February 2020

BMW steps up expansion for electric powertrain components at plant

(February 6, 2020) DINGOLFING, Germany — The BMW Group is expanding production capacity and increasing its staff at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing faster than originally planned. Due to growing demand for electrified vehicles, the plant expects the number of modules needed for production of high-voltage batteries to double from the previous year. The number of electric motors required will also increase significantly.

Customers can customize new Escalade with 3D visualizer

(February 6, 2020) DETROIT — With no less than eight interior color and trim options, multiple 22-inch wheel options and the new 38-inch curved OLED display, the next-generation 2021 Escalade — available late 2020 — is all about customization. Customers can now customize a 2021 Escalade using a new 3D visualizer.

The Cadillac Escalade visualizer uses a 3D model of the Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum to allow customers an immersive 360-degree view of the new Escalade from every angle, and to let them get inside and explore the Escalade’s richly-detailed interior.

2020 Nissan Frontier gets infusion of horsepower, 9-speed transmission

(February 6, 2020) CHICAGO — A new heart beats in the 2020 Nissan Frontier, helping lay the foundation for the all-new, next generation Frontier coming next year. The 2020 Frontier features an all-new, powerful 310-horsepower 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission — both of which will be key elements in the next-generation Frontier.

Cadillac unveils all-new 2021 Escalade with curved OLED display

(February 5, 2020) LOS ANGELES — Cadillac has unveiled the all-new 2021 Escalade, completely redesigned with pioneering technologies that add new dimension to the iconic luxury SUV. Featuring exclusive, first-to-market technology advances including a curved Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, the first AKG automotive audio system and Cadillac’s acclaimed Super Cruise driver assistance technology, the fifth-generation of Cadillac’s flagship expands on its more than 20 years of segment-defining leadership.

2021 Kia Sorento to premiere at Geneva Motor Show on March 3

(February 4, 2020) The all-new Kia Sorento will make its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento mid-sized crossover SUVs have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002.

Designed and engineered to take on everything life can throw at it, the fourth generation of Kia Motors Corporation’s flagship global SUV is the latest addition to the brand’s reinvigorated SUV line-up.

It's 'Groundhog Day' all over again for Jeep and Bill Murray

(February 4, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In its return to the Super Bowl, the Jeep brand debuted a 60-second commercial starring Bill Murray reprising his role as Phil Connors from the 1993 film “Groundhog Day.” In the commercial, Phil Connors enlists the help of the Jeep Gladiator as his “getaway vehicle” after taking the groundhog; thus, significantly altering his days for the better.

The 60-second spot was one of the most highly rated automotive ads during the football game Sunday night in Miami.

First 2020 production Corvette rolls off assembly line in Bowling Green

(February 4, 2020) BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —  Regular production of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe began Feb. 3 at General Motors Bowling Green Assembly in Bowling Green, Ky. Initial vehicle shipments to dealers are expected to begin in late February or early March. Originally scheduled to start production after the first of the year, the new mid-engine Corvette was delayed because of the UAW strike that shut down General Motors from Sept. 15 - Oct. 25. It was the longest GM shutdown in 50 years.

Handcrafted 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition now available

(February 3, 2020) The 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition began arriving at select Acura dealerships across the U.S. Feb. 1, the latest limited edition model from the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, home of the Acura NSX supercar. Each hand-assembled, limited-production 2020 MDX PMC Edition will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $63,745 including $1,995 destination and handling.

MDX PMC Edition delivers the unique combination of line-topping features from the MDX Advance ($59,275 including destination and handling) and the sporty character of the MDX A-Spec.

Pricing announced for refreshed 2020 Titan — Starting at $37,785.

(February 3, 2020) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The new 2020 Nissan Titan full-size pickup, which is now being assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant 5, is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. All 2020 Titan and Titan XD models come equipped with a standard 5.6-liter Endurance V8 and 9-speed automatic transmission.

Prices start at $37,785 including a $1,595 destination charge. The top line Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4X4 is priced at $63,285 including destination charge.

Lincoln, Rivian partner to deliver Lincoln’s first all-electric vehicle

(February 2, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Lincoln Motor Company has announced that it is working together with Rivian to develop an all-new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford Motor Company’s original investment in Rivian.

Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles, further solidifying Lincoln’s commitment to electrification. The zero-emissions vehicle will feature connected and intuitive technologies designed to create an effortless experience for Lincoln customers.