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    1. Tire Maker Michelin Rolling Toward Greener Future

      Extending the usable life of a tire is part of Michelin’s overall sustainability strategy, says Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America. In addition, the company is working to develop new sources of biomaterials.

      Hydrogen is emerging as part of Michelin’s business plan for the next decade as it maneuvers to maintain a sustainable course through a rapidly changing mobility landscape.

      The tire maker already has built its first zero-emission plant as part of a broad effort within the company to become carbon neutral by 2050, Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America, says during a webinar sponsored by the North American International Auto Show.

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    2. Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

      OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

      While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

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    3. Are Democrats in Better Car-Buying Mood Than Republicans?

      U.S. car dealers may see an increase in Democratic shoppers and, conversely, a decrease in Republican purchase intenders because of the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election, says Charlie Chesbrough, Cox Automotive’s senior economist.

      “Democrats may be more likely to buy a vehicle” because they’re elated that Democrat Joe Biden is President-elect, he says, even though incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede.

       

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    4. Canadian Auto Sector Seeks Government Customer Incentives

      Canada’s automotive trade groups are pressing the federal government to launch a scrappage incentive program to help the industry out of its COVID-19-related slump.

      The Canadian Automobile Dealers Assn., Global Automakers of Canada and Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn. have proposed that the government offer  consumers between C$1,500 to C$3,000 ($1,090 to $2,180) when they trade in an old vehicle and replace it with a new one.

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    5. Consumer Confidence in Future Auto Technology Decreases

      Consumer Confidence in Future Auto Technology Decreases

      Consumer confidence in future mobility technologies lags behind auto industry plans to bring self-driving vehicles and more battery-electric vehicles to market.

      That’s according to the J.D. Power 2020 Q1 Mobility Confidence Index Study.

      The self-driving-vehicle index decreases for the first time (to 35 from 36 on a 100-point scale) for American consumers. It goes to 36 from 39 for Canadians.

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    6. Canada Matching U.S. Light-Truck Sales Shift

      OTTAWA – Light trucks accounted for 70.9% of Canada’s passenger-vehicle market in 2018, on par with their share in the U.S., and there are no signs of the trend abating, industry officials say. 

      In unit terms this amounted to 1.4 million light trucks – SUVs, CUVs, pickups and minivans – sold last year, compared to just 577,000 standard cars, according to new data from Ontario-based DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. 

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    7. Canada Targets Interprovincial Trade Barriers

      OTTAWA – Efforts are escalating to reduce regulatory trade barriers between the 13 provinces and territories of Canada that can restrict sales of automobiles, especially trucks, while hindering the growth of auto-sector companies wanting to expand across the country.

      Provincial and territorial premiers (heads of government) in July were debating their response to a Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) struck between the federal government and the governments of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

       

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    8. Whole Lotta Shaking Going on in Auto Industry

      It’s already been an eventful year for the automotive industry. Let’s review some of the biggest trends and headlines we’ve seen so far and consider what the future might hold.

      Shake-Ups and Industry Disruptors

      We can’t discuss the industry in 2019 without mentioning tariffs, so let’s start there.

      The U.S. and China have made a lot of noise by threatening to impose new or raise existing tariffs on automobiles. The potential of higher costs is affecting factories worldwide, and the situation is made more complex by the fact that many auto makers have plants in countries other than their home base (for example, GM builds cars in China; BMW in the U.S.; VW in Mexico).

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    9. Mobility Remains Highly Emotional Issue

      New mobility approaches are constantly being developed to reduce the volume of traffic and pollution.

      However, all too often these still fail because of the people themselves – primarily due to their inclination for comfort.

      The imminent traffic chaos is a direct result of the modern convenience dilemma: Almost everyone now shops at Amazon and other Internet marketplaces. They enjoy fast availability and low prices with minimal effort.

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    10. The Evolution of CIOs into CEOs

      The age-old question for young professionals is, “How do I become CEO one day?” 

      Historically, a high percentage of Fortune 100 CEOs have backgrounds in operations, with degrees in business, economics or accounting, plus an MBA from an elite school, a stint at a premier consulting firm and a few years at the target company before ascending.

      An article in the NY Times which summarized the analysis of 459,000 resumes on LinkedIn suggests living in New York or Los Angeles helps, along with targeting a non-linear, cross-functional career rather than specializing in only one part of the business.

      “The common theme that we see in the jobs that are the fastest-growing and have the highest value for employers and job seekers is this set of jobs that require a mix of skills that don’t tend to ride together in nature,” says Matthew Sigelman, chief executive of Burning Glass ...

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    11. EU Expands Tire Labeling Requirements

      The European Union is trying to use marketing rules to improve the safety and environmental performance of tires that are sold into Europe, with ministers approving a proposal that expands manufacturers’ and retailers’ obligations regarding tire labeling.

      Under a new regulation backed March 4 by the EU Council of Ministers, stickers would have to be fixed to more types of tires and would include more information – with the goal of persuading consumers to not just use cost as a guide to buying tires.

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    12. Continental: Speaker-less Audio Saves Weight

      Continental: Speaker-less Audio Saves Weight

      While seats get a lot of the focus when talk turns to lightweighting interiors, other elements in the cabin can be portly, too.

      Take for instance the audio system. Alone one speaker is not too hefty, but six speakers with chunky magnets – a common setup in the average mass-market sedan – can account for 55 lbs. (25 kg) of added curb weight.

      A 12-speaker setup, common in most luxury sedans, weighs in at a not too-lean 88 lbs. (40 kg), Continental estimates.

      Armed with this knowledge, the German supplier has devised a way to take as much as 90% of the weight out of a traditional audio system, which includes at least one amplifier as well.

      The Tier 1 supplier is proposing swapping speakers for actuators, a device similar to a speaker’s core that is the size of a small cookie. ...

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    13. U.S. Nafta Demands Not Deal Breaker for Canada, Depending on Return

      U.S. Nafta Demands Not Deal Breaker for Canada, Depending on Return

      DETROIT – There may be frustration behind the scenes over President Trump’s negotiating stance on NAFTA, but publicly, at least, Canadian trade officials present a picture of calm and appear hopeful a better three-way trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico will emerge from the struggle.

      On Tuesday, bargaining wrapped up with major provisions unresolved, and although ...

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    14. Average Fuel Economy Down in September

      Average Fuel Economy Down in September

      The WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index shows the average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. in September was 25.4 mpg (9.2 L/100 km), down 0.3% from year-ago. The national average gasoline price was $2.761, 10.7% higher than in August and 18.7% above year-ago. Share of standard gasoline models fell to 96.2% from 96.4% in same-month 2016. Share of all alternative power types increased. Cars sold in the month averaged 30.1 mpg (7.8 L/100 km), down 0.8% from year-ago. Domestically ...

       
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    15. Continental Unleashing Torrent of Tech at Frankfurt

      Continental Unleashing Torrent of Tech at Frankfurt

      The cars will be the stars at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but some of the most interesting and talked-about new features will be coming from suppliers, including technology that can look into drivers’ eyes and read their mind (well, almost), to dazzling audio systems that don’t use speakers and wireless inductive charging systems for battery-electric vehicles.

      Earlier this year Continental, one of the world’s largest and most diversified auto suppliers, gave journalists a preview of the multitude of products it will introduce at Frankfurt.

      It was like trying to drink from the proverbial fire hose.

       

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    16. GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing

      GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing

      DETROIT – General Motors launches an industry-first sustainable tire-purchasing initiative it hopes will drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and improve human and labor rights.

      “Our supplier partners are an extension of our company,” says Steve Kiefer, senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at GM. “We want to encourage affordable, safer and cleaner options for our customers that drive value to both our organization and the communities in which we work.”

      Flanked here by executives from major tire makers Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin, Kiefer says he does not expect the program to add cost to the tires.

      “It should maintain or even improve our cost structure,” he says.

      GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits, such as addressing climate change, improving yield and quality for natural rubber farmers and mitigating business risk by ensuring ...

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