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Analog Revenge: Chip Shortage Forcing Automakers to Ditch Tech

After months of seeing factories idled, it seems that the global semiconductor shortage has encouraged the automotive sector to rethink some production strategies. Numerous brands have opted to strip vehicles of specific features to help offset the ever-worsening chip problem, occasionally supplanting them with older hardware. Well, well, well. It looks like the push into […] The post Analog Revenge: Chip Shortage Forcing Automakers to Ditch Tech appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supply Chain, Autos, Supply, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, News Blog, Industry Trends, Chip Shortage, Semiconductor Shortage, Semiconductor Chip


Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason

As if you needed more doom and gloom to kick off this week, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) lobby has confessed that its fleet will go into the next few months operating well below capacity. That means there’s a very good chance that some parts of the country could see gas shortages over the summer. While […] The post Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, Fuel, Autos, Drivers, Shortage, Fuel Economy, Industry News, Oil Industry, Big Oil, News Blog, National Tank Truck Carriers NTTC, Fuel Shortage, Tanker Operators


Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad

The global shortage of semiconductor chips has really done a number on the industry and it’s just one of several major supplier issues created by our response to the pandemic. Years from now, people will look back and use the benefit of hindsight to come up with the perfect solution to a problem that has […] The post Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Stats, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Shortage, Supply, Chip, Semiconductor, Industry News, Demand, News Blog, Part Shortages, Just-in-time


UAW Annoyed With GM’s Mexican EVs

General Motors has decided its fifth electric vehicle facility should be in Mexico and has set aside $1 billion for its complex in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico. While a portion of the funds will go toward a new paint shop, the manufacturer also said the money would be used to prepare the site for EV […] The post UAW Annoyed With GM’s Mexican EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Unions, Mexico, General Motors, Industry, United States, Gm, Autos, Industry News, UAW, United Auto Workers, News Blog, Labor Union, Union News, Ramos Arizpe Coahuila Mexico


Faraday Future Amazingly Still Active

Faraday Future hasn’t been making many headlines of late. But it remains an active business entity, surprisingly enough. On Thursday, it announced it had selected Velodyne Lidar Inc. as the exclusive supplier for the sensing/mapping hardware that’s going into its flagship FF91 EV. Faraday’s missteps have been so frequent and gargantuan, that it would be impossible […] The post Faraday Future Amazingly Still Active appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: FF, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Partnerships, Faraday Future, Industry News, News Blog, EV startups, Velodyne Lidar Inc, FF91, Blank Check, Tech Firms


Rental Car Demand Pushes Hawaiian Tourists Toward U-Haul

With car rentals crippled through 2020 as society collectively stopped traveling in response to the pandemic, businesses entered 2021 with the perfect excuse to charge exorbitant fees to lend out some of the cheapest vehicles on the market. Cities have it particularly bad as rental firms find themselves with a surplus of locals wanting to […] The post Rental Car Demand Pushes Hawaiian Tourists Toward U-Haul appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Hawaii, Autos, Rental Car, Fleet, Industry News, News Blog, Pandemic, Supply And Demand, U-Haul, Rental Fleets, COVID, Auto Rental


Stellantis Staffers Charged With Conspiracy to Cheat Emissions Tests, Defraud Customers

Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed new criminal charges that named several Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) officials accused of conspiring to cheat U.S. emissions tests and defraud customers buying their diesel-powered products. The indictment was opened in the Eastern District of Michigan, identifying FCA diesel senior manager Emanuele Palma (42) and two Italian nationals employed by FCA Italy SpA — Sergio […] The post Stellantis Staffers Charged With Conspiracy to Cheat Emiss...
Tags: Government, Fraud, Conspiracy, Industry, Fca, Autos, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Industry News, Crime And Punishment, Sergio, Eastern District of Michigan, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Crime & Punishment


Chip Shortage Forcing Daimler to Stall Production

In today’s update on the semiconductor shortage, we learn that Daimler has elected to place over 18,000 Mercedes-Benz employees on reduced schedules. With an insufficient number of chips, the manufacturer cannot produce vehicles with sufficient reliability and has decided to ease off until resupplies are more predictable. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen for at least […] The post Chip Shortage Forcing Daimler to Stall Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Chips, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Daimler, Industry News, Daimler AG, News Blog, Chip Shortage, Semiconductor Shortage


A Dozen More States Virtue Signaling Over Vehicle Bans

Having noticed that Washington got a bit of publicity for vowing to ban all vehicles reliant on internal combustion after 2030, a dozen other American states decided it would be a good idea to reaffirm their own religious-like commitment to the environment by saying they too will be restricting your choice of automobiles by 2035. […] The post A Dozen More States Virtue Signaling Over Vehicle Bans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Washington, Government, White House, America, Green, United States, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Autos, Environmentalism, Biden, EVs, Industry News, Bans, UAW, News Blog


European Automakers Think Fuel Taxes Will Increase EV Sales

Undoubtedly eager to improve the take rate of electric vehicles, automakers have a myriad of solutions at their disposal. But the majority have something to do with getting the government involved to futz around with taxes. Normally, this has to do with making special exceptions for EVs or subsidizing them via rebate programs. But governments […] The post European Automakers Think Fuel Taxes Will Increase EV Sales appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Government, Carbon, Eu, European Union, Green, Regulation, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Autos, Environmentalism, Automotive Industry, EVs, Industry News, VDA, News Blog


South Korean Battery Firms Reach Settlement, Georgia Factory Approved

It looks like the White House won’t be needing to take any action in response to the International Trade Commission’s decision on how to handle the feud between South Korea’s LG Chem and SK Innovation. The duo has reached a settlement that would allow the former battery manufacturer to complete assembly on its $2.6-billion plant located in […] The post South Korean Battery Firms Reach Settlement, Georgia Factory Approved appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: South Korea, White House, Georgia, Electric Vehicles, Lawsuits, Autos, Lg, Law And Order, Itc, Industry News, International Trade Commission, LG Chem, SK, News Blog, Lithium-ion, Hot Legal Action


Rubber Shortages Become Latest Problem for Auto Industry

Those of you tracking the semiconductor shortage can probably take it easy for a while, as practically every industry group on the planet has tentatively agreed we’ll be seeing a chip deficit for a few years. Meanwhile, market analysts are trying to predict the next material we won’t have enough of and rubber is looking […] The post Rubber Shortages Become Latest Problem for Auto Industry appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Trade, Autos, Automotive Industry, Suppliers, Rubber, Industry News, Semiconductors, Latex, News Blog, Trade War Watch, Natural Rubber, Supply Chain Issues, Chip Shortage, Component Shortages, Material Shortages


Ford Skipping Summer Shutdowns

Ford will be ignoring the typical two-week summer shutdown this year as a way to make up for production downtime caused by the semiconductor shortage. That’s undoubtedly going to complicate some vacation plans. But Blue Oval has already given loads of workers time off and has more downtime planned through April and now that the […] The post Ford Skipping Summer Shutdowns appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Ford, Autos, Vacation, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, UAW, Blue Oval, News Blog, Union News, Summer Shutdown, Factory News, Chip Shortage, Part Shortage


Auto Industry Requests U.S. Government Help With Chip Shortage

The Alliance for Auto Innovation (AAI) is hard at work begging the federal government for help while the world continues coping with the semiconductor chip shortage, though it’s hardly the first time the industry has asked for or received administrative assistance. With pandemic lockdowns throwing global supply chains into a tailspin, U.S President Joe Biden said […] The post Auto Industry Requests U.S. Government Help With Chip Shortage appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Supply Chain, Joe Biden, Production, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Supply, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, News Blog, Automotive Suppliers, Part Shortages, Alliance for Auto Innovation AAI


Tesla Lawsuit Against Rivian Moves Forward in California Superior Court

The lawsuits continue against EV startup Rivian. Though it hasn’t built any vehicles to date, the company has an aggressive plan to manufacture its “Tesla killer” vehicles at the former Diamond Star Motors plant at Normal, Illinois, and sell its wares directly to customers via nine showrooms across the nation. Various parties take issue with both […] The post Tesla Lawsuit Against Rivian Moves Forward in California Superior Court appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Sales, Tesla, Trade Secrets, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Lawsuits, Autos, New Cars, Tesla Motors, Industry News, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Hot Legal Action, Normal Illinois, Diamond Star Motors


Automotive Industry Begs U.S. Government for Money

With President Biden planning to announce an infrastructure proposal that could easily exceed $2 trillion, the automotive industry has come to the realization that some of that money could be used to make its job easier. Following Tesla’s attempt at charming the federal government into making carbon credits more valuable, automotive lobbies, supplier groups, and […] The post Automotive Industry Begs U.S. Government for Money appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Subsidies, Biden, EVs, Industry News, UAW, Begging, News Blog, Union News, Automotive Lobby, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, Lobbying Groups, Alliance for Automobile Innovation


Cazoo Selling Itself to Blank Check Firm for Insane IPO

Years from now, there’s a distinct chance that humanity will look at blank check firms, better known as special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), with disdain. Today is not that day, however. Cazoo Ltd, which has often been called the British Carvana, is reportedly selling itself to Ajax Holdings for a breezy $7 billion USD. While the used-vehicle […] The post Cazoo Selling Itself to Blank Check Firm for Insane IPO appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Used Cars, Autos, Online Sales, Industry News, News Blog, Carvana, Dealer News, Car Dealership, SPACs, Special Purpose Acquisition Company, Cazoo, Blank-check Firm, Automotive Dealer, Cazoo Co, Cazoo Ltd, Ajax Holdings


Semiconductor Shortage Delays More Automobiles

The industry is having to stall more plants to contend with the semiconductor shortage that’s currently making it more difficult for you to get everything from a smartphone on up to your next vehicle. Ford Motor Co. recently informed employees that its Dearborn truck plant (easily one of its most profitable facilities) would need to be […] The post Semiconductor Shortage Delays More Automobiles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, General Motors, Industry, Ford, Autos, Chrysler, Automotive Industry, Shortage, Delays, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, Unifor, Dearborn


GM Considers Sharing Chevy Bolt Between Dealers

The latest from Detroit has General Motors considering tweaking its delivery strategy for electric vehicles. While this appears to tangentially fall into the industry trend of trying to shove EVs into an online sales model, GM’s plan is distinctive and would introduce centralized inventory lots for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt (hatchback and EUV) before Christmas. […] The post GM Considers Sharing Chevy Bolt Between Dealers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, Online Sales, Bolt, Detroit, EVs, Industry News, Chevrolet Bolt, Inventory, Sales Strategy, News Blog, Dealership


Report: Chinese Military Bans Tesla Vehicles From Facilities

The Chinese military has decided to ban all Tesla vehicles from housing complexes and bases after citing them as a potential security risk. Since the cars use an array of ultrasonic sensors and cameras to create a panoramic view used for advanced driving features, China is concerned the American brand could use the cars to […] The post Report: Chinese Military Bans Tesla Vehicles From Facilities appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Security, Elon Musk, Government, China, Tesla, Data, Industry, Autos, National Security, Industry News, News Blog, Tesla Inc, Chinese military


Rivian Plans Showroom for Trendiest Part of Brooklyn

Electric-truck startup Rivian has signed the lease for its first showroom in New York City and has selected one of the trendiest spots in Brooklyn. Once known for its high crime rate, Williamsburg has undergone three decades of gentrification and is now awash with luxury retailers normally reserved for the swankiest parts of Manhattan. In the […] The post Rivian Plans Showroom for Trendiest Part of Brooklyn appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York City, Marketing, Industry, Brooklyn, Electric Vehicles, Manhattan, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Industry News, Williamsburg, News Blog, Dealer News, Showrooms, Rivian, R1T, R1S


Teutonic Tesla: Volkswagen Now Building ‘Gigafactories’

As much as we’ve criticized American luxury brands for emulating the Germans, we’ve failed to do the same for Volkswagen Group’s pathetic attempts at copying Tesla. That changes with Monday’s announcement that VW will assemble six “gigafactories” in Europe by 2030. Shared on “Power Day” — the company’s bastardized version of Tesla’s Battery Day — the plan […] The post Teutonic Tesla: Volkswagen Now Building ‘Gigafactories’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Tesla, Green, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Industry News, Gigafactory, Volkswagen Group, VW Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, Power Day


Family Man: VW’s Chief Strategy Officer Abandons Ship for Smart Boats

Volkswagen’s strategy chief since 2015, Michael Jost (59), has announced that he will be departing after more than a decade with the company. While the cynics among us will undoubtedly jump to conclusions about the botched launches of VW Group’s new EVs and the all-important Mk8 Golf, the man himself claimed that his primary reason for […] The post Family Man: VW’s Chief Strategy Officer Abandons Ship for Smart Boats appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Industry, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Industry News, VW Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, Michael Jost, Staffing Changes, Management Changes


Judge Approves Daimler AG’s $1.5 Billion Diesel Emissions Settlement

On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a $1.5 billion settlement to pump the brakes on an investigation conducted by the U.S. government pursuing claims that Daimler used illicit software that allowed excess diesel emissions on 250,000 units. This runs in tandem with another $700 million settlement the automaker is making with vehicle owners, which is […] The post Judge Approves Daimler AG’s $1.5 Billion Diesel Emissions Settlement appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Scandal, Government, Regulations, Industry, Investigations, Autos, Automotive Industry, Mercedes-benz, Clean Air Act, Diesel, Emissions, Settlement, Daimler, Industry News, Dieselgate, Carb


Report: Volvo Dealers Respond Negatively to Digital Retail Strategy

Last week, we discussed Volvo Cars’ plan to transition to an online sales model as a larger quotient of its product becomes electrically driven. As luck would have it, the concept hasn’t been a runaway success with auto retailers. Vehicles becoming increasingly digitized, combined with the unparalleled consumer access offered by the internet, has made […] The post Report: Volvo Dealers Respond Negatively to Digital Retail Strategy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Autos, Online Sales, Volvo, Industry News, Dealerships, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Online Auto Sales, Showroom, Industry Trends, Dealer News, Car Dealer, Automotive Dealers


Sit on It: Foam Shortage Concerning Suppliers

You’ve no doubt heard about the chip shortage sweeping the automotive industry. But have you heard of the foam shortage? That’s right, there’s a dazzling new deficit of supplies in the manufacturing sector and it’s affecting your seats. The semiconductor crisis is so winter. Next season’s hottest supply trend involves those lovely little petrochemicals necessary for […] The post Sit on It: Foam Shortage Concerning Suppliers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Oil, Supply Chain, Autos, Automotive Industry, Supply, Foam, Suppliers, Industry News, Shortages, News Blog, Car Seats, Supplier News, Seat Manufacturers, Seat Production


Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch: Hitting Reset on EV Development

Jaguar Land Rover has canceled several planned vehicles and opted to reassess its Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) after the company started fretting about the probability of unmet emissions requirements. Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell addressed investors on Friday to explain that all subsequent development of the platform would be postponed indefinitely. Ironic, considering MLA was […] The post Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch: Hitting Reset on EV Development appeared first on The Tr...
Tags: Corporate Strategy, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, EVs, Industry News, MLA, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, Deathwatch, JLR deathwatch, Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch


Geely Nixes Volvo Merger, Volvo CEO Explains

Despite having already having Volvo Cars as one of its many subsidiaries, China’s Geely signaled roughly a year ago that it wanted to merge with the brand as part of its strategy to expand globally. Plans changed on this week when the company announced that the duo will be retaining their independent corporate structures, though […] The post Geely Nixes Volvo Merger, Volvo CEO Explains appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Industry, Auto Industry, Mergers, Autos, Automotive Industry, Volvo, Industry News, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Geely Automotive, Geely Nixes Volvo Merger Volvo


Nikola Embarrassed After Internal Review, Now Downsizing

The outside firm Nikola hired to conduct the internal investigation looking into the validity of claims made by ousted founder Trevor Milton has reached a conclusion. Milton does appear to have been fabricating the status of the company’s technology and how far along its prototypes were. But Nikola wasn’t helping and ended up being implicated in […] The post Nikola Embarrassed After Internal Review, Now Downsizing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Truck, SEC, EVs, Industry News, Milton, Nikola, News Blog, Death Watch, Trevor Milton, Hot Legal Action, Semi Truck, Fraud Investigations, NIKOLA DEATH WATCH


Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Ford CEO Calls for U.S. Battery Production

On Wednesday, Ford CEO Jim Farley told attendees of the Wolfe Research Auto Conference that the United States needs to start building batteries for the industry’s planned deluge of electric vehicles now that semiconductor shortages have revealed the dangers of needing to source essential components from the other side of the planet. Farley is likely correct […] The post Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Ford CEO Calls for U.S. Battery Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Corporate Strategy, Industry, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Autos, Supply, EVs, Semiconductor, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, Hindsight, Farley, Jim Hackett, Jim Farley



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