How these two sisters and dealer principals are enriching opportunities for women across their stores
Two sisters out of suburban Chicago were brought into their family business as the next generation of successors. They are now running successful dealerships and join us today during Women’s History Month, to discuss their journey in automotive as women. We’re pleased to welcome Karmala Sutton, Dealer Manager at Honda of Kenosha, and her sister, Karen Ford, Dealer at Sutton Ford in Matteson, Illinois. Watch the complete segment here.
Ford Motor Company has made the move to start shipping and selling Ford Explorers, despite the vehicles missing chips that power A/C and heating controls for rear passengers. Initially, Ford planned to ship un-chipped vehicles to car dealers’ lots and install semiconductors before they were sold to consumers. Today, Ford has changed its tune and now these vehicles can be sold to customers at a reduced cost. Representatives from Ford say this measure is temporary and the chips for these vehicles will be installed within one year of purchase.
Goldman Sachs has given Tesla and other EV-related stocks a 50% potential upside or more, due to “greenflation” and rising prices for crude oil, CNBC reports. Despite price increases for raw materials, EV batteries, and lower subsidiaries, extraordinary gas prices have many consumers looking more closely at EVs. In fact, Goldman Sachs estimates that if oil is trading at around $100 per barrel, car buyers can save on average, $850 every year if they switch to an EV.
Speaking of Tesla, CEO Elon Musk has challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “single combat” via a Twitter post. The full tweet reads, “I hereby challenge (Vladimir Putin) to single combat. Stakes are (Ukraine)” —with Vladimir Putin written in Russian and Ukraine written in Ukrainian. The SpaceX founder tagged the Kremlin in a follow-up tweet. Musk also made comments recently that StarLink will not block Russian news sources despite requests from government bodies.
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