Tag Archives: auto industry commentary

Hyundai Motor Group Refines Active Noise Control

Cabin quietness becomes more important as internal combustion vehicles are phased out. Continue reading

Posted in electric vehicles, electronics, engineering | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Nissan Motor Net Income Dives -73.5% to 65.4 Billion Yen

First half net income1 decreased by, gulp, 73.5% to 65.4 billion yen. Continue reading

Posted in financial results | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

FCA-PSA Merger – Surviving Platforms and Powertrains

The new consolidated company can be broken down into three basic engine categories: North America, Gasoline and Diesel. Continue reading

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

FCA US Recalls More Than 107,000 Diesels for Engine Fires

Thus far no fix is proposed even though the company is aware of four injuries related to the safety defect. In the required NHTSA filing, FCA says it has identified 61 field reports potentially related to EGR cooler failure. Total EGR cooler warranty replacements is 8,909. Continue reading

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

New Executives For Safety, AV, Strategy, and Ford Credit

Ford Motor Company has made public the retirement of two longtime executives, new assignments for two corporate officers, and promotions to senior positions for three people at the company. Continue reading

Posted in people | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FCA + PSA = Massive Job Losses

For enthusiasts as well a workers there are other threats. How about a spin-off FCA’s expensive low-return Alfa Romeo/Maserati operations? Simple math here: It would provide funds for the new FCA-PSA group while improving its utilization rate. Continue reading

Posted in autonomous cars, economy, fuel economy or emissions, mobility company, news analysis | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Lithium Mustang Project at SEMA

The fact remains that electrification can be a boon to performance enthusiasts as witnessed by a so-called Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters – fueled by an 800-volt Webasto battery system that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy. At 800 volts, that’s twice the voltage of most electric cars on the road today. Continue reading

Posted in aftermarket, concept, electric vehicles, environment, performance | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hamilton Now 6-Time F1 Championship Driver

Hamilton started the race from fifth place, his lowest grid spot of the season, but after the start he quickly was in the top three as both Ferrari drivers had dreadful starts. Continue reading

Posted in racing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

UAW Negotiators Send Tentative Agreement to Ford Council

“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting or releasing full details of the agreement until the UAW-Ford Council leaders meet and review the details,” said Gamble. Continue reading

Posted in labor issues | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Akio Toyoda Wants Mobility Centered on People

Wacky marketing babble alert: “Through the evolution of artificial intelligence, I think that cars, too, can also become able to communicate with people and their hearts. that’s right… I think cars of the future will be like horses. Continue reading

Posted in concept, mobility company, news analysis, people | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

General Motors Q3 Earnings Hit Hard – $1.3B – by UAW Strike

GM said it would not be able to makeup lost production and revenue losses this year. About two weeks of vehicle production was lost. GM predicts the 2019 calendar-year impact of the strike to be approximately -$2.00 per diluted-share. Continue reading

Posted in financial results | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Deadly Takata Airbags – Toyota Recalls +900K Vehicles Again

Thus, Toyota is recalling a recall on 97 models. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. Continue reading

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

UAW Members Okay Contract with GM. Ford Motor Next

The contract achieved most but not all of the demands, notably Lordstown will no longer be a GM plant. Ford Motor is the next company to agree with or slightly modify the pattern agreement, followed by FCA. Continue reading

Posted in economy, labor issues | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

China – SEC Charges 18 Traders for Stock Manipulation

According to the SEC’s complaint, the traders used multiple accounts to place several small sell orders to drive down a stock’s price before using a different set of accounts to buy larger amounts of the stock at the artificially low prices. After amassing their position, the traders placed several small buy orders to push up prices so they could then sell their stock at artificially high prices. Continue reading

Posted in fools 'n frauds, litigation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Weird and Wacky Tokyo Motor Show to Open

The theme for this year’s show, “Open Future,” is expanded beyond automobiles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles and auto-related displays. It broadens to include developments (and rentals) from other industries. In short, the traditional auto show as we know it is no longer sustainable. Continue reading

Posted in auto news, autonomous vehicles, marketing, milestones | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment