Can the new EPA administrator revoke a waiver already granted to California for fuel economy standards? Nobody knows the answer but corporate greed by automakers means we are soon going to find out.
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Ford likes surprises, and the announcement of 13 new electrified vehicles, including a Mustang Hybrid, is perhaps the biggest automotive story of the year…and we’re just three days in!
There are reports that Chrysler will unveil a battery electric version of its Pacifica minivan at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas in early January.
BMW says it will take 7 years before battery capacity increases and costs go down enough to make selling electric cars profitable. Ford CEO says nobody wants to buy electric cars anyway.
Ford is dancing around with the Donald Trump over production in Mexico. Trump thinks it is his right to tell companies where they can and cannot manufacture their products.
Two days after the election, the big 2.5 in Detroit have fired off a letter to the Trump transition team asking for relief from the fuel economy and emissions regulations promulgated by the EPA.
Ford and Volkswagen both report earnings down more than 50% in the third quarter. Bob Lutz calls out Elon Musk for being a cult leader. Just another day in the car business.
Ford announced on Monday that it is shutting down its Kansas City F-150 assembly line for one week because of an oversupply of vehicles. It will also suspend Escape and Fusion production temporarily.
We hear a lot about autonomous cars these days as car makers around the globe race to get them into production. The belief is that autonomous cars will slash the number of car accidents, leading to much lower rates of death and injury. Another advantage planners foresee is a large increase in car sharing networks. […]
Jalopnik just went out on a limb and predicted that the new 2017 Ford Bronco would be more like the Euro-zone Everest than not. So did we … in 2015.
Rolls Royce, Ford, Volvo and others will not be presenting their cars at the Paris auto show this year. As cars become more like computers, manufacturers are seeking new ways to connect with customers.
We’re honored to have been invited to cover this event again, as it’s delightful to peek behind the curtain, and be treated to such a lavish trip. The most exciting news from Ford is that they’re taking IDEO’s advice to prototype early and often. They’re launching a variety of projects (not vehicles) all aimed at making it easier for people to get from point A to B, regardless of who owns the vehicle, or even what type of vehicle it is.
Ford says it will have self driving cars on the road by 2021. Like the Google car, they will have no controls for human drivers. At first, they will be available only to ride hailing and car sharing services in selected cities.
Ganesh Srivats, Tesla’s vice president for sales in North America, hints that the company is ready to introduce a complete rethink of its sales model. As tantalizing as that may be, Srivats declined to offer any details or timeline.
The Chevy Volt is the first car with a plug to sell more than 100,000 units in the US market. The LEAF is second and the Tesla Model S is third in sales volume.
Ford says its business and profits may be down considerably for the rest of this year, due in part to new incentive programs needed to keep its F 150 pickup trucks selling in high volumes.
A new program will make $4.5 billion in federal loan guarantees available to promote a new system of nationwide EV charging stations. The objective is to reduce range anxiety for EV drivers.
Ford Motor Company is researching ways to use the byproducts of tequila production to make bioplastic parts for its cars. Bioplastics could significantly reduce the world’s need for oil.
Jim Farley, who is the head of European operations at Ford, says that the regulations imposed by the European Union on vehicle emissions will make future cars so expensive that ordinary people will no longer be able to afford them. The car business will become an “elitist industry,” Farley tells the Financial Times (subscription required).
Pickup truck sales are booming and so are profits. Manufacturers are making plans to boost production. But are we beginning to see the beginning of “peak pickup” in America?