AD #2284 – FCA Makes Management Changes, Nissan 370Z Takes to the Slopes, Continental Develops Rubber Horseshoes

February 6th, 2018 at 11:17am

Runtime: 5:41

0:29 FCA Management Changes
1:00 Tesla Blasts Roadster Into Orbit
2:05 Nissan Puts Snow Tracks on 370Z
2:42 Continental Teams w/ NVIDIA on AI
3:05 Continental Develops Rubber Horseshoe
3:51 GM Reports 2017 Earnings

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21 Comments to “AD #2284 – FCA Makes Management Changes, Nissan 370Z Takes to the Slopes, Continental Develops Rubber Horseshoes”

  1. Joe Pastor Says:

    Re: Elon’s latest stunt: Elon is quite a clever lad: he has his earnings report conference call tomorrow afternoon, and in order to divert questions about continuing poor production results (quality and the like), he razzles and dazzles the financial community with the “roadster in space” stunt”. A 21st century P.T. Barnum if there ever was one!

  2. GM Veteran Says:

    It doesn’t seem as though the Trump tax cut is benefiting GM, though maybe that was just because of some crafty accounting that did not anticipate a tax cut actually passing.

    Congratulations to the UAW workers on an attractive bonus. I know one group of people that may not be so happy about that. GM dealership salespeople. GM announced a few days ago that it was reducing the amount of incentive payment that salespeople can earn by a third. So, they get a pay cut while the line workers get a hefty bonus.

  3. Lisk Says:

    The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is due to go off @ 2:20 eastern today. Currently on the 2nd hold. Not sure what the need is to put a car on the rocket is. He’s getting plenty of pub with the rocket only. Not sure if the intent is to put the final stage into deep space but if it’s just to put it orbit I hardly think Earth needs another piece of space junk up there. I’m sure the Musk-ateers are more interested in this than Tesla loosing another half-billion $ last quarter…again.

    On the lighter side, it’s good that Continental is looking after our equine friends. I’m not sure if anyone else does this but I would think it would make the horses happier. Kudos Conti!

  4. Lisk Says:

    Launch is now scheduled for 3:10 eastern. Window closes at 4 pm.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1, 3 Yep, it’s a stunt putting the car in it, but the rocket is for real. I think the intent is to put the car in orbit around the sun.

    The target time is now 3:15.

  6. Lisk Says:

    Delayed again; now 3:45. Elon, I’m beginning to see a pattern…

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Now 3:45. Still high altitude winds

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This launch is generating a crazy amount of interest. The traffic is heavy, and people are parking along the major roads. My place is at the border of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.

  9. LEW Says:

    Will that Tesla launched in orbit count as a sale?

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 yea but the price is out of this world.

  11. Victor West Says:

    Why is FCA even bothering to put someone in charge of “cars” for North America? There soon will be no “cars” – only trucks and SUVs.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe cars will make a come back after gas prices are back up where they were a few years ago. They are creeping up in my area now.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Yup,fuel prices are increasing here too.

  14. buzzerd Says:

    well the launch was entertains to watch

  15. Lisk Says:

    Yes it was. Congrats to the SpaceX team.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Cool booster landings. They’re better to watch at night, but this was the first “double.”

  17. buzzerd Says:

    I love how the side boosters just come back down and land the same way they left, how hard could that be to engineer.

  18. Ctech Says:

    The Falcon heavy flight and booster landing have been successful. Now if only Tesla Model 3 production could go as smoothly.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    Tesla seems to be a master of the one offs and low production.. Managing high volume production and being profitable at it is a completely different ball game. Hopefully they will make that transition soon.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Yeah, I guess it’s easier to make a few cost-no-object rockets, than near-mainstream cars in high volume.

  21. Bob Wilson Says:

    In engineering we pick two from: Good, Fast, Cheap. Elon chooses Good and Cheap. This is why he is an excellent rocket scientist and built both electric cars and the charger network needed.