AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – Sep 25, 2022; Every Sunday, Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Auto Channel Executive Producer, with the able assistance of Editor-in-Chief Thom Cannell of the Auto Channel Michigan office, compiles Auto Channel’s “take” on current affairs. automotive from the past week, condensed into easy-to-digest news Nuggets.

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Nutson’s Automotive Weekly Automotive News Summary – Week Ending September 25, 2022 Below are the major, relevant, semi-secret or vivid automotive news, opinions and insider stories from the past week, packaged as easy-to-understand nuggets of automotive news designed by experts.

* LMC Automotive estimates that new light vehicle sales in the United States reached a cumulative total of just over 9 million units between January and August 2022, which represents a decline of 15% compared to the same period last year. Due to factors including economic uncertainty and continued supply constraints, LMC has adjusted its full year 2022 light vehicle sales forecast to 13.8 million units, down 7% from to 2021 volumes. Demand erosion occurs at the lower end of the market due to high prices, high interest rates, and weak incentives.

* US DoE Factoid of the Week: Per capita energy use for transportation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia ranged from 25 to 225 million Btu in 2020. There was a wide range of energy use per capita for transportation in the 50 states and the district. of Columbia in 2020. DC had the lowest per capita transportation energy consumption at 25 million Btu. New York had the lowest use of any state – just under 46 million Btu per capita – while Alaska’s per capita use was nearly five times higher at 225 million Btu. Thirty-nine states had per capita transportation energy consumption between 50 and 100 million Btu. The states with the lowest per capita energy use for transportation were generally in the more urbanized northeast, where population densities are higher, while larger, less populated states like Alaska, Wyoming and North Dakota had the highest per capita energy consumption.

* Just over half of passenger cars sold in the United States will be electric vehicles by 2030, according to a BloombergNEF report, thanks in part to consumer incentives included in the $374 billion in new climate spending enacted by President Joe Biden. Before the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was passed in August, electric vehicle sales projections by 2030 were 43% of the US market. With the climate expenditure measure in place, this estimate has been revised upwards to 52%. In 2021, electric vehicles accounted for less than 5% of sales in the United States, below the global rate of almost 9% and well below the rate of adoption in countries like China, where plug-ins represent currently around 24% of new car sales. . Norway last year became the first country to see sales of combustion-engine electric vehicles surpass. According to BloombergNEF’s revised forecast, the United States will surpass the global average in 2026 instead of 2028.

* Joe White writing for Reuters reports: For years, EV advocates and automakers have talked about the virtues of charging EVs at home during off-peak hours of the night. A new study by Stanford researchers says this approach is 180 degrees wrong for a grid that increasingly relies on solar power. Sticking to the overnight charging model will require huge increases in power generation capacity to handle peak loads, the researchers conclude. Instead, Stanford researchers argue that electric vehicles should be charged during the day at workplaces and public charging stations. Daytime charging takes advantage of peak solar power generation, the researchers write.

* South Korea plans to become the third country after Japan and Germany to have Level 3 autonomous vehicles on the roads this year and to have fully autonomous buses and taxis by 2025 and passenger cars from ‘by 2027. As part of the innovation roadmap for mobility unveiled by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Monday, half of new cars would be fully automated by 2035 and travel “uninterrupted” in the city and the country via unmanned vehicles in the sky and on the ground will become possible. Self-driving vehicle lanes will be set up on highways by the first half of next year, and at least one test-driving area will be established in every city and province across the country by 2025.

* Reputation, a global leader in reputation experience management, has released the findings of its annual Automotive Industry Report, which examines key industry trends over the past year and ranks the main ones automotive brands and dealer groups. The analysis comes from 5 million customer reviews, as well as surveys of buyers about how they buy cars and maintain their vehicles. Subaru, Lexus, AutoNation and Hendrick took the top spots. Read more: here

* Hertz and General Motors announced an agreement in which Hertz plans to order up to 175,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop electric vehicles over the next five years. Hertz is investing to create the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America. Compact and midsize SUVs, pickup trucks, luxury vehicles and other types of vehicles will be offered. Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its first estimates of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2022. An estimated 20,175 people died in traffic crashes, an increase of about 0.5% from to the 20,070 deaths projected by NHTSA for the first half of 2022. However, NHTSA projects that the second quarter of 2022, from April to June, saw the first decline in the number of deaths after seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year increase in deaths that began in the third quarter of 2020.

* The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new vehicles in the United States be required to have alcohol testing systems that can prevent an intoxicated person from driving. The recommendation, if adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, could reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, one of the leading causes of road deaths in the United States. The NHTSA said road deaths in the United States are at crisis levels. Nearly 43,000 people were killed last year, the highest number in 16 years. The recommendation also calls for systems to monitor a driver’s behavior, ensuring they are alert. She said many cars now have cameras pointed at the driver, which has the potential to limit impaired driving. Editorial note: Combining a breathalyzer with Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance technology, now required in all new cars sold in Europe, could lead to a significant reduction in road accidents and injuries.

* Nissan has placed a stop-sale order on 2023 Nissan Z sports cars equipped with nine-speed automatic transmissions. An internal problem with the transmission may prevent the park pawl from engaging, which could lead to a runaway condition. The situation appears similar to the current recall on Nissan Frontier and Nissan Titan trucks equipped with nine gears. Nissan Z with manual transmission remains for sale.

* Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2020-22 GLE and GLS models, including AMG and Maybach variants due to a manufacturing error. The rear door glass exterior trim bars can come loose and cause a hazard on the road or increase the risk of an accident. Around 161,000 vehicles are affected.

* Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles in the United States because the automatic power window reversing system may not respond properly after detecting an obstruction, increasing the risk of injury. Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will perform an over-the-air software update to the automatic window reversing system. The recall affects certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.

* A 1937 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron was chosen as the winner of this year’s best show at the first Detroit Concours d’Elegance, held at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Built on the four decades of excellence of the Concours d’Elegance of America, the reimagined concours hosted more than 5,000 entrants across four events located in the heart of Motor City’s thriving heart of design, music and sport. At the center of the weekend’s festivities was former General Motors vice president of global design and winner of the 2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance, Ed Welburn.

* Jeep, which swept the podium at Rallye Rebelle 2021, is back in full force this year, supporting three teams in this year’s competition. Created in 2015, the Rebelle Rally is the first all-terrain women’s navigational rally in the United States. It covers more than 1,500 grueling off-road miles in eight days in the harsh deserts of Nevada and California. Jeep is sending three Wrangler 4xe SUVs to compete in its seventh consecutive Rebelle Rally and defend its coveted 2021 titles in the Overall, Electrified and Bone Stock categories. The Rallye Rebelle will take place from October 6 to 15, 2022.

Be careful. Be well.