November 2018

Hyundai launches CRADLE Tel Aviv innovation hub; announces Israeli startups

(November 7, 2018) TEL AVIV, Israel — Hyundai has officially launched its Hyundai CRADLE Tel Aviv office in Israel while announcing a number of strategic investments in Israeli startups. CRADLE Tel Aviv is the second CRADLE office worldwide in addition to the U.S.-based CRADLE Silicon Valley.

First BMW 8 Series convertible rolls off the line in Dingolfing, Germany

(November 7, 2018) DINGOLFING, Germany —  Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up in Dingolfing, the BMW 8 Series family is joined by another new addition from Lower Bavaria. Earlier this week, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing began series production of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will be built alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series variants on a single assembly line.

The BMW Group is building the new model family at the site in Lower Bavaria, strengthening Dingolfing’s role as the lead plant for the upper luxury-class segment.

Volkswagen unveils pick-up truck concept in Brazil

(November 7, 2018) SAO PULO, Brazil — Volkswagen has uveiled the Tarok Concept to the world at the São Paulo International Motor Show. The all-wheel drive pick-up combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed 196-inch pick-up.

Harley-Davidson recalling nearly 178,000 motorcycles in the U.S.

(November 6, 2018) Harley-Davidson has announced that it will recall nearly 178,000 motorcycles from around the U.S. due to a clutch problem causing the bikes to get stuck in gear

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that clutches in certain motorcycles can leak fluid internally, causing them to disengage from the gears. According to the agency, the issue can cause riders to lose control of their bike, and can lead to an accident.

New BMW F 850 GS Adventure expands range in segment

(November 6, 2018) For more than 10 years, the GS models in the BMW Motorrad F series have embodied the premium range in the middle class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior offroad qualities are its outstanding strengths.

Following the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS presented in the fall of 2017, the new F 850 GS Adventure now expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment.

Toyota Tundra Pie Pro makes its own pizza

(November 6, 2018) PLANO, Texas — The one-of-a-kind, Zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro is a mobile pizza factory that takes the party wherever it goes. It was on display last week at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.
“As the flagship Toyota truck, the Tundra is a workhorse in the truest sense,” said Ed Laukes, Group vice president - Toyota Division Marketing.

Toyota Camry and Highlander to get Nightshade Special Edition

(November 6, 2018) DALLAS — Toyota is preempting the earlier sunset associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time that occurred Sunday by turning down the lights on two new Nightshade Special Editions. The 2019 Camry and Highlander will both get Nightshade Special Edition packages that offer sporty styling with black accents, guaranteed to stand out with the sun up or down.

The Camry Nightshade Special Edition and the Highlander Nightshade Special Edition will both be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show and be available for purchase in 2019.

Veterans wow huge crowds on historic London to Brighton run

(November 6, 2018) LONDON — Pioneering vehicles make their annual pilgrimage from capital to coast on the world’s longest running motoring event this past weekend. As an unseasonably mild London was still covered by darkness, nearly 400 pioneering veteran cars, their intrepid drivers and plucky passengers gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday, Nov. 4, waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the remarkable Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

Genesis adds third sedan to its portfolio with introduction of G70

By Paul Borden

(November 5, 2018) Disposed of the Hyundai label and launched as a separate brand from the South Korean manufacturer three years ago, Genesis continues to expand its portfolio with the introduction of its G70 luxury sedan for 2019. As you might deduce from the alpha-numeric naming system, it is the smallest of the three sedans now under the Genesis banner following the G90 and G80 sedans that have been around for a couple of years.