AD #2401 – ZF Fights Motion Sickness, Rental Companies Face Existential Crisis, Detroit Automakers Report Lower Profits

July 27th, 2018 at 11:49am

Runtime: 7:37

0:32 FCA Denies Knowledge of Marchionne’s Health
1:06 Hyundai’s Union Eases Up on Demands
1:50 Rental Companies Face Existential Crisis
3:07 Detroit Automakers Report Lower Profits
4:01 Ford Transit Skeletal Chassis Cab Updates
4:32 ZF Fights Motion Sickness
5:54 New Technology Investment Helping Suppliers

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12 Comments to “AD #2401 – ZF Fights Motion Sickness, Rental Companies Face Existential Crisis, Detroit Automakers Report Lower Profits”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The car rental companies have lost my business to Uber for the reasons mentioned above, along with the following:

    Using Uber, Lyft, or a taxi is much more convenient than renting a car when your main need is to get between an airport and a hotel in a city. You don’t have to drive in an unfamiliar area, and you don’t have to park a car. Even if you need to make a couple “extra” trips from the hotel, ride sharing is much easier than doing more driving in an unfamiliar area, and the overall cost is usually less than renting a car.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d think the future of traditional car rental might be renting a large, gas vehicle once or twice a year for vacations, while using a plug-in car most of the time for commuting.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yea rental car companies should probably get on the ball and develop an app that makes car rental as easy as the likes of Uber.
    I do however rent a car almost every week for work as I drive 300 miles away. Cannot use Uber for that.
    I also wonder how this will affect manufacturers as I know that when they discover a small defect like poor color match or orange peel paint. They will often designate those cars for fleet sales rather than fix a group of cars that may require a complete re-paint.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Ford skeletal vans should be a nice improvement but I’m not sure why they dont just go with an airbag suspension on the rear and then you could drop the chassis inches from the ground to load.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    Sounds like the Korean Union members understand having a job that pays a little less is better than no job. Is that dollar figure stated what they make in US dollars? If so they are not doing too badly depending on inflation there. They had better look at your report yesterday that if the Chinese start selling cars in the US that it is their sales that will feel it first.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3, When I was working, my employer never rented cars for 300 mile trips. We used company cars, or if there was a “shortage” of company cars, they paid us to use our own cars, at a rate/mile that was a good deal for us. I’m surprised whoever you work for would routinely use rental cars for 600 mile round trips.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If all of the Ford Transit vans are truly related, that must be one of the most versatile platforms around, given that they make both RWD and FWD versions. They sell only RWD versions in the U.S., maybe as a favor to FCA which sells the FWD Promaster.

  8. MJB Says:

    That ZF anti-motion sickness tech may have a good second use. Sounds like it’d be just the thing to help lesser mfrs produce soft, cushy rides in their would-be entry level luxury vehicles.

  9. Lex Says:

    I would compare the experiences of “Ride Sharing versus Renting a Vehicle” to “Leasing a Vehicle versus Purchasing a Vehicle”. In the first instance Ride Sharing and Vehicle Leasing do not require the same large capital and time investments/restrictions as does Renting a Car or Purchasing a Vehicle.

    I wonder what has been the impact on “Zip-Car” with the advent of Uber, Lift and others?

  10. Lex Says:

    I now want to wish Mike Manley great success and good fortune as he takes the helm of FCA!

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 It makes more financial sense for the company to have us use rental cars when traveling 600 mile round trip. 2 days rental is like $90 vs the 52 cents a mile would be $312.
    Which made my wonder about the ride sharing app that was mentions this week. If someone rents your personal car and takes off for three or four days. Guess you need to know the duration before they take your car.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Yeah, using rental cars would be a good deal for the company, especially if there are a lot of miles, and not many days.

    I can’t imagine there would be many people wanting to rent their personal car, sans driver. I certainly wouldn’t want to.

    9 I haven’t heard much about Zipcar lately, but I ran across an article saying it is generally not a good deal, compared to regular rental cars. It would seem that Uber et. al. might be a better alternative for many urban, and college campus Zipcar users.