AD #2402 – EPA Reverses Glider Truck Rule, Concours d’Elegance Highlights, Market for Passive ADAS About to Explode

July 30th, 2018 at 11:49am

Runtime: 9:02

0:33 EPA Reverses Glider Truck Rule
1:28 BMW Raises Prices on SUVs In China
2:01 Profits on EVs And AVs Won’t Be Easy for Automakers
3:30 Weekend Race Results
4:07 Concours d’Elegance of America Highlights
6:02 Market for Passive ADAS About to Explode

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15 Comments to “AD #2402 – EPA Reverses Glider Truck Rule, Concours d’Elegance Highlights, Market for Passive ADAS About to Explode”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    With CAFE/EPA changes looming, and the high cost of AV/EV’s wouldn’t surprise me to see a delay in that segment. While Honda’s new Insight is a dramatic improvement in cast over the Volt, they still sold less than 300 copies in the US.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 The Insight is a non-plug in hybrid with a small battery, which is why it is much less expensive than a Volt. Are Insights at dealers in significant numbers yet? I won’t be interesting in buying one, since I already have a Prius, but will be interesting in seeing the new Insight, and reading reviews.

    It’s good to see that at least part of Scott Pruitt’s anti-environment agenda is being reversed by the new EPA administrator, as with the “glider” truck rules.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    Maybe a smart manufacturer will wait it out and let other companies lose their shirts and potentially go bankrupt trying to force a product that not many want or willing to pay extremely high prices for. Even with companies eating 90% of the costs $2300 is enough to make someone find something cheaper and more familiar. There will always be those that have to be 1st to any new tech or trend , but the question will be can they afford to be?

  4. Dave Thompson Says:

    Yet I thought Sandy Monroe said the Tesla 3 was incredibly profitable ?

  5. Albemarle Says:

    With all the new learning that companies need to do to understand EVs and AVs, they have to spend money now on the education. The alternative is to spend the same money later licensing someone else’s technology. Hard to have a unique selling proposition if you’re a follower.

  6. WineGeek Says:

    Based on your reports last week Tesla is working at 35%+ on their EV’s. Perhaps the problem with profitability in the EV marketplace is the traditional auto manufacturers failure to adopt Silicon Valley levels of circuit integration and design sophistication. Tesla has lots of problems that the traditional manufacturers do not and would not have as far as production quality if they employed more cutting edge circuit design and integration. There is not reason why a Ford, Chrysler, oops FCA, or GM could not produce a vehicle that was making them 35%+ if they broadened their focus from F-150′s et al. to producing cutting edge EVs.

    This broadened focus might even make the US a leader in automotive technology again! I’m not saying stop making the very profitable trucks just don’t leave the rest of the world to innovate while the US industry gets fat and lazy on the high profits that trucks bring to the table. There could be a change in the market that will make today’s profit generators tomorrows drag on the market. Then what happens to the industry’s potential to provide jobs and GDP growth if it loses the ability to innovate quickly.

  7. David Sprowl Says:

    @2 It drives OK. It is a good commuter/grocery getting car. Price is good. While it is not a plug in, the power generator is mostly on the electric side. What remains to be seen is will the public buy it. Or will is go the way of other hybrid types. Given the role back expected in EPA/CAFE rules it might not look great for sales at the moment.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #4, 6 Tesla is profitable with EV’s because they are able to sell them at very high prices. We’re not seeing those $35K model 3′s yet, and maybe never will. I’m sure the Chevy Bolt would be highly profitable at $45K, but unlike with the Tesla 3, they are not able to charge such prices for their EV.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I’d think the Insight should sell reasonably well. It isn’t as practical as a Prius, but it looks better to most people, and costs less than other hybrid sedans, like Camry and Fusion. I’m sure the Camry is quieter, though, and generally “nicer,” but it cost more.

    As always, relative sales numbers of Insight, and other high mpg cars, will depend a lot on what fuel prices do.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    My understanding is that the glider trucks are new frames and cabs, with a rebuilt engine added after the sale. Are the gliders really also rebuilt frames, axles and cabs?

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Kudos for reversing the glider sales rule (emissions shouldn’t go backwards). Propulsion replacement engines should be with current standards replacement engines.

    The Tesla 30% profit margin is a bit nebulous considering that Tesla won’t be at this percentage level when (and if) they finally deliver models at their base list price of $35,000. Even considering various ranges of selling prices this will be a sliding scale of profit and 30% will be best case scenario. Kudos should though be congratulated on Tesla for their electronics integration (but you sure better not have a board failure because I would hate to know how much that might cost to replace).

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Tesla will, presumably, have in-house facilities to trouble shoot and repair those boards, and will swap out bad boards with repaired ones. Delco Electronics division of GM, where I worked, did that with car radios, after they got beyond the stage of “tube changing” repair, and all car companies would now have a system to “refurbish” many electronics parts. I think Delco/GM also used contractors for some of the repairs.

  13. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Why, why, why does autoline continue to show the clip of the white presumably autonomous car, turning right without signal, then incorporating a three lane change as it turns, again without signal? It starts at about 14 seconds into the introduction.

    Maybe the signal from the Chevy Bolt does not show on the video, but the ‘lane-change-turn’ is indefensible.

    It is a horrible example to set.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 You can see the front turn signal in the video, but that explain crossing three lanes as it turns.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    13 & 14 That’s sounds like nearly every BMW I see on the road. LOL