Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAna Swanson July 12, 2018 DETROIT — China’s flag flies high above Henniges Automotive, alongside those of Germany, Mexico, Canada and other nations, reflecting the global nature of Michigan’s auto industry and, increasingly, its reliance on Beijing. Henniges, which produces sealing products for cars, was bought in 2015 by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a state-owned company that has snapped up other investments in the Detroit area, including the automotive supplier Nexteer, which sits just across Interstate 75 from Henniges. Over the past several years, Beijing has steadily pumped billions of dollars’ worth of investment into Michigan, buying crumbling factories, building new ones and supporting more than 10,000 jobs in the state. But where Michigan sees an economic partner, … [Read more...] about Trump’s Trade War With China Pierces the Heart of Michigan
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While GTE Am may be the lowest class of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is by no means the least competitive. With six Porsche 911 RSRs, five Ferrari 488 GTEs and two Aston Martin Vantages the machinery in action doesn’t hang around. To say the class could be won by any of the cars listed below could be seen as a cop out, but it is a tough choice to make. Ultimately The Proton Competition cars are most likely to be the fastest of the Porsche’s as they bring their experience. While the Risi Competizione name may not be hanging over the garages this year, the team will still be there under the Keating Motorsport banner, while all of the Ferrari entrants are strong, it is likely to be this car or the JMW Motorsport Ferrari that leads the way. The Aston Martin’s are tried and tested, but they are the oldest cars in the class, hopefully this wont hamper their progress, if they are on the pace we could see three different manufacturers on the podium. Without … [Read more...] about PREVIEW: 2018 24 hours of Le Mans – GTE Am class
By Peter M. DeLorenzoDetroit. Needless to say, I have been inundated with emails from readers and others awaiting my take on Sergio Marchionne’s latest plan for FCA. And even though it will disappoint some, my comments will be brief. For starters, it is plainly obvious that FCA is no longer, it is now JARM (for Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Ram and Maserati). The reason Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler weren’t mentioned during the press event is that those divisions are simply going to cease to exist here. Yes, the minivan will survive, and the True Believers in Auburn Hills will churn out muscle cars as long as that plan is sustainable (which isn’t long), but Chrysler will fade away and the Fiat brand will be confined to the markets where it has a chance. (As if the Fiat dealers here in the U.S. need to be reminded, the brand never should have been brought here in the first place, and it cost them dearly because they bought into Sergio’s charade hook, … [Read more...] about THE AUTOEXTREMIST BRAND IMAGE METER VII: THE TRIFECTA OF NOT GOOD EDITION.
After three troubled years with McLaren, Honda concede they need to decide whether they can cope with the “pressure” and “responsibility” of powering Red Bull before entering a possible deal. Red Bull are considering their options for next season, which include staying with current supplier Renault or swapping to Honda. But while much of the focus is on what Red Bull want, Honda motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto says the Japanese company also needs to consider the ramifications of adding Red Bull to their customer list. They have reportedly already began talks with Red Bull but Christian Horner is adamant he won’t make a decision until he’s seen both engine supplier’s Canadian GP upgrades. “We regard it as a positive thing, giving us time means we have time to consult more,” Yamamoto told Motorsport.com. “We are very positive. “To deal with Red Bull is a really big thing for Honda, because they are a top team. “This … [Read more...] about Honda on ‘pressure, responsibility’ of potential Red Bull deal
Japan's major automakers and battery manufacturers have teamed up with their government to fast-track the development of solid-state batteries. The automakers include Toyota, Nissan and Honda, who have joined forces with Japanese battery manufacturers Panasonic and GS Yuasa in the program, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will provide about $14 million in funding via the research body Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology (LIBTEC), which is also involved in the program. Solid-state batteries promise improved safety, range and charge times for electric cars compared to liquid-type batteries currently in use. This is because they're less prone to overheating or fire, and they’re also much denser, meaning more capacity. The technology also promises lower costs, although manufacturing the batteries at the scale required for the auto industry is not viable at present. Toyota late last year said it will have solid-state batteries … [Read more...] about Japanese automakers partner on solid-state batteries in EV race
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: Is This The Beginning Of Not The End? Harley-Davidson has been on the skids for a while now, as the Youths generally don’t like things that are entirely associated with their parents. Also the internet is at least entertaining enough to the point where you’re not so bored that you feel like jumping on a motorcycle that will inevitably kill you. Harley’s gotten increasingly desperate as the downward slide continued, to the point where it just sort of threw up its hands and gave its interns free bikes. But the strategy may be working, kind of. Harley’s shipments might be down from its heyday, but at least they’re not getting worse, Reuters says: Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) stood by its full-year motorcycle shipments forecast and beat quarterly profit estimates on Tuesday, … [Read more...] about There Might Be A Glimmer Of Hope For Harley-Davidson
McDonalds Yokkaichi I love Japan. I love the culture, the people, the food, the countryside. Our annual trip to this seemingly magical place has become one of the highlights of my year. From the primary root of a language based upon an entirely different set of characters to those used in the West, to the intricate web of social hierarchy and interaction, from clothing styles to music, car design to self-opening and flushing toilets… Japan is perhaps the one place on earth that, despite over a decade of travel, still to me feels truly foreign. It is absolutely unique. Down to the smallest detail. In Yokkaichi there is a small McDonalds at the train station. We make a point to visit at least once a year. You may ask why, when one finds oneself in a country responsible for some of the most beautiful, fresh and incredible tasting food in the world, we should choose to avail ourselves to this most Western of mass-produced muck. But the answer is that what is produced is, as far as … [Read more...] about The Way of the Warrior
The Nissan 370Z has soldiered on mostly unchanged since 2009, with no definite plans for a replacement. Now, we've just come across an interesting rumor from Japan that gives us some hope for a new Z. Japanese site Response (via Japanese Nostalgic Car) reports that Nissan is working on a next-generation Z with the help of Mercedes-Benz. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below It's an intriguing rumor, but before we delve deeper, Japanese Nostalgic Car's Ben Hsu says we should take the news with a "blizzard-warning load of salt." That said, there are plenty of reasons why a Nissan-Mercedes partnership would make sense in a vehicle like this.The two automakers have already worked together on the Mercedes GLA-based Infiniti QX30 and the Nissan Navarra-based Mercedes X-Class pickup. Nissan collaborating on a sports-car project would take a page out of Toyota's playbook—recall the partnership with Subaru on the 86/BRZ, and with BMW on the upcoming Supra/Z4. Sales volumes are low when … [Read more...] about Is Nissan Partnering With Mercedes on a New Z? Depends Who You Ask
Subaru of America is fresh off its best U.S. sales year.Its lineup is anchored by three all-wheel-drive crossovers that remain in strong demand, and the brand has achieved 74 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.This year, with a flowing pipeline of fresh products headed to retailers, including its largest model ever, the three-row Ascent, Subaru anticipates it will chalk up still another record sales year in the United States.That hasn't always been the narrative for Subaru, a car brand created by the Japanese industrial conglomerate formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries.This month, as the automaker marks its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in the U.S., Subaru of America officials and people who shaped today's business over the last few decades remark that success has been a long, and occasionally bumpy, road.Since its start here in 1968 as an importer of a quirky microcar called the 360, Subaru has fought — and usually won — a slew of uphill battles … [Read more...] about Underdog Subaru celebrates 50 years in the U.S.
Minda is now the second billionaire in the domestic component industry after Motherson Sumi's V C Sehgal, whose family holds 63.10 per cent stake in the company, valued at Rs 504 billion (based on Wednesday's closing stock price). Minda Industries – a component maker catering to cars, two-wheelers, tractors, and commercial vehicles – is also the fourth-most valued Indian auto component maker with a market cap of Rs 110 billion behind Motherson (Rs 799 billion), Bosch (Rs 605 billion), and Wabco India (Rs 143 billion). Incidentally, sixty-year-old Minda is a year younger to the business, which was founded by his father Shadi Lal Minda in 1958. The one-plant unit was catering to the aftermarket and it gradually found customers such as Hindustan Motors, Fiat, Ashok Leyland, and Bajaj Auto. The annual business revenue was around Rs 0.7 million, recalls Minda, the company's chairman and managing director. Minda joined his father's business at the age of seventeen, in 1974. … [Read more...] about 300% rise in one year! The Gurgaon firm promoter who became a billionaire