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November 2015 newsletter

road ahead road ahead: uber rush

Uber's relentless pursuit of ubiquity in our on-demand economy continues despite lawsuits and resistance from unions and governments around the globe - and its reported negative effect on new car sales.

The company is into personalized food, (Uber Eats) busses, designated-driver and event-shared transportation, delivery service, in-car print magazines and frills like NFL and college football streamed to back seat screens. Already valued at $50 billion Uber is going back to the money markets for another $1 billion to fuel its advance in China. And it is likely to get it because investors recognize the addictive, sybaritic appeal of devices and apps that diminish or eliminate bothersome chores – particularly among those who can afford their services and are likely to invest in them.

With the arrival of driverless cars it will be a case of the courts, unions and governments accommodating the public will. Taxi drivers will seek other jobs and their unions' political clout will be nil. And there will be driverless cars. Money is motivating all the necessary players to make it happen.

In a NY Times article Dino Grandoni describes how "Among The States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited A Gold Rush." He reports lawmakers in multiple states are striving to get a share for their state of the predicted $20 billion automakers and others will spend globally on development over the next 5 years. This includes building artificial cities and test tracks, designating stretches of highways for autonomous cars and, of course, creating legislation that abets their use.

And, their arrival is being fueled not only by auto journalists but moneymaking conclaves, conferences, seminars and postings on the Internet. TU-Automotive sends out nearly daily releases about connected cars and organizes panels and conferences world-wide on every aspect or implication of their development, from safety to insurance to vehicle to vehicle communications to city planning, connected fleets, smart phones and more. Road Ahead: The Zombie Mobile: 23 crossovers Can you name that cross-over?

What driverless cars will look like is pretty much determined – the characterless ovoid shapes foreseen by industry guru Bob Lutz during an Automotive News video roundtable. Not because Lutz said it, more because of what Adrian Hanft III writes in The Zombie-mobile chapter of his book, Art of the Living Dead. He says, "competition doesn't produce variety, it results in commoditization until we are left with 23 identical variations of the same vehicle," and illustrates his point with an array of full side views of unidentified current crossover models few would be able to name. He attributes this design conformity to consumers' reluctance to make choices and "as competitive forces reach equilibrium, car companies don't present an assortment of products equally spaced across the spectrum. Instead, they set up shop right next-door to the most lucrative location." Familiarity breeds sales.


new roads

"The New York Times is jumping into the VR pool with the launch of NYT VR, a new virtual reality app created in collaboration with Google and VR studio IM360," Erik Sass reports in Publisher's Daily. He says, "The app will be used to deliver immersive editorial as well as advertising experiences to viewers with smartphones, compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and launches with several major ad sponsors already on board." . . . The Guardian Newspaper reports, "the publisher of the Daily Mirror is poised to announce a GBP220m deal to take control of Local World, which owns more than 100 regional titles, to create a local newspaper powerhouse. The publisher, which already owns a portfolio of more than 100 regional titles, already had a 20% stake in Local World.

The AWL says Facebook's new standalone news app is named "Notify" and will let users select publications or people or, in their language, 'stations' and 'substations' to follow. . . . Mike Alexander is the editor-in-chief of Slam'd Magazine (not to be confused with Slam, the basketball vertical). He says, "The magazine passions don't just fit into a neat little box. We go against the "norm" and create machines that externalize our own unique styles. We follow these amazing builds through elegant imagery, passionately produced video, and high-quality content — this will be your home for all things low." . . . Automotive News reporter Gabe Nelson writes, DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, because of problems with "parking permit regulations." But, not forever. He reports the company will develop the program in other U.S. cities and will return when some of the regulation problems are resolved. new roads: watchable

Media Post's Wayne Friedman says, "Comcast has announced a new ad-supported digital video platform focused around independent digital video players, called Watchable." The new platform (not to be confused with Watchup) has a host of participating partners. Comcast says digital media users -- those on Apple devices, through the web site and Comcast's X1 users -- can watch videos from about 30 digital partners. . . . The Readers Digest Association has rebranded itself as Trust Media Brands. The nearly 100-year-old magazine, the worlds first media aggregator, will retain its name as will some 11 other media properties now under the Trust aegis.

Erík Sass of MediaPost writes, "While other publications are gingerly testing the waters of social media distribution, The Washington Post is doing a cannonball into the pool through its partnership with Facebook's Instant Articles. It is sending all of its stories to Facebook for formatting as Instant Articles, in essence making the publication's entire output available for perusal via Facebook's iOS app. . . . Facebook is also wooing journalists according to Sass. He writes Facebook, "which hopes to pry journalists away from Twitter with Signal, a new feature that provides a real time view of what's happening (in) the Facebook universe, including Instagram. "Signal," he says, "allows journalists to monitor and curate trending topics and content including photos, videos, and public posts on Facebook and Instagram, presented in chronological order.


passing scene

USA Today reports: "Visa and DocuSign are expected to announced a prototype app Monday at Money 20/20, a payments industry conference in Las Vegas, that would allow consumers to walk into a dealership, ask for a car ordered up on an automaker's website, and drive away after the driver fingertip-signs documents that appear on an in-dash screen. In this scenario, the car salesman could be relegated to simply forking over the keys." . . . . This would obviate a key influencer in a new car purchase, according to previously reported surveys.

Chuck Martin points out in MediaPost, "What's going on in television land is not so much about cord-cutting by TV watchers. It's more about those connected TV consumers becoming an early part of the Internet of Everything." According to Martin, TV retains center stage in the coming IoT age because people have grown up with it and there is no learning curve with respect to using it to connect with other things. This, despite his own report in an earlier column: "The global shift from traditional light bulbs to energy saving LED technology, underway for some time, is providing the opportunity to add connectivity to the next generation of lighting systems. Connected LEDs are the most promising vertical market segment in the Internet of Things, according to a new report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight.

Erik Sass, in a column for Social Graph, reports a recent study by the UK Office of National Statistics, found that children ages 10-15 who spend more than three hours a day on social media were significantly more likely to experience mental health problems than those who spent less than three hours on social media (27% versus 11%). Sass note that correlation does not, in itself, mean causation, however. . . . Not that those findings will deter device fixation when developers continue to create new fascinations such as this Robohon watch: passing scene: video: robohon

While surveys show women bloggers are on the decline (only 12% blog full-time and most earn less than $5,000 per year according to Iblog Magazine) Julie Michaelson, writing for Media Post's Engage Mom's, does not believe blogs are going the way of dinosaurs. She says they are changing their business model and, "a small but very successful percentage of bloggers are using their business acumen, multimedia expertise, and social networking and leadership savvy to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry. They have become not just writers, but photographers, expert social sharers, event and television hosts, public speakers, and conference organizers." And as these more complete offerings evolve, Michaelson believes for "brands willing to make the investment, this new age of blogging will present more substantial and fruitful opportunities than ever before."


pit notes

A Vancouver Sun article described an office worker's drive home in an autonomous car that required no direct prior input from the driver. The car's machine learning capability had absorbed the driver's commute pattern and until instructed otherwise, simply replicated it, utilizing GPS and other wireless input to avoid traffic jams and other driving hazards. . . . . Reducing it to driver-friendly terms, Brett Berk describes the controller in the self-driving Nissan Leaf that chauffeured him through Tokyo as, "round and smooth and silver, like a shrunken Hostess Ding Dong." So much for sophisticated technology but in the same article he raises a trenchant philosophical concern about autonomous vehicles that must decide which animals to hit or not when one unexpectedly appears in the car's path, "This leads us to wonder about the complex physical, situational—and indeed, ethical—minutia of such decisions." A concerned raised in the September 2015 Road Ahead.

Quinten Plummer, writing for Tech News World, reports that a University of Utah study reveals, "Up to 27 seconds of residual distraction trails use of digital assistant software and infotainment systems in automobiles." . . . . A San Francisco–based startup Voyomotive—founded by Peter Yorke and Harold Ekman, offers a $200 plug-in that can upgrade an older car's onboard diagnostic system from "first grade to post doctoral level" according to Yorke, quoted in Fast Company. Their Voyo tracks 140 parameters and translates them into useable metrics for OBD equipped cars from 1996 forward. Among its feature, "Voyo can be programmed to immobilize the vehicle unless the user's smartphone is inside of the car, adding an extra layer of security."

There will be a "Save The Salt Booth" at the center of this week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Speed Demon, a new vehicle incorporating the industry's latest technology, will be on display and available there for under-the-hood inspection. . . . Famed voice of NHRA dragracing and SEMA events, Dave McClelland plans to conclude 40 years as SEMA banquet host with this year's festivities.

The final shootout to determine the winner of the $100,000 Mazda Scholarship underwriting competition in the 2016-MX Cup will be held amongst 24 finalists on Nov. 8-10 at Carolina Motorsports Park, in Kershaw, South Carolina. Criteria for the shootout identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.

And, in case you were wondering about all the fuss (old-school press-agentry), here's a look at Domino's DXP delivery truck. It is a specially outfitted Chevrolet Spark hatchback with room for 80 warm pizzas plus salads, wings, and two-liter soda bottles. The company has ordered 100 DXPs to distribute in U.S. markets.

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redesigned  website has a fresh, new look that makes it inviting to read as does the salmagundi of postings from travel to reviews and industry doings. . . . In a story published by MPG's MilePosts, Bill Maloney lays claim to producing the first regularly-scheduled, continuous TV motorsports show years ago in Chicago, thereby beating the late Robert Petersen's allegedly unscheduled car videos shot in an alley behind a local Los Angeles TV station. Now based in Hawaii and still at it, Maloney might trade that distinction for a small portion of what Hot-Rod Magazine founder Petersen earned in his auto journalism career.


awards and events


Linda Water Nelson reported in INSIDEout Cars &Trucks that Nissan's new mid-sized pickup was named the The Texas Auto Writers Association's "Truck of Texas" by vote of 69 journalists attending the press groups annual truck rodeo.Some 80 vehicles were entered in the rodeo.  . . Lou Ann Hammond reports in Driving The Nation that 29 judges from 16 different nations named the Volvo XC 90 "Women's World Car of The Year" for 2015. Winners were named in seven categories based on engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. No domestic brand won. . . . In his handy summary of the annual Motorist Choice Awards, Paul A. Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau says, "The awards try to balance touchy-feely customer satisfaction rankings against hard vehicle cost of ownership data."

The 2015 Motorist Choice Award Winners:


Luxury Car BMW 5-Series
Aspirational Luxury Car Volvo XC70
Large Car Toyota Avalon HEV
LuxuryMid-Size Car Lexus ES 300h
Mid-Size Car Subaru Legacy
Premium Compact Car Lexus CT 200h
Compact Car Volkswagen Golf
Economy Car Honda Fit
Sports Car Mazda MX-5
Sporty Car Hyundai Veloster


Premium Luxury Crossover SUV BMW X5
Luxury Crossover SUV Lexus RX
Large Crossover SUV GMC Acadia
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV Toyota Highlander
Mid-Size Crossover SUV Honda CR-V
Compact Crossover SUV Hyundai Tucson
Luxury SUV Cadillac Escalade
Large SUV Chevrolet Tahoe
Mid-Size SUV Toyota 4Runner
Heavy-duty Pickup GMC Sierra HD
Light-duty Pickup Ford F-150
Compact Pickup GMC Canyon
Minivan Honda Odyssey

The Awards are a joint project teaming consultancies AutoPacific, Inc., and IntelliChoice.

Finalists for the 2016 Green Car of the Year include: Audi A3 E-Tron; Chevrolet Volt; Honda Civic; Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Prius. They and the winner are selected by an independent panel of recognized automotive authorities and editors of the award's sponsor: Green Car Journal. The winner will be announced during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Lexus and Toyota brands came out on top in the Consumer Reports' online Reliability Survey of some 750,000 cars owners. They were followed in order by: Audi, Mazda, Subaru, Kia and Buick. The big surprise in this year's survey was the unexpected number of Tesla S owner complaints. In previous testing by the magazine's staff the model was given the highest ever score for a car run through its testing gauntlet.


A media preview of the transformation of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is slated for December 3. This pre-public look at the Museum's 24 new galleries is open from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. For more information or special requests:. contact Nikki Riedmiller, Kahn Media, 818.881.5246 x108,


regional news


Driving took home three top honors at the latest round of the Automobile Journalist’s Association of Canada’s (AJAC) annual journalism awards. The awards celebrate a wide range of work by automotive journalists across Canada including vehicle reviews, feature writing, videography, road safety advocacy, photography and more. Three contributors to were award winners: Lorraine Sommerfeld, received the 2015 CAA Road Safety award for her eye-opening piece on the dangers of keeping your feet on the dashboard. The Pirelli Photography award for published photos went to Brendan McAleer for his stunning shot of the NISMO festival, something of a mecca for Nissan fans. Castrol Canada presented two awards – one of which, commending technical writing, went to Lesley Wimbush. Awards: Canada: Brendan McAleer’s award-winning photograph. Brendan McAleer’s award-winning photograph. Brendan McAleer, Driving

Once again presented by Jaguar Land Rover Canada, AJAC’s Journalist of the Year Award went to Kelly Taylor of The Winnipeg Free Press Other winners include Stephanie Wallcraft, whose tribute to racer Justin Wilson scored the Bridgestone Award for feature writing, and Chris Chase received Volvo Canada’s award for environmental journalism. Motoring TV‘s Russ Bond and Colum Wood of AutoGuide were winners of this year's TV and web broadcast videos, respectively, presented by Integrated Automotive. Guide Auto Web cleaned up the Best Print and Web Design awards presented by Kia Canada. Rounding out this year’s award winners are Kathy Renwald for Castrol Canada’s award for automotive reviews and Richard Russel, winner of this year’s Tony Sloga award.


Appropriate to a vintage car racing series, Team Amelia, winner of this year's traditional Labor Day weekend of racing at Lime Rock Park, is funded by social security checks, according to driver Bill Warner, founder, impresario of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. He mentions this in a plea for sponsors to sustain the team's continued fun in the series and possibly because the team's jaunts promote the already very successful concours, scheduled for March 11-12, 2016. The concours has been nominated three years-running as "The International Historic Motoring Event of the Year," an honor it first won in 2013.

Tickets to the fourth annual Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance at Pinehurst Resort are on sale online and at several local ticket outlets in the Sandhills locale of the famed golf course. The vintage car showcase of rare and pristine collector automobiles will be on Saturday, April 30, starting at 9 a.m., and will once again be followed by a live concert. For online tickets:


The Automotive Press Association in a gesture of support for Al Vinikour in his continuing battle with cancer and to show its appreciation for his dedication to the APA for many years, is assembling a collection of written messages, stories and memories that Al can read and enjoy. The group is also creating a word cloud that depicts how Al is viewed by his friends and colleagues. The gregarious, good-hearted Vinikour has spent close to 50 years in automotive, journalism, marketing and PR. You can send a simple note, funny story or fond memory and/or ONE word that comes to mind when you think of Al to:

The Detroit Press Club celebrated "50 Years of the Fifth Estate" and The Rise of Engaged Journalism" with a special program and social at the Detroit Historical Museum in October.

MAMA will host its own members Holiday Party Dec. 14 in a "homey" setting - an historic home in Wheaton, Ill.


The Connected Car Expo which starts with the Los Angeles Auto Show Press and Trade Days, Nov. 17-19 adds panels, press conferences, interviews and demonstrations with high tech visionaries, developers and executives to the L.A. show's traditional presentation of new vehicles. Portions of the CC Expo will be held at JW Marriott facilities near the show in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Check here for details.

For a break from the Auto Show crowds, media can check out the Desert Concoros in Palm Springs Nov. 15 where resident DiMora Motorcar company founder and car designer, Sir Alfred J. DiMora will be on hand with the DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor Convertible. It is one of the 25 cars in the limited edition DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor series. All feature original artwork by Zen Master Lee Sun-Don in the Great Treasure Gate collection. Thirty five classic sports cars selected for the Concoros will be driven from Palm Springs for the L.A Auto Show's early-morning MPG Motoring Invitational on Nov. 18. They will be part of a display presented by Alfa Romeo Celebrating Italian Automotive Heritage Cars. regional news: desert concoros dimora convertible

Teams for a first-of-its kind competition to re-imagine the auto industry will be announced during Press and Trade Days at the L.A. Show. The teams will be comprised of globally recognized entertainment and consumer brands, international automotive manufacturers and industry-leading software developers. Each team's vision will be displayed at the 2016 L.A. Show. The competition is sponsored by Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers.


The Blackhawk Museum will host a special breakfast on Nov. 12 to honor 2015 recipients of East Bay Leadership Council 5th Annual Philanthropy Awards. Keynote presenter at the breakfast will be renowned chef, author, and recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Alice Waters.


road signs

A Research Brief from the Center for Media Research reveals, "According to a new Gallup Poll, reported by Rebecca Riffkin, only four in 10 Americans say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the mass media (newspapers, TV, and radio) to report the news fully, accurately and fairly, tying the historical lows on this measure set in 2014 and 2012." . . .Boomers like American cars, according to two recent surveys reported by Stephen Reily in Engage Boomers. He writes: "Boomers told the auto industry that they are increasingly likely to buy American-made cars. Unlike younger consumers, they are more likely to appreciate the quality improvement in American-made cars and they are more willing to invest their own money in American jobs and industry.

A disturbing possibility details as described by MediaPost is a plan by India's largest media conglomerate, The Times Group to pay its journalists by the amount of activity they generate on their Twitter handle. Said handle must conform to company specified regulations and appears to put "click-bait" ahead of solid content. The company's justification, a journalist in a fairly senior editorial position with the group was quoted "the move was a result of some journalists not being active on Twitter at all. In the digital age, you can't be not on social media if you are in the business of communication," he said.

Apple News has launched in the UK. The Guardian reports the new app has 14 UK newspaper and magazine publishers on board. . . . The six-year-old Business Insider digital media platform was purchased for nearly twice the value of Tribune Publishing and four times that of the McClatchy Co., Erik Sass noted in his report of its $343 million purchase by German publisher Alex Springer. He offers this as "the moment when online publishing finally 'arrived.' " . . .. However, its arrival has yet to benefit the persons supplying that online content with more money or jobs. Jon Gingerich writing in O'Dwyer's Insider News, reports, "Newspaper reporters now occupy one of the scarcest jobs in America, a designation listed alongside professions such as meter reader, mail carrier, farmer, and logging worker, according to a recent ranking of 'endangered jobs' by" road signs: watchup

McClatchy Co. announced that all its content is now available on Watchup, a free streaming video news service. Watchup allows user to create customized, on-demand newscasts and is compatible with platforms including Android and iOS phones and tablets, OTT platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, and gaming consoles such as Xbox360 and Nintendo's Wii U. Viewers can stream their news continuously or set up a daily, customized newscast that is delivered to their device at whatever time of day they desire.


across the finish line

Robert Armendariz -- Publisher,  Editor of Hispania News in Colorado Springs. His family has continued to publish the paper since their father's untimely death earlier this year.

James "Ron" Beasley-- Personable and popular editor of "Let's Talk Cars" for 14 years at Miami Community Newspapers and instrumental in formation of SAMA and its many charitable and professional activities in South Florida.

Phil Patton -- a prolific writer on design and technology who saw the deeper cultural messages in subjects as varied as the interstate highway system, Air Jordan sneakers, tire treads and Mountain Dew's Mega Mouth Slam Can.

Bruce Wennerstrom -- who with his wife inaugurated the annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance competition and auction in Connecticut for vintage car devotees. The event is featured in the North American edition of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die."


lane changes lane changes: valerie menardValerie Menard in Austin, Tex. has launched Latino TrafficReport blog and can be reached here: . . . Alan Baum and Kathy Rizk left Planning Edge in Birmingham, MI. Baum has opened Baum & Associates there and can be reached at: Rizk is now with J.D. Power Global lane changes: nick kurczewski Consultancy in Troy, Mich. Contact: . . . John Deming, has changed his Email from Crusin' Times to . . .The editorial lineup for the recently introduced NY Daily News digital auto section includes: Nick Kurczewski, Autos editor,  (212) 210-1845 Brian Leon, associate Autos editor, ( lane changes: kyle campbell) 210-2033 Kyle Campbell, digital content producer,  (212) 210-2091and Jason Bisnoff, digital content producer. . . . Jim Moore succeeds Bill Wolf at SEMA reach him at 909-978-6739 and email:  . . . Richard Kanfeld in Autstin, Tex. is no longer involved with autos. . . . And, Steve Smirnis moved from Virginia Cook to Building Savvy. Email him:  . . . .Enrique Lavin lane changes: ron ahrensat the Newark Star-Ledger has a new phone # 732-902-4454. . . . Baggy Pants freelancer Ron Ahrens advises he has escaped the L.A. frenzy to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. but his email remains the same: . . .Jim Traver has departed Consumer Reports, no word as to new roost. . . . . Dave Fondler is now the Business News editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press at: # 651-228-5490. . . .Desiree Smith no longer writes for Black Press which is part of NNPA, national media conglomerate based in D.C.: Phone #202-588-8765. . . .If your emails to are bouncing, try: or . . . Steve Trousdale no longer is an auto contact at the Contra Costa Times, part of the Mercury lane changes: steve trousdale Group in Calif. Send releases to: Trousdale has moved on to the Technology Desk for Reuters, North America.

John Lamm says he is a journalist to the core but admits to taking on an undefined PR association with the Revs Institute in Naples, Fl. He says, "What Miles Collier has created is so much more than the collection of 115 or so cars in the museum...which, by the way, are shown and used around the world. With Scott George as Vice President, Revs has collected not just hundreds of thousands of images, but magazines, catalogs, other automotive literature and what we seem to refer to as "the ephemera." That can be anything from hood ornaments to posters to other collectibles. And it isn't all just sitting in a dusty warehouse, but carefully catalogued and digitized with the latest equipment. There's nothing old fashioned about Revs. We've taken our Instagram account from 0 to 14,700 followers in 16 months and the guys don't just suction cup GoPros to the race cars when they are being used--which is frequent--but machine beautiful mounts. Then there is the Rev Program at Stanford. How about a college program that does everything from restore an old Cadillac to create Shelley, an autonomous Audi TT that gets around Thunderhill as quick as a good amateur driver and has also been up the Pikes Peak Hillclimb course minus driver. Anyone who loves vintage car images needs to check out the Revs Digital Library. Lane Changes: Lamm: Dan Gurney's 1967 Belgian GP winning All American Racers Eagle

Dan Gurney's 1967 Belgian GP winning All American Racers Eagle, at Revs Museum.


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November 2015
1-8 Tokyo Motor Show Public Days| Tokyo, JAPAN
3 APA| Lincoln at the DAC, Detroit, MI
3-6 SEMA Ignited| Las Vegas, NV
10 IMPA| Jaguar Land Rover
10 NEMPA| Dinner: "The Garage" Nissan Leaf
17-19 Los Angeles International Auto Show | Press & Trade Days, Los Angeles, CA
20 APA| Tesla at the DAC, Detroit, MI
20-29 Los Angeles International Auto Show | Public Days, Los Angeles, CA
30 World Motorsports Symposium | Birmingham, England
December 2015
1 World Motorsports Symposium | Birmingham, England
8 APA| NACTOY Finalists at the DAC, Detroit, MI
8 MPG| Dean Batchelor Awards, STBD
15 MAMA| Holiday Social at Dana House, Wheaton, IL
15 IMPA| Buick-GMC Sales, New York, NY
17 Automotive Journalist Media Event – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Location in Detroit TBD
January 2016
TBD MAMA| Annual Business Meeting
10 Kelley Blue Book| Media Brunch, Detroit, MI
11 APA| Networking Reception at the NAIAS, Detroit, MI
11-12 North American International Auto Show  Press Preview| Detroit, MI
13-14 North American International Auto Show | Industry Preview| Detroit, MI
15 North American International Auto Show | Charity Preview| Detroit, MI
16-24 North American International Auto Show | Public Show| Detroit, MI
February 2016
11 MAMA| Chicago Auto Show Breakfast | Chicago, IL
11-12 Chicago Auto Show| Media Preview | Chicago, IL
12 Chicago Auto Show| First Look for Charity I Chicago, IL
13-21 Chicago Auto Show| Public Show | Chicago, IL
March 2016
3-4 Geneva Motor Show | Press Days | Geneva, Switzerland
5-15 Geneva Motor Show | Public Days | Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 Amelia Island Concours| Amelia Island, FL
23-24 NY Int'l Auto Show| Press Preview | New York, NY
24 NY Int'l Auto Show| Dealer Preview Reception | New York, NY
24 Annual Kelley Blue Book Event | NY Int'l Auto Show| New York, NY
25-April 3 NY Int'l Auto Show| Public Days | New York, NY


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John Pearley Huffman and Sam Fiorani both wrote to advise that the Plymouth Cricket was not a Mitsubishi import, as stated in the Sept. Autowriters Newsletter. Their correspondence is lost in AW's computer but both politely documented the provenance of the car that was imported from England concurrent with the Dodge Colt that did come from Japan. It was not a faulty memory, simply our mistaken belief that persisted until they wrote.


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quotes to note

"Perhaps it's time to go back to seat belts, car keys, and eight-tracks"

Auto Recalls And Technology In Dance Of Doom

Karl Greenberg, Marketing Automotive

"First of all, I don't want anyone, especially not Mark Zuckerberg, controlling my sensory world. . . I don't know about you, but I never, ever, want to auction off this incredible gift to a profit-driven corporation in return for a plastic, programmed, three-dimensional interface.""

Do We Really Want Virtual ReEality

Gord Hotchkiss, MediaPost Op-Ed

"Anyone who thinks that the VW "thing" will blow over is kidding themselves. This company and its dealers may weather this storm eventually, but not before the size of VW's footprint in this country is drastically reduced and its dealer count is reduced by one third, if not more. And it will get far worse before there's even a hint of light at the end of that dismal tunnel"

Everything is Everything

Peter M. DeLorenzo, The AutoExtremist

"Like the honey badger, Uber don't care. It's as true at the top—where CEO Travis Kalanick once boasted, "It's hard to be a disrupter and not be an asshole"—as it is below, where Uber drivers have refused service to the blind and been accused of assaulting customers. But hey, at least it delivers kittens sometimes"

Does Using Uber Make You A Bad Person?

Matt Haber in GQ via a link from the NY Times

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