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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.

A hands-on look at Toyota’s crazy, and not-so-crazy mini-BEVs

Ngatsu-san shows off the recliner. Glass frosted at the touch  of a button (no Photoshop) – (c) Bertel Schmitt

Over the past few days, I had the opportunity for taking a peek at a few BEVs to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. In case you already hold flight tickets to Tokyo, stop reading. And in a further attempt to reduce the readership of this story, let me point out that you may likewise cease reading if your interest in BEVs hovers around who’s faster on the drag strip, or higher up in Wikipedia’s List of Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times. This story would not be for you.

The peeking for this story happened at Toyota. The motto of the car show is “Open Future,” but for a few of these vehicles, the future is quite near. Public, or at least publicized sentiment has been quickly shifting from cars to EVs, and now from EVs to no cars at all, or at least to vehicles with limited impact. All vehicles I could preview are going in that direction. [Continue Reading]

Friday Morning Auto News, Oct 18, 2019

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Oct 17, 2019

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Automotive Grade Linux establishes major bridgehead in China

Picture courtesy Reuters

Automotive Grade Linux, the open-source automotive operating system, has established a major bridgehead in the world’s largest auto market China. The rapidly spreading collaborative cross-industry project just signed China’s SAIC Motors to its growing list of members, the Linux Foundation said in a statement.

Majority-owned by the province-level municipality of Shanghai, SAIC is China’s largest Automaker by far. Having entered one of China’s first automotive joint-ventures in 1984 with Germany’s Volkswagen, SAIC also is ground zero of China’s automotive revolution. SAIC also has a long-standing joint venture with General Motors, along with a truck JV with IVECO.

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Oct 16, 2019

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Oct 15, 2019

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Monday Morning Auto News, Oct 14, 2019

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Friday Morning Auto News, Oct 11, 2019

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