3000 Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cells Sold in California

AutoInformed.com on Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Electric vehicleIn the ongoing attempt to describe and promote the unknown, not unlike the Analogy of the Cave applied to auto companies, Toyota Mirai, a “mass-produced” hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, surpassed 3000 sales in the California. This means that Mirai makes up more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the United States. Umm, on ~17 million vehicles for the last three years the total number is more discouraging when compared to the total number of vehicles sold – ~3700 out of 50 million. Pretty dark in here.  Continue reading

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Ford GT auctions for $2.5 million. 2019 Mustang Bullitt $300,000

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Not a paddle shifter in sight inside the Bullitt.

A current iteration Ford GT and the limited-edition Mustang Bullet raised a total of $2.85 million for charity at the 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

The all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt (lot No. 3,006) made its debut last week at the North American International Auto Show. A prototype was shipped to Scottsdale, where it was driven on the Barrett-Jackson block by Chad McQueen, son Steve McQueen. Street Legal Mustang Shelby GT500 in ’19. Bullitt Edition First Continue reading

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Racing Legend Dan Gurney Dead at 86

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Gurney wins the 1962 Formula One Grand Prix in France in a Porsche 804 Formel 1.

Daniel Sexton Gurney died on  14 January 2018 at the age of 86. The racing rock star driver and Formula One Winner won the 1962 French Grand Prix in Rouen in an eight-cylinder Porsche 804. Just a week later Gurney led from start to finish to triumph at the Solitude racetrack near Stuttgart; his team-mate Joakim Bonnier took second place to secure a one-two for the air-cooled Porsche Type 804 in front of its home crowd.

In all, Gurney has three F1 victories and 19 total podiums – driving for formidable teams of the era, including Ferrari, BRM and Brabham. He scored first time victories for both Porsche and Brabham.

But I remember him most fondly for a first time round the track win that came for his own All-American Racers at the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix driving a car he had designed himself — an Eagle-Weslake. Continue reading

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Street Legal Mustang Shelby GT500 in ’19. Bullitt Edition First

AutoInformed.com on New 2019 Mustang GTAn all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 with a +700-plus horsepower supercharged V8 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever. The Mustang is said to be legal on roadways and race tracks, with claimed “new innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.” The Shelby GT500 fast-back coupe will be twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model. More details closer to production in this version of an automotive news striptease – be patient and just enjoy what’s coming off.

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2019 Mustang Bullitt with the original 1968 GT that played second to Steve McQueen.

Bullitt Mustang This Summer

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Autonomous Vehicle Sales to Pass 33 Million Annually in 2040

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Don’t bet against the Chinese – they own Volvo.

Can it be that more than 33 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally in 2040? This is a substantial increase from the 51,000 units forecast for the first year of “significant volume in 2021,” according to the latest autonomous vehicle sales forecast from business information source IHS Markit.

In their view “rapid convergence of autonomous driving and mobility services such as ride-hailing is the main reason for early deployment and growth.  Continue reading

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More Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

AutoInformed.comThe 2017 year in automobility set the course for decades of upheaval in what heretofore has mostly been a slow-moving blacksmithing business. Some more things to ponder:

Machines Break, People Get Hurt, Killed. Loved Ones Are Causalities

When NASCAR announced last February that it is changing its concussion protocol for competitors with a screening tool for all venues and increasing available neurological support for race-event weekends through American Medical Response, a national ambulance company. It pointed to another industry trends – the human effect from technology that allows or enables everything from distracted driving to serious injuries and deaths. Continue reading

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Ford Issues Takata Safety Recall on 2006 Ranger Trucks

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The last Ford Ranger pickup built in North America came off the line on 16 Dec. 2011 at Twin Cities in St. Paul, MN. More than 7 million Rangers were built since 1982.

In the seemingly endless expansion of recalls on deadly Takata airbag inflators, Ford Motor says ~3000 2006 model year Ranger pickups in North America can send shrapnel inside the passenger compartment. Ranger owners should “stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately. Parts are available now, and dealers will get vehicles directly from customers, make repairs and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary. (See Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled)

Another two fatalities caused by driver airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators have been recorded. In these sad, and possibly preventable, deaths on 22 Dec, Ford was notified of a crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017 involving a 2006 Ford Ranger built in North America with a ruptured non-desiccated Takata driver-side inflator. Ford inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified NHTSA. This is the second fatality reported to Ford due to a Takata inflator rupture. The prior fatality was reported in January 2016, which Ford apparently ignored. Continue reading

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2017 Ferrari SF70H F1 at Autosport International

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The 2017 Ferrari F1 car is SF70H to mark Scuderia Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

The 2017 Ferrari Formula 1 car is the last car confirmed for the main Ferrari feature at Europe’s biggest pre-season motorsport show, Autosport International*, starting tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham UK.

The SF70H joins the 2004 championship-winning F2004, 2017 LMGTE Pro World Endurance Championship-winning AF Corse 488 GTE, FXX-K Evo and the 488 Challenge cars on the stage, which will showcase the range of cars available through Corse Clienti, Ferrari’s very expensive and successful client racing program. Continue reading

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BMW Sets Two Guinness World Records for Drifting

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The ultimate, err, sliding machine?

During a publicity stunt performed at the end of 2016, BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted a M5 sedan 232.5 miles around a skid pad at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC, setting a new Guinness World Records title for the Greatest Distance Vehicle Drift in 8 hours.  Schwartz broke the previous record by 143 miles.  A second record for the Longest Twin Vehicle Drift (it was H2O assisted) was also set.

Schwartz broke the title for Longest Continuous V D <grin> during May 2013 when he drifted an unmodified 2013 BMW M5 sedan for 51.278 miles also at the BMW Performance Center.  Since then, Schwartz’s record was broken twice – officially in 2013, then 2014. Continue reading

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Genesis Opens Factory Showroom – Genesis Gangnam

“… a promise of a new way of automotive luxury,”???

Genesis – a thus far wanna’ be premium luxury brand – has opened its first factory owned standalone showroom ‘Genesis Gangnam.’ Located in the near the business district of Samsung-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, the brand’s new independent facility is said to provide “a complete experience in all facets of the brand and product.”

Unlike most showrooms surrounded with glass windows, only small portions of Genesis Gangnam are visible from the outside “to maximize a private and personal setting that enhances the interaction between the customer and the product.” (No mention of potential North Korean attacks in the release.) Continue reading

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Ford Finally Will Offer F-150 Diesel Engines

AutoInformed on 2018 Ford F-150 Powers Sroke Diesel EngineFord F-150 will finally have an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine aimed to return an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway. The oil-burner is hoped to provide best-in-class diesel oomph with 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a sixth engine choice for F-150 customers. Final EPA F-150 3.0-liter diesel fuel economy estimates will be published this spring.

The best in class bragging – if it sticks – will see an engine rated at 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, with a BiC diesel of 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel is available for both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. Continue reading

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2017 US Sales Trickle Down – Reversing Run-up

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Unlike the alleged positive – or certainly debatable – effects of the Trump tax cuts for the rich, the 2017 calendar year saw US auto sales trickle slowly down from previous record years. AutoData Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual rate (or SAAR) during December was 17.9 million units compared to 18.2 million units a year ago.Total industry deliveries, un-adjusted for business days including all brands, dropped -5.2 % compared to December 2016 and -1.8% from full year  2016.

This was the first year since the Great Recession of 2009-10 that auto sales did not grow. Offshore nameplate brands were down -6% from December 2016 and -0.69% compared to full year 2016.  Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

AutoInformed.com on deadly Takata airbag inflatorsThe list of Deadly Takata air bag inflators that send shrapnel into the passengers has grown another 800,000 vehicles according to a required safety defect report filed with NHTSA. Takata

Model: PSPI, PSPI-1.1, PSPI-2, PSPI-6, PSPI-L, and SPI from the 2010 model year are being recalled as soon as Takata can figure out what cars they were fitted to. Continue reading

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Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

AutoInformed.comIt’s the job of historians with considerable help from ongoing coverage from long-standing and estimable ‘Fake News’ organizations [see Fake news : NPR ] to accurately weigh and further assess events years after they occurred. That’s when more documents, memoirs, perspectives and special and self-interested pleadings or court pleadings and decisions are available.

This renewed compilation is more than likely with the inevitable 2017-2018 re-examinations of occasions, plea deals from indicted and thus far two convicted Trumpsters and traitors working for foreign powers. These – mostly faux Republicans from the party of President Lincoln, Secretary of State Seward and President Teddy Roosevelt, giants of statesmanship all – already favor self-interest, self-aggrandizement, boldfaced lies, taxpayer welfare for the wealthy and venal politics – including endorsing child molesters – over the U.S. Constitution and the geniuses behind it – a bountiful bequest from the educated and wealthy Founding Fathers. [Trump’s Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich or Protect the American Worker Trump – Says NLA]

Russia intervention in U.S. elections and affairs will be prominent in our subsequent course of human events. We’ll wager this will force reexamination of how we adhere to the constitutional prelude “We the People” and what we do to individuals who disdain the People and the Common Welfare – collective nouns – and the constitutional law of the United States.

AutoInformed.comHowever, journalists staring down a blank screen, an opaque prelude to ongoing 2018 deadlines, do not have the option to Tweet and constantly Run away from the responsibilities of their job.

So here comes AutoInformed on significant automotive related stories of the 2017 year and predicted future implications, with our wry awareness, as always, that columnists conduct their education – sometimes demonstrably not perfectly informed – in public.

  • Technology, no surprise, (with more technology issues farther down) dominates the ongoing Dieselgate scandal at Volkswagen Group with its larger implications. It is now clear that a cartel of German automakers deliberately violated U.S. and EU emissions regulations to sell dirty, law-breaking diesel technology under the guise of “clean.”

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Ford Recalls Autoliv Air Bags on 2018 Escapes

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Takata revisited?

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2018 Ford Escape vehicles because the side-curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag. Owners are given no warning about the shrapnel that results, increasing the risk of injury. This of course is like the ongoing Takata airbag shrapnel recall.

On 28 November 2017, Autoliv told Ford of an “inflator test anomaly” that occurred during a so-called lot acceptance test. Autoliv said that the stated that the potential root cause was attributed to improper metal forming of an unidentified sub-supplier’s “top hat diffuser.” Continue reading

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