AD #2274 – Veemo’s Velomobile for Mobility, Tesla Stock Could Soar Even More, Honda Ridgeline Update

January 23rd, 2018 at 11:35am

Runtime: 6:40

0:31 Tesla Stock Could Soar Even More
1:26 FCA Bribed the UAW for Better Contracts
2:21 Veemo’s Velomobile for Mobility
3:09 Would You Buy the Same Car Again?
4:39 Honda Ridgeline Update
5:22 AEB Really Catching On

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26 Comments to “AD #2274 – Veemo’s Velomobile for Mobility, Tesla Stock Could Soar Even More, Honda Ridgeline Update”

  1. grant Says:

    on your segment of AEB braking, the illustration on the screen in the driving model had a different order of letters.
    Which is correct?

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Funny how people, with money (not just Musk) says it no longer about money (when referencing a higher goal) when sometimes it’s “your money” they’re really talking about.

    AEB should help with some collisions; hopefully better than mandated ABS braking systems, which if I recall, didn’t show as much mitigation (of accidents) as was hoped. Still, I think ABS is a good/great innovation.

  3. Tuck&roll Says:

    Musk is a new generation bandit and crook. His autonomous car just crashed into a fire truck and they are trying to find someone to blame. Not Tesla. And why would anyone expect Elan to make a profit and deliver? He hasn’t in the past. “Stand and deliver” has been this road side bandits montra to the govt and investors for years. He even And they have delivered up. Now they say that a third of auto industry jobs will be lost to AI.

  4. Lisk Says:

    I’m getting really annoyed with Elon’s grandstanding without substance, and now the Musk-ateer’s have another reason to cheer him on- they want to pay him more! His car company makes no money and shows no sign of making a profit in the next several years. His “mass produced” car still isn’t. SpaceX, while having good success in launching satellites, does not build a man rated rocket, something he’ll need before going to Mars in the next 2 years. Solar City’s solar roof tiles have almost stopped. He continues to scheme and plan to build Heavy trucks, sports cars, and pickups. He’s a visionary for sure, and accomplished a great deal, but enough with all the grandstanding.

  5. Norm T Says:

    We had a 2013 Buick Verano 2.0T and loved it. Then a 2014 Buick Encore love it too and nicknamed it Squirt. We like the 2.0T and AWD so the Envision was an easy choice and hanjoyed it for the first year and 13,000 miles.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    The loyalty numbers make sense when you figure GM probably has the most variety of vehicles to choose from allowing for repeat buyers from entry level to luxury and many variations of SUV/CUVs. My guess Fords repeat “Make” buyers are F-150 Focus and Fusion which is limited for Ford loyalists. I know Lincoln was pushing for an exclusive buyer experience within their dealerships so that seems to be paying off.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Elon Musk,THE 21st century uber con artist. He could have taught madoff how to swindle. And his autopilot is as reliable as his production predictions.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    If the FCA union contracts in question have to ratified by the members? What good does bribing the UAW officers do? Apparently the contracts were still agreeable to the (majority) of members?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lincoln dealers are probably doing a decent job, but another reason for “dealer loyalty” is convenience of dealer locations. Most people are probably within 25 miles of multiple Ford or Chevy dealers, but not Lincoln (and many others brands). if you are 10 miles from one Lincoln dealer, and the next closest one is 60 miles away, you might tend to be “loyal” to the close one. It’s worked that way with me, regarding MINI dealers, which are rather sparse, like Lincoln dealers.

    At one time, it seemed like many Ford dealers also sold Lincoln, but not now. Yeah, that’s been a while.

  10. buzzerd Says:

    @Kit – for sure, I like some of the BMW stuff but since the nearest dealer is 500ish miles away …. it’s not an option for me. I do own a BMW motorcycle and it’s the same thing for dealers but I’m willing to put up with it for that. Also, there’s no Mercedes dealer anymore so if you were looking at getting a Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus or Lincoln, Mercedes would probably come off your list.

  11. buzzerd Says:

    Elon wanting to make us a ” multi planet species” – I’m not sure why some think that’s so great, I tend to agree with what one scientist said- ” it’s like wanting to send cockroaches to an island that doesn’t have any, why?”

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    There seems to be a lot of disdain for Elon Musk, some of which is to be expected when you can not produce as promised. His vision and concepts are inspiring. Why investors continue to support his vision in the face of what normally would raise concern, who knows! I believe he truly has good intentions and does want to make a difference as many visionaries before him. Funny that the original Nicola Tesla struggled with funding while Elon seems for the moment to afford the continued bleeding. I just wonder if the public perception of Elon was shared with the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, James Watt etc when they were trying to pursue their vision. Hope I’m wealthy enough one day to support the dream over the pursuit of making money at it. Often times the original idea leads to a completely different but major breakthrough. So I support Elon just not financially..

  13. John McElroy Says:

    #1. Grant, in the US “AEB” is the official term used by NHTSA, the IIHS and others. In Germany they tend to use the term “EBA.” The video clip we used in today’s show is from Continental which used “EBA” in its demo. It’s the same technology, the letters just get switched. And you get a gold star for noticing the difference!

  14. Barry T Says:

    1 grant – I imagine the disparity is a language syntax meaning the animation likely originated overseas.

    9 and 10 Lincoln does have the “sparsity disadvantage/advantage”, but their ranking would still apparently compare better than other brands that also have a fewer dealers, right?

    Thanks again Autoline for keeping us up to date!

  15. BobD Says:

    8- Yes, the contracts are ratified by the voting members, but the UAW negotiators still have tremendous influence on what the contact looks like and how hard of deal is struck. There is obviously a certain amount of trust when the leadership say, “This is the best we were able to do and you should accept the deal”. When obviously it wasn’t as good of deal as it could have been. These people (on both sides) were morally corrupt and should spend the rest of their lives in prison for betraying the trust of those who they were supposed to be representing.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Yep, there are many other “sparse dealer network” brands. It would be interesting to see the “whole list,” to see if any mass market brands, with many dealers, are near the top, but that information is apparently secret. There didn’t seem to be any links on the site for more information.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #11, buzzerd, that’s funny.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I am impressed with some things Elon Musk’s companies have done, especially recovering the SpaceX rocket boosters, but, to me, the crazy Tesla stock price is, well, crazy. People are buying it, and hope to correctly time their selling when it starts to crash. If Mercedes, Toyota, GM, or Ford want to make good, expensive electric cars, they can do so. The Tesla cult status can’t last forever, can it?

  19. Lex Says:

    The Ridgeline production line could probably be split into two for production of a new five passenger shorter wheelbase Honda Pilot-Sport. These two vehicles could share major components and drivetrains. The front-end styling of the Ridgeline would be very handsome on the Honda Pilot Sport. The Pilot Sport could with the underpinnings of the Ridgeline a competitor to the Jeep Grand Cherokee IMHO.

  20. Lex Says:

    Elon Musk is the Howard Hughes of the 21st Century.

  21. Kevin Anderson Says:

    Is Elon’s new multi-billion $ contract in addition or a substitute for his previous multi-billion $ contract? Do you have the details of his old contract? I thought there was only one condition remaining before he collects. Something about production exceeding 300,000 units per year.

  22. phred Says:

    The under reported number for EV production is the lack of new power plant construction, the number of electrical power grid emergencies declare in California in the last 3 years and my favorite….number of new charging stations installed by major matro areas.

  23. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Re: Veemo

    I know Vancouver Canada well. Veemo should be a success. Good public transport, so car not really needed within city. Usually one car per household not two. Lots of ‘Greenies’, lots bike paths, lots of rain, not much snow.

  24. Bob Wilson Says:

    As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

    The Tesla Model S, X, and 3 are for sale and deliveries continue daily. Yet there have been accidents, recalls, and changes based on lessons learned … just like every other car.

    The Falcon 9 has become a reliable launcher thanks to lessons learned when they failed. No one else is reusing their first stage rockets. Rockets explode and the first, experimental Falcon Heavy _test_ flight is coming up. It may fail but at least it was attempted and the lessons learned for the next one.

    Full disclosure, I own no Tesla stock and until (if ever) they make a plug-in hybrid, no interest. But I admire his efforts and successes. He gets off his backside and makes stuff happen.

  25. Lambo2015 Says:

    #15 Bob I totally agree they should go to prison as the corruption seems to be, and maybe always has been standard procedure. I just find it hard to believe that spending over a million dollars bribing union executives would be worth it when the contracts still need ratification. I guess now I dont feel so bad when the union votes down an offer and gets to verge of striking. Obviously those offers were not the best offer that could be given.

  26. wb Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as much as I enjoy the Ridgeline’s current styling, the new Accord, as good as it looks, the front end has more of a ruggedly handsome, pickup truck look then that of the current Ridgeline, IMHO. Whether or not it’s looks has impacted, encourage or discourage sales, I have no clue. For all intents and purposes, though, it’s a great truck and if it was more in my price range, it might be something I would seriously consider as a replacement vehicle. If an automaker can figure out how to make a compact, unibody truck, I think they may have a hit on their hands. Yes I am looking at you Hyundai, with your concept Santa Cruz! Here’s hoping that you come through on that one.