Carvana still can’t get it right in Illinois, we have more details on the accident involving GM Cruise’s self-driving taxi last month, and Hyundai is eyeing a very cheap, very small entry-level electric vehicle. All this and more in morning shift as of Tuesday, July 19, 2022
1st gear: Illinois remains a problem
Back in the middle of May Illinois revokes Carvana’s license sell in the state after various customer complaints that the company was unable to transfer ownership to new owners, and instead, abuse of out-of-state temporary registrations. To end The same month, Carvana’s license was reinstated under strict regulations requiring “titles be registered through Illinois senders” and, according to the data, no titles or timestamps could be self-issued. News from repairmen.
However, this did not last long. Car news reports that just this week, Carvana once again lost its privilege to sell in Illinois because it failed to comply with a state order:
The state says the online seller is issuing temporary registration permits for car buyers outside of Illinois without using a licensed third party to transfer ownership or processing registration paperwork through the Secretary of State’s office.
Illinois suspended Carvana’s dealer license on May 10 following customer complaints. The Secretary of State issued a suspension order on May 26, allowing the company to resume sales.
Carvana did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The state says it suspended sales again because Carvana did not transfer ownership within 20 days of the sale and did not issue temporary registrations to Illinois buyers. It also says that Carvana will issue temporary registrations up to four to five times in different states for the same vehicle.
In short, Carvana’s ability to conduct business was temporarily nullified because it completely neglected its post-delivery due diligence, although Illinois temporarily allowed it to continue as long as it channeled all property rights activities through a third party. The company decided No do it and make little to no difference by putting him in hot water again, which is why his dealer license was revoked, again.
It’s unclear how long this suspension could last and what Carvana would need to do to end it, but in the meantime, the Illinois Police Secretary says anyone dealing with property rights or state registration issues should call 630-693. -0551.
2nd gear: Cruise ship passenger taken to hospital after June crash
New details revealed about the accident involving an unmanned taxi Cruise and Toyota Prius June 3 in San Francisco, where occupants of both vehicles were reported to have suffered minor injuries. From Car news:
According to police, there were three adult passengers in the back seats of the cruise car. Paramedics took one of those passengers to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the June 3 collision, according to police.
Two Toyota Prius passengers, a male driver and a female passenger sitting in the back, received medical attention on the spot and were released. A Cruise spokesman wrote in a June 10 report that passengers in both vehicles were treated for “presumably minor injuries.”
A police spokesman said no warrants or arrests have been made since the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Spruce Street. But the accident remains an “open investigation,” according to a spokeswoman who said the ongoing nature of that investigation prevented her from discussing how the accident happened.
Cruise’s self-driving vehicle attempted to turn left at an intersection while an oncoming Prius, which was reportedly driving in the rightmost turn lane, was driving straight ahead. The Cruise car stopped before the curve, but the Prius ended up crashing into the rear passenger side of the cruise taxi.
In the regulatory filing, Todd Brügger, Cruise’s vice president of global markets, wrote that the Cruise AV stopped on the road before completing its turn and that the approaching Prius was moving at high speed.
But these details have not been independently verified. Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, has refused to release footage of the accident. The Prius driver could not be contacted for comment.
Additionally, reports received from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management say the Prius was operating as part of the Uber taxi service at the time of the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a special investigation into the incident on July 7, the day the California DMV report was released. Since then, letter sent to the California Public Utilities Commission from a person claiming to be an employee of the Cruise, dated May 19, also became known. The letter expressed concern that GM’s self-managed division didn’t take safety seriously enough and launched a service to the public too early.
3rd Gear: Hyundai Considers Affordable EV for Europe
Hyundai sells an A-segment car in Europe called the i10, a car I can’t think of without laughing to myself at the way James May pronounces his name. in this old issue of Top Gear. One way or another, its replacement could be a battery-electric car, Car news reports:
The automaker is working on a battery-powered minicar, but developing a production-ready version will take some time, said Hyundai Motor Europe marketing director Andreas-Christoph Hofmann.
“Everyone in the industry knows that the goal of such a car is 20,000 euros,” he said at the Automotive News European Congress in Prague.
Hofmann said city cars are difficult to sell at a profit because of their low price and technical problems with electrifying small vehicles.
it something we’ve heard before, from the executives of Volkswagen and Audi. However, it’s reassuring that manufacturers are still willing to give it a try – at least once prices have come down enough.
4th Gear: The latest Chinese phone maker to build an electric car
Xiaomi, the consumer electronics company best known for making smartphones and smart home devices in China, also wants to make cars. We’ve known this for a while, although this aspiration has yet to materialize in a vehicle. This could happen very soon, a local source told Sina Tech via CNEVPost:
Xiaomi’s progress in car manufacturing is approaching a major milestone as its founder Lei Jun is about to unveil an engineering prototype of the company’s first model at a public event in August, Sina Tech said today, citing sources related to the company and its partners.
According to these people, Lei is so invested in Xiaomi Auto that he will spend almost two-thirds of his time in an office building where the car business is separately located when it is in the Xiaomi Technopark.
Xiaomi’s engineering prototype will undergo a series of tests after its debut, including a first winter test, the sources said, adding that other tests will be conducted in parallel.
According to Sina Tech, Xiaomi aims to start mass production of its first model by 2024 and is accelerating the process.
Xiaomi has historically been called the “Apple of China” due to its penchant for minimalist design and its holistic, ecosystem-centric approach to its product line. The car does not aim for full autonomy like the iPhone manufacturer, but nevertheless, if Xiaomi can build it, it will achieve something that is still constantly irritates his inspiration.
5th gear: Toyota, Daihatsu, Suzuki
Toyota, which owns Daihatsu as well as a small stake in Suzuki, the fine people who make the Jimny and Swift, will team up with its partners to produce small electric vans for Japan. Per Car news:
The models will be developed for a project to promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles and eventually to the mass market. Due to begin in January 2023, the vehicles will be used to transport goods between Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture.
Approximately 580 vehicles will be built for use in the project.
Toyota said it would work with mini car specialists Daihatsu and Suzuki Motor Corp. to develop small electric commercial vans, aiming to start production next year and begin mass market sales at the right time.
Toyota will also join forces with Isuzu and Hino to build small fuel cell trucks. We’ll never see any of these cars, but I bet they’ll be adorable and seeing one online will fill me with bittersweet delight and envy.
Reverse: George Washington Carver arriving in Dearborn.
On this day 80 years ago – July 19, 1942 – George Washington Carver met Henry Ford in Dearborn. Ford brought in Carver, who was interested in developing an alternative to synthetic rubber since rubber was scarce during the war. The two began corresponding in 1934 and had met several times earlier, both in Michigan and at the Tuskegee Institute, where Carver was a professor.
Neutral: the family is growing
A good friend of mine who had no interest in motorsport or cars before told me yesterday that he is now a Formula 1 fan. This has happened to me maybe six times in the last four years or so and it never gets any less exciting. Lately I’ve dropped out of Formula 1, but when I watch the people I love arrive there on their own, it always makes me smile.
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