AD #2247 – Global Sales on Record Pace, Velodyne Improves Lidar Technology, Ford Upgrades the Super Duty

December 6th, 2017 at 10:36am

Runtime: 6:32

0:29 Global Sales on Record Pace
1:12 New Velodyne Lidar Achieves Level 5
2:26 Kia Opens Stinger Salons
3:07 Lexus Teases New Flagship Crossover
3:42 Ford Upgrades Super Duty
4:39 How Jeep Improved Wrangler’s Aerodynamics

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21 Comments to “AD #2247 – Global Sales on Record Pace, Velodyne Improves Lidar Technology, Ford Upgrades the Super Duty”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is that Velodyne the same company that made my 1990′s powered subwoofer?

  2. Lisk Says:

    The capacities of today’s pickups boggles me, but it continues raise a question of safety. Here you can have any weekend warrior buy one of these, strap on a trailer and go towing; with no experience on how to handle the weight that is behind them. I have the same problem with motor homes. If a work truck weighs over 26,000 lbs, the driver needs a commercial driver’s license. I know the same coule be said about sports cars & Demons, but they don’t sell 30,000 of those a month.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 I have answered my own question. I found that it is, in fact, a spinoff of the same company.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #2 Lisk
    I think you are on to something and I agree; besides, other than bragging rights, those absolute numbers really don’t mean (that) much.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    So How long before Kia gets into the major race events? If they want to change peoples perception of the company they should consider showing if they can build something to compete reliability and performance wise with the other automakers. Right now the perception is they can compete with the econo-boxes of other makers.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    #2 Lisk your right and You Tube is filled with video of these people with more vehicle than they can handle. People retire take part of their savings and go buy a 45ft motorhome tipping the scales over 35k lbs and just head out like its a van.
    I was surprised my state required nothing more than operators license when I bought mine at 40ft, 36k lbs, & air brakes. I had a CDL and drove truck for 5 years back in college so I was glad I didn’t have to do anything but some probably should.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #2, 4 A lot of pickup buyers seem to want bragging rights, and the “macho” look, never mind that these heavy, and “lifted” trucks present a lot of extra risk to those of us who drive other vehicles.

    I remember that years ago, maybe when the first ML350 was going into production, Mercedes made it a point to have bumper height compatible with that of cars, within reason. You don’t see much of that now.

    #5 Maybe Hyundai should get into NASCAR, and run a Genesis G80. Then, there would again be something running that is at least sold with the same drive train configuration as the race car.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like, in most states, a regular driver’s license is all you need, even for the biggest RV’s. A number of states require CDL or similar for truck over 26,000 pounds, but the requirements don’t apply to RV’s. They should.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Didn’t NASCAR start going down hill after Toyota made its debut; coincidence perhaps, but me, not so certain. Adding Genesis would only add another foreign competitor, dilute the brand (again) and NASCAR would homogulate anyway, so other than a Hyundai (looking) body would be practically the same as what’s out there today. NASCAR almost needs to start from scratch, and if it wants to include other than American (based) vehicles, at least start with factory produced equipment that IS derived from stock. Just my two-cents worth. (sorry for the diatribe)

  10. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo2015 #5 – While at the Kia Stinger drive event someone asked if the brand would enter into racing with the Stinger. All they would say is there maybe some news on that coming soon. So, it sure sounds like they will.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve known some people who were really pi**ed when Toyota got into NASCAR, but I didn’t much care, either way, since the cars had long since gone from being real cars. I have lost even more interest, with NASCAR’s “playoff” stuff. To me, a championship for a motor racing series is not the same as baseball or football.

    I found the “North American Touring Car” series interesting, based on actual cars like Accords and Dodge Stratus, but the series only lasted a year or two. I guess people wanted only V8′s with carburetors, to race as “stock” cars.

  12. Victor West Says:

    NASCAR was growing when its cars really looked like cars you could own. Nothing “stock” about the things they race today. Trying to equalize competition is ruining interest.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 Totally agree, and IMO NASCAR has done a huge dis-service to the manufacturers by trying to keep the races close. There thought was to make it more of an even playing field making the cars basically the same and hence turning it into a driver competition. This also contributes to the spectators caring even less about the “Race on Sunday what you drive on Monday” attitude. People don’t follow a race team cause its Chevy or Ford anymore. They just don’t care cause they are the same car essentially. If they really wanted to garner manufacturers support they should go back to stock-car racing. I would love to watch what professional drivers could do with a stock Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, and let Toyota and Kia join the fun. Shorten the race to 100 miles so its not a 4 hour event and it would do wonders for manufacturers. I know this already goes on in SCCA, ARCA and other divisions but if NASCAR ran one I think it would be popular.

  14. Eric Brunner Says:

    The aero improvements on the Jeep Wrangler reminded me again about the real bad problem of any blunt ended hatch back, or SUV. In the winter especially, the back windows are covered with road dirt and snow in no time at all. No manufacturer as far as I know is trying to do anything about the swirling effect immediately behind the vehicle. You just end up using your rear wiper/washer.

    I had an ’83 Mazda GLC hatch back which at that time, an after market supplier in England made plastic winglets that you could clip onto the vertical sides of the hatch. That helped a lot.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Years ago, my Chevy Celebrity wagon had a wing thing above the top of the tailgate, that helped a little to keep the rear window clean. Generally, though, all non-sedans need rear wipers. My cars have them, except for the Corvette. I suspect the Vette doesn’t have one, both to save a little weight, and because it would look “tacky” on such a car.

  16. Gerry Says:

    I agree with the sentiment about NASCAR. It’s the National Association for Stock Car Racing. Nothing stock about it today. With the latest format, I have found it easier to record the race and fast forward to the end unless there is a caution. OMG, watching a restrictor plate race is even more boring. Back when they raced real stock cars, there was room for a lot more independents to mix it up. This “Play-off” format just elevates a small group of drivers, and makes the others just filler on the track. Even if one of the drivers that get’s knocked out of the chase happens to win, nobody cares. I find the season gets less and less interesting as the number of drivers in the chase dwindles down. you get points for winning, you get points for segment wins. The day will come when we see the chase winner have the cruise control on for the last race and finish the race last.
    NASCAR has forgotten that they became the dominant racing format on TV when on a snowy winter in the North, at Daytona the lead drivers took each other out on the last lap and proceeded to punch it out on the back stretch. Remember when manufacturers had to actually produce a certain number of actual race cars to be sold to the public to be able to race that model for a NASCAR race? Exhibit A, the Daytona Charger. Watching a Fast and Furious movie where they modify street cars and race is closer to the original NASCAR than today’s NASCAR is. The cable networks are full of shows where guys are building hot rods, customs, and race cars. Doesn’t NASCAR see this and realize that people want the real thing, not some class racing in vehicles that are all the same except for the vinyl wrap.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #13 I’d like to see them race “real” Camaros, Mustangs, etc., if tbey can make them reasonably safe. Maybe all of tbose air bags would help make today’s road cars safer on race tracks, like they do on highways. I don’t want to see NASCAR kill multiple drivers a season, like in the “old days.”

  18. Ziggy Says:

    Did anyone ask the Jeep guy for old versus new aero numbers? Saying “I think we did a good job” tells me nothing, did any of their changes really affect anything or are they just something he can talk about on a TV show to make it sound like they are trying?

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Yeah, they talk about aerodynamics, but I suspect any improvement would be small. For good aerodynamics, a vehicle needs to be shaped more like a Prius, but quite understandably,Jeep people wouldn’t want that.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    #17 Lets be honest the Jeep Wrangler was never designed to be a highway cruiser. When they make of list of the Wrangler “customer demands” yeah better fuel economy is probably on their list but is trumped by off road capability, ground clearance, Wheel travel, large wheels, and maintaining the original design cues which all conflict with aerodynamics.
    So I think its something they look at to help MPG and found small subtle changes they could make while maintaining the design. But yea I’m sure its small.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve known several Wrangler owners, and “the look” and image is the main reason they bought them. My Mini and Prius have probably seen more off-road use than two of them. Still, people like bragging rights about off-road prowess, as people like bragging rights about 0-60 times.