Inside the Industry

Goodyear to enhance tire performance by testing components in space

(July 17, 2019) AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is reaching for the stars again to enhance tire performance by testing components in space as part of a project launching this month to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. With an expected launch on July 21, the SpaceX CRS-18 will head to the ISS with a Goodyear experiment onboard.

Toyota launches 'This Is Our Sport' 2020 GR Supra campaign

(July 17, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Performance, capability and style are on full display with the launch of the all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra campaign, “This Is Our Sport.” In a nod to Toyota’s sports car heritage, the campaign reflects the excitement Supra drivers will feel in an iconic car designed with them in mind — a car that pushes the limits.

Performance-infused Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO to start a $200,645

(July 17, 2019) Mercedes-Benz USA has announced pricing for the new Mercedes- AMG GT R PRO, an exclusive model from the high-performance AMG GT family. Starting from $200,645 including destination charge, the GT R PRO is limited to 750 units globally and features further-honed driving dynamics, specifically tuned for the racetrack.

2020 Lincoln Navigator arrives with three new monochromatic themes

(July 16, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — A sweeping length of monochromatic color that’s clean, dramatic and designed to turn heads showcases the bold, elegant lines of the Lincoln Navigator and hints at the sanctuary within. Three choices for this signature exterior palette are available for the 2020 model year Navigator full-size SUV.

The trio of Monochromatic Packages — in Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl and Infinite Black — reflect the minimalistic color trend popular in fashion and home décor, where variations of a single hue result in a smooth yet vibrant color scheme that’s easy on the eyes.

Electrify America petitions for first-ever emoji in support of electric vehicles

(July 16, 2019) RESTON, Va.  — As modern-day communication evolves, emojis continue to grow in popularity, with 230 new characters being added to major platforms in 2019. As such, it’s important that they be representative of today’s world, which increasingly includes electric vehicles (EVs) and the stations that charge them.

2020 Honda Insight with 55 mpg city starts at $23,860

(July 16, 2019) Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships today starting at $23,860 including destination charge. With a an EPA-rated 55 mpg city fuel economy in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that's easy on the wallet.

The 2020 Insight carries forward all the elements that have made it one of America's top-selling compact hybrids.

World can watch reveal of new mid-engine Corvette Thursday (July 18)

(July 15, 2019) DETROIT — The late Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Chevrolet Corvette, had a vision for a mid-engine Corvette. That vision will come to life the Thursday evening, July 18, in Orange County, Calif., and the world can watch the reveal via livestream from the comfort of their own homes.

BMW introduces six-cylinder versions of the 840i coupe and convertible

(July 14, 2019) BMW has announced the addition of the inline 6-cylinder 840i and 840i xDrive Coupes and Convertibles to the 2020 8 Series model year lineup. These models join the recently announced 840i and 840i xDrive Gran Coupes and the 8-cylinder M850i xDrive Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe models for the upcoming model year. Production for all 2020 8 Series models begins this month with market launch in September.

Ford issues recall for some Ford Rangers over seatbelt problem

(July 15, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2019 Ranger SuperCab vehicles for the right-front seat belt. In affected vehicles, the right-front seat belt may have been improperly assembled. Improperly assembled seat belts may not adequately restrain occupants in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Study finds hybrid electric vans solution for cleaner European cities

(July 15, 2019) Three months since the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London, results of a year-long trial in the U.K. capital suggest that plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) commercial vehicles could present the most practical, readily available option for businesses trying to meet clean-air targets in cities.