Nutson’s Auto News Weekly Wrap-up


AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – January 9, 2022; Every Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with able assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Auto Channel’s “take” on this past week’s automotive news, condensed into easy to digest news Nuggets.

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Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending January 8, 2022; Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
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* General Motors has been the top-selling automaker in the United States since 1931. Toyota now holds the No. 1 spot in the U.S. market for 2021, selling 2.3 million vehicles to GM’s 2.2 million. This is largely due to the supply chain issues that crippled GM production for much of the year. But it’s more than that, as Reuters points out. GM has been diminishing itself by choice. The company largely abandoned the compact car segment, and cut production of midsize Malibu sedans to favor trucks during the worst of the chip shortage. Result: Toyota sold more than 729,000 passenger cars in the United States during 2021. GM sold about 162,000 cars. Toyota’s lead in cars overcame its deficit to GM in U.S. truck sales.

* Ford, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia all had sales declines in December. GM slid 43% in Q4. 2021 closed on a down note with total sales just over 15 million vehicles, up 3.4% from 2020, the year the pandemic took hold in the U.S.

* Tesla global sales is evidence of the rapidly rising acceptance of electric cars, especially in China. Tesla Inc. delivered 308,600 vehicles worldwide in the fourth quarter, smashing the previous record for the electric-car maker and setting a capstone on a year in which the company joined the exclusive $1 trillion market valuation club. The better-than-expected results pushed Tesla’s total sales for the year to more than 936,000, up about 87% over 2020’s deliveries of just under half a million vehicles.

* More than 2200 exhibitors were planning to be at CES 2022 this week. However, overall, the show got scaled down due to concerns over the Covid Omnicon variant. In the automotive space, General Motors, BMW, Stellantis and Mercedes all canceled their physical presence. Fisker, BrightDrop, and Blink Charging still were at the show. The Chevrolet Silverado EV, Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept and the 2023 BMW iX M60 were unveiled through online events during CES.

* At CES 2022, the Chrysler brand revealed the Chrysler Airflow Concept, giving a glimpse at the leading-edge drive-system technology, fully connected customer experiences and advanced mobility features, wrapped in inspiring, dynamic design, which will

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Best 5 Automotive News Headlines and Newsmakers of 2021

The automotive business has gone through a tumultuous time this year, to say the very the very least. 2021 begun off identical to 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect our day by day life.

As vaccinations ramped up, though, motor vehicle need did much too, as an AutoTrader survey disclosed that numerous Canadians weren’t pretty snug using community transit or applying ride-sharing in the course of the pandemic. The only challenge was that regular production setbacks resulted in very low car or truck inventory, driving up new and employed automobile rates as shoppers happily paid the sticker selling price or often even far more to get the car they want.

In addition to COVID-19, other trends also resumed this 12 months as electric powered vehicles continued to increase in level of popularity and became a hot subject amongst politicians in Ottawa.

So, with 2021 nearly at the rear of us, let’s get a seem at some of the most significant automotive headlines and newsmakers we noticed about the system of the earlier 12 months.

5. Chevrolet Bolt EV/Bolt EUV Battery Fire Recall

Normal Motors’ only two battery-electric powered output autos, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, endured a crushing blow this calendar year soon after the Nationwide Freeway Targeted traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) gained a number of reports of sudden battery pack fires taking place in the autos. The automaker was finally pressured to recall all 140,000 examples of the motor vehicles, issue a halt-sale purchase on them, and idle the assembly plant in which they are constructed for a nonetheless-to-be-identified sum of time.

The automaker’s battery pack supplier, LG Strength Solution, is on the hook for approximately US$2 billion in recall fix costs owing to the Bolt battery fires. While GM won’t have to pay back for the remember, its graphic in the eye of electric car consumers has absolutely been tainted – which is unlucky thinking of the company is at the moment investing billions to establish new EV products.

4. Advent of EV Vehicles

If there was 1 common trend in the North American automotive market this 12 months, it was battery-electrical pickup trucks. The GMC Hummer EV Pickup and Rivian R1T both equally entered output this year, even though the Ford F-150 Lightning produced its formal debut to enormous fanfare. The Tesla Cybertruck debuted past year and has due to the fact been delayed until eventually 2022 nevertheless, there’s no denying that the oddball, sci-fi-motivated pickup produced a ton of buzz this yr, also.

Electrical pickup vans seem set to dominate the conversation in 2022, as well, with GM established to debut battery-electric powered versions of both equally the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. Toyota also teased an electrical mid-dimension pickup comparable to the Tacoma late this yr, which we be expecting to understand a little bit more about in 2022. It is an interesting time for electric powered pickups.

3. Canada’s 2035 EV Mandate

The Canadian governing administration

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Hansen & Adkins chooses TMS software from Magnus Technologies | News

H&A said it has eliminated the printing and mailing of settlement sheets to drivers. Weekly settlements and pay estimates for every load are now visible to drivers within the Magnus Driver app, which works in conjunction with the TMS. The app also provides visibility of assignment, tracking and load fulfilment.

The car carrier said the TMS provides a streamlined communications process. H&A communicates with as many as six different supply chain partners for each delivery, each with its systems. Magnus has taken over the management of all these connections for H&A. 

Early implementation
The TMS was implemented ahead of its scheduled October start because of a critical outage in H&A’s legacy system on August 27, leaving employees to resort to manual, paper-based procedures to keep the business up and running. According to the company, restoring the service was a significant challenge, and it turned to the Magnus system that was being tested following a contract signed in June this year.

“We looked to the Magnus team to accelerate our implementation to minimise the impact of the outage on our customers,” said Jay Kelly, vice-president of information technology at Hansen & Adkins. “During the second week of September, H&A went live with Magnus, a full three weeks ahead of schedule.”

The application of digital tools in the finished vehicle sector will be part of discussions at next week’s Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference in California

Kelly continued: “If we had done this with a system that needed to be tailored to automotive logistics, it would have prolonged our recovery. The intuitiveness of the system enabled us to deploy with little or no training throughout our departments.”

Matt Cartwright, CEO of Magnus Technologies, said: “Getting a large transportation company like H&A running on a new enterprise TMS system in just a few short weeks was a huge accomplishment for both sides. The customers and partners of H&A all responded positively to the change. Many of them already had experience with Magnus and knew our capabilities.”

Out with the old
The system’s rollout follows a move H&A made two years ago to modernise its technology and business processes. Central to that was the hiring of Kelly, an IT professional with experience in implementing large-scale ERP solutions for utility companies going through digital transformations.

H&A made it a priority for him to replace its legacy TMS system, which it deemed unfit for the business’ evolving needs in finished vehicle distribution. The company said it wanted a modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool with the advantages of heightened IT security, low overheads, no IT maintenance and scalability.

“It was clear we had to find something different,” said Kelly. “We needed a technology partner with a platform capable of meeting our business needs. We also needed a partner who was thinking about the future. The path to get there was not with legacy client-server technology.

H&A wanted a modern, enterprise SaaS for the advantages of heightened IT security, low overhead, no IT maintenance and scalability, which the

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CNXMotion Named 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot Innovation to Watch for Brake-to-Steer Technology

GRAND BLANC, Mich., October 08, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CNXMotion has been recognized as a 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot Innovation to Watch for its innovative Brake-to-Steer technology which provides an additional layer of vehicle safety and redundancy by using the electronic brake system to safely steer the vehicle while simultaneously controlling its speed.

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CNXMotion is a joint venture between Continental and Nexteer Automotive with the vision of accelerating trusted motion control through collaboration. (Photo: Business Wire)

“CNXMotion’s technology offers a cost-effective way for automakers to achieve safety needs by leveraging the vehicle’s existing systems, enhancing the steering safety net,” said Greg Katch, General Manager, CNXMotion.

In a fully autonomous vehicle without a physical steering wheel present, Brake-to-Steer can be used as a redundancy strategy to facilitate a safe pull-over if the primary and/or secondary steering systems were unavailable. The function would take over lateral control of the vehicle by selectively applying brake commands to individual wheels while maintaining speed through powertrain control.

Brake-to-Steer can also be used as another layer of redundancy in a Steer-by-Wire system by taking the driver’s input through the steering wheel position and maintaining the lateral control of the vehicle in a similar method described in the fully autonomous use case.

Benefits of Brake-to-Steer

Cost: The Brake-to-Steer technology leverages the vehicle’s existing braking, steering, and propulsion systems. Depending on the vehicle’s architecture, the function itself could also reside on an existing controller, eliminating the cost of any additional hardware.
Flexibility: Not only can the function exist within the existing hardware architecture, Brake-to-Steer can also be used to provide an additional layer of vehicle safety and redundancy on vehicles with Steer-by-Wire all the way to fully automated vehicles without the presence of a steering wheel.
Safety: The cost and flexible Brake-to-Steer technology provides for an early adaptation redundant safety layer that otherwise may not be available to those vehicles in the market today.

CNXMotion is honored to be recognized as a 2021 PACEpilot Innovation to Watch. For more information about CNXMotion’s award-winning technology, visit

About the 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot Program
Automotive News honored 10 emerging innovations from global suppliers to small startups with the 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot program. For complete details of the Automotive News PACEpilot program and this year’s Innovations to Watch, visit

CNXMotion would like to congratulate partners, Continental and Nexteer Automotive. Continental was a 2021 PACEpilot finalist for its Trailer Hitch Assist technology and a 2021 PACE finalist for its Curved Plastic Lens Display. Nexteer was recognized as a 2021 PACEpilot Innovation to Watch for its Steer-by-Wire with Stowable Steering Column.

CNXMotion was established as a 50/50 joint venture between Continental and Nexteer Automotive in 2017 to innovate motion control solutions for advanced applications and accelerate R&D activities for the parent companies. CNXMotion employs about 30 people in its state-of-the-art facility located in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

CNXMotion focuses

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Caldwell student wants career in automotive tech | News

There was a time when some jobs would be considered to be “men’s” jobs and others would be deemed “women’s” jobs, but these days, it’s not about who’s doing the job, but how well they do it.

Shaye Goddard is one of several girls in classes at the Caldwell Regional Career Center, and her work and interest in automotive technology have led her to being this week’s Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.

Goddard — a sophomore at Caldwell County High School — is in her first year in the automotive technology program at the CRCC.

“I’ve always helped my uncle and my grandpa work on old trucks and tractors,” she said, talking about Joe Don Doom and Don Doom, respectively, adding that working on vehicles was a hobby instead of a vocation. “It was just something that had always interested me, so I figured I’d take that in high school and make it into a job.”

Goddard said she is learning about hydraulic lifts and four-post lifts in class right now.

“I really like all the different mechanical things that I can learn about,” she said. “(When I was younger,) I was really into these little train things, and I was always building train tracks with them. I’m a visual learner, so everything that I do is mostly hands-on.”

Alan Shaffer is Goddard’s instructor in the auto tech program, and he said Goddard is working in maintenance and light repair work thus far.

“She hit the ground running,” he said. “Right now, she’s working on engine maintenance, and she’s finishing up some of her safety instruction.”

Shaffer said Goddard is one of several girls in the maintenance and light repair class, which has four sections.

“All of my first-year students are in there,” he said. “I think there’s five or six girls in that class. I have had girls in a class from time to time, but I’ve never had that many at one time.”

Shaffer said Goddard has been a solid student in his class.

“She doesn’t shy away from anything,” he said. “If they were all like her, I’d be tickled to death.”

Shaffer said careers that students in automotive technology can aspire to include major repair work and auto service and maintenance.

Goddard said even though graduation is two years away, automotive technology is something she could see herself doing after graduation.

“I would love, after I graduate from here, to go to Nashville Auto and Diesel College,” she said. “I’d like to open my own shop and make it a career.”

In her spare time, Goddard helps her guardians on their farm and enjoys being with their animals, which include donkeys, alpacas and dogs. She also plays guitar and saxophone and enjoys reading.

She is a member of FFA at Caldwell County High School.

Goddard is the ward of Joe Don and Erica Doom of Fredonia.

A story featuring the AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the

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