Ford’s CEO talks about Tesla (Elon Musk’s company) as a model to follow

During a virtual meeting involving 20,000 Ford employees around the world, Jim Farley explained why the company should take Tesla seriously as a dominant player in the all-electric market. According to Detroit Free Press, he pointed out the news according to Hertz has ordered 100,000 Tesla vehicles. The deal was worth about $ 4 billion and pushed Tesla’s market value beyond $ 1 trillion for the first time.

“Tesla now has smart people and resources. In addition, the Model 3 is the best-selling vehicle in Europe: not only the best-selling electric vehicle, but the best-selling ever,” were Farley’s words.

“We have to look to Tesla to understand what we can learn from them. First: they have a direct sales model, there is no one in between the company and the end customer. Three or four clicks to interpret the product with not much complexity to deliver it to the customer. The price is clear and cannot be negotiated. And there is an extensive remote booking and service system. “

“Second, Tesla maximizes the performance of the vehicle’s electrical part. Their customers pay less for a better battery. After the launch of each vehicle, they are also obsessed with the progress they can still make. How to improve the customer experience. , redesign electronic components, simplify, target quality based on the data they buy from vehicles and how they can manage each electron in order to fully purchase the battery. “

“Third, the product itself is highly differentiated from the rest of the thermal-propulsion industry and the complexity is minimal compared to OEMs,” Farley says, using an outdated term, Original Equipment Manufacturers, to identify traditional automakers to emphasize difficulties than meeting in modernity.

Volkswagen: from 2030 there will be no more cars with manual trasmission

Some car manufacturers are considering removing the clutch pedal from their cars in advance of the transition to electric mobility. It appears that Volkswagen is one of the first automakers to abandon manual transmission, according to a report by the German website Auto Motor und Sport. Upcoming Volkswagen cars with automatic transmission only After the disbursements that the Wolfsburg company had to support in the aftermath of the Dieselgate and to finance the electrification process, it is also necessary to simplify the current cars in order to reduce costs. For these reasons, Volkswagen is giving priority to the manual gearbox and should give up the clutch pedal starting with the cars that will enter the market in 2023. Volkswagen In particular, it seems to be the new Tiguan compact crossover arriving in 2023 and the new Passat, vehicles with traditional endothermic power but which will be launched exclusively in versions with automatic transmission. Auto Motor und Sport believes manual transmission in a VW will no longer exist by the end of the decade, when the company’s range could be entirely electric vehicles. In all likelihood, these VW decisions will also impact brands related to the group, such as Skoda, SEAT and Audi. Among other things, the latter had already announced its intention to launch only electric vehicles starting in 2026. Another news that confirms how the car market is going through a process of profound transformation, where investments by car manufacturers are focused on different aspects than those on which we focused more in the past.

30 Giugno 2019: Auto Raduno delle FIAT 500 a Campobasso!

Domenica 30 Giugno 2019 si terrà a Campobasso lungo Corso Vittorio Emanuele l’auto raduno delle 500, inserito come evento nel programma del tabellone del Corpus Domini 2019 e intitolato appunto ‘La città dei Misteri’.

Ormai sono molti anni che si svolge questa manifestazione, alla quale io partecipai a quella dell’edizione del 2015 e della quale ho un reperto digitale, il video: