Author Archives: Kenneth Zino

About Kenneth Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

First Glance – Czinger 1250 Horsepower 21C Hypercar

This performance is attained through Czinger’s own hybrid powertrain. An odd vehicle architecture is centered around a “driver-focused, two-person in-line seating configuration.”  Continue reading

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U.S. Sales in 2020 – SUVs Will Govern a Down Market?

Compact SUVs during 2019 were the largest segment in the US and declined with the slowing market with a 19.2% share. For 2020, LMC forecasts 20%, thanks to the first full year of sales of the new Ford Escape as well as the ongoing popularity of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Continue reading

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Grand Touring? Bentley Mulliner Bacalar to Debut at Geneva

With a battery electric power train, intelligent power and charge management, optional autonomy and a carefully selection of exquisite materials, the EXP 100 GT is an “environmental showcase” for the luxury automotive brand. Continue reading

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Ford Rear Toe-Links Fracture from Driving

Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition for the specified vehicles. This potentially deadly safety defect affects 211,207 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 15,281 in Canada and 1,396 in Mexico. It appears to be related to a larger Ford Explorer toe-link recall. Continue reading

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Data Retrieval Via a Universal Onboard Diagnostic Adapter

Carly’s Universal Adapter is available to purchase for $79.90. The annual subscription ranges from free to $64, depending on the car brand and feature you’d like to use, and offers unlimited access to all features and updates supported by your car. The Carly app is available on both the Apple and Google Play stores. Continue reading

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Silverado, Sierra Software Recalled for Botched Older Recall

This pre-launch EBCM software contains a potentially deadly error. If the pickup is started remotely using the OnStar mobile app or the driver enters the vehicle and waits five or more minutes before starting the vehicle using the ignition, this software error can disable the vehicle’s electronic brake assist and illuminate the ESC, ABS and BRAKE warning lights. Continue reading

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Kroger Camaro On Pole for Daytona 500

It was Stenhouse’s second day driving a Camaro. Next Sunday’s Daytona 500 will be Stenhouse’s first start with JTG-Daugherty Racing where he replaced Ryan Preece in the No. 47 Chevrolet during the off-season. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Changes Top Exec Roles Again

The changes come as Ford is restructuring operations, investing in the product portfolio and reducing bureaucracy. Ford lost $1.7 billion (42 cents a share) during Q4 2019 compared to a loss of $100 million, or 3 cents a share, year-over-year.  This  included a previously disclosed $2.2 billion charge for underfunded pensions. Adjusted for one-time items, Ford said it gained 12 cents a share during the year, compared with 30 cents a share a year ago. Revenue fell 5% to $39.7 billion from $41.8 billion a year ago. Global sales, share, earnings, and profits all decreased. Continue reading

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Midwest Automotive Media Pick 2020 Kia Telluride and Lincoln Aviator as Family and Luxury Vehicles of the Year

Voting took place at both the Spring and Fall Rallies, which narrowed down the field of contenders. Mainstream finalists were the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Honda Passport, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Gladiator, Kia Telluride, Mazda 3, and Subaru Outback. The finalists in the luxury category were the BMW X7, Cadillac XT6, Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Nautilus, and Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Coupe. Continue reading

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Carryover 2020 Nissan Frontier Has Next Gen Engine and Trans

Helping celebrate the transition to the next-generation Frontier was Brian Murphy and his 2007 Frontier, which just last week crossed the 1-million-mile score – proof of the durability and reliability of the Nissan Frontier, especially when the oil is changed, and regular maintenance performed.
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Oscar Winner Regina King in New Cadillac ‘Make Your Way’ Ad

“Cadillac has always represented success…there’s a swagger, a sexiness, to the vehicles. There’s also a realness and a sense of ambition that I identify with. Through sheer perseverance, I’ve found my way through doors some never thought possible. There’s a real connection for me with Cadillac, and that is why I wanted to get involved,” said paid pitch-woman King. Continue reading

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Chicago Auto Show to Open Its 112th Edition  

Chicago Auto Show to Open Its 112th Edition   Continue reading

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2020 Ford GT More Power, Special Edition Trim at $750k

Additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress air ducts designed to increase air flow by 50% while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to increase handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits. Continue reading

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General Motors Posts Huge Q4 Strike Losses and a Weak 2019

U.S. market share declined year-over-year because of the UAW strike and discontinuation of some passenger cars. China market share declined y-o-y due to segment shifts, lower demand for outgoing models and the slower rate of adoption of new fuel-efficient technology. Continue reading

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First Look – 2021 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac last night unveiled the all-new 2021 Escalade in Hollywood, an SUV that is longer than Scorsese’s Irishman, and likely far more profitable.  Continue reading

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