Author Archives: Ken Zino

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.

Diesel Truck Brokers Busted in California

Diesel trucks are among California’s biggest sources of air pollution. Because they are so durable, they can operate for decades and belch significant amounts of diesel pollution along the way. Continue reading

Posted in fuel economy or emissions, news analysis | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Currents – Buick Enspire All-Electric Concept

The car is remarkable because it debuts during a trade war invoked by the Trump Administration and China, the world’s largest car market. The Chinese have expressed the desire to replace the fleet with electrified vehicles, but no standards or rules have thus far been published. Continue reading

Posted in alternative fuels, concept, electric vehicles, fuel economy or emissions, new vehicle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Genesis Launches G70 Sedan in Russia

The trade wars – ongoing negotiations, threats and reversals of Trump Administration hard-line positions – sometimes within day – may or may not affect the Russian car market. Add the North Korean nuclear weapons standoff with the U.S. – a major Hyundai and Kia market – along with The Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the trans-Pacific trade pact, and a stalemate or checkmate against Hyundai in multiple markets is possible. Continue reading

Posted in new vehicle, news analysis | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

50 Mayors, 11 States to Defend +50 MPG CAFE Standard

In a statement like the American Revolution’s Declaration of Independence, local leaders are rejecting a corrupt central government out of touch with the people – one that instead is beholden to special interests, big oil, and big money for campaigns to keep the corruption and tyranny ongoing. Continue reading

Posted in electric vehicles, fuel economy or emissions, litigation, news analysis | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shift Indicators Bad on Ford F-Series, Lincolns, Mustangs

On the affected vehicles, the transmission can be in a gear different from the gear shift position selected by the driver. Ford said it is aware of one reported accident and injury related to this safety defect. Continue reading

Posted in recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Non-Independence Day as EPA Prepares to Scuttle CAFE

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice on the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for the Model Years (MY) 2022- 2025 and indicated intent to place it in the Federal Register. This potential shift or softening of CAFE extensive and serious implications for all automotive industry participants. Continue reading

Posted in electric vehicles, energy, fuel economy or emissions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. March Sales – Light Trucks Up, Cars Down Again

During an unexpectedly strong March, U.S. auto dealers sold 1.65 million vehicles, a 6.3% increase year-over-year. Detroit Three brands per AutoData held just 45.7% of the U.S. market in March, selling 755,152 vehicles – with 612,052 or a whopping 81% … Continue reading

Posted in marketing, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Monthly Sales Reports Die as GM Shifts to Quarterly Updates

“Thirty days is not enough time to separate real sales trends from short-term fluctuations in a very dynamic, highly competitive market,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. Continue reading

Posted in milestones, news analysis, results | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Nero Edizione Package for Giulia and Stelvio SUV

Is it not enough that all Giulia and Stelvio models have not only a broad racing and performance heritage but take the Germans on – once again- with best-in-class horsepower, 0 to 60 mph acceleration times, top speed, power-to-weight ratio, and close to 50/50 weight distribution in addition to their instantly recognizable Italian styling. Continue reading

Posted in marketing, new vehicle | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans Starting to Like Putin. Treason over Patriotism?

By January 2017, after the presidential election, Democrats had become far more likely than Republicans to view Russia as a threat – though views have changed little since then. Pew does not express a view on Russian tampering with American Democratic processes. Continue reading

Posted in news analysis, people, safety | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

US Tariffs At or Near Lowest Levels Ever

During 2017, says the U.S. International Trade Commission, import duties totaled $33.1 billion – equal to 1.4% of the total value of all imported goods, and 4.7% of the value of all imports subject to duty. Most imported goods carry no duty at all. Continue reading

Posted in financial results, news analysis, prices | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford Proxy – Shareholders Want Political Spending Info

Herein lies the potential hypocrisy problem: In 2012, the U.S. issued light duty vehicle rules strengthening GHG emission reduction standards and improving corporate average fuel economy. These rules – made working with automakers – are being challenged by Ford and other automakers. Continue reading

Posted in alternative fuels, environment, fuel economy or emissions, news analysis, transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bedfellow Alert! Toyota and Suzuki in India

Since February 6, 2017, when Toyota and Suzuki concluded a memorandum toward business partnership, the two companies have been exploring projects for collaboration. Continue reading

Posted in economy, electric vehicles, labor issues, news analysis | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mahindra, Ford to Co-Develop SUVs, EV, Connected Car Blends

Mahindra and Ford also agreed to evaluate co-development of a compact SUV and electric vehicle, along with sharing powertrain portfolios, including the supply of Mahindra powertrains to extend Ford’s product range. Continue reading

Posted in electric vehicles, engineering, manufacturing, new vehicle, transportation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Japan Inc – ANA and HondaJet

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 85 international routes and 116 domestic routes. Continue reading

Posted in aviation, marketing, news analysis | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment