AD #2422 – Mercedes Creates Retro Race Car, Musk Won’t Take Tesla Private, Santa Fe’s Structural Improvements

August 27th, 2018 at 11:46am

Runtime: 8:26

0:31 Musk Won’t Take Tesla Private
1:11 Ferrari Race Car Sets Auction Record
1:37 Weekend Race Results
3:00 Mercedes’ Homage to The Past
3:59 Traffic Management Industry Poised for Growth
4:26 New Hyundai Santa Fe Is Stronger, Lighter and Quieter
6:18 Acura RDX’s New Multi-Link Suspension

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11 Comments to “AD #2422 – Mercedes Creates Retro Race Car, Musk Won’t Take Tesla Private, Santa Fe’s Structural Improvements”

  1. joe Says:

    I don’t think Elon was serious about taking Tesla private. It was just a scheme to raise the price of the stock which it did a lot. Now, the stock is once again down to where it was before that announcement.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Bob Lutz’s take on Elon Musk:

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a22812531/tesla-replace-elon-musk-bob-lutz-column/?src=nl&mag=rdt&list=nl_rdt_news&date=082418

    FWIW, I am neither particularly a fan, or hater of either Musk or Lutz. Actually, I am kind of a fan of Musk’s rocket company. Those booster recoveries are cool.

  3. Larry D. Says:

    Lutz has forgotten that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. After a not memorable career which ended with GM going truly bankrupt and shareholders losing their shirts, Lutz has repeatedly got involved in total loser schemes, vehicles like the failed FIsker and its soon to fail successor. he should take some vacations instead, he only has a few years left.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    2 I saw that video with the recovery of 2 of the 3 boosters and how they landed almost simultaneously and upright, several times. Very impressive, and even more is the fact that with Musk’s innovations, the cost of these things have gone down by a factor of 10.

    However I am not as big a fan of expensive manned mars programs as Musk is, when one can accomplish most objectives with unmanned missions.

  5. Norm T Says:

    The 2019 Acura RDX shares current CR-V architecture as it did the previous generation and ss it should since they are assembled so close to each other in Ohio. Notice when asked the engineer did not say it wasn’t on the same platform.

    At Toyota admits to the RAV4 and Lexus NC share less than half between each other.

  6. Kit Gerhar Says:

    4 I saw the double recovery “live and it person” from my condo about 10 miles from the landing site on Canaveral AFB. The third, center one did not land successfully on the barge. From my location, there is a sonic boom a couple seconds after you see the engines shut off after landing.

    Neither am I a fan of future human space flight. It was really exciting when “science fiction became reality” with the moon landings about 50 years ago. I was 22 years old, but yeah, a lot more can be learned about the universe for a lot less money with unmanned robotic probes, like Curiosity, and even earlier missions in the 1990′s.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I saw the double recovery “live and it person” from my condo about 10 miles from the landing site on Canaveral AFB. The third, center one did not land successfully on the barge. From my location, there is a sonic boom a couple seconds after you see the engines shut off after landing.

    Neither am I a fan of future human space flight. It was really exciting when “science fiction became reality” with the moon landings about 50 years ago. I was 22 years old, but yeah, a lot more can be learned about the universe for a lot less money with unmanned robotic probes, like Curiosity, and even earlier missions in the 1990′s.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    I don’t think we should focus so much on whether a car is based on another car or not. It’s just laziness if people pre-judge and won’t take the time to really look at the new car. Top Gear used to always complain when they found switches on expensive cars that were identical to ones on family cars. Well, if the switch is good enough for the luxury car, just get over yourself.
    It’s amazing what can be done with the same platform. Pretty obvious Stephen Fry wants everyone to approach the RDX as its own car and not a luxoboat CRV. I agree.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With “premium” vs “mainstream” brands, it depends on what you want. I suspect Honda will sell some RDX’s to people who really want to cut their 0-60 time a second or two, by having the 2.0 turbo, and won’t mind the worse gas mileage, and the need for premium gas. If I wanted a vehicle like that, I’d be inclined to save the $10-15K and get by with the 8.2 second (CR’s test) of the cheap one, and do without the somewhat fancier cabin decor. That just me, though.

  10. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    8) You are thinking exactly like a modern buyer. It is why you see the mainstream brands going upmarket lately. A high spec CRV is a very nice vehicle and there is not enough luxury credibility in Acura to justify a $15k price premium over the comparable Honda. Todays consumer is far more savvy with all the information available to them.

    True luxury vehicles that share a platform need to distinguish themselves far more compentently now then in times past. Drive say a Lincoln MKX and a Ford Edge back to back. There isn’t enough distinguishing features to justify buying the lincoln. Maybe if the Lincoln had a unique active suspension, better seats, true leather, better tires, far far far more sound deadining, better tuned exhaust, and far far far more power…Then I could justify buying a lincoln over the comparable ford.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …and luxury “trappings” have trickled down to even basic cars. A base Prius has keyless go, automatic temp control, adaptive cruise, and auto emergency braking, features that used to only be in true luxury cars. Keyless go is still an option in an E-class, or a $60K Porsche Cayman. .