Often, The Morning Shift is reporting on labor actions at main automakers or suppliers however I am blissful to say that we at Jalopnik are again from the picket line and reporting the information. Right now we’re speaking about Nissan’s response to Ukraine, Rivian elevating costs, and absolutely the shitpresent that’s renting a automotive proper now. All that and extra in The Morning Shift for March 7, 2022.
1st Gear: Nissan To Droop Manufacturing In Russia After Slicing Off Exports
Nissan dropped this information on the finish of a longer press launch discussing humanitarian assist is sending to Ukraine:
Relating to our Russian operations, Nissan has suspended export of autos to Russia, and anticipates that manufacturing will cease quickly at our plant in St. Petersburg.
Nissan is simply the most recent in a longer string of automotive corporations leaning on Russiaas everybody struggles to determine what sort of significant strain they will placed on Putin.
2nd Gear: Rivian Raises Costs
Rivian is upping its costs and slicing choices on its great electrical pickup vans which can be very quick at going from 0-60 however considerably gradual at moving into individuals’s driveways. From Automotive Information,
The electrical automobile startup introduced worth hikes final week of $12,000 and up on its R1T pickup and R1S SUV. Initially, these will increase utilized to present reservation holders, however that was later walked again by CEO RJ Scaringe.[…]Earlier than the value hikes, the quad-motor R1T with the Giant battery pack and 314 miles of estimated vary began at $67,500 earlier than delivery. Now that is up 18 % to $79,500. Greater trims with extra choices noticed greater worth will increase.However for patrons prepared to attend for a 2024 supply, on the earliest, the R1T may be downgraded to a dual-motor setup for a financial savings of $6,000. Likewise, selecting the Commonplace battery pack with an estimated 260 miles of vary saves one other $6,000, placing the bottom configuration again at $67,500.
We do like Rivian’s product fairly a bit however we did not begin running a blog about automotive startups underneath the tag “Making Automobiles Is Onerous” for nothing.
third Gear: Polestar 3 Coming In 2023
The large-ish crossover from not-Volvo ought to get right here subsequent yr, in keeping with the corporate that’s not Volvo, although the vehicles appear to be Volvos and use tech from Volvo and are a part of the identical possession construction as Volvo. From Automotive Information,
The Volvo affiliate will convey the Polestar 3, a Porsche Cayenne-sized crossover, to the US within the first quarter of 2023. The midsize automobile is vital for the younger model’s ambitions to develop its international gross sales ten-fold to 290,000 items by 2025.
For this launch, Polestar is eager to keep away from the delays it suffered with the US rollout of its first quantity automobile — the Polestar 2 sedan.
In contrast to the China-made sedan, the brand new crossover shall be constructed at Volvo’s US manufacturing facility close to Charleston, SC Hembrough expects Polestar 3 pre-orders to be fulfilled inside “seven to eight months.”
4th Gear: Hertz Is Submitting Stolen Automotive Experiences At A Price Of 10 Automobiles Per Day
The a whole bunch of individuals suing Hertz for accusing them of stealing rental vehicles Hertz could not discover is continuous to get nice PR, with a large report in USA Right now detailing their voices. That article is paywalled, however summarized in The Solar,
In current courtroom paperwork, Hertz reportedly acknowledged that it recordsdata 3,365 police experiences about stolen vehicles involving its clients on common yearly.
For context, that may imply greater than 23,000 of the automotive rental agency’s clients have had theft costs levied in opposition to them over the previous seven years, experiences USA Right now,
A complete of 230 clients are actually suing Hertz for false arrest – with some claiming false prosecution.
As we’ve famous in February, we’ve completely no thought what’s going on at Hertz. For those who work for Hertz or have inside data on what it’s wish to work for a rental automotive firm within the midst of what’s certainly essentially the most chaotic time to work for a rental automotive firm in American historical past, please e mail us at suggestions at jalopnik dot com.
fifth Gear: Ex-Nissan Exec Greg Kelly Again In US After Ghosn Drama
Carlos Ghosn has been in Lebanon for a while, however solely now’s American ex-Nissan exec again in America, as Automotive Information experiences:
Former Nissan director Greg Kellycleared on most counts and handed a suspended sentence within the long-running Tokyo trial over alleged monetary misconduct by Carlos Ghosn, has left to return to the US after greater than three years of prosecution in Japan.
Kelly, accompanied by his spouse Dee, was escorted to Tokyo’s Haneda worldwide airport by the US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, and checked onto a flight for house.
I forgot that Rahm Emmanuel continues to be kicking round in main politics. I believed the Allegations of police killing coverup stuff would have given him the boot.
Reverse: Janet Guthrie Born
If the very first thing about you listed within the historical past books is not “was an aerospace engineer,” you will have in all probability performed one thing very cool. Within the case of Janet Guthrie, born on at the present time in 1938, this entails turning into the primary lady to qualify and compete in each the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, amongst different racing firsts.
Learn extra on her in our profile right here and sit up for the biopic,
Impartial: It is Good To See You Once more!
We have been on the picket line final week, however we’re again with a stronger contract than earlier than! Now looks like an excellent second for introspection. What would you wish to see extra of in these day by day TMS experiences? What would you wish to see extra of at Jalopnik as a web site?