First microchips, now automotive suppliers risk shortage of seat foam

Carmakers attempting to navigate their way through a shortage of microchips while mitigating the effects of a global pandemic might have a new problem to worry about. The severe winter storms that left thousands without power and water in Texas in February 2021 also shut down the refineries that provide the raw materials in seat foam.

Getting to the root of the problem requires following a surprisingly long supply chain. Foam found in most car seats, under the upholstery, is often made with polyurethane, which is manufactured using an organic compound called propylene oxide. In turn, this industrial liquid is

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Getaround wants to help you start your own car-sharing business

Getaround, the peer-to-peer car-sharing service, is launching a new program to help support people who want to rent out more than just a couple of cars. The program is called Power Host, and it’s designed to help customers manage small fleets of shared vehicles.

Getaround, which operates in 800 cities globally and has over 6 million users, created the program in response to a growing number of its customers seeking to start a small car-sharing business for themselves. After an initial steep drop in bookings after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Getaround has since seen its demand bounce back.

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Billions Of Dollars To Be Made Post-Covid So Increase Bicycle Production, Specialized’s VP Tells Asian Suppliers

The Covid bike bump was not a blip, Specialized’s Bob Margevicius has told industry leaders, it’s the reality into the future. But, he warned, there’s now so little inventory in the market that demand will continue to outstrip supply, leading to lost sales.

“If you believe this is a bubble, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, and you won’t have inventory as demand outpaces supply in the years ahead,” Margevicius

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Sailor Killed in Military Vehicle Crash Remembered for Loving His Work, Helping Others

A sailor killed in California this week when several vehicles traveling to a Marine Corps base were involved in a chain-reaction collision has been identified as a 26-year-old from New York.

Equipment Operator 3rd Class Aaron Fish, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, was killed in the accident Tuesday while traveling to Camp Pendleton. Five other sailors who were hurt in the accident have been released from the hospital, according to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

Fish, who was from Tully, New York, was part of a convoy heading south on Interstate 5 to retrieve equipment left at Pendleton during

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Stellantis sees further rebound after strong 2020

MILAN — Low global car inventories and cost cuts should boost Stellantis’s profit margins this year, though a shortage of semiconductors and investments in electric vehicles could weigh on results, the newly-formed automaker said.

The forecast came as Stellantis, created by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, reported better-than-expected results for 2020.

Stellantis gets off to a flying start and is fully focused on achieving the full promised synergies [from the merger],” CEO Carlos Tavares said in a statement on Wednesday, announcing last year’s results for FCA and PSA.

Combined adjusted earnings before interest and tax

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Rambling About Cars # 9

It’s podcast time, and this week’s episode is very special. Automotive passions vary, but no matter who you are, it probably started with a movie or TV show, a car magazine, or playing with cool car-themed toys at home. This episode is dedicated to all the exciting car chases, the awesome collectibles, all the toys, the games, the memories they created, and the resulting bond that binds us all together. It’s time for some automotive pop culture.

Such a journey is far too wondrous for Bruce and Smith to experience as a duo. Joining them in the discussion is Motor1.com

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