AD #2022 – U.S. DoJ Slaps Fine on Volkswagen, Best Designs at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford’s Vision of the Future

January 11th, 2017 at 10:25am

Runtime: 6:08

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- VW Settles Criminal Charges
- Honda Announces New Dedicated Hybrid
- Eyes on Design Winners
- NACTOY Winners
- Ford’s City of Tomorrow

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21 Comments to “AD #2022 – U.S. DoJ Slaps Fine on Volkswagen, Best Designs at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford’s Vision of the Future”

  1. Barry Rector Says:

    Hey John,
    You and your staff are doing a lot of coverage of the NAIAS. It’s called the best show in the world. If that’s true, who are Bently, Lambo, Maserati, Land Rover, Jag, Porsche & Mini holding their own auto show at The Gallery at MGM Grand? Will you be covering it? Sounds like it will be the only way for us to know anything about it?
    I think it’s sad that these car companies won’t show their cars to the general public going to Cobo Hall……..

  2. XA351GT Says:

    Wow so the Bolt ,Ridgeline and Pacifica are all voted the best. Well probably a safe bet they will all have something else in common. They will be last among their competition for the award where it counts in sales. Reminds me of the Oscars where a movie that sells millions of tickets more loses to a film no one has heard of or sold like crap. Awards are great ,but if it doesn’t sell your a loser.

  3. Drew Says:

    Love that vision of tomorrow… no grafitti, no cracked/crumbling concrete, no traffic lights that turn red to permit non-existent cross-traffic to proceed. Funding and MAINTANING that vision is the problem.

  4. Drew Says:

    XA351GT – Don’t go see Manchester By The Sea. I don’t care what the critics or Golen Globes say, it was horrible.

  5. Chuck Grencic Says:

    I’m kinda thinking what Drew was thinking, #2 response; where did Ford put all the ‘poor’ people and simultaneously reduce the number of vehicles on the road by more than half (when world/U.S. population is still growing at an almost ‘cancerous’ rate. I do applaud Ford for piecing the video together (we do have to have dreams) but I don’t see this (as portrayed) as happening either.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My predictions of NACTOY winners were correct. That’s unusual. I’m not often a good predictor.

    To those who don’t like the results, here is a statement from the NACTOY site about guidelines for the awards:

    “The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value.”

    There is a lot of subjectivity there, but to me, the winners are on target, when considering those guidelines. Regarding “driver satisfaction,” the jury members actually drive the vehicles, and I suspect those winners all drive well, especially when the “value” guideline is factored in.

  7. phred Says:

    The video is good “eye candy” propaganda but I do not think it inspires any young engineers/designers to flock to the employment office of Ford. The cars at the car shows are the magnets for the next generation.

  8. Lex Says:

    I am very happy with the winners for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year. The Chevy Bolt EV, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica are well thought out and practical vehicles, Congratulations to you all!

  9. XA351GT Says:

    Well hopefully they can turn those awards to sales. Seems to me the Volt was a NACTOY winner and has been a sales flop since it was released. My point was no matter how great a vehicle is if it doesn’t sell it’s a loser. The Ridgeline last time out was a sales flop. The Pacifica is a minivan and we know how their sales went.

  10. Poilu Says:

    So VW is pleading guilty…what implications are there for former Autoline Favorite Guest Oliver Schmidt, who was recently arrested in Florida? Does this agreement include amnesty for him?

  11. MJB Says:

    #5. I had to do a double take myself on this. But at second glance it’s easier to see what their calculated assumptions were here.

    1. 20% – Introduction of a rail system

    2. 5% – Bike lane

    3. 5% – Shuttles

    4. 20% – Remote workforce {work from home}

    5. Seems they’ve turned that one highway into an express only (this would keep traffic moving pretty well given that there are no exits), because I just don’t see how you can have any cars on the inside lanes get off the freeway until it empties out – now that it’s been turn from two sides that travel exclusively in opposite directions to two sides with both opposite directions of travel on each.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If people would wake up to reality, minivans would sell like hotcakes. They are much better people movers than most 3-row crossovers, that cost more, and have less room. The Pacifica is a great vehicle, if it turns out to be reliable.

    Like the old Ridgeline, the new one is better than “traditional” pickups for the use most pickups actually see. The new one looks better, which might help sales. Still, pickup fans seem to be biased against transverse engine, front-drive based trucks, except that 1980′s VW Caddys are a hot item.

    As far as the Bolt, America still needs more places to plug in EV’s. Beyond that, the best way to get them on the road would be to offer good lease prices. Then, people wouldn’t need to worry about resale value, or battery replacement cost. When they come in after 3-4 years, re-lease them, with a battery warranty included with the new lease.

  13. Albemarle Says:

    You guys sure are busy producing stuff. Well done.

    I liked the Ford video. What I found intriguing was the way the vehicles worked their way through the intersection. I guess with everything being autonomous you don’t need rules such as don’t enter the intersection if you can’t clear it as well as no lane markings. Most interesting. I wonder if passengers will be a little queasy with all the turning, stopping and darting the vehicles seem to do. Can’t see myself quietly reading while all that is going on.

  14. merv Says:

    Excellent choices for the nactoy winners. Where will all this money go that vw is paying in fines? That ford video was amazing just wish it was right now-how exciting!

  15. TJWatson59 Says:

    Ed Welburn was right! There are a lot of people that put years of their live into the art and science of the design craft, stretching the boundaries of possible and making what to many are everyday things beautiful and functional…to be awarded a shaved piece of Lucite? Your North American Car of the Year award brings back the essence of pride the awards had in past eras. Something extra to strive for. Bravo!

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The second part of the Ford video reminds me a little of riding in taxis in Shanghai, 20 years ago. They just aimed for an open space, lane markings be damned. Cool video.

  17. Jim Scott Says:

    Hmm, four way intersections without a stop sign; Would you take that flying leap of faith and step off the curb into oncoming traffic just because you were a pedestrian with the right of way in a crosswalk, and in a perfect world every autonomous vehicle was 100% reliable?

  18. Brett Says:

    My first take glancing at the new Ridgeline was “It looks strange to have that short of a hood on a pickup truck.”

    Then I contemplated the entire mass distribution and realized it allowed for a “typical” cab space *and* what appears to be a longer bed.

    From that perspective, transverse FWD is a winner for me. I’ve always thought that the average crew cab 1/2 ton had a bed so short as to be nearly useless. More bed length is a good thing, IMO.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    FCA joins VW

    E.P.A. Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Secretly Exceeding Emissions Standards

  20. GM Veteran Says:

    Congratulations to Ford for trying to imagine what our future could be, and providing a glimpse of it for all to dream of. This is a sign of leadership. Its what GM used to do when they considered themselves the leader of the automotive world. Too bad they lost that viewpoint. Good for you Ford!

    XA351GT: You make a good point, though being an influential vehicle does not necessarily translate to commercial success. Though Camrys sell in big quantities, I don’t know of anyone that thinks it has ever broken any new ground as an automobile. And while the minivan market has shrunk, the remaining players are very happy with the profits those vehicles generate. Selling 120k or more of a highly profitable vehicle is good business for any automaker. The Pacifica is a winner.

  21. Peter Zulu Says:

    I remember the episode of AAH #275 “At Volkswagen Schmidt Happens” with Oliver Schmidt. I liked the show – your guest was interesting, competent and funny. And now he is arrested.