Herb Shuldiner


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

Mercedes Sales Chief Expects Global Growth in 2013
Mercedes continues to do well in China, a growing market, and the U.S., Russia, Brazil and India also are bright spots, Joachim Schmidt says.
Virtual Fuel Testing Targets More-Efficient Injectors 
The researchers’ goal is to eliminate pinging caused when fuel explodes because of uncontrolled burning and expansion. This can cause premature wear and engine failure.
Ghosn Targets 10% Share for Nissan in U.S., China 
The CEO acknowledges product development is less efficient when two or three companies work on a project, but the eventual savings are compelling for all involved.
J.D. Power Chief Sees Steady Rise in Retail LV Sales
Retail sales are growing while OEMs have cut back on incentives that reduced margins, market analyst Finbarr O’Neil says.
Toyota: Optimistic About 2013
The auto maker has no long-range plan to become No.1 in North America, Senior Vice President Bob Carter says, citing its unwillingness to pump up fleet sales. But he would “love to be No.1” in retail deliveries.
Emotion Trumps Technology in BMW Diesel Marketing Push 
BMW will eschew a technical argument in touting the new diesels’ fuel efficiency. “Our brand resonates, regardless of the fuel you use, as the ultimate driving machine,” the auto maker’s chief U.S. marketer says.
Researchers Create Space-Saving, Lightweight CNG Tanks 
The tank will fit more readily into a vehicle than traditional cylinders and, because it is so conformable, it can fit under the floor of a car.
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.

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