Williams’s Rob Smedley explained that the points gap between Force India and themselves could have been much bigger had it not been for Nico Hulkenberg’s crash at the Singapore Grand Prix. Suffering a point-less Sunday, Valtteri Bottas retired his car on the 35th lap due to overheating while Felipe Massa finished P12, the same position he qualified in. Interestingly, Smedley, Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance, believes that Force India will be more disappointed than them as they missed a huge opportunity to gain some major points on the Constructors’ Championship table. “I’ve congratulated them for getting four points and jumping back in front of us,” he revealed. “They did a good job. They’ll be much more disappointed than us. This was a great track where they could have made inroads on us like we did on them at Monza. “Having lost only four points to them and being one point behind in the championship, I think … [Read more...] about Smedley: Force India will be more disappointed than us
German auto major BMW is all set to join the auto-industry production boom in Mexico and will be investing $1 billion to build the company’s first assembly plant in the country. Sources close to the project suggest that the upcoming plant will be capable of producing 1.50 lakh vehicles per annum and is expected to manufacture the Bavarian based manufacturer’s compact model range. BMW is expected to make an official announcement regarding the plant later this week and the factory is said to be located either in Hidalgo State north of Mexico City or San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. BMW is considering the Mexican production of its front-wheel drive models, which include the 2015 MINI as well as the next generation 1-Series that is due for launch in 2017. The company is also expected to produce the 3-Series models at the new plant in Mexico. Building the compact range models in Mexico will help the company offset the lower margins for smaller vehicles. Mercedes started … [Read more...] about BMW’s Upcoming Plant In Mexico Will Build 1.50 Lakh Cars Annually
road trips in their electric vehicles. The Tesla Model S in particular has become the go-to vehicle for electric touring. When equipped with the 85-kWh battery pack, the Model S offers up to 265 miles of range, which is a respectable distance to cover in one sitting. It's still notable, though, when a Model S driver makes a particularly long trek, especially when much of the route is mostly devoid of Tesla Superchargers.Guy Hall, the president of the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association, drove his Tesla Model S from the US/Mexico border outside of Yuma, Arizona to Fairbanks, Alaska in 17 days. He calls the trip the T5 (Tesla Tijuana to Tundra Tour), and he encourages other people to make the journey, despite the challenge of driving through areas that are sparsely populated. gas stations with electrical outlets were few and far between, he stopped at RV parks to charge (a trick of the Tesla tripping trade we've seen before). Hall made use of his charms, and would offer rides in his … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S driver goes from Mexico to Alaska, loves the experience
Kia is the latest in a string of automakers to announce plans to build new or expanded factories in Mexico. The Korean company has signed a $1 billion deal to establish a plant in Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León, with construction starting in late September. If everything proceeds on schedule, the facility should be complete in the first half of 2016 and be able to produce 300,000 vehicles a year.The $1-billion investment will create a "new, highly automated manufacturing plant," according to Kia's announcement, a facility covering 1,235 acres of land. Confirming earlier rumors, Kia will produce compact models there, but the company won't reveal specific model names, just yet. When complete, the factory in Mexico will boost the automaker's annual capacity to 3.37 million vehicles a year with 1.69 million of those in Korea and 1.68 million abroad. It will also join Kia's plant in Georgia (where the Optima and Sorento are made) as the business' other North American location.Kia … [Read more...] about Kia confirms $1B factory in Mexico to be completed in 2016
Nissan said it will produce a vehicle based on the Kicks Concept car shown at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in 2014. It will be sold globally, beginning in Latin America this year.CEO Carlos Ghosn said the car appeals to Latin American markets that prefer compact crossovers. You know who else buys compact crossovers? You, and everyone else you know, apparently.According to several reports, the Kicks would fit into the automaker’s lineup between the smaller Juke and larger Qashqai. Is there a hole for crossover sales between our Juke and Rogue? There’s only one way to find out.Nissan said the Kicks would be produced in Brazil at its new Resende facility that also produces the March and Versa. In case you’re wondering, the automaker’s plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico also produces the March/Micra and Versa — alongside the Sentra — so they may have a few tools to fit the Kick around there too.From history, we know Nissan isn’t afraid … [Read more...] about Nissan Greenlights Kicks for Latin America, Why Not Sell It In The US?
Gather a bunch of factory guys together in a bar and you can smell the bullshit flying from a mile away.In this case, the factory guys were myself and other field sales managers from American Honda Motor Company, and the bar was located inside the Marriott in Torrance, California. The talk turned to working with Honda dealerships.“I made that dealer take more green del Sols, and I told him to build a new facility and to get his CSI up,” said Ed. “Then I screwed his daughter.”Shortly thereafter, the conversation turned to the new California Distributor license plates used by “import” car corporations on company-owned vehicles. The new version did not spell out the word “Distributor” and instead displayed the letters “DST.”Haha, sure you will!A few months later, I would attempt that very ticket-beating tactic myself.In late 1993, our once-wonderful world at … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve, 1993: The Distributor Plate and the New Mexico Police
Public disdain for small cars means Ford is going to take U.S. production behind the barn and shoot it.That, Toyota practices good corporate citizenry, Honda worries it can’t build enough CR-Vs, and BMW Films returns with a new action-drenched short starring Clive Owen and the new 5 Series… after the break! Ford is abandoning the small car in the U.S. and Mexico gets the scrapsChanging consumer preferences has led to Ford’s plan to end small-car production in the U.S. by 2018. With incentive spending now higher than ever on cars, the company has finally said enough is enough.“You can only go so far in terms of trying to entice customers to purchase those kinds of products,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in an interview with Automotive News. “We’ll focus on some of the segments where customers are migrating towards, whether it’s SUVs or pickup trucks, and we’re doing nicely there.”Ford is still going to … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Ford Is Building Cars in Mexico Because You Won’t Buy Them
Remember the good old days? When men were men, women were grateful for that, and drunk drivers weren’t running into aircraft? Well, it’s #THE CURRENT YEAR, as noted pint-sized pansy ass John Oliver reminds America’s idle rich every Sunday night, and those innocent times of yore are long gone, replaced by a world in which even fire ants need a safe space.But there’s no space in Gallup, New Mexico that is safe from drunk drivers, as 26-year-old Glenn Livingston recently proved.Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene of a rollover near Gallup, NM. The scene was barricaded with emergency vehicles so the people in the car could be flown out via helicopter. Having heard some tales of the “checkerboard land” near Gallup, I think it’s reasonable to guess that the rollover was alcohol-related, although the KOB4 news story only hints at that.But why have one drunk-driving incident when you can have two?Frank Hernandez was at the scene and … [Read more...] about New Mexico Man Raises The Bar For Drunk Driving Sky High — By Hitting A Helicopter
There’s something about billions of dollars in investment and carefully planned long-term product strategies that make it hard for an automaker to turn on a dime in the face of a threat.Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields says his company has no plans to reverse course on its goal of boosting production of cars and components in Mexico, even after President-elect Trump’s promise of a 35-percent tariff on vehicles crossing the Rio Grande.It’s a game of chicken Ford intents to win.Speaking after an address at the Los Angeles Auto Show last night, Fields said it’s full steam ahead on the automaker’s Mexico plans. Saying he feels that such a tariff would negatively impact the U.S. economy, Fields implied that Trump’s election promise won’t amount to much.“A tariff like that would be imposed on the entire auto sector, and that could have a huge impact on the U.S. economy,” Fields said, according to Automotive News. “I continue … [Read more...] about Don’t Expect Us to Backpedal on Mexico Plans: Ford CEO
The Environmental Protection Agency has asked Volkswagen to build electric vehicles in the United States as part of an effort to make up for nearly 600,000 illegally polluting diesels, reported German newspaper Welt am Sonntag (via Automotive News).The proposal, if accepted by both parties, could bring electric vehicle production to Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which currently produces gasoline and diesel versions of the Volkswagen Passat and is slated to build a three-row midsize SUV by the end of 2016.But what electric vehicles could Volkswagen build in the United States?Currently, the Volkswagen brand sells only the fully-electric e-Golf and a turbocharged hybrid version of the Jetta in the U.S. Those models are assembled in Wolfsburg, Germany, and Puebla, Mexico, respectively. Neither of them, nor their traditional gas and diesel counterparts, are assembled in Chattanooga. (In Canada, customers can only get the Jetta as the … [Read more...] about EPA Asks Volkswagen to Build Electric Vehicles in US, But What It Build?