Every week TheDetroitBureau.com reviews on the most important information and occasions occurring within the auto trade and relays these tales in its weekly the Headlight Information podcast. The roundup consists of information, options, opinions and extra.
The Russian invasion into Ukraine helps drive gasoline costs previous $4 a gallon on common throughout the U.S. whereas additionally driving up prices on a wide range of uncooked supplies. All of those will increase has Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares warning that new automobiles are going to be out of value vary for middle-class consumers very quickly.
A number of the different tales you must find out about embrace:
- Sony introduced plans to get into the auto enterprise earlier this yr. Now the digital large is teaming up with Honda to make it occur;
- Hyundai and Kia revealed plans introduce a slew of latest electrical fashions by 2030, together with two battery electrical pickups;
- With COVID circumstances beginning to drop throughout the nation, automakers have begun lifting masks mandates at crops throughout the U.S.; and,
- The saga of the Felicity Ace and the almost 4,000 automobiles on board got here to an sudden finish.
The trade’s shift to electrical automobiles received supercharged final week as Ford and Stellantis outlined plans aimed toward accelerating EV growth — although they’re taking decidedly completely different instructions, says Govt Editor Joe Szczesny. On this week’s Prime Story, Ford CEO Jim Farley and the aforementioned Stellantis chief Tavares tip their arms on their near-term futures: promote extra EVs and bolster their industrial car divisions — utilizing very completely different strategies.
Managing Editor Michael Robust famous that Honda’s lined its bases with the new-gen Civic. There’s a quick one, a hatchback, one with a giant spoiler and the Honda Sport he drove for every week. Larger isn’t all the time higher and few automobiles embody that notion higher than the Civic. Try the evaluation.
Turning to this week, Robust notes the large tales TheDetroitBureau can be protecting, beginning with the return of Spanish luxurious efficiency automotive maker, Hispano Suiza. It’s again with an all-electric mannequin, the Carmen, and we spoke with high executives to get particulars. GM’s more likely to provide an replace just like these given final week by Ford and Stellantis and in the event that they do, we’ll have the story — and many extra.
Govt Editor Larry Printz walks us again to 1958 for this week in automotive historical past the place Fuji Heavy Industries launches a brand new automotive in Japan: the Subaru 360. Underpowered, however low-cost, it goals to tackle the VW Beetle within the U.S. — and fails. Nonetheless, it will definitely results in extra well-liked automobiles just like the Outback and WRX. Discover out extra on this week’s podcast.
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