Tag Archives: Ken Zino

Global Vehicle Sales Improve but COVID Wave 2 Lurks

This now looks like a long shot to AutoInformed with the US leading the way in spreading new infections and fatalities from the maskless and clueless Trump misadministration.  In the US, a repetition of the ‘cash for clunkers’ scheme could potentially lift sales, “but this has yet to be fully debated or agreed,” says LMC. Continue reading

Posted in economy, environment, news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Global Parts – BMW, Toyota Recall Tie Rods

During rough road driving conditions or high temperatures, a steering gear tie rod may become damaged, possibly resulting in a fractured tie rod. Continue reading

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

First Look: 2021 Ford F-150 Pickup

The launch will be closely watched by industry observers – the number of build combinations seems needlessly large, and Ford needs to prove it can launch the best selling pickup in the US without the problems it experienced on the Explorer.
Continue reading

Posted in autonomous vehicles, engineering, new vehicle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

California Requires Electric Trucks by 2045

Trucks are the largest single source of air pollution from vehicles, responsible for 70% of the smog-causing pollution and 80% of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.  Continue reading

Posted in electric vehicles, environment, fuel economy or emissions | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

US June Retail Sales Down -6% from Pre-Virus Forecast

The sales came at a high price, though, Record levels of manufacturer incentives for the month of June are supporting the recovery. Incentive spending should reach $4,411 in June, the highest ever for the month and an increase of $445 from June 2019. Incentives on cars are expected to be up $459 to $4,031, with trucks/SUVs up $407 to $4,524. Continue reading

Posted in marketing, results, sales | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Formula 1: Car by Car 1950–59 Now Available in the U.S

When the World Championship was first held in 1950, red Italian cars predominated, from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, and continued to do so for much of the period. But, by the time the decade closed, green British cars were in their ascendancy, first Vanwall and then rear-engined Cooper. BRM and Lotus were emerging. Continue reading

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

Ford Motor in Corktown and Newlab Working on – What Else – Vehicle Connectivity, Autonomy and Electrification

Two years ago, pre-Covid, but nevertheless financially challenged Ford bought 1.2 million square feet in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, including the historic Michigan Central Station, with plans to establish a new mobility innovation district dubbed Michigan Central. Mostly press releases have followed since then. Continue reading

Posted in autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, mobility company, news analysis | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top Five Air Pollution Actions to Improve Health, Climate

While some efforts that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources improve both local health and favorably impact climate change, other, often politically popular programs are of limited value on either front. Continue reading

Posted in energy, environment, fuel economy or emissions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Duh – New Vehicle Quality Determined by Working Technology J.D. Power Says

In a victory of sorts, most domestic brands are above average. Seven domestic brands perform better than the overall industry average of 166 PP100. Continue reading

Posted in awards, customer satisfaction, electronics, engineering | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New FCA Italy Covid Credit Line €6.3 billion

FCA is Italy’s largest industrial group, directly employing 55,000 people at its 16 plants and 26 dedicated R&D sites. In addition, more than 200,000 further jobs in highly specialized Italian supplier businesses are linked to the successful continuity of the FCA’s operations. A further 120,000 jobs at 12,000 enterprises of all sizes in the distribution and services sectors also support the Italian automotive industry. Continue reading

Posted in economy, financial results, news analysis | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford Embraces Paris Climate Agreement Globally

This promise came as Ford released its 21st annual Sustainability Report. Ford is also working with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. Ford did not mention its current financial crisis that resulted from the Corona virus plague.  Continue reading

Posted in environment, fuel economy or emissions, mobility company | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black Lives Matter – NASCAR Drivers Walk Wallace to His Starting Position at Talladega Superspeedway

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, was escorted to his starting position by NASCAR Cup Series drivers and crew prior to the rain delayed NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 400 race Monday, June 22, 2020 at Talladega Superspeedway Continue reading

Posted in people, racing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

CarMax Q1 2021 – Net Sales Drop 40% to $3.2B

CarMax (NYSE:KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today reported weak results for the first quarter ending May 31, 2020. Net sales and operating revenues declined 39.8% to $3.23 billion. Net earnings declined 98.1% to $5.0 million and net earnings per diluted share declined 98.1% to $0.03. Nonetheless CarMax stock is up ~12% year-to-date at ~$92/share, even though used car sales are projected to decline. It’s part of the mania on tech stocks that thinks the companies are invincible. Continue reading

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

EV Ford Mustang Has Optional Intelligent Range

The vehicle battery system reports how much energy is available, while the powertrain module tracks how much energy is being used. Warmer or colder weather can impact range, so Intelligent Range takes that into consideration, too, updating estimated range along the way. Continue reading

Posted in alternative fuels, electric vehicles, electronics, engineering, marketing, new vehicle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BMW and Mercedes-Benz Stop Automated Driving JV

In what appears to be the automotive equivalent of marriage counseling or an analysis of the financial aspects of a pre-nup, the companies said: Following extensive review, the two companies have arrived at a mutual and amicable agreement to concentrate on their existing development paths – which may also include working with current or new partners. Continue reading

Posted in autonomous vehicles, engineering, marketing, mobility company, news analysis | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment