Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 9:18 AM EDT Jul 3, 2019 Before the auto industry’s one-name dynamos like Sergio and Carlos, Barra and Mulally defined their automotive generation, there was Iacocca. He was Detroit's last Supreme Automotive Leader, an icon credited with birthing some of the Motor City's most enduring models, with managing through an existential crisis by rallying official Washington and American consumers to rescue Chrysler Corp. 30 years before its 2009 collapse into bankruptcy. They responded, burnishing his turnaround cred and commanding place in the pantheon of auto CEOs. A legend? No question, as legendary as the Ford family scion — Henry Ford II — who fired him with the legendary words, “sometimes you just don’t like someone.” Now Lee Iacocca is gone, dead at 94 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. And with him goes the era forged in the aftermath of World War II and the nearly 30 years … [Read more...] about Iacocca, last of the Supreme Auto bosses
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Lynn Doan and Will Wade Bloomberg News Published 7:48 PM EDT Jun 2, 2019 Washing machines. Cars. Disk drives — if those are still a thing. The rare-earth minerals that China is threatening to withhold from the U.S. as a trade war escalates are more present in consumer products and manufacturing than people might think. Here are some of the surprisingly common things they’re used to make: The gasoline in your car: Oil refineries depend on rare-earth elements as catalysts in units called fluid catalytic crackers. In fact, they’re some of the biggest consumers of the stuff. These FCC units basically “crack” apart oil molecules to make gasoline and diesel. Other energy industries use them, too: They’re in wind turbines and may be used to make solar panels and run nuclear power plants. According to the U.S. government, they can also be used in lights, semiconductors, superconductors and batteries. Large-scale energy storage projects, however, may … [Read more...] about Gasoline, TVs, cars: The surprising things rare earths help make
Jenna Fryer Associated Press Published 5:55 PM EDT Apr 6, 2019 Bristol, Tenn. — Christopher Bell earned his first career Bristol Motor Speedway victory and a $100,000 bonus with the Xfinity Series win Saturday. Bell got his second victory of the season, his 10th in 48 starts, by passing Brandon Jones with 17 laps remaining. Jones had a tire issue that sent him to the wall and then to pit road, and Bell didn’t have another challenger in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The race was the first of four in sponsor Xfinity’s bonus program that qualifies four drivers for the $100,000 bonus in designated events. Cup drivers were not eligible to race at all Saturday so Kyle Busch, winner of three Xfinity Series races this season, was sidelined – giving fans their wish to limit Busch’s competition in lower series. He wasn’t happy about it, either, and said he wouldn’t even watch. He has nine wins so far this season spanning all three of NASCAR’s … [Read more...] about Bell got his second victory of the season, his 10th in 48 starts, by passing Brandon Jones with 17 laps remaining.
Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 2:09 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 Ram won the Detroit truck wars to take the North American Truck of the Year Monday, but Korea's Hyundai dominated the car and SUV awards. Genesis, Hyundai's young luxury arm, won for car with its compact G70 sedan. Then its parent brand followed with SUV of the Year for the Hyundai Kona. It's the first time an automaker has won two awards since Chevrolet won the car and truck awards in 2014. It also establishes Hyundai as a multi-threat Asian automaker on par with Honda, Toyota, and Nissan which also have award-winning mainstream and luxury divisions. Honda and its Acura brand were also finalists in this year's competition. The prestigious North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards — celebrating its 30th anniversary — kicked off the Detroit auto show at Cobo Hall. The Ram 1500 held off the General Motors siblings, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, to take truck honors. … [Read more...] about Hyundai scores auto show double award, Ram is king of trucks
With its glossy black finish, five-person cabin and six huge fan pods, the Bell Nexus looks like it belongs on the set of a science fiction film, rather than the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. But it's just one of the many unusual displays at this year's Consumer Electronics Show focused on the world of transportation rather than the TVs, smartphones and digital appliances traditionally found at CES. The auto industry is in the midst of change as radical as anything it has faced since Henry Ford switched on the first moving assembly line more than a century ago. Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen now refer to themselves as "mobility service" companies rather than just automotive manufacturers, and that's readily apparent as one wanders through the Convention Center. Not everyone thinks the solution requires turning to drones like the Nexus, but the exhibits this year show the role that digital technology — everything from laser sensors to electric drive … [Read more...] about CES Is Now One of the World’s Biggest Auto Shows as Ford to Uber Debut New Technology