Japan Inc – ANA and HondaJet

AutoInformed.com on HondaJet and ANA

ANA founded in 1952 is a significant airline in Asia.

ANA Holdings Inc. (ANAHD) and Honda Aircraft Company announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet.

ANA, the largest airline in Japan, currently operates about 260 commercial airplanes throughout the world, will introduce current business jet users and its commercial flight customers to the HondaJet by maximizing the utilization of the aircraft. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting them to the existing broad network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe. Continue reading

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BMW, Daimler Combine Mobility Services for Survival

AutoInformed.com on EU Urban Mobility Solutions form BMW and Daimler

Projected post merger earnings: Daimler EBIT is likely slightly higher. BMW is unchanged.

With the very legality and social acceptance of the automobile under attack in the EU – and notably Germany the home of the non-horse machine – BMW Group and Daimler AG are linking to offer customers a “single source for sustainable urban mobility services.” The two companies today signed an agreement to merge individual mobility services business units, if regulators – aka competition authorities who generally bow to companies from Europe’s largest economy – allow. No one knows what the future of mobility will bring, but the latest merger – and the consolidation is ongoing – that it will be expensive to implement. Both brands claim their rolling stock will remain unique. Continue reading

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Debuts at New York International Auto Show

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XSE is an all-new addition to RAV4’s Hybrid family in Toyota’s unending quest to move from frumpy but reliable that caused its original and some of its ongoing success to sporty and snouty.

The vehicle that created the small sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment is making its fifth-generation debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. During the last five years, Toyota RAV4 volume has doubled – demonstrating the segment’s attractiveness via growth to all automakers.

RAV4 currently ranks as the number-one-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, as well as the best-selling non-pickup-truck in the U.S.A. Gen 5 RV4 appears at the end of 2018, with hybrid models in early 2019), we predict that the all-new RAV4 will stay at the forefront for the Toyota brand and perhaps the overcrowded segment. Continue reading

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2019 Cadillac XT4 Compact SUV Debuts In New York

AutoInformed,com on 2019 Cadillac XT4 Compact Crossover

Cadillac joining the tiny crossover SUV wars.

Media at the Cadillac XT4 compact SUV during its unveiling Tuesday 27 March 2018 at Cadillac House in New York, New York. The XT4 has a new 2.0-liter turbo engine with Active Fuel management for 118.5 hp per liter, coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission and “Electronic Precision Shift.” The XT4 will be available in Premium Luxury and Sport models.

The Kansas built XT4 – a Chevy Malibu derivative – will be priced starting at $35,790 when it goes on sale in fall 2018. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Manhattan Shows C-Class AMG

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C-Klasse Modelle AMG feiern Weltpremiere.

On the eve of press days at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG presented the performance version of the C-Class from Mercedes-AMG.

­ “In the U.S., the world’s biggest market for Mercedes-AMG, the sports car brand successfully grew by almost 50% compared with last year,” said Dietmar Exler, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “In order to maintain this growth, we’re bringing several groundbreaking AMG models to market. Continue reading

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Ford Out of Car Biz? 2019 Fusion Debuts in New York

AutoInformed.com on 2019 Ford Fusion

Look at the cycle plan, not a past press release.

Well it sure looks a car, one with a new five bar design grille, fog lamps, trunk lid panel, and LED tail lamps. This new Ford Fusion about to go on public display at the New York Auto Show this week and production this August is a rolling contradiction to Ford’s announcement last fall that it is vacating the car business and relocating scarce capital to becoming that emerging auto cliché – a mobility provider. (see AutoInformed.com on Ford Dropping Car Business – Reallocating $7B in Capital and Ford Forms Smart Mobility Subsidiary).

What else to do when the stock is languishing  or comatose on Wall Street at ~$10-12 a share after eight straight years of expanding U.S. vehicle sales.? Continue reading

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70 Years Porsche Sports Cars at Retro Classics

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Retro Classics at the Messe Stuttgart.

The Porsche Museum is celebrating “70 years of the Porsche sports car” at this year’s Retro Classics exhibition on March 22–25, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart trade fair center. Every hour at the Porsche stand, visitors can hear a 15-minute promo about the history of the Porsche brand. A selection of special sports cars is prominent for example Porsche presents the Type 915 as the study for a Gran Turismo based on the 911. This unique vehicle was constructed in the autumn of 1969 under the 915-type designation. Continue reading

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New Tire Technology Needed for Electric Vehicles?

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“We are working with automakers to introduce…

Marketing malarkey or genuine technological advance? Goodyear during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show teased its EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology (sic), a prototype tire for the growing electric vehicle market that will be on the road by 2019 in Europe as the diesel engine is dead and the gasoline engine is slowly dying because of regulations.

Goodyear claims testing reveals that traditional tires can wear out up to 30% faster on electric vehicles due to the powerful, instant torque from electric motors and the additional vehicle weight from heavy battery packs. Yes, but haven’t automakers and tire supplies already designed for this? Continue reading

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Troubled Asset Relief Program – Total Cost $32B

Timothy Geithner and Sergio Marchione.

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of 2008 and other desperate actions let the Department of the Treasury promote stability in financial markets through the purchase and guarantee of “troubled assets.”

It was a latter part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 – controversial, politically fought over and opposed by Republican conservatives – and ultimately successful here and globally. Continue reading

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Luck o’ the Irish is a Sober DD

AutoInformed.com on Drunk Driving and St Patrick's Day

In every State impaired driving is illegal.

Every day, about 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. This is more than one an hour during 2016. While it’s true that drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, drunk-driving calamities claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2016, there were 10,497 people who lost their life in a drunk-driving crash, a 1.7% increase from 2015. Continue reading

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Clocks Spring Forward as Recalls Tick On

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Some recalls get lost in the mail.

During 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. The Safe Cars Save Lives from NHTSA says check for recalls at least twice a year – every March when setting clocks forward and every November when setting clocks back. Continue reading

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Mazda and Toyota Establish JV to build Vehicles in Alabama

AutoInformed.com on Mazda Toyota Manufacturing

Toyota trying to bolster an ailing Mazda ?

Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have established their new joint-venture company “Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc.” (MTMUS) that will produce vehicles in Huntsville, Alabama starting in 2021.

First announced in August of 2017 (Toyota and Mazda JV to Build Cars in U.S. Trumped?), a new plant will make 150,000 Mazda crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and 150,000 Toyota Corolla compacts. Continue reading

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Ford Driving Skills for Life Allows Saudi Women to Participate

Next the right to vote?

Ford Motor Company and Jeddah-based Effat University are finishing the inaugural session of Ford Driving Skills for Life for Her this week, a version of Ford’s safe driving program for teens and new drivers. Ford claims that this serves Saudi women ahead of them acquiring a driver’s license for the first time.

P.R. Stunt, marketing program, or a natural extension of an existing  clearly beneficial program – take your pick – the global debut in the Kingdom coincides with International Women’s Day today. Continue reading

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US Car Sales Plummet in February. Trucks Gain Again

AutoInformed on Trump Trade Wars

Click to Enlarge before Trade Wars commence.

US auto sales weakened in February with car sales driving off a cliff, down-12%. AutoData says the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) for February was 17.08 million units versus 17.45 million units a year ago. Total industry unit deliveries, including all brands un-adjusted for business days, decreased -2.4% compared to last February. Sales were down -12.7% compared to January 2018. International nameplate sales – and potential Trump Trade Wars collateral damage – were essentially flat, up just 0.2% from February 2017. (Trump Tantrum on Trade Kills Jobs, Distracts from Expanding Russian Collusion Investigations and Criminal Indictments; Largest US Auto Exporter – BMW Manufacturing; Trump versus Auto Industry – Outcome Could be Ugly; Collision Course – Trump, Mexico, NAFTA) Continue reading

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Cadillac Names Deborah Wahl Global Chief Marketing Officer

AutoInformed.com on Cadillac Marketing

Deborah Wahl, Cadillac Global Chief Marketing Officer.

What do the Golden Starches and Cadillac have in common? Well, Cadillac has appointed Deborah Wahl as Global Chief Marketing Officer, effective March 26. Wahl will be based in the company’s New York headquarters and report to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen*. In a release Cadillac said Deborah will lead the strategic marketing for the Cadillac brand around the world, “building on the transformational work that has been done over the past several years.”

While it’s true that General Motors has spend a lot of money on the faded, but once leading luxury brand, global sales of 157,000 during 2017 (-9%) show that the transformational work has yet to take hold, and a revolving door at the top continues. Moreover, this ain’t fast food.
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