AD #2176 – Daimler to Restructure Company, ADAS Technology Has Impact, Volkswagen Introduces New Small CUV

August 24th, 2017 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:43

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- Daimler to Break Into Three Companies
- Ford Makes Key Management Changes
- Mid-Size Pickup Sales Breakdown
- ADAS Technology Proving to be Effective
- Volkswagen Introduces the T-Roc CUV
- BMW Adding Roadster Version of i8

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12 Comments to “AD #2176 – Daimler to Restructure Company, ADAS Technology Has Impact, Volkswagen Introduces New Small CUV”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This is off-topic from today’s show, but after yesterday’s hate fest on electronic shifters, I decided to check out the one used in Buick LaCrosse, and some Cadillacs. I don’t see the problem. It is easy to use, smooth actuating, and well-labeled. I”d like it better if it shifted into park automatically, like a Prius, when you turn the car off, but the “park” button on the top of the shifter is very convenient to use.

  2. Ukendoit Says:

    Kit, thanks for investigating that. Most shifters now-a-days are really electronic anyway, so it makes sense to get that shifter out of the way.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I have no problem with the electronic shifters. And,I like the new rendition of the ‘typewriter’ drive.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I have an XT5 with the eight speed, which has the electronic shifter. You can push the Park button but the transmission does shift into Park when the engine is shut off automatically. While it is a little different, as Kit suggests, it is easy to use.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    From the XT5 owners manual: When the vehicle is stopped, press ENGINE START/STOP to turn off the vehicle. The transmission will shift to P(Park) automatically.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Interesting. I’ve run into Prius owners who didn’t know their cars did it, and now…

    The salesman at the local Buick/Cadillac/GMC dealer didn’t know it either.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This morning, I specifically asked the salesman if the car shifted to park automatically when you shut it off, and he said “no.”

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Well, I guess you have to consider the source; my source was a cut and paste from the Cadillac Owners Manual. (plus I have the car; when you turn off the engine, the car does not roll). :D

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that car sales people, in general, need better training on product features. There is a lot to know, though, with the constantly changing infotainment systems, etc.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    My mother has a new XT5 and I find the transmission shifter ridiculous. The GMC version and the buttons used in all Lincolns are a much better, simpler and more space-efficient solution. Her shifter is much more confusing and difficult to use than the shifter in her SRX was. How is that deemed to be progress?

  11. GM Veteran Says:

    On the T-ROC, I fail to see why VW would need to offer six engines that span only a 75 horsepower spread. Even if a couple of them are diesels, its still overkill and wastes money and resources. The F-150 will sell more units, be used for many more purposes and offers fewer engines. Direct competitors to the T-ROC offer as few as one engine choice and still sell successfully. VW needs to learn that their customers will live with fewer choices and their bottom line will benefit from it.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The six engines are offered in Europe, not North America. Europeans still like having choice of power trains, like in the U.S. in the 1960′s, when you had six or more engine choices in a Dodge Coronet.