AD #1731 – Media Drives New NSX, Dealer Workers Earn More in 2014, Bridgestone Buys Pep Boys

October 27th, 2015 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:13

- Ford Sets Q3 Record Profit
- Donald Trump Claims Ford Caved to Demands
- Enthusiast Media Gets Hands on New NSX
- Dealer Employee Salaries Up in 2014
- Bridgestone Buys Pep Boys
- ROUSH Mustang App Makes Automotive Music

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31 Comments to “AD #1731 – Media Drives New NSX, Dealer Workers Earn More in 2014, Bridgestone Buys Pep Boys”

  1. pedro fernandez Says:

    Bridgestone already owns Firestone stores and now this? I hope this is not becoming an industry trend which will eventually make competition less likely to favor customers, I for one, stick to small, independent shops, better prices and service too.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m kind of with you pedro; I don’t know if Pep Boys was an American company, but if it was, there goes another company to foreign ownership.

  3. Lisk Says:

    A couple things. I was sure hoping Honda would strive to make the New NSX a real sports car but a 3,808 pounds they missed the mark. The old one barley tipped the scales at 3,000 pounds. I know a great deal of safety content and AWD has been added, but really? In 1995, the 3.2L put out 290hp so with today’s technology 350-375 NA hp should have been possible.

    I think the PEP Boys selling to Bridgestone will be a good marriage. The local Firestone stores where I live are nearly gone and I think this will be a nice fit. PEP Boys has lost a great deal of share to AutoZone and Advance Auto over the years so this is the shot in the arm they needed.

  4. Brett Says:

    I’d still love to have the Lotus sound system that makes the inside of your Yaris or Versa sound like a Porsche, Ferrari, or Hemi ‘cuda. Saw that on “Beyond 2000″ many, many years ago and thought it would be a hoot to have.

  5. pedro fernandez Says:

    Autozone and Advanced are just parts stores, Pep is a full service one stop shop, they should be doing better but their reputation for ripping off customers keeps them from ruling the industry.

  6. Jon M Says:

    #2 Chuck – Manny, Moe, and Jack are natural-born citizens of Philly, PA.

  7. motorman Says:

    Corvette has had the that type of tunable sound exhaust for 5+ years.

  8. HtG Says:

    NSX

    We purists don’t turn up our noses at the NSX. We just keep holding on to our old manual Civics. NSX is a showcase for Honda’s tech, and I’ll be even more impressed if they actually roll it out before Jerry Seinfeld can’t keep his head up anymore, but I don’t really want one.

  9. C-Tech Says:

    The previous NSX was wall poster beautiful, the new NSX looks good but is similar to the Ford GT.

    The Donald continues to entertain.

    Pep Boys does seem to have a less than stellar reputation for repairs but the parts sales side is ok. What does Bridgestone plan to do with these repair centers and will they continue to sell parts?

  10. HtG Says:

    NSX weight

    The Porsche 918 hybrid weighs in at between 3600 and 3700 pounds. And that’s a very small car.

  11. Lisk Says:

    7# – The tunable exhaust showed up in 2014 with the C7. Before they had a dual mode exhaust system that was rpm based.

  12. C-Tech Says:

    The auto dealers association continue to crack me up. I suggest you do a quick survey of technicians and service advisors to see if they believe their income is up compared to the hours spent working.

  13. HtG Says:

    Cost of Porsche 918 is 845K. Cost of the NSX is 170K.

  14. HtG Says:

    12 I consider anything said by dealers to be pure smoke.

  15. GM Veteran Says:

    Why couldn’t Acura implement a steering system that only provides electric assistance for parking? So, it would disengage entirely over say 5 mph. Then you would have direct, manual steering, which would probably be very popular with the purists and not really noticed by the more sedate buyers who just want to look good on their ride to the office.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I guess the NSX is a bargain, among exotic 4wd hybrid sports cars.

  17. HtG Says:

    15 There’s some torque vectoring wizbang in the steering. It reads your mind.

    My steering wizbang is trailing the brakes and throttle. It only cost me $700 for instruction.

  18. RumNCoke Says:

    I happened to listen to today’s AD through ear buds. I noticed that the music never stopped playing in the background. Is that something new? I found it kind of annoying. IMHO.

  19. Bash a Trump Says:

    Ohio governor, John Kasich, is taking responsibility for Ford’s decision despite Trump taking credit and recent reports say if Trump wants to be President, Trump will need to spend $1Billion of his own money because the Koch Bros support Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

  20. Rob Says:

    Isnt Pep Boys supposed to be the distribution and service network for Elio Motors? If they ever actually produce a car.

  21. Rob Says:

    I would have liked to hear the Roush exhaust because it looked like just butterfly valves that would (yes) quiet the exhaust but create a large amount of back-pressure.
    I worked in th exhaust industry for over 12 years and a lot goes into tuning an exhaust system. Just opening or closing the exhaust tip will not do much to the Tone.

  22. Lisk Says:

    #20 If it is like the system on the Corvette, the valves control the amount of exhaust that bypasses the normal muffler circuit, enhancing the tone and noise. This exhaust is on the Z51 & Z06, optional on others, The valves are electrically controlled depending on which mode is selected. Also all C7s have an additional set of valves that control the pressures when operating in 4-cylinder mode eliminating the throbbing by running on half the cylinders.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Corvette optional exhaust is just to make noise. It increases from 455 to 460, which no one would notice in a million years. Some people just like noise, though, so a lot of new ‘Vettes are ordered with $2000 noise system.

  24. Ziggy Says:

    Anybody know what track the NSX was tested on? It didn’t look familiar.

  25. HtG Says:

    23 I’m pretty confident those shots were from Infineon/Sears Point. Look at the blue and yellow paint on the curbs.

    So proud of myself ;)

  26. XA351GT Says:

    I’ve had a tunable exhaust on my Falcon since 05 when I installed electric cutouts. With the rocker switch I can open them as much or little as wanted. Sounds great rowing through the gears with a open exhaust. LOL

  27. MJB Says:

    @ #3.

    So then I guess the Lamborghini Aventador at just a click under 4,200lbs is even less of a true sports car? ;)

  28. Rob Says:

    Cutouts similar to the vette were further up stream and allowed exhaust gas to by-pass the mufflers. Those shown here were right at the tip. I just see it being a novelty item.

  29. Lisk Says:

    #26 – The Aventador weighs in at less than 3,500 lbs coupe, 3,600 in roadster-

  30. MJB Says:

    #28. I just went off of a quick Google search, which turned up “4,085 to 4,196 lbs”…

    But either way, I think it might be a bit premature to label it ‘not a true sports car’ due to it’s weight alone.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26, 28 There is lots of disagreement in publishished weights. Lamborghini says 3500 pounds “dry,” but other published weights are over 4000 pounds. Does it carry 500 pounds of gas, oil, and coolant?