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Hyundai and Kia may have backed away with a potential partnership with Apple, but there appears to be no shortage of legacy automakers willing to work with the technology giant.

In a recent press conference related to the quarterly results of Nissan, the automaker’s chief executive officer Makoto Uchida was asked about his willingness to potentially work with Apple on its car endeavors.

Uchida acknowledged that “we [Nissan] need to take new initiatives” and “work with companies that are knowledgeable, with good experience, through partnership and collaboration.”

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Of course, this does not mean Nissan is engaging with talks with Apple, but they’re not ruling it either. One can’t blame Nissan for being open to the possibility of a partnership with Apple given the challenges it has faced in recent years and its current push to revitalize and renew its aging range of vehicles.

Citing a report from Nikkei, The Wall Street Journal asserts that Apple is holding discussions with multiple Japanese automakers about a partnership, without specifying who these automakers are.

It was only in the third week of December 2020 that word about Apple’s car project being restarted first came to light after been previously scrapped in 2016. Soon afterwards word about the project being back on surfaced, it was revealed that Apple and Hyundai had held discussions to collaborate on the development of self-driving vehicles. Before long, it was understood that Hyundai could transfer the partnership to Kia, but a few days ago, things unraveled when Hyundai and Kia confirmed talks with Apple were called off.


Canada’s automotive industry actually stretches back longer than you might think. But last year production fell to its lowest levels in nearly three decades.

According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, per Automotive News Canada, the country’s production of new vehicles fell to 1.4 million last year, down from nearly 2 million units in 2019, a drop of over 25 percent.

Indeed, global production was expected to fall in 2020. Between the pandemic and shortages related to it, early forecasts predicted global production could drop as much as 20%. But not all of this is strictly COVID-19-related.

Manufacturing peaked in 1999, when Canadian automotive plants’ output accounted for 17% of all North American production and the figure has been trending downward since. By 2020, the number has fallen to just 11%, losing ground to both the U.S. and Mexico.

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Canadian auto manufacturing today is led by Toyota, which makes 30% of vehicles produced in the country, and Honda, which accounts for nearly 25%. But there’s reason to believe that the numbers could rally.

GM has scaled back Equinox production at its Ingersoll plant and shut down truck production at its Oshawa plant. With plans to move full-size pickup production back to Oshawa and to produce BrightDrop electric delivery vehicles in Ingersoll, the General’s production is set to pick up.

That will no doubt be a welcome return for Canada’s economy. It would be a historic return, too, since General Motors’ Oshawa plant has been operating in one form or another since 1907.

Car fans who are also soccer fans are likely to have their ears perk up when they hear that the late Diego Maradona’s 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Convertible Works Turbo Look is rolling across the auction block in March.

This will be the first time the car is offered at an auction, which may have something to do with the soccer star’s recent passing. The 911 was delivered to Maradona upon moving to Seville after running afoul of the Italian soccer league drug testers. Once in Spain, though, he wasted no time living it up, renting a famous bullfighter’s villa and ordering the car.

One of just 1,200 in this particular spec, it’s powered by an air-cooled, 250 hp 3.6-liter flat-6. Capable of 160 mph, it was a supercar in its day and Maradona drove it like one. He was famously stopped by the police for running a red light and driving at 110 mph in the city.

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Indeed, Maradona’s year at Seville would prove to be defined as much by off-pitch antics as anything else. Widely known as his lost season, he left Spain after just one disappointing year, selling the car to someone who lived in Majorca.

Since then, it has passed through the hands of a number of collectors, with the latest owning it since 2016. With 75,000 miles on the odometer, it has been driven in its time, but according to Bonhams is mostly original and in good condition.

“We are delighted to present this quintessential 90s Porsche with its very colorful and unique provenance, which will appeal to many football enthusiast collectors worldwide,” said Paul Darvill, Bonhams European auctions manager.

Estimates suggest that it will fetch between €150,000 – 200,000 ($180,000 – 240,000 USD). Whether the hand of God intervenes to make the auction price rise higher will only be known once the auction kicks off. The car will be sold at the Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris auction running March 3-10.

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