AD #2375 – UAW Elects a New President, Ford & Daimler End Fuel Cell Partnership, Could Car Sales Drop by Millions?

June 14th, 2018 at 11:52am

Runtime: 6:53

0:27 UAW Elects a New President
0:58 GM’s CFO Retires
1:20 Could Car Sales Drop by Millions?
2:21 Germany Fines Volkswagen
2:43 Ford & Daimler End Fuel Cell Partnership
3:21 Ford Improves Fuel Economy for Fleets
4:33 How Super Cruise Responds in Emergencies

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16 Comments to “AD #2375 – UAW Elects a New President, Ford & Daimler End Fuel Cell Partnership, Could Car Sales Drop by Millions?”

  1. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Car sales dropping by millions? So why? Is this indicating auto manufacturers moving towards people renting cars when needed versus owning/leasing? Is it because the idea of buying “new” cars losing its appeal and they see people keeping their cars for a much longer time? Could the price of new cars getting too high for many people to afford? Is the fact that cars lasting much longer when maintained convincing people to keep them for many years beyond what is the average now? What is behind this prediction.

  2. Brett Cammack Says:

    It seems to me that fractional ownership should work for vehicles as it does for aircraft.

  3. Lisk Says:

    GM’s Supercruise is perhaps the biggest waste of $5,000, yet it’s the most honest of the self driving systems. It only works in select areas and then on limited access highways. You still have to be paying attention or the system shuts off. I think GM knowingly rushed this to market for bragging rights, but the admitted limits make it pretty impractical for most of us.

  4. Robert E Zigmanth Says:

    I hope that having an accountant lead the UAW works out better than it did for GM (Roger Smith).

  5. Lex Says:

    I believe it be more cost effective for the Automotive Industry to combine their efforts instead of first towards Autonomous Driving and divert it’s attention to the adaption of what I call “Automatic Vehicle Braking”(AVB).

    All this new technology in vehicles today contributes to distracted driving so the easiest way to combat this ill of modern technology is to remove it from the vehicles totally, which is now socially unacceptable.
    Therefore the solution is AVB. Incorporate all available counter measure technologies which can be had at a far lower cost than Autonomous Driving Technology being introduced into every new vehicle. Automatic Vehicle Braking in both forward and rearward directions should eliminate many of the usual accidents and crashes on the roads currently and save many lives. Autonomous Driving Technology will itself reduce vehicle ownership due to it’s high additional cost. If mandated by government it will make vehicle ownership virtually impossible for many socio-economic groups in the country.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    #5 I agree Lex however, I believe we are 10 or 20 years from any government mandate when it comes to AV. I mean the technology is developing quickly and has made significant improvements in just the last couple years, but its still only realistic to operate in preferential conditions. Getting a system to work in sunny California is one thing but a system that can operate in a Mid-west ice storm where your windshield turns to bathroom glass with ice build up, is a whole different situation. So again the government shouldnt mandate anything that only works part of the time and only under certain conditions or locations. We are certainly many years away from being able to overcome all types of conditions that northern winter drivers deal with.

  7. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Improved roads and embedded sensors is the future of real world self driving cars. Here is an article talking about this direction..

  8. gary susie Says:

    Could the drop in sales be caused by the massive borrowing that the government will have to do because of the tax breaks? This is wall street banks are predicting!

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    I often wonder if we wont see a significant increase in three wheel vehicle manufacturers. As long as their requirements are not the same as their 4 wheel counterparts it could. As all these advancements in EV, AV, and driver assist functions continue to increase car prices there may come a day where the middle class American can no longer afford a traditional vehicle. Three wheeled vehicles that offer just the basics without meeting all the safety and crash requirements would certainly be able to be sold much cheaper. Yea might only be slightly safer and drier than a motorcycle but I think many people would like to buy a new car for under 10K. Then SAAR may stay around the 17M.

  10. Kevin Says:

    Car sales WILL drop drastically in the future, but only for a couple of years. The reason will be that buyers will decide that it is too late to buy a conventional car, but too early to buy an electric AV. Prudent buyers will just decide to wait a few years for the situation to clear up.
    PS With electric AV’s expected to offer cheap rides, why would anyone buy an non-electric AV or an electric non-AV?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1) Rising interest rates? Rising car prices, because of steel tariiffs and the rest of the Trump trade war? Also, there probably are fewer people who just want a new car, when they don’t need one.

  12. Marshy Says:

    Taxi HWY mpg?! Who cares about that? What’s the city number?

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    #11 Cars/trucks are many different things to many people. For some it was an extension of their personality and for some a status symbol. As vehicles move more toward being an appliance of transportation the love affair for the American car is diminishing. Along with that will be a lesser inclination to replace it. It becomes more and more like a washer and dryer. As long as it works and keeps running for 20 years why replace it? IMO the general public does not care or get excited about a new model like they used to. I could see this having an impact on sales too.

  14. Fred Schmidt Says:

    It is a shame to see the auto industry turning into transportation appliance business. I am glad I have lived my early years during the time when cars were fun to drive and easy to improve and repair. I guess the consumer computer/smart phone and gaming industry is the new fun thing for young people to get excited with and enjoy.

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think that the story on car sales dipping to 13 million is a bit premature. Sure they may, but just as likely, they may stay steady or increase. Some of the latest predictions of monthly and quarterly estimates have been way off. Do I think that FCA should or shouldn’t prepare for 13/14 million SAR, well yeah; it is probably more prudent to be ready to de-escalate at a controlled pace than to have to ramp-up quickly. Doing some roll-back now, on their terms, seems the prudent thing to do.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Ford is preparing for lower sales, by dropping all of their more efficient cars.