AD #2177 – Audi Equips A8 with 3D Sound System, German Car Buyers Shun Diesels, Car Sales Won’t Rebound in August

August 25th, 2017 at 11:57am

Runtime: 9:43

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- Car Sales Won’t Rebound in August
- German Car Buyers Shun Diesels
- Intelligent Cylinder Deactivation
- Cadillac Launches XT5 w/ Mild Hybrid in China
- Audi Equips A8 with 3D Sound System
- Carmakers Missing Big Opportunity at Auto Shows

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7 Comments to “AD #2177 – Audi Equips A8 with 3D Sound System, German Car Buyers Shun Diesels, Car Sales Won’t Rebound in August”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The german oems who are stuck with all those dirty diesels have no one to blame but themselves.
    I just watched AAH on the HCCI technology.Looks and sounds promising.I hope to see more of this tech.

  2. Drew Says:

    At the risk of creating a stir, I see nothing but wasted money in the branded and complex sound systems. Let’s be honest about it… a vehicle’s cabin is relatively small, and the driver still needs to be able to hear traffic (e.g., motorcycles and emergency vehicles). So, a practical limit exists in audio volume levels for safe operation of the vehicle. Yet, these high end audios mostly differentiate themselves at high volume levels.

    Hey OEMs, please do not bundle such discretionary/insanity sound systems with emerging safety technology.

  3. Ziggy Says:

    Well said G.A. and Drew, well said.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that, when the Europeans first actively encouraged the sale of diesel cars, they didn’t know the downside of having zillions of them in big cities. First, they noticed that buildings and monuments were being eaten up by urban acid rain, caused by high sulphur diesel fuel. Ultra low sulphur fuel took care of that. Then, they realized that high NOx directly causes health problems, and contributes to the formation of smog. They instituted regulations for that, which might have taken care of most of the problem, except that VW, who made the most cars, and others were cheating. It may just be that it is impractical, or impossible to make diesels as clean as they need to be, to make up half the fleet in urban areas.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Well, I wonder how many speakers are too much; Cadillac’s Bose Panaray has 34 speakers, and from reviews I’ve heard on the Cadillac Forum, have stated the sound is spectacular (though others have also said, not so much). They don’t come cheap but some audiophiles must have the best so if they want to pony-up the dollars that is surely their prerogative.

    I have been the owner of three Bose systems and have been favorably impressed with the sound (over general factory offered radios). While I do have some hearing difficulties (tinnitus, for one), the latest Bose (in a XT5) has been the best IMO. The vehicle is very quiet and I think that maximizes the sound quality I’m hearing.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve never had a car quiet enough to really appreciate a fancy sound system. I do my more “serious” music listening at home.

  7. Walt Costa Says:

    Todays so called “Modern Vehicles” are the most unsafe vehicles ever produced. Not only that but they have absolutely no character whatsoever. Auto manufacturers today in an effort to outdo one another have created a product designed to screw the public like no other time in history. They are gadgetry laden with electronic devises that have no longevity are complicated and extremely costly to repair. The more manufacturers ad to this crap, Visa vi “Hybrids” the more unreliable and unsafe they become. There are much better ways but trying to convince auto manufacturers is like pissing into the wind. That’s because the biggest problem with the auto industry is you have morons in charge.