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About Ken 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.

Chinese CATL and Honda Alliance to Make EV Batteries, Technology and Maybe Autonomous Vehicles

The companies said the agreement will enable them to begin discussions on a broad range of areas including joint development, stable supply, and the recycling and reuse of batteries. Honda is spreading the risk and costs and hedging its bets on battery electric vehicles, the development of which is threatened by the ongoing Covid crisis that has already cost automotive companies billions of dollars. A key byproduct of EVS is autonomous vehicles – which may not justify the investment required for a decade or more. Continue reading

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Toyota Plating Machine Significantly Reduces CO2

This new stamping-type plating machine eliminates the need of a dipping process where parts to be plated are completely immersed in multiple baths of plating solution, which is required in the most common plating processes at present. As a result, waste solution can be dramatically reduced to about one-thirtieth and CO2 emissions to about one-third, which contributes to a significant reduction in environmental impact. The technology also reduces plating time and the process footprint. Continue reading

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Covid Coupon – Carryover Pricing on 2021 Corvette

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has carryover pricing – the same as the introductory model – with MSRP starting at $59,995 for the coupe and $67,495 for the convertible. Continue reading

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Uber to Acquire Postmates, Cornershop Closing in Days

Postmates has been an early pioneer of “delivery-as-a-service,” which complements Uber’s growing survival efforts in the delivery of groceries, essentials, and other goods. Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls 266k More Prius Models for Stalling

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will perform a software update for the hybrid system. If the vehicle has experienced an inverter failure with hybrid system faults, the inverter assembly will be repaired or replaced, prior to software update. Continue reading

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Xpeng Now Delivering P7 Intelligent EV Sports Sedan

The P7 claims cutting-edge autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technology. On paper it’s formidable. P7 arrives as the Trump Administration is being outflanked in a trade war that Trump started and is losing. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Expands Rent-A-Ride

At www.rentaride.com customers can reserve a virtually new BMW motorcycle and, if necessary, rider equipment with just a few clicks, to go on a ride with friends or to take a bike out for a thorough test ride. Continue reading

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4 July 2020 – We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

Jefferson, rightly regarded as the clearest, most eloquent writer, created what remains one of our core documents. It simply states that all of us equals could work at Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. This of course led from our Articles of Confederation, to our Declaration and thence to one of the finest organizing documents of the 18th or any other century – our Constitution Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Cub Scout Pins Recalled for Lead

The pin’s face and shaft contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues. Continue reading

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New Fiat 500 Debuts at the Quirinale and Palazzo Chigi

The New 500 BEV was created, designed and engineered in Turin. “Just another shining example of the creativity and innovation of which the company and the city – where Fiat was founded over 120 years ago – are proud,” FCA said.
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Q2 US Sales Snippets and Notes

“While the industry experienced significant declines due to the outbreak of COVID-19, full-size pickup truck sales performed exceptionally well, and overall sales showed signs of recovery, especially deliveries to retail customers,” GM claimed. Continue reading

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GM Reports Q2 US Sales at -34% Year-over-Year

“While the industry experienced significant declines due to the outbreak of COVID-19, full-size pickup truck sales performed exceptionally well, and overall sales showed signs of recovery, especially deliveries to retail customers,” GM claimed. Continue reading

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Ford, Wayne State University and ACCESS Coalition Expand Mobile COVID-19 Testing

Since launching in April, the mobile testing operation has added four Ford Transits – each fully equipped for mobile COVID-19 testing – as clinical test vehicles to conduct and support testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Continue reading

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COVID Casualty – Woodward Dream Cruise

Southeastern Michigan is in Phase 4 of Whitmer’s Safe Start Plan. This means social gatherings are limited to small groups with social distancing, and outdoor crowds are limited to no more than 100 people. Continue reading

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RumbleOn Posts Q1 Net Loss of -$22 Million

“Looking ahead, we are focused on the successful launch of the third generation of RumbleOn.com in Q3, which will improve powersport dealers’ ability to compete in a meaningful manner in online-only transactions… Continue reading

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