Category Archives: Automotive Industry

Commentary: Is $18 Billion Enough?

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern $18 billion is how much it costs to lie to consumers. Volkswagen AG has reached a settlement with the EPA to rectify an issue with their 2.0 liter TDI engines. VW will initiate a three-pronged … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Act of “Brexiting”

Tweet A mighty industrial power once built these by hand. Now what? – Photo by Randy Stern It is tough not to talk about politics these days. In fact, I would rather not. There’s just too much opportunism, acrimony, hatred, … Continue reading

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Bringing IndyCar Engine technology To The Streets

Tweet IndyCar is the guiding light for engine manufacturers. Downsized, turbocharged, high compression ratios, and exotic materials – this describes the 2.2 liter twin turbo V6 specified by the Verizon IndyCar series. These engines are designed, built and supplied by … Continue reading

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The Speculator: May I Suggest…?

Tweet OK, what if I were some product developer for some automotive manufacturer? If given the license to develop new vehicles for the automotive market, what could I come up with? “Oh, this has got to be good…” After more … Continue reading

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Historiography: Where Dreams Comes True

Tweet The last car dealership in Reseda, California. All Photos by Randy Stern We love and hate car dealers. We love them, since they spark our dreams. That old car in the garage racked up plenty of miles and repair … Continue reading

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Commentary: Is Skoda Coming Here?

Tweet Skoda is coming to North America…maybe. Obviously, this was a surprise news item. Automotive News broke this story, as Volkswagen AG has been trying to find a way to offset sales losses across the group. In North America, that … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Nissan-Mitsubishi Affair – Part II

Tweet Before you start putting Nissan badges on this car… – Photo by Randy Stern There is a lot more to this story than you think… Previously, my collaborator, Tyler Lipa, discussed the root cause that brought Nissan to pay … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Nissan-Mitsubishi Affair – Part I

Tweet 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage – Photo by Randy Stern Being something you’re not is worse than not being the best. Mitsubishi is far from the most successful car company right now. Sometimes the pressure to improve can lead to shortcuts … Continue reading

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V&R@5: It All Started With One Car…

Tweet It was a single car started everything for Victory & Reseda. The idea of that car began on the first day of the 2011 Twin Cities Auto Show inside of the Minneapolis Convention Center. I was to meet with … Continue reading

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Commentary: Scion 2002-2016

TweetWe probably saw this one coming. The story broke this week regarding the closing of Toyota’s Scion brand by one of my colleagues. I held back some form of reaction until I received confirmation from Toyota Motor Sales USA. That … Continue reading

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