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Planet M and Plug and Play Partner for Mobility Matchmaking Event

Michigan Business Beat
July 11, 2018 11:00 AM

 

Global innovation platform to hold first Detroit Summit on
July 11th

Chris Holman interviewed Amanda Roraff, PlanetM Operations Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, out of Detroit. Representatives from Michigan’s mobility ecosystem – including 40 startups, 60 corporate entities and educational institutions from across the state – are coming together today, on Wednesday, July 11, at Little Caesars Arena for a first-of-its-kind Detroit Summit featuring a day of pitches, exhibits, demos and one-on-one meetings.

The event is being hosted by Plug and Play – the world’s largest global innovation platform – in partnership with PlanetM and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Detroit was a natural choice for an event, given the city’s reputation as a leader in transportation innovation.

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Gary Witzenburg talks Automotive Heritage Awards!

A Shunpiker's Journal
June 22, 2018 2:00 PM

Our friend and colleague, Gary Witzenburg, has been a racer, auto journalist, engineer, PR guy and now he is back to automotive journalism. Gary is one of the hardest working guys in the business. We spend some time talking about the Concours d’Elegance he founded at Michigan State University, and a variety of our shared auto media experiences.

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World-Class Antique, Classic and Collector Car Shows with Ed Lucas

A Shunpiker's Journal
June 22, 2018 1:00 PM

Ed Lucas, auto heritage expert and the voice of many of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance in the country, talks about these world-class antique, classic and collector car shows and some of the ones he has worked in and around the last few months. We agree on the Amelia Island event being the best in many ways. We also talk about the collector car auction scene - what’s hot and what’s not. His deep knowledge of automotive history and his rich baritone voice will grace our upcoming Automotive Heritage Awards program at the Concours d’Elegnce of America at St. John’s.

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Planet M Launches Grant Program to Support Mobility Startups

Michigan Business Beat
June 7, 2018 9:00 PM

 

PlanetM Launches grant program to support mobility startups Derq, MDOT, Mcity announced as first partners
of two-part program
 

Detroit, Mich. — Mobility startups now have access to more than $1 million in grant funding, thanks to a new statewide PlanetM program announced today. The two-part program, one of the first of its kind, includes a PlanetM Pilot Grant and a PlanetM Testing Grant, was unveiled during the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting held in Detroit, MI.

June 21st update: Jeffrey Mosher interviewed Amanda Roraff, PlanetM Operations Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, out of Detroit. They discuss this announcement and the Detroit Mobility Innovation Initiative and the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge.

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2018 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Coming Up May 30th

Michigan Business Beat
April 30, 2018 4:00 PM

MBN's Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Charlie Tyson, PlanetM Project Manager of PMBC Pure Michigan Business Connect, MEDC. The registration deadline is now Monday May 7th! 

To register click here

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Avalon full-size sedan and Corolla Hatchback | A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 26, 2018 10:00 AM

For the newest episode of 'A Shunpiker's Journal' Steve hit the road going to the west coast and then returned to the mitten.
Hear about two redesigned Toyota products, the Avalon full-size sedan and Corolla Hatchback. We
' re just back from California where we got to drive both though the hills east of San Diego and talk to the Toyota folks about the changes to both. Then we’ll switch gears and talk to a speed shop guy in suburban Detroit about how they modify customer cars adding hot stuff from the aftermarket. 
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Chattanooga VW Plant Assembles the Atlas 

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 1:00 PM

The VW Atlas is assembled in a nearly 2-million square foot, gleamingly modern plant near Chattanooga. Our plan was to tour the plant on our way back from the Atlas road trip, but they were temporarily shut down for upgrades and changeover to a new Passat. So instead we visited the Volkswagen Academy where they not only train their workers but also host apprenticeship and alternative education programs. Academy director, Albert Grasser tells us all about it.

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Atlas is one of Volkswagon's Best Efforts

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 12:00 PM

We’re just back from a 2,500-mile road trip to Florida in the new-for-2017 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size, three-row crossover. VW has been concentrating on making vehicles more to the tastes of U.S. buyers and the Atlas is one of their best efforts. We talk to VW product communications guy, former A-list auto journalist, Mark Gilles about the Atlas.

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The Stunning Design of a 600-hp Hybrid

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 11:00 AM

While in Austin for the XC40 launch A Shunpiker's Journal got an update on the new Polestar project, Volvo’s new luxury, performance electric division. Actually, they’ve spun Polestar off into its own company. Host Steve Purdy caught communications boss John Canton just back from introducing their first car - a 600-hp, hybrid couple with stunning design - at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Launch of the New Volvo XC40 Small Crossover

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 10:00 AM

We recently participated in the launch of the new Volvo XC40 small crossover in Austin, Texas where we recorded this interview with Jim Nichols, product PR guy for the XC40. It is an amazing small vehicle with all the sophistication and performance of its award-winning larger siblings. 

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