AD #1583 – Labor Cost Ranks, Ford Edge Going Global, High Speed 3D Printing

March 24th, 2015 at 11:31am

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- Labor Cost Ranks
- Ford Expands in China
- Uber Cars Outnumber Taxis in NYC
- High Speed 3D Printing
- Ford Edge Going Global

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19 Comments to “AD #1583 – Labor Cost Ranks, Ford Edge Going Global, High Speed 3D Printing”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    So, should Uber be regulated more or should the Taxi business be regulated less? It appears that Uber has some unfair (maybe not, I don’t know) advantages for them to grasp the market so quickly.

  2. Bradley Says:

    Income Inequality -
    Toyota and Subaru are not included. I see via the link Toyota is $42. Subaru wasn’t listed.

    Ford Edge-
    More power to Ford…I simply get confused whenever I see one. A bit disappointing to hear Diesel will be offered on another Detroit Brand product outside of the USA.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Diesels are offered on about every vehicle, everywhere in the world, except the U.S. and, in most cases, Canada. I don’t know if they are still building them, but fairly recently, Chrysler Voyagers were sold in Europe with diesels and manual transmissions.

  4. TJWatson59 Says:

    CLIP 3D printing will be a force in the next few years.. there are so many applications for this in almost every manufacturing industry, I can’t wait!

  5. Mike Says:

    I think the emissions requirements for US diesels are much tougher than for Europe. CARB basically requires the emissions to be as good or lower than for gasoline. A designer friend for one of the Detroit companies told me that he had a $6K exhaust system on his diesel engine prototype and the emissions were still higher than for gasoline. Perhaps this goes a ways towards explaining why diesels are so much more popular elsewhere.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    There is some difference in emissions requirements between the U.S. and EU, but more importantly, car and light truck diesels are rarely cost effective to operate in the U.S.

    The VW TDI’s, the only “affordable” car diesels sold in the U.S. get about 25% better EPA numbers than the 1.8 turbo gas (Golf automatic numbers). Where I am in Florida, diesel fuel costs about 25% more than regular gas, and then there is the urea stuff. Unless you just “like” diesels, and their relaxed, lower rpm operation, they don’t make much sense in America.

    The percentage mpg advantage of the Ram 1500 diesel is even lower compared to the 3.6 gasser, 15%, but the diesel is selling well, just because people like them. Except for probably lower depreciation of the diesel, you pay a high price for the privilege of driving the diesel.

    The “real world” mpg advantage of diesel over gas is generally greater than the EPA numbers indicate, but still, in most cases, you pay a big premium for the diesel engine.

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    And the biggest reason diesel is so much more popular in Europe than in the US: the cost of diesel fuel. It is roughly half the cost of gasoline in Europe while it is typically slightly to significantly higher priced than gasoline in the US. This is because gas in Europe is taxed much more heavily than diesel. The reasons are complex and not really important. The bottom line is that it is a lot cheaper to operate a diesel powered vehicle in Europe versus a gas powered one. So the higher price of the car is still worth it. Here in the US, it is not.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Diesel is now about the same price as gas in Europe, at least in the UK, but here in FL, diesel costs 25% more. That’s still a big difference.

  9. Puremoose Says:

    Did you see the Mazda and Ford name on the factory sign ???

  10. QuietStormX Says:

    John the Ford Edge is not a SUV but a CUV. It’s FWD with horizontal engine and no Frame as to Real SUV’s based on Trucks with Frames also the towing capacity that’s greater than CUV’s.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This whole SUV/CUV thing is so nebulous. Most people consider the old Cherokee to be an SUV, even though they were unibody, but the new Cherokee is not an SUV, because it is unibody. Yeah, the powertrain layout is different.

    To me, they are all too-tall wagons :-)

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I guess all Grand Cherokees have been high nebulosity, because they are unibody, but have longitudinally mounted engines. Which takes precedence in the SUV/CUV thing, unibody/body-on-frame, or powertrain layout?

  13. HtG Says:

    So this is how it ends

    Ford developing a system to limit your speed by detecting speed limit signs and reducing engine power.


  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 I’m glad my Prius doesn’t have that “feature.”

  15. Scroogeloose Says:

    As to diesel and Ram 1500; I drove a 2011 Hemi for 16K miles, logging all fuel purchases, and averaged just north of 13 MPG (20% highway). My new 2015 EcoDiesel (4×4) with 7.5K miles, logging all fuel purchases, averages just north of 22 MPG (75% highway at +8 over speed limits). My 2011 3.6 gasser in a Crew van doesn’t measure up to that (somewhere north of 20 MPG).

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    That feature would be nice to have for teenage drivers who like to go fast when they should not be doing so!

  17. M360 Says:

    John, I saw in the NY Times online edition for 3/25/15, where Mercedes Benz has a new electric vehicle called the F 015. That’s right, just two characters away from the beloved F 150 nameplate for Ford. Don’t you think Ford Motor Company should respond to that kind of thing in court? That kind of practice is outrageous.

  18. Маринин Кирилишен (Marion Kershavelin) Says:

    Labor rate are so much expensive! For Mersedes especially! I am surprise BMW so cheap, like Volkswagon.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    F015 seems a nonsensical name for that MB concept, but I don’t think anyone will confuse it with a pickup truck. When I read about it a while back, I didn’t even think about the similarity between F015 and F150. Maybe that’s just me, though.