AD #2075 – Honda Gets Replacement Airbags, Buick’s Velite is Just a Rebadged Volt, EU Emission Tests Too Easy

March 28th, 2017 at 11:46am

Runtime: 7:40

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- Honda Gets Replacement Airbags
- Uber Resumes Autonomous Testing
- GM-SAIC Pour on the Technology
- Chinese Car Brands Target the U.S.
- Buick Velite 5 is a Rebadged Chevy Volt
- EU Emission Tests Are Too Easy

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14 Comments to “AD #2075 – Honda Gets Replacement Airbags, Buick’s Velite is Just a Rebadged Volt, EU Emission Tests Too Easy”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    Will GM be giving On-Star free for 5 years in the US?

    I hope the US doesn’t get the short end of the stick on this technology from GM.

  2. Lisk Says:

    With the Volt going to China as a Buick does anyone know if the Chinese made plug in hybrid Cadillac CT6 has landed in the US and if so, are they selling?

    I know it’s apples and oranages, but peaking of the EUs emission testing, are the NCAP tests also questionable?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Sean, weren’t the real world NOx emissions of cars in Europe 4 times the allowed level only for diesels, not for all cars? It is looking like diesels are very hard to make clean, as far as smog causing emissions, and Europe should re-think the incentives in place for diesel light vehicles.

  4. Albemarle Says:

    GM gives On-Star basic level for 5 years for the Bolt EV.
    I am not familiar with what that includes but I think it relates to the smartphone access, not directions or 4G.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I think the basic OnStar is the part that allows you to check your tire pressure, “remaining oil life,” and a few other things from anywhere in the world, using the phone app. My t016 Corvette had that for only 3 months, as I remember. It was cool, but I don’t miss it nearly enough to want to pay for it.

    I still have the key fob functions with the phone app, though I almost never use them.

  6. John McElroy Says:

    Euro NCAP tests are good and represent what happens in the real world.

    In the US diesels have to meet the same emission standards as gasoline engines, so the Europeans have no excuses.

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lisk – If the plug-in CT6′s have made it the U.S. Cadillac hasn’t sold any yet.

  8. Lisk Says:

    6 & 7) Thanks-

  9. MJB Says:

    Thumbs down on the tail light styling of that Buick Velite. In fact, thumbs down on the new Volt tail light styling as well.

    I even saw my first 2017 Volt on the road yesterday, which only solidified my initial impressions – Yep! Those tail lights look like they came straight off a Honda Civic! Bad styling cues, imho.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. Maybe Europe needs the US regs for diesels, based on the air quality in cities, the last time I was in Europe.

  11. Lisk Says:

    5) Kit the OnStar app is still active on your car, you don’t have to be a subscriber any more. They limit the functions to pretty much what you described. With an automatic, you can remote start your car (even with the basic feature). A pretty good feature in colder climates when you are leaving the office and heading to the parking lot-

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11) Yep, I get all key fob functions, remote start, lock, unlock, and “horn and lights” functions, using the phone app.

  13. ClassicBob Says:

    John, what you said about EU emissions regulations being “easy” compared to U.S. regulations may be true, but it only applies to new vehicles. In EU countries, used vehicles are required to pass thorough emissions and safety inspections every year or two (depending on vehicle type, age, etc). If the vehicle does not pass either inspection, it’s not allowed on the road.

    Very few jurastrictions in the U.S. require regular emissions inspections, and i know of none that require regular safety inspections for passenger vehicles. I’d argue -regardless of tougher U.S. regulations, the lack of regular inspections means there’s probably more polluting vehicles on American roads than European roads.

    And I cringe to think of the number of unsafe vehicles on U.S. roads, many which have not been inspected in decades!

  14. US_Engineer_in_China Says:

    Concerning emissions standards in Europe, US, and China, a clear distinction needs to be made between CO2 emissions and other direct pollutants (e.g. HC, NOx, CO…). CO2 has little to no direct correlation to other pollutants, but directly correlates with fuel economy. The EU has prioritized lowering CO2 emissions and I believe, CO2 regs in EU and China are more strict than CAFE regulations, even after accounting for the cycle differences.

    Both the EU and China will eventually adopt the WLTP and real world driving emissions (RDE) tests, which along with tougher standards, will drastically lower the direct pollutant emissions levels from vehicles. By 2022, when these regulations are fully implemented throughout China, vehicles sold there will be among the lowest polluting in the world, even when compared to vehicles sold in California.