AD #2161 – Tesla & BMW Report Q2 Earnings, Mercedes 3D Prints Metal Parts, Developing Odyssey’s Magic Slide Seats

August 3rd, 2017 at 11:54am

Runtime: 7:42

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- Tesla Posts Mixed Q2 Earnings
- BMW Up Strong in Q2
- Mercedes 3D Printing Metal Replacement Parts
- Local Motors Gears Up Olli
- Nissan Offers Rear Door Alert Feature
- Developing Odyssey’s Magic Slide Seats

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15 Comments to “AD #2161 – Tesla & BMW Report Q2 Earnings, Mercedes 3D Prints Metal Parts, Developing Odyssey’s Magic Slide Seats”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Wallstreet still bullish on Tesla; well, take the “i” from bullish move it to the end of “bullish” then you have Tesla to a “t” (yes, pun intended).

    Rear seat alert when first introduced was kind of a nanny alert (in my first impression), but after repeated irresponsible adults continuing to kill their children (hot cars, neglected kids), I believe this should probably be mandatory on all new vehicles.

    Magic glide seats, stow and go, whatever you need; it’s nice to have a choice. Renting a Town and Country, and going on a vacation trip, I sure did appreciate the stow and go; but needs could be different for different users.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Honda’s Magic Glide would be of no use to me, but Stow and Go would be great, if I were buying a new van. What I need in a van is a box on wheels. My ’89 Caravan is just that, with the rear seat removed, but it would be nice to be able to use a rear seat without carrying ~100 pounds of seat up from the basement, and getting it in place and latched.

    Honda’s thing, as demonstrated, would be good for people with babies, but the people I know with very young children can’t afford to buy a $35-40K van.

  3. Roger Blose Says:

    I watched Nissan try and demonstrate their rear seat alert system yesterday on Fox Business Channel and it did not work. Very embarrassing for the company. And of course they had the dreaded rear heavily tinted windows all rolled down during the test which is the real killer issue. Just put clear windows in the rear doors so that Mom and Dad can see the back seats when they exit the car just like the old station wagons had. Rear visibility is also improved over the shoulder as well. problem solved!

  4. BobD Says:

    Here is a suggestion one of the OEMs can develop… An integrated smart phone app that as you lock your car and walk away, the rear seat camera pops up on your phone so you can see your kid in the back seat. You have to dismiss the image before your phone will do anything else.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Did it not detect that the doors had been opened, or was the logic flawed?

    Actually, maybe people who don’t know they have kids in the car shouldn’t have kids in the first place. Just a thought.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    As was said in the segment,the ‘back seat nanny’ can be turned off.That might have been the case with their presentation. Maybe…

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Could be. If so, someone’s job security could be at risk.

  8. JWH Says:

    ref #7 – If it can be turned off, I would change “Could” to “Should”.

  9. Drew Says:

    Magic Slide seats!?!? Let’s give credit where credit is due – the Mazda MPV from about 17 years ago had it… and you didn’t have to remove a center section. Slide the seats together as a bench with side access to the 3rd row – or – slide them apart as captain’s chairs with 3rd row access through the center aisle.

  10. Ziggy Says:

    Sorry Honda, but I’m not impressed with your magic seats, you can accomplish almost the same access to the third row with captains chairs and an aisle in the middle in the second row without all the added complexity and cost of your sliding chair, and as Drew pointed out, it has already been done with the Mazda MPV from 17 years ago. Even with a 60/40 split bench in the second row it is easy to get to the 3rd row when they fold forward.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Car companies need to come up with something “new.” I don’t need it. Few people will need it, but I suppose it will take a few sales from Toyota and Chrysler.

  12. FSTFWRD Says:

    @#4 BobD, Very good idea. I like it.

    @#5 Kit, Yes, maybe they shouldn’t have kids, but that is beside the point. Things happen and it shouldn’t cause the death of a innocent child.

    @#9 Drew. I like the Honda seats, and getting to the aisle to access the third row when the second row has rear facing car seats installed is almost impossible. The Honda sliding seats would only be an asset if each seat contains a tether mount at the front of the seat to anchor the rear facing child seat so the second row seats with child seats can be slid left and right without touching the child seats.

    I’m way past the age of needing child seats, but our children have children (our grand children) and their needs are much different.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Some FCA news:

    https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/08/fca-dodges-legal-bullet-38267

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    G.A., thanks for the link. It’s good to know that sometimes, when “investors” try to screw a company, they lose.

  15. RS Says:

    Two of my kids drive an Odyssey as one of their vehicles. One family has four offspring (now on their second Odyssey), the other has 3 (this family has two rear-facing child seats in place). Access to the rear seats has always been an issue.

    One family has removed the center row seats a couple of times to haul bulky cargo (over a period of sixteen years).

    The ability to alter the seating configuration by moving the outside seats to one side and leave an aisle on the other side is pure genius. You cannot stow a seat with the child seat in place – and removing it is a royal pain in the posterior. Grandparents might go for the Chrysler, the families definitely prefer the Odyssey.

    Different strokes…