AD #1818 – More Diesel Jeeps for U.S. “Very Viable,” Audi Develops Composite Tooling, Ford Tests Autonomy in the Snow

March 11th, 2016 at 11:55am

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- Jeep Working on Compass & Patriot Replacement
- Jeep’s Awesome Moab Concepts
- Audi Using Composite Tooling
- Ford Tests Autonomy in the Snow
- Ride-Sharing Won’t Pose Threat to Car Sales
- Social Media Helps OEMs Shape Message

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20 Comments to “AD #1818 – More Diesel Jeeps for U.S. “Very Viable,” Audi Develops Composite Tooling, Ford Tests Autonomy in the Snow”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    Sean bad news again today with playback. Is it possible for you guys to include the YouTube link every day until you get this fixed. It’s a real pain!

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    We do link to YouTube everyday, but the show is uploaded to our site before YouTube. So, it’s not always available right away. Link for today’s show is available now.

  3. Jon M Says:

    I think it is hard to argue that ride-sharing services will cut into car sales significantly. Of course such arguments are nothing but guessing games (aka speculation); nevertheless, I have a hard time believing that people who live in rural areas and families especially will find that the benefits of ride-sharing outweigh ownership; though I can hardly base that assumption on my “world.” Still, I think those who will benefit the most from ride sharing are but a segment and not representative of the whole. What’s more, even ALD made the point recently that vehicle inventory for ride-sharing services will need to be refreshed sooner rather than later. Therefore, I think any kind of speculation about this should focus on the degree to which ride-sharing may impacts car sales. And if you ask me (or even if you don’t), I think the impact will be de Minimis at times, maybe noticeable at others; cyclical in other words.

  4. Buzzed Says:

    Autonomous vehicles- the Ford video certainly shows that they can drive in bad weather…. kind of. They show a car with whirly thing-a-ma-bobs on top driving at a snails pace at what looks like a single track test track, not exactly real life conditions.
    I don’t doubt that they will eventually get vehicles to the point they can reliably drive on their own in all conditions but I can’t see that happening in the near future like some are suggesting.

  5. Wim van Acker Says:

    “more diesel-powered Jeeps for the U.S. is “very viable.” : could anybody explain to me what is meant? Such as: “there is sufficient market demand for diesel powered Jeeps to justify sending over more diesel engines from Italy?”, or “U.S. sales of diesel powered Jeeps are profitable”?, or “production capacity of the VM Motori diesel engines has been expanded, allowing for larger allocation to Jeep in North America”?, or whatever is meant.

    I am very interested in the topic: my daily driver is a diesel powered Jeep Grand Cherokee, which I consider a phenomenal vehicle. It was hard to get in July 2014 due to the limited number of diesel engines available for Jeep. I believe most engines were allocated to RAM production. I will need a new vehicle in July and would love to get a diesel powered Jeep GC again. More availability would be better as far as I am concerned.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    From yesterday:ukendoit Says:
    March 11th, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    G.A., compared to the big size of the newer ones, yours is probably more of a minivan than the others.

    I usually refer to my van as a mini-mini van,since the other have gone bigger and heavier.Mine even has a 4 cyl/9spd auto,and it handles very good,and is very versatile.I’m liking it very much.

  7. ukendoit Says:

    Autonomous vehicles- I think in the near future, the intent is to have the vehicles drive themselves in MOST conditions, keeping driving capacity available for us humans. That way, when the car admits you would do better than it, it can relinquish the wheel. After enough time and development (farther in the future), they intend to do away human driving interfaces and be more like mobile lounges. I think there will always be some vehicles available that the enthusiast will still be able to drive.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    In the AAH last night, one of the attendants (of the show) talked with Ralph Nadar and his thoughts were that there would never be fully autonomous cars; his reasoning, was lawyers. You know, for once, I think I agree with Ralph Nader (never thought I’d say that).

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I never much liked Nader, especially after he ran for president, giving us the 8 disasterous years of G. W. Bush.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I never liked nader and his hit job on the corvair.I knew a lot of people back in the day that loved their corvairs.One friend of mine had a turbo spyder I think it was.It was the flat frontend years.It took the hilly country roads as sure footed as could be for that time period.In fact,I wanted to buy a 66 corvair and my dad said no.I got the k model mustang instead,but I really loved the corvair.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I’m a conservative,but I hated both bushes,still do.

  12. Doug C Says:

    First, I have not been patient enough to watch the whole show. I will try maybe a show or two more but if the playback on the site is not worked around or repaired it is to aggravating to watch anymore.
    Second, the company has been promising more diesels for years and does not come thru. DON’T believe the pr bs. Our company waited over a year for a ram promaster with a diesel. Our dealer has never seen one. Years folks. Thats is all for them, they lie and don’t deliver. Not waiting!

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Read the transcript. It works great, except for video-only segments in some of the shows.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 12: You could always click the youtube icon to the right of the video too.I’ve done it several times before the link under the show was put up.

  15. ukendoit Says:

    re:Nader, Growing up, my family had a Corvair. I think I’ve mentioned here before that my father was a fan of the air cooled engines, so we were a family of Nader-haters. The Corvair was one of the first cars I remember riding in and we loved it. It was like blending the best parts of a Camero & Porsche into one sporty car.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A high school friend had a 140hp 1966 Corvair 4-speed coupe. Properly equipped, like that car, a second generation Corvair was kind of a poor man’s Porsche.

    Even without Nader, it seems unlikely that Corvair would have seen a third generation. Manufacturing costs were high, and the disadvantages of air cooled, rear drive cars would have caused its demise, as with the Beetle.

  17. ukendoit Says:

    The air cooled engines had lots of advantages, mostly being inexpensive and simple to build and work on. The disadvantages seemed to be that it was difficult to get them to pass emissions standards and the obvious advantages of standardizing to the mainstream (liquid cooled).
    The Corvairs & Beetles were fun to do power-slides in the snow!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here is a good overview of the Corvair, which covers the same liabilities, and virtues I’ve heard and read about for years. It was expensive to manufacture because of the alloy engine.

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/04/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-corvair/

  19. MJB Says:

    #4.

    Baby steps, Buzzed…Baby steps. They’ll get there.

  20. ukendoit Says:

    Thanks, Kit, that was an interesting read!