Nissan’s nothingburger scandal

Outrage! Nakai-san (left) doesn’t bow the full 70 degrees! (c) Bertel Schmitt

I am just coming home from a most bewildering press conference. There are 253 cars out there, I was told today, where the horn may be a tad louder, or the body a millimeter wider than what’s in the catalogue. I had to go all the way to Yokohama to hear this. Europe is in the grips of wholesale dieselgate-cheating. America’s smallest carmaker with the biggest share of voice, Tesla, makes cars so bad that there are hit parades of problems with its Model 3. Not to be left out, Japan created its own problem, and it seems to be Nissan, the people who’s press conference I visited this afternoon. The weather was O.K. when I left, but heaven cried when I went home.  

Today, three dour-looking gentlemen, dressed in the internationally accepted uniform of undertakers, presented to the media Nissan’s “Report to the Japanese Ministry of Land and Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on misconduct in sample testing within the final vehicle inspection process at plants in Japan.”  In the interest of not wasting your time more than absolutely necessary, let’s just state that unless someone is messing up real bad real soon, good old Japan is in imminent danger of being left behind as far as industrial-strength misconduct goes. [Continue Reading]

Wednesday Morning Auto News, Sep 26, 2018

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Sep 25, 2018

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Monday Morning Auto News, Sep 24, 2018

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That’s going to hurt: Impending hardware refit of diesel cars will cost billions

Picture courtesy Manager Magazin

Germany’s and Europe’s carmakers are casting timid glances in the direction of Germany’s capital Berlin, where a possibly extremely costly decision is imminent. This Sunday, the German government is expected to decide what to do with the millions of NOX-emitting diesel cars on the country’s roads. According to Der Spiegel, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a hardware solution, and that could cost many billions.

Ever since the dieselgate scandal became public, European automakers tried everything to avoid a solution that makes older diesel cars come clean. The reasons are money, and the monstrous amounts of diesel cars in Europe. Approximately half of Europe’s cars used to be diesel-powered before the scandal lowered the appetite for driving on oil. The atrocious problem is the huge amount of vehicles already on the road in Europe, and there are around 250 million of them.

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Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 21, 2018

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Electrek’s take-out: A reshuffling of the sycophants

According to persistent whisper among automotive propaganda operatives, the formerly way too symbiotic relationship between Californian carmaker Tesla and the Canadian-registered, but U.S. hosted website is on the rocks. Meanwhile, greentech website and EV-specialist site are said to be vying for a spot by the feet of God Elon.

People who read the tea-leaves of Twitter have noticed that @elonmusk unfollowed Electrek a few days ago. Monitoring Musk’s list is made simple by the fact that the CEO follows only 69 people, vs. the 22.6 million people who (allegedly) follow him. One less follower does not necessarily mean a digital divorce. Musk allegedly also unfollowed his girlfriend Grimes, but there she is, on top of the list of the 69 deemed worthy of HIS followership. Large parts of that list are a family affair anyway. Musk follows his mother and model Maye, his sister Tosca, and his brother Kimbal. The rest of the list is more eclectic than electric, ranging from Mark Andreessen to (cover your eyes) the Internet of Shit. As far as EV-obsessed media go, Musk follows only Teslarati, Cleantechnica, and InsideEVs, and we’ll get to the latter two in a minute.

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Sep 20, 2018

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