AD #1506 – Arizona Sues GM, Tweel Goes Into Production, VW Plans Huge Investment

November 21st, 2014 at 11:59am

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- VW Plans Huge Investment
- Arizona Sues GM
- Michelin Scales up Tweel Production
- Acura Reworks ILX For 2016
- Win a Trip to the Geneva Motor Show
- Parallel Parking Record Set in China
- Are Safety Systems Helpful or Gimmicks?

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23 Comments to “AD #1506 – Arizona Sues GM, Tweel Goes Into Production, VW Plans Huge Investment”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    It sounds as Arizona is trying to hop on the ‘gravy train’ in its lawsuit against GM. Reading the charges, it appears to me that they are suing purely on semantics and also ‘could happen’ scenarios or (of which haven’t occurred or haven’t happened to any extent) that ‘real’ damages need to be compensated. If other companies were pursued in this same type of course the courts would be so overburdened that justice (as we think we know it) would be impossible. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and this will either be dropped or a more feasible suit brought against GM (with more merit). Hey Arizona, while you’re at it, I’ve heard about this airbag company (under scrutiny); go get’m.

  2. Jon M Says:

    It’s worth repeating that many of the so-called safety features are in reality little more than enabling features; enabling to irresponsible, inattentive, and distracted drivers who are too bothered by the hassles of driving themselves. And while not be the worst offender, blind spot monitoring systems are the biggest waste of money. I defy any automaker to prove that simple blind spot mirrors affixed to the side-view mirrors are not far more cost-effective than the electronic monitoring systems. But then again, who would brag about a mirror within a mirror?

  3. pedro fernandez Says:

    Every time I read anything about VW trying to become #1 worldwide, there is never any mention of an all out blitz to improve quality and reliability, which I think it’s the main reason they cannot achieve this goal. there is no question in my mind that their cars are superior to the competition in many aspects, EXCEPT in the reliability and long term quality dept. There are tons of owner’s reviews where they lament about major breakdowns in important components, usually after the warranty expires, if they’re so sure about their cars, then provide a longer warranty than what they currently have.

  4. Drew Says:

    Regarding the Jake Fisher video, I agree with Jake that Forward Collision Warning systems have great promise. I completely disagree with John – auto raking is not required to fulfill that promise. A driver would have to be comatose to ignore the warnings!

  5. cwolf Says:

    All these gizzmo’s detract from developing good driving practices. They would be even less needed if drivers wouldn’t text or use the phone hile behind the wheel.

    The tweel looks kinda niffty, but I doubt they would be practicalwhen the tractors mower deck is replaced with a plow. I can invission the snow packed inbeteen the vanes as I write!

  6. HtG Says:

    In car tech as seen on Autoline Weekly

    I’d make a few points.
    -Audi’s Nvidia processors are upgradable, so when a faster SoC(system on a chip) becomes available, you can switch the two.
    -Apple’s Iphones are so easy and smooth to use partly because Apple controls the stack. That is, they design their chips, build their own hardware and software and control the apps that get on users phones. This is very hard for carcos to achieve.
    -The internet of everything(IoE) is approaching the event horizon. We’re going to be seeing more sensors on our bodies and in the environment. Making them work together meaningfully is where lots of the current engineering development is happening. Cars are a prime target. Don’t get fixated on the 6 inch screen on your dash like the young snotty techy tots.
    -check out EETimes automotive section. Take away: intelligence is being pushed out to the periphery of the network.

  7. C-Tech Says:

    The Twheel – I wonder if they have considered a snow version? It will be very popular in Buffalo.

    I agree with you Pedro.

  8. C-Tech Says:

    I wish that fool who fell asleep at the wheel and hit my girlfriend had forward collision avoidance.

  9. HtG Says:

    We humans are the most sketchy part of the car, it seems.

  10. allen ornes Says:

    I often wonder why you allow some, who are here quite often, to continue to offer nothing other than to claim the wonder of old vehicles. Not exactly your regular work it would seem.

  11. C-Tech Says:

    Is it just me or does the Tweel remind you of the old solid metal wheels used on tractors or a wagon wheel? Truly what goes around comes (back) around.

  12. HtG Says:


    A long Bloomberg piece on the oil markets and politics. Infotainment screens, it seems, aren’t the only game.

  13. cwolf Says:

    HtG, I’m having trouble reaching this article, but I’ve read China is having a lot of troubles drilling as cheap as the US can. And of course, the Saudi’s is doing their best dealing with the demand, just to keep cash rolling in. It’s neighbors, like Iran, are feverish to hold on to its market share. For sure, the US will play a larger roll in setting future prices. As oil prices drop to the point where future drilling becomes questionable, I have to wonder what is gained by the pipe line Canadians wish to cross our lands;esp. when when the tar sand stuff is rather specific in its use when refined.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just got back from my cruise and checked the comments from Nov. 14. It was a Carnival ship, the Liberty, but it didn’t sink or catch fire. I arrived home with a cold, but I don’t think that was Carnival’s fault. I didn’t lose, or win anything in the casino, since I didn’t play.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1, I suspect the Obama haters that own the AZ state government are still bitter that GM was “bailed out,” and want to hurt them if they can. There ore probably few, if any GM facilities in the state, except for dealers.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3, It seems that VW reliability is “good enough” in most of the world, especially in Europe, when they dominate the market in about every country. It also helps that in most places outside the U.S. and Canada, VW probable has one of the largest dealer networks, rather than the sparse one that we have.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10, I like the refinement, performance and efficiency of new vehicles, but I like the simple, intuitive controls of older ones much better.

    As far as stuff like blind spot detection, I like windows that you can see out of, but I suspect the electronic stuff is pretty cheap now.

  18. HtG Says:

    16 I do wonder if some of VW’s reliability image in the US is due to Americans either not taking very good care of their cars or doing the maintenance soundly and on time.

    Well Kit, if you didn’t do any gambling, then I’m not going to ask how much weight you gained at the buffet tables. ;)

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18, I tend to drink too much, more than eat too much on cruises, not having to drive. Gambling might be cheaper.

  20. pedro fernandez Says:

    Welcome back, Kit. Glad you made it back in one piece without any weird bacteria or virus from the always risky Carnival cruise line.

  21. C-Tech Says:

    @ #18 From the VW’s I have seen, it is not a lack of maintenance that causes oil leaks, worn bushings, electric latch failures, burned out headlamps, etc. One of VW’s most reliable vehicles is the Routan so what does that tell you?

  22. HtG Says:

    21 re 18; I need to work on my provocations a little, C-Tech.

  23. BobD Says:

    From the article, sounds like the AZ Attorney General is just trying to make a name for himself before leaving office. Here in Indiana, it seems the only lawsuits the Attorney General takes up is for political and Republican social conservative agenda (e.g., anti-same sex marriages, anti-ObamaCare, anti-organized labor, anti-teacher). Most have little merit and never get very far, but that doesn’t stop the AG from continuing to file them.

    AZ might also be upset with GM for closing down their Mesa Proving Grounds as part of the bankruptcy activities, but more likely they are just looking for some free money.