AD #2264 – Byton Reveals Affordable Electric SUV, Future Mobility Solutions for Businesses, Kia to Connect Entire Lineup

January 9th, 2018 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:01

0:30 Car Sharing to Hurt Car Sales?
1:17 Big Trucks Post Big 2017
1:54 Musk to Open Old-School Drive-In
2:45 Byton Reveals Electric SUV
3:56 Toyota Develops Mobility Solutions for Businesses
5:40 Kia Presents Vision for Future Mobility
6:49 Hyundai’s Next-Gen Fuel-Cell Vehicle

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18 Comments to “AD #2264 – Byton Reveals Affordable Electric SUV, Future Mobility Solutions for Businesses, Kia to Connect Entire Lineup”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I used to think Musk as a modern day Howard Hughes, and to some extent I still do, however, more and more he seems to me, more like Harry Houdini, Penn Gillette, David Blaine, Teller (you get my drift). Just saying.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ll get to see, and hear Musk’s next big thing in a few weeks. It is the Falcon “heavy” rocket. It uses 27 engines in clusters of 9, and they will attempt to land each cluster separately, two on land, and one on a barge.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    #1 Yea! Chuck, hey look at the cute women on roller skates to distract you from the fact that my production facility oops there goes your money. Hey look over here I have another concept.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I used to think that ride sharing might actually bring people together within a community. Get people socializing and getting to know their neighbors. Right now with cell phones, people bury their nose in them and use ear buds to avoid talking to one another. People are very brave and cruel behind a screen and keyboard and say things they would never say in person. Having to share a ride with a stranger with different aspects and opinions and likes in music could be a good thing. So with the creation of sound separation people will be allowed to stay in their own little bubble.

    Well I suppose they would anyway with their phone in hand.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Will Elons drive-in just stream the movie to the in-car screen, making it only viable for Teslas like he did his charging stations?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Related to your post, I just heard a radio program about excessive alcohol abuse. The show mainly pertains alcohol use by adults, but it was mentioned that there is less alcohol use, and sex, among teens, because they don’t actually spend much time together socializing; they just socialize via electronic gadgets. Even in the same room, they play with their phones, as adults would in a ride sharing situation.

  7. Walter Says:

    I watch every day and every episode shows more about electric vehicles. I am in admiration of the concepts but WHY are they all so car/SUV look alike? I know people will purchase what they are used to but will no vehicle manufacturer step into the future with designs that do not replicate what we already drive.
    Look at Woody Allen’s electric ride in his movie Sleeper from 1973.

  8. Drew Says:

    ALD – regarding Kia’s future plans to have every vehicle “connected” by 2030… how do they define “connected”? What functions?

    You can argue every vehicle with Bluetooth connections to a driver’s cell phone is connected. Or every OnStar-equipped GM vehicle is connected. But if Kia is referring to CT6-like DSRC, then I’ll be impressed. Or is Kia referring to something else?

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    #8 I took the comment to mean all cars in 2030 will be interconnected to each other not like today with bluetooth or cell connections. Meaning they will share spacial information about their surroundings, braking, road conditions, speed etc.

  10. Brett Cammack Says:

    I wonder if Kia has some grand concept that somehow a brand-exclusive interconnection will be a value-add in the eyes of the customers.

  11. Max Says:

    The Byton is a beautiful work of art!!

  12. Ziggy Says:

    Again, it would be nice if you could give us the breakdown for the Class 8 trucks if you have that information available. I used to work for Freightliner Trucks and at the time they were number 1 in sales, wondering if they still are and how their competition is faring. If you don’t have that info let me know so I can stop asking. Thanks.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, Ziggy, This might interest you:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/245369/class-8-truck-sales-by-manfuacturer/

    It looks like Freightliner is still on top, at least through 2016.

  14. Ctech Says:

    as a technician who travels to various shops for warranty inspections, I am starting to see more vehicles used by Uber and Lyft drivers in shops. The increase in miles driven takes its toll on trans, engines, and brake systems. The sad part is that for some of these drivers the cost of repairing their vehicles wipes out the profit they make using them for ride-sharing.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    #14 Thats why its cheaper to use Uber and Lyft than a taxi. They have taken the maintenance costs out and put it on the driver. I doubt if many of those drivers set aside a portion of their earnings to cover the increased wear, let alone depreciation.
    I would guess many drivers think its great for about a year or two then the increased use catches up, and soon they have a 3 year old car with 100k miles needing its second set of tires and lots of other maintenance while still owing 2 or 3 more years of payments.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    #14 Wonder if the change in vehicle use will ever spark a change by the manufacturers to offer warranties that decrease time but increase mileage. Like a 150,000 mile 3 year warranty. That could be a huge draw for people buying a vehicle specifically planning to ride share or drive for something like Uber. The first manufacturer to offer a 150k mile warranty could basically lock up that business.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A Prius should be an ideal Uber car. They are very reliable’ and the major potential “wear out” expense, the battery, is age related more than mileage related. Toyota could probably change the battery warranty from 8/100K to 8/150K with little additional warranty expense.

  18. bobD Says:

    #16 I would think just the opposite… OEMs could offer longer duration with the same or less miles (e.g., 6 year/36,000 miles) for very little extra risk/cost to attract buyers who will buy a car, but also uses mobility when it makes sense, so their annuals miles on their owned cars are less.

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