Picture: NissanThe Morning ShiftAll your daily cars and truck news in one hassle-free place. Isnt your time more important?As it turns out, the American automobile market is simply midsize SUVs and midsize SUVs alone. All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 25, 2021.1 st Gear: Midsize SUVs Up 61 PercentI had sort of idea that pickup trucks would be whats blowing up today, There is so much to say about the Nissan Xterra, which was left on the marketplace generally unchanged from 2005 to 2015 before Nissan remembered it was on sale and cancelled it. The body-on-frame midsize SUV was a relic, part of a stagnant and obsolete segment.Not anymore, though!Midsize SUVs are taking off, and that consists of even ancient body-on-frame ones taking pleasure in a minute in the sun, as Automotive News reports: The pickup-based sport-ute, as soon as described as “the vehicle that saved Nissan” for bringing an infusion of sales to the then-struggling brand name in 1999, was terminated after the 2015 design year, a casualty of new safety guidelines and a consumer pivot from truck-based energy vehicles to lighter unibody crossovers.Nissan drifted far from the midsize sport-utility market.But the mood is changing after the sector grew 61 percent in the past decade.Given the sales success of the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, Nissan is leaving money on the table, said Tyler Slade, running partner at Tim Dahle Nissan Southtowne in rural Salt Lake City.”The rugged body-on-frame energy segment is on fire, and were missing out on out on essential company for the brand name,” Slade said. G/O Media might get a commissionI cant believe gas is so low-cost that body-on-frame SUVs are a hot market, however thats really where we are at these days.Theres a lot more in the short article about how the original Xterra was a hit in part because Nissan thought it d be a flop and put almost no money into it. There is not a lot about the quick moment in which Nissan made a hydrogen-powered Xterra, but I can cope with that.2 nd Gear: Ford: All Our New-Car Delays Are Fine, ActuallyFord mishandled the launch of the Explorer and made a huge deal about how it would do much better, had to do much better with other prominent launches of the Bronco, Mustang Mach-E and F-150. This has actually been somewhat made complex by delays on the Bronco and Mach-E in addition to weird things occurring with the F-150. Today, Ford responded. Its all fine! Do not fret. This is all normal, as Ford informed Automotive News: Initial shipments of the Bronco SUV, originally due this spring, have actually been pushed back to summertime since of COVID-19-related provider issues, Ford said last month. Last week, the automaker said deliveries of “several hundred” Mustang Mach-E crossovers could be delayed as long as eight weeks for additional quality checks. […  However Hau Thai-Tang, Fords vice president of product development and purchasing, informed Automotive News that the problems are “really common” of any new- vehicle launch and might not have been discovered but for the added transparency created by Fords brand-new online reservation system.”Overall weve been really pleased with the launches so far,” Thai-Tang told AN. “If you consider this last year, we had 3 huge launches, and we struck all of those launch dates and ramp volume curves practically to plan after we changed for the COVID shutdown.”Fords VP of product dev and acquiring went on to inform AN that things are as regular as can be with F-150s being in theme park parking lots, and that the Mach-Es hold-ups are just fine, too: Thai-Tang stated reports of brand-new F-150 pickups parked around plants in Michigan and Missouri are not related to the launch and are a regular part of Fords build-and-hold process, which they do not impact shipment of production cars to clients. Early metrics for the F-150 and Mach-E are favorable, he said. […] The Mach-E delay, Thai-Tang said, comes from an “industrialization concern” with a single provider he decreased to name. Its not unlike the Bronco circumstance, caused by problems with roof provider Webasto.”In both cases, theyre complex concerns with tools that were installed with abroad assistance,” he said. “It was made complex by COVID absence, however were on the right course.”This is all fantastic to hear. Im sure Ford is going to be just fine.3 rd Gear: Renewables Produced More Of EUs Electricity Than Fossil Fuels For First TimeThis is a sweet landmark, especially for a market that is heavily enhancing electrical automobiles at the minute, as Bloomberg Green reports: Renewables produced 38% of the EUs electricity in 2020, up from 34% in 2019. That was simply enough to surpass fossil-powered generation for the very first time, which dropped to 37%, according to analysis of grid data by research companies Ember and Agora Energiewende. The report adds to information that revealed last year was the greenest ever for British power generation.”At the start of a decade of international environment action, it is compelling that Europe has actually reached this green power tipping point,” said Dave Jones, an electrical energy expert at Ember and the lead author of the report. “Rapid development in wind and solar has actually forced coal into decrease, but this is just the beginning.”The EU still needs to double that by the end of the years, according to Bloomberg, so it still has a great deal of work ahead.4 th Gear: Taiwan Has Not Received Letter From Germany Pleading For More SemiconductorsWeve yapped about how the cars and truck industry is facing a worldwide shortage in semiconductor chips, which are going to consumer electronics prior to cars and trucks. This has actually currently caused hold-ups for VW, and the German federal government has actually delved into action: by composing a letter.Shockingly, this has actually not brought about immediate change, as Bloomberg reports: The German minister contacted the Taiwanese federal government to make this clear to its main chip producer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.Altmaiers letter followed an intervention by Germanys automobile lobby group, VDA, which has actually alerted that the existing lack in worldwide chip production affects the countrys vehicle makers. Beside China, Taiwan is the main manufacturer of semiconductors. TSMC is the main supplier for Germanys automobile industry, according to the ministry.Taiwan has not gotten Altmaiers letter, its Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a declaration on Sunday.When Germans start corresponding, everybody please be warned.5 th Gear: Please Enjoy An Optimistic Story About TrainsThe freight train business had a bad 2020 here in America, but Bloomberg reports that things are looking better for 2021. Thats excellent … for trains! We love our trains here at Jalopnik.From Bloombergs “U.S. Railroads Chart Steadier Course After Wild 2020 Ride”: In the week that marked the anniversary of Chinas preliminary lockdown of Wuhan to suppress spread of Covid-19, 3 of the U.S.s biggest rail business coming off wild flights in 2015 attempted to spell out what 2021 might bring.Supply-chain interruptions moving items from factories and farms through ports and storage facilities to companies and houses saw rail volumes in the worlds most significant economy plummet last April, reaching multi-year lows, though still above the typical year-end drop in carloads, data from the Association of American Railroads show.With health protocols encouraging those who might to work and discover from home, customers stockpiled on items to turn rooms into makeshift workplaces and to entertain themselves, leading to a rundown in inventories. A push to renew racks saw rail carloads soar to record levels prior to the holiday gift-giving season. Take a kept reading the entire review of our train scene. Trains: We still have them!Reverse: I Love This HeadlineNeutral: Why Not The Chevrolet Tracker?Dealers are up in arms about the Nissan Xterra, however I do not see a single news article about Chevrolet dealers threatening walkouts if GM does not get its act together and bring highlighter-yellow two-door convertible Trackers back to display rooms across the nation. Why the variation?
All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 25, 2021.1 st Gear: Midsize SUVs Up 61 PercentI had sort of thought that pickup trucks would be whats blowing up right now, There is so much to say about the Nissan Xterra, which was left on the market basically unchanged from 2005 to 2015 prior to Nissan remembered it was on sale and cancelled it. The body-on-frame midsize SUV was a relic, part of a stagnant and obsolete segment.Not any longer, though!Midsize SUVs are taking off, and that includes even ancient body-on-frame ones taking pleasure in a minute in the sun, as Automotive News reports: The pickup-based sport-ute, once referred to as “the vehicle that saved Nissan” for bringing an infusion of sales to the then-struggling brand name in 1999, was stopped after the 2015 design year, a casualty of brand-new security regulations and a customer pivot from truck-based energy cars to lighter unibody crossovers.Nissan drifted away from the midsize sport-utility market.But the mood is altering after the sector grew 61 percent in the previous decade.Given the sales success of the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, Nissan is leaving cash on the table, said Tyler Slade, running partner at Tim Dahle Nissan Southtowne in rural Salt Lake City.”Fords VP of item dev and purchasing went on to inform AN that things are as normal as can be with F-150s sitting in amusement park parking lots, and that the Mach-Es hold-ups are just great, too: Thai-Tang said reports of brand-new F-150 pickups parked around plants in Michigan and Missouri are not related to the launch and are a normal part of Fords build-and-hold procedure, and that they do not effect shipment of production lorries to consumers.”At the start of a years of global climate action, it is engaging that Europe has actually reached this green power tipping point,” said Dave Jones, an electrical power expert at Ember and the lead author of the report. TSMC is the main provider for Germanys vehicle industry, according to the ministry.Taiwan has not received Altmaiers letter, its Ministry of Economic Affairs stated in a statement on Sunday.When Germans start sending letters, everybody please be cautioned.5 th Gear: Please Enjoy An Optimistic Story About TrainsThe freight train service had a bad 2020 here in America, however Bloomberg reports that things are looking much better for 2021.