AD #2241 – Labor Dispute Could Delay Kona, Daimler Tests Drone Delivery, Our Impressions of Kia’s All-New Stinger

November 28th, 2017 at 11:43am

Runtime: 7:52

0:30 Labor Dispute Could Delay Hyundai Kona
1:20 Shell Joins IONITY Joint Venture
2:16 Companies Should Mind Data Collection Laws
3:57 Daimler Tests Drone Delivery
4:59 Impressions: Kia’s All-New Stinger

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14 Comments to “AD #2241 – Labor Dispute Could Delay Kona, Daimler Tests Drone Delivery, Our Impressions of Kia’s All-New Stinger”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Sean, I echo your thoughts on floating screens. the scream cheap to me.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean I agree with the pop up video screens and just wish manufacturers would get on the ball and design a place in the dash for your smart phone. Regardless if it is integrated with the car and can transfer the display from your phone to a infotainment screen I would still like a place to set my phone where it is visible and possibly cordless charging. I would never pay for navigation on a car today with so many better options available via my smart phone.

  3. MJB Says:

    Kit: In response to a question you asked of me before Thanksgiving about my ceramic brake pads wearing the rotors, I wish I knew conclusively.

    I’ve been using ceramics exclusively for so long, I honestly don’t recall what my rate of rotor replacement or resurfacing used to be when I was running semi-metallic pads. All I remember is brake dust coating my wheels on a weekly basis.

    Nowadays I probably replace my rotors about every 5 years or so, with a resurfacing every time I replace pads. All I know is I’m able to do a complete pad and rotor job for under $300 myself versus the $1,200 Lexus wants to charge. ;)

  4. MJB Says:

    Sean, while I can see your point about the after-thought integration of the video screen, perhaps they put it there to limit eye travel between the road and the interface.

    While having a video display well integrated into a more central locale in the dash would be more appealing, maybe this location is a ‘safer’ one when it comes to distracted driving.

  5. buzzerd Says:

    “Hyundai wants to outsource more assembly” what? Korean labour rates are too high ????

  6. Lisk Says:

    I think the infotainment screens are becoming a far too great a part of the vehicle integration process. What used to be a switch on the IP is now an icon on a screen, something with no tactile feedback. And the floating screens look like they are ready to detach at any moment. Event crazier are the motorized ones that pop up out of the dash. Is that going to last 10 years or longer.

    As to the usefullness, I personally don’t see much difference between reading a text and reading through songs on a play list, yet one is legal and the other not. I love high tech gizmos, I really do, but with all the distractions involved in piloting a two-ton
    projectile at 70 mph, do we need more?

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The Kona looks a little too busy to me (styling wise) but my tastes are probably more austere than what is being considered stylist today.

    And my first statement probably predicates my next statement as far as choices or picks; I’d probably be more inclined to purchase the new ’18 Buick Regal GS than the Kia Stinger on similar performance and styling comparisons.

    And put me down for another vote against the add-on look of the info-screen remembering a few years ago when even the Mercedes had those ‘pimples’on their dash.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 I agree the amount of functions and software available in todays infotainment systems can be a huge distraction. Its to the point I would prefer they disable most everything that cannot be done using voice commands or the touch of a single button. Equally frustrating is when I have a passenger with me that can input navigation directions or change more complicated features that are blocked when the car is in motion.
    It would be nice if they could place the screen out of the reach of the driver and then allow all functions to be used. Of course some idiot would crash reaching across the car to surf their playlist.

  9. MJB Says:

    #6 – I agree completely on the parallel between the infotainment screens and texting. But I doubt we’ll ever see legislation banning the use of these things…

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 @MJB. Thanks for the info. I tend to be easy on brakes, and not keep cars to high miles, so I rarely wear out brakes.

    Speaking of screens, the Tesla 3 has nothing but an afterthought looking screen for nearly all controls. Here’s some Tesla news from AW.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #2 My 2017 Prius has a place in the console, with cordless charging, to put a phone. It takes up some space, but is convenient. My other cars have cup holders that hold my phone nicely, but you lose space for a cup. Since I am usually alone when driving, I only have one cup, so the “lost” cup holder is not a problem.

  12. Rob Says:

    I think the stinger will be popular. And hopefully get better.

  13. Sean McElroy Says:

    @MJB – Even if the screen was put there for sight purposes, I think it could have been integrated better.

    Also, got an email from a Kia person yesterday and he has heard that “a mount like that allows the vents to be positioned higher on the dash which makes the occupants more comfortable when the HVAC is on.” Not sure how I feel about that. I’ll have to start comparing vent placement I guess.

  14. MJB Says:

    Thanks, Sean.