AD #2110 – Ford to Decrease Salaried Workers, State Taxes on Cars Generate Billions, Continental Develops 3D IP Display

May 16th, 2017 at 11:47am

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- Ford to Decrease Amount of Salaried Workers
- Ford Likely to Cut Production
- State Taxes on Cars Generates Billions
- Continental Develops Digital Cluster w/ 3D Display
- Faurecia Jumps on the Hydrogen Bandwagon
- Audi Integrates Android’s Operating System
- Volvo Adopts Android for Infotainment
- Diesels 50% Dirtier Than Tests Show

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23 Comments to “AD #2110 – Ford to Decrease Salaried Workers, State Taxes on Cars Generate Billions, Continental Develops 3D IP Display”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    A while back this program quoted a study that reported a typical burger joint emmitted more pollutants than did a fully loaded diesel. So what study is correct?

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I was part of Delphi’s getting rid of 10% of their salary work force in 2001. It was partly to reduce head count, but also, to make room for some younger engineers who might be a better fit for then-emerging technologies. There may be some of that going on at Ford. Those big inventories on core products like F series and Fusion don’t sound good, though.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “globally pollution from diesel powered vehicles is 50% higher than government tests show.”

    “Globally”,doesn’t have the same diesel emission standards we do.Even the eu doesn’t want our stricter standards.

    We as a country are doing our bit in fighting air pollution.It’s time the rest of the world does theirs.

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    Good call G.A. I was going to say something similar. @David Sprowl – In the U.S. diesels have to pass the same emission tests as gasoline vehicles.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    While you’re here Sean,how you doing on the old pan you inherited?

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    Cars and Taxes- if you included tolls how would money spent on roads compare to revenue? Are cars a money maker or a loss for states?

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    @GA- yeah, I was traveling in Europe for a while last year, I found Bosnia and Croatia the worst when it came to diesels. I’m sure there is no word for “clean diesel” in Croat or Bosnia.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3, 4
    I suspect tbe Europeans, at least in cities, are starting to realize that they need diesel emissions standards more like the U.S. standards. Test procedures that would better reflect “real world” emissions would help.

  9. George Ricci Says:

    Hydrogen tanks are made to very strong to give an extra margin of safety. But think about it, do you really what to be seating next to 2 cylinders at 10,000 psi in a car that at some point could be involved in an accident? What if it catches on fire? There is supposed to be a valve on the tank to release Hydrogen before the tank explodes, but what they do not tell you is that release becomes a blowtorch. What if you are trapped in the car? Is your local fire department equipped to fight a Hydrogen fire? In most cases they will have wait for it to burn itself out.

  10. Buzzerd Says:

    hey George- “what if” my aunt had balls? he’d be my uncle. In other words, that’s a lot of what if’s.

  11. Lex Says:

    Ford took it’s eye off the ball when it restarted Lincoln. Alan Mulally refocused Ford on the idea of Ford One. Ford One re-energized the core business which strengthened the company and prevented the need for a US Government Bailout. Mark Fields needs to redirect Ford’s focus back to Ford One. Lincoln Brand should be jettisoned forever and concentrate on autonomous driving vehicles and battery technology for the masses.

  12. Lisk Says:

    So are the hydrogen tanks made entirely of carbon fiber or are they merely wrapped aluminum like a scuba tank. I would worry about an all carbon fiber tank fraying the carbon cloth over time.

  13. Gene E Says:

    Re: Diesels……We also have to keep in mind that many purchase diesels as their life expectancy (both in years and miles)is MUCH longer than the normal internal combustion engine.

  14. Lex Says:

    I agree with # 9 George Ricci. Hydrogen should be used to generate electricity for EV’s. Natural Gas and Propane are other alternative fuels to be used which are readily accessible to the general public.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Diesels lasting longer than gas engines is a myth, in the case of car diesels. Also, routine maintenance of car diesels is more expensive.

    Big truck and bus diesels are a different breed, more durably built, and last longer than any gas engines now being used in big trucks.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I agree,and disagree.Gassers nowadays,with proper maintenance can go 200K miles or more before rebuild or replacement.

    Diesels on the other hand,although have higher comp ratios,turn a lot less rpms to get to full power,even less to get to full torque.They can go,again with proper maint,easily 500K miles before teardown.

    But on the diesel emissions equip.Wow,that is scary high to fix/replace.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 @G.A.
    I’m talking about car diesels. Tbe 2.2 four cylender in my friend’s Sunfire is going strong at 240K, and could easily go 300K or fartber. I doubt if the VW, PSA, Euro Ford or other four cylinder car diesels do much, or any better.

    I assume the diesels used in “HD” pickups would last longer than “ecobooost” V6′s and Chevy gas V8′s if used for heavy towing. As you say, though, the diesel emissions stuff is crazy complex. Also, routine maintenence on the diesels is more expensive, with lots of oil, special fuel filters, etc.

  18. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – I’m in the process of getting the bike to my place, taking detailed pictures and coming up with a list of bit and pieces I’m going to need. I hope to start in on the project in the next few months as I finish up other projects that I need to get done first.

  19. John McElroy Says:

    #1. David, that study from UC Riverside found that charbroiling one hamburger emits more particulates than driving a semi-truck for 143 miles. Particulates, especially 2.5 PM, is nasty stuff that gets deep in your lungs and can cause cancer.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #19 John, it looks like particulate filters are badly needed on exhaust fans at Burger King.

  21. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Oil changes for diesels.Yes,they hold more oil.Filters,all the oil and fuel filters are cross referenced with genuine Caterpillar filters,which are a lot less expensive.One of my sons builds and tests 8K hp diesels for cat.

    Sean: Cool.Don’t forget,when you start,make sure you have the shop manual.Also,don’t go to an authorized Harley dealer to buy ANYTHING for your pan project.They couldn’t find their ass with a roadmap when it comes to old iron.

    If you know any bikers,(not weekend warriors/wallet riders), find out what outlaw shop they buy their parts at.That’s where you want to go.They are the ‘real’ bike shops.

    Harley dealerships are disco’s with bikes,and generally suck butt.Finish your other projects,then hunker down to doing something completely different.

    PS:,start growing that facefur ;}>

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    G.A., the Harley dealership in Cocoa Beach, FL doesn’t even sell motorcycles, only clothes.

  23. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Harley has sunk to the bottom with a cloths only dealership.Wow,what a shame. Back in the 90′s I was blackballed by the factory from buying new bikes,that I paid cash for.I’d ride them for a bit to see how they were,then sold them down south.I paid them what they wanted,and sold them for about 2.5k more,depending on model/options etc.

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