AD #2279 – Waymo Places Large Pacifica Order, Kia Plans India Entry w/ New SUV, Tesla Model 3 Assembly Line Fixes

January 30th, 2018 at 11:16am

Runtime: 7:04

0:31 GM Sets Sales Record in China
0:50 Sales Up Slightly in China
1:12 Waymo Places Large Pacifica Order
1:46 Kia Teases SP Concept for India
2:41 More Details on Volvo’s 1st EV
3:05 Small Van Sales Continue to Nosedive
4:58 Tesla Model 3 Assembly Line Fixes

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16 Comments to “AD #2279 – Waymo Places Large Pacifica Order, Kia Plans India Entry w/ New SUV, Tesla Model 3 Assembly Line Fixes”

  1. Lisk Says:

    If I were one of the U.S. domestic automakers I’d be nervous with the small sales growth in China this year. They have all invested heavily in China in the past decade and it’s mostly for sales growth, not so much for profit. China surely hasn’t met a saturation point, however the domestic brands are certainly going to be the dominant players going forward having acquired all the technology from their foreign “partners”.

    Interesting to see the tidbits from Sandy Munro about the Model 3. The fix he showed on the window channel looked like something Rambler would have done in the 60′s, not a “major” manufacturer of the 21st century.

  2. Marshy Says:

    Sandy has clearly forgotten the good old days of the industry- albeit a couple decades back, I know the the guy that when plant ran out of PRNDL indicators started cutting up coffee stir sticks. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

    But I still recall early launch cars more recently getting running plant fixes like that cats paw to address NFV issues on early run parts until the next rev could hit inventory.

    Wait until he starts tearing down and finds the putty in every nook and cranny filling all the rat holes.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Mr. Munro doesn’t seem to be a fan of the Tesla 3. I don’t blame him on the door handles, though. Why make something more complex, but worse, for no good reason? Tesla needs a couple Sandy Munros on their design staff, to help with bringing a car to high volume production.

    The decrease of small van sales is emblematic of the U.S. market. Small vans are very practical, not terribly expensive vehicles for both commercial and private use, so people don’t buy them. Instead, the pay many thousands more for vehicles that work less well, for what they are actually used for.

  4. Mark Says:

    Save a life. Just say NO to driverless vehicles.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I may want to give up motorcycling sooner than I once expected. If the Tesla “autopilot” can’t see a fire truck, I don’t have a lot of confidence in these other autonomous systems seeing motorcycles, or pedestrians, for that matter.

  6. Lex Says:

    I understand that Honda will be reviving the “Passport” nameplate for a new vehicle slotted between the CR-V and Pilot based upon a downsized, five passenger version of the Honda Pilot. It will be built along side the current Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline in their Lincoln Alabama Assembly plant. The new vehicle will debut in November at the LA Auto Show.

    I can not wait to see what it looks like and the mechanical specs. I hope it has the 3.5 V6 or atleast a larger version of the 2.0 Turbo Charged four banger currently offered in the Civic Type R.

    I guest I will need to put off selecting a new vehicle to purchase until more information is available from Honda.

  7. Lex Says:

    Did anyone see the New PoleStar One from the EV subsidiary of Volvo recently. Whoever designed that EV was definitely paying homage to the iconic Volvo P1800. The front grill and sharp tail lights are a modern interpretation of the classic elegance of the original Volvo P1800.
    They should have just called it the “E1800″!

  8. Lex Says:

    I have not seem any updates to the 37 Second section of your website lately. My suggestion is to do a “Vehicle of the Month” under the 37 Second banner and showcase the features and day to day experiences of living with that vehicle including the “Pros and Cons”. This might be very interesting and your could have both males and females reviewing the vehicles from their own perspectives. Your Staff members could voice their input and potentially get some free ride time in these vehicles as a benefit.

  9. Ki Says:

    6 Honda really seems to like the Passport name. They used it for a small, moped-like scooter in the ’70′s, and then the rebadged Isuzu Rodeo SUV, an early product of the Subaru-Isuzu plant in Lafayette, IN.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Honda really seems to like the Passport name. They used it for a small, moped-like scooter in the ’70′s, and then the rebadged Isuzu Rodeo SUV, an early product of the Subaru-Isuzu plant in Lafayette, IN.

  11. Daniel Says:

    How did Sandy Monro’s broken wrist become a Model 3 design flaw?

    How did I miss the design flaw reports on Sandy Monro’s tear down of the Chevy Bolt?

  12. Len Simpson Says:

    I surmise that tesla 3 design engineering was farmed out to China— or Jamaica

  13. Bob Harlow Says:

    Will you be putting all of Sandy Munro’s observation on the Model 3 into a single video?

  14. omegatalon Says:

    One can imagine if the Tesla Model 3 was a product of any other auto company as the media would shred the company and yet not a negative word has been said about the Tesla 3; another reason why people need to watch AutolineTV because this is where you get the truth about cars.. good or bad.

  15. roger t Says:

    On Sandy – the door handle design is actually much simpler vs the model S, and most people will use one hand. The door NVH fix seems to be a consequence of pre-production, which is why it’s never a good idea to buy an early model car. Now the trunk latch design is mind boggling, plain silly.

  16. Alexander Crabitses Says:

    If there’s anybody wondering why the Mercedes Metris isn’t listed on their sales report, it’s because it is classified as a mid-size cargo van. This is despite Mercedes comparing the Metris to the compact Transit Connect in their commercials. According to Car Sales Base, they only sold 7,386 Metris vans last year.