AD #2201 – Diesel Woes Costs VW Billions More, China Pushes EV Goals Back, Hyundai Introduces New Accent

September 29th, 2017 at 11:49am

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- China Pushes EV Goals Back a Year
- VW Sets Aside Another $3 Billion for Diesels
- Honda Teases New EV Sports Car
- Hyundai Reveals the New Accent
- Chevy Introduces Centennial Edition Trucks
- Chevy Renames Medium-Duty Trucks
- Autonomous Drone Taxis Could Become Normal

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14 Comments to “AD #2201 – Diesel Woes Costs VW Billions More, China Pushes EV Goals Back, Hyundai Introduces New Accent”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Cool badge, Chevy (pickup); I’m old enough to remember the initial iterations on the older trucks (as a child).

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    As per the Autoline clip; 47% of miles traveled will be replaced by drone aircraft by 2030 (this, to reduce surface congestion). First, I don’t believe those figures will pan out and secondly, if replacing 47% ground traffic, what is that going to do to air traffic, and don’t forget if you are in that 60 mile radius of the airport, the incessant noise may just drive you crazy.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Ahhh,the VW diesel scandal,the gift that keeps on giving.

  4. Len Simpson Says:

    Re: volocopter—”Blade Runner”, the movie, had one, 35 yrs ago. a little more sophisticated,tho

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Autonomous Drones seem like a great idea. Especially in areas like L.A where the population of the county alone exceeds the population of 43 states. Just wonder if they plan to have them fly over existing highways to put some sort of order to the chaos or will they allow them to fly the most efficient way from A-B crisscrossing everywhere?
    Having lived in Hollywood and experienced the frequent use of Helo’s it can be an adjustment. Wonder if people are prepared for the level of buzzing that hundreds of drones will cause.

  6. Lisk Says:

    Unless these drones are going to skirt the FAAs rules, there is no way these drones will be up and running by 2030. Currently, it takes 10-15 years to certify new aircraft (i.e. HondaJet). Granted these will be simpler and may have a quicker development cycle, but 2030 is only 12 years away and to replace 47% of ground traffic by then seems an impossibility.

    Also, unless the U.S. gives the current radar systems a major upgrade, adding hundreds of thousands of drones into the airspace is going to be a nightmare for air traffic controllers.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    #2 Chuck I’m with you it wont replace 47% of traffic by 2030. Not even close. Take a city like L.A. which has horribly congested highways. It can take an hour to go 10 miles across town. Once you remove some of the vehicles on the highways they start moving as they should and then, people they thought would use VTOL can actually get where they are going by driving. Not sure what that balance is but I’m sure its not 47%. Also it will depend on the cost and what people will spend to save a few minutes.
    It does seem like a great way for every hospital to have a life-flight service though.

  8. Lex Says:

    Hyundai need to concentrate on it’s CUV and SUV vehicles. The exterior styling of the Tucson, Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe are very attractive.
    My criticism is of the interior items which I would like to see improve. First, the Rear HVAC vents on the Santa Fe Sport should be moved from the “B” pillars to the rear of the center console. Second, simplify the drivers instrument cluster and get rid of those deep dish pods around the speedo and tech. Use a similar layout like the one found in KIA products. Thirdly, move the vanity mirror light off the ceiling and onto the front visors as is found in most other vehicles. Finally add the 3.3 liter engine found in the Santa Fe to the Santa Fe Sport as an optional performance package to the Santa Fe Sport.

    I have been comparing the Acura RDX to the Santa Fe Sport. For the price of a RDX Base you can get a well equipped Santa Fe Sport which also has Apple Carplay and Android Auto which Acura does not offer with a longer warranty!

    If a representative from Hyundai / Kia or even Acura would like to contact me regarding my suggestions just let John McElroy know. He knows how to get a hold of me.

  9. Eric Brunner Says:

    Having just taken delivery of a 2017 Suburban 4WD to replace an ’81 we used for many years, I was struck by how high the bodies are jacked up relative to the suspension. That shows quite markedly in the shot of the older (70′s ?) pick-up and the latest Silverado pick-up. I am 6’2″ and I still don’t like the idea of having to stretch or stand on the step getting out never mind pulling yourself up to get in. Too bad there is not an option to lower the body which would make them handle better also. Wonder if the RWD ones are jacked up as much. Funny thing too that in ’81 Silverado was the term used for the highest trim level for the truck

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I can just imagine the thousands of midairs, and resulting fires from smashed lithium batteries with millions of electric rotorcraft over the cities. Also, unless a lot of wind, solar, and nuclear power comes on line quickly, greenhouse gas emissions will increase many times over, with these flying machines getting about 5 mpg equivalent.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 A friend recently replaced his 2001 Silverado with a new 2wd F150. He generally likes the performance, ride, etc. of the new truck, but like your Suburban, it has a “lift kit” standard, for no reason. He doesn’t like that. It must be to make them more “macho,” but it is disgusting trend, IMHO.

  12. Ziggy Says:

    Yeh, that’s what we need, people that can’t even handle driving a car without rear ending their fellow motorists flying aircraft, because flying is so much easier than driving. I think your panel is either delusional or smoking their lunch, or both. And if your answer is that computers will handle it all and make it safe, think back to last time you had to reboot your computer because it wouldn’t work right. Yep, that’s what I want, computers controlling aircraft above me, because what could go wrong?!

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    #12 Autonomous Drone Taxi means without a pilot. So yea as scary as it sounds to be flown by computer. Seems less scary than handing over the controls to the general public.
    I could see it coming to market but you cant put even a quarter of the kind of traffic that’s on our roads into the air.
    Good to have dreamers tho.

  14. Joe Says:

    #9 I have a 2-wheel drive 2015 Silverado that came all jacked up from Chevy. I had a drop kit installed that lowered it 2″ in front and 4″ in the rear. Handles better, loads easier and yes the plastic air dam and rear mud flaps regularly scrap on driveway aprons.