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- Lose Yourself -- A glitch in Daimler’s app let users see the location of other people’s cars. Daimler said the problem was self-inflicted, quickly fixed and that the information was out of date, so no real harm was done. Why do car companies make software look so difficult?
- Make It Happen -- VW says there are concrete plans in place to achieve European CO2 targets. The firm joins the likes of Ford, BMW, PSA and Kia in making similar statements recently. Mazda and FCA flirted with paying up but have since joined Toyota and Tesla respectively to offset their overruns. Surely it is already apparent that no one can afford the reputational damage that comes from paying fines, especially since product cost is cheaper than a fine on € per g/km CO2 saved?
- Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life -- LG Chem say that in 2025 batteries will cost $100 per kWh, even with electrified vehicles taking 15% market share. As one of the World’s largest manufacturers, you expect them to know a little about (1) the economics, and (2) the availability of materials. Why don’t they seem bothered about the raw material supply crunch that so many others are worrying about?
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?