June 2020

Volkswagen activates 'Sign Anywhere' across dealer network

(June 8, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America and VW Credit, Inc. today announced the availability of remote digital signatures across the Volkswagen dealer network to offer customers and dealers flexibility during the pandemic. Sign Anywhere is a remote, digital signature tool powered by CDK Global that allows customers to remotely and securely digitally sign financial documents with their own computer or mobile device without stepping foot in a showroom — providing an online automotive buying experience.

Ford Fiesta electrified and upgraded in Europe — Gone from the U.S.

(June 8, 2020) DUNTON, Essex, England — The popular Ford Fiesta compact hatchback — the automaker’s best-selling model in Europe –— is now available to order with an electrified powertrain for the first time, Ford today announced. Ford EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains, available from £19,860 with Fiesta Titanium, will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency for Fiesta drivers while complementing Ford’s “fun to drive” experience with more powerful and responsive performance.

Karma announces new sports, performance packages for Revero GT

(June 7, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — Karma Automotive has launched a series of packages available for the 2020 Revero GT, catering to the driving enthusiast. The new Sports and Performance packages for the Revero GT take the luxury electric vehicle to the next performance level for owners who want to refine its handling for superior dynamic capabilities.

Refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica gets a new look, all-wheel drive

(June 6, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The newly redesigned 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will deliver all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, combined with a fresh new look and feel and the most standard safety features of any vehicle in the industry, when it hits dealerships later this year, but AWD is arriving early for those who just can’t wait. Dealers can now order the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, making the all-weather-capable, seamless and fully automatic AWD system available for the current model-year Pacifica.

New BMW 4 Series comes with redesigned kidney-shaped grille

(June 5, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has revealed the all-new, second-generation 4 Series Coupe, which first launched in 2014. The vehicle’s design and engineering teams wanted to deliver the ultimate driving experience in a beautiful and low-slung package that ensures the 2021 4 Series Coupe stays at the top of its segment. Pricing is $46,595 for the 430i Coupe, $48,595 for the 430i xDrive Coupe and $59,495 for the M440i xDrive Coupe.

Drive-in theaters experiencing a revival nationwide amid COVID

(June 5, 2020) Drive-in movie theaters are one of the few businesses experiencing a renaissance amid the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the few entertainment destinations you can still visit outside of the home, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and demand over the past couple months.

“We’ve seen a resurgence in interest across the country. Our shows are selling out every night. It’s the best market I have ever seen in all my years in business,” says Jim Kopp, owner of The Family Drive-in Theatre in Stephens City, Va.

Chevy survivor from the 1930a

This 1936 Chevrolet truck cab was found parked on a city street with a rusted-out fender and running board, but otherwise in decent shape. Most Chevy trucks were propelled by a 193.9 cubic inch straight-six-cylinder engine throughout the 1930s. (Photo by John Harper)

Volvo Chinese plant powered by 100 percent renewable electricity

(June 5, 2020) The Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Chengdu, the company’s largest in China, is now powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, taking the company’s global renewable electricity mix in its manufacturing network to 80 per cent. The 100 per cent renewable electricity mix in Chengdu is the result of a newly signed supply contract and will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tonnes per year.

Nissan's new EV all-wheel control technology enhances confidence

(June 5, 2020) NASHVILLE — Within the new world of mass-market electric vehicles, a frontier that Nissan pioneered with the Nissan Leaf a decade ago, there has been a growing trend to focus on pure performance. The combination of an electric motor and battery pack provides levels of acceleration and torque once reserved for supercars or bullet trains. While the exhilaration is undeniable, Nissan is taking a balanced, customer-centric approach — beyond mere speed — with its latest electric powertrain technology.