Feb. 3, 2015, 11:23 AM
Feb. 2, 2015, 7:47 AM
- Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) lowered the cost of its fuel cell Tucson ix EV in South Korea.
- The price tag on the model at 85M won ($77,189) is still considerably higher than the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Mirai's list price of ¥6.7M ($56,934).
- What to watch: Though the fuel cell EV industry is still in its infancy with production numbers this year expected to be very low, the recent backing of the Japanese government of the power alternative gives it some backing.
- Previously: The electric vs. hydrogen debate just got interesting (Jan. 15 2015)
Jan. 31, 2015, 10:39 AM
- Automakers need to address the issue of how to sell to millennials, according to data from TrueCar.
- The group is projected to purchase 4.24M vehicles in 2015 to account for close to 25% of the total new car market in the U.S. That's a percentage that will stay on the rise over time.
- A few things to keep in mind about millennials.
- They have an indie spirit that can veer away from dominant brands. Just ask McDonald's or Anheuser-Busch InBev.
- They are early adopters of new technology. Just ask the cable companies.
- They don't take their marching orders from Madison Avenue on what products are on-trend. Just ask Abercrombie & Fitch.
- Millennials are likely to have a lot to say with the critical question on if electric batteries or hydrogen fuel cells (Tesla vs. Toyota) emerge as the dominant alternative energy source for the industry.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:MMTOF, TTM, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:GELYF, FCAU.
Jan. 29, 2015, 1:18 PM
Jan. 27, 2015, 9:42 AM
- U.S. sales for Toyota (NYSE:TM) are expected to increase 12.7% to 165K units in January, according to an estimate from Kelley Blue Book.
- Toyota market share flat at 14.5%. (estimated)
- This year will see a focus on the sales growth of the Tacoma truck with an updated 2016 model expected to hit showrooms in Q4.
- U.S. new-vehicles sales are projected to increase 12.9% Y/Y to 1.14M units vs. the polar vortex month of a year ago.
Jan. 21, 2015, 1:00 PM
- Dish Networks (DISH -0.2%) won a significant court battle in L.A. against Fox Broadcasting over the company's Dish Anywhere app.
- The ruling from a federal judge applied some of the principles from the Supreme Court's look at the Aereo case.
- The opinion from the court indicated that watching content on mobile devices and tablets through Dish Anywhere doesn't qualify as a breach of copyright law.
- The use of Dish's PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features were also deemed as fair use.
- Many programmers seemed to have anticipated the legal decision and already negotiated with Dish to disable ad-skipping for a period of time after a show airs.
- The ruling is sure to have been noticed on Madison Avenue where the largest (and smarter?) ad spenders continue to increase digital spending over broadcast/cable TV buys.
- Big advertisers: MCD, PG, BUD, WMT, TGT, K, GIS, TM, GM.
- Programmers: CBS, TWX, FOXA, SNI, AMCX, VIA , VIAB, DISCA.
Jan. 21, 2015, 2:57 AM
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking the auto industry crown for the third year straight, but expects vehicle production and sales to fall by 1% this year as demand stalls in emerging markets.
- Toyota sold 10.23M vehicles in 2014, but with its less upbeat forecast, the Japanese automaker may hand over the crown this year.
- Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) sold 10.14M vehicles in 2014, up 4% from the previous year.
- TM -0.2% AH
Jan. 20, 2015, 7:30 AM
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Honda (NYSE:HMC) plan to produce 6K hydrogen cars and build 35 hydrogen fuel stations in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
- Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a strong commitment to fuel cell development with a promise for aggressive subsidies.
- Previously: The electric vs. hydrogen debate just got interesting (Jan. 15 2015)
Jan. 16, 2015, 3:08 PM
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Jan. 15, 2015, 8:08 AM
- "It’s time to introduce a hydrogen era," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo as he announced a government initiative to build out a self-service hydrogen network of stations.
- The development comes only two days after Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk called hydrogen a "dumb" energy storage system.
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) is the pioneer in the FCV field and is building 1.5K Mirai vehicles for the Japanese government. Though taking a cautious approach to rolling out production, the world's top-selling automaker isn't ruling out selling hydrogen cars in all markets eventually.
- Review: Car and Driver's deep dive into the Toyota Mirai FCV.
- Related: Toyota opens up 5680 patents on fuel-cell technology to other automakers.
- What to watch: Abe has endorsed larger fuel-cell subsidies than those offered for electric vehicles in China, Europe, and the U.S. Will more governments take a side in the hydrogen vs electric battle setting up in the automobile industry?
- Related stocks: F, GM, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, KNDI, HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:MMTOF
Jan. 12, 2015, 1:48 PM
- Ford (NYSE:F): The big focus on the F-150 is far from unexpected, although a Truck of the Year award for the model provides a nice bit of timing. Other news from Ford includes a new GT super car, a look at the next-gen Ford AppLink platform, and a new carbon initiative.
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY): The automaker unveiled the Titan XD pickup truck at the show. The truck features 8-cylinders in a 6-cylinder segment. A dose of reality from Nissan as well. CEO Carlos Ghosn says 2015 could be a difficult year in the U.S. for the industry due to the high level of competition.
- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Elon Musk will be in the house tomorrow. The automaker is highlighting its dual motor, autopilot technology, and Supercharger network at its display booth.
- General Motors: News from GM is largely focused on the new electric Bolt. Execs also reiterated the commitment to the Cadillac brand. $12B will go to develop 8 new models by 2020.
- Toyota (NYSE:TM): Close attention will be paid to the reception for the Japanese automaker's redesign of the Tacoma. The automaker faces new challengers in the small pickup segment.
- Daimler(OTCPK:DDAIF): CEO Dieter Zetsche sees 4% growth the global market in 2015 - a mark above what most industry analysts forecast. The exec thinks Mercedes-Benz will have a big year in China.
- Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY): A big win for the German automaker when the Golf was named the Car of the Year by NAIS. Execs call the achievement a starting point to get back on track in the U.S.
Jan. 12, 2015, 10:23 AM
- General Motors (GM -0.1%) calls the new Bolt concept a "game-changing" model in the EV segment.
- "Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers," proclaims GM.
- The automaker plans to offer the model in all 50 states and in many global markets. That statement could indicate GM plans to partner with an existing retail chain in an ambitious charging station build-out initiative.
- A starting price of $30K for the Chevrolet Bolt is expected.
- There's a vigorous debate on this 434-comment stream on the impact for Tesla Motors (TSLA -3.3%) and other EV manufacturers (TM, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:BAMXY) from the Bolt development.
Jan. 10, 2015, 9:20 AM
- General Motors (NYSE:GM) plans to introduce a new all-electric model with a driving range of close to 200 miles.
- The automaker will unveil a concept version of the Chevrolet Bolt at the Detroit Auto Show next week.
- The Bolt will be priced in a range of $30K to $35K, below that of several other EV entries including the anticipated selling price of the Model 3 from Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA).
- A more advanced battery from LG Chem is promised than the one used in Chevrolet Volts.
- 2014 GM EV sales: Chevrolet Volt 18.8K, Cadillac ELR 1.31K (full EV report)
- Related stocks: OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:NSANY, TM.
Jan. 9, 2015, 7:50 AM
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) expects a slight improvement in U.S. sales in 2015 after reaching its 2014 sales goal.
- The Japanese automaker increased deliveries 6.2% to 2.37M units during the prior year.
- New versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Prius hybrid are expected to lead their segments.
- A formal projection from Toyota is expected to be released at the North American International Auto Show next week.
Jan. 7, 2015, 8:02 PM
- Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. rose 23% to 119.7K in 2014, according to a summary from InsideEVs.com.
- December was the peak month of the year with EV sales of 12,784 units.
- 2014 EV sales by model (estimated): Nissan Leaf 30.2K, Chevrolet Volt 18.8K, Tesla Model S 17.3K, Toyota Prius 13.2K, Ford Fusion Energi 11.55K, Ford C-Max Energi 8.4K, BMW i3 6.09K, Smart ED 2.59K, Ford Focus Electric 1.96K, Fiat 500e 1.79K, Cadillac ELR 1.31K, Toyota RAV4 1.18K.
- Plug-in entries from Porsche, Honda, Kia, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi all recorded sales of less than a thousand for the year.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:NSANY, GM, TSLA, TM, F, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, FCAU, OTC:HYMLF, OTCQX:VLKAY.
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