May 2019

'Bring a Trailer' introduces premium listings along with seller services

(May 17, 2019) SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Online collector car auction platform Bring a Trailer is expanding its services to help more sellers than ever benefit from the platform and its unique advantages. Starting now, the site will host premium vehicle listings in a dedicated section of the site for up to 21 days and introduce two additional service levels for vehicle sellers.

In addition to its current $99 “Classic” listing service, Bring a Trailer will now offer “Plus” and “White Glove” listing services.

Honda to showcase company's full off-pavement adventure portfolio

(May 17, 2019) FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Honda will showcase its family of off-road ready products at the 2019 Overland Expo West this weekend in Flagstaff displaying two adventure-ready light trucks plus an array of powersports and power equipment products. Taking center stage are the all-new 2019 Honda Passport five-passenger SUV and the 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup, both specially equipped by Jsport (Jsport Performance Accessories) with off-road performance and adventure enhancements and accessories.

Nissan develops hands-off autonomous capability in new Skyline

(May 16, 2019) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan today unveiled a new driver assistance technology, combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. Expanding on the award-winning ProPILOT system, the technology will debut on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline this fall.

Hyundai Group develops intelligent air purification system

(May 16, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has developed an intelligent Smart Air Purification system that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The innovation builds on the Group’s prior work to enhance in-car air quality by introducing a new automated monitoring system, which continually checks interior air quality until it achieves an "Excellent" status.

McLaren reveals super-light GT — Grand Touring the McLaren way

(May 16, 2019) McLaren Automotive has revealed its unique interpretation of a modern Grand Tourer: the new McLaren GT.  Sleek, elegant and muscular, the super-light new GT challenges the conventions of the Grand Tourer category with a compelling blend of beautiful design, high-quality innovative materials, true supercar performance and McLaren driving dynamics and engagement.

Old Chevy dusted with snow

The "Advance Design" Chevrolet pickup trucks entered the scene in June 1947, and exterior styling remained virtually the same through 1953. The first major change was with the grille treatment in 1954. This post-World War II Chevy pickup was found with a dusting of snow in late-winter Nevada.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

New Mini Cooper Works Clubman, Countryman infused with performance

(May 15, 2019) The British premium car manufacturer MINI presents what is by some measure the most powerful models ever approved for public road use in the brand’s 60-year history. The 306 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine in the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman both display outstanding performance in the compact premium segment.

Mazda makes 143 more 30th Anniversary MX-5's available in U.S.

(May 15, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — It has only been a few months since the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary revealed its Racing Orange paint scheme at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Immediately following the announcement that there would be 3,000 units worldwide, a frenzy of fans reserved all 500 allotted to the U.S. within four hours.

Polestar confirms battery suppliers for its electric performance cars

(May 15, 2019) Polestar confirms that leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem will supply batteries for the company’s electric performance cars, as part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by Volvo Car Group.

The agreements cover the supply of lithium ion battery modules for the forthcoming global portfolio of Polestar models over the coming decade, starting with the brand’s first fully electric car, Polestar 2, from early 2020. These suppliers will also provide batteries for Volvo’s future electric vehicles.

Smart presents final 21 limited edition combustion-engine vehicles

(May 15, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — In 2020 smart will become the first automotive manufacturer in the world to have switched its entire portfolio over from combustion engines to electric drives. Before smart goes all-electric next year, the brand is presenting an exclusive and strictly limited special edition of the final #21 combustion-engine vehicles — designed by Konstantin Grcic and for the most ardent collectors only. smart has stood for innovative mobility for more than two decades now. With the Final Collector's Edition it is marking the beginning of a new era and 21 years of hands-on pioneering spirit.