AD #2221 – F-Series Rakes in the Dough, Ssangyong Wants to Enter U.S. Market, Hot Wheels Celebrates 50 Years

October 27th, 2017 at 11:31am

Runtime: 8:25

0:29 UAW Files Claim against Tesla
0:52 Ford F-Series Rakes in the Dough
1:30 New Electric Motorcycle
2:37 Waymo to Test AVs in Michigan
3:14 Hot Wheels Celebrates 50th Anniversary
4:06 Ssangyong Wants to Enter U.S. Market
5:21 When Will Chinese Brands Come to U.S.?

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13 Comments to “AD #2221 – F-Series Rakes in the Dough, Ssangyong Wants to Enter U.S. Market, Hot Wheels Celebrates 50 Years”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The UAW should know whether certain Tesla employees were targeted; I’m guessing they knew who was trying to get a Union foothold, and if all of those employees got the axe, then maybe they have a claim. Probably not the end of hearing about this.

    I wonder if the autonomous cars will know when to park itself when it encounters wintery/blizzard conditions; guess maybe what the testing may be about. And wonder then, what the passengers do (or don’t do) when stranded. If fully autonomous with no human controls, I see possible lawsuits; if the passenger can override and continue to make progress maybe that will be the course of action. So many possibilities/decisions/etc. as this new age of transportation.

  2. Wim van Acker Says:

    Curious which Chinese automaker will participate on the March 2018 NADA Show. Autoline team: please continue to ask.

    U.S. customers so far don’t have a problem with “Made in China” cars: Buick Envision, several Volvo’s. Am curious what the market response will be to a Chinese brand. If that is, what it will be; otherwise, maybe MG?

  3. John McElroy Says:

    #2. The GAC Group, or Guangzhou, exhibited at the Detroit auto show in 2017 for the second time in three years. It announced plans to come to the US market, though did not say when, so this may have been the company that NADA’s Scarpelli was referring to. In China, GAC has JVs with FCA, Honda and Toyota, to name a few.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    GAC should sell an actual small pickup as their first product. I guess the “chicken tax” is still in effect, but they should still be able to significantly undercut the price of Tacoma and Colorado/Canyon. Also, there are people who actually want a REAL small pickup.

  5. stephen Says:

    If I was trump I’d ask for equal access to China if they want to sell cars in the US. Hard for China to disagree if they want to make it big in the EV-class car and China says they want free trade. As Kia/Hyundia noted, just cheap cars won’t make the same sales impact as the first Japanese imports to the US. It took modern design, Japanese level quality and better engineering to compete.
    Note Ssangyoung sells in Europe and up to now the cars were..crapola. Bizzare designs and based on cost and the result – mediocre sales unless cost is THE ONLY factor.

  6. W L Simpson Says:

    Being born in the Great Depression & spending a lifetime in auto repair etc, I simply cannot comprehend how a Ford truck can cost more than a small home

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #6 and that’s not just a Ford truck, but a Ford PICKUP TRUCK.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #2 oh I believe Americans will have a problem with a car from China. The examples you mention most consumers have probably no idea the Chinese content.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 At first, Americans had a problem with cars from Japan, and then South Korea, but not any more. I suspect it will be the same with China, if the products are any good. The Chinese branded cars will need to be less expensive than the competition, at least initially, or they won’t sell.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Well Kit I’m also speaking from my perspective of the Detroit area. Drive around here and 80% of the vehicles are one of the original big three. Most everyone works in the auto industry or is related to someone that does. I have to remember that its only like that around here. When I was out west it was just the opposite and 80% of the vehicles were imports. I suppose most Americans don’t care about American made like they do here.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Kokomo, IN has way more than its share of “Detroit 3″ products, especially FCA, since the company is the biggest employer. At my Florida condo, Toyota and KIA seem most popular. I suspect some of the reason, especially with KIA, is the convenient location of the dealer.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    About 3 years ago I was visiting my MIL at the local hospital.All of the doctors parking spaces was filled with top of the line 3/4 ton pickups.All were diesels.They have no problem buying pickups for what amounts to be,imho,stupid money.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    12 Cant pull their boat with a 7-series BMW.