AD #2207 – GM’s Modular Fuel Cell Truck, More Details On Mazda’s HCCI Engine, Car Manufacturing Ends In Australia

October 9th, 2017 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 7:19

0:31 Automotive Manufacturing Ends In Australia
1:34 GM’s Modular Fuel Cell Truck
2:33 Hurricanes to Boost Car Sales
3:26 Denso Places $1 Billion Bet On EVs
4:08 Proposal to Devote I-5 to AVs
5:23 More Details On Mazda’s HCCI Engine

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15 Comments to “AD #2207 – GM’s Modular Fuel Cell Truck, More Details On Mazda’s HCCI Engine, Car Manufacturing Ends In Australia”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Is it really HCCI of a spark is evolved?

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s sad that all car production is ending in Australia, but it is certainly understandable, with a total annual market of a little over a million vehicles. I’m sure it didn’t help GM and Ford, that their last Aussie cars were big vehicles which would have little export interest, in RHD markets.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Seattle has a great idea in theory. However I cant see the tax payers supporting the costs associated with designated AV lanes. Integration will be a struggle no doubt as the ideal situation would be to just completely switch over to AV’s. The in-between time of having both manually driven and automated cars together on the road will be the challenge.

  4. Steve Terry Says:

    By the time we get to 2040, most likely freeways will be left to those who cannot afford personal flyte mobility products.

  5. Lisk Says:

    Being in the industry, I have a hard time believing the sales uptick in September was driven by hurricane related sales. Not all of the estimated 400,000 flood damaged vehicles are going to be replaced by a new one. I don’t see the family with a 2006 Tahoe moving into a brand new one. A used replacement yes, but not a new one.
    Also were the manufacturers whose new inventory was totaled due to flood damage allowed to count these in the sales total? Even if they were, this might only add 25-35,000 to the totals based on the dealer density in the area.

    I agree with Lambo2015 on the Autonomous Lanes. Why do they need their own? With the HOV system, it’s an enticement to car pool to reduce the number of cars on the road, reducing congestion. I don’t see how autonomous cars will reduce congestion.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m hoping the value of used cars increases about a month from now. I ordered a new Mini, to replace my 2010, which I will be wanting to sell or trade, probably in November.

  7. Puremoose Says:

    Could they not export cars to Asia.

  8. Christopher Gerhart Says:

    #7 They could export them to Japan, India, and a few other places, but most RHD markets don’t want many big cars with big engines, like were being made in Australia. Most of the Australian cars were made only in RHD versions.

  9. rick Says:

    will be believer in mazda skyactive x part time hcci, if and when and only if and when mazda 6 can exceed toyota camry fuel economy of 29 city and 41 hwy. new accord failed. hopefully mazda 6 wont. cant believe none of the manufacturers arent developing nautilus true hcci engine tech no spark plugs required.

  10. Roger T Says:

    #5 – autonomous vehicles with V2V communication will be able to drive closer to each other and completely eliminate the back to back ´snaking´ effect which is what mainly causes traffic jams.

    #3 – Yes dedicating lanes to autonomous vehicles will make non AV lanes worse. At the same time we see something analogous to this happen all around – some of the world´s most congested cities have been reducing car lanes to open bicycle lanes in hope the effort, expense and headache will eventually improve transit overall.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    #10 Bike lanes are great if your down south or in California. Not too many folks in the Midwest wanting to pedal to work in -6 degree weather.

  12. Roger T Says:

    #11- I wouldn’t personally want to bike in any US metro area, distances are too great (yes maybe San Fran or NYC). I was referring to densely populated cities such as London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, Santiago. Not sure if lane reassignments are common in Asia but wouldn’t be surprised.
    I do have two friends in Cincinnati who bike to work even during winter. You won’t see many doing that here in Miami, drivers are too nutty.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    It is really popular to bike in L.A. and even more so in San Fran. Was a learning experience to deal with all the bike traffic.
    Most everyday is a sunny day so the chance of showing up to work all wet is minimal. All the busses had bike carriers. Just don’t see anything open to the weather taking hold like it can out west.

  14. joe Says:

    Didn’t Mazda initially say it’s HCCI engine would not have any spark plug? Maybe what was considered a breakthrough is not really so great. Time will tell.

  15. Stephen Says:

    So the HCCI engine is only part-time HCCI. Also if each cylinder can be independently fired ie HCCI or non-HCCI then would NVH not be higher with such different ignitions per cylinder?
    Can’t see why cycling and with battery assist for hilly cities could not be higher in warm cities. Whats needed is dedicated-segregated lanes. Too late to teach North American drivers to deal with cyclists. Have trouble with just cars already. Driving long commutes would have to change.
    As to hurricane sales, are many regions affected not pretty poor and car insurance won’t give you a new car vs the old one trashed