AD #2094 – Carmakers Boost Production, Delphi’s Aftermarket OTA Updates, Why Buick Thinks Customers Will Pay More

April 24th, 2017 at 11:46am

Runtime: 6:47

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- North American Production Boosted
- VW Sentenced to Three Years Probation
- Delphi Develops Aftermarket OTA Updates
- New Innovation Allows Ford to Recycle Aluminum
- Why Buick Thinks Customers Will Pay More

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20 Comments to “AD #2094 – Carmakers Boost Production, Delphi’s Aftermarket OTA Updates, Why Buick Thinks Customers Will Pay More”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Fords system is pretty nifty. Begs another question. What if the stamping process made more effcient use of the sheets? Seems like an awful lot of waste of material

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The vacuum idea is a good one, though they were recycling that scrap before; just not as efficiently. I’m sure there is similar recycling with steel and other recyclables.

    The Avenir seems like a good idea. With GMC’s Denali a major hit, people will pay more (when more is offered) and I believe what they perceive, and receive, that they are getting their money’s worth. Cache and content gets the big bucks.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is Ford using four different kinds of military grade aluminum, or is some of the recycled stuff civilian grade?

  4. WineGeek Says:

    Buick isn’t selling many cars n the US as it is increasing prices by telling customers they are receiving more will only work if their is a real benefit for the consumer. Not just a marketing line of BS.

  5. Ed Says:

    Does anyone else log on here and see all the shows in Chinese or Japanese ? Sometimes takes a few reloads to show in English .

  6. W L Simpson Says:

    The amounts of al-you-mini-um mentioned in the Ford article staggers the imagination. The production numbers do too! One of my fondest memories is the self guided tour thru the Atlanta BOP plant, 1956 & seeing Olds Rocket
    Tri Power engines stacked to the ceiling, waiting their turn.

  7. Roger T Says:

    Interesting how every brand seeks to sell bigger and more expensive vehicles, we have over-offering in the premium segment. Perhaps too many choices makes ´premium´ redundant, diminishing the special tangible attributes about the products and brands. Maybe Lincoln is figuring it out with their approach, making the ´experience´ count more, perhaps that´s what premium means now.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Roger #7, you may be right (about Lincoln, but too soon to tell). As a Cadillac buyer (of late), it seems to me that my dealer is doing whatever appears to be a positive experience without really feeling it. Nice lounge to wait for my vehicle during service and a free coffee or other type refreshment but still lacking in telling me what the heck is going on, how much longer will my vehicle take, etc., etc. Just minimally better than I’ve received when I was buying Chevys’.

    Kit, pretty sure you were a little tongue in cheek, and you know there are thousands of alloys of aluminum but it does make sense to separate different alloys (from one another). And was that military grade, marine grade, standard grade, or whatever; though they probably get a better price with separated alloys so the recycler knows what they are dealing with from the get-go and doesn’t have to separate/test when melting it all down.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Yep, I was definitely tongue in cheek about the aluminum. I’m curious about how they separate the alloys, though. I’d think that would be difficult, unless the shape or thickness of the scrap from the alloys is a lot different.

    To me, it is surprising how well “premium brands” are doing, generally, given how genuinely premium the “lesser brand” products are becoming. To me, the current Impala is a very nice car, if you like big sedans. Even a base Prius is laden with “features” like adaptive cruise control, though, obviously, a Prius doesn’t compete with Cadillac or Lincoln, or Lexus, in cabin attractiveness.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    VW finally putting the diesel scandal in the rear view mirror? Not by a long shot! There are still several hundred lawsuits pending in the US alone. Many more have been filed in overseas markets. They will be trudging through this legal quagmire for a long time to come!

  11. phred Says:

    You can ask for more for your vehicle…but that does not mean a customer will blindly pay. The value must be there for the features they desire.Give us an example.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 People are willing to pay extra for for name plates and logos. A prime example is the M-B CLA. By any objective measure, a Honda Accord is a much better car, for thousands less, but people like the three pointed star.

    As far as the more premium Buick, I wish them luck, except maybe in China.

  13. Rick W Says:

    Let me get this straight. The US Gov’t charges VW 2+ Billion Dollars. Where the heck does that money go.????
    Shouldn’t that money be used to pay back the consumers of these cars and NOT the Gov’t. The Gov’t can’t explain what they do with these so called fines. Ahhhhh, I don’t know what to think.

    @#5, ED, I’ve been watching this show from the beginning of time and have never experienced what your experiencing. ????????

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 The fine could make a small down payment on Donnie’s wall.

  15. CompressorMan Says:

    I was just at one of my manufacture’s that I do business with that makes machined aluminum parts for the aircraft industry. And I asking him, how much do you get for the scrap aluminum? 30 cent/lbs. I use to get 80 cent/lbs.. G how much does aluminum ingot per/lbs. cost, 4 to 8 dollars / lbs.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #5: For over a week now,some of the writing is in what I believe to be,chinese.Go figure…

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Or it might be Korean.

  18. joe Says:

    There is officially no such thing as military grade aluminum. Ford is doing the same as what they call EcoBoost. Ecoboost is simply an engine with direct injection/turbo. Many car companies use that system even before Ford, in fact even before Ford started using it. GM had that system in their Chevy Solstice and Pontiac Sky and never gave it a special name.

  19. Ukendoit Says:

    5 & G.A., There is an Autoline China feed as well; it is one of the tabs at the top of the page (or click on my name). This must be what you are seeing, but if you type in that shouldn’t be the first thing to pop up. I have checked out the Chinese show which is a little different, but I don’t speak the language. Since that is such a large automotive market and AD is worldwide, that is a logical move to broadcast in Chinese too.

  20. Gene E Says:

    The military as well as some local and state governments use a grading system of materials for specifications in the bidding process….Even soda and beer cans have a “military grade”.