AD #2276 – 2019 Jeep Cherokee Updates, Strike Looms in Germany, Trump Tax Cuts Boost FCA & Ford Earnings

January 25th, 2018 at 11:35am

Runtime: 6:38

0:26 Strike Looms in Germany
0:44 Public Warming Up to Autonomous Cars
2:01 Nissan’s Self-Parking Slippers
2:44 2019 Jeep Cherokee Updates
4:44 Trump Tax Cuts Boost FCA & Ford Earnings

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31 Comments to “AD #2276 – 2019 Jeep Cherokee Updates, Strike Looms in Germany, Trump Tax Cuts Boost FCA & Ford Earnings”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    ’19 Jeep Cherokee: looks better.

    And, I’m guardedly optimistic of the President’s corporate tax cut. (automotive as well as other reported money sharing by either bonus payouts or increased wages from other companies)

  2. Bradley Says:

    The opening tagline has changed starting on Tuesday.

    “This is Autoline Daily the show for enthusiasts of the automotive industry.”


    “This is Autoline Daily the voice of the automotive industry.”

    Any special reason?

  3. John Busch Says:

    I am confused by your report today that Trump’s tax cut improved Ford and FCA’s profits? First, the law just went into effect January 1 and the profits were for 2017? Second, you reported that Ford’s after tax income went up and yet the profit sharing amount, which is tied to profits, went down relative to last year?
    Something doesn’t seem to add up!

  4. buzzerd Says:

    Car profits- do we know how much the companies make in new car sales compared to parts sales and or licensing ?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s nice that big corporations are making more money, and giving some of it to employees. Unfortunately, the huge budget deficits will come home to roost in a few years, and the social safety net is likely to be be ravaged, after Trump and Ryan are done with “entitlements reform.” I’m going to quit spending as much money, because I am concerned about what will happen to Social Security and Medicare, which I depend on. Sorry about getting a little “political.”

  6. Tripp Terry Says:

    Glad they are coming, but sad some of you choose this site to bash efforts of the WH and Houses. Are you an economist or actuarial in the industry? Be glad for the steady climb as registered by the Markets and the major corporation(s) return to the States, and plan accordingly.

  7. GM-10 Says:

    Will there be an AAH this afternoon?

  8. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Bradley – We sprinkled in a few different opens before Tuesday, but it’s just to keep things fresh.

  9. Sean McElroy Says:

    @GM-10 – Yes there’s a new live AAH today.

  10. Barry Rector Says:

    Yes, what was the reason for changing the opening tag line of the broadcast?

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    @2 and 9 Bradley and Barry:

    Just change your description of ‘tagline’ to ‘intro-line’ and all is good. There have been multiple changes to the intro; not a problem and all convey similar direction of the show. Or maybe John and Sean are fine tuning so they can get it just perfect. :)

  12. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    This question is sort of related to today’s subject, what is current ratio of people in the USA market that are buying new vehicles versus leasing? I am talking about new personal vehicles and the lease on a new titled vehicle? Could people leasing be driven by wanting the next new technology every few years or the price per month of leasing versus buying.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve never leased a vehicle, but I know a number of friends who lease. In most cases, the people are not “car nuts,” in the traditional sense, but want a new “luxury brand” vehicle every few years, and want to know it advance how much it will cost. While there is negotiating involved in leasing, my friends who lease find in much much painless than working out a trade price on an expensive vehicle every three or four years.

  14. Lex Says:

    Good Job Sean!

    I am especially interested in your opinions of the New 2019 Jeep Cherokee with the 2.0 litre turbo. The vehicle looks more attractive with the reworked headlights / bumper and rear hatch. The only minor modification suggestion I have to the exterior of the 2019 Cherokee is the roof rails. I would give it the same flush mounted roof rails as are on the Grand Cherokee and Compass.

  15. Fred L Schmidt Says:

    Kit…They are missing all the fun of winning the price negotiation game. In addition there is more price information to use than ever before. I guess I am showing my age.

  16. JWH Says:

    Leasing – Being a dinosaur/control freak similar to Kit, I did lease once about 18 years ago. I signed up for extra miles in advance since the cost/mile was much less in advance than at the end. I turned it in with 44,995 miles against the 45K lease agreement so cost was as expected. However, once done, I was not comfortable with renting & have not done it since.
    About 1 1/2 years ago our one daughter was getting a Focus & comparing leasing for 3 years with predetermined option to buy at the end of 3 years was less than purchasing up front since they were offering greater incentives on leasing compared to purchase. As Kit implied, you need to do the math on your circumstances.

  17. Lex Says:

    @12 Hi Kit,

    Leasing is mostly for people who look at vehicles as either “Status Symbols” or “Disposable Applicancies”. I tend to keep my vehicles for many years unless they give me trouble in the first few years of ownership. If a vehicle has been troublesome during the new car warranty I will rid myself of the inferior OEM product just before or immediately after the new car warranty is done and not revisit that OEMs products again.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Yep, most people I know who lease want “status symbols,” recent model year “premium” brands. Also, the probably don’t want them after they are off warranty.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Yeah,I’m in the same boat. I live on my VA disability,(100% sc/p&t) and my SS.For healthcare I have the VA,( but it’s over 100 miles away) so use my Vets choice card for civilian care,(worlds better)and of course,medicare.

    New Jeep Cherokee,I love it. But didn’t some other articles have the torque of the turbo 4 banger listed as 290 ft.lbs.?

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I recently saw an article, maybe Jack Baruth, saying that all of tbe car companies of the world should use the same 2.0 liter turbo four. Just figure out which of the two dozen out there is best, and everyone use it.

    Yes, I’m surd he was writing in jest, but many millions of dollars in development cost would be saved, if all of the car companies weren’t out there designing a different, but similar version of the same thing.

  21. Drew Says:

    How can tweaks to the lift gate and other trim add 27 cu.ft. to the Cherokee’s cargo space? That is akin to adding 2 compact car trunks.

  22. Don B. Says:

    I just saw a video this week with the Nissan park tech on conference room chairs. No matter were they are in the room,they return to a spot at the conference table.

  23. Len Simpson Says:

    Ken —–”Politics, Politics, Politics. All Is Politics”

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Thinner lift gate, thinner rear seat backs, lower floor (somehow), wider cargo area? A little of all of those? More “square” lift gate?

  25. Drew Says:

    @23 – Hard to image that adds to 27 sq.ft. Within the scope of a minor change freshening.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 I agree. It would be hard to come up with another 27 cubic feet. We may hear more.

  27. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Drew – I may have heard wrong during the presentation and wrote it down wrong in my notes. I will find out and correct it as necessary.

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    Probably 27 cubic inches

  29. Lambo2015 Says:

    Just what everyone needs, self parking slippers and remotes. Just thinking about the house of the future where everything returns to its set location. Now if they can figure out how to get dirty laundry and dishes to find their way to the washer machines and then dishes back to the cupboard and clothes neatly folded into the dresser.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Form an article on “”

    “And since it’s what’s inside that counts, Jeep has redesigned the cargo area to add space, bringing the capacity to 28 cubic feet behind the second row of seats.”

  31. WineGeek Says:

    Don’t tell me how much the profits increased, tell me how many new US employees were added. That is how we will judge the success of the Trump Tax Cuts!