models when it suits them.

First Aston Martin DB5 in more than 50 years rolls off assembly line

(July 6, 2020)NEWPORT PAGNELL, UK — Many of the UK’s most talented craftspeople and engineers put the finishing touches to the first in a new but very familiar series of Aston Martin sports cars, as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation program left the production line last week.

The Job 1 DB5 represents not only another significant design and engineering success, but also becomes the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century as the British luxury sports car maker’s Continuation program once again makes history.

Toyota RAV4 Prime will be quickest, most fuel efficient RAV4 ever

(July 5, 2020) PLANO, Texas — The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will break ground as the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever, hitting dealerships this summer with a starting price of $39,220 including a $1,120 destination charge. The RAV4’s first-ever plug-in model has up to 302 horsepower with an ability to do 0-60 mph in a projected 5.7 seconds, which makes it the quickest four-door model in the Toyota lineup.

Cat out of hell — 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

(July 4, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — A  SUV for muscle car people with families, the Dodge Durango joins the Challenger and Charger in SRT Hellcat form as the most powerful SUV ever. Powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine delivering 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, the Durango SRT Hellcat runs 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, has a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) –certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.5, a top speed of 180 mph and runs 1.5 seconds faster than the SRT 392 on a 2.1-mile road course, equal to nine car lengths after one lap.

Four-door muscle — 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye — 797 HP

(July 3, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge, America’s performance brand, continues to push the limits of the world’s only four-door muscle car, introducing the new 797-horsepower 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye — the most powerful sedan and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world. To put that nearly 800 horsepower to the pavement, the new Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye boasts a Widebody exterior with integrated fender flares that add 3.5 inches of body width.

Volkswagen Tiguan crossover gets a comprehensive update

(July 3, 2020) HERNDON, Va.  — In 2019, the Tiguan was the most successful model for both the Volkswagen brand and Volkswagen Group, with more than 910,000 units produced. Over its lifetime, more than six million have been produced, and the stage is set for Tiguan to receive a comprehensive update, including new interior and exterior styling, and innovative driver-assistance and comfort features.

Bentley raises the bar with new 2021 Bentayga

(July 2, 2020) CREWE, England — Bentley has announced details of the new Bentayga — the definitive luxury SUV, and the first car launched under Bentley’s Beyond100 business plan. With more than 20,000 Bentaygas handcrafted since the car’s launch — more than any of its competitors – the new Bentayga is set to build on a success story to date.

A new exterior design adopts the Bentley design DNA now prevalent across the entire model range, giving Bentley the freshest and most modern product family of any luxury car company. Introducing the very latest onboard technology and an even more cosseting cabin, the new model is significantly revised both inside and out.