Toyota Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2016 at 5:44 AM

Paul Holdridge, Vice President of Sales Operations of the Toyota Division, said during a discussion of June 2016 sales, “We remain optimistic. . .And look forward to the 2nd half of 2016.” That’s probably because the first half of 2016 wasn’t a bit off for Toyota Division (including Scion, but excluding Lexus). That is, through the first half, its sales were down 2.5%, and they were off 6.2% for June.

FCA Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2016 at 5:43 AM

“In spite of some severe stock market volatility in June, the American consumer stayed focused on buying new vehicles and propelled FCA to six vehicle sales records last month,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President, Sales, FCA–North America.

General Motors Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 25, 2016 at 5:41 AM

One of the things that General Motors is emphasizing of late is that it has a “retail-focused strategy.” This means that rather than selling to rental companies, it is focusing on selling to consumers.

The Car-Shoe Continuum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 22, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Back in 2008, BMW revealed a concept vehicle that is still revolutionary all these years later: It was called the GINA Light Visionary Model, with the acronym standing for “Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptions.” Fundamentally, the vehicle is based on a moveable substructure and a flexible textile outer cover.

Cue the Anthem-Like Music

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 20, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If this wasn’t the Summer of the Superhero—Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Capital America: Civil War; X-Men: Apocalypse—we might not have written about this, but given this image: how could we not?

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2016 at 5:36 AM

According to an estimate from Inside EVs, a web publication dedicated to all things electric vehicle, there were an estimated 1,360 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrids delivered during the first half of 2016.

VW Makes Environmental Strides—in Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 15, 2016 at 5:39 AM

While that whole diesel thing still may not be working out so well for Volkswagen Group—last week Reuters reported that the European Consumer Organization put out a statement citing a test by an Italian consumer group, Altroconsumo, that shows that a 2.0-liter EA 189 Euro 5 diesel engine in an Audi Q5 had 25 percent higher NOx emissions after the dodgy software had been removed than before it—but the manufacturing personnel at Volkswagen brand have been working hard at improving things on their end, as in improving the environmental correctitude of their operations by 25.3 percent and saving the company more than €100 million in the process.

Electric Wheels—for Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 13, 2016 at 5:14 AM

During a recent meeting we attended held by Robert Bosch in its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, we learned about a variety of initiatives related to such things as Industry 4.0 and advances in automotive technology for automated solutions.