AD #1949 – Volkswagen Hit by Barrage of Lawsuits, Investors Line Up to Buy Takata, You Said It!

September 21st, 2016 at 11:50am

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- VW Hit by Barrage of Lawsuits
- Investors Line Up to Buy Takata
- Auto Insurance Targeted by Disruptors
- Happy Anniversary Peter Schreyer
- You Said It!

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25 Comments to “AD #1949 – Volkswagen Hit by Barrage of Lawsuits, Investors Line Up to Buy Takata, You Said It!”

  1. Robert Michel Says:

    John, on the comment from the college kid who hasn’t needed a car in 4 yrs.
    sure…if you live on campus, or in a densely packed city that MAY work for SOME.
    However for college kids and working adults in the burbs who commute daily…ride sharing and autonomous cars? i really cant see that model working for most.

    side note: in all of the talk about ride sharing and autonomous cars…i never hear about locations (ie) suburbs, rural and semi-ruraL communities.
    census data shows that in the 10 largest cities in the US, there’s only about ~ 30 million people…out of over 300 million in the US

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Vw is again getting clobbered with even more law suits.That was expected.But what happens,or what might possibly happen to the big suits who okayed the cheating software.Do they still walk away with thier golden parachutes,untouched? Or are they,or will they be held liable for giving their okay to said cheating?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The NotBen101 story is interesting, and portends the future for a lot of people. There will be fewer people owning cars, especially people myself with multiple cars, just “for fun.” I may, or may not live to see it, but I would predict that in the not-too-distant future there will be a lot fewer vehicles sold per person than now.

  4. David Sprowl Says:

    The last “you said it” comment spoke to my posting a few days back. Car enthusiast are going to go the way of the dodo. Sad I think. We have successfully legislated so much cost into a car that the masses will simply not be able to afford private ownership. Even the college grad is having issues. I’m an old dude at this point, while I can still ride a bike,it is not as easy as it once was. Don’t know what the answer is, but the automotive future for this moment does not look all that good to me.

  5. Buzzed Says:

    people are so wary of autonomous driving cars, news flash – people aren’t so great at it either. I’m quite happy driving my car but I certainly understand why the technology is coming.

  6. Lex Says:

    It might be time for VW to accept all the blame for the Emission Cheating as a measure to protect Audi, Porsche and all it’s other brands. In this way only VW’s image will be tarnished by the scandal in the long run. If Volkswagen begins producing inexpensive and reliable EVs for the masses this might save them in the long run. All they need to do is adopt some of Tesla’s patents and with their production capacity bring out an EV that over shadows the Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Volt and Bolt vehicles.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I don’t think you can sight one story and consider it a trend; I’m more likely to believe that there will be an increase of less car ownership, but with the population of the U.S. continuing to rise, the number of vehicles (on the road) will continue to rise for quite some time. Traffic sure hasn’t eased any (yet).

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 A basic 1950 Ford, Chevy, or Plymouth cost about $1500 new, which is about $15,000 in today’s money. For not much more than $15K, you can now buy a car, like a basic Corolla, that will last much longer, and be much better equipped than those 1950 cars. Yes, the ’50 Chevy is bigger.

    What I’m saying is, legislation isn’t going to keep most of those who WANT private cars from having them, but there will be increasing numbers of NotBen101′s who don’t even want to own a car.

    Actually, it seems that price is not a consideration to many, or most car buyers in the U.S. If it were, there wouldn’t be so many $50-60K pickups and SUV’s that never tow, haul anything, or carry more than 4 people.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8, meant to ref 4, more than 7. Oops

  10. George Ricci Says:


    When I see new technology in I always ask myself two questions, is it intuitive to use and is it an improvement over what we used previously? On the topic of electronic shifters, I have used a rotary dial shifter and found that since they follow the traditional PRND layout it is intuitive use but there is no advantage over a shifter lever other than the points you made ”It saves weight, cost and opens up packaging space”. I like the Lincoln push button approach which arranges the buttons in the PRND order and has the advantage of simply pressing D to go into Drive instead of having to travel through R and N to get to D. The 2017 LaCrosse has new shifter that does not look very intuitive to me. The fact that they had to create a video ( to explain how it works should have been a warning sign to all involved that it is not intuitive. I am looking forward to you opinion of it when you get a chance to test drive the car. Also, the topic of Electronic Shifters and the different approaches could be a good discussion item on Autoline After Hours.

  11. Lisk Says:

    Car ownership might decrease slightly in denser populated areas, but in areas where I live car ownership will still be essential. I believe most of the areas that offer ride sharing, etc., already have good public transportation systems and a lot of residents don’t own cars right now. It is too expensive in some of these areas to park, insure and register them. I think the masses giving up on their cars won’t happen anytime soon.
    If I’m wrong, what will become of all the available garage space? :)

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the shifter in the gen 3 Prius. You just push it to the left, and then forward for reverse, or back for drive. There is a separate “park” button, but it is rarely used, because park is automatically engaged when you turn the car off with the start/stop button. Do other cars do that?

  13. Druff Says:

    I thought the same thing as Robert, rideshare is fine for someone single but are you really going to use this to bring the kids to school do grocery shopping for the family? I still don’t think overall it is going to get a large percentage of cars off the road, all its changing is taxi and mas transit use.

  14. JWH Says:

    10 – Pushbutton shift is not too new – Had a 1957 Imperial with pushbutton shift TorqueFlite. I liked the pushbuttons at the time, & would have no issue with them now. I do like the rotary shifters when they have Park at one end of the rotation, & I hope that any system requires transmission to be put in Park when shutting engine off. Having said that I guess I need to try our 2016 with keyless fob to see what logic is used on that.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I had a ’57 Saratoga, and a ’64 Dart, both with push buttons. I liked the push buttons, but the ’57 didn’t have park, and the parking brake wasn’t too good.

    I’d think all cars with ‘keyless go’ would engage park, like my Prius, when you shut off the engine, but I guess most of them don’t.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I never had a problem with ‘typewriter’ shifters.I never owned one,but my uncle had a 64 Dodge 880 custom for a couple of years.Good car as I remember it.I drove it enough summer and some winters.It had the 318 with a two barrel.Since that was a long time ago,it MIGHT have had,for park’ a lever you had to move to engage part.CRS,sorry…

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “to engage PARK”… need an edit button.

  18. Steve W Says:

    About Elio, sorry John but Elio accepts as little as $100 not $1,000 for their non existent vehicle that has been 7 years since they began. It take exception,7 years of producing nothing is not newsworthy.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16, 17
    Yep, that ’64 would have had a park lever next to, or below the buttons. I think they started having park, with a lever, in 1960 or so. The last year for the Chrysler buttons was ’64.

  20. Ziggy Says:

    My mom had a ’64 Plymouth Fury with the push button transmission selector, they were in a column to the left of the steering wheel and had a lever that you swung down to engage park. This motion also pushed in the Neutral button for you. Loved it. These days most military vehicles are going to a push button selector for transmissions similar to what microwaves have for buttons. Simple and effective and very efficient.

  21. Jeff Taylor Says:

    With regard to the autonomous driving, I agree it would be ideal not to have to touch the steering wheel or pedals on your commute. However, for me adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist really help reduce the stress on my commute home. Yes, I still have to pay attention, but it still reduces my stress level greatly. I also appreciate having the collision warnings which work great when cars in front of you slam on their brakes unexpectedly.

  22. MJB Says:

    #1 & #13. Agreed.

    I have no doubt that scenario works just fine for a lot of what I like to call “transitional adults” – aka, college kids.

    Let “life” happen, and then we’ll see just how many in that demographic can get by on only Uber and a bicycle/skateboard.

    It’s all peaches and cream until you have a wife, kids, a job farther away than your dorm is from your psych class, or a house.

    Either way, I see this group of folk as “phase of life” ride sharing users. Unlike folk in dense urban areas whose needs and restrictions rarely change, this group will soon outgrow its ability to get by without personal transportation.

  23. MJB Says:

    #22 cont.

    In other words, I see the “phase of life” ride sharers as just creating a built-in pent-up demand for cars that releases itself every time a fresh batch of college grads hits the ground running.

  24. FSTFWRD Says:

    @13 I agree, “no car” might work for some people, but a young family with a couple of kids will still need cars. How can they get the kids to soccer, baseball, ballet, gym, etc.? My son at college had no car and used public transportation to get where he needed to go. But now, married with two kids, 2 cars are a must. Some things will change, but not all.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The U.S., and the world are becoming more urban. As that happens, there are likely to be fewer cars per person. In cities, especially large cities, there are often good alternatives to private cars, even in America, land of generally poor public transit (with exceptions in some areas).