AD #2400 – Trump Backs Off on EU Tariffs, Toyota Sees Profit in Fuel Cells, Daimler Splits into Three Separate Units

July 26th, 2018 at 11:28am

Runtime: 7:15

0:30 Trump Backs Off on EU Tariffs
1:03 Toyota to Expand Production of Fuel Cells
1:52 Ford F-150 Limited Gets Raptor Engine for 2019
2:56 Would Americans Buy a Chinese Brand Vehicle?
3:49 Waymo Expands in Phoenix, Arizona
4:25 Mercedes A-Class Sedan Coming to America
5:37 Daimler Splits into Three Separate Units

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19 Comments to “AD #2400 – Trump Backs Off on EU Tariffs, Toyota Sees Profit in Fuel Cells, Daimler Splits into Three Separate Units”

  1. phred Says:

    For EV cars…how will wall street market these cars on TV. No Zoom Zoom or Dodge Hell Cat engine sounds in the ads! Can’t sell handling on mountain roads without having a charging station in the background. maybe “brag about the range”.

  2. Frank Nelson Says:

    I personally support the idea of Fuel cell vehicles, from what I know about them. There is still the issue with refueling stations, and supplying enough hydrogen to refuel the growing number of FCVs.

  3. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Maybe you interpreted the President’s remarks in some other way, but I saw him say that tariffs would be removed or negotiated on “NON automotive products”. I take that to mean tariffs on automobiles and parts are still going to happen. You may want to listen to the remarks again. Did I get it wrong? I checked CNN and ABC News to confirm.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Don I heard the same thing , non automotive products.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    Not really a revelation about Chinese cars . There is always someone who will but what is cheap. It happened with Japanese cars in the 70s and 80s, and Korean cars in the late 80s and 90s. We all can see where those prices trend to over time. Come in cheap , establish yourself and slowly ramp up your prices until you are equal what everyone else is doing. I see the Chinese following the same model if they come over. I’ve really been surprised that they haven’t yet. Maybe it has to do with Safety and/or emission regulations.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    People don’t mind buying iPhones, and pretty much every other electronics gadget from China, so I don’t see the mass market shunning Chinese cars, if they are competitive, overall. Most of us “enthusiasts” will feel differently for some time to come.

    Toyota says they will be able to lower production cost of fuel cell cars, but I still don’t see the point, when there is no fuel, and no fueling stations. It’s not like you can “fuel” your fuel cell car for your daily commute overnight in your garage, like many people can with plug-in cars.

  7. Keith Meintjes Says:

    I think fuel cells are a non-starter. Hydrogen is incredibly dangerous stuff. It has very wide explosion limits. By comparison, petroleum (gasoline, diesel, kerosene) is very safe. A saturated petroleum vapor in air (such as in a fuel tank) will not explode.

    Remember that Kelly Johnson and the Skunk Works engineered a hydrogen-fueled aircraft decades ago, but they could not figure out a safe infrastructure to support it.

  8. Pete Says:

    We know Sean is a mildly scraggly very casual kinda guy, but enuf is enuf. Haven’t we now seen him multiple days wearing his fav small-check shirt with HOLES at the collar?! Come on, Blue Sky, give him $50 for a new fav shirt.

  9. jim wight Says:

    I am Canadian and I have been driving a Buick Envision, built in China for close to 3 years. Rides like a dream. Smooth as silk on the highway. Great quality and workmanship. Would buy another in a heartbeat. Got all the options as the BMW’S and Mercedes for a lot less money.

  10. Len Simpson Says:

    I probably won’t live to see it , since I’m just 2-1/2 yrs short of ninety , but I firmly believe that Nissan’s 48v batt & run as needed gas engine generator will someday be the most common driveline.
    When I was learning the trade, sparkplugs had to be sandblasted at least 4 times during their 10kmile lifetime , wheel brgs had to be hand packed at least every 10K miles. Car’s usable lifetime never reached 100 k unless outstandingly maintained , gas cost 12 cents per gal & price wars sometimes erupted at 1/4 cents per gallon

  11. Len Simpson Says:

    Also , cars lifespan was frequently determined by rustout , because any metal that couldn’t be seen was not painted , including frames. Miami’s salt air was deadly

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 My friend’s Sunfire with 240K miles has the original plugs, and still runs like new. They have been removed and re-gapped once, but the gap had widened less than ten thousanths, as I remember, after about 180K miles. It’s amazing how much progress has been made. The elimination of lead in the gas, and use of iridium tipped plugs have made the plugs last “forever,” and a combination of other things have made the other aspects of cars much, much better, even cars that never got much respect, like Cavalier/Sunfire.

    As far as the (not 48 volt) Nissan E-power taking over the world….

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The rocker panels in the 1957 Chrysler, in Indiana, rusted out in about 5 years. Now, most vehicles go 20 years before rusting too badly, even with obscene amounts of road salt. The coatings are much better, and also, car bodies are better designed to avoid trapping water/salt where it will never dry.

  14. Len Simpson Says:

    Those price wars are the reason you see the 9 tenths part on todays price signs

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 9/10 cent on gas prices is silly, but is still universal. Unfortunately, my once-favorite app for checking gas prices, gasbuddy, no longer shows the .9 cents. There is no way of knowing if $2.56 means $2.559 or $2.569, so the app is now almost useless.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    The F150 I’d like to see is a Raptor V6 powered Lightning. Regular cab , short box , 2WD drive performance sport truck. Considering the following the Lightning has and the value that they seem to be able to keep nearly 20 years on is impressive. Outside the Raptor , what F150 will people even talk about in years to come. Seeing as Ford is always trying to expand the F150 sales and all the parts already exist I don’t know why they wouldn’t do it. Make them a limited edition , say capped at 1500 trucks a year with dash plaques stating the truck # .

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 As people here well know, I am not a big fan of trucks, but a college friend had one that I liked, an early Lightning, with the supercharged 5.4. It was compact, by today’s standards, with standard cab and short box. It was quick, and handled well, for a truck, being lowered rather than being lifted, as the fad today. Its being RWD added to the fun.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m fine with Chinese vehicles being sold here as long as they has a similar tariff and are limited on quantity like US cars have been in China. Oh and if they want to build any plants here they need to partner with an US company.

  19. JWH Says:

    #15 – Kit – I believe Gas Buddy meets my needs – I’m not too concerned about whether it’s @2.559 or $2.569. More concerned about $2.56 vs $2.86. & agree with you that the $0.009 in the price is ridiculous although it’s a holdover from pricing in general in the U.S. – Ex $9.99 instead of $10.00. Have a good weekend.