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Donald Trump, CAFE, EPA waivers & SB32

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:21+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: #climatechange, Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), California Air Resources Board (CARB), Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), electric vehicles (EV), Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Plugin-electric vehicles, Politics, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

California has saved almost 50,000,000 gallons of gasoline a year by using less than 175,000 alternative technology vehicles. If California hadn't instituted rules that required companies to use better fuel economy technology, we wouldn't have these cars on the market. These are two very important points to remember as you read this article. President Donald [...]

Fast Furious and Fun at Geneva Motor Show

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:21+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, touring disco volante 2017 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS)|Tags: , , , , , , |

A friend went to the Geneva Motor Show and came back with some photos of cars that struck them. A couple of the cars were concepts, others will only be seen in Europe, a couple will make it to the shores of the United States of America. The cars are a mix of mainstream and [...]

2018 Toyota C-HR racing Circuit of the Americas (COTA)

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:21+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Racing, Toyota|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was at the first Scion event in San Francisco, CA. I remember Jim Farley, currently CEO and Chairman of Ford Europe, talking about Scion's goal; to be a skunkworks group to research what young people wanted in future cars. Somehow Scion ended being a brand by itself, succeeding for many years, but [...]

Brands that know their customers at Geneva Motor Show

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:21+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: Aston Martin, Audi, Automobiles and Energy, BMW, Ferrari, Italy, Jaguar, Land Rover, Luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The 87th Geneva International Motor Show is in full swing. As is usual, Geneva brings out the beautiful supercars and the most lavish parties. Behind all the glitz and glamor are car companies with world premieres designed to intrigue and attract the new customers for 2017. I asked Ian Beavis, Chief Strategy Officer for Foote, [...]

Hyundai Ioniq part of a long-term plan

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), electric vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Hyundai, Plugin-electric vehicles, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Hyundai Ioniq could be one of the first vehicles in three different powertrains based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture. If you've been in the Hyundai Elantra, then you know about the size of the Ioniq sedan. I have long said that if I could have a four-sedan without the plastic feel, I [...]

Samsung buys Harman for connecting in cars

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, autonomous, Autonomous vehicles, Connectivity, Consumer Electronics Show (CES)|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you go to car.harman.com a segmented car starts breathing; one section at a time the car pulses. If you click on the cloud that hovers over the car, cyber security information comes up. Each group talks about a part of the connected car; data exchange, navigation, the cloud, connectivity, apps, connected interface, [...]

EPA Pruitt casts shadow of doubt on Sunny California

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: #climatechange, Automobiles and Energy, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)|Tags: , , , , |

Listen to John Batchelor radio show with Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal, and Lou Ann Hammond talking about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pruitt versus California Air Resources Board (CARB) Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, poked a stick in the middle of a hornet's nest when he said he [...]

Continental is a global business Made in USA

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Continental owns fifty-five facilities in the United States, and around 25% of Continental's business is in the United States. Continental's Trade policy, according to Jeff Klei, President, North America, Continental, is that they are in the market for the market. As trade policies change, Continental will adjust. Who will take care of the regulations and [...]

BMW manufacturing exporting USA

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, BMW, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Politics, Presidential candidates|Tags: , , , , , |

BMW's Ludwig Willisch talked about BMW's manufacturing plant in Spartanburg S.C. and exporting from the United States of America to other countries. Willisch talked about the production in South Carolina. Over 400,000 vehicles are produced in the Spartanburg plant with the value of exports over $10 Billion, according to the Department of Commerce. The BMW [...]

GM CEO Mary Barra at #naias2017 scrum

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:23+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Car shows, GM, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

General Motors CEO Mary Barra at #naias2017 scrum talked about Donald Trump's tweets and Mexico trade issues. President-elect Donald Trump named the first female CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra to a Strategic and Policy Forum, a 16-member economic and job creation advisory board. Barra said that GM will keep its small car production in [...]