AD #1768 – Honda Ridgeline 2.0, Hacker Develops Own Autonomous Car, FCA Searches for More Technicians

December 21st, 2015 at 11:44am

Runtime: 6:27

- Honda Ridgeline, Part II
- Acura Teases Its Styling Future
- Hacker Develops Own Autonomous Car
- FCA Searches for More Technicians
- China’s GAC to Team with Uber
- Presents, Coal & Chorus

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24 Comments to “AD #1768 – Honda Ridgeline 2.0, Hacker Develops Own Autonomous Car, FCA Searches for More Technicians”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    So FCA wants college grads as car techs? Clearly we need a differently educated cart tech than we did just 10 + years back. MY question is how is a 2 year or 4 year degree ever going pay off? 20K-40K plus in student loans on top of the specialty tools needed to repair today’s cars are going to be a financial killer to the tech, unless they are suddenly allowed to charge like med docs.

  2. Jon M Says:

    If the HR-V is a bright, shining example of how Honda can learn from a colossal, well thought out but poorly executed mistake called Crosstour, then round 2 of the Ridgeline theoretically has a chance.

  3. MJB Says:

    I could be just missing it, but Sean I don’t see that link to the George Hotz piece you mentioned being in the show notes.

  4. John McElroy Says:

    #3. Click on the headline to the story in the transcript. That will take you to the piece about George Hotz.

  5. Tony Gray Says:

    Ad me to the list of critics who hated the Acura grille. Took it completely off my shopping list much like some of the more aggressive Lexus Spindles and even a few of the Audi front ends.

    I hope they jazz it up a bit for their sake. They can look at Mazda or Kia or the PREVIOUS generation Sonata if they want some ideas.

  6. Lex Says:

    I thought Oldsmobile was closed down, but no Acura must of hired their designers away from GM. This is because every time I look at an Acura I see a hints of Oldsmobile design in the face and portions of the vehicle.

  7. Jonathan Says:

    Happy holidays to the entire crew! Great show as always! Thanks for all your fine efforts.

  8. MJB Says:

    got it. thanks, John.

  9. cwolf Says:

    Maybe FCA wouldn’t need as many new techs if they made better product and fewer recalls!

  10. crolf Says:

    Maybe FCA wouldn’t need as many new techs if they made better product and fewer recalls!

  11. cwolf Says:

    Thanks for changing to my present email address, Sean.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I wonder why acura hates outside visability so much.So will the next iteration have any glass at all? So,small windows,more electronic distractions then needed is now the norm I guess.I’ll stick with vans or trucks.At least you can see out of them….

  13. RS Says:

    @2 An even better example (than the HR-V) of second generation improvement for Honda would be the Odyssey. The first one was a failure in both design and sales. After that…top notch all the way.

    It is part of the Honda DNA to experiment with new ideas and designs. Almost every vehicle they ever built has been an initial ground breaker – some extremely successful, some not so much (understatement!). Look at Civic, Accord, Prelude, HR-V, Pilot and the whole Japanese luxury pioneer thing – the Acura brand.

    And Honda always brings their eco-friendly bias with them. Sometimes I think they are building THEIR car that you are welcome to drive if you want to. And there are other current examples that make Sean’s point about perseverance in addition to the Ridgeline – Insight, CR-V.

    And check the dismal sales numbers for the Acura RL – and they absolutely refuse to stick a V8 in it because it would be wasteful! Do they really WANT a sales dud???

    And then there is the (ugly by any standard!) Element. It was the forerunner of other ugly boxes from Nissan, Kia, Scion to name three.

    Now, to Acura…my TL was the absolute nicest car I have ever owned. I never got out of that car without a huge grin! It was fast, light on its feet and completely secure. Better than my European or American luxury cars and a completely different vehicle than anything I have driven from Lexus. A couple of cars from Infiniti have come close:-)

    Another example of Honda’s “green” attitude… although they are the world’s largest supplier of IC engines, they refuse to sell to anyone to build a chain saw.

    Trees are good; chain saws are bad

    So, let’s see if Honda gets the new Ridgline right. I will certainly want to go over it – and the new Acura design – at the Detroit show

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Off topic. SpaceX successfully lands a first stage booster. I could actually see the decent, since it was on land about 8 miles from here, rather than on a brarge a long ways out.

  15. Robert Morrison Says:

    Ok like the idea of FCA training techs for mechanical repair but how about collision repair. Again the U.S. has a shortage of body techs and with the manufacturers using high strength steel and aluminum , it requires a different skill set and tools. A lot of older body techs will be getting out of business since they do not want to invest in tools and training.
    Manufacturers will have to look at this like FCA is in order to have safe repairs.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    SpaceX decent from my condo:

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The appearance of the new Ridgeline should appeal more to American tastes. If they add lightness, and hold, or lower price from the old one, it should succeed.

    I’ve never had a four wheeled Honda, but I have liked a number of them over the years. The two that were really disappointing, though, were the second generation Insight and the CR-Z. Honda had the first hybrid on the market with the first gen Insight, but except for maybe the current Accord, their hybrids since then have been quite underwhelming.

  18. HtG Says:

    14 That’s actually something if SpaceX can make an economy out of reusing the booster. I’m going to go out on a limb here Kit and ask how big a smile you had on watching that landing. Tell my why they didn’t go this path back to land rather than landing on the barge.

  19. ukendoit Says:

    Kit, wasn’t the first Insight available as a plug-in electric too? I did a quick search and didn’t find anything on that option, but around the turn of the millennia while in CA, a friend rented one and I could have sworn he was given the option of plug-in or hybrid and he chose the plug-in.

  20. C-Tech Says:

    So FCA wants to train more technicians, I am laughing because the larger obstacles to getting more GOOD techs is being able to earn a living! At the dealership level the new techs get the lowest paying jobs which means spending more time and effort to make money to pay for the tools you need (hey FCA, bring back the tool bonus programs when you where Chrysler ) and your other bills. I don’t know of any other professionals who have to invest so much in bringing your own tools.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 It was really cool to be able to see it, and that it was successful. I’m not sure, but I think the earlier landing attempts used the barge for safety reasons. The landing site used last night is close to other actively used facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and is only a few miles from the cruise ship port.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I think the first Insight was sold only as a regular hybrid, but I’ve I’ve heard of people doing plug-in conversions.

  23. HtG Says:

    19 From what I understand the safe trajectory of the returning stage was into the ocean. Only the firing of the booster redirected the stage onto land and the pad.

  24. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Thank for the video Kit.That was great.