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Friday, Jan 109:26 AM
Friday, Jan 109:26 AM| 11 Comments
- The intersection of technology and the automobile industry was on full display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show where a record number of automakers presented.
- Though the sneak peek at the new gadgetry and the evolution of on-board systems was quite impressive, there's a bit of backlash building on privacy issues.
- As more mobile devices connect to cars, and Google's Open Automototive Alliance and GM's OnStar system evolve, hyper-local marketing could take off. It's a gray area with few legal precedents, note privacy advocates.
- A Ford exec probably got a little too fired up at CES earlier this week with this comment: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing."
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY, TTM, FUJHY.
Tuesday, Jan 78:36 AM
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- Nissan (NSANY) will mimic the look of London's iconic black taxi cabs with a new line it plans to sell this year.
- The automaker is joining Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) in trying to upend the London taxi market which has been dominated by London Taxi Co. - a subsidiary of Chinese firm Zhejiang Geely.
- What to watch: Nissan also plans to enter the taxi markets in New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona as a potential precursor to rolling out electric taxis down the road.
Monday, Jan 612:22 PM
Monday, Jan 612:22 PM| 1 Comment
- The rapid evolution of Internet-connected cars is expected to be a major theme at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this year. Mercedes (DDAIF), Audi (VLKAY), Ford (F), BMW (BAMXY), and Chrysler (FIATY) will all showcase new services which enable consumers to link mobile devices to their cars.
- Priceline.com (PCLN +0.2%) has a new partnership with General Motors (GM +1.5%) that will see the company's hotel booking service become available within the new Chevrolet AppShop. Watch for a great deal of talk on how the automaker's OnStar system fits into the evolution of infotainment systems in the industry with heavyweight Google and others quite active in the field.
- Other highlights from automakers include a closer look at BMW's all-electric i3 and Ford's highly anticipated C-Max Solar Energi.
- Though demonstrations of self-driving cars will be a crowd pleaser, the nascent technology doesn't threaten to disrupt the market for a few more years at least. (Related: Google, you can drive my car).
Friday, Jan 31:05 PM
Tuesday, Dec 312013, 2:52 PM
Tuesday, Dec 312013, 2:52 PM| 16 Comments
- IHS Automotive is out with a forecast on self-driving cars which could prove to be provocative.
- The research firm thinks by the year 2035 close to 9% of all cars sold will be able to function without a human driver. The estimate is more aggressive than most covering the nascent technology.
- The anticipated benefits of autonomous cars include fewer accidents, less traffic congestion, and an easier way for the industry to keep emission pollution under control. Detractors say insurance liability and software concerns will plague growth rates
- What to watch: The engineers at Google X may have something to say about the direction of the self-driving car initiative. The company's purchase of Boston Dynamics, the advent of Google glasses, and the spins the company's early prototype has taken around Silicon Valley all point to more than a passing interest by the tech giant.
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY, PEUGF, RNSDF, FUJHY.
Tuesday, Dec 312013, 7:11 AM
Tuesday, Dec 312013, 7:11 AM| 17 Comments
- Daimler (DDAIF) is the latest electric vehicle automaker to task engineers with adding sounds to new models to appease regulators concerned with safety.
- The European Union is expected to propose legislation that would require automobiles to emit sounds in 2014.
- Renault (RNSDF) is ahead of the pack, already offering owners three different sound tones with the Zoe hatchback EV.
- Tesla Motors (TSLA) is taking a wait-and-see stance. CEO Elon Musk thinks cars should only be required to make noise when people are nearby - instead of all the time.
Thursday, Dec 262013, 4:20 PM
Thursday, Dec 262013, 4:20 PM| 18 Comments
- Despite some recent concerns on the U.S. automobile industry - including high inventory at General Motors (GM) and pricing pressures at Ford (F) - the industry is in the best shape that it's been in years, say some analysts.
- On demand: The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has never been higher at 11.3 years. Some pent-up demand from the fall when government shutdown worries stalled sales is also still being unleashed.
- On profits: Though a high level of promotional activity in December helped to juice sales figures at the expense of profits, some underlying positive trends remain in place. The increased use of domestic production in supply chains and the early success of 2014 models at premium pricing bodes well for bottom lines in the sector.
- On leased cars: Analysts think the lease cycle sets up well for the industry in 2014.Toyota (TM) has aggressive leasing plans in place.
- On gas mileage: Consumers will be tempted to trade into new vehicles with vastly improved gas mileage ratings. Honda (HMC) tops the list while Ford's betting truck owners will go for a lighter F-150 in the future. In the luxury segment, Tesla (TSLA) and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) want to carve out more EV market share by reeling in middle-class buyers trading up while cutting down on gas costs.
- On brand reputation: Automakers such as Subaru (FUJHY) and Chrysler (FIATY) have seen consumer sentiment scores turn around as new models impress.
Monday, Dec 232013, 6:56 AM|Monday, Dec 232013, 6:56 AM| Comment!
Saturday, Dec 212013, 11:26 AM
Saturday, Dec 212013, 11:26 AM| 38 Comments
- German automaker Daimler (DDAIF) says it has hedged itself against a drop in the share price of Tesla Motors (TSLA) after watching its 4.3% stake in the EV juggernaut have an adventuresome year.
- Currently, Tesla provides electric motors and batteries for Mercedes-Benz EVs. Execs with Daimler signaled further cooperation between the two companies in their remarks.
- What to watch: Sales for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric vehicle are forecast to be relatively light in the U.S. It's Tesla's development deal with Toyota (TM) that provides the most revenue upside.
Thursday, Dec 192013, 8:34 AM
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- Daimler (DDAIF) will take a stake in Aston Martin in order to strengthen a relationship between the two automakers which includes sharing technology.
- Reports indicate Daimler's investment might be as much as 5% of P-E owned Aston Martin.
- Shares of Daimler rose as much as 2.6% in Frankfurt trading today.
Tuesday, Dec 172013, 8:06 AM|Tuesday, Dec 172013, 8:06 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Dec 172013, 7:15 AM
Tuesday, Dec 172013, 7:15 AM| 3 Comments
- European car registrations rose 1.2% Y/Y in November to put together a third consecutive month of gains on the continent.
- By regions, the U.K. and Greece were strong while registrations in Germany slipped 2% during the month.
- Monthly growth by manufacturer: General Motors (GM) -3.8%; Volkswagen (VLKAY) +3.2%; Daimler (DDAIF) -1.6%; BMW (BAMXY) -6.8%; Fiat (FIATY) -5.8%; Renault (RNSDF) +8.9%; Peugeot (PEUGY) -1.2%; Ford (F) -1.8%; Honda (HMC) -4.0%; Hyundai (HYMLF) -7.3%; Toyota (TM) +7.3%; Jaguar Land Rover (TTM) +1.3%; Suzuki (SZKMY) +15.8%; Nissan (NSANY) flat.
Tuesday, Dec 172013, 6:58 AM
Tuesday, Dec 172013, 6:58 AM| 1 Comment
- IHS forecasts the global automobile industry will produce 85M sales in 2014, up 3.7% from this year's level.
- Based on the same trend of strong growth in China and the U.S., Deutsche Bank has an even higher estimate for 2014 sales of 87.4M to rep 4% growth.
- Related stocks: GM, F, VLKAY, NSANY, HMC, TM, FIATY, HYMLF, DDAIF, BAMXY.
Wednesday, Dec 112013, 10:15 AM
Wednesday, Dec 112013, 10:15 AM| 81 Comments
- Toyota (TM -0.8%) remains positive on the prospect that falling costs of fuel cell batteries will help it make the segment the future of eco-friendly cars.
- The automaker sees selling 5K-10K units when the FCV Concept goes on sale in 2015.
- In the long-term, Toyota thinks fuel cell vehicles will be competitive on price against zero-emission cars. The automaker targets 2030 as a date mass-production will be in place by.
- What to watch: 2014 could see a ramping up of the rhetoric between Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.5%) and hydrogen fuel cell backers such as Toyota, Hyundai (HYMLF), and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF). Most automobile industry analysts see the confrontation as really an engineering battle with development too early in the game to accurately predict a winner.
Wednesday, Dec 42013, 1:33 PM
Wednesday, Dec 42013, 1:33 PM| 1 Comment
- Fox (FOXA) says it has already sold out all the commercials for the 2014 Super Bowl to be played on February 2.
- The pricing for the ads are reported to be 5% higher than last year with 30-second spots going for $4M a pop. Though some major companies such as GM have balked at the ever-escalating costs of Super Bowl advertising in the past, successful ads have a significant afterlife on the Internet which have boosted brand awareness. Both SodaStream (SODA -0.9%) and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) caught a piece of that trend last year.
- Execs with Fox says they have packaged some SB ads with time on other Fox Sports channels including newbie Fox Sports 1.