AD #2265 – Ford’s Autonomous & Mobility Strategy, Continental Considers Major Overhaul, Will Car Sales Improve In 2018?

January 10th, 2018 at 11:53am

Runtime: 7:36

0:29 Continental Considers Major Overhaul
1:12 Alabama Wins Toyota-Mazda Plant
1:57 Toyota Adds Amazon Alexa
2:33 Ford’s Autonomous & Mobility Strategy
4:00 Wild Electric Scooter
5:37 Will Car Sales Improve In 2018?

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17 Comments to “AD #2265 – Ford’s Autonomous & Mobility Strategy, Continental Considers Major Overhaul, Will Car Sales Improve In 2018?”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    “The Ujet only boasts about five and a half horsepower, so it’s really only usable in urban environments. However, with 66 pound-feet of instant electric torque on hand and a curb weight of just 108 pounds, expect the cruise to 28 miles per hour”.

    Seems 9 or 10 k is a bit much for a moped. Again when they can offer something close to the performance/cost of the ICE counterpart then you’re talking.

  2. Lex Says:

    What is the legal arrangement between Toyota and Mazda? Are they looking be build an alliance in the same fashion as Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi have already done?

  3. Ron Paris Says:

    Guess I’m just going to have to up my caffeine intake in the morning before I watch Autoline. Had to wake myself up three times during that spot about Ford’s autonomous mobility strategy..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. See there; it happened again!

  4. Bradley Says:

    Alexa :(

    Google :) I hear this is being added to Android Auto.

  5. John McElroy Says:

    #2. Lex, Toyota now owns 5% of Mazda. We’ll probably see a lot more activity between the two.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 For $10.5K, you can get a BMW gas scooter that will go 100 mph. It happens to share an engine with the i3 REx. It is heavy, though, over 500 pounds.

  7. WineGeek Says:

    Amazon Alexa in Toyota, can’t figure that they haven’t got CarPlay or Android Play available yet, short sighted?

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 Kit for 1/4 the price ($2500) you can buy the Honda Metropolitan that is only 71 lbs heavier than the Ujet gets 117MPG but it doesnt fold up.
    Bump up to $3600 and you can get the Honda PCX with a 153cc engine allowing you to hit the hwy and still get 100 mpg with a weight of 295lbs. Just dont see electric and being able to fold it up being worth $7500.
    I guess I’m still not sure the purpose behind it being foldable. Do they assume people will drive close to the city park, break out their scooter from the trunk and finish their commute? Sounds great for L.A. or uhh yea just pretty much L.A. I don’t see many folks that commute into Chicago/NY with the wind /rain and cold willing to ride a scooter in their suit to work.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 Also, for those who want a slow electric scooter, there are Chinese ones for not too much money, and most of them probably work ok. I think the Ujet is for people who don’t mind spending $9-10K, just to have something different. If you want an electric two wheeler that will really perform, they exist, for a starting price of about $11K.

    For my part, I have a 2003 Honda SilverWing scooter. It is a gas hog, about 50 mpg, and heavy, but it is fast enough to ride anywhere, including the interstates, if you are so inclined. I ride it mainly in town, and on the two lane state roads in Indiana.

  10. Ziggy Says:

    Hey Kit, thanks for the link to the Class 8 truck sales information you gave me yesterday, glad to see my old employer still dominating, especially since my old favorite Mack is now owned by Volvo and no longer a true American company.

  11. Bobby T Says:

    #10, Ziggy, I’m not sure that I would classify Freightliner as more American than Mack. One is owned by Volvo, the other by Daimler, both foreign owners. Certainly a sad case though. Among heavy truck makers, I think only International and Kenworth/ Peterbilt (Paccar) are American owned. Ha!, my iPad tried to change Paccar to Packard. That would be fine with me!

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Until I found that chart, I thought the Navistar name was used on trucks. Did they change from International Harvester to Navistar, and then to International?

  13. Bobby T Says:

    #12, Kit, Back in the 1980s, IH got out of the ag business. If I recall, Case bought the rights to the IH name, and the former IH changed their corporate name to Navistar International or maybe just Navistar. But the trucks never changed, they’re still called International.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #13 Tnx, Bobby. I guess the company is now Navistar, but the trucks are badged International.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 Kit that is a gas hog for a scooter. What size engine? I have a 2015 Honda Valkryie with a 1832cc engine and 750lbs and get 50 mpg.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #15 Lambo, it’s 600cc parallel twin. The snowmobile type belt CVT would hurt efficiency, but makes it effortless to ride, and works well.

    I also have a KLR650 which gets better mileage, about 60 overall.

    That is impressive mileage for the Valkyrie. I bet the engine is turning very slowly in top gear. Around 50 is what I got on the highway with an ’82 Gold Wing.

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    #16 Actually it isnt geared high enough I feel. Its a great cruiser especially under 55 but at hwy speed 70 its turning about 3200rpm. So with a taller gear it would be perfect and its shaft driven so no changing the sprocket to get a higher end. But I will say its quick for a 750 lb bike.