5727 Highlights from the latest Daily Drive podcasts, Oct. 3-6

Highlights from the latest Daily Drive podcasts, Oct. 3-6

Here are highlights from the latest episodes of ‘Daily Drive’, Automotive News’ weekday podcast, Oct. 3-6, hosted by Jamie Butters with Kellen Walker.

“[Ford CEO Jim Farley] and I talked, and we agreed. He knows this transformation is going to take multiple years. He’s looking for that commitment to stay through that. And … it was just a good mutual decision, a good work-life balance decision for me.” — Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s recently retired chief industrial platform officer, on why it was the right time to step down

“We’re going to be competing head-on with the Teslas, the Rivians, the Lucids, and consumers like the way they do business with those companies.” — Don Romano, CEO of Hyundai Canada, on why he thinks an agency model for retail makes sense for some automakers and dealers

“It’s a significantly lower-cost cell than what is being offered in the market right now. And we think that will give us a leading position in this factory.” — Mujeeb Ijaz, CEO of Our Next Energy, which announced a $1.6 billion battery cell plant in suburban Detroit last week. Our Next Energy is targeting $50 per kilowatt-hour for the cost of its battery cells while providing higher energy density compared with most battery cells currently on the market.

Listen to all of Automotive News’ “Daily Drive” podcasts at autonews/dailydrive.

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