While the Mustang set a first-year sales record of 417,000 that still stands, Camaro in its initial year sold a respectable 220,906. Through seven months this year Mustang led 72,530-42,354 as passenger cars in general have slipped.
A Toyota executive says his group began focusing on person-to-person and machine-to-machine communication in 2013 to learn how the Industrial Internet of Things could improve machine maintenance, quality and logistics.
Four line-haul Class 8-plus-size autonomous military trucks and 20 roadside radio signals helping them communicate with their surroundings underwent successful testing along a 7-mile stretch of Michigan freeway.
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”
GM’s purchasing chief concedes the automaker has needed to mend supplier relations, but he says the push for component and vehicle commonality has resulted in longer-term sourcing, which benefits both sides.
An expert says lower wages, growing technology prowess, improved quality and productivity, plus its favorable location amenable to exports, are contributing to Mexico’s success in luring automotive investment.
Mohatarem credits growing employment and near-zero inflation as major factors in the more robust outlook. GM has kept a lid on big incentive programs, he says, which automakers typically employ to stir sales.
The Chevy pickup has comfortable seats, a smooth ride and quiet cabin, and it passed the inclement weather test. But the gas gauge and storage bins are tiny. It’s a worthy competitor in the midsize pickup segment.
Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Buick, Lincoln, Maserati, Mini and Subaru win their first Wards 10 Best Interiors trophies, while Honda, Lexus and Mazda return to the winners’ circle. Thirty-one nominees were evaluated....More