AD #2088 – Scrambler Production Set for 2019, Musk Teases New Tesla Vehicles, Will Automation Kill Skilled Trades Jobs?

April 14th, 2017 at 11:33am

Runtime: 7:31

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- Argus Finds Vulnerabilities with Bosch App
- Honda R&D Expands Beyond Cars
- GM Expands Autonomous Operations
- Musk Teases New Tesla Vehicles
- Jeep Scrambler Production Set for 2019
- Will Automation Kill Skilled Trades Jobs?

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16 Comments to “AD #2088 – Scrambler Production Set for 2019, Musk Teases New Tesla Vehicles, Will Automation Kill Skilled Trades Jobs?”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Auto makers will need skilled trades workers, such as electricians and machine repairman, to keep all of that complex equipment running. They will need very specific training, for the equipment being used.

    As far as machinists, yeah, there probably won’t be much need for them in the future.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Jeep should make a pickup version of the Wrangler NOW, rather than in two years. Since Wrangler is a basic body-on-frame vehicle, they should be able to tool a pickup version in a few months. They already have two wheelbases to choose from.

  3. FSTFWRD Says:

    Kit, I couldn’t agree more. FCA should be developing a real “small” pick-up that would be a great seller in this market, instead of the tons of development money spent on the Demon. Yes, the Demon will be a great performer, but how big is that market? I think very small compared to the small truck market. They need a new, small “Gladiator”. That’s what I’m thinking.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think if Jeep wants volume that they are going to have to bring something else to the table; a bed added CJ, while it may sell some, won’t be a volume product. IMO

    Musk just seems to be delaying the day of reckoning by promise of new product. Maybe by saying reckoning, it should be spelled re-conning. High stock prices on high speculation seems to be continuing (hopefully not to the tune of 1929).

  5. Roger Blose Says:

    We all saw the movie “Tucker”. Who is going to play Elon Musk in the movie “Tesla”?

  6. joe Says:

    Elon Musk, the big con artist, is spewing some more BS and his followers are saying, Yes, master.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m a little skeptical of the long-term prospects for Elon’s cars, once mainstream car companies get more serious about EV’s. I am vary impressed with his rockets, though, specifically the controlled landing and recovery of first stage boosters.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, that’s very, not vary impressed…

    As far as the stock price, that’s gambling, not much different from casinos. If I had Tesla stock, I’d cash in. No, I don’t have any.

  9. GaryPaul Says:

    Since the development of the Jeep pickup would be relatively inexpensive to produce the only real reason for the delay in continuing to offer such a vehicle for the last 20 odd years is the fact that management might be concerned that it would steal some sales from the Ram or former mid-sized Dakota, just like they cancelled the Comanche pickup a 5-6 years after the Dakota was born (AMC which made the model was bought by Chrysler in 1987 so they kept the Comanche for a while)and soon all most Chrysler Divisions were selling under one roof. Since Jeep offered a number of duplicated models within their own division (models with similar size but with different exteriors and interiors in a similar size/platform in the past this seems like it would have been a no-brainer to do because it has no reason to be disassociated with the Jeep Wrangler since it is obvious that it would evolve from Wrangler roots.

    It’s interesting to note that the Jeep Scrambler model shown has once again the short base cab and not the endlessly extended cabs of today. As they will certainly offer extended or 4-door cabs to the Jeep pickups combined with the shorter beds as found on all of today’s mid-sized pickups (Colorado/Canyon, upcoming Ranger, etc), this means that owners will be forced by the manufacturer to upgrade from a “lightweight” 4500 lb vehicle in order to get a long (over 7 foot) bed. This makes more $$ for the manufacturers but allows an opening to any competitor to offer real longer bed pickups in the middle and compact size….

    Regarding profits from a Wrangler-based pickup, I think Jeep could make $$ from such a vehicle without producing too high a number because of all the parts it shares with the Wrangler, and thus expand the Jeep Brand and Image… I bet even a 20,000 production run annually would suffice to make a profit.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not into trucks at all, but I’m so sick of seeing these 20-some foot long “crew cab” tbings, that if FCA would build a basic, two door Wrangler-based pickup, I would actually like seeing a few of them on tbe road.

  11. OMEGATALON Says:

    Reports say that Hydrogen fuel cell cars like Toyota’s Mirai that was recently on Autoline After Hours is catching up in sales to electric vehicles; one has to wonder what will happen to Tesla when Toyota began building Hydrogen fuel cell variants of their Lexus LS sedan and RS CUV as drivers would get everything Lexus vehicles have a reputation for plus being green.

  12. Dan M Says:

    I don’t believe the frame on the Wrangler would meet crash tests, if used as a pickup. Higher costs in developing and testing a new frame would take time i.e 2019

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Do pickups have more challenging crash tests than SUV’s? I wouldn’t have known.

  14. joe Says:

    I’m a retired GM electrician and I can tell you automation will only do the opposite with electricians. GM will need more of them then ever. I believe with some other trades, it could be reduced.

  15. joe Says:

    It’s time once again for Tesla to feed more BS to keep the momentum of it’s stock going. I for one, sure as heck would never buy Tesla stock at today’s price. The greatest thing about that company is having Elon Musk at the head of it and it’s followers. It sure looks cult-like.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s getting even worse for McLaren-Honda F1. Vandoorne didn’t even start, and Alonso broke down, while running well, considering the performance deficit.