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Drinking the Electrolyte? Audi Plans to Sell 800K EVs in 2025

This regulation-prompted strategy – searching for an advantage and customers – means every third buyer or leasee would take an e-model by the middle of the next decade – customers who have thus far shunned driving “green vehicles” at this level. During 2017 Audi sold 1.9 million vehicles globally. Do the math and that means a huge shift in the market. In the U.S. during 2017 Audi sold 227,000 vehicles. Continue reading

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Fire Sale – Ford Restarting F-150, Super Duty Production

Ford told reporters that is reaffirming 2018 adjusted EPS guidance range of $1.45 to $1.70 (non-gap) and expects adverse impact of -$0.12 to -$0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production. Continue reading

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Toyota, KDDI, OYO to Collect Data for Disaster Relief

The project uses technologies in the IoT (internet of things) and big data analysis that will be crucial to the survival of “wanna be mobility companies in the auto industry. Continue reading

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Software Lightens Hardware

The new design technology provides significantly more vehicle mass reduction and parts consolidation opportunities that – it’s said – cannot be achieved through traditional design optimization methods. Continue reading

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U.S. Memorial Day Travel Primed to be a Near Record

INRIX, an analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers. Continue reading

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F-Series Supplier Fire – a Threat to Ford Motor Profitability

Ford accounts for less than a third of the volume of output from the affected Meridian plant, it said, but the F-Series is the foundation of the profitability of Ford in North America – a foundation that was already showing signs of cracks. (Failing Grade for Ford Motor Q1 Earnings, Failing Grade for Ford Motor Q1 Earnings) Ford claims that while the production shortage is expected to have an adverse impact on the company’s near term results, the company’s guidance of delivering an adjusted EPS in the range of $1.45 to $1.701 for the full year is unchanged. Continue reading

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FCA US April Sales Sees Trucks and Namesake Brands Decline

The brands* the company is named after Fiat and Chrysler both posted huge declines. Sales of Fiat vehicles declined 45 percent to 1,404 vehicles. Chrysler brand total sales fell 18 percent in April to 14,189 vehicles compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted a 5 percent retail sales increase to 7,864 vehicles. Continue reading

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Ecstasy and SUVs – Rolls-Royce to Launch Cullinan Tomorrow

Perhaps Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, should consider a brand name change to RR Vehicles – hardly engrossing but accurate. Continue reading

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TMC Posts Revenues of $265 Billion for Fiscal Year

Region by region Toyota is experiencing the effects of a slowdown in the global automotive economy along with an ongoing increase in competition. As a result, volume is down slightly, but operating income is up. Continue reading

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Ford Smart Mobility, Zotye Ink MOU on Chinese Ride Hailing

The Zotye-Ford mobility JV will provide ride-hailing fleet operators and drivers with all-electric vehicle leasing services, data-driven fleet management solutions, in-vehicle digital services, connectivity and vehicle customization. Ford Smart Mobility is a Ford Motor Company subsidiary formed to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. Continue reading

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Ford US April Sales Off -5%

Well. yes, but in a global business gigantic trucks are not saleable elsewhere, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet emission and fuel economy regulations that are tightening everywhere. Ford spears to be a three-legged stool with the car leg chopped off. Continue reading

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California Details Latest CO2 Reduction Programs

California Climate Investments will fund about 150 cleaner school buses across the state. These include zero-emission battery electric models and conventional models using renewable diesel. The year-old Rural School Bus Pilot Project, which has received $25 million in cap-and-trade funding, will buy as many as 60 of those new school buses in rural areas, reducing 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. About 40 of those school buses in rural areas will be zero-emission battery electric. Continue reading

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Ford Enlarges Transit Fire Recall in North America

In potentially unsafe Transits, water intrusion into the module may result in rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air conditioning controls, and loss of multimedia including radio, screens and the SYNC system. Continue reading

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CARB Pushes CO2 Reductions with EV School Buses

The cap-and-trade program is one of the strategies California will employ to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. It is designed and implemented to for California to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and ultimately achieving an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Continue reading

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Failing Grade for Ford Motor Q1 Earnings

This promised 8% Automotive Operating Margin is normally obtained or surpassed by offshore automakers year in, year out. It gets worse when you consider Ford Motor costs have grown as fast as revenue; Grimmer still when capital spending has grown even faster. Continue reading

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