Nutson’s Weekly Automotive News Roundup September 18-24, 2022



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Nutson’s Autoweek Automotive News Roundup – Week Ended September 25, 2022 Below are important, relevant, semi-secret or trendy automotive news, opinions and insider backstory from the past week, presented in professionally crafted easy-to-understand automotive world news blocks.

* LMC Automotive estimates that cumulative new light vehicle sales in the U.S. reached just over 9 million between January 2022 and August 2022, down 15% from a year earlier. Affected by factors such as economic uncertainty and continued supply constraints, LMC revised its 2022 all-young vehicle sales forecast to 13.8 million units, down 7% from 2021. Demand erosion is happening at the lower end of the market due to high prices, high interest rates and low incentives.

* U.S. Department of Energy Facts of the Week: Transportation energy use per capita in 2020 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia is between 2.5 and 225 million British thermal units. Transportation energy use per capita varies widely across the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Washington has the lowest per capita transportation energy use at 25 million British thermal units. New York has the lowest usage of any state — just under 46 million Btu per capita — while Alaska’s per capita usage is almost five times as high as 225 million Btu. Thirty-nine states have per capita transportation energy use between 5 and 100 million British thermal units. The states with the lowest per capita transportation energy use tend to be in the more urbanized Northeast with higher population density, while larger, less populated states such as Alaska, Wyoming and North Dakota have the highest per capita transportation energy use.

* More than half of all passenger cars sold in the U.S. will be electric vehicles by 2030, thanks in part to $374 billion in new climate spending enacted by President Joe Biden, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report Consumer incentives. Electric vehicle sales were expected to account for 43% of the U.S. market by 2030, ahead of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in August. That estimate was revised up to 52% with climate spending measures in place. Electric vehicles will account for less than 5% of U.S. sales in 2021, lower than the global share of nearly 9%, and well below the adoption rate in countries such as China, where plug-in vehicles currently account for about 24% of new vehicle sales. Last year , Norway became the first country to sell more electric cars than combustion engine cars. The U.S. will surpass the global average in 2026 rather than 2028, according to revised forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

* Joe White for Reuters: Electric vehicle advocates and automakers have been talking about the benefits of charging electric vehicles at home during off-peak hours at night for years. A new study by Stanford University researchers argues that this approach is 180 degrees wrong for a grid that is increasingly reliant on solar energy. The researchers concluded that insisting on a night-time charging pattern would require a substantial increase in power generation capacity to manage peak charging loads. Instead, researchers at Stanford University argue that electric vehicles should be charged at workplaces and public charging stations during the day. Daytime charging takes advantage of peak solar power generation, the researchers wrote.

* South Korea plans to become the third country after Japan and Germany to have Level 3 autonomous vehicles on the road this year, fully autonomous buses and taxis by 2025 and passenger cars by 2027. Half of all new vehicles will be fully automated by 2035, “seamlessly” in cities and villages via unmanned vehicles in the air and on the ground, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport said Monday, according to a roadmap for mobility innovation published by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Travel will be possible. In the first half of next year, expressways will open dedicated lanes for autonomous driving, and by 2025, at least one test drive area will be established in all provinces and cities across the country.

* Reputation, the global leader in reputational experience management, has released findings from its annual Auto Industry Report, which looks at key industry trends over the past year and ranks top auto brands and dealership groups. Analysis from 5 million customer reviews and surveys of how buyers buy and service vehicles. Subaru, Lexus, AutoNation and Hendrick top the list.Read more: here

* Hertz and General Motors announced an agreement under which Hertz plans to order up to 175,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop electric vehicles over the next five years. Hertz is investing in creating the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America. Compact and mid-size SUVs, pickups, luxury cars and other models will be offered. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its preliminary estimate of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2022. An estimated 20,175 people died in motor vehicle crashes, an increase of about 0.5% compared to the 20,070 fatalities NHTSA expects in the first half of 2021. However, NHTSA expects seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year fatalities beginning in the third quarter of 2020 After the increase, the number of deaths fell for the first time in the second quarter of 2022 (i.e. April-June).

* The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new cars in the U.S. be equipped with a blood alcohol monitoring system to deter intoxicated driving. The recommendation, if enacted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, could reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, one of the largest causes of road fatalities in the U.S., which are at crisis levels, NHTSA said. Nearly 43,000 people were killed last year, the largest number in 16 years. The recommendation also requires the system to monitor driver behavior to ensure they remain alert. Many cars now have cameras pointed at the driver, which has the potential to limit impaired driving, she said. Editor’s note: The combination of blood alcohol monitors and smart speed assist technology, now required in all new cars sold in Europe, can significantly reduce crashes and injuries.

* Nissan has discontinued sales of the 2023 Nissan Z Roadster with the nine-speed automatic transmission. An internal problem with the transmission could prevent the park pawl from engaging, resulting in loss of control. The situation appears to be similar to the current recall of nine-speed Nissan Frontier and Nissan Titan trucks. The Nissan Z with manual transmission is still on sale.

* Due to a manufacturing error, Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2020-22 GLE and GLS models, including AMG and Maybach models. Rear window and door trim strips may come off and cause a road hazard or increase the risk of a crash. About 161,000 vehicles were affected.

* Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. because the power-window auto-reverse system may not react properly after detecting an obstacle, increasing the risk of injury. Tesla told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will make an over-the-air software update for the automatic window rollover system. The recall covers certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.

*Chapron’s 1937 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet was selected as this year’s Best in Show winner at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ inaugural Detroit Elegance Competition. Building on four decades of American excellence, the reimagined Concours d’Elegance welcomed more than 5,000 attendees across four events located in the Motor City’s thriving design, music and sports hub. At the center of the weekend’s festivities is former GM vice president of global design and 2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance winner Ed Welburn.

* The Jeep swept the podium at the 2021 Rebelle Rally and was back in service this year, supporting three teams at this year’s race. Founded in 2015, Rebelle Rally is America’s first women’s off-road navigating rally. It covered more than 1,500 hard off-road miles in eight days in the harsh deserts of Nevada and California. Jeep will field three Wrangler 4xe SUVs in its seventh straight Rebelle Rally and defend its coveted 2021 title in the overall, EV and Bone Stock classes. The Rebelle Rally will be held from October 6-15, 2022.

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