AD #2195 – Ford Augments Its Design Process, Russian Sales Continue to Rebound, Volvo Introduces All-New XC40

September 21st, 2017 at 11:47am

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- BYD Predicts ICE-Less China by 2030
- Delphi Partners with Blackberry on Autonomy
- Russian Car Sales Continue to Rebound
- Kia Cuts Rio Price
- Volvo’s All-New XC40
- Ford Uses Augmented Reality for Design

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15 Comments to “AD #2195 – Ford Augments Its Design Process, Russian Sales Continue to Rebound, Volvo Introduces All-New XC40”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Ford’s augmented design is very impressive.

  2. Mike Smith Says:

    How can any government ban an inte4nal combustion engine. The automotive industry is the hub by which all other industries are derived. Everything is either produced by and r supplied by the auto industry nothing gets sold are moved without them. The government need to rethink an outrageous idea of banning the internal combustion engine.

  3. Dale Leonard Says:

    Love the new Volvo XC40. Outstanding design. I can’t wait for it to come to a dealer near me as I would love one with a diesel as I am a real diesel fan. Had an Eldorado back in 1985 with a diesel,the true diesel block,not the converted gas one that would scatter. On the open road I could easily get 60 MPG’s with cruise set at 70. I just wish the XC40 came in a manual. I am a die hard stick person and am sad to see them almost gone.

  4. cwolf Says:

    I’m one of those old farts when every family had someone working for the Big3, so buying something different was taboo. Never the less, I also find Volvos attractive; Especially the wagons. I could never buy one just because they are owned by the Chinese!

  5. Terry Says:

    I really do hope other countries do ban the I/C engine.

    We didn’t get to I/C engines because of politics. We got there because they were the best engines up to now. If something was better, it would be dominating.

    So countries that don’t allow the most efficient engines will only cause more fuel use (hence more emissions), and make their country uncompetitive.

  6. Ziggy Says:

    Regarding countries banning internal combustion engines, I guess it is time to bring back steam powered cars since they are external combustion engines, I’m sure that will please the environmental Nazis.

    I think the XC40 looks good but I would be worried about losing a semi in that D pillar, jikes!! I hope it comes with a reliable blind spot mitigation system because you’re going to need it with that design.

  7. Barry T Says:

    5 How about setting high but attainable standards and goals for the various vehicle categories and let technology, competition and innovation decide the best powertrain solutions, not politics, not shortsighted bans?

    I wish the various governments/environmentalists/politicians would consider the WHOLE package, including manufacturing, disposal/recycling, source of energy (e.g. coal powering EVs) and not just obsess over the tailpipe.

    Volvo has come out of nowhere with attractive and fresh designs.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ll be very surprised if those countries are able to follow through with tbeir banning ICE-powered cars in 8-13 years. That’s not enough time to tool up to build the cars and batteries, or to prepare the charging infrastructure. A good starting place would be to ban, or greatly limit the number of ICE cars in large cities. That is where tailpipe emissions are a problem.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    How about letting the market drive what powertrains people want and not the government.
    I guess they figure if they can’t get the public to buy an EV using incentives then just ban the ice.

  10. Ukendoit Says:

    I’m not a fan of big government or excessive regulations, but this could be similar to gov’t banning incandescent light bulbs. They were in every house and like ICEs, very inefficient due to so much energy going towards heat production. At the time they started banning them, the LED bulbs were very awkward and odd looking. Now, after just a few years, you can’t even tell the difference and they became much cheaper.

  11. Ukendoit Says:

    As all the light bulbs that are in use drop their energy consumption by around 80-90% with the switch to LEDs, that should free up enough energy for charging electric vehicles without too much added impact on the grid.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Uber banned in London.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    Uknedoit; The biggest difference with your light bulb analogy is that the LED bulbs were not just a new technology that was greener. LED bulbs are safer burn cooler use less energy and last longer. The EV’s are just not on the same playing field as the ICE vehicle (yet).
    Having numerous cordless power tools myself I love the advantage they provide. However within the last few years they have gone from 6V to 12V to 18 to 24 and keep changing. Which proves they are still developing the technology. I have Li Ion and NiCad battery packs and they don’t last and are expensive to replace. In fact almost by time the battery pack quits working your better off to toss the drill and buy the new one with the improved higher voltage battery. Not sure many people can afford to do that with their car.
    Not to mention that if you need to tow a boat, camper, or need a large SUV there are no EV’s available.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Cordless power tools would be convenient, but not liking throwaway items, I would never buy them. My two 60 year old plug-in drills still work fine, and one of them has a lot of run time.

    Yeah, it will be a while before EV’s can do what ICE vehicles do, like go 500 miles non-stop, and then go another 500 miles after a 5 minute stop.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    Geez Kit, 60 year old drills that still work. You don’t do enough screwing around.