Herb Shuldiner


Based in New York City, Herb specializes in coverage of the European automobile importers, sales and marketing issues and new technology.

Honda Forecasts Steady Sales of Pioneering CNG Civic
The major obstacle to using CNG is the relative scarcity of service stations where the fuel can be obtained. There now are 1,050 CNG refueling stations in the U.S., and the total is climbing 10% annually.
BMW Loaner Program Seeks to Ease EV Range Anxiety
Gasoline-powered loaners will be available for the 10% of trips beyond the EV’s battery-only range that owners wish to make.
German Researchers Create Safe, Lightweight City EV
Unlike the 4-passenger BMW i3, the Visio.M prototype is a 2-seater. Its monocoque carbon- fiber body and lightweight powertrain add up to a curb weight about 600 lbs. less than the i3.
Mercedes U.S. Chief Claims 2012 Luxury Sales Crown 
Steve Cannon’s surprising announcement comes a month after 2012 U.S. sales results were released by auto makers in early January. BMW sold 281,460 units compared with Mercedes’ 274,055, according to WardsAuto data.
Toyota Aims to Remain Dominant in U.S. Hybrid Market
Toyota says collaborations with other auto makers like the one recently announced with BMW could speed its ability to meet government fuel-economy and emissions standards.
Coalition to Push for More Fast-Charging Stations
Enabling car owners to recharge at work is seen as a way to spike interest in EVs. Nissan alone plans to drive installation of some 500 public stations in the next six months.
Audi of America Chief Predicts Brand Sales Record for 2013
The plan for growth includes building pricing power. The current inventory is down to a mere 37 days, Scott Keogh reveals. He has no intention of importing a mass of cars and pushing them on dealers, a move that would cause prices to plummet.
U.S. Light-Vehicle Diesel Offerings to Double This Year, Bosch Exec Says
By 2017, U.S. car buyers will have a choice of 54 diesel-powered vehicles to choose from, says Andreas Sambel, director-diesel marketing.
Chevy Exec Forecasts Global Growth for New Stingray
John Fitzpatrick predicts the ’14 Stingray will capture one-third of its segment in the U.S. but he declines to forecast the ratio of ’13 Corvette sales compared with the ’14 Stingray model.
Mercedes Mulls Importing Small Sprinter Vans to U.S.  1
The German auto maker is waiting to see how the small import van market develops. Ford plans to introduce a new Transit Connect model next year, and Chrysler will bring the Fiat Doblo as a new Ram model in 2013.
Mercedes-Benz Enjoying Record Sales in U.S. 
Last month’s boost was fueled by early Christmas promotions, but the new MBUSA president says net pricing has improved in the industry, especially for Mercedes, which is seeing higher transaction prices than last year.
Cadillac to Maintain Sales Momentum, Top Marketer Says
Don Butler says production of the entry-level ATS finally has caught up with customer demand, signaling a successful December.
Smart on Track to Double Sales in 2012; New EV Coming
The small-car brand plans to introduce an all-new electric vehicle next spring, and an executive predicts EVs eventually will account for one-third of all Smart sales.
Mulally Pushes Lincoln as Brand Ramps Up Marketing Campaign
Ford’s CEO now says he not only is intent on growing Lincoln sales in the U.S., but also establishing the brand in China. Previously, he had insisted Lincoln should be exclusively an American brand and that there were no export plans.
New Process Promises Cheaper Li-ion Battery Electrodes
The technology provider’s CEO says the process could be worth as much as $2,000 per vehicle for an EV with a 25-kWh pack.
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