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Exploring One Issue At Ford – Seeking Alpha

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Ford Explorer was the fifth best selling SUV in the United States last year. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) sold just under 250,000 Explorers in 2016. That makes the model Ford’s fourth best selling vehicle in the US. It is safe to say that the Explorer is important to maintaining and ultimately increasing sales in 2017. With that in mind, the recent reports of mechanical issues related to the Explorer…

GM pushing self-driving car rules that undercut competitors – nwitimes.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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New Mazda CX-5: Sleeker Styling, Sharper Steering … And A Hit With The Ladies – Forbes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The second generation takes strategic design hints from the CX-9 and Mazda3 and offers the best-looking proportions in its class. Photo by Yoshitada Moro. Back in 2012, the CX-5 was the first model in Mazda’s reborn line-up to combine the company’s two signature tag lines, Kodo design language and Skyactiv technology. Boasting some of the prettiest contours to ever come out of Japan and class-topping fun-to-drive dynamics, the compact crossover…

2016 Honda Civic Touring Update 2: Growing Pains? – Motor Trend

Thursday, February 23, 2017

No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Although we’ve enjoyed our 2016 Honda Civic Touring during our daily commute and various road trips (look for more on that in a future update), we also get to take care of our long-term loaners as if they are our own. With nearly 18,000 miles on the clock, our Civic Touring has had two scheduled service visits and one surprise visit…

Dodge Challenger Demon Gets Dedicated Drag Mode and Dampers, Might Make 815 Horsepower! [Video] – Car and Driver (blog)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Thursday means more Demon propaganda from the horsepower fetishists at Dodge. This time, it’s about the ultra Challenger’s new Drag mode and adaptive suspension. Compared with the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Demon’s adaptive Bilstein dampers are “drag tuned,” which in the racing community means they are designed to maximize load transfer to the rear axle during a hole shot by limiting rebound on the front axle. They’ll work in concert…

GM should sell Opel despite likely job cuts, analysts say – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Opel was founded by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. GM became a part-owner in 1029.(Photo: Opel) The sale of General Motors’ European division would be good for the Detroit automaker and give French automaker PSA Group greater market share, but it is likely to lead to thousands of job cuts in Britain and Germany. The Detroit automaker’s decision to put its money-losing European division up for sale has caused alarm…

Head of US Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The U.S. head of Honda is retiring to make gin and vodka with his sons. John Mendel, 62, executive vice president for the Japanese carmaker at American Honda Motor Co. in Torrance, told a group of dealers Monday night that he’s retiring. He goes out on a high note: Honda sales in the U.S. last year were up 3.2% to 1.64 million vehicles. The highly regarded Mendel joined Honda in 2004…

Toyota and Shell could build 7 hydrogen refueling stations in California – Ars Technica

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

reader comments 30 Toyota and Shell will likely build seven hydrogen refueling stations around California if the state’s Energy Commission approves a proposed $16.4 million in grants. Both Toyota and Shell see their current products—combustion-engine vehicles and gas, respectively—being phased out in the long term (think 2050). They’re diversifying now to be ready if and when the economics are more favorable for the switch. The announcement of the California stations…

Kobe Bryant’s Agent, Rob Pelinka, Reportedly Will Be New Lakers GM – Bleacher Report

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Harry How/Getty Images Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 22, 2017 The Los Angeles Lakers will be turning to a familiar face in their search for a new general manager, as Kobe Bryant‘s agent, Rob Pelinka, is reportedly set to be hired. Pelinka and the Lakers are finalizing a multiyear deal, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who added he will begin working soon. Bryant was “pushing hard” for Pelinka to become the…

Tesla’s market cap is closing in on Ford’s – CNNMoney

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tesla’s market value is poised to overtake that of 114-year old Ford. Tesla (TSLA), which reports full-year earnings Wednesday, was worth $43.8 billion Tuesday morning, while Ford (F) clocked in at $49.5 billion. So the electric automaker only needs to gain another 13% to catch Ford at its current valuation. Certainly Tesla, which is much smaller than Ford, is growing much faster. Tesla’s value has climbed 27% since the start…

Ford aims to disrupt its aftermarket competitors – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ford Motor Co. is pursuing two fixed-operations initiatives designed to work together: a new brand of replacement parts for non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles, and a renewed effort to persuade its dealers to build Quick Lane service centers.  With the new Omnicraft brand, Ford wants to sell more parts at its dealerships and to independent repair shops and distributors. At first, independents will have to buy Omnicraft parts from franchised dealerships…

Rpt: GM Shares Could Climb 35% if it Sells Opel – Fox Business

Monday, February 20, 2017

General Motors shares could climb by as much as 35 percent if it succeeds in selling its European Opel brand and focuses on its healthier markets, Barron’s said on Sunday. Continue Reading Below Last week, GM confirmed reports that it was in talks to sell its Opel business to Paris-based PSA Group, which manufactures brands including Peugeot. If the deal goes through, it could net GM as much…

Jim Irsay says coach, new GM are “clicking on all cylinders” – NBCSports.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

Getty Images He would have said the team is running like a “fine-tuned machine,” but that phrase already has been used this week. Instead, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter to declare that his head coach, Chuck Pagano, and new G.M., Chris Ballard, are “clicking on all cylinders.” Irsay added that quarterback Andrew Luck “is healing” and that there are “great things to come.” And so Irsay continues to…

GM went global for Chevy Cruze Diesel’s engine – USA TODAY

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chevrolet Cruze comes in a version with a diesel engine(Photo: Chevrolet) The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel makes a powerful argument for the benefits automakers and their customers get from global engineering and manufacturing. Chevrolet wouldn’t have the engine without General Motors’ product development and manufacturing operations around the world. U.S. diesel car sales are too small to justify developing and building the engine. To make economic sense, the program had…

Federal Agency Begins Inquiry Into Auto Lenders’ Use of GPS Tracking – New York Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

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GM May Soon Have ‘Thousands’ Of Self-Driving Electric Bolts In A Lyft Test Fleet – Forbes

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test car on display in Detroit on Dec. 15 (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg) The pace of self-driving vehicle technology development keeps accelerating. Fast on the heels of Ford’s $1 billion investment in a startup tasked with perfecting artificial intelligence for its robotic autos, General Motors is said to be readying a massive fleet of automated electric cars for a test program with ride-hailing affiliate Lyft. Starting in 2018 GM intends to…

GM chief in talks with UK amid alarm over possible unit sale – CNBC

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Britain’s biggest trade union demanded Thursday that the government protect the local unit of General Motors from the impact of leaving the European Union as the company discusses a possible sale to French carmaker PSA Group. The comments from Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, came after a meeting with General Motors President Dan Ammann and Business Secretary Greg Clark. There are worries in Britainthat a takeover of GM’s loss-making…

GM Shares Could Drive 35% Higher – Barron’s

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The European Union is enjoying a lull between existential emergencies. The Stoxx Europe 600 has rallied 12% in six months, although it is still down from its level a decade ago. That could make now a prudent time to pare weak positions. General Motors (ticker: GM) seems to think so. This past week, it confirmed that it is in talks to…

Is Ford Cheap? – Seeking Alpha

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ford (NYSE:F) is cheap at current price levels. The company has an immensely strong financial position and robust profitability which are not reflected by the stock price. A few tweaks in the business strategy can push it higher and I believe the management will likely want to take these steps in the next few quarters. First of all, the financial position and profitability analysis. Data sourced from the SEC filings…

Ford Is Wasting $1 Billion – Seeking Alpha

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Technological advancement in the auto industry is approaching a pace not seen since the early days of assembly line development. Electric cars and driverless vehicles are at the forefront of new innovations. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is attempting to get ahead of peers by making a $1 billion investment in Argo AI over the course of five years. While it is vital to invest in future technologies, Ford is looking…