AD #1889 – Merrill Lynch Turns Bearish, Toyota Adds Children to Virtual Dummies, Diesels Still Strong in Europe

June 21st, 2016 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:02

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- Merrill Lynch Lowers U.S. Sales Forecast
- Diesels Strong in Europe, Not in U.S.
- FCA Has a Shifter Problem
- Toyota Expands Virtual Crash Dummy Lineup
- Cadillac CT6′s 360-Degree Video Recording System
- New LEAF to Have 200-Mile Range
- NACTOY Adds Category for SUVs & CUVs

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14 Comments to “AD #1889 – Merrill Lynch Turns Bearish, Toyota Adds Children to Virtual Dummies, Diesels Still Strong in Europe”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If NACTOY is going to add an SUV catagory, rather than combining SUVs with pickups, they should only have a “truck” class about every 3 years, since there won’t be many, if any new entries annually.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If they are going to have a truck category, meaning pickups and cargo vans, they should also have a class for convertibles. There are about the same number of different ones on the market.

  3. Lisk Says:

    Kit, Agreed. The splitting of SUVs away from the truck category is silly. I think it’s just another money grab for the organizer. The winner can license the prestige for being the NACOSTY (?) for $XXX– a year just like MT and C&D’s 10-best.

    Manufacturers put SUV/CUVs in the truck category so they can increase the MPG of their truck fleet and not drag down the car fleet.

  4. Bradley Says:

    FCA this is a PR nightmare. Let alone that shifter is a horrible human factor design.

    After driving so many manual transmissions, I have forgotten to shift to park before turning the engine off many times.

    Both my cars a Corolla and a VW Sportswagen go ballistic at me. However, unlike most drivers I always apply the parking brake.

    I suppose with the the Grand Cherokee the Parking Brake isn’t very usable as it is probably foot activated.

  5. pedro fernandez Says:

    I believe it has an E brake push button? Another stupid design.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 My only automatic car for about 6 years, was the 2010 Prius. When you turn the car off with the start/stop button, it goes into park automatically. I was so used to it, that when I first got the automatic Corvette, I often stopped the engine with it in drive. The car “rwminds” me, by not opening the door with the button you normally use. You need to use the “auxilliary” cable operated door release on the floor.

    I never use parking brakes on either manual or automatic cars, except when parking on hills.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My favorite (pre-FCA) shifter design was the push buttons on my 1964 Dart.

  8. BobD Says:

    A part of the drop in diesel cars in the US is due to the Chevy Cruze dropping the diesel option for 2016, so compared to a year ago, that is a 100% drop. GM is still saying the diesel will return in the 2017 MY, but time will tell. I’ve got a new 2016 gas Cruze and the MPG is remarkably better compared to my 2011 version which was already pretty good, so I would have a hard time justifying the diesel option unless it was rated at 60+ MPG.

  9. Bradley Says:

    #6

    The engineer in me doesn’t like the movement of the car once in Park and the Brake is released. Even though it doesn’t translate into immediate problems, letting 1-2 tons of weight freely move just a little bit and stopped by the parking brake-puts strain on something.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #9

    Yep, I agree. With an automatic, when on a hill, I apply the parking brake, and then put put it in park so the car won’t “roll” into the park pawl. Then, I take it out of park, before releasing the brake. With a manual, if 1st or reverse will keep the car from rolling, I don’t use the parking brake, even on slight inclines. In Florida and central Indiana where I spend most of my time, there aren’t many hills, so I rarely use the park brake.

  11. Wim van Acker Says:

    @4,6, 9: I drive a diesel powered Jeep Grand Cherokee. As much as I love the vehicle in general and the combination of the diesel engine with the 8 speed automatic transmission, I have to admit that the shifter has bothered me from the beginning. It requires a special effort to get it into Drive, Reverse and Park. I have had several occasions where I thought my vehicle was in Park and got out, but it was in Reverse instead. Fortunately nothing bad happened because it was always on a flat surface, but I understand that on a hill something like the terrible accident with the actor could happen. Since it happened to me several times I pay special attention every time I shift it to Park because I am concerned about an accident.

    My wife does not want to drive my JGC because she has hated the shifter since I took delivery of the vehicle.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’m thinking that fca can,and will do away with the dial shifter.There’s plenty of real estate on the column,imho.

    Parking brake: I use it all the time.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A couple friends have Dodge, er Ram pickups with the dial shifter, and they say they like it. To each his own.

    It seems that most recent cars have the wiper controls on a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Does anyone do that, with a column shifter?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I remember “odd ball” shifters coming up a few years ago, when a woman drove a Mercedes SUV in front of a train, killing herself, and some people on the train. The speculation was that the car was in park, and moving the little electronic shift lever down, made the car go forward, rather than back, as with moving a standard column shifter down one position from park.

    There was no way to conclusively determine what happened in that case, but it seems to me, that there is a good case for standardization of gear controls, as with turn signal controls, and brake, throttle, and clutch pedals.