AD #2183 – Wealthy Buying Fewer New Cars, JLR Develops Future Steering Wheel, AM/FM Radio Faces Grim Future

September 5th, 2017 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:54

- U.S. Sales Nosedive in August
- Hyundai Has Supplier Problems in China
- JLR’s Steering Wheel Mobility Assistant
- Daimler Testing Plug-In Fuel Cell
- Mercedes Teases New EQ Concept
- New Technology Could Kill Traditional Radio
- Corvette Inventory Spikes

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24 Comments to “AD #2183 – Wealthy Buying Fewer New Cars, JLR Develops Future Steering Wheel, AM/FM Radio Faces Grim Future”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Corvette plant is shutting down for “inventory adjustment,” but also, is being modernized and rearranged.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Nice link Kit; while sales have slowed (and caught up with demand), those ’18′s and maybe a mid-engine slated to be produced, will indeed, need to keep prying eyes out. Renovation, re-tooling and production reduction seem to be the reason(s) for the shutdown.

  3. Brett Cammack Says:

    Just wait ’til that Corvette SUV hits the market!

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    My understanding is that they were purposely building up the days supply in advance, knowing they would have to have an extended shutdown for retooling in the late Summer/Fall. The same applies to the Silverado and Sierra inventory numbers.

  5. BobD Says:

    JLR’s mobility assistant? – Not even a good concept. It would be crazy to try to introduce a dedicated piece of hardware you’d have to lug around with you when all that functionality is ideal for your smartphone. I’m surprised they didn’t try to incorporate a dedicated navigation system into their steering wheel too. Lame.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 That bad thing, is that ordered cars will be delayed for months. I don’t know about truck buyers, but many Corvette buyers, including myself, still do factory orders.

  7. Mark Says:

    #6 I imagine the Corvette factory first stopped accepting any new orders, finished building all the cars they had custom orders for, and THEN shut the factory.

  8. Don B. Says:

    AM FM radio is killing itself. If you listen to a station for 4 hours and you will hear the same songs two times or more. The broadcast programming is just that a program there are very few live DJs left, most broadcasts are done by computer. So radio is slitting its own throat.

  9. Roger T Says:

    I thing deleting FM is a mistake. As the dad of two gen Y kids, I will comment that even though our vehicles have smart phone connectivity they still listen to the radio, especially on their short trips (most of the cases).
    Also, done write me off, I still have a good 25 years in the workforce and I would not buy a car without fm radio.

  10. Roger T Says:

    Bob (#5), I completely agree. It seems JLR wants to be noticed and maybe detain some IP, but their idea doesn’t seem very practical.
    I heard there’s a company making a ring (yes to wear in your finger) that would eliminate the need for car keys, that is a much better idea for ownership and car sharing too. I guess RFID could be used for that.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    AM/FM radio.. What is AM radio?
    Between the satellite “radio” and streaming music from an app or what is already downloaded to my car or phone who needs radio? Plus on long trips not having to use a seek button every hour or so and listen to commercials makes it an obsolete technology.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Nope. I know first hand. They took at least one order, July 17, that they didn’t build, and won’t until November or so.

    I listen to radio a lot, mostly NPR, on both AM and FM, whichever station is coming in better. I also listen to Bob and Tom sometimes, on an Indianapolis FM station. I sometimes listen to music on radio, but also listen to my own music from an iPod or memory stick, or CD’s.

    I could get the radio stations I listen to via streaming, but the radio is much more convenient. Also, though I have unlimited data on my phone, if everyone used phone data as a replacement for radio, the systems would be so overwhelmed, that the streaming would probably work for no one.

  13. Al Says:

    Corvettes not selling – could it be price? Wealthy not buying new – same as above, wealthy didn’t get that way wasting money especially the when depreciation is considered. CD players are already a thing of the past in new cars much like cassettes were.

  14. Scott-In-Cleveland Says:

    I listen to AM/FM radio for the news and talk programs, not just music. So, there is still important reasons to keep AM/FM radios in cars.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 The current Corvette is in its 5th model year so, not suprisingly, sales are slowing down. Yeah, Corvettes aren’t cheap, but they are a bargain compared to the competition. I see a lot of SUV’s and pickup trucks that cost more than basic Corvette.

    My 2017 Prius has a CD player, but many new cars don’t.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    The “ClearChannel” and similar broadcast networks slit their own throats by saving money on programming and eliminating local content. They have become nothing more than propaganda and/or monopolistic, brain-dead programming.

    Once upon a time, I could change stations and every one was unique with local content. But today, 1/3d are religious stations shouting their version of John 3:16. Worse, atleast two or more stations are playing the same ClearChannel cr*p.

    If you can’t tell where a radio station is based upon its content, it has no value. As for Pandora, a content monopoly by any other name is just as boring.

    You can’t attract smart people by boring them to death.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville AL

  17. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I subscribe to Sirius. I hate to have to ‘bargain’ with them every six months for a fair rate but I’m pretty much happy with the content; mostly Classic Vinyl and Classic Rewind (for me).

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve heard so much bad about Sirius/XM, regarding obnoxious high pressure crap if you want to cancel, that I have never renewed after the initial 3 months expires. If you could sign up for 3 or 6 months, which would just shut off when it expires, I might consider it.

  19. Bill Nelson Says:

    We accepted a trial of Sirius XM for six-months at a very good price. We had two major trips planned during the period, so it was a welcome buy, but I won’t pay for a full price renewal at the end of this trial period. We still listen more to local FM stations when we’re in our home area, because we want to hear the local news and weather.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    You folks that say you still listen to AM/FM radio are all like me probably over the age of 30. You probably owned a cassette player Walkman or at least a portable CD player at one time. But I can see what Sean was saying that the new generation of kids don’t go to the store to buy music. They sure as hell don’t record anything off the radio and could care less about NPR or talk radio. I remember thinking a record collection of 20 or 30 albums was allot. My kids have devices with over 1500 songs on them. So I can see how radio will fade away in the coming years.
    They will never experience the joy of finally hearing their favorite song being played after waiting for hours because they can get it instantly and listen to it whenever they want.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lambo, I agree that radio is pretty much obsolete for music, but not for news, sports, local events info, etc. At some point, celluler streaming might almost completely replace radio for those things too, but that is years away, IMHO.

    I probably won’t be around to see it, but radio will probably see a nostalgia boom in the future, like vinyl records are seeing now.

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    I know what your saying Kit. On my last trip from Dallas back to Ohio I was traveling through Oklahoma when the clouds got dark and circular. No warning whatsoever from satellite radio because its not local. But we were streaming from our phones which started to alarm with tornado warnings. So we switched on the radio at that point. So I think you’ll see even more development in making the local stuff available through streaming apps or based on your phones GPS. Once the stuff you can only currently find on the radio becomes more available thru other means than a radio will be as common as an 8 track player.

  23. Gene E Says:

    Oh my, the good ole days of radios and 8 track. I can remember planning my evenings in high school around going to the tallest hill around to hear WOAI AM out of San Antonio play Stairway To Heaven nightly at 10 PM……Bought the latest innovation of an underdash FM/8track in anticipation of receiving something besides the 1 classical station broadcasting and the local CBS TV affiliate on FM.

  24. veh Says:

    #11 What is AM radio?

    That’s where I get my McElroy fix in the early mornings!

    AM works great for news and spoken word stuff, traffic and weather on the 8s.

    “The “ClearChannel” and similar broadcast networks slit their own throats by saving money on programming and eliminating local content.”

    ITA with this. The MBAs saved all sorts of money when they eliminated local content. But as they say in the auto industry, you can’t cost cut your way into profit.