Ferrari Says Never to Self-Driving

Photo: Ferrari Italian icon Ferrari outlined its vision for the future yesterday, a future that will never include a self-driving supercar. Also, Porsche was ordered to cough up over allegations of fuel economy fixing and VW bosses questioned America’s capacity for battery manufacturing. All that and more in The Morning Shift for June 17, 2022. … Read more

Claycomo, Missouri, Ford plant adding third shift, more jobs for Ford Transit line

More than a thousand new union jobs are coming to the Kansas City area as part of a massive $ 95 million investment announced Thursday by the Ford Motor Co. As part of the company’s strategy to roll out more electronic vehicles and strengthen its Ford Blue portfolio, officials announced more than 6,200 new UAW … Read more

Hyundai, Quietly, Might Be Tesla’s Biggest Threat

Photo: Hyundai Audi, Tesla, GM, Ford, Stellantis, and probably everyone else are having production issues, while Hyundai could be a sleeping EV giant. All that and more in The Morning Shift for May 16, 2022. 1st Gear: Hyundai Now, before anyone gets too upset, I’d like to recognize that Hyundai’s EVs and Tesla’s cars are, … Read more

I Fear the Volkswagen Scout Will Be a Cowardly Joke

No, I was not surprised to learn that Volkswagen plans to resurrect the Scout nameplate with electric pickup trucks and SUVs. We live in a world where the Ford Mustang is a V8 sports car and yet also, somehow, a five-door, all-wheel drive EV. Words mean nothing and we live on the worst timeline. There … Read more

Nissan is Profitable for the First Time in Years

Photo: Nissan Nissan is making money again, Rivian is not, and GM. All of that and more in The Morning Shift for May 12, 2022. 1st Gear: Nissan Nissan has had a weird three years or so following the ouster of former CEO Carlos Ghosn under circumstances that can only be described as too bizarre … Read more

Rivian Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief – For Now

A scene from happier days in New York City, when Rivian went public last fall.Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images) Rivian is getting a discount on its future office space, Stellantis is picking up the pieces of German luxury automakers’ car sharing joint venture and many Ford Explorers have been recalled. All that and more … Read more

Rivian Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief – For Now

A scene from happier days in New York City, when Rivian went public last fall.Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images) Rivian is getting a discount on its future office space, Stellantis is picking up the pieces of German luxury automakers’ car sharing joint venture and many Ford Explorers have been recalled. All that and more … Read more

Sorry, But You Can Not Order A 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Anymore

Image: Ford The order books for the 2022 F-150 Lightning have been shut, Nissan’s destruction of Datsun is complete and Hyundai has mastered the art of making a profit as an automaker this decade. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, April 25, 2022. 1st Gear: “Due To High Demand” If you … Read more

Electric cars save 1.5 times as much emissions as electric cars

If we’re going through all the hassle of tearing every last ounce of lithium up on the planet just so we can ship nine gazillion tons of electric pickup trucks rushing down the road on autopilot, they better be good for the environment. All that and more in The morning shift for April 11, 2022. … Read more

Electric cars save 1.5 times as much emissions as electric cars

If we’re going through all the hassle of tearing every last ounce of lithium up on the planet just so we can ship nine gazillion tons of electric pickup trucks rushing down the road on autopilot, they better be good for the environment. All that and more in The morning shift for April 11, 2022. … Read more