Robin Thicke and Paula Patton couldn’t make it work in the end, as they have decided to separate after nearly nine years of marriage.
When love isn’t enough
“We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the pair said in a joint statement.
“I knew she was special the night I met her. I was only 14, but she was already the most special girl,” Thicke said in a September interview. “As a relationship progresses, you fall in love again in so many deeper ways. You realize that you need each other and you can’t live without each other.”
The two married in 2005 and have a son together, Julian.
News of separation comes after Thicke was photographed getting close to women other than his wife.
Last year, a socialite claimed she kissed the singer after meeting at a VMAs after-party. While recently, he was seen “dirty dancing” with a woman in Paris.
Renault released a concept SUV that’s getting a lot of attention for its travelling friend, a drone.
The Flying Companion
According to a Slashdot report, the “flying companion” takes off from the vehicles hatchback to check on traffic conditions and off-road hazards. Controlled by a dashboard tablet or GPS system the drone will feed images back to the vehicle, much like the early missions of its military counterparts.
But, analysts note that the drone is more gimmick than an actual production proposal at this point. The possibility however, is already raising red flags among those concerned about how it might affect driving if it becomes a reality.
Driving concentration will undoubtedly be affected, as solo drivers will refer to the images now and again. Air traffic control will also be an issue, as multiple drones will vie for air space with each other, as well as Amazons delivery drones, if that becomes a reality too.
Sergio Marchionne managed the impossible when he revived Chrysler, merged with the Fiat, and energized both companies with his personality, all in four short years as CEO. Now Sergio wants to add another item on his challenges list: putting Maserati on the map.
Though Maserati is a brand with some recall on US consumers, it falls short on converting it to actual sales. The American luxury market prefers the likes of Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz, but Sergio wants to change all that.
The CEO launched his campaign through a commercial ad on the Super Bowl, which is an unusual move for an inconspicuous brand, especially when competing with Chevrolet, Toyota, and Ford. But the ambitious part of the plan is yet to come. Marchionne wants to expand Maserati’s number of US dealer’s by two-thirds its current number and triple its annual global sales in two years.
Only time will tell if this aggressive plan pays off, but if there’s one thing Chrysler’s CEO has proven he can do, it’s win, and win big.
As the yen continues to weaken, the country’s automotive industry is enjoying a surge unlike anything it’s experienced before. All the Japanese automakers are shirking off half a decade of trials and are now in a golden age of record profits.
More Money to Spend
The mounting stores will last the companies through another downturn, if ever one occurs, as well as give them more leeway to invest in new factories, R&D, adding content, hold off on price increases, or add more incentives for their products.
In fact, the stores are so large that Toyota is planning to spend a record amount on R&D, a whopping $8.55 billion, that’s more than General Motors’ 2013 income of $3.77 billion. Even Honda is forecasting a 13% rise on R&D spending for the current fiscal year, amounting to $5.99 billion.
More Money to Come
Four companies – Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru – are forecasting net profits rise of more than 20 percent for the entire fiscal year.