AD #2437 – Audi Reveals e-tron, Elon Musk Sued Over Pedophile Comment, BMW May Bring Diesels Back to U.S.

September 18th, 2018 at 11:37am

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Runtime: 7:14

0:31 Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Adopt Android OS
1:26 Elon Musk Sued Over Pedophile Comment
2:10 Hurricane Florence Disrupts Production
2:58 BMW May Bring Diesels Back to U.S.
3:16 Germany Wants OEMs to Offer Incentives for Old Diesels
3:39 U.S. Garages Becoming Bigger Because of Trucks
4:42 Schaeffler’s Intelligent Corner Module
5:36 Audi Reveals e-tron

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25 Comments to “AD #2437 – Audi Reveals e-tron, Elon Musk Sued Over Pedophile Comment, BMW May Bring Diesels Back to U.S.”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Although the hurricane may cause some delays in production it would be interesting to know how many vehicles will be totaled due to flooding and damage.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Elon- seriously for the head of such so many large companies you would think he would be better at dealing with people public statements. What kind of leader resorts to name calling just because he doesn’t like what someone says……………. ah.. never mind.

  3. bradley cross Says:

    Engineering says diesels will work. Marketing says otherwise.

    We need more EVs, hopefully Audi are not selling at a loss :)

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    These “crew cab” pickups, even with a 6 foot bed, are about 3 feet longer than even a large car. No wonder they won’t fit in a lot of garages. Some garages, like at my condo, will barely hold a Grand Marquis, which is about 30 inches shorter than the trucks.


    I have a 2018 F150 Crew Cab Short bed truck. It won’t fit in my garage but I am not about to modify the Garage to make it fit. I use my garage for the other cars I have and the truck simply stays outside.

    Of course I am leasing it so any faded paint or interior deterioration as a result of it spending 100% of its life outdoors is not my concern. I guess if you lived in a HOA controlled sub that has a rule that no vehicle shall be outside overnight, the length of the truck could be an issue. My HOA has no such rule though.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    I think by the time manufacturers get all the emission problems solved with diesels, they won’t have a place in the car market; having been usurped by hybrids and improved gasoline technology.

    You do wonder why they are so insistent on trying. Ten years ago, you couldn’t bribe a manufacturer to put a diesel into a car. Now, after VW and a continuous list of cheating manufacturers, they are all for it. Must be pure ego. It ain’t business.

  7. Roger Blose Says:

    I wonder how all of these EV will handle driving in deep water conditions such as the recent hurricane floods? When they get flooded out, can these cars be repaired, cleaned up, and resold or do the batteries and wiring cost too much to fix? And how about the underwater home charging stations that cost several thousand dollars to replace. Much future food for thought!

  8. Lex Says:

    I agree with John McElroy, that Elon Musk needs to keep his BIG TRAP SHUT! He needs to concentrate on the products he is producing and maybe one day he will develop a high tech Ironman suit able to save lives on land, sea or air, or maybe in space. Here are a couple of ideas for Elon to work on which should be childs play for him. How about a Tesla Wheelchair or Artificial Limbs. He could help many people regain their independence and self help abilities. He could influence the “Bionic” industry.

  9. Larry D. Says:

    3 First of all, Diesels work everywhere, and to hell with the marketing. ALL serious vehicles are diesels. Even in the USA, where diesel fuel is a bit more expensive than gas, ALL Heavy Trucks are diesels, all trains and all serious large cargo ships. Even with the higher fuel price, diesels are ideally suited for SUVs and even crossovers. Over in Europe they even use them for tiny sedans and hatches, where it is much less appropriate.

    3 Second, no, we do not need just more pure EVs we have 100 models available now, of which only 3 (all Teslas) are to any degree successful. We do not need any more ugly Nissan Leafs or Bulky $40,000 hatches Chevy Bolts, and the sales show it.

    3 As for the Audi “SUV” I looked at its specs. It is reasonably large, wide but not tall. it is only 65.5 ” tall, that is why it looks like a wagon and not an SUV.

    BTW, the Rolls Royce Phantom also has a height of 65″, (64.5″), as did Kit’s Dodge Caravan (!)

    IT says it will be priced FROM $75k, so with options, $90k. It may compete with low-volume Tesla X, I think the Audi looks better, but I suspect most buyers that pay almost six figures for a pure EV, do not want it to look like non-EV SUVs, and it may hurt its sales. other than that, it looks good outside and inside.

  10. Larry D. Says:

    7 I doubt that many buyers with homes in the paths of hurricanes down south are waiting 4 years for a Tesla 3.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    9 Mercedes tried to encourage its buyers to consider the E class diesel by pricing it only $1k higher than the gas version, an unbelievable bargain. Not only in terms of fuel efficiency, but also longevity, it dwarfs gas vehicles. My taxi driver in the old country has a E class Diesel Taxi, a late 90s model, that she now wants to replace, after 4,000,000 kilometers, or 2,500,000 Miles. Do that with any gas engine.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When I had a diesel car, a 2004 Jetta wagon with a 1 9 tdi, it got about 50% better mpg than the gas version of the same car. It was kind of slow, but adequate. Now, gassers have gotten more efficient, and car diesels less efficient, though partly because the engines have gotten bigger. For efficiency and clean exhaust, nothing beats a good hybrid. A Camry hybrid performs decently, and gets 45-50 mpg. If only they made a wagon version

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 That recent 4 cylinder E-Class diesel looked very impressive, at least on paper, with decent acceleration, and exceptional mpg. Of course, there was no wagon in the US, but I’m sure they sold the wagon everywhere else.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hey I always thought that the Volt engine should have been Diesel. The application of using it for a generator allows it to run at a constant speed and would have high torque.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Using a diesel would increase efficiency, but would make the car more expensive, and it’s already too expensive to sell well. Using a diesel in a Prius would probably increase mpg 20-30%, but again, would increase the cost of the car. Increasing mpg by 12-15 is impressive, but when you are already getting 50 mpg, it doesn’t save many dollars per year.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    13 You are probably talking about the E 250 Bluetec, that has a 2.1 lt engine and would save me $400 a year in license fees in the old country vs the $900 a year the 3.0 lt 320 Bluetec I got, but the 2014 (was it the only year they sold it in the US?) 250 would cost me two to three times as much to buy as the 320s from 07 and 08, and for car I use 2-3 months a year at best, it was not worth it.

    Also, acceleration, at least in my 320, is strong, and passing power is amazing, like a rocket, due to the 400 lbft torque.

    Yesterday just for the fun of it I was looking at the 1988 model specs, a special issue of Road and Track, which included all kinds of big V8s and even V 12s, and while the max HP was above 400 in only 1 out of 100s of models (the Countach, even the Testarossa was below 400), in torque ALL production models sold in 1988 had less than my $10.5k 2007 Bluetec, which has 400, and none of the 1988s was even close to 400.

  17. Joe S Says:

    I work in heavy industry where everything that moves is powered by a diesel. If I have to put up with the diesel exhaust and fuel stink I expect to be paid very well and get 5 weeks away from it on vacation.

  18. Tuck&roll Says:

    Musk is demonstrating a serious mental issue. He is descending further into psychosis. And it is affecting his auto business. I predict as the Tesla stock continues to fall so goes Elan. He will be removed if the company is expected to continue. Anyone with an ounce of brains should cut them selves loose from this disastrous company. Electric cars are a loosing proposition. We will find out that as the consumer market is forced by government fiat to accept EVs that the infrastructure is no where near ready to accept their drain and disposal problems. Government’s will be begging ICE to please come back.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    #16 Larry not sure I follow your logic. You’re comparing cars that are 19 years apart. Most everything from the 80 was pretty anemic. A 1981 Corvette only had 190hp.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 CR got 8.3 seconds 0-60, and 30/21/41 overall/city/highway with the E250 BlueTec.

    Interestingly, they got only 3 tenths of a second better 0-60 with an ’08 E320 BlueTec. The mpg of the ’08 was very similar too, 29/24/35, so the six did better in city mileage, but the four did better at a steady 65 mph.

    For comparison, a Camry hybrid of similar size, but with much less nice interior than the Benzes did 0-60 in 7.8 seconds, and got 47/39/53 mpg in CR tests. I still like hybrids.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 The EPA site shows the E250 BlueTec from 2014-2016. Yep, it will be a few years before they get cheap.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Most diesels are high torque, low rpm engines. 200 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm does the same thing as 400 lb-ft at 2000 rpm. You just gear them differently.

    Even my 1.9 TDI had a “high” 177 lb-ft of torque for a 1.9 engine at the time, at 1800 rpm, but only 100 hp at a low, for a small four cylinder, 4000 rpm. Published 0-60 times were in the 11-12 second range.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 I think most people on this site understand hp vs tq and that hp is just a derivative of rpm and tq.
    Guess that’s why some people are surprised to hear that semis often only have 350 to 500 hp when some cars have 700. But those trucks also have 1400 ftlbs of tq. Same reason a sport bike with only a 750cc engine can have 100 hp. Cause it redlines at 14000 rpm.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 Some understand, and some don’t understand the relationships.

  25. XA351GT Says:

    Buzzerd @ #2 . You are correct that was a very “Deplorable” thing to say . I guess that makes him a “Dreg of society” to say such things. Before we thrown him under the bus for saying things and then thinly veiling a comparison to the POTUS let’s remember that they are ALL saying things like this today. just remember now if you disagree with me your a racist. That is todays mindset sadly. We can’t just agree to disagree anymore it all about personal attacks.