· Detroit News
Chrysler aims to be all electric by 2028
Chrysler plans to go all-electric by 2028, the automaker recently announced a shift away from gasoline-powered engines under increasing pressure to act on climate change.
The company said Wednesday that it will launch its first electric vehicle in 2025. Chrysler announced its electric plans along with a new AI-enabled vehicle system powered by batteries that it says can travel 350 to 400 miles (563 to 644 kilometers) per charge. .
Fiat Chrysler is part of Stellantis Europe, the parent company that also owns PSA Peugeot.
“Our brand will be at the forefront as Stellantis transforms to deliver clean mobility and a connected customer experience,” Chris Feuell, CEO of the Chrysler brand, said in a news release.
Stellantis last month announced a strategy to embed AI-enabled software in 34 million vehicles across its 14 brands in a bid to earn $22.6 billion (20 billion euros) in annual revenue by 2030. This is part of a broad transformation in the auto industry, as companies race towards more complete electric and hybrid propulsion systems, more autonomous driving features, and improved in-car connectivity.
All the top automakers are working on electric vehicles amid concerns about climate change.
· Associated Press
’72 Plymouth Barracuda causing a commotion
The one-man problem was of course in Larry Eber’s favor. Eber, from Van Wert, called a man at the right time and got this beautiful and original 1972 Plymouth Barracuda for a great price.
Eber has been looking for a car. He’d been to Indiana at the Mecum Car Show and found nothing. He returned home and searched the Internet. He found the listing for this 1972 Plymouth Barracuda and called the man.
“He got into trouble with a woman. The man went out and bought a Harley, which he greatly underestimated. It was February in Buffalo, New York, and the Cadillac couldn’t be worn outside because of the weather,” explains Eber.
It was February 2014. The man had to get rid of something, because the garage was full.
“When he told me the price, I thought it was too low. He told me he only had a week to get rid of the car,” said Eber. “We discussed a lot because I asked a lot of questions. I had a checklist in front of me and he said, ‘ask them all.’
Eber is now the proud owner of this beautiful Plymouth Barracuda. He has had it for eight years. He took the car to the Lima Downtown Auto Show and Chicken BBQ, held in the Kids Services parking lot.
The Eber car contains a V8 340, four barrel engine.
The Plymouth Barracuda was a Pony car produced by Plymouth from 1964 to 1974. The sales brochure for the 1972 model read: “The best looking sporty car made in America.”
Eber had space in his garage and luckily found the right car to fill that space.
· News Five
Tesla will stop gaming on infotainment screens in moving cars
Under pressure from US auto safety regulators, Tesla has agreed to stop allowing videogames to be played on the center touchscreen while its vehicles are moving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the company would send a software update over the Internet so a function called “Passenger Play” would be locked and would not work while the vehicle was in motion.
The move comes after the agency announced it would open a formal investigation into distracted driving concerns about Tesla’s video games, some of which could be played while the car was being driven.
An agency spokesman said in a statement Thursday that the change came after regulators discussed concerns about the system with Tesla. The first update came out Wednesday as part of Tesla’s holiday software release, and other vehicles should get it today.
The statement says NHTSA regularly talks about infotainment screens with all automakers. A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Tesla, which has dissolved its media relations department.
· Associated Press
US Ford sales fall 6.8% in 2021 amid chip shortage
Ford Motor Co. Sales in the US fell 6.8% year-on-year in 2021 to about 1.9 million vehicles, according to figures released Wednesday.
The drop in sales is consistent with the story of the auto industry as a whole, which saw sales decline due in large part to a shortage of semiconductor chips that reduced car production worldwide for most of the year.
However, the Dearborn automaker managed to increase production and sales volume in the fourth quarter after being hit by shortages earlier in the year. Ford said it was the best-selling automaker in Q4 and the only US seller to hit 500,000 sales in a three-month period. It is also touting its advantages in the electric vehicle market, of which it is the No. 2 in 2021 behind market leader Tesla Inc.
In December, Ford sold 173,740 vehicles in the US, down 17.1% from December 2020.
In the fourth quarter, the automaker sold 508,451 vehicles, up 26.8% from the previous quarter.
· Detroit News