AD #1517 – Acura Puts Stop Sale on TLX, Mercedes’ New Crossover Coupe, Uber Getting Clobbered

December 10th, 2014 at 12:51pm

Runtime: 7:37

- Car & Truck of the Year Finalists
- Dealers Told to Stop Selling New Acura TLX
- Cheap Way to Store A Lot of Hydrogen
- Mercedes Launches New Crossover Coupe
- Uber Getting Clobbered World-Wide
- You Said It!

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49 Comments to “AD #1517 – Acura Puts Stop Sale on TLX, Mercedes’ New Crossover Coupe, Uber Getting Clobbered”

  1. C-Tech Says:

    Uber seems to act like a bully to local governments. They start recruiting and offering their services even though they know it violates local law. After getting a foothold, then they try to change the rules. Pushback by local businesses should not be a surprise.

    Car of the year – VW Golf Truck of the year – Chevy Colorado.

  2. Rumblestrip Says:

    John, Uber is hardly getting it’s teeth kicked in. Every day they expand into new markets, and it’s reasonable to expect pushback from entrenched interests, who have no incentive to change. All Uber’s problems will go away once they follow Al Swearengen’s (Of HBO’s Deadwood) advice, “Who needs to get paid”

  3. J Vargo Says:

    I vote for the F150 and Mustang. Why Motor Trend picked Chevy small truck just show why I would not buy or read their GM magazine.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While the salt caverns may be part of a solution, the bigger part of problem is the production. You’ve got to make it before you can store (and that’s the bigger problem that hydrogen has to address first).

    And my picks for the NACTY are the Colorado (pretty much give it the edge for the same reasons Motor Trend picked it over the 150; the 150 is still a little rough around the edges. And the Mustang for producing the best Mustang ever (by a fairly long shot), which was already pretty darn good.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Uber was under attack in my town (as well), indirectly anyway; the driver was sighted for operating a ‘car for hire’service without a license (at least I think that was the reason). The driver was found guilty and fined (I think it was the maximum, it was $435).

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For car of the year, the Mustang, unless the new Golf is really a lot better than the previous one. I doubt that it is a huge step forward, while the Mustang is.

    I’d say Colorado for truck of the year, unless the F-150 drives substantially better than the GM’s and Ram. From what I’ve read so far, it doesn’t, plus the Ford probably has worse controls than the others.

  7. pedro fernandez Says:

    Golf should win car of the year, Ford will most likely win because of the aluminum thing.

  8. Mike Says:

    The way for the Taxi industry to compete against Uber to match the service or better yet exceed it. We’ve all been at airports and have taken taxi’s from point A to B that were filthy, worn out, and expensive. Uber has been succeeding by elevating the quality and the cost of their services. They are proof again that the free market produces better results than stodgy, protected, sheltered rackets.

  9. HtG Says:

    I looked at the rules for the NACTOY competition, where each juror has 10 points to award for both the car and truck. They may give all ten points to one car/truck, but must use all points. Doesn’t this mean if there’s a car/truck people really really like that it will break out in a big lead? I see the yanquis putting it all on Mustang.

    btw, gas was $2.69 today. seems to go down every day.

  10. HtG Says:

    8 cont’d. The 10 points are for this last stage of the competition.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I guess Mercedes wants an ugly, tall hatchback, since the BMW X6 is selling so well. How about an attractive, car-height hatchback like the Audi A7?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6, 7
    I just read CR’s test of the new Golf, and it sounds impressive. Maybe it has a chance against the Mustang, since many of the jury come from places other than Dearborn.

  13. C-Tech Says:

    The new F-150 is not the game changer everyone thought it would be (yet). The aluminum body is not as light and the mileage not as high as we thought it would be. The Colorado/Canyon is a game changer in the mid-sized market.

    All of the variants of the new Golf will push other OEM’S to raise their compact offerings. As nice as the new Mustang is it’s still a limited market pony car, slightly better than the limited competition.

  14. C-Tech Says:

    Is the X6 selling that well? I rarely see that ugly BMW on the streets around here.

  15. C-Tech Says:

    Gas at $2.55 today in Orlando.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14, No, the X6 is not selling well. That is what it seems curious to me that M-B is copying it.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15, It’s $3.499 some places in Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral. I guess I should have just put a gallon in the Prius a couple days ago, rather than filling it. I’ll need gas for the Corvette soon, and maybe it will be even cheaper than now.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11, 14
    I should have made it apparent in post 11 that it was sarcasm, about the X6 selling well. They sell 5000-6000 a year in the U.S., and about 40,000 globally.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Truck of the year: Chevy Colorado,it is completely new.

    Car of the year:Ford Mustang.

  20. gary susie Says:

    truck of the year colorado and car mustang.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Are there any Uber users or drivers here?

  22. cwolf Says:

    I agree…the Colorado and Mustang. The VW looks too much the same regardless of the several flavors.

  23. cwolf Says:

    Gas in Sandusky,Ohio is $3.26- $3.32. Toledo had it for $3.10 yesterday. Diesel is a dollar more.

  24. cwolf Says:

    Huge salt mines around Cleveland which extend way under Lake Erie; Ignited by one good spark and I may not need a boat to go fishing. I’ll be able to wade out and pick up my limit of perch and walleye!

  25. cwolf Says:

    Hey Bejma,where are ya? You voting for the F-150, right?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Until we have free electricity to hydrolyze water, there won’t be much need to store all of this hydrogen.

  27. FSTFWRD Says:

    F150 and Mustang, no question. Yes, I’m a Ford fan.

  28. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I just filled up my nox tonight.
    Reg-$273.9
    Diesel- $3.19

    Life am good,and gittin gooder ;}>

  29. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Make that $ 2.73.9….

  30. cwolf Says:

    pedro, maybe the Golf will become Mexico’s car of the year if they are blind to reliability. :>) Heck,…maybe someones next VW will be assembled by a UAW worker.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Golf has always been one of the best driving cars in its class, but tends to be lacking in reliability, and fuel economy, except for the the diesels. It remains to be seen how the new Golf turns out, reliability-wise, but with the 1.8 turbo replacing the crappy 2.5 liter 5 cylinder, the mpg is competitive.

  32. Harsha Vemulapalli Says:

    NACTOY – Colorado and Golf.

    As much as I like the Mustang, I am not sure it is as impactful.

    As impactful as the F150 may eventually be – in the short term I have say not doing better on fuel economy makes it seem a bit of a let down. As for the long term impact – I’ll curious to see where reliability and insurance costs are for the F150 in a year or two.

  33. Steve Says:

    I live near the finger lakes of New York. The anti-gas crowd will not let them store propane in the abandoned salt mines. I doubt if they would allow hydrogen.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s official. Button and Alonso at McLaren.

  35. Brett Says:

    Just put $20 in the car yesterday. $2.57 a gallon for Regular in Ormond Beach, Florida.

    $2.53 at the B.J. Wholesale Club in Port Orange.

  36. cwolf Says:

    Does anyone know about portable jump starters or the good/bad brands?

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35, I don’t know about brands of portable jump starters, but I know people who have used them, and they work, if there is nothing wrong with the car other than a dead battery. I suspect they need to be charged once a month or so, to keep them ready to use.

    I doubt that they would help much if you run the battery down on a hard-to-start car when it is -20 outside.

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35, 36 CR tested four of them, and found that only the larger ones worked reliably. The one that worked the best was “Black & Decker Simple Start, $40.”

    They consider jumper cables to be better, since they don’t require the periodic maintenance of charging the battery, and jumper cables last about forever, while the lead-acid batteries in the portable gadgets do not last forever.

  39. cwolf Says:

    Thanks Kit. I was thinking about getting one for my son as an X-mass gift. He is often distant from the populace and knows few people where he lives. I thought it would be a “peace of mind” gift for both him and mom.

  40. RonE Says:

    #35, Here is a link to a review Pat Goss of Motoweek did recently on a Lithium-Ion Battery Jump Starter.

    http://www.motorweek.org/features/goss_garage/lithium-ion-battery-jump-starter

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    39, That unit was nice and small, but I would like to have seen a demonstration of it starting a car with a dead battery.

    BTW, none of these devices will start a car with a bad battery, only a dead battery. They put enough charge in the car battery to start the engine, but would not crank the engine directly, at least the ones I have seen.

  42. cwolf Says:

    Walmart has a Stanley charger that cranks out 500 instant amps(1000 max.). It also has a compressor and attached light. It’s only $75 and the size of a large lunch box.

  43. Kit Gerhart Says:

    41, It must have bigger cables than the ones I’ve seen, if it can deliver 500 amps, other than while producing a cloud of smoke from the cables shorted together. The compressor would be nice. I use a 12 volt compressor for inflating tires, but having one with its own battery would be more convenient.

  44. cwolf Says:

    This afternoon I’ll go see for myself what’s offered and any differences between them.

  45. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here’s a lithium battery powered jump starter that was actually tested, and found to be capable of jump starting a car with the car’s battery disconnected.

    http://www.cnet.com/products/bolt-power-d28-portable-car-jump-starter/

    The article was more about the device’s capability for charging electronic gadgets, but they did start a car with it.

  46. pedro fernandez Says:

    Perhaps ZF is not such a good supplier of transmissions after all!

  47. IM Buell Says:

    I’d vote for the F150 because they really are taking a high volume manufacturing leap with their F150 (sorry colorado…alot more people will buy the 150 and it will have a much larger impact on the indurstry). For cars I’d vote for Mustang. Yeah I know there’s no huge tech leap here (even the 2.7 or was it 2.3L GTDI is kind of old news) but that car is just soo damn cool you can’t look away!!

  48. T. Bejma Says:

    #47

    The F150 sold a lot of trucks before AL and will sell a lot after. It is lighter (it needed to be since it was the heaviest truck) and gets a little better performance.

    Isn’t that what everyone expects from a new model year? Just not enough of an impact for it to earn TOTY, IMO.

  49. Brad Says:

    I’d vote for the Mustang as it’s such a huge step forward from the old one. Design, performance, interior are 1st class! Also the F150 will win. The technology in this truck is way ahead of the competition. It comes with more body styles and powertrains than I can count. Towing and payload are unmatched. And that’s what buyers want. I’ve sat in and driven the truck and the interior is class leading, the acceleration and handling are at the top of their field. The 2.7L is what impressed me most about this truck! This truck will sell in way bigger numbers than any of the others. Without question, the F150 deserves this award!