Category Archives: milestones

Lagonda All-Terrain Concept to Debut at Geneva

The first model Lagonda will put into production, the All-Terrain Concept claims to take full advantage of the zero-emission platform Lagonda’s design team created. Continue reading

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Ghosn to be Gone at Next Nissan Shareholders Meeting

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles. Continue reading

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Coursera Launches Online Self-Driving Cars Specialization

Experts – with scant, sometimes questionable data – predict that the demand for skilled workers within the autonomous vehicle industry will continue to climb, creating more than 100,000 U.S. mobility industry jobs in the next decade. Continue reading

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Mazda Buys Out Ford in Changan Ford Mazda Engine Plant

Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. was established in September 2005 with Changan owning 50% of shares and Ford and Mazda 25%. (The Communist party requires a local partner and has staffing control of auto plants.) Continue reading

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Unifor Boycott Threatens Damage for Ontario Workers GM Says

“GM is arrogant enough to think it can rob Canada of jobs without repercussions,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who resisted the boycott at first. “GM is making a choice to increase manufacturing in Mexico while it abandons communities that have supported it for generations but make no mistake Canadian and American consumers also have a choice,” he concluded. Continue reading

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Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational

Hyundai Motor will support the Centre from January 2019 to December 2024, in addition to their support of Tate Modern’s annual Hyundai Commission which began in 2015. During this time the Center will host several research events including annual symposia, seminars and workshops at Tate and beyond. Continue reading

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Final Winter NAIAS Charity Preview Raises $4,000,000

Now in its 43rd year, Charity Preview has raised over $121,000,000 for southeastern Michigan children’s charities since the Detroit Auto Dealers Association established the event. Continue reading

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No Recharging or Refueling Infrastructure for Euro Trucks Exist

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (aka ACEA) has published data on the “severe lack of recharging and refueling infrastructure suitable for electric and other alternatively-powered trucks” in the EU. AutoInformed views this under the category of “legislate in haste; repent during a long leisure” of the unemployed workers caused by ruined economies. Continue reading

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New Michigan Transportation Projects Increase Mobility

The Challenge grants are said to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state, with projects in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, the Central Upper Peninsula and Southeast Michigan receiving funding in this second round. Continue reading

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Almost Showtime for the Last Winter Weather NAIAS

Next year the 2020 NAIAS moves to June, starting the week of the 8th. Continue reading

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Was 2008 the Year When Carlos Ghosn Went Rogue? Ghosn’s Former Speechwriter on What He Did for Nissan – And What That Did to Him

That made it like golf in the fog. In order to anticipate his thinking, I had to imprint in my brain his voice, his Latinate mode of expression and every word ever said by or about him. Ten years later it’s still all there. And since his arrest in Japan last November, all that verbiage has continuously run through my mind as I try to make sense of this shocking event. Continue reading

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Inside Job – Mark Reuss Named General Motors President

Reuss once kicked the author’s butt at a closed track in New York State. It’s surprising when the North American 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. I was looking at Reuss’s taillights – in the distance. (see AutoInformed on Driving the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe) Continue reading

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Mobility Company Capital Destruction. Latest German JV Attempts to Lessen Negative Effects on Shareholder Value

It’s just the latest example of the capital intensive, shareholder-value destroying transition to an ill-defined, but demonstrably expensive mobility company that all automakers are now pursuing. Continue reading

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Milk Run – McLaren 720s Spa 68 – a Three Car Set

The McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection car is available from McLaren Brussels – two of the three are sold. Maybe more should have been built? Continue reading

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Hyundai Motor Claims World’s First Smart Fingerprint Technology. Big Convenience or Electronic Big Brother?

To unlock the vehicle, the driver places a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor. Continue reading

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