No matter where you live, by now 2018 is pas and 2019 is upon us. So, it goes without saying that everyone in Carscoops wants you a happy new time that, hopefully, will also be better than the one that’s just left us.
Now, we won’t gloats or break down all that is we did the past 365 days( yep, the website has been online each and every day)- we’ll let you be the magistrate of whether we’ve been naughty or nice good at what we do or if there’s still room for improvement.
Instead, we’ll take a look at the most memorable things that occurred( or failed to materialize) in 2018.
Your car is your chauffeur
For example, autonomous vehicles were all the rage- not only by producers but tech corporations, too. In March, though, a fatal accident involving a Volvo XC9 0 fitted with Uber’ s proprietary self-driving structures was a major setback, as it established everyone rethink if information and communication technologies is safe sufficient to loose on the streets- and it wasn’t helped by the fact that simulations showed that the system should have detected the victim.
In the aftermath of dieselgate, many countries have re-examined how diesel-powered autoes affect air quality, and a number of metropolis around the world “ve decided that”, sooner or later, they would ban older diesels and, in a number of cases, even newer ones from their middle. Some automakers have vowed to ditch oil burners altogether, while others are still undecided and only a small number have declared that they aren’t ready to give up on them just yet.
Electrification was also a big thing, with VW, Audi and Mercedes choosing to develop their own, EV-only sub-brands. Why, even Porsche will roll out an all-electric barroom, the Taycan, which it promises will be true to the Porsche ethos. And then there’s Tesla who, Elon Musk’s tweets and SEC difficulties aside, eventually embarked mass production of the Model 3, even if quality control still leaves a lot to be desired.
The People’s Republic
China, too, shaped headlines quite frequently, as it lifted the laws and regulations that necessitated foreign carmakers to team up with a neighbourhood corporation, rendering the likes of Tesla and BMW the freedom to expand their operations in the country. Plus, the committee is also engaged in a trade war with the U.S.
That, however, had as much to do with President Donald Trump who, this year, made a decision to get engaged in the automotive industry. Subtle, “hes not”: first he threatened Ford, who eventually caved in, and then General Motors, whose CEO Mary Barra seems unfazed and determined to stick to the group’s cost-cutting plans.
Britain’s exit from the EU
Last, but not least, there was the issue of the Brexit that, as many automakers pointed out, will have detrimental consequences for their UK mills and employees. And, of course, Carlos Ghosn’s fall from grace, as from Nissan’s savior and CEO extraordinaire, he was arrested over financial misconduct.
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