December 2012/January 2013
Publisher Calls For Re-establishment of Dewar Trophy in Accordance
International Rulesets Modified for Existing Manufacturing Processes; Urges the
World's Auto Industry, Inclusive of Cadillac, Lincoln, Rolls-Royce,
Bentley, Aston-Martin, Chrysler/FIAT,
Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ferrari, Maserati,
Infiniti, et al, to Take up The Challenge of a Real Test of Who is
London, United Kingdom, 22 December, 2012 -
Nearly 7 years before a stunned planet watched itself descend into an
unthinkable state of affairs -world war- that not even the
the world's intellectual elite, noted historians among them, ever saw
coming, a group of men toiled in February 1908 to bring three 1907
Cadillac Model K sedans to the Brooklands
Race Track at Weybridge, as instructed by officials of the renowned Royal
Automobile Club, for the initiation of arguably the most rigorous tests of
vehicular reliability and consistency of construct yet contrived. The
intent being to set a new standard for the world within the confines of
these evaluatory parameters.
At the turn of the 20th century, the fledgling automotive landscape was a
teeming milieu of various nameplates, all seeking to make, and leave,
their mark on an industry that most had the vision and foresight to know
would be pivotal to the success of the emergent second industrial
revolution. A revolution, mind you, that would shape world commerce as we
now know it.
Whether those men charged with the transport, dis-assemblage,
re-assemblage and operation of the Cadillacs during their RAC trials were
truly aware of the historic
implications of their activities is not known, but one must assume at
least a modicum of such on the part of most
involved. Perhaps, not quite that of Sir Thomas R. Dewar, scion of the
Dewar Whisky fortune and an effective parliamentarian, who decided it was
critical to the success of the automobile industry and its multitude of
players, to separate the true innovators from the pretenders.
This was the mindset of Sir Dewar when he placed in the care and keeping
of RAC leadership in 1904 an ornate trophy with specific instructions that
it be presented "to the motor car which should successfully complete
the most meritorious performance or test furthering the interests and
advancement of the [automobile] industry..."
To be continued 2 January 2013...
Cadillac: A New Standard For The World
Dodge Challenger R/T At L'Auberge de
Sedona: A Blending of Technological and Culinary Excellence
Sedona, AZ, 15 December, 2012 -
Ten years ago, as Reuters photographer John Hillery and myself rounded a curve on
Service Route 89 in a pre-production and completely revamped 2002 Ford
Explorer, we came face to face with at least a 2 ton boulder blocking the
roadway. There was no place to go; going around on the left would have
placed us perilously close to the road edge and an estimated 1,000ft.
drop. Going to the right was out of the question.
The only choice was to stop, hopefully, in time.
We had several things working to our advantage: 1. Anti-lock braking (ABS)
2. New for Explorer anti-dive geometry 3. Lighter weight. 4. Driving
skills presumed adequate. Thankfully, all these aspects combined to
stop us just a hairsbreadth from this massive boulder which would have
made short work of our vehicle - and perhaps us - had we impacted it.
Fast forward to 15 December, 2012, as I found myself again headed to
Sedona, this time for lunch at the renowned and highly recommended by my
L'Auberge de Sedona Resort and its Restaurant on Oak Creek.
Set in a stunningly beautiful locale among the Red Rocks - a weighted
statement considering that Sedona is one of the most glorious places on
earth - much is offered in the way of placing maximum distance between
guests and the cares, pressures, stresses and concerns of what is commonly
Like my companion, I am a Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado, and we were both
struck by the similarities of L'Auberge landscaping, utilization of
natural resources and building placement to Wright's approach of melding
human conceptualized architecture with the organic. Moreover, it called to
mind his words in describing this machine age architect's masterpiece of
Fallingwater: "Fallingwater is a great blessing -- one of the great
blessings to be experienced here on earth, I think nothing yet ever so
equaled the coordination, sympathetic expression of the great principle of
repose where forest and stream and rock and all the elements of structure
are combined so quietly that really you listen not to any noise whatsoever
although the music of the stream is there.
But you listen to Fallingwater the way you listen to the quiet of the
Our mission in this instance was two fold: Evaluation of the 2013 Dodge
Challenger R/T, and the cuisine of L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek (In
another life, I was a restaurant critic) which my companion had assured me
was a cut above.
But in a circumstance eerily similar to the boulder encounter of a decade
previous, we found ourselves and I-17 under relentless climatological
assault through heavy rain, intermittent snow, and an interstate section
badly in need of repair. In an instant, we were immersed in a wall of
water thrown up by a vehicle to the left of us, following its encounter
with a pool of accumulated rain water at 65 mph.
Two things, maybe three, were at work for us; 1. Years of training through
the Bob Bondurant and Skip Barber Racing Schools, and 2. A vehicle whose
superior balance and road adhesion characteristics -thanks to an excellent
blending of power, suspension and tire technologies by Dodge engineers -
was conducive to a flawless performance within an impending road
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Veteran Automotive/Aerospace Journalist/Analyst, ZINTRO Expert Myron D.
Stokes Available For Interviews During 2012/2013 Los Angeles, Detroit and
New York International Auto Shows
Summary of The Importance of the Higgs-Boson Research Results by CERN
Scientists and Why the Problem is Much Harder to Fully Master Than What
People Think; i.e., Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking For a Particle Lasting
10 to the Minus Six Power Seconds, or Less
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Release PDF: THE
REAL “MASS EFFECT”: - ASTROPHYSICIST DR. ANDREW W. BECKWITH- CERN
DISCOVERY PROBABLY NOT THE ELUSIVE HIGGS-BOSON "GOD PARTICLE", BUT
PERHAPS FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT
BOAC, Now British Airways, Crews Cheer Arrival
of DeHavilland Comet, World's First Operational Jetliner Image: BOAC
Chicago - 17 June, 2012
- In the interests of professional full disclosure, I completely disagreed
with Boeing's decision to drop development of the Sonic Cruiser - an
aircraft with the potential to completely reshape the commercial air
travel landscape in a way not seen since the debut of the
jet-powered DeHavilland Comet, Boeing 707 and supersonic Concorde (I had
the profound privilege of being aboard Concorde 4 times) in favor of the
aesthetically boring -save
for the exquisite interior- though technologically advanced Dreamliner. An
analysis in queue, but never coted owing to national security related
events which commanded
our full attention, was entitled "Boeing Chooses Mediocrity Over
Greatness". Indeed, a wonderful opportunity was missed to give the flying
public a large glimpse of the future in aircraft design, and one that
would have had people flocking to airports just to see it...
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Go to Press Release
- “Publisher’s note: One wonders aloud why it took an
Italian acquisition to allow this country to see what most of the
world already knew: The historical center of the automotive universe
is America and more specifically, Detroit.
“Legions of PR,
marketing and advertising people have come and
gone over the last 37 years, and save for a creative and innovative
few, have failed to tap into the rich performance and styling history
that exemplified Chrysler Corp… Dodge Division in particular…
“…Auto enthusiasts everywhere, and most certainly the City of
Detroit, owe FIAT leadership (The firm just announced it is increg
its stake to 16% of Chrysler for 1.5bil) a debt of gratitude for the
fabulous image boost emergent amidst decades of societal derision.
Moreover, my family is especially proud of the “Imported From Detroit”
Super Bowl commercial featuring the pounding fist statue of master
pugilista Joe Louis “The Brown Bomber” Barrow: The Stokes’(Pulliam)
and Barrows of Camp Hill, Alabama, married into each other’s families
decades ago…” (from post
Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" Ad (Print version) Image:
In line with previous awards such as our naming Ford F-150 as “Truck
of The Decade” at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show and our placement on
ER nearly a decade ago of a reproducible copy of what is considered
some of the greatest advertising prose of all time: “The
Penalty of Leadership” by Theodore MacManus, these accolades are
not given easily or without substantive data to render them viable.
A formal notification is being forwarded to Chrysler officials.
commercial “Imported From Detroit”
Richard Holbrooke's World: Memories of a Newsweek Special Correspondent
- I did not know Richard Holbrooke, but I'm nevertheless convinced
that eventually I would have, given the fact of similar, though separate,
spheres of activity. And although I didn't realize it until years later,
we both made the decision to not accompany then Secretary of Commerce Ron
Brown on the trade mission flight to Croatia that resulted in his and the
deaths of 34 others.
Out of a sense of psychological self-preservation, I had confined these
and other events of 15 years ago to the "dark places" of my mind, despite
the fact this circumstance alone counts as pivotal to everything that has
happened in my career since.
Permit me to explain.
During the Balkans War of 1992-95 which primarily involved Bosnia, Serbia
and Croatia following the break-up of Yugoslavia, I was, thanks to former
Detroit Bureau Chief Frank Washington, Chief of Correspondents Ann
McDaniel and Editor Maynard Parker, a special correspondent for
Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and Newsweek International covering the
industrial (automotive, aerospace), financial, medical and technological
sectors along with investigative duties. The latter including the Oklahoma
City bombing cover story element "Three Strange Friends" within
which I interviewed James Nichols on his farm in Decker, Michigan; "One
Family's Nightmare", the murder of the Freeman family in Pennsylvania
by their neo-Nazi sons; the GM board revolt analysis "Another Pink
Slip?" that predicted to the day when former Chairman Bob Stempel
would step down; a measured defense of Edsel Ford II in "A Young Ford
at The Wheel" and
"The Shame of the City", covering the death of Deletha Word after
jumping off the Belle Isle bridge in Detroit to escape her attackers.
"Just as Safe at Any Speed" written with the Washington Bureaus Evan
Thomas, helped to reverse the extremely negative reporting surrounding GMs
C/K pickup truck controversy.
Additionally, I contributed to an extensive analysis of the nations blood
supply "In Search of Safer Blood" (Geoffrey Cowley, Sharon Begley,
et al,) and a 6 month investigation, in collaboration with Melinda Beck,
leading to a cover story on the safety of Americas airlines "How Safe
is This Flight?" I also had the privilege of being the only reporter
to conduct an extensive interview with Rodney King at the height of the LA
Riots of 1992 (my brother Doug and I drove out during curfew) while
sitting on the hood of Kings "magical" Hyundai Excel that managed to
outrun, police claimed, a CHP 5.0L Mustang...
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its 23rd Year: The Detroit 2011 North American International Auto Show
Calls WTO Ruling a Landmark Decision and Sweeping Legal Victory
CHICAGO, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today praised the World Trade
Organization's final ruling that billions of dollars in
European launch aid subsidies used by Airbus to develop its
commercial airplanes are illegal and must end. The decision,
which the WTO made public earlier today, also declares that
a broad array of government funding for Airbus research and
infrastructure development violated international trade
information, including excerpts from the decision, is
Ford Taurus SHO: An Earth-bound F-22 Raptor
2010 Ford Taurus SHO at The Gates
of March Air Force Reserve Base, Riverside, California: A
Direct Injected, All-Wheel-Drive
Result of an Automotive/Aerospace
Engineering Mind-meld... Reportedly, a 400hp Version on Way Image:
Comprehensive Analysis pdf
Concept Corvette Stingray Image: GM
Reborn: Retention of Opel Creates Pathway Towards Reconstitution as
World's Number One Automaker
Sources close to GM are
saying that the very specific strategy aimed at retaining Opel European
operations within the fold -- and tens of thousands of positions --
was crafted by officials amongst several governments who understood it
was far better to deal with a known -- GM -- rather than the "unknowns"
represented by RHJ International (Brussels) Magna/Sberbank (Austria,Canada,Russia)
and Beijing Auto (China).
The extreme detriment to the UK economy in the aftermath of
China's acquisiton of MG-Rover in 2005 is said to have weighed
heavily in the decision making process.
The U.S. and Germany, according to
these sources, were not among the crafters...
Auto Industry Analysis: GM's Transition to China
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TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCES NANO FOR FIRST TIME IN U.S.
announced today that it will display the world’s lowest-price passenger
car, the Tata Nano, for the first time in North America in Detroit on
January 14. Tata Technologies, with regional headquarters in Novi,
Michigan, played a key role in engineering the Nano, which is produced
by Tata Motors in India. It will show the car to highlight its
end-to-end vehicle engineering and design capabilities to its auto
industry customers and guests at its “Better Innovation” event at the
Detroit Science Center.
The Tata Nano was
introduced at the Delhi Auto Show in January, 2009 and retails for about
$2,500 in India. The model on display in Detroit is owned by Tata
Technologies and is on loan from its Center for Advanced Engineering and
Design in Pune, India.
Congratulations To Boeing on Dreamliner First Flight
Partner" No More -- United
States-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2009 Report to
Congress: Industrial and Military Espionage Activities In US Reveal With
Clarity China's True and Dangerous Intentions
Washington, D.C. --
The U.S.-China Economic and
Security Review Commission (USCC.gov) certainly no shrinking violet in
terms of carrying out its mission to monitor China's WTO compliance --
or its lack thereof -- has taken off the gloves, as it were, to reveal
depleted uranium knuckles... Yes, its 2009 Report to Congress is just
China’s increasingly aggressive espionage
efforts to obtain U.S. secrets and technology for the benefit of China’s
military and its economy.
China’s stepped-up cyber espionage and
cyber warfare capabilities that constitute a growing threat to U.S.
China’s extensive use of foreign
propaganda and China’s efforts to influence public opinion and
policymaking in the United States.
China’s detailed industrial policy
designed to attract foreign investment and production and to create
“national champions” to compete on a global scale.
China’s use of subsidies and other
trade-distorting measures in violation of its international commitments.
China’s role in the creation of the
economic imbalances that that helped produce the global financial
The expansion and modernization of the
Chinese navy and its effects on U.S. access to the waters around China
and Taiwan and the likelihood of a maritime arms race.
The use of new and more
sophisticated methods by Chinese authorities to control the Chinese news
media and the Internet.
China’s activities in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and Central Asia.
Mainland China’s increasing influence in
Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The effect of China’s policies on the
economy of the upstate New York region.
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Aerial Refueling of C-17
Release: Global HeavyLift States
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Production Must be Maintained; Will Seek FAA
Exemption for BC-17 Commercial Variant Separate From Boeing
Continues Pursuit of USD18.4B Capital Raise To Implement
US/NATO-Controlled Heavy and Outsized Air Cargo Industry Based on
Well-proven Tactical/Strategic Airlifter ;
Firm Also Reveals China Theft of
Aegis BMD System Representing the Core of U.S. Naval
Offensive/Defensive Capabilities, and Possibly F-22 Raptor Technology
Following previous releases in February 2006 and March 2007, Global
Heavylift Holdings, LLC, a Florida incorporated and Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA) listed (www.ccr.gov)
entity with principal offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, will continue
its pursuit of an USD18.4B capital raise to implement a US/NATO-controlled
Heavy and Outsized (H&O) air cargo industry utilizing new and used
modestly modified variants of C-17 for commercial missions, while still
meeting USAF operational standards as part of Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF)
organic airlift augmentation.
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Commerce: National Security Assessment of the C-17 Globemaster Cargo
Aircraft's Economic and Industrial Base Impacts
Preserving The Past for The Future: GM Celebrates A
Century of Existence
spite of election year political gyrations causing the world to hold its
collective breath, open season on US corporations by predatory offshore
entities owing to lax if not non-existent trade regulations, and an
economy on the cusp of disintegration, GM stands poised to celebrate
another hundred years.
The staff of eMOTION! REPORTS takes a long look at the history of the
General. And, we also invite you to again review "Super-Globalism:
Strategies for Maintaining a Robust Industrial Base Through Technological,
Policy and Process Improvement" originally presented in 2003 by ER as a
wake-up shout on the need to preserve the U.S. industrial base.
Analysis pdf (forthcoming)
Ronis Named as one of Crain's Detroit Business "Women To Watch"
We'd like to take a moment to congratulate our resident national security
expert, Dr. Sheila Ronis, on being named as one of Crain's Detroit
Business "Women To Watch" in 2008.
An excerpt: "Sheila Ronis has been dividing her time for months between
heading a program for graduate students at Troy-based Walsh College and
trying to make a safer nation for her students to live and work.
"Ronis, 58, director of MBA and MSSL programs at Walsh, has been commuting
between Southeast Michigan and Washington to serve as chairwoman of the
Vision Working Group for the Project on National Security Reform.
"The group is one of 10 addressing ways to update the National Security
Act of 1947 to address 21st century global security concerns.
"Ronis, a sometime consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, was
recruited in late 2006 based on her background in organizational behavior
and strategic and systems thinking. She is the only person outside
Washington to participate.
'Organizations all fundamentally operate the same way in a social
structure sense,” she said. "Even if they’re each unique in form or
purposes, and can have complex structure like the military’s structure,
they are still subject to the same principles of social science.'"
A link to the entire story follows:
The eMOTION! REPORTS Archives:
Industry Edge: Reflections on The Wall Street Crisis
In light of the profoundly dangerous state of affairs among Wall Street
entities representing the very foundations of US financial markets, we
thought we would look into our 2002 archives to determine if analyses
postulated at that time could withstand the scrutiny of hindsight 6 years
hence... comments, anyone?
A MARKET IN CRISIS... GREENSPAN STEP DOWN?...7000 DOW? Distinct
Restoration of GM Viability: A European Solution of Einsteinian
Wednesday, 2 July 2008, 838pm
UTC(or GMT/Zulu) Thursday, 3 July 2008, 00:39:49
Sources close to GM and GM Europe ( http://www.gm.com/europe/)
are advising the company is either close to, or examining closely,
bringing in several high-mileage European models such as a LHD version
of the all new Vauxhall Agila with a range of engines inclusive of
diesel (1.3L CDTi Twin Cam Ecotec), to bolster its U.S. dealer line-up
technologically and reputationally.
According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, GM's primary
problem is not that it doesn't have high mileage vehicles -- it has a
range of product exceeding 30 mpg -- or styling (look no further than
Buick Enclave, Corvette, Chevy Malibu and the entire Saturn line-up) it
"In my view," the source says, "this perception is fueled by Wall Street
analysts and too many industry pundits who should know better, stating
that GM needs to build vehicles Americans will buy, and that the U.S.
auto industry is playing catch-up technologically. These
statements are beyond inaccurate.
"The fact is, the world's auto industry, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Renault,
VW, Citroen, among others, owes a heavy debt of gratitude, even their
very existence, to the design, engineering, manufacturing and financial
visionaries behind the traditional Big Three; GM, Ford and Chrysler, and
of course, Karl Benz.
"In terms of bringing in European products to these shores within the
next 120 days, I perceive no unsolvable issues or difficulties, neither
from an emissions, safety, Union, availability or tooling ownership
standpoint; the latter applying if production here is deemed necessary
based on a strong market response. Moreover, it addresses a range
of concerns related to GM's continued viability in areas of product,
profitability and leadership.
"If Wall Street responds negatively to this apparently wise move by GM
(Toyota and Honda routinely utilize this strategy of bringing in
additional product, Scion and Yaris being examples, as changing market
conditions reflected in consumer trends demand) then I and other
colleagues within industry and government will know that the continued
downgrading of the company's value (the drop from last October,
and a decline of 47% from the start of this year to a recent record low
of $11.43 (updated: closed 7/2/08 at 9.98; the lowest since 1954) being
inexplicable and inexcusable) and overall negative
market sustainability assessments by financial market integral firms
like Goldman-Sachs and Fitch, is deliberate and designed to set the
stage for yet another takeover attempt by parties onshore and offshore."
full advisory PDF
Media Advisory 2 July
Go to Press Release 9 July
ER is preparing right now an expanded assessment of GM's developing
architecture for what we perceive as an excellent -- and quite timely --
strategy that will not only allow GM to remain in the game, but to
The (GM) Empire
Strikes Back: 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
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Editor's note: eMOTION!
REPORTS.com editors are convinced that Malibu will enable GM to create a
significant sales buffer for the world's number one automaker, and thus
preclude the possibility of Toyota claiming a position of ascendancy
either globally or in the all important US market. And yes, we said
all important US market. Industry observers should be aware that the
presumed growth of the Chinese market will not meet glowing expectations
for vehicle consumption... China's directive is to create an export
oriented economy that will eclipse that of Japan.
Press Release: November
U.S. -- China
Commission Cites Some Progress Yet Some Troubling Trends For U.S. Economic
and National Security Interests; Year-Long Study Offers 42 Recommendations
In Report to Congress
is not a matter of if this country fights China, but when..." --
Internal U.S. Department of Defense analysis
WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2007) – China
has adopted policies to reverse its progress toward a more market-based
economy, opting instead to increase government intervention in the
economy, according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review
Commission. “Free and fair trade depends on a market approach to
international commerce, rather than a contest among governments and
their closely owned and subsidized industries,” said Carolyn
Bartholomew, chairman of the Commission as she officially released the
group’s 2007 annual report to Congress on Thursday.
Commission, a bipartisan group established by Congress to analyze the
economic and national security relationship of the two nations,
made 42 recommendations to Congress for further action. The book-length
report was unanimously approved by the 12 Commissioners, appointed by
each party’s leadership. The Commission held seven hearings; travelled
India; commissioned original research; and consulted
with economic, intellegence, and military agencies to reach its
China’s adherence to non-proliferation
agreements has improved considerably over the past several years. Yet
China has also continued to build up its
military capacity and sophistication with the intent of challenging the
U.S., said Commission Vice Chairman Daniel
Blumenthal. Blumenthal also expressed concern at “…China’s
willingness to invest in and sell weapons to
Sudan, both countries with abysmal human rights
is critical of
China’s application of what the report terms “one
of the most effective information control regimes in the world.”
The report also criticizes
China’s increased use of espionage as a
means to develop new military and industrial technology. Among the
recommendations, the Commission suggests that Congress pass a law to
treat Chinese currency manipulation as an illegal export subsidy, and
that it require the Pentagon to better track the orgin of the components
of the military equipment that it purchases. The Commission also
suggests that the
U.S. government seek greater
China in a dialogue on global climate change and
other environmental issues.
The report raises alarms about the the
erosion of the
U.S. defense industrial base, and the
build-up of $1.4 trillion in foreign currency reserves by
China as a result of its massive trade
surpluses. The report and its key findings, analysis, and
recommendations to Congress will be made available on the Commission’s
Boeing Making Progress on 787 Dreamliner First Flight; Production Line
Although the first flight has been delayed, ER will continue to follow
and advise new dates
EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 11, 2007 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] production
line is full for the all-new 787 Dreamliner, as work continues on the
first flight-test airplane and two airplanes to be used for static and
fatigue testing. This photo shows Airplane #1 in the third position,
where final structure and systems installations are completed. Behind
it, the static-test airplane is in the second position, where it will
receive landing gear, engines, and any required interior installations.
The fatigue airplane entered final body join Nov. 30.
China Syndrome 2007:
Economic and Military Build-up a Cause For Caution and Concern
to the Full
Review: Timelines Into The Future: Strategic Visioning Methods for
Government, Business, and Other Organizations, Dr. Sheila Ronis
Aerospace Analysis: First Flight of Boeing 787 Dreamliner This
A Matter of Control
FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW 2007 62nd Annual
Introduces Kuga Crossover
Eos: Rewriting The Book on Convertibles
February 2001: Der Sturm
(The Perfect Storm)
Chrysler: Crafting A Reprieve
The current travails of Chrysler Group have all but rendered it a
candidate for acquisition – a conclusion rendered viable from at least
two points of fact: DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dr. Dieter
Zetsche’s public statements of late that all options are on the table,
and ongoing deliberations reportedly transpiring at this moment
between GM and DCX officials.
Our own sources have not dispelled the notion that the latter
statement is true.
In light of this current state of affairs, we invite you to consider
analyses presented in February of 2001;
Der Sturm (The Perfect Storm) and
Chrysler: Crafting a Reprieve.
Analyses just as relevant and accurate now as they were then.
The repatriation of this American icon Chrysler, should be pursued by
either Ford or GM with all due speed: It is an opportunity that would
bring benefits to all concerned, in addition to playing its own role –
as noted in “Crafting a Reprieve” – in mitigating erosion of the US
industrial base. The foregoing is true for the simple reason
that ownership of Chrysler by a US entity renders it far less likely
that manufacturing positions would be sent offshore, and even if they
are, the money still flows back here.
Dr. Zetsche is one of the few automotive executives who understands
how critical it is to maintain a country’s industrial base; even one
not his own. Which is why we applaud his courage in potentially
turning a financial difficulty for Daimler into a opportunity to right
a perceived, if not quite real, wrong: The theft of Chrysler
through the machinations of Juergen Schrempp and the short sightedness
of an otherwise capable Bob Eaton.
Lastly, you’ll note that we mentioned Ford Motor Company as a possible
White Knight in the re-acquisition of Chrysler.
This is not said tongue in cheek. Rather, it simply acknowledges that
despite its current difficulties, the company will emerge viable.
Moreover, it would reprise its role of 12 years ago during the tenure
of Sir Alex Trotman when,
unbeknownst to all but a critical few, Ford, at his direction, acted
as a potential suitor to prevent Kirk Kerkorian’s hostile taking of
Alan Mulally would do well to consider the benefits of a Chrysler
rescue, benefits that would be identifiable at several levels.
We do indeed live in a global environment, but succeeding in this
arena demands maintaining the strength and solidity of the home base.
In this vein, America’s biggest orphan at the moment, Chrysler Group,
needs the nurturing atmosphere of a new home and new caring parents…
Edition For University of Michigan
Management Briefing Seminars,
Michigan August 7-11, 2006
Update, August 6, 2006 (July 3, 2006, May 5,
Kerkorian and Renault-Nissan Overtures to GM Have Overtones of Hostile
Takeover; Success Would Represent Clear Threat to Industrio-Economic
Stability and Therefore National Security; Potential
Emergence of New Global Automotive Industry Architecture
are those within industry and government who… may recommend a full range
of responses. These would include a nationalization of Ford…”
emergent show of strength, both financially and from a leadership
standpoint, is causing the Ghosn/Kerkorian camp to shift attention away
from GM and back to Ford.
According to our internal sources, "Ford's precipitous fall, against
GM's (media driven) "rise toward recovery," will lead an attention shift
toward Dearborn... especially if the markets artificially pump GM enough
for some profit taking. Renault-Nissan management is finding it
increasingly hard to make the case for GM, in light of the increasingly
ripe Ford, especially Ford of Europe."
A serious strategy has emerged to
overcome the power of the Ford family's Class B Shares, making the
potential for outright capture all the more real. Astoundingly,
Daimler-Chrysler and Deutsche Bank are inevitably part of the Ghosn
strategy for the Ford acquisition. The involvement of these two entities
should be expected, however, for the simple reason this "organizational
fusion" begins with Ford of Europe. And Europe is their home and
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28 April, 2006
Business and Industry Council:
An Organization Worth
GM, Ford and Suppliers Confirms
Economic War A Palpable, Pervasive, Reality
The US Auto Industry is out of time, and as
we recently said to industry colleagues, the window for discussion of
strategies to stay or mitigate the threat to the industrial base has been
closed. Only the implementation of actionable plans remains; some of
which are suggested by Dr. Ronis and her associates at the USBIC and those
that will soon be before Congress subsequent to several month’s long
investigation of the erosion of the manufacturing base. We also
acknowledge the impending visit by the principals of GM, Ford and Chrysler
with the President.
In order to ensure the best outcome of those
proposed interactions, the right questions -- even demands -- must be
presented. And frankly, we have no confidence that most of the
people employed and deployed by GM and Ford -- again, Chrysler is NOT an
American car company -- on Capitol Hill understand or appreciate the
reality of economic war being waged; an understanding quite necessary to
craft the appropriate query. Moreover, the strategies and tactics
utilized are designed not to render the offshores just hyper-competitive
against the core components of the country's base, but to eliminate them.
Cold, sad, true...
In this analysis and advisory, a very
necessary position is articulated and needs very little expansion as the
following excerpt demonstrates:
automotive industry crisis is revealing with a vengeance the dilemma faced
by companies that wish to manufacture in America and keep the nation's
industrial base strong. On the one hand, private business and market
forces still make the
U.S. economy go, and so companies need to work
overtime improving their competitiveness.
"On the other hand, policy decisions made in
Washington and foreign capitals--to open or to ignore certain foreign
markets, to combat or to tolerate foreign subsidies or dumping, to favor
some sectors of the economy but not others in trade negotiations--can make
or break not only individual companies but entire industries.
"Multinational companies have long
recognized the policy challenge, and have employed legions of lobbyists to
influence national decision-makers. Yet too often, their foreign trade and
investment agendas have harmed domestic companies, by ignoring import
competition that is often predatory, and by actually encouraging the "offshoring"
of whole industries and their supply chains. And too few domestic business
leaders have had the time or resources to play the increasingly vital
We would say to our friends and associates
in industry and government that believe we are NOT in an economic war,
merely a shifting of competitive positions, your stance is not
sustainable, justified or verifiable.
This analysis brings that point painfully
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Aviation Milestone: Boeing 777-200LR
Sets New World Distance Record; Hong Kong to London
[NYSE: BA] has reached another aviation milestone with the successful
completion of a record-breaking distance attempt utilizing the 777-200LR
(Longer Range) passenger jet. The Hong Kong to London flight
initiated on 9 November and completed on the 10th, covered 11,664 (21,601
km) nautical miles and was accomplished in 22-hours, 42-minutes.
It's one for the record books: That distance eclipses the previous record
set in 1989 by a 747-400 of 9,200 (17,039 km) nautical set between London
and Sydney, and more recently in 1997, set by a 777-200ER (Extended
Range) flying 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 km) from Seattle to Kuala
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Names Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ 2006 Car of The Year
again, the Chicago Auto Show, now approaching a century of existence, is
the backdrop for our award, first presented here in 2002," says Publisher
Myron Stokes, an award-winning former
Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and Newsweek International correspondent.
"This is the fourth year for these awards, and it is our expectation that
they will garner a level of notoriety for the winners similar to that
evident last year."
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Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Aerospace Journalist OF THE YEAR Awards TO accept entries in
February 2006. --
The World Leadership Forum, organizers of the Aerospace Journalist of
the Year Awards, has announced that from 2006 entries will be accepted
in four different languages: English, French, German and Spanish.
Announcing the change, World Leadership Forum President Malcolm Turner
said: “In the past we only accepted entries published in English.
Submissions published in other languages needed translations, and that
deterred many non-English publications from entering. From 2006 we will
accept entries in four major European languages, meaning that many more
publications and journalists can now enter.”
The international Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards, organized in
conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society, are the world's most
important awards for aviation writers and broadcasters.
eMOTION! REPORTS.com Publisher Myron D. Stokes is pleased that the ER
team has been invited to participate. "We join the World
Leadership Forum in encouraging aerospace journalists from around the
world to submit entries to this prestigious competition. There is
a large body of work analyzing the affairs and inner workings of one of
the two largest industries on the planet, and one that has been the
primary driver in technological advancement. From the Montegolfier
Brothers to the Return to The Moon initiative, there is a rich history
and an exciting future involving the human quest to conquer air and
Go to full advisory PDF
Media Advisory December 5, 2005
The Japanese Exodus: Japan firms quietly leaving China; GM Facilities at
It has been observed by our global sources that several Japanese firms are
quietly removing their high value assets in China both technological and
human. This is occurring because of Japan's
dissatisfaction with the Chinese government's unwillingness to enforce the
law and effectively manage Chinese Triad activity.
This all but clandestine operation, now in its final stages and apparently
coordinated with Japanese intelligence services, placed a priority on the
most valuable facilities, the technological and manufacturability
components of those facilities, and has been accomplished with a precision
rivaling the disabling of Norway-based German heavy water operations at
Rjukan supporting nuclear weapons development in February 1943. The
latter having been accomplished with no loss of life on either side.
This comes on the heels of a public domain report provided by the US State
Department in response to a China business climate request by Industry
Canada in 2004. The report can be read in its entirety at
But the report, sourced by the Japanese government, paints a grim picture
of a steadfastly non-cooperative China state of affairs, and qualifies as
a PRA (Political Risk Assessment).
Go to full
Images: Italianoit, Scott Gregory Banner; General Motors Corp.
THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE/AEROSPACE INDUSTRY 2005
/2006 BUSINESS AND
A comprehensive analysis written by our global team of experts (see
analyses “Renault/Ford?” 5.9.05 and “Super-Globalism” 6.9.03) in the
academic, media, corporate and government sectors, with a focus on General
Motors and Ford Motor Company “business of the business” and product
analysis. On the aerospace side, we look at, among others, Boeing’s
emergent commercial aviation success story: The 787 Dreamliner along with
Bombardier’s new C-Series that may have a profound effect on the company’s
bottom-line profitability. 300 pages in length and presented in
ADOBE ™.pdf optimized for spiral-bound printing at KINKOS ™ locations
globally, The eMOTION! REPORT offers 25 pages of full-page only
advertising avails. Closing date is November 30th with publication
scheduled for second week December. A media/marketing kit is
available as a download from this site to agencies of record and other
industry marketing personnel by requesting password via
This document constitutes a “must read” for industry executives, analysts
and core financial institutions.
Boeing Board Selects W. James McNerney, Jr., as Chairman/CEO; Former
Acting CEO James A. Bell Remains as CFO
In a recent analysis concerning the forced departure of former CEO Harry
Stonecipher, we noted that "It is virtually incontestable that every
Boeing misstep and charge lain against it moves AIRBUS ever closer to its
goal of capturing the lucrative, and hotly contested, AF tanker deal.
Moreover, It tends to create an atmosphere of mistrust and loss of
confidence on the part of military and commercial customers in terms of
the company’s ability to perform.
It is not known at this point to whom the nod will be given among the very
short list of executives to assume the mantle of CEO. However, it is
crucial that the board not bow to pressure to assign the duties of running
Boeing to an industry outsider with financial experience, but no knowledge
of building airplanes. General Motors learned an awful lesson that car
companies must be run by car guys who know the product and its creative
process; intimately. Boeing is poised to do well – very well, we believe –
with the roll out of the farthest ranging (9,420 nautical miles) aircraft
in the world, the 777-200LR Worldliner, along with a hangar-mate already
on its way to reshaping how aircraft are produced, the 787 Dreamliner.
The right guidance at the helm, no doubt, will help ensure success."
It appears that the Boeing board has done precisely that in the selection
of W. James McNerney as the company's new CEO. Acting CEO James Bell
remains as CFO.
While riding a wave of success following the broad acceptance of the new
787 Dreamliner as the choice of major airlines globally -- the profoundly
disappointing, and perhaps instigated, Canadian cancellation of multiple
Boeing aircraft notwithstanding -- Boeing's bringing aboard a person like
McNerney couldn't have been more perfect.
New vistas in aircraft manufacturing: Boeing's 787 Dreamliner
Politely side-stepping strong suggestions from Wall Street that
Stonecipher's replacement should be an outsider not necessarily associated
with the industry, but possessed of significant financial savvy, the
aerospace giant (yes, that still applies) instead chose a candidate who
brings holistic, systemic knowledge and experience of the aircraft
business and its supplier base.
The 55 year-old McNerney's pedigree includes CEO of 3M and core positions
at GE Aircraft Engines, GE Asia-Pacific and GE Capital. In other
words, he not only knows how to build airplanes, but finance them too.
It appears that McNerney is as much of a "plane guy" as GM's Bob Lutz is a
Indeed, there is room here to congratulate both companies for their recent
sales successes. And although some may say that the battle for the
hearts and minds and pocketbooks of consumers has not been totally won in
the face of determined opposition (read, AIRBUS and Toyota) the ancient
battle of Thermopylae comes to mind: Small engagement, but one that
irrevocably altered the course of civilization...
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Newly appointed Renault President and CEO Carlos Ghosn
With Chairman Louis Schweitzer
It has been brought to our attention that a Renault/Ford “venture” (with
DaimlerChrysler/Fiat-GM similarities sans constructive taking; the
acquisition of a firm for reasons other than those officially stated)
and a GM/Toyota conjoining could well be rapidly coming together.
In fact, we are advised that a Ford/Renault interaction is all
but “a fait accompli” in light of the US company’s circumstances.
According to sources, newly appointed Renault Boss Carlos Ghosn is
leading the charge, melding his ops with the remaining strengths at Ford
It’s expected (and hoped) to be much like his Nissan
intervention, with Ghosn helming an arrangement that brings together
Renault leverage, Nissan product strength and FOE distribution.
Ford of Europe weakness makes such a turn nearly inevitable...
General Motors, however, is a whole different story.
Negotiations are planned between Toyota top executive and GM’s
C-level executives, expected to expand existing agreements in place over
the past two decades. Review
of analyses developed in 2000 by industry colleagues that sought to define
such a relationship, painted an unflattering image.
Billionaire financier and corporate raider Kirk Kerkorian, however, has
other plans for the world’s largest automaker.
Should he prevail in his strong overtures to be the company’s
single largest shareholder, it’s a foregone conclusion he will push to
remove virtually all the executives currently in charge, anointing an epic
figurehead to buy time, select and redirect the next generation of top GM
“Kerkorian’s buddy Lee Iacocca could be an ideal white knight…
another US car company to save.
But, he is only a few years younger than Kerkorian.
Even if Kerkorian were willing to give Bob Lutz the reigns, after
bad blood from the DC merger, Lutz isn’t much younger.”
Our sources indicate the list of potential heroes with enough skill and
public capital to take heat off GM is thin.
“Jack Welch is about the only guy with weight and leverage to do
what Iacocca did for Chrysler.”
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Boeing: The Stonecipher Departure
"Economic war is always
waged first" is a maxim of Sun Tzu's eons old military doctrine.
Boeing, it seems, is feeling the full effects of such a war waged against
it as still the world's pre-eminent builder of military and commercial
aircraft. And it goes without saying that if you want to shake a
company – or a government – to its very core, attack, discredit,
neutralize and eliminate the executive leadership. As a result of
the world’s oldest executive indiscretion, Boeing has lost yet another
helmsman, Harry Stonecipher, who, as we stated in an earlier analysis
“Aerospace Giant in Fight of Its Life” was capable of leading a charge of
revitalized design, engineering and marketing talent from within Boeing’s
ranks against an EU-supported AIRBUS. A consortium, mind you, whose
mission in life is to unseat the company’s dominance in the aerospace
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Global Powertrain Congress (GPC):
A Convergence of The World's Best and Brightest in Advanced Propulsion
Systems, With special emphasis on HEV's, Fuel Cells and Other Alternative
Transportation Technologies Inclusive of Quasiturbine; September 28-30,
Ford Conference Center, Dearborn, Michigan
Publisher's note: As Dearborn, Michigan, home to
industry foundation automaker Ford Motor Company, prepares to host this
seventh annual vehicle powertrain specific conference, there is much talk,
indeed, high expectations, of potential breakthrough technology, processes
and powertrain systems strategies being presented here. Such expectations
are concomitant with the angst associated with continued Middle-Eastern
instability, Russian provincial upheaval and oil prices -- inextricably
linked to these and bolstered by OPEC whim -- headed for $60 a barrel.
For these reasons alone GPC is timely, and born of an industry landscape
undergoing massive change. Dr. Nasim Uddim, one of GPC's founding
directors, notes that those in attendance should not underestimate the
importance of this conference as it emerges as a clear compliment to the
annual events of SAE and SME: "This is a unique international annual
conference which is now in its 7th year and is characterized by both its
focus and its excellence. Those desirous of meeting the automotive
Powertrain engineers and leaders who are determining the shape of the
future, and hearing about the products and technologies that will define
it, should know that GPC 2004 is the place to be."
To that end, we're providing
a pdf of the conference schedule and registration along with a direct
www.gpc-icpem.org. We're also pleased to announce that elements
of the white paper "Quantum
Parallel: The Saint-Hilaire Quasiturbine as the Basis for a Simultaneous
Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Propulsion Technology" will be presented
here as well.
We congratulate the GPC team
on what is sure to be yet another successful program of high import and
impact for industry. Elsewhere, we present a hi-res image of
the Army's prototype TSV, or
Theater Support Vessel, a weapons system -- it is indeed that -- at
present redefining and expanding the role and capabilities of the Rapid
Deployment Force, or any force, within the services. Developed and
built by Bollinger/Incat of Australia, this wave-piercing catamaran design
has a 40+ knot cruise speed fully loaded with 400 troops, tanks (up to 16
M1 Abrams) fast combat vehicles, helicopters, small watercraft for
SEAL-type operations and provisions for sustained in-theater
operations. It has already proved its worth in Iraq. More data is
provided through a
National Defense analysis written by our own Dr. Sheila Ronis, who had
opportunity to spend time with this remarkable craft. TSV may very well
prove to be exactly the type of high-technology, high flexibility and
inter-service sea-borne support platform needed to take Dr.
Thomas P.M. Barnett's "two militaries", as outlined in "The
Pentagon's New Map", from concept to fully functioning reality. The
designers of Civil War Ironclads Monitor and Merrimac would have been
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Quasiturbine GPC 2004 Presentation
Global Powertrain Congress (9/30/04)
Review: Military Transformation Through Analytical Process: The
Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society -- An
A gathering this past October of academics, active and retired
military officers, research scientists and policy makers from several of
the country's leading universities, institutions, think tanks and
corporations inclusive of West Point, The Naval War College, National
Defense University, Boeing, RAND, Brookings and The Hague at Chicago's
Palmer House, yielded an astounding array of significant research papers
and policy postulations.
Among the more notable were "Israeli-Palestinian Non-Mediated Peacekeeping
--A Challenge to Hegemonic Masculinities" by Deborah Heifetz-Yahav of Tel
Aviv University, and "How Peacekeeping Prepared the Army for War" by Laura
Miller of RAND. A peer review of the proceedings in PDF form has been
prepared for your ready reference and consideration.
Elsewhere, we look at reviews of Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett's "The Pentagon's
New Map", as well as providing a PDF file of the permanently archived work
"Crisis On Asimov: A Vision of 2085", just in time for the opening of the
Science Fiction Museum, which celebrates the genre past, present and
future, in Seattle later this month. In the near future, we will
present "Prelude To
Stealth: Jack Northrop's P-61 Black Widow";
a close look at this purpose-built night fighter that shattered
conventional thinking and theory as it related to airborne interception
and aerodynamic control surfaces. As we prepare for this extensive
analysis, we would appreciate hearing from former pilots and crew, and
anyone involved in the design and building of this superlative
craft. Reach us through:
To the promise of galactic adventure,
Myron D. Stokes
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Reviewing The Reviews:
Thomas P.M. Barnett's powerful strategic analysis of next war, "The
Pentagon's New Map", has been discussed extensively by other mediums,
inclusive of the Wall Street Journal (5/11/04) following our own March
24, 2004 review.
Businessweek's Stan Crock (5/17/04) saw fit to review in parallel
Barnett's "Map" (Putnam) and Bob Woodward's microscopic look into the White
House' Iraqi War decision making process "Plan of Attack" (Simon & Schuster).
His analysis "The Road to -- And From -- Iraq, considers the entry and exit
strategies for this still smoldering conflict. In an interesting twist,
Barnett "reviews the reviewers", including eMOTION! REPORTS' Sheila Ronis, on
his website (www.thomaspmbarnett.com).
Dr. Ronis' review, incidentally, is among those listed for "Map" on Amazon.com.
On this 60th anniversary of "D-Day" the June 6, 1944 Operation
Overlord invasion of Europe landings at Normandy, and considering the
current state of affairs both economically and militarily, neither
Barnett's nor Woodward's treatises will be gathering dust anytime soon...
Encore: Crisis On Asimov - A Vision of 2085
As a prelude to the
forthcoming book "Crisis On Asimov: "Strategic Visioning Processes for
Government, Industry and Education" (University Press of America; Jan.
2005, Sheila R. Ronis, Ph.D.) which expands on visioning architecture, we
are providing access to this excellent work in PDF form. And, in light of
return to the Moon and Mars exploration initiatives now in progress, along
with the impending launch on June 18th, 2004 of the spectacular Science
Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle (http://www.sciencefictionexperience.com)
we felt it a most auspicious time to do so. We applaud the vision of
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, newly appointed Director Donna
Shirley, and the stellar group of advisory board members which includes no
less than "2001: A Space Odyssey" author Arthur C. Clarke, Greg
Bear, Ray Bradbury, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Majel Barrett
to Asimov PDF
The Core and The Gap: A Review of Thomas Barnett's The Pentagon's New Map:
War and Peace in The Twenty-First Century
By Dr. Sheila Ronis
for the U.S. Government is a difficult process. No one entity has
the responsibility to define the long term vision of the country.
This has been argued for many years amongst those of us who discuss the
role the United States needs to define for itself with the end of the Cold
War and a world emerging in the 21st Century that is very different.
But, little progress has ever been made. Until now. In a
brilliantly lucid manor, Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, senior strategic
researcher and professor at the U.S. Naval War College, has defined what
that vision of a “future worth creating” should be in his new book,
The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century.
The Pentagon’s New Map is only pre-orderable for now at the following
web-site. It will be available after April 26, when it will be
published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York. Find it on the web at:
eMOTION! REPORTS reviewer Dr. Sheila Ronis leaves no doubt as to where she
stands on this book: "This work should be translated into every major
language around the world, though the wit and wisdom may be difficult to
translate. It is a must read, not only for policy analysts in the
beltway and every American, but for every citizen of the world who cares
about the future."
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Is NASCAR Killing the Golden Goose?
in money after signing a $2.4 billion TV deal three years ago, NASCAR has
decided the best way to boost TV ratings is to change a popular points
system that had been in effect for 29 years. The new plan was supposed to
keep the title undecided until the end of the last race, keep more drivers
in contention for the crown and encourage everyone to race for the win
every time out. Unfortunately, as Associate Publisher and
Motorsports Editor John Chuhran reports, the 2004 Nextel Cup “Chase for
the Championship” will likely eliminate more than 75 percent of the
drivers with 10 races to go and cause fans of those competitors to turn
off their TVs over the final two-and-a-half months of the season.
Participants think the new plan could ruin the sport; a sidebar analysis
offers a reasonable proposal to save NASCAR from financial disaster.
Analysis: Is NASCAR Killing the Golden Goose
A Simple Solution to NASCAR’s Disastrous 2004 Points Plan
Lessons From Toyota: A Global Grand Strategy For Boeing
changes in the industrial and geo-political landscape have made it
necessary to delay our 7E7 Dreamliner analysis "Boeing Chooses Mediocrity
Over Greatness", and present a paper by national security strategist Dr.
Sheila Ronis. "Lessons" looks well beyond product issues and instead
concentrates on required modification of corporate policy and culture to
face the challenge of globalization. "It is critical," notes Ronis,
"that Boeing recognizes immediately the implications of the death of the
'Buy American' amendment in the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2004,
and reshapes itself as a truly global company." And whom might they
benchmark in this quest, AIRBUS? "No,Toyota".
eMOTION! REPORTS.com Truck of The
Decade: Ford F-150; Performance Car of 2005: Ford GT
Truck of The Decade? In selecting the world's top selling truck and
vehicle for this honor, our awards committee had some explaining to do --
and explain they did, right along with their reasons for designating the
GT supercar as Performance Car of 2005. More importantly, Wall
Street may be compelled to re-think its market valuation of this industry
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Special Report: How Ferrari and Bridgestone Stole The 2003
Formula One World Championships
Is it possible that
Ferrari and Bridgestone resorted to the type of backroom political
machinations of which the DeBorgias, the Machiavellis and Cardinal
Richelieu would have been proud, to win the 2003 Formula One World
Championships? eMOTION! REPORTS.com's Associate Publisher and
Motorsports Editor John Chuhran presents an analysis of the apparent
corporate and sanctioning body powerplays and intrigues that allowed
expansive interpretation of FIA (Federacion Internationale d' Le
Automobile) regulations -- and not prowess on the race track -- to take
the season's checkered flag.
Quantum Parallel: The Saint-Hilaire "Quasiturbine" As The Basis For
A Simultaneous Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Propulsion Systems
myriad, and many times unsupportable, claims of technological
breakthroughs -- fuel cells being at the top of this contention -- capable
of inducing vehicular design and engineering paradigm shifts, we have
concluded that the Saint-Hilaire "Quasiturbine" may very well provide
impetus to retire the piston engine. It has served humanity for
nearly two centuries, and has earned its rest. eMOTION! REPORTS.com
is providing a comprehensive white paper that will perhaps allow you to
reach the same conclusion.
We should point out however, that although the estimated 600 billion
dollar hydrogen infrastructural costs outlined in the Argonne studies at
right may seem stratospheric, they are in line with traditional and
accepted costs -- adjusted for inflation. In fact, over a 30 year
period, along with implementing certain cost containment strategies
outlined in these documents, the costs may become quite manageable...
En français pour nos lecteurs du Canada et
Quantique: La "Quasiturbine" des Saint-Hilaire
À la Base d'un Changement Simultané de Paradigme en Système de Propulsion
Parmi une myriade de
prétentions d'avancées technologiques souvent non-fondées - les piles à
combustibles en tête des débats - capables de provoquer un changement de
paradigme en design et ingénierie des véhicules, nous avons conclu que
la "Quasiturbine" des Saint-Hilaire a les qualités requises pour forcer la
mise à la retraite du moteur à pistons. Ce dernier a servi l'humanité
pendant près de 2 siècles et a maintenant mérité son repos. eMOTION!
REPORTS.com a préparé un aperçu global dans un Livre Blanc qui vous
permettra peut-être d'en arriver à la même conclusion...
The Boeing Archives
Aerospace Giant in Fight for its Life
world's largest manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft is
reeling from recent revelations about its accounting practices, such
as those noted in an extensive BUSINESS WEEK investigative analysis.
The bad news for Boeing is coming so fast and furious in this form
and of lost business in the billions to arch-rival AIRBUS, that we are
wondering aloud if the company has been deliberately targeted as an
extension of an intensifying shoot-out with its EU supported
Rudman Report on Boeing Ethics
As one of the architects of the superbly crafted, and now in the
aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, eerily prophetic, Hart-Rudman
Report on National Security, former Senator Warren B. Rudman was
tapped by Boeing's board to head this independent investigation.
Developed in collaboration with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Paul,
Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP, the report analyzes the
company's internal processes for handling competitive, and most
importantly, proprietary data.
Boeing was accused of improperly obtaining and using satellite
contract bid information from rival Lockheed-Martin to gain the upper
hand. As expected, the report praises the company for strenuous
efforts to, in the words of CEO Harry Stonecipher, "Win the confidence
of the customer back" -- in this case the U.S. Air Force. Make
no mistake, however, this report is no whitewash. And besides,
Boeing has bigger problems than suspect 767 tanker lease deals (a
smart move regardless of how its structuring was handled) lost
contracts and sanctioning by the DoD; there's the small problem of an
animated, aggressive, EU-supported and relentless AIRBUS Industrie,
and an agitated, relentless and outraged State Department. The
latter having not forgotten the inadvertent provision of ICBM booster
technology to the Chinese, who promptly used that knowledge to
accelerate their manned space program by a couple of decades.
But that's another story.
No matter the outcome of any of the above difficulties, Boeing must,
and will, survive.
In the meantime, we're providing the full text of the Rudman internal
ethics analysis as a pdf
Aerospace Analysis In Queue;
7E7 Dreamliner: Boeing Chooses Mediocrity Over Greatness
Newly appointed Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher
and Commercial Airplanes President Alan Mulally
announce “available to order” status of 7E7
In early 2001, we took a long look at where Boeing was indeed going
in light of announcements at that time of the company's intent to
relocate its corporate HQ (Chicago was ultimately chosen). We
examined Chairman Phil Condit's possible motivations behind this all
but shocking move. We think these observations have particular
relevance nearly three years hence.
Condit Addresses Detroit Economic Club
NOTABLE HAPPENINGS -- DOWNLOADS
industries have felt the impact of the September suicide attacks on the
United States as acutely as the aerospace sector. With the public far
from convinced of the safety of airline travel and the major carriers
devastated by plunging revenues, aerospace giant Boeing is feeling very
much in the center of the action.
Analysis: Commercial C-17 Could Help Military Mobility (10.05.03)
analysis by Dr. Sheila Ronis, appearing in the October issue of National
Defense Magazine, looks at the capabilities of what can be considered
the most versatile airlifter in the world, Boeing's C-17 Globemaster
III. We are in concurrence with this assessment, as we've named this
superlative transport as "Airlifter of The Decade."
Dr. Ronis also discusses the viability of the CAMAA (Commercial
Application of Military Airlift Aircraft) program.
Build The Sonic Cruiser?
The question is not if, but when. There are rumblings that Boeing
will kill the program, and if true, it means that they have given in to
the naysayers -- uninformed bunch they are. And to yet again prove
the point, we are making available for download an extraordinary PDF
from the archives of the world's largest manufacturer of commercial and
This 100 page document traces the technical history of Boeing's SST
program from 1962-'71. Basically, we're providing all our learned
colleagues need to build their own Mach 2.7 airliner...
Boeing Provides (Super) Sonic Cruiser Technology Process Update
The plane that many critics insisted couldn't be built, the Sonic
Cruiser, is evidently progressing quite well. Why there is any
doubt about Boeing's ability to accomplish this evokes, at the least,
curiosity on our parts. At most, it's stupefying.
When all is said and done, we fully expect a Mach 1.2 airplane from a
company with a solid nine years of SST development in its intellectual
coffers. Moreover, any aerodynamicist of substance will tell you
that SC's design approach is an airframe demonstrably configured for
eMOTION! REPORTS.com eagerly awaits first flight...
China continues to move aggressively to carve out what it feels is its
rightful place in the world economically, politically and militarily.
And no one doubts they will succeed in this endeavor.
As part of our continuing observation of this emerging economic and
industrial powerhouse --seemingly at the center of every major western
corporation's global strategy -- eMOTION! REPORTS presents an archived
multi-topical analysis of doing business in the "Land of Dragons".
Contributing to this effort was former President of Ford China Vaughn
Kosharian; Just-Auto.com Publisher David Leggett; Delphi China's Marcus
Chao; GM Chief Economist G. Mustafa Mohatarem; geopolitical analysis
site STRATFOR.com; the late UAW President Stephen P. Yokich, and former
President of Boeing China Ray Bracy.
With the on-going debates and posturing by all concerned parties
relative to China's WTO and PNTR status, we felt these analyses are just
as relevant now as when first presented in March 2001.
We'd also like to give special thanks to eMOTION! REPORTS webmaster
Matthew Siporin for his tireless and professional efforts that allow us
to continue the presentation of data dense and accurate analyses in
targeted sectors of academia, media, corporate and government.
AND AEROSPACE AWARDS
At long last, we are announcing our choices for eMOTION! REPORTS.com
second annual vehicle awards program. We are gratified that the
special award presented last year to Land Rover for their extraordinary
Range Rover and 40 years of vehicle design and manufacturing excellence
was justified in the aftermath of this product smashing all previous sales
records. For 2003, 2004 and 2005, Cadillac, Lincoln, Ford Division,
Toyota, Boeing and Bombardier are honored for superlative product.
Full Publisher's Note
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Opening of Max M. Fisher Music
Center: DaimlerChrysler and Sirius Radio to Host Inaugural Black-Tie
Detroit will soon welcome yet another architectural confirmation that it
is indeed experiencing a true renaissance, a revivification, a
revitalization of its downtown area. What is arising from its core
is a $60 million masterpiece designated as the Max M. Fisher Music Center,
the newly renovated and expanded home to one of the world's best musical
treasures, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Ably led by Maestro Neeme
Jarvi, the DSO will welcome Michigan native Jonathan Holland, who will be
performing a new work, "Motor City Dance Mix", which celebrates the rich
musical history of Detroit and its reinvention as a world class city.
It is followed by Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and performed by soloist
Clearly, an extraordinary affair to celebrate an extraordinary new
home for the arts...
Chrysler: Crafting A
Reprieve; Der Sturm (A Perfect Storm); Deutsche Bank and Kuwaiti
Investment Fund May Be Pressuring Juergen Schrempp to Sell-off Chrysler
Publisher's Note 8.25.03: The continuing financial difficulties of
DaimlerChrysler AG's problem child, the Chrysler Group, has subjected it
to renewed scrutiny from several sectors. along with continuing
litigation launched by the powerful and influential
financier/acquisitions specialist Kirk Kerkorian.
It is a foregone conclusion that the machinations leading to the
acquisition of American industrial icon Chrysler, was nothing close
to the "marriage of equals" claimed by its crafters. The on-going
discussions and activities centering on Chrysler Group served as an
impetus to not only provide two analyses from our 2001 archives, "Der
Sturm" and "Chrysler:
Crafting a Reprieve" but to present an intriguing work produced in
the same timeframe by German researcher Holm Detlev-Kohler "The TNC as a
Transnational Political Complex: Research Questions Stemming From
the DaimlerChrysler and BMW-Land Rover Deals." A member of the
research group on the globalisation of the German car industry at the
Institute of Sociology of The University of Erhlangen-Nuremberg, Kohler
also belongs to the European Research Network on the Europeanisation of
Kohler's analyses and conclusions are keen, insightful, well-researched
and sometimes flirt with the controversial. His work, along with
the other two analyses, also seem to support information alluding to
requests -- perhaps demands -- by principal stakeholders Deustche Bank
and The Kuwait Investment Authority that Daimler spins off Chrysler
Group; quickly. The impact and implications of such a move on the
market, the economy and the industrial base are likely to fall somewhere
between bull and bear, boon and bane and sustainment/deterioration.
As such, it demands ever-present observation.
We have observed with interest several stories and analyses that seem to
convey the idea that the Japanese auto industry may be losing ground in
the all-important US market. Nothing, and we mean nothing, is
further from the truth. Far from being cooperative players within
the American business idea of a "level playing field", the Japanese car
companies, led by Toyota and Honda, continue to make phenomenal gains.
The problem is, US dominance in the automotive and aerospace arenas is
essential to the maintaining of its industrial base. Indeed, no
world power will remain a world power long if its manufacturing core is
We invite you to consider this data dense and potentially provocative
analysis, and welcome your response.
Thunder on the River:
As Oakland County International Airport celebrates its rightful place in
aviation history and the accomplishments of pioneers in the air -- Charles
A. Lindbergh among them -- there’s another event across town on the
Detroit River celebrating exploits on the water: The Detroit Gold Cup
Oakland County International Airport Takes its Place
In Aviation History: 75 Years of Progress -- 1928-2003
REPORT" : Comprehensive Vehicle and Aircraft Analyses; Cadillac XLR and
Cessna Citation X, World's Fastest Business Jet, featured.
September 16, we will present as a bi-weekly fee-based download what may
qualify as the most comprehensive vehicle and aircraft analyses
heretofore available. An outgrowth of the selection and analytical
processes developed by our Vehicle Award Committee that resulted in Car
of The Year, SUV of 2002, Car of The Decade and SUV of 2003 honors
being presented to Ford Thunderbird, Buick Rendezvous, Oldsmobile Aurora
and Range Rover, respectively, "The eMOTION! REPORT" will reward
acquirers with new levels of product knowledge and appreciation.
process has been expanded to include business aircraft. We
consider this appropriate since a long history of technology
cross-fertilization exists between the automotive and aerospace
industries as an archived presentation by Boeing's Dr. Philip Condit
We have selected
Cadillac's beautifully crafted XLR luxury
sports car (http://www.cadillac.com)
and Cessna's near supersonic business jet,
Citation X, (http://www.cessna.com) as
the first objects of study by our group of technologically proficient,
industry knowledgeable analysts.
The staff of ER therefore encourages you to
reserve your modestly priced (US4.95) copy of The eMOTION! REPORT, and
in so doing, you are instantly registered as a potential recipient of a
transport included four day, three night stay at the Lookout Lodge
in the beautiful Florida Key of Islamorada. You'll know on January
6, 2004 if you should pack the lap top in a waterproof casing.
There's an even grander prize later in the year; an all expenses paid
trip to the endurance race of races:
The 24 Hours of LeMans.
Of course, if this were 2085, we'd be sending you to the Disney-Sagan
resort in earth orbit as depicted in the analysis "Crisis
Quasi-sabbaticals are a good thing...
The anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts of peace time
barbarity is upon us, and like the Kennedy assassination and the
Challenger disaster, we tend to remember where we were.
Unfortunately, humanity has not the luxury of simply looking back and
reflecting on that day, and grieving for the lost once again -- although
inevitable. Instead, the development of processes that promote
sustainability in critical areas of the economic and emergency response
infrastructure and the utilization of defensive/offensive capabilities
technologies to minimize future attacks becomes linked to such
eMOTION! REPORTS.com presents three documents outlining strategies that
may prove essential to meeting these goals. We also felt it
appropriate to present a stunning concept for a new World Trade Center
from the fertile mind of Bahamas based index trader Derek G. Turner. As
far as we're concerned, this is WTC2...
Hyperintelligence: Toyota, CIA, NSA, KGB, Mossad and... Sun Tzu
government study authorized in the late eighties to assess
telecommunications traffic in its various modes and methods revealed an
astonishing fact: The largest and most efficient gatherer of profound and
applicable industrial, economic and political intelligence in the
world was not a country. It was Toyota... Pentagon
Consultant Dr. Sheila Ronis examines the implications of this study
revealed, and the impact it is sure to have on at least some competitors
who always seemed to be one step or more behind this global monolith.
"Toyota works so well," she says, "because they represent a culture of
Crisis on Asimov: A Vision of 2085
the Pentagon, strategists have developed a model that allows them to
develop scenarios to plan for future conflicts -- for wars that have yet
to be fought on battlefields yet to be determined -- by asking a simple
question: What if the unthinkable happened?
DR. SHEILA RONIS -- THE UNIVERSITY GROUP
It is safe to say that few people are legitimately categorized as
pivotal in one's life. For eMOTION! REPORTS.com Publisher Myron D.
Stokes, his Father, Dr. Rufus Stokes, a scientist and inventor, occupies
that position effortlessly. His first real forays into the world
of automotive journalism and analysis, however, were owing to the
kindness, patience and professionalism of Wayne State University
Assistant Professor of Journalism Richard A. Wright.
At the risk of descending into pun, he says "I thought I could write
until I met Wright."
STOKES: INDUSTRY EDGE
ON THE EDGE
A MARKET IN CRISIS... GREENSPAN STEP DOWN?...7000 DOW? Distinct
Possibilities... Executive escape
First Annual eMOTION! Awards Presented to Ford and Land Rover at Chicago
eMOTION! REPORTS.com Publisher Myron D. Stokes
presented Ford Division President Jim O'Connor with the site's first
annual Car of The Year Award for Thunderbird. Land Rover North
America Vice-President and General Manager Steve McKnight accepted the
first award on the planet for Range Rover as SUV of 2003.
Britain's TOP GEAR Magazine followed with an award of their own, also
naming Range Rover SUV of The Year.
Second Phase of First Annual eMOTION! REPORTS.com Vehicle Awards Program
Sees Presentation of SUV of 2002 and Car of The Decade to GM Divisions
Oldsmobile Aurora Brand Manager John Gatt accepted Car of The Decade
honors from eMOTION! REPORTS.com Publisher Myron D. Stokes, while Buick
Rendezvous Brand Manager Chris Mazglad received SUV of 2002 accolades at
a special dinner in Detroit on March 7; thus successfully
implementing the site's first awards program.
Stokes: Industry Edge
ON THE EDGE
This week: On
ENRON... Rebates ... Greenspan retirement?... The Japanese Economy... Ford
Force Reduction and more.
Hyperdrive for a New Millennium
JOE CABADAS -- AUTOMOTIVE
automakers have an opportunity to fast forward past their foreign rivals
in the race to develop a consumer-friendly powertrain.
Engines - Power for the Future
CANNELL -- AUTOMOTIVE
switch to fuel cells -- the expected successor to conventional internal
combustion engines -- is still a long way off. In the meantime, auto
makers haven't stopped raising the bar on traditional power plants.
The Third Browser
FEATURED DOWNLOAD -- KEY TECHNOLOGIES
The battle for the
eyeballs of Internet users may be heating up. Downloads of the latest
version of Opera, the European rival to Internet Explorer and Netscape
Navigator, are approaching three and a half million since late November,
according to CNet's Download.com. The new release includes major upgrades
of the Windows and Mac versions of the program.
An Integrated National
FEATURED DOWNLOAD -- KEY
have been saying that coming crisis for the US transportation system for
years. It is hard to argue that developing an appropriate national
transportation policy should not be a priority for Washington.
The Federal Transportation Advisory Group (FTAG) presents a vision of
transportation for the United States in 2050.
Three Questions with Ford Division
President Jim O'Connor
TAKES -- ER STAFF
sat down with Ford Division head Jim O'Connor and asked him three
questions about Ford's 2001 re-release of the legendary Bullitt. His
A Process for National Security
DR. SHEILA RONIS -- THE UNIVERSITY GROUP
The Defense Community must evolve to face the
realities of international terrorism and other threats. Dr. Sheila Ronis
on National Security.
Towards Greener Diesels
Quantitative X-Ray Measurement of a Diesel Spray Core
ARGONNE NATIONAL LABS -
who said Rudolph Diesel's brainchild would be forever untidy from an
emissions standpoint? Scientists at Argonne National Labs Advanced Photon
Source Facility are well on their way to cleaning up the clanker.
The research is critical to improved combustion
efficiency and pollutant reduction through fuel injector nozzle geometry
A Futurist's Strategic Perspective
DR. SHEILA RONIS
-- THE UNIVERSITY GROUP
A quick walk through of the fundamentals of the
visioning process, the technique used by the military and, increasingly,
by corporate leaders, to develop scenarios to help plan for the
Revolutionary Concepts that Enable
Air Traffic Growth While Cutting Delays
FEATURED DOWNLOAD -- THE BOEING COMPANY
strict security controls adding to the pressures on an already
overburdened domestic air traffic system, it's become clear that the
nation's air carriers are on the brink of crisis.
A transition to new technologies may be one solution, enabling more
efficient communication between flight crews and controllers.
Surprise: New Sony Player goes MP3
QUICK TAKES -- ER STAFF
A new in-dash CD
player from Sony lets users rip music from compact disc with a few quick
clicks, converting tracks into the MP3 digital audio format, even while
they are on the road.
According to Sony, the MEX-HD1 can store about 165 hours worth of music on
its 10 gigabyte internal hard drive, enough for most people's collections.
Don't expect the players to eat the market up overnight when they go on
sale in April however: the MEX-HD1 will retail at around $1,500.
The release of the CD player is a new wrinkle for Sony. In the past, the
company has resisted marketing technology that might conceivably hurt
sales for it's entertainment divisions. Many products, such as the
Minidisc, have included technology that has prevented users from copying
Center For Communications Policy
2001 Internet Report
JOHN FREEMAN JR --
The tech sector's troubles notwithstanding, the
Internet isn't going anywhere, a new study finds. Growth continues to be
steady and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
The Cold Light of Day
NATIONAL SCENE -- FEATURED DOWNLOAD
is a refrain we've all heard countless times since that horrible day.
"Nobody could ever have predicted something like this ..." "Nobody would
ever have dreamed."
Yet, thats not quite accurate. There were plenty of warnings -- and loud
ones -- that something as terrible as September 11 lay in store. Warnings
of a catastrophic attack against a civilian target in the United States
had become almost commonplace in Washington for years. The Hart-Rudman
Report on National Security in the 21st Century is a case in point. In
retrospect: this is chilling, and at times disturbing reading.
Remember Whose Name Is on the Door
The Fords Declare War
ER STAFF -- AUTOMOTIVE (ARCHIVED)
Internal sources are indicating that the
Ford/Firestone controversy has taken a more ominous turn in the form of a
major senior management reshaping. Ultimately, according to one "off
radar" analyst, Jac Nasser himself will be displaced.
The Morphing Project
FEATURED DOWNLOAD -- KEY TECHNOLOGIES
researchers believe that the key to developing the vehicles of the future,
cars and aircraft which are smarter, faster and more efficient, may lie in
creating new materials that adapt to changing environments and conditions.
This is a goal the Morphing Project at NASA-Langley has been pursuing for
several years. A basic overview of the program and examination of its
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