The Rouge turns 100Oct. 1
Ford Motor Co. last week celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Rouge, a sprawling factory compound just outside Detroit that has played an integral role in the automaker’s history. Originally a site to make U.S. Navy boats and Fordson tractors, its miles of assembly lines have built Model A’s, Mustangs, Thunderbirds and, now, F-150s. The 1.5-square-mile complex, which includes a steel mill and its own electricity plant, was home to more than 100,000 workers in the 1930s, when Ford security guards attacked members of the newly organized UAW. It’s now the home to one of Ford’s most critical, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly manufacturing plants, churning out a new pickup truck every 53 seconds.
Porsche 935Sept. 27
The Porsche 935 pays homage to the Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car, nicknamed Moby Dick for its elongated shape, oversized fairings and white base color. The Porsche 935, which is not street legal, is aspirational — in availability and pricing. Porsche plans to build just 77 of the vehicles, with deliveries beginning June 2019. While U.S. pricing was not disclosed, the vehicle starts at €701,948 ($819,247), before taxes. The new 935’s technology is based on the 911 GT2 RS high-performance sports car. The 935 is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 700 hp. Power is transferred to the rear engine via a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung.
Volvo V60 Cross CountrySept. 26
The 2020 V60 Cross Country has all the design cues that have been staples of Volvo's Cross Country variants: increased ground clearance, black body cladding, Cross Country-specific chassis and suspension as well as standard all-wheel drive. The V60 Cross Country, now on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture platform, is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 hp.
Chevrolet Tahoe spy photosSept. 25
The next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe, heavily camouflaged, doesn’t look drastically different than the current model, new spy photos indicate. The photos show the large SUV with an independent rear suspension, a notable engineering change from its traditional live axle design, matching the latest redesigned Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Other than the suspension, the model caught testing features twin dual exhausts and possibly a smoother design.