For the week of Aug. 15, TheDetroitBureau.com covers all the issues facing the auto industry in our latest podcast, Headlight News. It’s a weekly roundup includes news, features, reviews and more.
This week’s episode features a recap of stories by TheDetroitBureau’s Publisher Paul A. Eisenstein. This includes the latest on the semiconductor shortage, which is now hitting Nissan’s Tennessee plant and putting a temporary halt to Ford’s popular Mustang Mach-E electric crossover.
- Ford is facing other problems as well, idling production of the new Bronco due to quality issues with the ute’s removable hardtop.
- Dodge moves ahead with a new plug-in hybrid dubbed the Hornet.
- Acura confirms plans to revive the Integra name and showing off the final version of the NSX, which will be a limited-edition model.
- Jeep’s plans to follow the lead of brands, such Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and others, and create a new sub-brand: Wagoneer, led by the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
- Audi’s introduction of its new all-electric skysphere concept, which starts as a roadster, but can literally extend to create additional room and use Level 4 autonomous technology to allow for a hands-off cruise.
Executive editor Joe Szczesny follows with our top story: the debut of the final gas-powered sedans from luxury maker Cadillac: the new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing performance models — going forward it will be all BEVS.
Paul returns to review the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. After a week in the luxury ute, he’ll offer plenty of insights
Looking at the week ahead, Managing Editor Michael Strong notes we’ll keep following the ongoing debate in Congress about how many trillions to spend on infrastructure, especially EVs. We also get to tell you what it’s like to drive the aforementioned Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as well as the Toyota GR86. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator will make its debut, and Genesis makes an announcement about its EV future.
Contributing Editor Larry Printz winds up the ’cast chronicling what happened in automotive history this week, including Henry Ford’s plastic-bodied soybean car, the first Camaro’s debut in 1966, British Leyland’s nationalization in 1975 to unsuccessfully fend off foreign automakers and more.
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