AD #2159 – Ford Takes Legal Action Against Geely, Mustang’s Good Neighbor Mode, Diesels Up Down Under

August 1st, 2017 at 11:41am

Runtime: 7:08

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- Ford Goes After Geely for Lynk & Co.
- Honda Reports Quarterly Earnings
- Mustang Gets New Quiet Exhaust Mode
- Kia Asks Alexa to Help Sell Niro
- Diesels Up Strong in Australia
- Will Transmissions Get More Gears?

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15 Comments to “AD #2159 – Ford Takes Legal Action Against Geely, Mustang’s Good Neighbor Mode, Diesels Up Down Under”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    What are the diesel emissions requirements down under? Do they meet our standards,or the eu’s? Or are they just plain diesels with no emissions?

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I meant no emissions standards…

  3. Brett Cammack Says:

    Thinking about how places tend to be pretty far apart in Australia, I wonder how much the longer range of a diesel contributes to it’s appeal there. Thinking about this makes me wonder if diesels sell better in American states where places are far apart than in more dense areas. Montana, Wyoming, etc.

  4. Lex Says:

    Maybe Autoline should speak with John Cadogan of to find out the real scoop on why Australians love their diesels. He is a very funny chap with some great insights.

  5. Marshall Says:

    Let’s get real Ford. Lynk & Co. is nothing like Lincoln. Seems like you’re just trying to get some free publicity. This lawsuit is as lame as when Spike Lee tried suing that TV network when they decided to change their name to Spike.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Brett: Diesels are very popular here in whoregon because everything is so far apart.I see a lot of 3/4 ton diesels,and the ram ecodiesels,and there are still a lot of vw diesels running around.Just for me to go to my ‘local’ VA is a 200+ mile round trip,all mountains too.

  7. Lisk Says:

    I have wondered for a while when the law of diminishing returns would catch up to number of practical speeds in a transmission. 10-speed transmissions have a ton of complexity, especially if they have to be repaired. I’m sure the cost to repair a failed one at current shop rates almost makes them a disposable item.

    Also on the transmission front, how long before we see electrics moving away from direct drive to multi-speed gear boxes. It seems running the motors at lower speeds would increase the range and generate less heat and wear.

  8. Usefull Says:

    Since I am not the least bit confused, and I cannot even speak Chinese, I hope Ford loses this frivolous lawsuit.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    This is for you Kit:

    best of both worlds ;}>

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, G.A. I always liked the CTS wagon, both the regular V-6 version and the “V.” Unfortunately, it didn’t sell, so tbere is not a second generation.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, the many-speed transmission tbing is getting sill. Going from 6 to 8 in various GM products, including my Corvette, gave only minimal improvement in performance and gas mileage. Going to 15 speeds, or a CVT, would provide little improvement over the 8-speed. It seems that car companies just like to brag about how many speeds their transmissions have.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s “getting silly,” not “getting sill.”

  13. Joseph N. Says:

    I remember that AAH with the Roush Mustang. At the time the Roush people flat out said they created the quiet mode because of noise complaints.

    Since that was a couple of years ago, I have to ask what took Ford so long to introduce this?

    I have a neighbor across the street who wakes me up every morning with his Mustang, and he is babying it as much as possible.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Unfortunately, no anti-noise laws are enforced. In Kokomo, IN where I spend about 5 months of the year, almost all of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and about half of the pickup trucks have noisy aftermarket exhaust. Then, there are the Mustangs and other cars with noisy OEM exhaust. I don’t have the “noisy on demand” exhaust on my Corvette, but I drove one, and it is seriously loud in sport mode. Why does the DOT allow stock exhaust this loud?

  15. Slandy Says:

    Ok, Bob Fascetti, let’s review basic math. Inceasing from 4 speeds to 5 is NOT a 20% increase. It’s a 25% increase. You got it right on the 10 to 11 though. I thought engineers were good at math?