AD #1861 – Toyota Earnings Beat Expectations, Ford Wants Small Engines to Sound Bigger, You Said It!

May 11th, 2016 at 11:58am

Runtime: 8:54

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- Toyota Earnings Beat Expectations
- Mitsubishi Scandal Getting Worse
- Ford Patents Technology to Make Downsized Turbos Sound Bigger
- Drones Could Help Autonomous Cars “See” Better
- You Said It!

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21 Comments to “AD #1861 – Toyota Earnings Beat Expectations, Ford Wants Small Engines to Sound Bigger, You Said It!”

  1. Kurt Shanks Says:

    Drones for all autonomous vehicles? Can you imaging what would happen if even 50% of the vehicles had drones? You’d have a lot of broken drones! Why not just stick to the basic V2X approach? And I can only imagine drone rage……….brrrr…..

  2. Lex Says:


    That was a great “You Said it” segment on today’s show. Glad to see Sean back in the broadcaster’s chair.

    That Ford Drone off the bed of a F-150 reminds me of the scanner that the Green Hornet would deploy from the truck of the Black Beauty (Chrysler Imperial) to track down criminals. Maybe Ford show see if Law Enforcement and Boarder Patrol Agents could use this vehicle mounted technology to seek and catch the bad guys?

  3. DaveThompson Says:

    Great show again as usual

  4. Max C. Says:

    Seems Chrysler was way ahead of the game back in the 60′s and 70′s when they had unibody construction on all their cars. At that time, others called it “cheap” and made fun of it, but is seems most other manufacturers have come around to it. It’s about time!

    In reality, it was less weight, just as strong, and helped to eliminate rattles. Oh for the days of the old Chrysler Corporation!

  5. Maverick Says:

    I concur w/ Ross who wrote in…here’s my sincere thank you to the Autoline team!

  6. Rick Wakefield Says:

    Glad to see that Sean’s tooth grew back so fast. LOL.

  7. Badnikl Says:

    John, John, John Fat chance you will be driving fast. YOU will be the outlaw! As you whizz by those Autonomous pods at 60 in a 40, every one of them will take your picture and send it to the Cops. They will mail you and your insurance Company a $1000 fine. Besides that, your own car will be required to talk with all of the Autonomous devices anyway. OH,Your insurance to drive outlaw will already cost 20 times that of “Normal” cars. Because “YOU” will be causing the only wrecks. You will be able to drive fast on track days at the venue rented out for such Hobbyists, and their Old cars.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    Must be something in the water in Dearborn . . .

    So, Ford wants to add software to fool its customers into thinking the car is working differently than it really is, so that they will drive in a more fuel-efficient manner? Count me out. I want to get accurate feedback from my vehicle.

    And a drone above every autonomous Ford vehicle? As their sales penetration increases, I can see plenty of drone collisions and complaints from pedestrians about the level of noise overhead. This system will also slow down Amazon’s drone delivery service, prompting a huge lawsuit!

    What are they thinking at Ford?

  9. gary susie Says:

    Can you imagine thousands of drones hovering over the highway? I think that would be a mess.
    Autonomous cars will be very sucessful because there are millions of seniors and handicapped people who buy them.

  10. Jim Scott Says:

    What is the status of the Jeep Wrangler pick up truck?

  11. merv Says:

    fake engine sounds from ford to save fuel? maybe they could throw in squealing tire sounds,while they are at it?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Ford, and others, seem to grossly over-rate what these “drones” can do. They are electric helicopters, and not particularly efficient ones, and can fly about 15 minutes on a charge. Those who think they will be delivering stuff for Amazon, or that one will be flying over every autonomous car, are smoking some pretty powerful stuff.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Speaking of Ford, they are selling lots of cars, and getting lots of hype, but my stock is about the same price is when I bought it about 15 years ago. What is wrong?

    A agree on fake engine sounds, and also passed on the “extra loud on demand” exhaust option when I ordered my Corvette.

  14. Barry Rector Says:

    I can’t agree more with young Ross Panella and his feelings of your programs and the Autoline crews! I anxiously await each new program and watch old the old one too.
    It would truly be an honor to meet and talk with you!

  15. Don Wagner Says:

    #4: I must be a lot older or looked up some info. on Wikipedia, or my dad owned a ’46, a ’49, a ’52, and a ’56, but Nash was way ahead of Chrysler (who actually started with unibody construction in 1957, by the way) with unit-construction. The 1940 construction was identified as monocoque (as in airplane or race car construction). I remember there was a contest to name the Nash construction, but I’m not sure the name chosen.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Sorry, Sean, that post probably didn’t sound right. I’m not picking on you, just saying that there needs to be a reality check on what these quad copter “drones” are capable of.

    Ford would have applied for the patent “just in case” cheap, one pound nuclear reactors become available to enable small flying machines to stay up indefinitely, or something similar.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Chrysler started using unibody in 1960. The 1957-1959 cars were body on frame. Luckily, the frame of the one I had, a ’57 Saratoga, didn’t rust nearly as badly as the body.

  18. Don Wagner Says:

    Why Nash? After WW2, there was a pretty big backlog of new-car fever. Four years of no cars or pickups for the general public. Ford and GM dealers had long waiting lists or wanted high price premiums. The independents, not so much. We had a 1937 Pontiac two-door coupe that was pretty well used up. Even though I was only five at the time, I remember the dented fenders. The first ’46 worked well, so my dad kept up the string with the others. He also got a 1955 Packard Clipper and a 1960 Studebaker later.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My uncle had a 1960 Studebaker Lark wagon, which I drove quite a bit when in high school, and shorty after. It was quick for the time, with a V-8 and overdrive, but was really crude, rattly, and noisy, even compared to my parents’ 1961 Valiant. It didn’t surprise me that Studebaker didn’t last much longer.

  20. R Jones Says:

    I hope these Honda pickups with the speaker in the box arn:t as annoying as some of the people blasting the sub woofers in their cars !

  21. Bob Wilson Says:

    Flying a drone? Talk about distracted driving!

    A better solution would be an image stabilized camera on a retractable stalk so you can see how far ahead the traffic jam starts … from the idiots flying a drone while driving.

    You might want to compare and contrast VW vs Toyota:
    8.7m vs 10.0m vehicles
    $237B vs $213.3B (Euro)
    $24B vs -$4.1B (Euro) due to cheat-diesels

    VW is selling more vehicles but getting less overall and then their profits have been whacked by the cheat-diesels which has yet to be resolved.

    A nice table with the leading manufactures would be handy.

    Bob Wilson