Now that we’ve closed the books on 2018, what will 2019 hold in store for us automotively speaking?
Will Ford’s gambit of ceasing production of most of it’s car models backfire or be hailed as a necessary move to stay relevant to today’s buyers? Most models will cease being produced by May with only the Fusion badge being produced into summer. Only the Active and Mustang will continue to be produced by years’ end.
Can GM, though profitable again since repaying it’s bailout loan, find its way to make inroads into the 30% loss year over year that most analysts expect it to report in February?
Will we see another leap in battery technology for EV’s?
Will Formula E continue to gain share now that 2 vehicles are no longer needed for each driver to finish a race, and will it cause existing series to begin adding EV’s to their sanctioned classes to stay relevant?
Will AMG Mercedes continue their dominance in F1?
Will more teams emerge in the LMP1 class at LeMans now that Audi which has already stopped competing, and Porsche which is scheduled to not compete in this year’s LeMans so it can fully support an Formula E program?
There are many additional things of interest pending in the automotive community such as the future of manufacturer car shows, and autonomous driving to name a few.
2019 has the makings to be a very big year for the automotive world, and I’m excited to see what happens!
My next post will detail my personal automotive resolutions for 2019, so check back soon!