AD #2357 – Shell’s High Mileage Semi-Truck, Fiat Stops Building Most Pass Cars In Italy, Is Africa the Next Auto Powerhouse?

May 18th, 2018 at 11:43am

Runtime: 7:57

0:28 Fiat Stops Building Most Passenger Cars In Italy
1:12 Nissan Wants Bigger Voice in Alliance
1:47 Toyota’s Shocking EV Move
2:53 Ford’s “Weather Factory”
3:45 Volvo Goes to War on Plastic Cups
4:16 Shell’s Hyper Fuel Efficient Semi-Truck
5:31 Is Africa the Next Auto Powerhouse?

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22 Comments to “AD #2357 – Shell’s High Mileage Semi-Truck, Fiat Stops Building Most Pass Cars In Italy, Is Africa the Next Auto Powerhouse?”

  1. Len Simpson Says:

    according to CC , I am watching

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    A bit surprising that the car market is down even in the European countries, with their acceptance of much smaller vehicles in general. It will be interesting to see if this is indeed a fad or evolution away from passenger cars. Most anyone that moves to a SUV/CUV tend to like the easier entry and exit as well at the better view of traffic from a higher position.

    Sorry Sean but the segment on the Shell Hyper fuel efficient truck is…well empty. What good is it to tout hyper efficiency without even a speculation of what that means.
    Sounded a bit Elon like; Hey developed a hyper super long range EV but no word on expected distance..

  3. Lex Says:

    Glad to see that Shell has been brave enough to build a Hyper Fuel Efficient Semi-Truck with full length side skirts to prevent stones being thrown up and damaging others windshields.

    Passenger Cars will morph into CUVs just as station-wagons morphed into Minivans.

    If the population of the African Continent doubles in the next 25-35 years who will feed them? Will the Big Agro Corps introduce “Solvent Green” to feed the worlds ever expanding human population?

  4. Lex Says:

    If the French Government wants the Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi Alliance to remain the same than my suggestion to Carlos Ghosn is merge Nissan and Mitsubishi into one company and isolate Renault. Nissan and Mitsubishi can stand on their own two legs and Renault can be the tail! Everyone knows what’s under the tail.

  5. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Now all that has to be done is to teach the truck drivers courtesy and stay the hell out of the left/passing lane. It can become very dangerous when an ignorant/tired/drugged up driver shoots right into the passing lane cutting off passenger cars so they can take 2 miles to pass another truck that is going 2mph slower. Add in any slight incline and this can go on for way more than 2 miles. I have seen many accidents because of this behavior. Economy is great when all the other issues with truck traffic is solved. I have seen drivers from UPS drive well and drivers from FEDEX drive like idiots. I 80 is full of these driver incidents.

  6. Kevin Anderson Says:

    Someone should tell Volvo that ‘bio-degradeable’ plastic is not actually bio-degradeable. After you are done using it, it degrades into ‘micro-plastic’ pollution, which is already a serious problem in places like the Mediterranean Sea.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From around the 1920′s to the late 1950′s, cars got progressively lower and wider, partly for appearance, but also because wider and lower vehicles handle better, and are more efficient, other things being equal. Now, things are going in the opposite direction, with vehicles getting tall, thus inefficient and ill-handling, compared to cars.

    I may not live long enough to see it, but at some point, this trend will change. Things always do.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here is a CUV of 1923.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 The thing is we will eventually be back where we were 50 years ago where milk and pop and now water will be sold in glass and paper containers again. Once we realize the horrible impact to the environment plastic containers have created. Or they could implement the deposit on plastic like they have with many cans and bottles. However I’m personally not a big fan of deposits on containers. But you can bet if there was 10 cents to be had on all those bottles floating in your video they would have been gathered up already.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I shell paying FCA for the use of the Airflow name for their truck?

  11. Albemarle Says:

    400 million Nigerian princes!

    Does population growth automatically mean stable governments and people with money in their pocket to buy cars?

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    Kit, to some extent I’ve thought the same thing about CUVs. Not so much about the inefficiency of them, but that the pendulum was swinging back. Cars were getting so low and wide that modern CUVs are just morphing popular size back to the dimensions of the popular vehicles decades ago. I just had a new CR-V as a rental car, and for a CUV it was very low and sporty, more like just a bigger and sturdier wagon than a CUV. Click on my name and look at the main photo. It’s no longer an old Jeep-like-off-roader box.

  13. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – Airflow is the name of the trucking company Shell has teamed up with. The name of the truck is Starship. Maybe Star Trek has a claim against the name? ;)

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Yeah, the truck company, not Shell is Airflow. Maybe they are paying FCA, and Shell is paying the various creators of Star Trek stuff, or legal action is underway.

    12 A CR-V is about 7 inches taller than the Golf Sportwagon, the one and only “affordable” regular car-height wagon sold in the U.S., but length and width of the two are very close. Honda is better than VW at building in lightness, since the taller CR-V weighs about exactly the same as the VW.

    I just read that a 2.7 litre turbo four will be replacing the 4.3 V6 in most trim levels of the new Silverado. John or Sean, have you driven one?

  15. rey cabal Says:

    Nigerians are pretty good at scamming and maybe producing oil ,I dont know about cars.

  16. aliisdad Says:

    Wow, I don’t really know why but it kind of shocks me to think of FIAT no longer building FIAT’s in Italy… Their iconic cars once just dominated the roads in much of Europe, and they just seemed to be”Italian” to so many of us.. Guess I am just an old guy who doesn’t like change, huh?!?

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Fiat not building cars in Italy, is no different from Ford and Chrysler not building cars in the U.S. At least Fiat will continue to SELL cars in Italy.

  18. Bobby T Says:

    7,12, I agree with Ukendoit that mainstream pass. Cars got too low. My Flex reminded me of a ’50s station wagon. “Chair height” seating and super easy to get in and out of. My ’53 Packard was like that too. One of the biggest ingress/egress problems with today’s cars is the swept back A-pillar that you have to duck under.

  19. Tony Gray Says:

    Fix It Again Tomislaw?

  20. Chuck Grenci Says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Starship enterprise (pun intended) will turn out. “A previous AirFlow project called the BulletTruck achieved a remarkable 13.4 mpg at a gross vehicle weight of 64,000 pounds.” With the Starship project gross at 80,000 pounds, if it exceeds 13.5, that would be a ‘win’; I’m expecting even more. Hopefully Autoline will follow-up with all the scoop when the voyage is completed. Any guesses out there; I’ll arbitrarily pick 16.5 mpg.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I see that Starship Enterprise has automatic tire inflation to optimize efficiency. Presumably, that means keeping the pressure constant at all tire temperatures, and as high as is safe for the tires? I’ve read that there are low rolling resistance tires for big trucks, but part of what makes them LRR is less tread depth, so there will be less squirming of the tread blocks.

    I’ve been curious about how much difference LRR tires really make, but it’s hard to find real information, either for Prius tires, or for tractor-trailer tires.

  22. Stephen Says:

    Why is Shell doing this when the US Supertruck initiative exists (ver2 now in development). Much of the Supertruck innovation was better trailer airflow. Other boosts was cutting parastic losses in regular truck engines. In Europe they’re betting on caravaning ie trucks following each other to cut airdrag since we already have autopilot tech and adaptive cruise control.Solar on roof trailers could help cut power used to run coldair trailers.