AD #2206 – Renault’s Plan to Boost Sales, Toyota’s Tokyo Concepts, What Automakers Want With NAFTA

October 6th, 2017 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 8:38

0:28 Renault’s Plan to Boost Sales
1:17 GM Creates New International Unit
1:47 How the Cloud Can Help Commercial Trucking
3:08 Distracted Driver Study
4:10 Toyota’s Tokyo Concepts
5:52 What Automakers Want With NAFTA

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12 Comments to “AD #2206 – Renault’s Plan to Boost Sales, Toyota’s Tokyo Concepts, What Automakers Want With NAFTA”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    On the Distracted Driving; They found knobs and buttons to be better than voice commands? Was that for use or in reference to distraction. Cause as I would agree the voice commands are not as easy to use and tend to take longer due to the menu levels that need to gone thru to get to the command you want, but they certainly are less of a distraction when it comes to taking my eyes off the road.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    When speaking about NAFTA and what the automakers want isn’t necessarily what is best for the American people. Certainly the automakers would like to keep the supply chain open allowing them to source components to companies south of the boarder. It helps their bottom line at the expense of jobs here in the US.
    Any time we offer free trade with any country you have basically said you are willing to compete on an equal playing field. Which also means if you expect your workers to earn the wages and benefits that are being paid in that country. While plants in that country don’t always have the same EPA and OHSHA regulations to deal with either. So when someone like Les Glick says that most people in the auto industry are happy with 62.5%, Who specifically is he talking about? CEO’s Stock holders, Management, Suppliers or workers?

  3. Lisk Says:

    Let’s hope the Toyota GR-HV Sports wasn’t inspired by the Hybrid WECs cars tendency to break down prior to completing its journey like its inspiration did at LeMans. Twice.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Tradeoffs, tradeoffs…

    If NAFTA were abandoned, and assembly and parts plants moved back to the U.S., some U.S. jobs would be created, but if the price of cars went up 25% as a result, fewer cars would be sold, or the companies most affected might go broke, costing tens of thousands of jobs. This stuff isn’t simple.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    There is no easy answer. But,I personally am a staunch supporter of Keeping what we can here at home,and a more equitable trade deal with the USA’s best interest first and foremost.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The F1 championship is getting kind of boring. Maybe Ferrari are using too many genuine Fiat parts.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I hadn’t thought of that Kit but you might be onto something. Kimi did fairly well today but between bad luck and not bringing their best ‘game’ to the party, Ferrari has been on the wrong side of winning for the last three (or is it four) races. Next race Texas (COTA) in two weeks; still a Ferrari fan (even with their woes).

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #4 Kit the auto-workers salary in the US is about 10 to 15% of the cost of the car so not sure how it would raise the price of a car 25% bring labor back to the US. Probably more like 5% increase.
    10-15 Labor
    20-30 Material
    50-60 Overhead
    10-20 R&D
    5-10 Profit

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 How much of the cost of parts manufacturing done in Mexico is labor, relative to if it were done in the U.S.? Yeah, I was exaggerating with the 25%, but it wouldn’t take much to erase all profit, or result in price increases that would put GM, Ford, and FCA at a disadvantage compared to, say Toyota.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Actually Toyota pays their workers more than GM but are burdened with all the benefits of the retirees from back in the hay days.
    But also when more Americans are working they can afford more they buy more and trickle down economics pays off.
    Not that we will see the days when a family could be well supported on a single blue collar workers salary. Sadly those days are few and far between.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #10 Huh? Trickle down economics is the long-disproven theory that tax cuts for the rich, who don’t spend their extra money, will help out the less rich.

    yeah, if middle and lower income people have better jobs, it should help the economy in general, unless creating the jobs increases prices too much.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yea sorry they coined that phrase I didn’t realize I worded it that way. I meant The economics of more people working being able to afford to buy things has a trickle down effect and when more people are working restaurants and retail do better. It just has a ripple effect.