June 2020

'Ford Promise' offers peace of mind to potential car buyers and lessees

(June 29, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is providing peace of mind to potential customers nervous about buying or leasing a new or used vehicles in an unsettled economy with a program that offers them the option to return the vehicle in case customers lose their jobs within the first year.

“We feel like right now, the economy is at the stage of recovery where people want things to be back to normal, they want to buy, but they’re still a little nervous about what the future holds,” says Mark LaNeve, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “We want them to know we understand that, and we’re here to support them in their buying decisions.”

Redesigned 2021 Mercedes GLA to start at $37,290

(June 29, 2020) The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA is the all-new, highly anticipated gateway to the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup. With a sporty design, aerodynamic proportions and compact dimensions, the new generation is more powerful, spacious and comfortable than ever before. The new GLA is also equipped with the intuitive new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system and offers the latest safety systems. Arriving in U.S. dealerships this summer, the 2021 GLA 250 will start from $37,290 and the GLA 250 4MATIC is priced from $39,280 including destination charge.

GM Defense awarded $214 million contract to produce Army infantry vehicle

(June 28, 2020) The U.S. Army Contracting Command–Detroit Arsenal announced Saturday (June 27)  that GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been awarded the production contract to build, field and sustain the Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). Designed to provide rapid ground mobility, the expeditionary ISV is a light and agile all-terrain troop carrier intended to transport a nine-Soldier infantry squad moving throughout the battlefield.

Oslo project is first wireless charging system for electric taxis in world

(June 27, 2020) OSLO, Norway — Jaguar Land Rover has agreed to support the City of Oslo with the world's first high-powered wireless taxis. To support the ElectriCity program, the global vehicle manufacturer will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, U.S. technology developer Momentum Dynamics, and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.

Ford introduces all-new F-150 with hybrid option, new technology

(June 26, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — As America returns to work, Ford reveals its all-new F-150 — part of the F-Series lineup that’s been America’s choice for getting the job done for 43 consecutive years. The all-new F-150 is purpose-built to be the toughest, most productive F-150 ever and targeted to be the most powerful light-duty full-size pickup truck on the market.

“Since 1948, our hardworking F-Series customers have trusted Ford to help them get the job done,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer.

Production ends on the ultimate luxury sedan — Bentley Mulsanne

(June 26, 2020) CREWE,  England — After more than a decade in production, the final example of the Mulsanne has been completed, signifying the end of an illustrious and extraordinary lifespan. Over 7,300 examples — all handcrafted at Bentley’s home in Crewe, Cheshire — have embodied Bentley’s ability to produce the ultimate luxury sedan. 

With typical end-of-production celebrations curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentley Colleagues gathered for socially-distanced photographs with the final cars, and marked the departure of Mulsanne by sharing their thoughts of the outgoing Bentley flagship on camera.

Volkswagen Arteon refreshed for 2021 model year

(June 25, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — The Arteon is Volkswagen’s Gran Turismo—marrying the sleek design of a premium coupe to the space of a midsize sedan — and for 2021, Volkswagen is introducing a product line update to the brand halo, including sharpened design elements, interior refinements, and intelligent comfort systems. In Europe, Volkswagen is enhancing the product line with a second version—the new Arteon Shooting Brake—alongside new powertrain options.

New OnStar Guardian app offers critical safety services

(June 25, 2020) DETROIT — General Motors is expanding the power of OnStar from the vehicle to the smartphone with a new mobile app for OnStar members in the United States and Canada, available complimentary for six months if members redeem the offer by Friday, July 31. With OnStar Guardian, members with active service plans and up to seven of their family members and friends can access critical OnStar safety services from their compatible phones, whether they’re at home, out walking, or traveling in any vehicle, regardless of brand, age or ownership.

Electrify America completes first cross-country ultra-fast charging route

(June 25, 2020) RESTON, Va.  — Electrify America today announced the completion of its first cross-country route, which allows electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel from coast to coast using the largest open DC fast-charging network in the United States. It is the first of two cross-country routes the network will complete this year, and spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to the nation’s capital Washington D.C.

Hyundai, Rhode Island School of Design study future mobility

(June 24, 2020) Hyundai Motor Group and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have announced a research collaboration to examine relationships among natural and built environments in order to propose new directions for the future of mobility. The study expands on the smart mobility vision announced by Hyundai Motor Group at CES 2020. Hyundai’s vision, which aims to help vitalize human-centered future cities, and focuses on three mobility solutions: Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) and Hub.