EVs present a potential $25 billion problem to governments

We can all agree that the global auto industry is 100 per cent committed to electric or electrified vehicles, seeing them as eventually supplanting the traditional internal combustion engine. No one, however, can offer definitive answers to three critical questions: When? How many? And how much? The answers aren’t there because there are so many …

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Sync this: car buyers are clamoring for simplicity

Every week I climb aboard a new vehicle and if I am lucky, I’ll be able to drive away in 10 minutes or so. If not, I will spend quite a long time Bluetoothing my phone and sorting through and setting or cancelling all the different electronic features and systems now commonplace and standard on …

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Don’t bet against GM and its CEO, Mary Barra

General Motors CEO Mary Barra spent a large chunk of her week calmly discussing quarterly results that left investors relatively unimpressed. Shocking. GM’s shares enjoyed a small bump this week — $1.32 since Oct. 30 – but the company ended the week worth less than Tesla. Billions less. The market values GM at $51.45 billion, …

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Ford’s comeback story, once again

Ford of Canada’s sales plunged 14.1 per cent in September and the news was almost as bad in the United States – sales down 11.2 per cent. In particular, combined F-Series sales in both countries approached a double-digit decline in September, year-on-year. As the F-Series goes, so goes Ford. A review of analyst sentiment by …

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Aston Martin vs. Tesla: a tale of two car companies

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday announced a lawsuit that, if successful, will end Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s career as venture capitalist and public company boss, I immediately thought of Andy Palmer. Andy Palmer is a serious car company executive who is on a path to accomplish much of what Musk has achieved, …

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