AD #2438 – Ferrari’s New Limited Edition Models, Ford Reveals Plug-In Transit, Car Sales Soar in Europe

September 19th, 2018 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 7:08

0:27 Ferrari Reveals Product Strategy
1:08 New Ferrari Models Feature Most Powerful Engine Ever
1:58 U.S. Justice Department Investigating Tesla
3:21 Ford Reveals Plug-In Transit Custom
3:58 VW’s SEAT Introduces 1st Large SUV
5:11 Car Sales Soar in Europe
5:45 EVs Concern Convenience Store Owners

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24 Comments to “AD #2438 – Ferrari’s New Limited Edition Models, Ford Reveals Plug-In Transit, Car Sales Soar in Europe”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    Most powerful engine ever and my head is the crumple zone… great. I would imagine most of those cars will be garage queens so it probably doesn’t matter.

  2. Kevin Anderson Says:

    Convenience stores don’t have gas stations; gas stations have convenience stores. Governments won’t allow unattended self serve gas stations, so oil companies had to add convenience stores so they could remain ‘attended’. If EVs lead to fewer gas stations, the number of oil company convenience stores will drop also, making it easier for the mom and pop stores to survive.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    Bob Lutz- isn’t his modo ” seldom in doubt, often wrong” I could listen to him all day.

  4. BobD Says:

    2 – Not sure about the “… Governments won’t allow unattended self serve gas stations”. I’ve seen them in some areas.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2. They seem to be disallowed in Florida.

  6. BobD Says:

    On the Ferrari Monza cars, how do you keep the bugs out of your teeth and eyes without a windshield? Is a helmet required? Will they pass DOT requirements? Or are these track-only vehicles? Or as Buzzerd suggested for collector garages only?

  7. Albemarle Says:

    I think Ferrari are so successful at marketing that all they have to do is make a car and it will sell. I don’t think they give a second’s thought to how the customer will use it.

    Arriving at a special event in your exclusive expensive Ferrari with bug guts all over you and your date’s face. Cool.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    @7 no, no. You have your ” people” bring the car to the gate of the event and the two of you drive in.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    As more electric cars hit the road the convenience stores will need to become restaurants because instead of just running in for a quick drink or snack they will be there long enough to eat a meal.

  10. Buzzerd Says:

    If you look at electronic stores they’ve had to adapt as people buy so little electronics, video games and cd/DVD’s. They now sell appliances, furniture and luggage. Maybe gas stations will slowly morph into …. restaurants and battery replacement centres.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    Most powerful engine yet no numbers from Ferrari. Maybe finally adding a supercharger? There has been talk of an electric turbo charger. My guess is it will be forced induction though.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Ferrari are already doing hybrids, and I’d expect turbo hybrids to come soon.

  13. XA351GT Says:

    PA has unattended gas stations. One near me is called GASCARD I very rarely ever see anyone use it. I would have to question the freshness of the fuel. The new gas seems to not hold up well over time.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I usually drive my van only 200-300 miles a year, and it then sits for about 7 months. I fill the tank when I park it, but it sits those 7 months wi 1/3 to 1/2 tank of gas that is was in it the year before. It does fine. If I didn’t drive it at all for a year, I might have a problem, but in my case, I have no problem with gas “not holding up.”

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    #14 You dont even add gas stabilizer? My motorcycle sits for only about 5 month every winter and I always add Stabil and start it on days when it gets above freezing to let it run for 10 to 15 min. By springtime I’ve usually burned up a gallon or two.


    15) I used to do the same as 14 and never had a fuel problem. One of my cars sat 7 years and with a little boost from a gas additive and a new battery, It came to life again. Of course I then proceeded to get rid of the old fuel, replace the filter and run an injector cleaner in the new tank of fuel. That is an ’80s car though which is more forgiving then modern cars.

    The one thing I would say about starting it randomly through the winter, which I now do on my 2014 Mustang, is that it keeps the oil and engine coolant circulating which is far more important then fuel stabilization. I even turn the AC on to make sure the compressor cycles and gets the refrigerant cycling through the compressor to keep it lubricated. If I had a hoist, I would likely put it in gear too so that the transmission and rear axle go through an oil circulation cycle. If I had a hoist I would also try to keep it in the air so that the tires stay a circular shape LOL.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #15. I just fill it full at a station near home before I park it for the 7 months. I do the same with my scooter and motorcycle. I used stabilizer a time or two, but I don’t seem to need it. The van and scooter (Honda SilverWing) have fuel injection, and the motorcycle (Kawasaki KLR650) has a carburetor.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Can Ferrari make all of those models, including a truck, and keep the obscene pricing? Maybe so, but it would seem there’d be a limit to the number of rich people who want to spend that kind of money to decorate their garage.

  19. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    unattended gas stations are here in Indiana, I’ve bought premium (93 octane) NO alcohol gasoline at one.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Self service stations require one attendant in Florida.

    I couldn’t find a list of which states require an attendant.

  21. Roger t Says:

    Jeesh the new Seat design language is Fords current design language. The front looks like ford sedans

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    #19 I think its NJ you cant even pump your own gas. I believe that state requires not only gas attendants but they still come out and pump it for you. So talk about being behind the times. Its been so long since I even saw a full-service gas station I didnt know if I was suppose to tip the guy or not.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    NJ, and until very recently, OR. Now OR lets you pump your own gas in some locations, and during “off hours.”

  24. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Up until N.J. raised their gas tax significantly, Jersey gasoline (even with attendants) was some of the cheapest in the land. Now it is on par with much of the rest of the northeast.