Over 100 car companies have called Detroit home over the last century or so, which begs the question, why this particular area? For starters, Detroit is nestled in an advantageous location, with an abundance of wood from nearby forests, which helped build early car frames, as well as a plentiful supply of iron ore. Not […]
All About Ultium: Gm’s Road to Carbon Neutrality
In early 2021, GM made a pledge that would drastically shift the direction of the corporation: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. To reach this lofty target, all of their vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel fuel will be supplanted by zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. This plan has started to materialize in the form of […]
Oh, Look: The Chip Shortage Is Still Going Strong!
It seems like it was only a year ago that the auto industry started to acknowledge the damage the global microchip shortage was going to do to it; oh wait—it was a year ago! That’s how long this has been going on. While some rather optimistic initial industry estimates discussed this being an issue mostly […]
A Look at GM’s Grand Plans for Electric Commercial Vehicles
GM is hopping on the electric train (or truck, in this case) and wants everybody to go with them. In fact, they’ve put out a series of lively and catchy commercials as a part of their #EVerybodyIn campaign, showcasing how their plans to go electric include vehicles for everyone from ranchers to families to delivery […]
The Silverado EV: Another Competitor Enters the Ring
The auto industry is betting big on EVs right now. It seems you can’t swing a charging cable without hitting another EV startup or take a drive without hearing another traditional manufacturer announce that it is phasing out internal combustion engines. However, while Tesla has certainly proven that EVs are more than viable for luxury […]
GM Announces Plans to Build a Battery Factory in Tennessee
General Motors has publicized its plans to revolutionize its entire company. In less than 15 years, they will transition every vehicle in every one of their sub-brands away from gasoline and diesel and instead become the largest American manufacturer of electric vehicles. This promise wasn’t just publicity fluff, either. General Motors is actually investing a […]
New Tech Moves LYRIQ Development Into the Fast Lane
As a company, GM has committed itself to meeting some fairly impressive goals involving its lineup of Electric Vehicles (EVs). They plan on having 30 EVs available globally by the end of 2025 across their different brands, and they’ve said they want to only offer electric models by 2035. One major part of this strategy […]
Goodwood Festival of Speed & This Week’s Current Auto News
Did you miss us? We missed you. That’s right, AutoInfluence is back after a two week break and there’s plenty of current auto news to cover – from everyday industry headlines to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Q2 Truck Sale shootout to the impactful death of two industry giants, there’s plenty […]
Tesla on Fire (Literally), the American Made Index & Electrified Porsche.
Annnnd we’re back. AutoInfluence with all of your current auto news headlines for the week of June 28th. And FINALLY. What a week it was! We have rumors of one iconic muscle cars’s retirement, FCA change-ups, Tesla firefighting, results of this year’s American Made Index, Porsche electrification and the rumor of one model’s death […]
Fathers Day, ’Death Wobbles’ and Tariffs Dodged
Annnnd we’re back. AutoInfluence here with all of your automotive news going into Fathers Day Weekend. But before we get to the individual headlines, a quick follow-up on last week’s threat of tariffs being placed on Mexican manufacturing – a story which all but moved forward mere minutes after we had posted the previous episode […]
FCA & Nissan Merger (plus Ford & GM Merger?)
Annnnnnd we’re back…AutoInfluence easing the month of May right out the door with this week’s current automotive news headlines. But first, let’s address the elephant in the room, the rumored merger of Ford and General Motors. Unless you’re living under a rock, those of you who follow our weekly headlines in real-time are […]
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and THIS is Your Weekly Auto News!
Annnnd we’re…high? AutoInfluence back with all your automotive news for the week of May 24th even though work is being done in our studios, using some strong-scented chemicals. So bear with us, even if it means listening to Dan giggle indiscriminately while he works around us. Either way, we’re getting a head start on […]
Like a Rock: GM Trucks
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the odds are higher than ever than you’re taking a hard look at a pick-up truck. Once thought of as tools for work and towing, trucks have gone fully mainstream. Helped by overall market shift from sedans to SUVs, trucks now occupy a solid space […]
It’s Your Weekly Auto News, Featuring ‘Space Orange”!
Annnnd we’re back… AutoInfluence with all of your automotive news headlines for this week of May 17th. Starting with… Ford Much to the chagrin of stateside enthusiasts, Ford unveiled the wagon-styled variant of the Focus ST, an offering that isn’t available in the U.S. Offering a welcome 58 cubic feet of passenger / cargo space, […]
Tesla Killers & Name Games…it’s This Week’s Automotive News Headlines!
Annnnd we’re back, AutoInfluence on Mothers Day Weekend with all your automotive news headlines since…well, since seven days ago. Why? Because we want to be just as dependable as your mom is, except you can damn well bet that we’re not gonna clean up after you. Ford / Lincoln While an official unveiling of the […]
They Want to do WHAT to the Camaro?! (& Other News)
Annnnd we’re back…AutoInfluence kicking down the door to the month of May with all your automotive news. But don’t worry. We promise we’ll rehang the door once we’re done here (it’s the least we could do, since we forget to say hi to your mom in last week’s episode…) Ford / Lincoln This […]
It’s ‘HEMI DAY’! (and there’s a Hellephant in the Room…)
Annnnd we’re back, AutoInfluence on Friday, April 26th with all the automotive news headlines you could ask for, while celebrating a holiday that (we think) deserves to be made into a three-day weekend. But we’ll get back to that in a few minutes…let’s get down to the news! Ford As we’ve reported time and […]
Start Spreading the News…We’re Talking About the New York & Shanghai Auto Shows!
Annnnnnd we’re back, AutoInfluence with another round of automotive news headlines – this time for the third week of April. Of course this means highlights from both the refined presentations of the tech-centric Shanghai Auto Show as well as the New York International Auto show, and it’s American-sized portions of everything covered with a […]
Auto Shanghai? NYIAS? Sure. But First, the Automotive News Headlines for April 8th
Annnnnd we’re back! AutoInfluence here on Friday, April 12th making our way through automotive news headlines for the second week of April – leading up to the highly anticipated one-two punch of Auto Shanghai and the New York International Auto Show. That said, grab a drink and a snack, get comfortable, go to the bathroom […]
From Ford To Tesla (And Everything In-Between) Here’s the Latest in Automotive News for 4/5
Annnnnd we’re back. AutoInfluence here with the latest automotive news headlines from the first week of April 2019. So let’s drop the hammer and get down to it. FORD Despite a 1.6% decrease in overall sales for the first quarter of 2019, Ford continues to increase the scope of their near-unchallenged leadership of […]