AD #1578 – Was There a Cover Up at GM? Russia in Tailspin, Citroen’s Eye Catching Design

March 17th, 2015 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:31

- Did GM Cover Up Ignition Switch Issue?
- Russia in a Sales Tailspin
- Gas to Remain King in China
- Harman’s Other Noise Canceling Tech.
- Truck Sales Keep on Truckin’
- Citroen’s Eye Catching Design

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20 Comments to “AD #1578 – Was There a Cover Up at GM? Russia in Tailspin, Citroen’s Eye Catching Design”

  1. Mike Says:

    I could imagine an attitude at GM that the Cobalt was an un-loved legacy design that made no money therefore was not worthy of constant re-invention and refreshing. Is it possible that there were other marginal parts on the vehicle other than the ignition switch, that could have “issues” that were neglected?

  2. pedro fernandez Says:

    I thought that the GM coverup was a given, this is not surprising in the least, they messed up big time, that’s all. I just hope they learned from this and it never happens again!

  3. Jon M Says:

    I would say claiming ignorance would be much easier for GM’s top brass than it was for Jeffrey Skilling and other like-minded “titans” of industry, but Andrew Fastow might still be a good consultant for Mr. Cooper.

  4. QuietStormX Says:

    GM cover up, Really? Some Lawyers found some documents not in the published reports? Sounds like they are trying to get some claims rejected approved? You know stupidity is not a right to sue for not controlling the Cars and crashing. One could have put these cars in N to stop take it out of gear. It’s on You to know operate correctly too.

  5. Lex Says:

    John you mentioned the following tidbit in your broadcast today: “Harman claims it can reduce noise by 20 decibels, which is a lot. And they can eliminate low frequency drones that can induce drowsiness on long trips.” I Wonder how many fatal crashes were caused by these Low Frequency Drones that can induce drowsiness on long trips? Have any automakers ever been sued over these LFD’s?

  6. Next Says:


    I have been reading about noise cancellation systems in Popular Science for years. For years I have heard claims that noise cancellation systems are going to make exhaust systems obsolete, but its never happened. What makes this noise cancellation application so much more successful? And what in the world is a “low frequency drone” ? Drone? No way?

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  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Yeah, people should sue car companies over the LFD’s. They sue, and win, because people get killed when they run their Cobalts off the road and hit trees while drunk, and not wearing seat belts.

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    I am surprised to see so many people load up their car keys with a ton of crap even after all the problems that have been reported, bunch of dummies.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Lex: The only low frequency drone from an exhaust system That I have ever encountered was by my own doing,IE aftermarket cat-back duals,( flowmaster 40′s) etc.Never from a stock factory system.

  10. John McElroy Says:

    #6. What makes this latest noise cancellation system better is that it’s not waiting for the noise to reach the cabin and than cancel it, it’s using sensors on the engine and the shock absorbers to measure inputs, anticipate noise and cancel it the moment it is generated. It just reacts much faster.

    Years ago there was talk of eliminating the muffler, but it was just talk. You’d be surprised how many cars use noise cancellation already, but not to the extent that Harman is proposing.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The first Accord hybrid had noise cancellation. I don’t think they talked much about it, but a friend found out when it failed on his daughter’s car. It wasn’t cheap to fix, but the car was apparently obnoxiously noisy without it working.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    I wonder why Honda has had issues with noise isolation even in the “luxury” Acura line, I don’t know much about automotive engineering, but if others can do it, why can’t Honda?

  13. HtG Says:

    Lamborghini put out this video on Virtual Reality from the Geneve show. ~1.5min

  14. Маринин Кирилишен (Marion Kershavelin) Says:

    Good for Russia sales! Son of bitcher they are dogs! they get whats they deserve for cause all this problem!!!

  15. C-Tech Says:

    The Citroën design does catch your eye, but so does a bad accident.

    Noise cancellation sounds great (no pun intended) I just wonder how much it costs?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    These noise cancellation wizards should try their magic with airplanes. It seems that little, if any progress has made with cabin noise of airliners over the last 50 years.

  17. Brett Says:

    I’m still fascinated by the concept of dynamic sound substitution. Wouldn’t you enjoy it if you could drive your 3-cylinder Fiesta sounding inside like you were driving an Aston Martin Vantage? :)

  18. C-Tech Says:

    @ #16 I agree 100% Airplane drone is terrible.

  19. Earl Says:

    Russia is a ‘soon to be broke’ country and the GM’s,Ford’s and all the European car company’s will be writing off their investments starting in 2016. Putin and all the crooked oligarchs around him have had their out of country bank accounts seized and many country’s won’t give them visas. In 1998 the IMF bailed them out but this time they won’t touch them. The ruble is on it’s way to being near worthless and in the financial industry it’s often referred to as the ‘rubble’

  20. w l simpson Says:

    No such thing as a quiet unibody. GM,s got a much bigger deal coming up than switches & unibody natural noises & that’s the china built 2.4 developing a litany of probs. Dumped my 2.4 Terrain today in favor of a cherry ol SportTrac
    after the electric throttle caused 2 towing bills,& a brushoff. Drove nothing but GM for over 60 years, until today