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- Green Light -- European car making trade body ACEA published a list of things its members hope governments will do to encourage autonomous vehicles. It has a handy timeline for implementation that climbs by year to 2028 then skips 20 years and ends up at 2050. Did I read that right? How do you know that you are asking for the right things if you have so little confidence in showing how it will affect timing?
- How Come You Don’t Call Me -- VW is moving European customers to 24-month service interval. The brand says that reliability is so fabulous nowadays that it seems primitive to check the car after a single year of driving. Good news for tired customers who dread arranging a trip to the garage, but how will dealers react to seeing their beloved customers less? And will warranty rise when owners have fewer chances to say, “and just take a look at this while you’re at it please” as the car is being serviced?
- All Around The World -- Hyundai thinks that by 2035, electric vehicles will be mainstream products in emerging markets. Ambitious? Yes. Likely? Maybe. That’s less than three product cycles, so there is plenty of work to be done. But if prices keep falling, someone develops reliable chargers within microgrids and (whisper it) battery swapping can be cracked, then it sounds plausible. Any reason why those same innovations wouldn’t catch on in the West and China too?
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?