AD #2427 – Ford Merging with VW in Europe? WLTP Creating a Bit of Havoc, Baojun Shows New Small Electric Car

September 4th, 2018 at 11:42am

Runtime: 6:59

0:33 Ford to Merge with VW in Europe?
1:17 F1, IndyCar & NASCAR Race Results
2:59 New European Fuel & Emission Test Creating Havoc
3:46 EU Fleets Turning to Daily Rentals
4:15 Ford Using Drones to Inspect High Places
5:15 Baojun Shows New Small EV
5:53 FCA & Mahindra Battle Heating Up

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14 Comments to “AD #2427 – Ford Merging with VW in Europe? WLTP Creating a Bit of Havoc, Baojun Shows New Small Electric Car”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Vettel finish 5th, net 4th after the five second penalty to Verstappen. I don’t fault Kimi for not holding onto 1st due to the team’s misjudgment forcing Kimi to use up his tires prematurely. Opinions may vary but Kimi had no problem holding off the Mercedes until his tires gave up. But such is racing; at least the M/B and Ferrari are on par with each other (after three years of M/B dominance).

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Vettel ended up 4th in the Italian Grand Prix, because of Verstappen getting a 5 second penalty for contact with Bottas. Another interesting item, Grosjean was disqualified, because his Haas failed a post-race inspection.

  3. Bradley Says:

    That was a sweet looking Ford Wagon. Take that and only change it to make it road worthy in the United States…and SELL IT HERE!!!

  4. John Faulkner Says:

    To clarify the outcome of the IndyCar race at PIR. Takumo Sato did not win because he “benefitted from a series of yellow flags.” What the RLL team did was called STRATEGY and TEAMWORK to win this race. Except in drag racing, having the fastest car does not mean you will, nor deserve to, win. It takes pitstops being flawless, the engineers delivering a top performing car, and a driver that knows how to win. Taku certainly knows how to do that! So to make it sound as if Sato backed into this win is not true, and a complete lack of understanding what it takes to create a winning race team and race car. Please give all winning drivers their due for a job well done.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3. It’s nice, but if it was ever sold here, it would probably have a lift kit, plastic body cladding, and mandatory 4wd, like most of the other of the few wagons sold here. I heard, though, that they might start selling the Buick Regal wagon without the body cladding.

  6. Bradley Says:


    That would be nice.

  7. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Not a fan of all the racing coverage. Just some feedback. Great show!

  8. XA351GT Says:

    Hamilton masterful?? Please he wrecked Vettel and his team mate blocked Kimi for 20+ laps until he killed his tires trying to get around him. I hate the blocking.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Like it or not, strategy is now a major part of F1, and Bottas blocking Kimi is part of it. I don’t like it being so important either.

    As far as Hamilton and Vettel, the result was mainly luck.

  10. Don B Says:

    FCA must need money. To sue Mahindra when they bring the Roxor to the US and not when they are sold overseas seems like a stretch. Are they going to sue the fiberglass body makers that have jeep and ram kits for golf carts?

  11. Larry D. Says:

    Tomorrow’s (today’s) show will tell you the August sales numbers. I have seen them, Ford continues its slide, Toyota surpassed it again in August, and is poised to Overtake GM later. GM does not announce monthly sales, but is estimated to have dropped 13% in August, while FcA was up 10%!

    I am more interested in the TESLA sales estimates. Autonews continues its very low estimates, Aug 7,900, still over 100% higher than their year ago estimates. I bet Tesla sold easily TWICE that 7,900. What does your webpage (also Bob Wilson’s) say, Kit?

    Subaru continued its 81st or 82nd straight month of sales records, helped by its new 3 row SUV

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Inside EVs shows 14,250 Model 3′s for July, but they don’t show August yet.

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  14. Ukendoit Says:

    #7) I’m not a fan of the racing coverage either, but for a friend at work its his favorite part and I turned him on to the show, so I won’t complain. The sales numbers are a big thing for many here, but not for me so during those clips I usually skip to the final figures rather than watch them read all the numbers. Some don’t like the EV and autonomy coverage but I do. I figure its a well rounded show with something for everyone and under 10 minutes, so I don’t mind the parts that don’t interest me.
    Great job guys, keep ‘em coming!