AD #2263 – Ford F-150 Diesel Details, Continental Creates 3D Touchscreen, Nissan’s Brain-To-Vehicle Technology

January 8th, 2018 at 11:27am

Runtime: 6:49

0:29 Ford F-150 Diesel Details
1:09 Toyota Reveals Next-Gen Autonomous System
2:14 Continental Creates 3D Touchscreen
2:51 Nissan’s Brain-To-Vehicle Technology
4:20 New Buick Enclave Goes On A Diet

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16 Comments to “AD #2263 – Ford F-150 Diesel Details, Continental Creates 3D Touchscreen, Nissan’s Brain-To-Vehicle Technology”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Wow, Ford finally decided to offer a diesel in the 1/2 ton truck! Bet Nissan and Ram are worried now.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Toyota’s next-gen autonomous system: nice wheels on that Lexus (and that’s all I have to say about that).

    And on Nissan’s Brain to Vehicle; I think they need some way to test their system ‘invisibly’ because when someone is all hooked up to that paraphernalia they are already more aware (cognizant) of what they are doing. In fact, if most drivers were more cognizant of what they are doing (when driving), we’d all be better off. More and more ‘nanny’ electronics just doesn’t help (sometimes). JMO

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Nissan maybe,but not Ram. And you forgot about GM,which doesn’t have a diesel offering in the 1/2 ton line.Back to Nissan,they screwed themselves with the ‘heavy half ton’,or light hd,whichever.

    And the 5.0L Cummins in the xd,is a dog,and gets lousy mpgs,and doesn’t have an exhaust brake.Maybe Nissan will get it right when they come out with a new Frontier.

  4. George Ricci Says:

    I recently saw the new Buick Enclave and it is very nice. The problem is with the new sub brand called Avenir. It’s really a top of the line interior and it is only available in one color combination, black with dark brown inserts in the seats and dash. I personal do NOT like it. But here is the bigger problem, if you look at their major ad campaign “That’s not a Buick!” and you look at the age of the people in the ad and on their web site, they are clearly trying to attract a young demographic. I just do not see younger people flocking to Buick to get this “highest expression of Buick luxury”.

    I think they should make a “GS” model for every car/crossover in their lineup. A GS model should have Brembo brakes, very aggressive wheel/tire package, RM shocks with cockpit adjustment settings, paddle shifters, and be benchmarked against and handle just as well from competing models from BMW and Audi.

  5. buzzerd Says:

    This time of year when my back up sensors work half the time because of extreme cold or being covered in snow I find it hard to believe an autonomous vehicle will be able to operate, I guess time will tell.

  6. Lisk Says:

    The Continental touch screen is another case of an answer to a question nobody asked. What’s wrong with buttons? They work in sub-zero temps and in most cases you can operate them with gloves. Look at a F1 steering wheel with all the settings. F1 is on the cutting edge of technology but do you think a touch screen could be a substitute?

    The Evil Overlords that have given Ford the exoskeleton have now set their sights on Nissan. As your driving down the road and feel hungry, it can read your brainwaves, then drive your car straight to a McDonald’s or whatever restaurant they can sell your data to. :)

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    The 1/2-ton diesel pickup race could get interesting and I know I’ll be watching. Here’s where things stand now: Ram sold 132,967 diesel pickups in 2017, a increase of 2.0% compared to 2016 and Nissan sold 12,628 Titan diesels, an increase of 12.1% from 2016.

  8. Jonathan Brown Says:

    The Buick brand engineer gave great information on how and why the Buick products are so quiet and spacious.

    Being able to enlarge the vehicle slightly and drop 300 lbs is impressive.

    Nice product

    Now they need an ev cuv to round out the lineup

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I personally know of a LaCrosse sale Buick probably lost, (to Hyundai Genesis G80) because you can’t turn off the stop/start. I hope they realize that, and don’t do the same thing on future models, like the new Enclave. Also, they need to fix that issue with the LaCrosse. It can probably be done with software.

    Except for rare cases, like heavy towing, I don’t see the point of diesels in “light duty” pickups. In CR’s tests, the Ram diesel does barely better than the F-150 with the 2.7 turbo gas and the new 10-speed. The Titan diesel only ties the Ram V8 gas, and does worse than the Silverado V8 gas. The tow rating for the Titan diesel is slightly higher than the others, but for most buyers, so what?

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #9 I’m referring to mpg for the trucks. In acceleration, they are about as would be expected. The gas V8s and Ford turbo gas are close together, and the diesels ~3 seconds slower to 60 mph.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 Kit I could see many people wanting the 1/2 ton diesel simply because they produce a lot more torque 440 compared to the 375 of the 2.7L ecoboost. Plus Diesels have a reputation of running 300k miles easily.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    Also On the ford diesel. The resale value of the diesel will probably be twice of a 2.7L eco boost once they both have 100k miles on them.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A lot of, or maybe most people don’t realize that torque numbers mean nothing, as far as what an engine is capable of doing. Power is what counts, and proper gearing is what it takes to use an engine’s power most effectively. You are right, though, that people like big torque numbers.

    John, Sean, or anyone else out there, is there any real data on service life of the various diesels used in pickup trucks? The diesels used in big trucks, and the ones used in locomotives can last a very long time, but do the “lighter duty” diesels in pickups and SUVs really last any longer than today’s gas engines? It is quite common for a Chevy V8 to go 300K miles, with no maintenance, except for oil changes, and a couple spark plug changes. Do “Duramax,” “Powerstroke,” or the Cummins used in Ram pickups do any better? One sure thing, is that the diesels have a lot more maintenance expense along the way, with multiple, expensive oil and fuel filters, generally more frequent oil changes, with lots of oil, and now, the urea fluid.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Yeah, I’m sure the diesel will have good resale value, unless it turns out to be like the 1980′s Olds car diesels. I’m curious about the resale of the F-150′s resale value with the 2.7 turbo, versus the V8. I’ll check KBB and NADA sometime, and see what it looks like.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just looked it up, and with 75K miles, KBB values a mid-trim 2015 F150 “supercab” about $600 higher with the 2.7 turbo, than with the V8. We’ll see if that changes as they get older.

  16. CGiron Says:

    Watch out for the new Silverado at Saturday. They will show a stunning diesel. Also watch out form the new Achates engine at NAIAS making 37 mpg in a truck.