About Bertel Schmitt

After a 40 year hiatus, spent doing propaganda in the automotive industry around the world, Bertel returns as a journalist and to the roots of his initials. His wife is a late model Japanese Import.

Wednesday morning car news roundup, April 26, 2017

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Has NISMO Really Gone To The Toilet? O.K., I Checked

This must be the coincidence of the week. Yesterday, The Drive lambasted Nissan for allegedly having “turned its back on NISMO, and that’s a damned shame.” Today, Nissan asked journalists to come to NISMO’s Omori factory between Tokyo and Yokohama for a “briefing on our plans to enhance and expand the NISMO road car lineup.” Nissan will push its NISMO performance line heavily, and globally, we heard today.

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Tesla’s ‘Pushing Of Production Boundaries’ Makes Large Carmakers Yawn

If you noticed mild tremblors yesterday and today, then it’s probably from the auto industry shaking its heads around the globe about an article that appeared at Reuters yesterday. It talks about Californian carmaker Tesla breaking new ground (and taking big risks) in car production. The head shakers think the alleged production revolution is a yawner.

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Tuesday morning car news roundup, April 25, 2017

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If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, Then This One

When will Chinese carmakers follow the Japanese, and Korean example, and take over the world? If it happens, who will it be? Sitting at a desk overlooking a glitzy Shanghai skyline that can put Manhattan, or downtown Tokyo to shame, I predict that scrappy Geely will be at the vanguard of Chinese automakers to take on the world. I write this after having seen Geely’s R&D center in Hangzhou, after having talked to its production engineers in Geely’s hometown some three hours south of Shanghai, and after having been granted a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of the company’s design studios in Shanghai. I am rarely impressed, but I am.

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Monday morning car news roundup, April 24, 2017

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BS in Shanghai

Bertel Schmitt is in Shanghai the whole week, and behind the infamous firewall. This might, and most likely will, impede the posting of news and articles during this week.

Friday morning car news roundup, April 14, 2017

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