AD #1646 – Big Trucks Face New Fuel Rules, Carbon Fiber Helps GT Style, Giulia Set To Debut

June 22nd, 2015 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:20

- VW Plans Big U.S. Announcement
- New Giulia Set To Make Debut
- Heavy Trucks Face New Fuel Economy Rules
- Peugeot Invests in 1st Plant in Africa
- Porsche Buys A Kuka Clock
- Carbon Fiber Helps Ford GT Style

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18 Comments to “AD #1646 – Big Trucks Face New Fuel Rules, Carbon Fiber Helps GT Style, Giulia Set To Debut”

  1. T. Bejma Says:

    For Pedro…

  2. gnd Says:

    KUKA clock… Kute!

  3. Bradley Says:

    If VW announced a new ladder frame compact truck, that would be produced in the US…That would rattle some cages. Of course, it would have a diesel engine.

  4. pedro fernandez Says:

    Thanks T.B. That makes me wanna go and buy a stick shift! If only we did not have wall to wall traffic 24/7 around here. But it still does not explain why some claim that this is like having an extra gear.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When cars first started using locking torque converters in the ’70′s, it seemed like an extra gear as the engine slowed down when the converter locked.

  6. pedro fernandez Says:

    No such sensation here Kit, when this Crapolla tries to do highway speeds, that motor sounds like it’s ready to blow up, good thing I don’t have a tach otherwise the hair in the back of my neck would stand up with fear!

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Like Kit said, when the TCC (torque converter clutch) engages, the slip is eliminated making the engine input a one to one ratio to the output shaft from the transmission; previously the output was reduced to about 90% (the figure used in the video). While not an extra gear, the elimination of wasted energy performs as one. And knowing this, it is understandable that that is why the automatic transmission used to be called a ‘slush box’ as the input and output was not direct.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Pedro, it’s possible that your converter lockup is not working, while the transmission is otherwise working normally. This would result in higher revs and worse gas mileage at highway speed.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Chuck G: “Slush” was a term used to describe the old fluid drive-dynaflow.There was no shifting.I had one in a 53 caddy series 62 sedan.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’ll see you guys next monday.My wife and I are moving so we won’t have internet,(or cable….waaaaa) till late saturday.

    Remember,drive fast,pass on hills and curves,and have phunn.

  11. HtG Says:

    Take care, GA

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    I wonder if there is a way I can determine if my T.Converter is not working, I just assumed I got horrendous highway mpg’s because of a 3 speed, but now I remember all my previous cars also had 3 speeds and this was never an issue.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    I read online that I need to observe tach as I drive over 40 mph and give it a little gas to see how it reacts, but I have no tach, so there goes that!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, 13 If you accelerate slowly from a standing start, you should probably feel, an hear the 1-2 shift, then the 2-3 shift, and then another drop in rpm, I’m guessing at 30-some mph if you accelerate gently. Also, if you are going a steady speed fast enough that the torque convertor should be locked, I’d think 45 should be enough, if you step on the gas lightly and the converter IS locked, the engine should rev up only as the car speeds up. If the converter is NOT locking, the engine will rev more than proportially with the car speed. It’s easier to tell with a tach, but you should be able to hear it, probably best with windows up. Hope this makes sense, and good luck.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    That was interesting info on what workers in Africa(Morocco) , and eastern Europe make a hour . Can you go further and show what all Areas making car make per hour, Example US , Canada, Mexico, South America, Japan , China, India, Western Europe? It would be good to see what our workers are up against.

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    Kit, I have noticed lately that at cruising speeds, I feel the car losing speed, without letting up on the gas, I thought I may have fuel injector issues, but now I’m thinking transmission problems could be the cause.

  17. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Pedro, if you are having TCC issues, and your Toyota is post 1996 (you’ll have the OBD2 diagnostics), you should have a stored or history code of a TCC malfunction; should be a P0740, P0741 or similar.

  18. Stuart Says:

    Packard Ultramatic had a lock up converter in 1950