AD #2328 – Mazda’s Sales Soar in 2018, New Technique to Build Roads, Chevy Spark on The Chopping Block

April 9th, 2018 at 11:22am

Runtime: 6:01

0:28 Trump Nominates NHTSA Chief
0:54 Chevy Spark on The Chopping Block
2:10 VW & Mazda Turn Around Sales
3:03 U.S. Q2 Sales Expected to Remain Solid
4:24 New Technique to Build Roads

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17 Comments to “AD #2328 – Mazda’s Sales Soar in 2018, New Technique to Build Roads, Chevy Spark on The Chopping Block”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s interesting that VW and Mazda are so similar in the U.S., from their sales numbers and product lineups, to their sparse dealer networks, but they are about as different as two car companies could be, globally. VW dominates sales in Europe, and takes turns with other companies as global sales leader. Meanwhile, Mazda is a small player almost everywhere. I’m impressed that Mazda is able to “keep up” with the big companies, even without their arrangements with Ford.

  2. phred Says:

    I will reserve my “awe” for the road machine after 1 year of traffic including trucks, buses, and cars plus the weather w/rain has ‘worked” Nature’s magic on the road bed. And how do you patch a road excavation and “trench crossing’ that always comes later?

  3. Kevin Anderson Says:

    I loved my Mazda 5 and have had it for 12 years. I could never buy another though, since, in Canada, EVERY Mazda 5 rusted out around the rear wheels. I like VW’s too, much the dealer network here insists they are a premium vehicle and prices them against BMWs and Volvos. If VWs ever drop down to the price of a Japanese car, I’ll look at them again.

  4. Jim Haines Says:

    Two horrible cars improve sales and I can’t explain why as VW’s are horrible and Masdas except for Miata’s just aren’t very good

  5. WineGeek Says:

    Sean when we start running Lego cars and trucks on our roads I think the process you illustrated will be perfect… :)

    I agree with phred #2 the long term usability of this system remains to be shown.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    Interesting road building idea. I think it’s success would depend on how good a base the road has. If it’s deep and compacted, unlike in the video, it might be a great idea.
    To add a trench, they would only have to scrape off the asphalt, lift up the keyed concrete sections and install, then replace.
    There are many Roman cobblestone roads in Europe that have stood the test of time, so this may work.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m with phred #2; unless the base is extremely secure, with winter weather and heaving also a real-world phenomena, those blocks are going to move.

    And the Spark: it’s already a hatch, raise it two inches, call it a ‘Mini-nox’ (or similar), POW, you’ve got a new small CUV (sell like hotcakes). ;)

  8. Brett Cammack Says:

    Watching the animation of the road-building system, I was reminded of the chase scene where Gromit is furiously laying track in front of the toy train as he pursues the villainous penguin in “The Wrong Trousers”.

  9. Ron Paris Says:

    Kit #1: Don’t forget Mazda’s new “arrangement” with Toyota.

  10. Ron Paris Says:

    #4: Spoken like someone who’s probably never owned a Mazda. I’ve owned 2 Miatas and currently a 2013 (early production) CX-5. All have been bulletproof.

  11. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    I considered a Mazda CX9 a few years ago but in my area the dealer network was weak and both near my area were both owned by the same company. They weren’t interested in much discounting and trade allowances were very low. Made me buying a Honda very easy.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 My sister had a Mazda 5 for a few years, and generally liked it, but had some trouble with it, including a transmission controller of some sort, and some suspension issues. As I remember, it had about 70K miles when she replaced it with a Subaru Forester.

    I was sorry to see Mazda drop the “5.” It was nice to have one “real” minivan in the U.S. market, though the Transit Connect and Promaster City have sort of replaced it.

  13. Tony Gray Says:

    Wine Geek hit on it.

    After watching the video I can’t get “Everything is Awesome” out of my head!

  14. Darren Says:

    I wonder why none have come up with ez fix for pothohles. A simple pour in hole and fast set long lasting patch ?

  15. Tom Cain Says:

    Hey Sean, those “giant launch platforms” were really for Saturn rockets. They were repurposed for the Shuttle.

  16. ArtG. Says:

    @14. They do.

  17. XA351GT Says:

    #14 More often then not it is the base under the patch that is the problem . They need to dig down below whatever is compromising the subsurface.