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Call It What You Want Edition – VW Forced to Invest in EV Infrastructure

February 13, 2017

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Automotive Technology, Diesel, Electronic Vehicles

VW’s latest penance for the diesel cheating scandal is to “invest” $2 billion into EV infrastructure. Yes, invest is in quotations. You can call it what you like, but investment is voluntary. What VW is doing is not. Therefore, the “investment” is closer to extortion made legal because our government said so. I guess that answers my earlier questions about where the money from the settlement will go.

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Super Bowl LI Edition – Super Bowl Car Commercials

February 3, 2017

Categories: Auto Industry Trends, Entertainment

Folks, it’s that time of year again. The Super Bowl is here and that means so are the commercials. The commercials, especially, the automotive ones, are one of my favorite things to see. No matter which team wins, or even if yours didn’t make it at least the commercials are entertaining.

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Enthusiast Edition

January 27, 2017

Categories: Auto Industry Trends, Entertainment

Let’s talk a break from policy, politics, industry and recalls. Instead let’s focus on things on which we can all agree. One of the best things about car culture is the enthusiast. And in this post, I have curated some newsworthy items that will satisfy the enthusiast in all of us.

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Rules Review Edition- Tump Reviews Vehicle Emissions Rules

January 23, 2017

Categories: Government & Auto Industry

President-elect Trump’s EPA nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, said that he will review the Obama administration’s decision to solidify federal fuel efficiency rules through 2025.

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Emissions Cheating Scandal

January 13, 2017

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Automotive Technology

FCA stands accused of allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by cheating on emissions test in about 100,000 vehicles. This is really starting to get weird. A quick Google search will tell you that FCA was already accused of similar acts in Europe. Daimler has also been accused, so has Audi. Mitsubishi has too. And, of course, we know VW. But Opel, which is a GM subsidiary, also has been accused of emissions violations in Europe. This makes one wonder: Are they all in on it?

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The Lone Voice of Reason – Toytota’s Reservations on Self-driving Cars

January 6, 2017

Categories: Driving Safety, Auto Industry Trends, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

In a surprise announcement, Toyota says it is not going to bet the farm on self-driving cars. Since the loudest voices are applauding, and dare I say rushing, the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles—read the U.S. government, Tesla, and Google to name a few—Toyota’s announcement is one of those moments that makes you take notice.

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Uber Showdown in San Francisco Edition

December 23, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Driving Safety, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

It looks like Uber and its self-drivers might have a showdown with San Francisco and California. California and San Francisco say companies that wish to test autonomous tech must have permits issued by the state. The permit costs $150 and the companies that have applied have received them. Uber says it doesn’t need the permit because the vehicles have drivers in them and cites Tesla’s Autopilot as an example of a non-permitted self-driving vehicle company.

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Getting While the Getting Is Good Edition – EPA Emissions Guidelines

December 12, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry

In a surprise move, the EPA decided to make up its mind about emissions guidelines and leave them in place. Surprising isn’t quite the word. Startling? Shocking, perhaps is a better fit. I don’t want to engage in politics in this discussion, but at the same time, this reeks. Glaciers have historically moved faster than our government. But why does this seem so sudden?

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I Love L.A. Edition – The 2016 LA Auto Show

November 30, 2016

Categories: Auto Industry Trends, Automotive Technology, Electronic Vehicles

It’s that time of year again car lovers. The L.A. Auto Show is upon us. There is some great news coming from L.A. this week and I wanted to highlight some examples, including the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Coupe, Jeep Compass, Mazda CX-5 diesel, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

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Cheaters Never Win Edition

November 11, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry

Cheaters never win, and liars are always caught. And no, this is not an election-related post. This is about VW and a new dimension of Dieselgate. According to this article, Audi is being accused of cheating on gasoline engine emissions tests.

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Whether We the People Want It Or Not Edition

November 4, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Electronic Vehicles

n July, the President announced that companies building EV charging stations would be allowed to apply for loan guarantees. The Department of Energy allocated $4.5 billion for loan guarantees for building EV charging stations. And how many applications have there been? Zero.

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Well, That Escalated Quickly Edition

October 21, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Auto Industry Trends, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

Autonomous vehicles are the automotive news rage these days. These three articles covering self-driving tech, just this week:
I don’t know why but I feel like we are just escalating so quickly and rushing for this technology.

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I Hate to Burst Your Bubble Edition

October 14, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Auto Loans

The auto loan bubble might burst. With intense competition, lenders have been lowering requirements for buying cars and just like with the housing market in mid-2000s, people who can’t afford a brand new car are driving off the lot with them. And then defaulting on their loans.

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So How Much Will This Cost Us? Edition

October 6, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Driving Safety

Let’s call it what it is. Oh, it might be worth noting that a Honda in Malaysia reportedly had a fatal Takata airbag deployment. But I digress. What the talks to resolve these allegations of criminal misconduct really means is “how much is this going to cost us to make this go away or at least prevent corporate executives from going to jail.”

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Share and Share Alike Edition

September 23, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

I think federal government involvement in regulating the self-driver tech and testing is important. I also wonder if asking the companies to share instead of mandating they share is enough.

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Headed to Old Mexico Edition

September 16, 2016

Categories: Auto Industry Trends

In a nonsurprise, Ford announced what many, if not all, auto industry folks knew. Ford is moving its small car production to Mexico

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Bringing It Back Home? Edition

September 9, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry, Autonomous Cars

Remember when Michigan was the center of the universe when it came to car design? Think GM’s Technical Center in Warren, MI where “today meets tomorrow.” Well it seems that Michigan wants those days back:

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Strongly Worded Letter Edition

September 2, 2016

Categories: Automotive Technology, Vehicle Security

It seems that FCA software isn’t the most secure & can be easily hacked. This has been proven before and FCA said they fixed it. Read this week’s Car Coach Report,”Strongly Worded Letter Edition” with Lauren Fix.

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It’s Just a Nickel Edition

August 26, 2016

Categories: Government & Auto Industry

The People’s Republic of Massachusetts just passed a law that taxes ride-hailing services, like Uber or Lyft, and gives the revenue to the [failing] traditional taxi industry. Read more of “It’s Just a Nickel Edition” by Lauren Fix.

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Not Just an Appliance Edition

August 19, 2016

Categories: Auto Industry Trends, Autonomous Cars

But for those of us who love the feel of a car responding to our control, the feel of the road, the thrum of an engine, the squeal of tires, we won’t be satisfied with a vehicle that only gets from point A to B. Cars aren’t appliances to us.

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Recruitment Edition

August 12, 2016

Categories: Auto Industry Trends, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

I have a question and hopefully we can discuss some answers. How do we make people love cars and become part of car culture? Find out in the Recruitment Edition with Lauren Fix.

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The Want List Edition

August 5, 2016

Categories: Autonomous Cars

It’s good to see people being proactive for a change instead of the status quo reactive. Specifically, I mean Steven Szakaly, NADA’s chief economist saying that autonomous vehicles need frequent inspections to ensure that the software is working properly.

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Requiem for the Sedan? Edition

August 2, 2016

Categories: Auto Industry Trends

Why? I think because automakers were counting on high numbers of sedans being sold alongside the increase in trucks and SUVs. That didn’t happen. FCA and Ford are two examples, but if you look at the industry as a whole what do we see? SUVs and trucks booming, sedans busting.

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Wait, What? Edition

July 22, 2016

Categories: Automotive Technology, Autonomous Cars

Last week we asked for more suitable names for Tesla’s Autopilot. This week Tesla is in the news again because they want to take over the world. Wait, What? Okay, that got away from me at the end there. Apologies.

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