Nutson’s Weekly Auto News Wrap-up March 13-19, 2022



PHOTO

AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – March 20, 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.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with thousands of pages of relevant news and opinions, information stored in a million-page library published and indexed on The Auto Channel during the past 25 years. Complete information can be found by copying a bold headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending March 19, 2022 Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-understand automotive universe news nuggets.

* There are various conversations being had in the political arena around the country to temporarily suspend the tax on gasoline due to the current high per-gallon prices at the pump. Will this gas tax suspension issue lead to a new end game? That is, repeal the gas tax and in its place implement use-fees for motor vehicles. With the ever increasing electrification of private passenger cars now might be the time to make the change.

* The semiconductor chip supply shortage has led automakers to ship new vehicles to dealers with some equipment not functioning. Usually this is some customer convenience feature that can be retrofitted later. Ford is the latest to join this practice shipping Explorer vehicles without the rear seat climate control function. BMW, GM and Nissan have shipped vehicles without certain features operating.

* And, it’s not just microchip supply, so says Reuters. War in Ukraine, turmoil in London’s nickel market, the COVID surge in China and an earthquake in Japanese are the newest issues. S&P Global Mobility, formerly known as IHS Markit, slashed its forecast for global vehicle production in 2022 and 2023 by a total of more than 5 million vehicles – 2.6 million lost in each year – and warned the auto industry could lose a total of as many as 8 million vehicles this year and next if supply chain disruptions get worse.

* From Subaru: As the automotive marketplace continues to move towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the changing marketplace and the regulations and requirements for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero emissions vehicles (ZEV), and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ). As part of that effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification. In the meantime, a next generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will not be produced based upon the new WRX platform. The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru’s performance vehicles exemplifying Subaru’s unique DNA and rally heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to incorporating the essence of

Read More... Read More

Nutson’s Weekly Auto News Wrap-up: January 23-29, 2022




PHOTO

AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – January 30, 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.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with thousands of pages of relevant news and opinions, information stored in a million page library published and indexed on The Auto Channel during the past 25 years. Complete information can be found by copying a bold headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending January 22, 2022; Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-understand automotive universe news nuggets.

* U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden administration will implement a new strategy to curb the recent upswing in traffic-related injuries and deaths. After three decades of steady declines, U.S. traffic fatalities have trended back up since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Buttigieg said his department is embracing a new “safe system” approach urged by auto safety advocates to bolster initiatives, underway in several cities, that seek to eliminate fatalities by taking into account more than just driver behavior. Over the next two years, he said, his department will provide guidance as well as $5 billion in grants to states to spur lower speed limits and embrace safer road design such as dedicated bike and bus lanes, better lighting and crosswalks. The strategy recommends pilot programs to study and promote greater use of speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops. Among the possibilities is rethinking how speed limits are set.

* Reuters reports Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin called on automakers and the U.S. Transportation Department to figure out how to use vehicle location technology to deter a surge in car-jackings in big cities. The carjacking wave has become a political problem for some Democratic mayors. But using vehicle connectivity systems to track location could be a tricky ask given concerns about privacy. Editor comment: Over the air communication to a vehicle certainly is possible. How about a remote panic button to shut a vehicle off?

* A recent Wall Street Journal article points out that U.S. vehicles are among the least fuel efficient globally. The actual sales-adjusted fuel economy rating of new vehicles has been unchanged at around 25 mpg since 2014. This exceeds the world average by 21% and Europe’s by 46%. Carbon dioxide emissions from motor gasoline were 23% higher in 2019 than in 1980. Gasoline consumption has risen 39%. EPA says the 2023 to 2026 standards can be reached with EVs and PHEVs reaching 17% of new cars manufactured, up from 3% in 2021. In discussion is to redefine the two categories of cars and SUVs (light duty trucks) into one category

Read More... Read More

Nutson’s Auto News Weekly Wrap-up



PHOTO

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.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with thousands of pages of relevant news and opinions, information stored in a million page library published and indexed on The Auto Channel during the past 25 years. Complete information can be found by copying a bold headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

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
expertly crafted easy-to-digest news nuggets.

* 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

Read More... Read More

Nutson’s Weekly Automobile Information Wrap-up November 28



PHOTO

Automobile CENTRAL CHICAGO – December 5, 2021 Each individual Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car or truck Male and Govt Producer, with ready assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Automobile Channel’s
“get” on this earlier week’s automotive news, condensed into effortless to digest news Nuggets.

Find out Extra: Full versions of today’s news nuggets together with thousands of web pages of appropriate information and opinions, data saved in a million page library revealed and indexed on The Auto Channel during the previous 25 yrs. Complete details can be observed by copying a daring headline and then inserting into any Website Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive Information Wrap-up – 7 days Ending December 4, 2021 Below are the previous week’s crucial, related, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, viewpoints and insider again tales introduced as
expertly crafted quick-to-digest information nuggets.

* Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota all documented sales declines for November in contrast final 12 months. On the other hand Ford gross sales are up 5.9%. Ford claimed it was the finest-providing automaker in the U.S. for the third consecutive thirty day period. The once-a-year sales rate (SAAR) dropped to 13.8 million autos.

* Nissan Ambition 2030 Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled Nissan Ambition 2030, the company’s new very long-time period eyesight for empowering mobility and past. More than the future ten a long time, Nissan will deliver electrified automobiles and technological innovations whilst expanding its operations globally. The vision supports Nissan’s purpose to be carbon neutral across the lifetime cycle of its goods by fiscal year 2050. With the introduction of 20 new EV and e-Energy geared up designs in the future 5 decades, Nissan intends to improve its electrification income combine throughout key marketplaces by fiscal year 2026, which includes: Europe by much more than 75% of income Japan by far more than 55% of sales China by more than 40% of product sales and, the United States by 40% of EV income in fiscal year 2030.

* Artwork Basel Miami The Artist Hubert Phipps and the supercar designer ARES Modena are collaborating through Art Basel Miami to start a new exhibition, and to debut the very first ARES Modena Showroom in North The us in the Miami Design District. The new ARES S1 supercar model was flown from Italy to Miami, and has by no means been shown in North The united states. Only 24 versions of the ARES S1 supercar will be produced in the full environment, each tailor-built to the client’s desires and taste, creating every single style unique.

* Biden Union Tax Assistance: Reuters reports a Mexican formal threatened to hit the United States exactly where it hurts if the Biden administration and Congress go by with a proposal to give up to $4,500 in added tax subsidies to EVs designed by United Auto Workers labor in U.S. factories. The UAW Super Subsidy is in problems sufficient with members of Congress whose states have

Read More... Read More

Weekly metrics checks at Cooper Auto Group drive improvement

The presentations highlight five concepts the group characterizes as “nonnegotiables,” according to Koch.

Accountability: Each person has 100 percent responsibility for their department’s objectives, Koch said. They need to hit the goal or have a plan to get back on track to achieve it.

Assets: The managers are responsible for asset management. In the case of new or used vehicles, this would involve tracking factors such as wholesale profit, cost to market and days’ supply.

“You’re yoked with that responsibility,” Koch said.

CSI: Managers must keep their customer satisfaction index above the average in their zone or market.

“We’re on a growth trajectory,” Koch said, and automakers stress CSI and incentivize it financially.

Phone and Internet mastery: Employees who fail to demonstrate sufficient quality in handling phone calls or Internet leads aren’t allowed to work with that mode of communication until they demonstrate proficiency.

Cooper Auto Group had used a phone training system that scored employees’ ability to take calls, Koch said. If a staffer failed to exceed a score of 4 out of 5 on a 60-day average, “you went back to the training room,” he said. Similarly, employees need a 12 percent closing ratio to keep taking Internet leads.

“It’s not like, ‘Oh, you’ll never get another lead again,’ ” Koch said. But the group would want to “re-Cooperize you” until the targets are achieved, he said.

CRM: Cooper Auto Group wants customer interactions captured meticulously in its customer relations management system, Koch said. The information needs to be completely accurate at all times, he said.

“Believe it or not,” the managers struggle with this more than their respective sales personnel, according to Koch. “They live in that ecosystem,” he said of the rank-and-file sales force. But managers will call a customer on a cellphone and fail to document it, he said.

This precise CRM documentation allows the dealership to evaluate factors such as the ratio of closings to appointment shows, he said.

Koch said the dealership originally set a goal of 60 percent, only to realize it hadn’t even closed half of the customers who kept appointments.

But without clean data, “all of this reporting is just fabricated,” he said.

The weekly meetings can surprise new hires who “realize we run it like a business” according to Koch. “We have these meetings, and it’s not a sales meeting,” he said. “It’s not a hoorah, Saturday morning meeting. … We could be selling widgets.”

https://www.autonews.com/best-practices/weekly-metrics-checks-cooper-auto-group-drive-improvement… Read More...

Read More