Commentary: Celebrating Black Excellence In The Automotive Industry

Ten years ago, I met Ralph Gilles at the Chicago Auto Show. He was both the design boss at, then, Chrysler, LLC, and the head of the Dodge and SRT brands. My first impressions in person were his passion for the automobile and his thought process on how to push the envelope of performance in them.

Historiography: The Assembly Lines Across The Upper Midwest

There are now generations of Americans who have forgotten that there was a mighty production facility in their community. Though some of them have not seen the wrecking ball, others either resemble a lay of wasteland or have been built to unrecognizable specifications.

Commentary: The Year In A Blender

History will examine this year closely. Yet, it would history that repeated itself. The world dealt with a deadly pandemic similar to this one over a century ago. The fight for equity has its roots centuries ago, thanks to global greed and arrogance. There have been many elections gone contested with personalities that were divergent to spark a deeper division among its populace.

Commentary: Will 2021 Be A Better Year For Vehicle Content?

In the meantime, the automotive retail business has been working overtime to reinvent itself. They are hungry for inventory, while production is ramping up under safer conditions along the assembly lines. Used cars are becoming scarce, with some auction facilities laying off personnel. However, the rental car companies are trying to reduce excess fleet in the pall of financial issues due to a reduction in travel.

Commentary: Today is Your Day To Vote, America!

Getting to this day was one hell of a ride. I live in a country where the campaign for the next Presidential election starts the day after the Inauguration. That would be an almost four-year cycle for either a re-election or the mad scramble to vote the party sitting in the White House out.

Commentary: The New Z

The unveiling of the Z Proto was proof that Nissan was committed to the continuation of a legacy. A legacy that cemented the intentions of the Yokohama-based company to be a different kind of automaker. Different, as in showing a sporty side and making it their focus at a time when vehicles from Japan were attracting global customers in increasing numbers.