AD #2378 – Angry Employee Sabotages Tesla, Really Old FCA Platform Extended, Mercedes Tests First Electric SUV

June 19th, 2018 at 11:49am

Runtime: 6:55

0:29 Musk Says Employee Sabotaged Tesla
1:05 China Retaliates to U.S. Tariffs
1:43 Red Bull Switches to Honda Power
2:28 Old Daimler-Chrysler Platform Extended
2:58 Volvo to Increase Recycled Material Content
3:41 BMW Reveals All-New 8 Series Coupe
5:21 Lincoln MKC to Be Renamed Corsair
5:46 Mercedes Tests 1st All-Electric SUV

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37 Comments to “AD #2378 – Angry Employee Sabotages Tesla, Really Old FCA Platform Extended, Mercedes Tests First Electric SUV”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe Lincoln could revive some other Edsel names, like Citation and Pacer.

  2. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Ford>Edsel>Lincoln>Corsair…a lot of something there for a model to build on….right??? Lets hope any Edsel fibers have not crept into anything in the 2020 Lincoln MKC/Corsair. I hope we don’t see any commercials with a reference to the beautiful Vought F4U Corsair

  3. Bob Wilson Says:

    Andrew Grove, CEO of Intel, wrote a book, “Only The Paranoid Survive” (see link). I look forward to more evidence and legal actions as follow-up.

    Potentially the are both civil and criminal penalties. Civil for theft of trade secrets and criminal for damaging a computer system.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Kit GM ,AMC and Chrysler Australia all beat Lincoln to the re-use of those names.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    I’m a bit confused. What intellectual properties could the Chinese be taking that weren’t already given to them for price to build anything in China already?? Pretty sure it was reported here that for Foreign businesses to set up shop they had to take a Chinese company under their wing and “give” them their intellectual properties.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Whatever names that future Lincolns decide to use, it is refreshing that they are going back to names. The F4U Corsair was a favorite of mine (growing up) but the P-51 was my top choice. Let’s see, then there’s the P-39 Air Cobra (already used), the P-40 Warhawk (up for grabs) and P-38 Lightning to mention just a few. And also the mention of boat/ships; the most famous, of course, the Corvette.

  7. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Names are better but never again the Dodge La Femme. Or the Mazda Carol Me Lady. Maybe the Daihatsu Scat?

  8. BobD Says:

    I know it was a busy news day, but surprised Autoline did not mention that the CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, was arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into the VW emissions cheating scandal. The article said as many of 20 other employees are under investigation… See link for article.

  9. BobD Says:

    Also related to the VW emissions scandal, a co-worker reported that he was at a local car auction over the weekend and there were ~60 VW TDI models, from model years 2011 to 2014, in line to be auctioned. All the cars had stickers on the windshields proclaiming “Appropriate emissions systems modifications have been completed and certified to comply with EPA order number XXXXXXXXX.” Does anyone know the specific fixes made to these cars to make them legal and if VW has to warrant the emissions for so many miles? I wonder what this will do to the used car prices to have 500,000 extra cars dumped into the market?

  10. Brett Cammack Says:

    The 8-series coupe looks rather Aston Martin-ish from the B pillars aft.

    Why limit oneself to WWII? How about the Gypsy Moth and Tiger Moth? I can imagine an Asian mfg jumping all over one of those! Maybe Lincoln could use it in China.

  11. motorman Says:

    I remember back in the day because of the shape of the grill Edsels were called Ethyl’s.

  12. GM Veteran Says:

    So, the retaliation from China was to re-establish the 25% import tariff on U.S. built vehicles that they have had for many years? The transmission tariff may be new, but this does not seem like a big handicap. Just back to situation normal for U.S. automakers.

  13. GM Veteran Says:

    I recall John interviewing the manager in charge of Lincoln and he said that their vehicle names would all have a nautical theme to them. Navigator and Nautilus certainly fit, so I think the Corsair is referencing the type of sailing ship and not the WWII fighter.

  14. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Corsair has many nautical meanings. From being used to refer to pirate ships to single masted sailing boats. It would make sense that they will use the nautical theme with the Corsair as #13 said in his post.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I’m wondering if all “dormant” names, like Pacer and Citation, and more recently, Encore, are up for grabs, by anyone who wants to use them. Ranger was also an Edsel name, but Ford would own that one, if such things matter.

  16. Ed Says:

    For the nautical theme how about “ Titanic” for Lincoln. And the front logo could sport a blue heart of the sea jewel…

  17. Fred Schmidt Says:

    16 Ed..thats right on the money!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 How about salamander? That is nautical, and also an airplane name, Sopwith Salamander.

  19. Fred Schmidt Says:

    How about the sea slug. They are colorful.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Dreadnought would be a good name for what they now call Navigator L.

  21. Brett Cammack Says:


    And who wouldn’t brim with confidence, soaring towards an aerial fight to the death in the cockpit of a doughty Sopwith Salamander??

  22. Roger Blose Says:

    Boy that BMW 8 sure looks like a lot of the current Mustang GT in side profile along with Aston Martin.

  23. Dan Says:

    Disagree with you on the names Lincoln is choosing. Corsair [from the 1950's] and Nautilus [Captain Nemo's sub] are awful names for passenger vehicles.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The idea of the Corsair name must be to try to sell generic CUV’s to people who like Corsair airplanes. It won’t work with me.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will the Chrysler 300 continue, or just the Challenger and Charger?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just remembered something. A more recently retired airplane than the F4U, the A-7, is also called Corsair, or maybe Corsair II.

  27. Fred Schmidt Says:

    There was also the Vought O2U Corsair biplane from the 1920′s. The A7 was called the Corsair II. A name with a lot of great history.When I was a kid I built several F4U was a favorite WW2 plane the “Whistling Death” is what the Japanese called it because in a slight dive is would create a whistle that you could hear ahead of the plane.

  28. Fred Schmidt Says:

    The F4U showing its teeth.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The F4U is about my favorite airplane to see at air shows. I’ve never heard the whistle; maybe they haven’t flown fast enough in a dive to get the sound, but I love the sound of the big radial engine, and the looks of the airplane.

  30. Fred Schmidt Says:

    There is nothing that sounds like those radial engines from that time period. The design of the radial engine is a thing of beauty. Without the radials the planes of WW2 wouldn’t have had the power/range and durability that they had. The Rolls Royce engines in the Spits and Mustangs were great but couldn’t take the abuse a radial could endure.

  31. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Here is a page on what caused the whistle…

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30. Yep, the lack of a cooling system was a huge advantage of the radials when they got shot up.

  33. G.A.Branigan Says:

    As if Tesla didn’t have enough problems with their “autopilot”,

  34. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Fred, thanks for the Corsair link; that is way-cool.

  35. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Chuck you are welcome! I love cars but my real passion is flying and any prop engine plane. I read books on WW2 planes and their pilots. Many years ago I used to fly and couldn’t get enough of it.

  36. Lambo2015 Says:

    I believe there is a brand of hair dryers that also use the Corsair name. Bet they hope people don’t draw that comparison as they blow.

  37. veh Says:

    If Lincoln is going nautical, maybe GM will sell them the rights to Cutlass.