AD #1698 – Carbon Neutral Hydrogen, FCA’s Hacks & Recalls, LEAF Gets Bigger Battery

September 10th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:27

- Prius Goes “Beyond Possible”
- Nissan LEAF Gets Bigger Battery
- New Volvo Trucks Feature Boosts MPGs
- Carbon Neutral Hydrogen
- FCA’s Hacks and Recalls
- How Detroit 3 Could Boost Stock Price

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34 Comments to “AD #1698 – Carbon Neutral Hydrogen, FCA’s Hacks & Recalls, LEAF Gets Bigger Battery”

  1. Jon M Says:

    A defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) would certainly help GM, Ford, & FCA, but unfortunately, I’m sure the UAW would scorn such an idea. One of the biggest advantages to a defined contribution plan is not having to carry pension liabilities. I guess operating on the brink of bankruptcy didn’t clue anyone into the idea that neither GM, Ford, (now) FCA (nor any other firm for that matter) pull cash and other resources from a well which never shall run dry. But of course not. The U.S. Government has the well with no bottom, so if you run out of cash, you just go get more!

  2. MJB Says:

    If Volvo is seeing a 4% gain in fuel economy from lifting that second rear axle on the cab (after dropping off payload), I wonder how much more efficiency they could get by doing the same with their 3+ axle trailers.

  3. Rob Says:

    Way to go Volvo, Not that tag axles are anything new at least not to many dumptrucks and concrete mixers, but applying that technology to the standard tractor makes great sense.

    As for the Cherokee hacking concern. My guess is that most consumers just assume that, yea they hacked a Cherokee but just proved “ANY VEHICLE” can be hacked and wasn’t specific to Jeep.
    Thinking your car is any safer than the Cherokee is like trusting your person info with Ashley Madison.

  4. Lex Says:

    Maybe GM should spin-off Corvette in the same way Fiat / FCA is doing with Ferrari to get a quick $10.9 Billion to fund it’s pension liability. It is criminal that corporations and state governments are able to get away with carrying these huge amounts on their balance sheets. Mary Barra should have told those corporate raiders who wanted a seat on the board of directors of GM to go take a hick and pointed out that these unfunded pension liability is more important than dividends to investors like them. The US Government should have made paying off the union pension liability a top priority in the last government bailout. The same should also be for Mr. Marchionne and FCA.

  5. Joe Says:

    The one thing everyone seems to be missing with electric vehicles is that range anxiety is not the real problem. The real problem is only the wealthy can afford to spend $30,000+ on a vehicle that is only useful 90% of the time. If I spend that on a new car, I need it to take me wherever, whenever I want without having to wait for the batteries to recharge. Most of us can’t have one car for weekday travel and another for the longer weekend trips.

  6. HtG Says:

    Is the Toyota wind/hydrogen project a tacit statement that methane gas based hydro isnt green?
    4 what Lex said, +1

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:


  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Hmm… The test worked, but a post I sent was apparently blocked for unknown reasons.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    Just saw the first official photos of the Cadillac SRX replacement known as the XT5. Yawn!

    I thought Johann said they were going to get more expressive in their styling? This is mildly evolutionary at best. After 7 model years, they release what looks like a “refresh” at any other car company. Disappointing!

    Not that Lexus is going in the right direction. Take a look at the RX in the photo at the link below and then Google the Pontiac Aztek. Hmmmmmm . . .

  10. Bradley Says:


    Kit this isn’t that kind of website. :P

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Kit, there are certain word combinations that will exclude a post; I had one a while back and emailed Ben and he told me that even though my post was appropriate, it had triggered the auto-hold/exclude. He then posted my original comment (after he read it).

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, Chuck.

    Yeah, that must have happened. I typed it on my phone, and have lost it. I’m not in the mood to type it again to send to Ben, at least not right now.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, Chuck.

    Yeah, that must have happened. I typed it on my phone, and have lost it. I’m not in the mood to type it again to send to Ben, at least not right now.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 The SRX is Cadillac’s worst vehicle, relative to its competition, but is their best seller by a wide margin. Maybe that is why thy don’t want to change it much.

  15. HtG Says:

    Jeep hack proof sales

    I’d say another reason Cherokee sales weren’t hurt by the hack is that more people are savvy enough to understand that FCA was distributing a patch for the vulnerability. Come on, even geezoids understand about updating computers and software. I wouldn’t go so far as to argue that your average person gets that it was a White Hat attack.

    btw Kit, how do you put up with typing on your phone? I hate it

  16. HtG Says:

    13 the crossover is the killer app of autos.

  17. HtG Says:

    Still kills me how GM whiffed with the Aztec.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    HtG, I like typing on a real keyboard much better, but the phone is so, portable, like for when I’m waiting for food at a restaurant.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Yep, even though there are about 30 of them in the U.S. market, nearly all of them are selling in reasonable numbers.

  20. HtG Says:

    Off Topic

    For the ALD illuminati in the NY/NJ metro area, Mazda emails me that they’re doing a Miata drive event at MetLife stadium. It’s happening on Sept 18-19, the hours of 12-7 Fri. and 9-4 Sat.There’s no sign up procedure so it seems anyone can show up as long as they have a driver’s license and pass a breathalyzer(really, don’t be plastered at noon or whenver), and are wearing closed toe shoes.

    Now you know

  21. HtG Says:

    Oh, and be 18 or over. Respect, kids

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Isn’t that discrimination, no barefoot 16 year olds?

  23. HtG Says:

    Sucks to be young

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Sucks to be old too, but I’m not yet old enough that it REALLY sucks.

    Do you know if they will have both manual and automatic cars for the test drive?

  25. Buzzerd Says:

    @9 Autoblog has pics of the new SRX, looks pretty nice to me and you have know idea how much of a redo it is from pictures, my guess would be an extensive one. Remember how old that platform is and how many regulations have or will change in the near future. I don’t see a business case for a mild refresh.

  26. HtG Says:

    23. Mazda didn’t say, but in a parking lot it’s going to be tough to get out of second gear, so it prolly won’t make much difference, stick or auto. 2nd can take you over 60mph.

  27. XA351GT Says:

    So a extra 23 miles per charge costs a extra $5000-7800. Wow what a bargain. This friends is why EVs will never sell to the masses. The math doesn’t work out.

  28. Jonathan Says:

    I think that unless the new xt6 looks significantly different in person….it’s sales will pale in comparison to the SRX.

    Women loved the look of the SRX…..whatever it was that attracted them to the SRX……it’s missing in the XT6.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  29. Jonathan Says:

    I think that unless the new xt6 looks significantly different in person….it’s sales will pale in comparison to the SRX.

    Women loved the look of the SRX…..whatever it was that attracted them to the SRX……it’s missing in the XT6.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.


  30. Rob Says:

    Looks to me that they made the XT6 front end look like a mini Escalade. Typical of all autmokers anymore. For some reason they feel the need to make all their products look alike with offerings in small medium large and SUV. Guess it makes it easy for the design studio. Come up with one design and make it work on all products.

  31. MJB Says:


    “Yawn” indeed on that XT5.


    What, you don’t like the Aztek? ;)

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Many, or most couples and families have more than one vehicle, and only one of them needs to be capable of road trips. For the vast majority, a pure EV like a Leaf, without the bigger battery, would work as one of those cars, as long as there is a place to plug it in.

    IF I had a place to plug in a car at my condo in Florida, the big thing keeping me from buying a plug-in car for most of my driving, would be that a few years in the future, it will need a new, very expensive battery. I haven’t tried to research resale value of, say, a Leaf, but I suspect that at, or near the end of the OEM battery warranty, the resale value would be very low. Unless the price of the big batteries of plug-in cars comes down a lot, or I’m completely wrong on the resale value of off-warranty plug-in cars, the only way I would consider one is as a lease, which would probably need to be subsidized for me to consider it.

  33. BobD Says:

    Personally, I really like the images of the XT5. I also had a current-generation SRX many years ago and loved it, and still think it is a great looking vehicle that has stayed relevant (at least in looks).

    As for the GM pensions, I believe both the salary and hourly pension systems are now 401k based, so the underfunded pensions are the legacy programs for older workers and retirees. GM (and FCA) could have “dumped” those pension obligations onto the federal government as part of the bankruptcy, but didn’t (perhaps as a stipulation of the bailout). While the unfunding numbers are huge, they are still manageable and financially a lower priority than product development and investing in manufacturing facilities, which provide a better ROI. With that said, using your cash on hand to buy back stock to appease a few corporate raiders is just pure stupidity.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A year from now, we’ll know whether the Escalade-like XT5 nose, or the 1961 Plymouth-like RX nose was the better decision.