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About Ken Zino

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

Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE Debuts with Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are showing the latest iteration of toys for the rich from the Miami-based boat manufacturer at the Miami Boat (Boast?) show that just opened. Designed from the sea bottom up using the “latest technology,” the Cigarette … Continue reading

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BMW 320D Meets German Emissions Regulations

The KBA test results also BMW claims “suggest that the emissions readings criticized by “Deutsche Umwelthilfe” resulted from forced driving situations and flawed execution of tests and are therefore not representative.” Does forced mean the way owners actually drive the vehicle? No wonder on the road testing will increase in all regions to check for emissions compliance. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part … Continue reading

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Largest US Auto Exporter – BMW Manufacturing

BMW Manufacturing has exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2017. Nearly 87% of these “Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes” were exported through the Port of Charleston with a value of approximately ~$8.76 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Continue reading

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Porsche Classic Supplies Parts from a 3D Printer

Let’s hope that this catches on – not only for collectors of rare classic cars – but for older vehicle or airplane owners of whatever ilk. It is not fake news that the absence of replacement items (or, ahem, ethics) leads to problems. Worst auto case, the car may be scrapped. Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Didi Chuxing Sign Chinese Car-Sharing MoU

Automotive Alliance to explore future business opportunities with global Chinese transportation company. Continue reading

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Room for More Recycling

Recycling has become a normal part of everyday life for almost all Americans. Though the concept of recycling has been present for millennia, the modern recycling movement was really accelerated in the 1970s. Continue reading

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GM on Flat Sales Reports Record 2017 EPS

GM set an EBIT-adjusted record for the fourth quarter of 2017. This result was attributed to sales of GM’s latest crossovers, along with strong   pricing and cost control — which more than offset a wholesale volume decline during Q4. … Continue reading

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Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at VIR

Reuss once kicked the author’s butt at a closed track in New York State. It’s surprising when the president of an auto company appears at a race track to drive a car he worked on as an engineer. It’s embarrassing, though, when he’s as fast, well frankly faster, than any hot shoe out there. Continue reading

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Automotive Hall of Fame Honors Roy Lunn and GT40

Lunn was ideal to work for Ford. A former designer and engineer for AC, Jowett, and Aston Martin, he previously led a Le Mans campaign for Aston and his work had led him, eventually, to a position in Dearborn – via Ford of England where he designed the Anglia. In that Detroit suburb, notable for a racist Mayor, Lunn contributed to the mid-engine 1962 Ford Mustang I. Continue reading

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2018 Hyundai Kona SUV Prices

In a 2016 LinkedIn post, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn says that Nissan had a clear choice when considering its acquisition of a stake in Mitsubishi Motors: Sever ties with its longtime partner, or choose to support its revival. Continue reading

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New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Motor is teasing the New Generation Santa Fe, which will celebrate its world premiere in February before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. The Gen 4 Santa Fe continues the model’s global success story – no great trick – as all brands are benefiting from the rush to two-box crossovers and SUVs, with scant if any discernible styling differences. Continue reading

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Kittens, Err, Tigers Visit NAIAS

The Tigers are coming off a dreadful 2017 season, winning 64, losing 98, for 5th place in the AL Central; Chevrolet had mediocre one, too. Continue reading

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3000 Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cells Sold in California

In the ongoing attempt to describe and promote the unknown, not unlike the Analogy of the Cave applied to auto companies, Toyota Mirai, a “mass-produced” hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, surpassed 3000 sales in the California. This means that Mirai … Continue reading

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Ford GT auctions for $2.5 million. 2019 Mustang Bullitt $300,000

An all-new Ford GT and the limited-edition Mustang Bullet raised a total of $2.85 million for charity at the 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. Continue reading

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