AD #1942 – VW Engineer Turns Against Company, Brazil Continues Downward Spiral, Zipcar Pulls Cars Off the Road

September 12th, 2016 at 11:19am

Runtime: 7:34

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- VW Engineer Takes Plea Deal
- Tesla Updates AutoPilot, Could Face Legal Trouble
- Brazil Passed by Mexico & India in Sales
- Opel Gets New Small Crossover
- Nissan Reveals New Rogue & Sentra
- Zipcar Pulls Over 400,000 Vehicles Off the Road
- The Fabulous Hudson Hornet

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19 Comments to “AD #1942 – VW Engineer Turns Against Company, Brazil Continues Downward Spiral, Zipcar Pulls Cars Off the Road”

  1. Hal Klassen Says:

    Hi John, every time I step down into my 1936 Cord unitised body car, I wonder how Hudson claimed they were first.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1, Hal

    I didn’t realize those Cords were unibody, and I saw two of them yesterday. I keeping learning new car stuff here, from the show, and from the comments.

  3. BobD Says:

    John, about your commentary on Musk/Tesla on the AutoPilot update. While I agree lawyers may use this against the company, it is a sad state of affairs that companies have to weight the consequences of moving as quickly as possible to push out improvements. The ultimate goal is to reach autonomous driving as soon as possible to reduce accident rates that will save thousands of preventable deaths per year, yet the pioneers are potentially punished.

    On the flip side, perhaps you are jumping to conclusions and that the family of the driver that was killed in the Tesla is not all lawyered-up looking for a huge settlement, and understanding their loved one was also being a pioneer/test-pilot.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I agree with BobD, and would add to his final sentence:…………….and at fault.

  5. Brett Says:

    Hudson == First commercially viable production automobile? Perhaps?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    About 3000 810/812 Cords were built. They were “almost” commercially viable. Cord, along with sister brands Auburn and Duesenberg were among many car companies that didn’t survive the great depression.

  7. pedro fernandez Says:

    WOW! Finally after so many years, the Miami Auto show gets an introduction of a new model. For years I though this was a show put together by local dealers

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Pedro, is Nissan big in South Florida? That could be the reason for the excitement at the Miami show.

    The last I knew, they barely have an auto show in Indianapolis. I’ve gone a couple times, and it was mostly just local dealers bringing their cars.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And now it’s time for something completely different:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnBC5bwV5y0&ab_channel=millchannel

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The VW engineer that cut a deal will take down some of the suits involved.YES !!!! And maybe all of them.Wouldn’t that be grand…

  11. Roger T Says:

    I went to the Miami show this weekend and I confess I never even noticed the Nissan intros. At the show floor they were pretty discreet. There were a couple of cars from the Detroit show, for instance the Pacifica plug in and the navigator concept with those gigantic wing doors. I went to check out the Chevy Bolt but it wasn’t even there!!! For the most part it looked like the show in Indy, which I have visited in the past, both were snoozers.
    Yes Nissan is big in S FL, but so is every brand, the market is big here.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like more and more car companies are going away from the standard automatic transmission shifters. I just saw a Ford Fusion ad showing some kind of rotary dial shifter.

  13. TomC Says:

    Requiring the driver to have hands on the wheel seems to defeat the whole purpose of automated driving. Don’t we have that now? It’s called cruise control. Won’t the driver & the automation be fighting each other constantly?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect Kokomo, IN has an exceptionally low Nissan market share. FCA is the biggest employer, with GM and Delphi still having some presence. The only “foreign brand” dealer has Toyota and Honda.

  15. C-Tech Says:

    Interesting tidbit from Zipcar, but I wish there was more info, such as were customers replacing 2nd cars with the Zipcar service or were these primary cars? How much was being saved by replacing a car or was it more for convenience?

  16. Ukendoit Says:

    It makes sense to get rid of the shifters. If you are a driver for fun and have a stick, that’s one thing, but for people to just shift to “go” and have that antiquated stick in the way just for the sake of old time’s sake, it is silly. Especially once everything gets electrified.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As long as the “different” shufters are standardized to the point that people don’t accidently drive in front of trains, etc. I agree.

  18. Brett Says:

    I’m thinking that a bit of logic hardware that goes, “nobody’s in the driver’s seat, I shouldn’t be moving” would be be a simple, easy safety feature for these newfangled, hard to figure out modern shift controls.

    (tongue somewhat in cheek describing shifters)

  19. Ukendoit Says:

    #18, That technology would be very simple, the passenger seat knows if someone is there or not, so the sensor could be put in the driver’s seat too. The problem though, is that one of the benefits of the autonomous world is that your car can drop you off and go park, then pick you up later; can’t do that if it disables itself.