The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were away.
Major automakers continue to shift focus away from cars and to larger vehicles, but in the race to an all-electric pickup truck, they’re getting roasted by a young startup from Plymouth, Michigan.
Rivian revealed the R1T yesterday, a completely electric pickup with a highly futuristic interior, a spacious “frunk” (front trunk), a 640-km electric range and enough torque to get from zero to 96 km/h in 3.0 seconds. Learn more, including price and expected delivery dates, right here.
In a bid to discourage Canadians from using their devices while behind the wheel, beginning January 2019, distracted driving in the province of Ontario (and beginning November 2018 in Manitoba) will come with an even harsher penalty than before.
In Ontario, penalties are set to increase to $1,000 plus a three-day license suspension and three demerit points for first-time offenders, with the stakes getting higher with repeat offences. In Manitoba, it starts at $672, three days’ suspension and five demerit points. So keep your phone, your license and your money in your wallet where they belong.
Aston Martin is banking on the world’s one per cent keeping up their one percent-ing in the coming years. The British luxury automaker, which went public last month and had its best year since 2010 last year, announced it plans to nearly double production by 2025, upping output from 6,400 vehicles per year to 14,000. Read more.
Following the actions of its Japanese counterpart Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors released Carlos Ghosn from his position as chairman on Monday. Ghosn is accused of fudging his income numbers and misusing Nissan’s assets, which was enough for Nissan to give him the boot; but over in France, loyalties were a little more steadfast. Ghosn is still on at Renault, though he has been temporarily replaced as CEO. The saga continues…
General Motors is canning five models: the Chevy Volt, Cruze and Impala, and the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6. Sorry for your loss, GM fans. But these disappearing vehicles aren’t the only bad news.
The automaker is set to nix 10,000 employees in both Canada and the States by the end of 2019, too. The cuts come in preparation of an electric and autonomous future, and certain jobs and models are clearly at risk. Read more.