AD #2343 – Lexus Takes the “Premium” Out of Its Hybrids, Global Sales Up in Q1, BMW To Use Magna Lidar System

April 30th, 2018 at 11:40am

Runtime: 7:46

0:30 Global Sales Up in Q1
1:06 BMW To Use Magna Lidar System
2:08 Lexus Takes the “Premium” Out of Its Hybrids
2:55 Jeep Expands Partnership with Harley
4:16 Weekend Race Results
4:38 Why the Mahindra Roxor Looks Like a Jeep

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12 Comments to “AD #2343 – Lexus Takes the “Premium” Out of Its Hybrids, Global Sales Up in Q1, BMW To Use Magna Lidar System”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    No comments as of 3 PM eastern, hmmm; okay, I’ll bite: last week’s AfterHours was really a good show (the guest was quite entertaining, knew his stuff and shared much about Mahindra).

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s a slow comments day.

    How about that F1 race? I bet Lewis H. loved it, but I suspect some “interesting” conversation has been going on at Red Bull.

  3. Cozy200 Says:

    So a ford fusion won a nascar race. Will Ford still be racing
    When the Fusion is gone?

  4. Dan Busch Says:

    Just a quick comment: Thanks for the info on the race schedule and the results!!

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 They’ll race an Expedition next year. Actually, they will run a Mustang, but it all means nothing, since all of the cars are basically alike.

  6. CarGuy Says:

    What is also adding to the increase in Toyota hybrid sales is the change in design that took place in about 2013. The updated 2.5 liter hybrid system and the vehicle launched using the electric motors meant that most of the slop was eliminated from the drivetrain. Especially the Camry became an enjoyable car to drive.

  7. Ctech Says:

    I have not watched a F1 race in a long time. I caught the last half of that race, and have got to ask are they mostly that interesting? The drivers don’t seem to have much personality except for the Perez fella. That was one of the craziest races I have ever seen. The Red Bull team is going to have an interesting week. It is too bad that no one on any of the general sports shows picked up on that race.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    F1, while exciting to me, usually aren’t as ‘crazy’ as yesterday’s race. I think F1 did a poor job of clearing the track (and getting the Safety Car off the track), which hampered actual racing. It was almost like they let NASCAR officials run the end of the race (tongue in cheek). One of the reasons I quit watching NASCAR is that the officials pretty much are going to make it a ‘crap-shoot’ at the end (negating all the good racing up until that point), and that’s what happened in F1 this weekend, so I hope it was just an anomaly. JMO

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Ctech, everything Chuck said, and regarding that question about “most of them being that interesting,” an emphatic no. Many F1 races are won on Saturday. It is not uncommon for the pole sitter to lead from start to finish.

  10. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Knowing it will never happen, wouldn’t it be nice to have a true stock car race series? It could still have all the saftey rules but the sheet metal shape should have to match what the road version of the car wears. Engine block size and design features match the production engines but allow the parts to be upgraded to race quality. Have more than one tire company for the teams to chose what they think will be better on a given day. I’m sure there are many other things could be included to make a race more exciting. How about shorter races.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 There was something a little like that in the 90′s, called North American Touring Car Championship. The cars were Honda Accord, Dodge Stratus, and maybe others. Similar racing does well in some parts of the world, but it didn’t go over in the U.S., lasting only two years. Maybe a racing series for “stock” Tahoes and Expeditions would be more popular in America.

  12. veh Says:

    I actually wondered myself whether the end of the Fusion would mean the end of Ford in NASCAR. What else could they run? It would give Ford an easy excuse to bail.