AD #2000 – Cadillac Skips Full Autonomy, Barra Selected to Advise Trump, Honda Creates Autonomous EV Commuter

December 5th, 2016 at 11:51am

Runtime: 9:18

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- Barra Selected to Advise Trump
- U.S. Inventory Levels Soar
- Cadillac Skips Full Autonomy
- Cadillac’s Global Sales Skyrocket
- EV Sales Rise
- Lear Opens New Design Center
- Honda Creates Autonomous EV Commuter
- Alfa Shares Resources with Ferrari & Maserati

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25 Comments to “AD #2000 – Cadillac Skips Full Autonomy, Barra Selected to Advise Trump, Honda Creates Autonomous EV Commuter”

  1. JWH Says:

    Congratulations on show #2000 – Please keep up the good work.


    Congrats to you and all your staff for your 2000 episode of AD. I faithfully watch the daily podcast, Autoline this Week and Afterhours programs.
    You bring us so much information is a manner that is informative without all the hype and that means so much!
    All the best to you and your staff and a big THANKS for all you do!
    Ps. Would you ever consider have an audience during a taping of After Hours? I’d love to meet you and watch you in action!

  3. WineGeek Says:

    Great work Autoline Daily 2000 shows is quite a landmark.

  4. George Says:

    Congratulations on you 2k show, keep it up!

  5. Lex Says:

    John and Autoline Crew,

    Congratulations on hitting the 2000 episode milestone and keep up the great work!

  6. Albemarle Says:

    I think there’s room in the market for the Chevy Bolt EV as well as the other alternatives. Here in Ontario, the longer range 2017 Ford Focus EV lists at ~ $32,000 and the Chevy Bolt EV at ~ $43,000. That’s an $11,000 difference, hardly the same price. If you don’t need the added range, that’s a lot of savings to pass up for a not needed feature.

    With the Bolt being so new, I haven’t found any discounts on them, but discounts are available for the Leaf and the Focus.
    By finally having a longer range economical choice, potential purchasers may now consider the cheaper alternatives which we have been told have more than enough range for most people. (I just confused myself with that last thought.)

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    2k shows……already? It doesn’t seem that long ago when you started doing this.I’ve been here from the beginning too.

    I remember when your show was on speed channel,(I think,crs), and it was on at 0430 hrs on a sat or sun morning.And even then I didn’t miss a show.

    Congrats to all of you at Autoline Detroit.As always,it’s time well spent.Thanks everyone.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    2000! no small feat in this age of limited attention spans.
    I’m no fan of Drumph but it’s nice to see a world leader push back at China like he has in the last few days, Re Taiwan.
    What’s the worst thing that could happen? $100 blue ray players instead of $30.

  9. Jon M Says:

    Congratulations on 2,000 episodes! I can’t remember when I first started watching or how I even found ALD, but I continue to enjoy it and look forward to many more episodes.

  10. gary susie Says:

    Been here from start! Never missed any show. What is the old saying, never say never. Cadillac will find out they will have to have automous cars.

  11. Lex Says:

    I believe Trump picked Mary Barra to be on his advisory team because General Motors received a US Government Bailout and is not owned by a foreign entity like FCA.

    It seems to me that if Bill Ford wanted a seat at the table all he has to do is give Donald Trump a call. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House says “The Donald” will speak with anyone including the President of Taiwan if they call him. I hear Mainland China is all upset because of that phone call. Remember the President of Taiwan called Mr. Trump to congratulate him on his victory nothing more.

    President Elect Trump is not a bureaucratic politician who will be dictated to by old school diplomatic protocols. He is a business man looking for opportunities to more his vision of America forward into prosperity.
    He will take just able anyone’s call if they have some value to add to the conversation.
    China needs to stop bullying it’s neighbors and growing islands in the South China Sea for military bases which it will use for it’s plans of World Domination.

  12. Roger Blose Says:

    John, Sean, and all of the AD team, congratulations on hitting a huge milestone. I watch your shows continuously and have learned so much about the industry. I believe that Ford’s Alan M. was on Obama’s economic team a few years ago so now it is Mary B’s time in the rotation. Go Donald go!

  13. GM Veteran Says:

    Great job everyone at Autoline Detroit! I look forward to congratulating you on your next 2000 shows!

    Perhaps Johann’s NY-based office is already affecting his judgement. He needs to drive across Iowa or Nebraska just once to realize how backward his view is on autonomous technology usage. Cadillac drivers are no different than drivers of any other luxury car. Autonomous highway driving will be the first type of fully autonomous operation approved by the authorities and Cadillac will then be at a competitive disadvantage.

    I predict this position will change very quickly once M-B, Lexus, BMW and Audi offer this technology on their vehicles. To save face, they may change the name from SuperCruise to something else, but they WILL offer it on their vehicles.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, John, for the 2000 shows, and, we hopefully, many more to come. Thanks also, for doing the transcripts. I usually read them, rather than watching; it works much better when in restaurants, etc.

    To me, its kind of scary that Trump is starting off early, in trying to bully the Chinese leaders. Such activities, involving two stubborn bullies, can be dangerous. Also, over the weekend, Trump continued his tweet storm about 35% tariffs on imports. He doesn’t seem to realize that trade wars are, generally, not a good thing.

  15. Gene E Says:

    Like many others, I express congratulations on a well done achievement of maintaining a quality program without all of the hyperbole. I too have been reading since the inception.

  16. Mark Says:

    Congratulations on episode 2000! I love your program and watch it every day. Keep up the good work!

  17. Tuck&Roll Says:

    John, congrats to you and your team. I’ve been a fan since your time on the old Speed channel. Yes, you have kept us all informed on the auto industry. I enjoy every program and the dialogue it creates. Keep it spirited. Glad to see Mary Barra has a seat at the Trump table. I respect what she has done for GM. I will eventually forgive GM for taking the bail out. Until then, that is why I buy Ford. I must say, I am a little confounded by Pres-Elect Trumps attitude toward Ford over GM. I would challenge you and the team to help us understand or give some insight into Trump’s view. Keep up the good work.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 I’ve heard that Trump always liked Cadillacs. Maybe that explains something.

    Maybe I’ll eventually forgive Ford for bragging about not needing a bailout. I might consider a Ford anyway, but so far, they don’t have anything I want.

  19. Marshy Says:

    Congrats John and team. It’s been many years of enjoyment. Thanks for everything.

  20. merv Says:

    congrats on the 2000 great shows,hope for many more to come,cheers!

  21. Rick W Says:

    @#6, G.A. Branigan……I too started watching from the beginning by watching the ATW episodes on the Speed Channel which was on at 06:00 on Sunday mornings here in New England.

    To the whole team, I’d like to congratulate you all for all the excellent shows. AAH, ATW and AD


  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 I miss the speed channel, even though it was mostly the nascar channel at the end. Still, they had the f1 races

  23. Don B. Says:

    When inventories go unsold, what really happens to the vehicles? We all heard stories of the being crushed after a few years. Or being shipped to other countries and being sold. Then stories of VIN’s being changed and sold as a newer model year. And don’t forget the youtube videos of parking lots and abandoned airports filled with unsold cars. What is the true story??

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 When cars are left over at the end of the model year, they lower the price enough that they eventually sell. Here’s an article about some mis-information on the subject.

  25. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Congrats on 2000; I remember Autoline Detroit, many moons ago (on ETV); my indoctrination to John and company. Sorry for the late reply (on vacation last week).