AD #1524 – Car Sales Generate A Trillion Dollars, Valet Mode Busts Joyrider, 2016 Kia Sorento

December 19th, 2014 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 7:53

- Strong December Sales Predicted
- Car Sales Generate A Trillion Dollars
- Taxi of Tomorrow Back On Track
- Cadillac Introduces High-Tech Mirror
- Volvo Tech Helps Protect Bicyclists
- Corvette’s Valet Mode Busts Joyrider
- 2016 Kia Sorento

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24 Comments to “AD #1524 – Car Sales Generate A Trillion Dollars, Valet Mode Busts Joyrider, 2016 Kia Sorento”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I wonder what Jeep the Sorento is going after? Is the soento a 4×4? Awd?

  2. pedro fernandez Says:

    If I had a nice car like the Vette, I would not let ANY valet park the car for me, there is a case here of a dealer valet who took a very expensive Porsche on a joy ride and crashed and now the owner is suing for a new car, does not want it fixed because it will lower its trade in value for sure.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1, The closest Jeep to the Sorrento in size at price would be the Cherokee, though the Kia has a (rather cramped) 3rd row seat available, and is somewhat more expensive than the Jeep.

    The Sorrento is sold both FWD and AWD, with 4 cylinder and V6 engines.

  4. Jim Nader Says:

    So will the owner of the Corvette be sued for not disclosing the recording to the parking attendant? I thought California was one of the states where the owner has to get permission from the occupants to avoid illegal wire tapping charges. Great to see the technology in action either way!

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2, I do my own parking no matter what I am driving.

    The only time a “valet” drives my cars is when I take them for service, like the two years of oil changes and tire rotations that came with my Prius. They have never crashed my cars, but they always leave greasy smudges in the interior.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Thanx Kit,I was wondering what th hell he was talking about…

  7. Joe Pastor Says:

    Absolutely love the valet mode on the ‘vette. But isn’t the point of having it to prevent some valet from abusing a vehicle while parking it? Maybe as an even better deterrent, Chevy could flash a sign on the HUD warning the valet driver that they’re being watched.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From the specifications, the Sorrento seems to be a de-stretched Hyundai Sante Fe. The Kia has a 4 inch shorter wheelbase, and is 9 inches shorter overall, but they are the same width, and use the same V6 power trains. The 4 isn’t sold in the Hyundai.

  9. Jon M Says:


    Your question must be rhetorical! For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Or in this case, report my actions and get me fired and I’ll hire a shyster and get my equal due from you.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    To my understanding of ‘valet mode’ was to protect your phone numbers stored by your vehicle when paired of course.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does anyone here know the meaning of “square acre”? I always thought an acre was 43,560 square feet, but I never heard of a square acre.

    The Nissan news release about the Taxi of Tomorrow says that the use of the NV200 taxis will “save the equivalent of 5 square acres of space on city streets,”

  12. RumNCoke Says:

    You have a new C7 and you leave it with a “valet”? Those guys don’t exactly have the car control skills of a Finnish rally driver, ya know. Shame on you.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Valet mode in the 2015 Corvette locks the storage compartments, but also records conversations in the cabin of the car. That is apparently illegal, unless the valet is notified.

    From a Corvette forum:

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    #4,13 – It will be interesting to see what happens in this case. From what I could find, Chevy was working on a solution for in-car audio recording while the valet mode is on and it appears this joyride recording has no audio, so maybe this ‘vette has gotten some sort of update. The valet mode also does not take video of the cabin, so it seems like nothing illegal took place. But we all know how sue-happy people are these days.

  15. HtG Says:

    Don’t everyone get mad, but that Nissan taxi looks pretty good in NYC.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15, Are there enough of them yet that they “look like a taxi,” as do Crown Vics?

  17. HtG Says:

    nope, you don’t see them much. It’s mostly late model Camrys; they’re the new Crown Vics. Kinda weird actually when you see an old and battered CV still out there.

  18. pedro fernandez Says:

    HtG do you see some xB taxicabs in NY? I see a few around here and I think it makes a great cab, roomy, cheap to run and reliable.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s been about 3 years since I’ve been to New York, but at that time, the vast majority of yellow cars were CV’s. There were a few Camrys, but also some Priuses and Escapes. I think most of the Escapes may have been hybrids.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My last taxi ride was to the port for my recent cruise, and the car was an early 90′s Benz. It was pretty nice, even though I suspect it had 300K miles on it. I think it was the car that would be called E-class a year or two later.

  21. HtG Says:

    Kit, I can’t say much about the xB. I don’t see them, but then I’m not in the city enough. Here’s the T&LC list of approved vehicles. Notice all the hybrids.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21, A lot of hybrids, but no regular Prius after 2013. It looked like the Prius V replaced the liftback on the list. It would make a better taxi, though, with some extra space.

    That site really has the information, with the name of every driver, a list of every medallion car by owner, and make and model of the car, and other lists.

    I went down a few pages of the medallion owner list, and it looks like the Checkers are all gone. The oldest vehicles I saw were a 2006 Crown Vic and a 2006 Toyota Sienna.

  23. Chuck Grenci Says:

    New CTS-V (’16) just released (no price yet); bet it will be on today’s show.

  24. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Above: not the price but the release notes (dang, no edit function here).