AD #2014 – Can Mitsubishi Make a Comeback?, Honda Builds 100 Millionth Vehicle, Mopar Assists NHRA Racers

December 23rd, 2016 at 11:54am

Runtime: 8:36

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- Mopar Assists NHRA Racers
- U.S. Car Sales on Pace to Break Record
- Uber Heads to Arizona
- Honda & Waymo in Talks
- Honda Builds 100 Millionth Vehicle
- Mitsubishi Update
- New Device for Truck Beds
- Do Automakers Like or Loathe Local Motors?

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17 Comments to “AD #2014 – Can Mitsubishi Make a Comeback?, Honda Builds 100 Millionth Vehicle, Mopar Assists NHRA Racers”

  1. Chuck Grencic Says:

    The Tailhook: great idea but a little pricey; make it 89.95 (you’re out the door for under a hundred) and the company is still (probably) making 50 bucks profit. If you price too-high, enterprising individuals will just make their own.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all the staff and listeners/contributors to this very special forum we support.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Honda has built more 4 wheeled vehicles than I would have guessed. I suspect they have built even more 2 wheeled vehicles, given the huge number of small motorbikes in Asia.

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – According to the release Honda put out, if you include motorcycle and power products the total comes to 560 million.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, Sean. I guess I didn’t read enough of it.

    I’m curious about motorcycles, excluding cars, lawn mowers, etc., but that info seems hard to find, or I’m not looking the right place.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I found something, 300M cumulative motorcycle production as of September, 2014.

  6. motorman Says:

    Chrysler got its ass kicked in NHRA pro stock by Chevy so they have moved on to class racing BUT Chevy is in there also. Should make it interesting next year if drag racing survives. NHRA made the same mistake as NASCAR they forgot about the little guy and it may be too late to bring them back

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Motorman: I wish they would bring back FX.Ford can do up a new thunderbolt and the other oems could do the same stuff.My favorite back in the 60′s was Butch Leal 28/pro.That was racing back then.

    I used to watch drag racing but in truth,it’s boring as hell when they just show the big guns/names all the time.

    I wish they would show the ‘less expensive’ classes including the weekend warriors street machines.Then I would watch it again.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone !!

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I lost interest in drag racing, after “pure stock” disappeared. It was fun, racing my bone stock 1957 Chrysler, and would be fun now, to race my Prius against other lower power/weight vehicles. Just classify cars, based on rated power/weight, like it was done in the 1960′s.

  9. Eric Brunner Says:

    My son and I were at a MR2 meet in Kansas City in 2005 when the Mitsui Lancer Evolutions came into the US and we met some of the owners who were complaining that the dealers were telling them that any competition would void their warranty! They were not impressed since why else would you get one of those very potent cars. This summer I met here in Ontario at a track day at Shannonville, one of the owners of the last Evo’s and he was saying how the attitude still was no warranty if the car was tracked or slalomed. Totally different from Subaru who encourages you to use the WRX’s and STi’s for what they were intended for. Result of that is those Scooby drivers become Subaru’s biggest salesmen. As a driver of quite a few REX’s (leased) over the years I can confirm that is what happens to me. Subaru’s sales are always increasing and I am sure that competiton successes play a big part in the brand’s creditablity. If Mitsui had the same attitude, maybe they would have been more successful.

  10. kurtw Says:

    Thanks for all the good info this year, Autoline! Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays!

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John, Sean, and staff, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever, and thanks for another year of great shows.

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    Great show, we’ll eagerly await the next in 2017. Have a happy holidays, everyone!

  13. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Just got finished watching “Autoline” (on the NACOTY awards); good show, not enamored with some of the picks but they weren’t totally aberrant (either). Quick comment on the new trophy award, from the mind of Ed Welburn; great design: I see the past, the present and the future in automotive design in that sculptured statue. Well done.

    And given the choices, I’m going along with John Mc’s picks: Chevy Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica and the new Honda Ridgeline.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Bolt, Pacifica, and Ridgeline were my picks when NACTOY came up here a while back. I’ll stick with those predictions.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    The web link is to a Wards article where “German automotive supplier Continental AG’s Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart told a newspaper, the shift to EVs will cost jobs at the supplier.” This is one of the lamest, anti-EV excuses around. We also don’t need stables, road dung removal, and buggy whips either.

    There are no guaranteed jobs and anyone who claims a new technology will ‘cost jobs’ is missing the point that jobs will change. With fewer man-hours needed to create a part, the final product eventually becomes more affordable.

    Bob Wilson

  16. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #15, Bob Wilson

    Two thumbs up; nice commentary.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15, 16

    Yep. EV’s will also cost Jiffy Lube oil change business. Jobs change, as technology changes.