Total new vehicle registrations in California in 2019 fell 5.5% from a year earlier, to 1.89 million vehicles, the third year in a row of declines...Registrations were down 9.5% from 2016. This was far sharper than the decline in US auto sales of 2.5% over the same period.
-- Wolf Richter, Wolf Street
Many more automakers beyond Nissan are trialing subscriptions, like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Cadillac, and Jaguar. Even the big car rental companies, Hertz and Enterprise, are getting in on the action.
-- Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge
in 2010, Daimler combined its Car2Go and Moovel services with BMW’s ReachNow. The ReachNow car sharing service shut down its Portland operations last summer and Car2Go shuttered its Portland operation shortly afterward.
-- Mike Rogoway, Oregonian
Subaru Corp. ’s chief executive said he didn’t see much evidence Americans want electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids and expressed frustration at navigating between environmental regulations and consumer demand.
-- Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ
Labor Minister Hubertus Heil plans to introduce wage subsidies for automakers and their suppliers to prevent possible job losses if the downturn in the sector continues, his ministry said in response to questions from Bloomberg.
-- Birgit Jennen, Reuters
Takata is recalling 10 million more front air bag inflators sold to 14 different automakers because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel.The recall is the last one the bankrupt company agreed to in a 2015 settlement with the U.S. safety regulators.
-- NBC 25 News
There are plenty of automotive zombies, those vehicles that are still made but that no one really cares about anymore.
-- John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver
By 2030, Hyundai intends on having a wide-spread deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology, the company says.
-- USA Today