The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Tesla starts the year strong, Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn does not, Jaguar Land Rover needs to work on profitability and so much more on The Morning Shift of Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 1st Gear: Tesla’s Unlikely Escape From Hell As the big legacy automakers prepare to go electric in a major way, the early modern leader in EVs, Tesla, starts 2019 poised to finally grow from plucky startup to increasingly capable of true, sustainable mass production. Elon Musk’s company is definitely not out of the woods yet for a lot of reasons, including debt, the end of the $7,500 EV tax credit and his own occasional volatility, but as Bloomberg points out Tesla’s in vastly better shape now than it ever was in 2018. And Musk says all the “bet the farm” gambles are pretty much over at this point. From the story: One year ago, Tesla Inc. was struggling to turn out a few … [Read more...] about Why Tesla’s Off to a Much Better Start in 2019
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The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? The IIHS’s initial list of safe cars for 2019 is in, prison time for a United Auto Workers exec, General Motors job cuts and more await you in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. 1st Gear: Safety First, Kids The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s initial 2019 safety picks are out. Thirty cars nabbed the the spot for top honors, which is impressive when you consider only 12 cars made it last year. The criteria, which you can view in full here, includes small overlap front crash tests, side crash tests, roof strength tests and headlight rating. This year’s ratings saw stricter standards, reports the Detroit Free Press, as automakers needed to earn a “good” rating in the passenger-side crash test, where they only needed an “acceptable” in the past to pass. Among the cars picked are the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla, … [Read more...] about Japanese and Korean Cars Are the Safest: IIHS
Keith Laing The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EST Dec 17, 2018 Washington — The furious backlash against General Motors Co.’s restructuring, delivered by official Washington, may be a harbinger of things to come. Even as the Detroit automaker executes a plan to cut 8,000 salaried employees, idle four U.S. plants and imperil 3,300 hourly workers, its crosstown rivals are quietly reshaping their footprints to account for dramatically shifting demand and to bolster their cash hoards to fund next-generation technology. The result is likely to be frustration, confusion and yet more pushback from constituencies outside the executive suites: Why are automakers booking billions in North American profits on fatter profit margins acting like companies desperately managing an imminent recession? And how can they justify the actions when two of Detroit’s three automakers owe their survival to U.S. taxpayers amid the global financial meltdown? GM and … [Read more...] about New GM faces old headwinds in D.C.
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Trade Tension This weekend’s G7 summit between leaders from the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany and Canada didn’t end on a great note, after President Donald Trump refused to sign the group’s communique after saying he felt slighted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on U.S. trade tariffs. Trump is mad at Canada’s tariffs on U.S. dairy products, and one response is a U.S. tariff on steel and aluminum, which matters to you, Jalopnik reader, because critics fear it could raise the price of cars. But as this trade war looks to escalate, now we have the U.S. threatening to put tariffs on cars themselves, Reuters reports: Canada, Mexico and the EU also are moving ahead with their own levies on U.S. goods. But tariffs on U.S. imports of … [Read more...] about Trump Threatens Auto Tariffs Next After G7 Spat