AD #1860 – NAFTA Bigger Than China, LeEco & Faraday Closer Than Thought, FCA & Google Deal Blown Out of Proportion

May 10th, 2016 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:18

- Deep Discounts Prop Up China Sales
- NAFTA Bigger Than China
- Honda Patents Multi-Displacement Engine
- LeEco & Faraday Future Much Closer Than 1st Thought
- Lexus Shoots Commercial in the Motor City
- Volvo Teams with urb-it on In-Car Delivery Service
- Google & FCA Deal Blown Out of Proportion

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10 Comments to “AD #1860 – NAFTA Bigger Than China, LeEco & Faraday Closer Than Thought, FCA & Google Deal Blown Out of Proportion”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    John what is the advantage to the multi-displacement engine design Honda is working on?

  2. Brett Says:

    I guess that some only see a company like FCA as creator of shareholder value, not as a producer of motor vehicles.

  3. lisk Says:

    1)Delco has had a variable stroke Air Conditioning compressor for years and it changes the stroke (similar to Honda’s NEW idea) to when lower pressures are needed to operate, reducing the HP loss of the engine. There have been many ICE variable stroke designs over the years, with much the same philosophy.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The variable displacement compressors vary the tilt of the “swash plate” to change displacement, much different from using cylinders of different stroke like the Honda engine.

    I’d think it might be hard to make the Honda engine run smoothly. I’ve heard over the years, that a rebuilt engine will run rough, if some, but not all of the cylinders are .010 or .020 overbore, which would change the displace of the cylinder very little, compared to Honda’s idea.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    “Peak Pickup”?

  6. pedro fernandez Says:

    Today i drove by my local Toyota dealer and man alive, it was full of vehicles as I have never seen it before, the overflow lot was full and they had cars outside the service dept, hoping someone with a large repair bill bill would rather just buy a new one.

  7. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: FCA/Google; The main difference between this “leak” and the every day dealings is that Google has massive “street cred” (to quote your other story). The public doesn’t care what Delphi is doing, but everyone knows Google and knows (or believes) they are on the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. Great bragging rights for FCA, not so much for Google other than showing that their “Google Car” is close to production.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Might google just buy FCA? It would be pocket change for them. Google has a market cap of about 500B, while FCA’s is 10B.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Hmmm,the plot thickens?

  10. Bob Wilson Says:

    #8 – Agreed! The current CEO is about a decade behind the curve. Tesla has already decimated the luxury car market. Google could clean up the rest.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL