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New car gross sales as soon as once more in June, stories Editor-in-Chief Paul A. Eisenstein. Most automakers skilled double-digit declines as components shortages, significantly semiconductors, proceed to plague the business.
Some of the opposite tales it’s essential learn about embrace:
- Hyundai continued its shift towards an all-electric line-up, revealing a full have a look at the soon-to-come Ioniq 6 sedan. The new mannequin’s unveiling comes as rumors swirl that the model is reducing extra gas-powered sedans from its line-up, and the Ioniq 6 is taken into account, by some, a alternative for the midsize Sonata;
- U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) mentioned the demise of federal tax credit for EVs is tremendously exaggerated. She mentioned talks are ongoing concerning the incentives, however observers notice it’s unlikely the union-favorable deal is unlikely to get handed;
- Tesla was as soon as ordered to pay a $137 million award to a former contract worker for racial discrimination. A decide lowered it to $15 million, and as soon as the sufferer declined that, Tesla legal professionals rapidly requested for a brand new trial to find out the award once more and the identical decide that lowered the full additionally agreed to a brand new listening to;
- Rumors about Nissan reducing its Titan full-size pickup received louder final week with some noting there isn’t any plan for the truck after the 2024 mannequin 12 months; and,
- Bank of America analyst John Murphy provided up his business insights and the annual Car Wars report about what anticipate within the subsequent three years. Murphy believes if the U.S. experiences a recession it can unlikely hit the auto business to an enormous backlog of demand for brand spanking new automobiles courtesy of the semiconductor scarcity. Additionally, it was predicted that Tesla’s EV market share will drop from 75% to only 11% in a couple of quick years.
Executive Editor Joseph Szczesny notes Consumers are reporting 11 p.c extra issues with their 2022 automobiles than the prior 12 months’s new fashions, in response to the most recent J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study. The quantity is a 36-year excessive, and of 33 ranked manufacturers, solely 9 noticed enchancment in contrast with final 12 months. Complex electronics and inconsistent manufacturing schedules are the first causes for the lower, though Buick jumped from 12th general to first.
Ford took a handful of journalists to Drummond Island on the eastern-most fringe of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to place the brand new Bronco Everglades mannequin — the corporate’s most off-road succesful model — by way of its paces — and Managing Editor Michael Strong was considered one of them. After climbing steep rock inclines, fording water greater than 3-feet deep and tromping by way of dense woods and mud-caked trails, Strong agrees. Find out extra at TheDetroitBureau.com.
Strong additionally notes the week forward will probably be a quiet one, however Ford would be the ultimate automaker to report gross sales. It’ll look to proceed final month’s momentum the place it outperformed different automakers, gaining market share, regardless of it too posting decrease gross sales.
Executive Editor Larry Printz walks us by way of this week in automotive historical past, beginning this week in 1932 when Audi, Porsche and two different firms be a part of forces to create the Audi we all know at this time, together with the 4 linked circles which are the model’s emblem at this time.
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