AD #2231 – GTI Dominates Golf Line-Up, Ford Tests Exoskeleton Technology, Why Prices Can Vary Between Dealers

November 10th, 2017 at 11:33am

Runtime: 8:21

0:34 Ford Tests Exoskeleton Technology
1:11 ChargePoint Expands In Europe
1:47 GTI Dominates Golf Line-Up
2:55 Detroit Diesel Expands Product Line
3:43 Kiekert’s Doors for Autonomous Cars
5:28 Why Prices Can Vary Between Dealers

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13 Comments to “AD #2231 – GTI Dominates Golf Line-Up, Ford Tests Exoskeleton Technology, Why Prices Can Vary Between Dealers”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    So,door poppers will maybe go mainstream? Okay..

  2. Mark Says:

    I’ve always detested new car shopping. The dealership is a high pressure nightmare. That is why we loved our vehicle purchase made at Saturn. Super casual environment, friendly, with zero sales pressure. Too bad GM killed it off.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Just wonder if the exoskeleton is a better option than just repositioning the vehicle. Earlier in the week you guys showed a short clip of I believe a Mercedes assembly line that rotated the entire vehicle on its side for those under chassis attachments. Also wonder if the Exo can be used to track operators movements to poke yoke a process?

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Was the top selling Golf in the U.S. the TDI three years ago? I suspect it was.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    I believe another reason dealers are getting away from the old sales tactics is there are plenty of apps out there that let you pick a car online and get pricing from various dealers. People prefer to go in knowing the price they’ll pay.
    Society in general is moving toward people that will go out of there way to avoid speaking to a human when it comes to sales. You only want a human on the line when it needs to come in for service.

  6. Lisk Says:

    Maybe the “testing” of the exoskeletons are for the evil overlords to gather data on the movements required for tasks so humans can be replaced by robots? :)

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    the exoskeleton looks very interesting, seems like it would be a big help for some jobs and if made big enough could help fend off alien predators if I remember correctly.
    First they program my doors to lock when I don’t want them to and now they are going to program the doors to open at times???? How about these helpful engineers piss off and let me take care of the door controls.

  8. merv Says:

    no door handles,old style hot rodding goes mainstream

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They could close left-open doors on those autonomous cars two ways, without them being motorized. Accelerate fairly quickly for a short distance, or back up gently to a few mph, and slam on the brakes.

  10. Dwagner1239 Says:

    Didn’t I see that Lincoln has a door “ajar” opening function? Remember the Chrysler voice warning about a door “ajar” when one was unlatched? Now you get a dash symbol and warning tone.

    Don’t want your doors to lock, change the programming.

    And: check your manual, the horn doesn’t have to beep to annoy others when you use your remote to lock the doors. Just RUDE! And LAZY.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Very true, on the horn blowing. I’m in a condo with parking places facing the building, and some people are too inconsiderate to change the setup, or lock the car with the button inside the door.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    The horn chirp has its usefulness like when you’ve walked away out of sight of the vehicle and forget if you locked the doors. Mine lock automatically so I don’t need it but I rode in a car last week that had two horns. The regular horn and a secondary chirp for door locks that was about half the db. Nice idea.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Toyota’s “chirp” is not very loud, and can even be throttled back from the default loudness. With my Corvette and Mini, the click of the locks is all I need to know the doors locked, or I can look at the flashing of the lights when the doors are locked. The Mini was delivered with the horn blowing turned off, and I turned it off myself the day I got the Corvette.