Cars – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 12 Sep 2018 02:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LISTEN: Talking Ford Prospects, Impact of Marchionne Death on FCA & Tesla with Autoblog Chief Greg Migliore Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:34:35 +0000

On our Daily Detroit podcast, Autoblog editor Greg Migliore joins Sven Gustafson to talk about what’s been happening in the auto industry.

Topics include:

Is Ford nearing crisis territory? What about that Mach vehicle for 2020? The Mustang-looking SUV?

What impact the death of Sergio Marchionne has on FCA, and what Greg thinks of new CEO Mike Manley.

Is the bloom off the rose of Tesla?

You can catch Greg and Autoblog here. They also have a podcast! That’s here.

And if you want to subscribe to our Daily Detroit podcast, go here.

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Ford Scraps Plans To Import Hatchback From China, Citing Costs From Trade War Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:55:34 +0000

Ford Motor Company is planning to get rid of most of its cars for the American market in favor of more trucks, crossovers and SUVs. But the automaker on Friday said it’s canceling one of the only remaining cars it did plan to offer due to costs associated with President Trump’s trade war.

Ford says it’s scrapping plans to import the Focus Active from China because of he 25-percent tariffs the president has placed on automobiles, steel and aluminum from that country. The Focus Active was intended to replace the slow-selling Focus in the United States. Sometimes called a crossover, the Focus Active essentially a raised version of the Focus hatchback that’s similar to the wildly popular Subaru Crosstrek.

Ford will continue to offer the car in China and Europe.

The move leaves the venerable Mustang as the only true car in Ford’s long-range plans. The company says the Fiesta will continue into 2019 and the Fusion will also last at least a couple more years.

As we reported this week, Moody’s Investor Services downgraded Ford’s rating to just above junk status and gave the company’s stock a “negative” outlook.

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Is There An Auto Bubble Coming? A Conversation With Joe Berish, Analyst Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:52:13 +0000

Is there a bubble brewing in the car business? Sven’s guest — Joe Berish, an analyst with the automotive consulting firm Oliver Wyman — says that rising subprime auto loans, rising interest rates and increasing prices for car parts add up to spell warning signs.

That’s even before we start talking about President Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported cars.

Listen to the conversation from our Daily Detroit podcast in the player above. Don’t miss another episode and subscribe free in your podcast app of choice.

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Detroit Grand Prix Strikes Deal With Michigan DNR To Stay On Belle Isle Sat, 11 Aug 2018 19:23:24 +0000

The Detroit Grand Prix is, in fact, returning to Belle Isle. That’s thanks to an agreement announced Friday between race organizers and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The three year deal – with an option to be extended until 2023 – means $450,000 annually for the island. That’s more than a third of the state park’s operating budget for the entire year. $325 grand of that is an event fee, and a hundred and twenty five thousand is for specific Belle Isle projects.

The Grand Prix will also continue to host the Grand Prixmiere fundraising event over the course of the new agreement. That event has raised more than $4 million dollars for the Belle Isle Conservancy over the last five years.

Organizers under the deal also need to reduce their setup and take-down time to 60 days in 2019 and 59 days in 2020 and 2021. They say that’s 35 days less than in 2015.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear – I figured I should call it at least once by it’s official name – will return May 31 through June 2, 2019.

In 2020, it’s going to kick off a very busy June in the city for special events, as the Detroit auto show is also moving to that month.

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PODCAST: Understanding the impact of PFAS in Michigan with Garret Ellison of MLIVE, election results, and your Detroit stories Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:55:23 +0000

From the studios of Podcast Detroit in the Cass Corridor, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

We have primary election results, headlines, and today’s deep dive is about P-FAS. The chemical, used in firefighting and a bunch of consumer and industrial applications, has caused a lot of environmental concern. Sven Gustafson talks with MLIVE and Grand Rapids Press reporter Garret Ellison who has been at the forefront of covering the crisis.

Also: We talk election results (including a squeaker of a race when it comes to transit)

The folks behind the Detroit Shipping Company have another project up their sleeves – plus an update on a future burger joint.

General Motors and ExxonMobil have rolled out a new feature for 2017 and newer model Buicks aimed at making buying gas simpler.

Ferndale and Detroit will be getting new public skate parks.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock.

Belle Isle’s trees have seen extensive damage due to a quick but intense storm on Monday.

The Detroit News reports that Detroit is having a very tough time getting landlords to comply with new regulations.

And there’s a walking tour on Saturday, August 18th aims to show off the potential – and beauty – of some vacant houses in the Jefferson Chalmers and Riverbend neighborhoods.

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The Detroit Auto Show Will Be Moving To June In 2020 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:00:59 +0000
The Detroit auto show is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

The move would take advantage of better summer weather and allow for more outdoor experiences, that would aim to better show off the vehicles and the city of Detroit.

The Detroit News reports that the event may no longer be named the North American International Auto Show, and there are variety of new names in the running.

Moving the show to June would make summer in Detroit very busy. It’s the same month as the Belle Isle Grand Prix and the city’s traditional international fireworks display with neighboring Windsor, Ontario. In a new twist, Ford is reportedly urging organizers to emulate the Goodwood Festival of Speed. That event includes a hill climb, supercar runs and a moving auto show.

An official announcement will come later this month.


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Listen: Auto Show To June, Brandstatter Out, Campus Martius Improvements & Hatch Detroit Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:19:12 +0000

New podcast! Right under the deadline for finishing the show, we got word that the Detroit City Council has unanimously voted for a new Cass-Henry Historic District. We’ll dive into that more tomorrow…

The North American International Auto Show looks like it is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue is being decommissioned by Wayne State University

It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case…

Jim Brandstatter’s 31-year run as color commentator for the Detroit Lions has come to an end….

The popular Campus Martius Park beach is getting a makeover…

We now have the exact dates the PGA TOUR is coming to the city of Detroit in 2019…

And we have a conversation with Vittoria Katanski and Ashley Hennen of Hatch Detroit about the annual contest that has helped jumpstart some of the notable local names in Detroit’s retail scene and how you can get involved.

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Listen: Trump’s Tariffs, Auto Show Changes, Tesla’s Musk Knocks Ford, And The New Chevy Blazer With Autoblog’s Greg Migliore Fri, 29 Jun 2018 19:00:53 +0000

Greg Migliore from Autoblog joins Sven Gustafson on the Daily Detroit News Byte to talk all things cars.

There’s President Trump’s tariffs and their impact on the Detroit industry, and why Greg thinks they’re not a great idea. Also, Elon Musk takes shots at Ford, there’s a new Chevy Blazer, and AAA has a new study out about infotainment systems.

Finally, the North American International Auto Show will be moving to a warmer month – either in the summer or fall and it will have outdoor events.

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Adient Will Not Be Moving Downtown After All Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:43:47 +0000 While Ford is making a big splash about its plans to come into the city, another automotive company is now pulling back on its plans to move to downtown Detroit.

The seating supplier Adient says it has decided to scrap plans to move its corporate headquarters and 500 employees into the Marquette Building on Congress Street over concerns about the cost of renovation. It’ll instead remain at its current location in Plymouth Township.

Advent announced plans to move to Detroit in 2016, and crews have been working to redevelop the building for its offices. The company says it plans to sell the building.

Adient last month reported a quarterly loss of $168 million. It recently named former General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson as interim CEO.

This story first appeared in our daily local news podcast show, the Daily Detroit News Byte.

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The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Saw Increased Attendance This Year Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:27:51 +0000

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix saw increased attendance and solid TV ratings over its three-day run earlier this month on Belle Isle.

The race event drew roughly 105,000 people, up from a 100,000 the year before and setting a record for the second consecutive year for Saturday attendance.

TV ratings were also strong for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Verizon IndyCar Series double header.  It generated the highest weekend TV viewership totals for any series race outside the Indy 500. Though Saturday’s IndyCar race broadcast saw a dip in overnight Nielsen ratings.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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