October 2019

Customized Ford F-150s, Mustangs share SEMA spotlight

(November 1, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford F-150 and Mustang remain two of the most beloved nameplates on roads everywhere, including roads that lead to the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show. “It wouldn’t be a SEMA show without some F-150 and Mustang love from our builder partners,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. “These two iconic nameplates are always the most popular Ford vehicles throughout the show and each of these builds gives a refreshed glimpse at some of the latest trends in customization.”

Seven-speed manual transmission option announced for 2020 Porsche 911

(November 1, 2019) ATLANTA — Porsche has announced the availability of a seven-speed manual transmission for the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupe and Cabriolet models. At no additional charge, customers can select this option as an alternative to the standard 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. The seven-speed manual comes paired with a standard Sport Chrono Package.

Fisker's new all-electric luxury vehicle to be named Fisker Ocean

(October 31, 2019) LOS ANGELES — Fisker Inc., designer and manufacturer of the "world’s most desirable electric vehicles" and advanced mobility solutions — has revealed the name of its upcoming all-electric luxury sports utility vehicle: Fisker Ocean. Designed in California by iconic automotive designer, entrepreneur and visionary, Henrik Fisker, the Fisker Ocean will be the world’s most sustainable vehicle — featuring recycled, vegan and more innovative materials.

Hyundai reveals fuel cell vision of commercial truck mobility

(October 31, 2019) ATLANTA — Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) has revealed two new concepts at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show here. Both concepts add product detail to its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) 2030 Vision for wide-spread deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology.

Mopar to debut two customized concept trucks at SEMA show

(October 31, 2019) Auburn Hills, Mich. — The Mopar brand will take the stand at the biggest of all aftermarket parts shows to reveal two new pickup truck concepts customized with a unique combination of Mopar production and prototype parts and accessories.
The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid), an overlanding-themed vehicle concept, and the Mopar Lowliner Concept, a reimagined 1968 Dodge D200-series pickup, will be shown for the first time at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – the premier automotive specialty products trade exhibition in the world.

Rodin Cars to offer Grand Prix performance with new FZED single seater

(October 30, 2019) A series of single-seater track cars built in New Zealand, with the performance to rival modern era Grand Prix cars, has been released for sale by emerging high-technology manufacturer, Rodin Cars.

Powered by the Cosworth GPV8, which is based on the Cosworth XG that earned its stripes in the Indy Racing League circuit, the new Rodin FZED will deliver 675 bhp at 9,600 rpm. Peak torque is 361 foot-pounds at 7,600 rpm, while the redline is 10,000 rpm.

New eighth-generation digitized and connected VW Golf introduced

(October 30, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Volkswagen Golf is the most successful European car for more than four decades. A new chapter in the history of this best-seller began last week with the world premiere of the eighth Golf — digitalized, connected, and intuitive to operate.

Never before has a Golf been so progressive. With hybrid versions launched at the same time, it is electrifying the compact class. Its digital interior enables a new dimension of intuitive operation. Speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) are possible with assisted driving.

VW announces new electric future-focused exhibit at Petersen Museum

(October 30, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen has collaborated with the Petersen Automotive Museum on a brand-new interactive exhibit that will showcase the design and construction of the vehicles of tomorrow. Set to open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 20, “Building an Electric Future” will celebrate Volkswagen’s history both globally and locally, as well as introduce Volkswagen’s new electric concept vehicles.

Bentley's celebrations continue in N.Y. with 100 cars for 100 years

(October 29, 2019) Bentley has continued its centenary festivities with a trio of connected events that celebrated the past, present and future of the brand, that took place in Lower Manhattan.

Five parades of customer-owned Bentleys from across the last 100 years made their way from starting points outside Manhattan to converge at Brookfield Place on the downtown waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 19.

New Mini Cooper SE all-electric to start at $30,750

(October 29, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. —Mini USA has announced the U.S. market pricing on its all-new battery electric Mini Cooper SE at of $30,750 including destination charge.

 “U.S. pricing of the new MINI Cooper SE was set to establish this new battery electric as a true class leader in making premium electric mobility more accessible to a broader range of customers,” said Michael Peyton, vice president, Mini of the Americas.