Neil Jacobsohn Dad, can I borrow the smartphone tonight?

The future has an eerie habit of becoming the reality of the present. Just read the MindBullet we published last year - and then read the attached news report from SmartPlanet...
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Posted: 8 January 2012 at 04:55

Neil Jacobsohn On the road with your EV!

So Electric Vehicles (EVs) are for city runabouts only, right? Don;t be too sure! South African-born Elon Musk (whose Falcon spacecraft recently made history by being the first private space vehicle to dock at the space station) has his sights on the ground as well. His Telsa electric car is already one of the fastest - and this road test shows it can be used for a decent road journey as well - about 350k km (212 miles) in this case, admittedly with a few tweaks.
But watch this space. Battery efficiency is improving by leaps and bounds. Don't think that any industry is safe from the tsunamis of change!
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Posted: 11 September 2012 at 15:45

Anton Musgrave Creative destruction looming?

As new innovations take hold, old industries struggle to adjust and remain relevant - ask the manufacturers of horse buggies! Old industries die off, losing thousands of jobs and yet new industries take off and thrive, creating new and very different opportunities. Watch the space of automated, driverless cars...its around the corner...are you ready for it?
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Posted: 24 November 2012 at 13:09

Neil Jacobsohn The love affair with cars may be over

Here's a MindBullet we wrote in 2011 - and a brand-new report confirming the trend. Young people don't have the same love affair with cars that the older generation does and did. Add to that the move away from ownership to sharing vehicles through services like ZipCar and Zilok, and what's the long-term future of the auto industry?
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Posted: 11 June 2013 at 11:41

Doug Vining The year of living furiously

2014 is showing early signs of being the year when things get going again. The World Bank has just revised its forecast for global growth, and it's in an upward direction. The US Dollar is stronger, and optimism is evident in the UK.

But I think there's another reason why this year is going to be the start of the mini-boom we wrote about for 2016. The comeback of the auto industry. Yes, that stalwart of the industrial age boom is going to do it again. Cars will save the global economy. At least for a while.

Let's take a look at some of the signals. Ford's sales jumped by almost 50 percent in China last year to almost 1 million vehicles. And Ford isn't even the biggest car brand in China. All in all, China is going to produce, and consume, many millions of vehicles this year. That should be enough to help move China's economy from a construction-led boom to a consumption fuelled growth pattern. ...
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Posted: 17 January 2014 at 12:54

Doug Vining America's automobile addiction

In a previous post I suggested that the comeback of the auto industry would help the scenario for a mini boom. I postulated that many of those new cars would be made and sold in China, but America is also having a resurgence in new car buying.

This article examines the case for Peak Car in America, and why it is, and isn't happening yet.
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Posted: 4 February 2014 at 16:13

Anton Musgrave Raising their game and disrupting the market!

In a tough market, Hyundai have shown why their brand has grown so strongly in recent years. They have just raised the bar for everyone and have sent a strong signal to the market that they're serious about quality...with a new 7 year warranty on major engine parts with other areas still backed by a 5 year warranty! What if one of your competitors made a similar move in your industry...are you ready for it and can you compete in the new ever tougher world? Do you back yourself to the same degree? Are your courageous enough?
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Posted: 3 February 2016 at 11:00
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