AD #1608 – Big Trucks Drive Bottom Line, Takata’s Airbag Mystery, BMW’s Airbag Jacket

April 28th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:52

- Battle of the Bottom Lines
- The Mystery of Takata Airbags
- Audi Joins Mobility Game
- Best 3rd-Party Auto Sites Ranked
- BMW’s Airbag Jacket
- California’s Classic Car Exemption

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24 Comments to “AD #1608 – Big Trucks Drive Bottom Line, Takata’s Airbag Mystery, BMW’s Airbag Jacket”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Very interesting about the ‘Takata’ problem.What it looks like to me now was a fear induced knee jerk reaction possibly.And as John said in his report,although Takata redesigned the system,who’s to say if the ‘flaw’ was designed out?

  2. Jon M Says:

    It’s rather nit-picky, especially to those who are not financial analysts or so interested in numbers, but EBIT is earnings before interest and taxes. But for this reporting does it really matter? Like I said its quite nit-picky. What would be more interesting than such trivial clarifications, is what Honda’s bottom line might look like if it took into account all of it’s operations (motorcycles, lawn mowers, etc). Or did it?

  3. Rob Says:

    Takata’s recall sounds reminiscent of Toyota’s ignition/acceleration issue. Difficult to replicate so who knows if its fixed. Maybe its the floor mat?

  4. dcars Says:

    GM eliminated or sold off most of their large commercial truck business. Too bad.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    @JonM – and don’t forget their aircraft side, which is probably draining tons of cash

  6. HtG Says:

    However small the risks from the Takata airbags, one has to multiply the frequency of failure by the damage caused to occupants, in this case a Claymore mine in your dashboard or steering wheel.
    Mercedes wins-For a company that does so much leasing for its high end cars, should we be thinking about the effects easy access to capital has on the bottom line? Those big margins on uber wagons are being supported by leasing to peeps and poobahs with great credit scores.

  7. w l simpson Says:

    Bought & rebuilt a 2010 Terrain in 2010. Spent more on airbag system than I did on body & mechanicals. Put 40k on it before Chinese metallurgy failed it, big time. 2 service depts. effed me good. Going back to Tahoes or any RWD body on frame.

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    Yep, that Chinese metallurgy will effe yoy every single time, it did a double F on me last year with a CV joint and wheel bearings. Learned my lesson, NO MORE CHINESE PARTS.

  9. John McElroy Says:

    @2. The revenue, EBIT and Net Profit numbers do include all of Honda’s non-automotive operations (motorcycles and power products). That actually makes Honda’s Q1 numbers look disappointing. You would have thought that selling those products would have pushed its financial numbers past Ford.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With only one failure per 167 thousand deployments, no wonder it is hard to figure out the problem with those air bags. There aren’t that many failed ones to look at, even though there are millions of un-deployed ones in cars.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 What failed on your Terrain? Was it drive train stuff, or something else? Also, was it OEM parts, or parts replaced as a result of the damage?

    I’ve seen no indication that Tahoes are particularly more reliable, long term, than Cavaliers or LeSabres.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    Kit, don’t you think the older GM truck-based SUV’s were more reliable than the current stuff?

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 That could be. The ones I know of with 200K+ miles are a few years old, but new enough to have the 5.3 engines.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Yesterday you said you sat in a pmc cargo van.Now with the back seat out of the wagon I will get,what’s your opinion on fitting a 1/4 scale cub fuse inside?

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I meant to add that with the back seat out of the wagon it has the same dimensions for cargo van.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14, 15
    The safe thing to do would be to measure the fuselage, and measure the van, but I,m pretty sure it would be long enough. The floor in my “short” gen one Caravan is about 6 feet, and I’m pretty sure the pmc is longer.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    The Ford Transit connect passenger van has been a sales failure, why would the Dodge version be any different?

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I’ve never seen either, but I’d think the appeal might be that they are smaller, lighter, and more basic than what are now calked minivans. If I didn’t have my 26 year old Caravan which I use for model air

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    planes, and occasionally for camping, I’d be more inclined to buy a pmc or tc for the purpose. I guess more people want “size and luxury,” which is why the tc wagon hasn’t done well.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14, 15 continued.

    According to allpar, the PMC has an 87 inch load floor, which would be long enough for a 1/3 scale Cub fuselage, or nearly so.

  21. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Busa 1/4 scale J3=68″ fuse.It will fit,yeeehaww.

  22. G.A.Branigan Says:

    88 3/4″ for a 33% PA 18.I’ll bet that would fit with it angled in there,or remove the tailfeathers.

  23. Marshall Says:

    ‘Which Website’ left out my favorite, and I think a better one –

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 OK, what did they leave out?