June 2020

Ranger adds three Ford Performance accessory packages

(July 1, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Performance is rolling out three new off-road, adventure-ready accessory packages for Ford Ranger pickup customers who are seeking even greater personalization options and fun-seeking capability with their freedom machines.

“Our goal is to inspire customers by giving them capabilities and styling options from the aftermarket brands they love,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization.

Ford lists upgraded horsepower, torque as orders begin for Mustang Mach-E

(July 1, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — The all-electric Mustang Mach-E isn’t a Mustang in name only — and we’ll let the horses do the talking. Order banks are now open in the U.S., and reservation holders are now being invited to convert their reservations to official orders for the latest addition to the Mustang stable.

Ford also is confirming updated performance specs following recent charging and driver-assist technology news – adding up to a convenient, stress-free Mach-E ownership experience with the exhilaration expected of Mustang. Specifically:

Hyundai making Rear Occupant Alert standard on most cars

(July 1, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Heading into summer, Hyundai Motor America wants to remind everyone to check the rear seats when exiting a vehicle. This simple act can help prevent child deaths from heatstroke in vehicles. “It only takes a second to check the back seat and save a child’s life on a hot summer day,” said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. “We have great systems to help drivers remember to do just that, but there are lots of methods that work. All of them can save a life.”

100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata to be offered in U.S.

(June 30, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations has announced that the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata will be offered in limited numbers for the U.S. later this year. The iconic roadster is a symbol of dynamic, top-down driving on the open road, making it the perfect vehicle to honor the brand’s 100-year milestone.

The 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Miata is available in either the RF (retractable fastback) or exclusive red soft top.

Active cruise control comes to BMW motorcycles

(June 30, 2020) Relaxed cruising with active cruise control, without having to manually adapt to the driving speed of the vehicle in front – already available in cars now for many years, but not the standard in motorcycles to date. However, with the Active Cruise Control (ACC), BMW Motorrad will soon offer this type of rider assistance system, thus providing motorcyclists with a completely new, comfortable riding experience.

Mercedes Vans offers 4-cylinder diesel cargo Sprinter for U.S. market

(June 30, 2020) Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced a new 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder diesel engine for the Sprinter Cargo Van in the U.S. market. This advanced powertrain produces 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission, offering customers another option to satisfy  business and industry needs as well as a wide range of transportation requirements.

2021 Audi Q5 delivers sharp design, enhanced performance

(June 30, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Combining sporty driving performance and SUV versatility, the 2021 Audi Q5 model line continues to set a new standard in the luxury SUV segment. The updated Q5 models, including the plug-in hybrid Q5 as well as the SQ5, combine sharper design with excellent every day usability and offer a larger array of infotainment and driver assistance features to cement their position as the brand’s bestselling SUV lineup.

Volkswagen dealers participate in Community-Driven Atlas Initiative

(June 29, 2020) Volkswagen and its network of dealerships are supporting local communities during COVID-19 through the Community-Driven Atlas Initiative, a program that allows dealerships the ability to re-purpose their service loaner vehicles for community service endeavors like delivering food, masks and other essential goods to individuals in need.