AD #1822 – China Not That Cheap Any More, Automated Braking to Be Standard, Honda’s Innovative Manufacturing

March 17th, 2016 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:46

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- China’s Labor Costs on Par with U.S.
- Automated Braking to Be Standard
- Old Scion’s Get New Toyota Names
- Variable Compression for Piston Engines
- Ludvigsen Awarded Golden Piston
- Acura NSX’s Ablation Castings

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22 Comments to “AD #1822 – China Not That Cheap Any More, Automated Braking to Be Standard, Honda’s Innovative Manufacturing”

  1. Charles Grenci Says:

    So I’m guessing that with the variable compression engines that the engine is created to produce the higher compression and the intake valve us used to reduce (as needed). Pretty slick.

  2. Bradley Says:

    Yea, the Scion iA (soon to be Yaris iA) was what got me into the showroom. However, I walked out with a 2 year old Corolla instead.

    The iA had automatic breaking.

  3. Bradley Says:

    The NSX video is cool.

    Even though the narration is a look over-the-top.

  4. Bradley Says:

    look = little

  5. Lisk Says:

    Is Toyota destined to be the next Oldsmobile? The new naming structure of the Corolla iM reminds me of Old’s ploy to attach the Cutlass name to seemingly everything (Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Calais, and Cutlass Supreme). Just kidding. This isn’t their first foray in to the naming structure as in 1980 the Corolla Tercel tagged onto the Corolla name.
    Are we out of car names? Why didn’t Toyota come up with a separate name for the car?

  6. Drew Says:

    Consumer Reports is greatly underestimating the complete cost effect for autobraking systems. The major camera and radar components cost about $350. Then, we need to add the computer processor, the brake hydraulic upgrades, and legal, amortorized development cost, and amortized legal fund costs. The total cost will be well over $700.

    Let’s remember these costs only give us forward collision mitigation. For a fraction of this cost, our government could have put its eggs in the GPS/WiFi-based DSRC system (vehicle-to-vehicle) with 360-degree benefits, poor weather functionality, and the ability to see around buildings. Plus, DSRC has the potential for retrofits to provide warnings for any old car.

    Nevertheless, I agree, the insurance companies need to step up. And tell me, will they back off on crash testing in the crash modes these technologies are to address? If you want the truth, watch what they do and ignore their lips!

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Toyota keeps attaching the Corolla name to different cars, so they can make even wilder claims about Corolla being the best selling car in the history of the world. Never mind that, unlike with the Model T and type one Beetle, there is no continuity at all between the first Corollas and current ones, except the name, and having four wheels and an internal combustion engine.

    I think the iM should be called Matrix. It is almost exactly what a 3rd generation Matrix would have been.

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    #6 “(vehicle-to-vehicle)” has a scaling problem with power poles, bridge abutments, non-WiFi vehicles, and critters in the road.

    For ‘platooning’, “(vehicle-to-vehicle)” works great once we figure out how to switch lead vehicles in a fair way and dealing with road debris and lead car induced accidents.

    Bob Wilson

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Won’t this automatic braking cause more rear end collisions, when cars auto-brake in front of other drivers who are not expecting it?

  10. Fred Says:

    The new Honda aluminum process makes me wonder how they control the formation of “voids” in the cooling metal for QA control?

  11. W L Simpson Says:

    Re automation —From my airline ground equipment lead mechanic 50 yrs ago—” You know Len , we can make this equipment fool proof , but we can’t make it damnfool proof.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    Why not the Corolla wagon? The Matrix did not set the world on fire. Yaris iA is a stupid name, sell it as the Yaris sedan and hatchback as they did a few years ago. Although they’re not the same architecture, Nissan does the same with the Versa and the Note.

  13. Tman Says:

    It appears that Buel motorcycles has been using the ablation casting technique since 2010 to make swing arms. And Honda is the first to use it in automotive application.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does Buell still exist? I thought HD shut it down, kind of like Oldsmobile and Plymouth.

  15. Hugh Says:

    If auto braking systems are mandated I certainly hope there is a switch to turn it off for track days or brisk driving in the mountains with friends. Other wise it would make for a frustrating day for the driver and anyone behind them. Typical government proposal Uncle Sam knows better than we do.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 The iM is about a foot shorter than a current Corolla, and the interior is substantially different. That’s why I think Matrix would be a good name. Corolla wagon would be an ok name, though

  17. Tman Says:

    @14 Buell motorcycles was shut down by Harley Davidson in 2009, but the founder Erik Buell continued operations under the new name Erik Buell Racing(EBR) until it went into liquidation in 2015. Forward thinking company, but crappy management.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Thanks for info.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m surprised that Buell didn’t do better under HD ownership. I would have thought a lot of Harley riders might like a Buell as a second or third bike, but it didn’t turn out that way.

  20. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I test rode a Buell Cyclone; it was wicked awesome. This was around 2003. Super smooth (off idle) and awesome brakes. I almost took the plunge but I didn’t care for the dealer (and ended up with my FJR-1300 Yamaha) instead.

  21. Tman Says:

    The Continental Variable compression ratio(VCR) tech seems like a clever use of existing variable valve timing (VVT) hardware.

    I remember VCR used to be considered the holy grail for fighting turbo lag and all technologies with this feature included some complex multi-line crankshaft arrangement with Saab showing the least complicated iteration back in 2000 on their SVC concept.

    It used a pivoted tilting cylinder head to vary compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1 but it never saw production.

    One thing to consider with using VVT to achieve VCR is that changing the compression ratio alters the effective displacement. So a 2.0L engine with a CR range of 10:1 to 13:1 will have an effective displacement vary between 1.5L @ 10:1 and 2.0L @ 13:1. I’m guessing this tech is complimented with turbocharging otherwise performance will suffer like current Atkinson cycle engines.

  22. Steve Says:

    With variable compression it would possible to take advantage of the properties of methanol. Less compression using gas with higher compression for methanol.