Category Archives: Automotive Industry

Commentary: The Immediate Social and Industrial Impact of a 238-Mile Range EV

Tweet General Motors is defining what a practical EV looks like. Electric cars might not be what will make a difference to meet the looming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025. The future will see greater and greater … Continue reading

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Nissan Raises The Hybrid SUV Ante

Tweet Is there a worse time to build an all new hybrid? Nissan laid the Altima Hybrid to rest in 2011. Despite higher fuel prices than today the Altima Hybrid did not sell well. Nissan, under Carlos Ghosn, has always … Continue reading

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Historiography: Downsizing

Tweet 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville – All Photos by Randy Stern September 30, 1976 may not be on everyone’s calendar – but it should be. On that date, the American automotive industry showed us the way forward. It was … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Life of an Automobile Retailer

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern What is it like to be a car dealership? Automotive retailing is a huge business in the USA. It was built on the idea of introducing the public to the automobile. Our Historiography showed how … Continue reading

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The Speculator: What is The Cadillac Escala?

Tweet First, it was the Ciel. Then came the Elmiraj. Now, the Escala. Now what? Good question. In recent years, Cadillac made the Monterey Car Week their platform to entice us towards the next design movement for the brand. General … Continue reading

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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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