More Than A Million Mercedes Diesel Cars Could Lose Their Type Approval, Court Said

Western Europe’s diesel car share “has continued its seemingly unwavering downhill slide,” the exclusive AID newsletter told its industry customers. In the course of one year, the diesel take rate dropped from 54.7% in France to 48.2%, and in Germany from 46.3% to 40.4%. Threatened by lock-outs from Europe’s inner cities, new car buyers seek the relative safety of gasoline cars. Prices of used diesel cars are dropping, writes Germany’s Welt. New developments could turn the diesel-flight into a stampede: A German court said that more than a million of Mercedes-Benz diesel cars could lose their type approval, and would be illegal to drive if Daimler AG is found guilty of using illegal defeat devices.

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Fremont, You Have A Problem, And It Starts With An M

Of course, this article was not really posthumously written by a Francesco Sagredo who died near 400 years ago. Feel free to speculate about the real face behind Francesco.

Under Elon Musk’s leadership Tesla’s Model X arrived two years late and subjected the company to six months of self described production hell, only to tie for last place in Consumer Reports’ luxury SUV ratings with a score of 59/100 (Nov 2016). Delays for the falcon winged albatross will allow the Chevy Bolt and second-generation Nissan Leaf to both beat the Model 3 to widespread availability by the end of the year. Tesla’s quality has been poor, the UAW is circling, and Mr. Musk recently tweeted about mixing alcohol and Ambien (zolpidem) — a drug combination not only dangerous in its own right, but that increases the risk of long-term zolpidem addiction. How is this man still Tesla’s CEO? [Continue Reading]

Today, Toyota Unveiled ‘The Safest Car In The World.’

When it comes to leading-edge technology, one of the world’s smallest, and one of the world’s biggest automakers don’t share the same opinion. Tesla thinks technology should allow cars to drive from San Francisco to Manhattan, all by themselves. Toyota thinks that technology should stop cars from killing people.

More than 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, 3,400 deaths a day on average, says the W.H.O., stating that “tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year, children, pedestrians, cyclists and older people are among the most vulnerable of road users.” Today, Toyota showed cars that have the lives of those children, pedestrians, cyclists and older people as their first priority.

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Top 10 Global Automakers: PSA Out, Daimler In

April brings back a more familiar look to the list of the world’s 10 largest automakers, measured by actual registrations: Volkswagen is back in the lead, with Toyota and the Renault-Nissan Alliance not far behind. Surprise: Daimler kicks PSA Peugeot-Citroen off the list.

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China’s New Rules: Tesla Must Stay Home, Used Car Factories Go Up In Price

China has effectively closed its doors to any new carmakers wanting to produce in the world’s largest automakers, a report in Beijing-based business publication Caixingglobal said. Capacity expansion by domestic automakers, and by joint ventures with overseas OEMs, also will be heavily curtailed.

China’s powerful state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) outlined projects that won’t get its approval under the policy, “covering most new investments for car production,” Caixing said.

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Dieselgate 2.0: Porsche And Audi Caught Using Sophisticated Defeat Devices

Volkswagen definitely is gunning for the “habitual cheater” title. Apparently, no lessons were learned when VW was involved in the biggest, and definitely most costliest cheater scandal the auto industry has ever seen. Volkswagen AG has (so far) “agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the United States to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, U.S. states and dealers, and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting vehicles,” wrote Reuters. Volkswagen subjected itself to intrusive oversight, it even offered six mostly mid-level managers as sacrificial lambs, and vowed to go forth and sin no more.

A few months later, the sinning continues, and it has reached new levels of sophistication, reports from Germany suggest. The reports already are talking about “Dieselgate 2.0.”

How Can A $4,100 Renault Kwid Make A Profit? The Answer Is Here

Renault took India by storm with its $4,100 Kwid, and Nissan’s Datsun is about to do it again with the Kwid’s shorter sibling, the $3,700 redi-GO. But do they make money? Didn’t GM just give up on India because it can’t turn a profit on a Chevrolet Beat that is a little shorter, but much pricier than the Kwid? Before I did set out to go to India, an executive of a very large Japanese automaker urged me to look very hard into the Kwid’s profitability, because he had it on what he thought was good authority that Renault is losing money on the car. Does the Kwid make, or lose money? I went to India to find out. (The story of what underpins the cars is here. The secret of the car’s ultra-low price is revealed here.)

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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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