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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.

Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 13, 2019

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Sep 12, 2019

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Sep 11, 2019

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Sep 10, 2019

  • Opinion: Frankfurt is when electrification gets serious – Autocar: With tough new emissions targets about to be introduced, car firms are having to push electrified cars like never before Thanks to striking British Airways pilots, we took the train from London to Frankfurt (just one change at Brussels, if you”re interested). The German city’s impressive Victorian main station was festooned with posters advertising hybrid cars as well as very large ‘lifestyle” ads from Volkswagen, signalling the company”s new ID electric car family and brand re-launch at the Fra
  • Ford to launch eight electric vehicles in Europe this year – Reuters: Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it would launch eight electric vehicles in Europe this year, a key step in its target of achieving a majority of its overall sales from electric cars by the end of 2022.
  • Renault details two new electric cars due in 2020 – Autocar: Renault plans to rapidly expand its EV portfolio beyond the Zoe Kadjar-sized crossover and electric Twingo are inbound as the firm scales up its EV offering beyond the Zoe The next two electric models from Renault will be a Kadjar-sized crossover and a zero-emissions variant of its Twingo city car. They form part of Renault”s electrification strategy to offer eight electric vehicles by 2023. Both are expected to be revealed in the next 18 months. Future product planning boss Ali Kassaï said: “We
  • Recovery first: for next Nissan CEO, priority is profit before Renault partnership – Reuters: Recovery first: for next Nissan CEO, priority is profit before Renault partnership ReutersThe next head of Nissan Motor Co will need to prioritize a recovery in profits at the troubled Japanese firm ahead of trying to fix its relationship with top …
  • Daimler enlists computer game designers to encourage efficient driving – Reuters: Daimler is hiring computer programmers to create games that encourage electric and hybrid vehicle owners to drive more efficiently, the company’s research chief Markus Schaefer said on Tuesday.
  • Opinion: JLR boss Ralf Speth on preparing for Brexit – Autocar: Speth: “Where am I going to store 20 million parts a day?” Britain’s biggest car maker faces concerns over parts deliveries and administrative delays Brexit, then. The current Brexit barometer in the industry at today”s Frankfurt motor show is one of exasperation. Cheeks get puffed, shoulders shrugged, ‘you know as much as me” often volleyed back over the net at the mere mention of the ‘B’ word when chatting with any car executive. Whatever the outcome, a man more affected than most in the indus
  • Jaguar: ‘We’ll continue to make saloons’ – Autocar: British firm’s design chief says the future isn’t just SUVs, hinting the next XE and XF could gain bold styling Jaguar”s new design boss, Julian Thomson, is committed to the firm continuing to make sports cars and saloons, and not simply creating more and more SUVs. Thomson, who recently took over from Ian Callum, told Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show that the company will not “go full bore into SUVs – we will do cars in the future, too”. The firm has invested heavily in SUVs in recent years
  • Lithium bulls need to chill out – FT: Battery metal bulls suddenly have more to cheer about. This week saw the flashy launch of VW’s ID. 3, a mass-market hatchback that symbolises the …

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Monday Morning Auto News, Sep 09, 2019

Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 06, 2019

 

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Sep 05, 2019

 

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Sep 04, 2019

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