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Favourite stories of the past week…?
- Future Proof -- Toyota and Subaru will develop an electric vehicle together and BMW will share electric motor designs with JLR. The brands believe that there are plenty of areas where components can be shared without the customer noticing. So far, so sensible. But if it is such a great idea to share new-fangled electric vehicle parts, what do manufacturers stubbornly cling to their own internal combustion engine designs?
- All The Lovers -- FCA will partner with Aurora to develop self-driving vehicles. This is on top of existing agreements with BMW / MobilEye and Waymo. Although the exact investment, package and variable cost implications of using someone else’s system aren’t clear (because no one has a design that works), FCA at least show that fear of missing out is a fiction… providing you have enough volume to bring to the party.
- I Have Questions -- In 2016, 81% of Ford employees were satisfied with the company, in 2018 it was down to 60%. How are we supposed to reconcile the rapidly dropping morale of the troops with the sunny disposition of executives?
Volkswagen plan to make the MEB platform upgradeable so that used vehicle buyers can get a car with a specification and functionality that is better than when it came out of the factory gate
GM’s Corporate line seems to be growing inexorably -- how much longer investors will agree to hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter being spent without any substantive explanation?