From the category archives: Industry News and Events

Unfilled 2015 Dodge Hellcat Orders Canceled

Consumers ― who placed an order for a 2015 Dodge Challenger or Charger Hellcat and have not yet received it ― will have to wait another model year. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s latest announcement on the 707 horsepower ride, Dodge has canceled the remaining 2015 Hellcat orders to begin production on 2016 models.

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Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Planned For 2019

Last week, Tesla announced it would be adding a Ludicrous mode to certain versions of the Tesla Model S. In that same press release, they noted a higher performance level was planned for the new Roadster due in four years. 

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Volvo Purchases Polestar’s Tuning Division

 Volvo is looking to add some spice to their current lineup with new performance offerings to compete with BMW’s M and Mercedes AMG models. According to Automotive News, the company has purchased Swedish race car maker Polestar’s tuning arm. 

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BMW and Toyota Working on Fuel Cell Vehicle

On the heels of its i3 model, BMW is now working with Toyota to develop its second alternatively-powered vehicle. According to Automotive News, BMW will begin testing a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that they expect to be ready for customers in 2020. 

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Lexus Reviving SC Name for Large Luxury Coupe

The original Lexus SC coupe was a car that many believed to be ahead of its time. It was wildly successful and still maintains a strong following of loyalists. The SC nameplate was discontinued in 2010 after the second generation failed to share the same success as the first. A report from Autoblog indicates that after five years on the shelf, Lexus is looking to bring back the SC with a bang. Rumors indicate a large, powerful, luxury coupe that will be built on the next-generation LS platform.

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Ford Collaborating on Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Ford has taken the next step toward autonomous vehicle production this week, as it has moved from a research effort to an advanced engineering program. According to Ford’s PR representatives, Ford has created a global team to work on the Autonomous program, with efforts headed by Randy Visintainer. 

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Mercedes Unveils GLC Crossover to Replace GLK

Mercedes-Benz continues overhauling its lineup and naming strategy with the release of the all-new GLC. The second generation of the former GLK will go on sale in mid-November, and according to Automotive News, will feature coupe, performance, and plug-in hybrid variants.

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Honda Aims to Overhaul Lineup, Cuts Civic Hybrid and CNG Models

As Honda moves closer to the launch of the tenth generation Civic, it was announced that the Civic Hybrid and CNG models will be discontinued after the 2015 model year. 

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Smartphone Remotely Controls Range Rover Sport

Last week, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced they have pothole detection technology in the works. This week, the claims of future technology continue. As the headline of this post states, JLR recently shared with the world a very James Bond-ish feature they've been developing: off-roading without being in the vehicle.

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Jaguar Land Rover Working on Pothole Detection Technology

Potholes and road damage are responsible for roughly $6.4 billion in needed repairs to American motorists each year.  Jaguar Land Rover is looking to aid in the prevention of these damages by researching a new car connected technology that will detect road hazards ― like rim-bending potholes ― and relay the information to the proper authorities

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