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.

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Sets Meaningless Record

The hybrid SUV ran on used road tires and was driven by the German racing driver and TV Reader  Tim Schrick. Continue reading

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Stout Scarab Minivan Joins Concours of Elegance 2019

During the 1950s it was used by a circus owner, keeping monkeys in the car while they toured the continent. It was then sold on to a French industrial designer who had the vehicle placed in a museum in Reims. Continue reading

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My Friend Jim Dunne

It had it all – Detroit Royalty surprised, hot cars, and a globally saleable glamour shot. Yes, Jim Dunne had it – he was the sine qua non of an entire category of journalism – automotive spy photography. Continue reading

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Honda Database Leaks 134M Rows of Employee Data

The information available in the database appeared to be something like an inventory of all Honda internal machines. This included information such as machine host name, MAC address, internal IP, operating system version, which patches had been applied, and the status of Honda’s endpoint security software. Continue reading

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New Audi Customers Offered Seven Silvercar Rental Car Days

Audi bought Silvercar in 2017, as part of an effort to offer mobility products and services by increasing access and flexibility to customers. Continue reading

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EVs ‘Normal Now’ Claims Electrify America

The campaign does not address the substantive issues behind range anxiety, charge time and cost. Continue reading

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Penske’s Will Power Wins Pocono Demolition Derby

It was only a couple of miles into what was supposed to be a 500-mile race at the Pocono tri-oval, when a bonehead move by Takuma Sato eliminated five contenders. The restart 45 minutes later pretty much determined the outcome in a thunderstorm shortened race that purported to be professional racing. Thus far Sato has not been penalized for causing a life-threatening accident. Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls New Camry Models for Bad Airbags

Dealers have been instructed to comply with the law and stop selling affected cars in inventory.* Continue reading

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July Global Vehicles Sales Drop More Than 3M

Consumers appear to be choosing to save instead of spending amid global uncertainty. Continue reading

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Carvana Launches First Vending Machine in California

Customers that choose to pick up their vehicle at the Car Vending Machine are greeted by a Customer Advocate and receive a commemorative, oversized Carvana coin to activate the fully automated vending process, taking only minutes to complete the transaction compared to hours spent at the dealership. Continue reading

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Aston Martin Automotive Galleries and Lairs

“Automotive Galleries and Lairs is an opportunity for clients to work with the Aston Martin Design Team but also with renowned architects, focusing on those with local knowledge and an excellent understanding of the specifics of the brief,” said Aston. Continue reading

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All-New 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Mustang Unveiled

The NASCAR Mustang marks the fifth all-new motorsports Mustang unveiled in the past year. It joins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, National Hot Rod Association Funny Car division, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and grassroots Cobra Jet, which have all found their way to the winner’s circle in their respective forms of racing. Continue reading

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EV Charging Stations Surpass Fuel Stations in UK

n fewer less than 100 years since the UK’s first petrol pump was installed there are now ~1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol – 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations. Continue reading

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2020 Corvette Stingray Starts Production Late This Year

The popular Z51 Performance Package price remains unchanged at $5,000 and on any trim of Corvette. The package propels the new mid-engine Stingray from 0-60 mph in fewer than 3 seconds, nearly a second faster than the 2019 Corvette Stingray. Paired with the 1LT trim, that level of performance can be had for less than $65,000. Continue reading

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Ford Expands Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Seat Belt Recalls

Well, the bad old auto company practice of trying to put a “fence” around a recall – the smaller and cheaper the better – is well entrenched. The latest Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ seat-belt recall appears to be a good example, although the ongoing tardiness of NHTSA in posting relevant documents is also in play here. Continue reading

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