AD #2579 – Tesla Autopilot Capabilities Grow, PSA Continues to Turn Opel Around, Ford Trademarks the Name “Scout”

April 23rd, 2019 at 11:38am

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Runtime: 6:17

0:07 Women Taking A Majority of GM’s Board
0:40 Tesla Expands Autopilot Capabilities
1:32 Tesla Launching AV Ride-Hailing Service
1:52 Tesla Announcing Q1 Results Tomorrow
2:25 Porsche Offers Carbon Offset Program
3:13 More VW Diesel Drama
4:15 PSA Continues to Turn Opel Around
4:48 Umicore Hurt by Slow EV Demand
5:25 Ford Trademarks the Name “Scout”

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36 Comments to “AD #2579 – Tesla Autopilot Capabilities Grow, PSA Continues to Turn Opel Around, Ford Trademarks the Name “Scout””

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I remember the International Scout, but not in a good way. The only people I’ve personally known who were killed in a car crash were in one. That said, it’s a good car name, which would be good for a Jeep Wrangler competition, if anyone ever builds such a vehicle.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Are the not selling Opel vans rebadged versions of other PSA products? That would make sense, especially for that market segment.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Never mind my question. I found that the current ones are Renault products, but the next Vivaro will probably be a PSA design.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    International Harvester became Navistar DECADES ago, and its stock was always in trouble. I even had a project with them, took the trouble to visit them in their (was it IN or IL?) location, and they were the only one of 22 major companies I had similar projects, that did not offer us even a lousy cup of coffee! They were in bad financial shape when we visited, but they did sponsor the team and agreed to pay them substantial salaries for their 4 month summer stay (2 or 3 people), so it’s not that they could not afford the $0.25 it cost them for a cup of coffee. Lousy. And then they go on and on about how friendly are the people in the Midwest.

  5. Drew Says:

    Companies that are tightening their belts often adopt tone-setting policies to eliminate costs that are not core to the business…. stationary supplies, marginal business travel, and, yes, meeting refreshments. Good to know the employees of IH/Navistar had the smarts to eschew over-priced Starbucks Coffee.

  6. Everett Mish Says:

    Navistar has held and maintained the Scout trademark up until now in hopes of perhaps using it in an updated or badge-engineered vehicle from a partnered automaker (remember they used to supply diesel truck engines to Ford before the EGR/SCR emissions fiasco). My guess is that Ford paid them for it.

  7. Everett Mish Says:

    FYI I had Scouts for my fist vehicles beginning in the seventies and have always loved the things – way before the SUV onslaught. Vintage ones in decent shape are fetching similar prices as old Broncos.

  8. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    #4, people in the Midwest are friendly, maybe you pissed someone off and NO COFFEE for you said the coffee nazi.
    Remember the episode of Steinfield about the soup nazi?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 IH/Navistar had their headquarters in Fort Wayne, IN for many years, and also had manufacturing there. Now, it is all gone.

  10. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    I also remember International Harvester. Back in 1972, my dad was looking to buy an International Travelall (the full size SUV). After test driving and mulling it over, he ended up buying a Buick Estate wagon. Not sure why he did’nt buy the Travelall, as I remember it was cool at the time.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    5 I am the first to expose Starbucks for the ridiculous fraud it is, and have done so on these pages, ridiculing those who whine about gas costing $3 or $4 per Gallon, when they at the same time pay $4 for a worthless 20 oz cup of Starebucks coffee.

    I also clearly stated in 4 that they did not even bother offering a TWENTY FIVE CENT cup of dirt-cheap home-made Maxwell House or Folgers. Not even Water, I believe we had to go to the pathetic vending machines.

    This is NOT cost cutting, it is GOD-AWFUL public relations, zero hospitality, and zero appreciation of us driving 2 or 3 hours each way under whatever traffic and bad weather to help them. BTW, I just found the project title etc:

    “7. (of 22) “Part Number Level Program Management,” Navistar Corp., Ft. Wayne, IN, (with Prof. J.E., U.. School of Business Admin.), April 1, 1999-September 15, 1999.”

    You would expect this maybe in MA or CT or some similar “jerk state”, but NOT in the Midwest. Why do you make me repeat the obvious, Mr. Drew?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 The Buick wagon would have driven better, gotten better gas mileage, and been much quieter, but wouldn’t have been as good off-road.

  13. Larry D. Says:

    8 keep your day job, JERK. Gambling is not for you. And how, Dr Weisenheimer, would *I* had pissed any of these people who I had no contact until my arrival, that they would be so PETTY and vindictive so to deny the most elementary good manners NOT just to Myself but ALSO to the Entire TEAM? My colleague and the 3 engineers and MBAs who would work there for 4 months to do the project? Really? Keep your day job, as I said.

    In fact, the exact opposite happened, their savage and unhospitable behavior made me do only the bare minimum for them, just fulfilled the bare letter of our agreement and to hell with them. Obviously YOU have a lot to learn.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    8 You can’t even SPElL Seinfeld!!!! You are a real piece of work… Fred Flintstone…

  15. Larry D. Says:

    9 Poetic Justice, I guess..

  16. Larry D. Says:

    15 PS I also remember asking the jerks at the Navistar place to recommend a place to have a late lunch after we left the unhospitable shack they were working in. Bad mistake. I knew I should not have asked savages with no manners and no taste and not even the most elementary hospitality. We foolishly took their advice, and it was some of the worst, blandest, unhealthiest, and least memorable food I ever had in any restaurant or even fast food crappy joint.

  17. Drew Says:

    Can we get someone from IH to give their side of 13’s story?

  18. Brett Cammack Says:

    Do you think they can teach the AI in the Tesla computer to not pass other vehicles on the right?

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This is sort of related to Tesla, but SpaceX has had a really bad last few days. First, they lost the successfully landed center core booster from the recent Falcon Heavy, when if fell over due to rough seas experienced by the landing barge.

    Then, much more significantly, the “Crew Dragon” capsule exploded violently during some ground testing at Cape Canaveral. That will likely set the program back for many months, very disappointing, because the program appeared to have been going well.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Does it pass vehicles on the right? This is a serious question. I have only seen a few Tesla cars appearing to be driven using “autopilot,” and they have been in the right lane (on I-95), and going slower than the general flow of traffic, and being passed, but not passing other vehicles. Have you seen a Tesla pass on the right, while appearing to be using “autopilot”?

  21. dave thompson Says:

    Remember riding to scout camp in a brand new 4 cylinder International Scout in the late 60′s also working in a provincial park with several International pick-ups, also knowing several teens getting killed in a Scout flipping over in the winter

  22. cwolf Says:

    As a teen in the late 60″s, we used a scout to haul an ice boat with an airplane engine onto Lake Erie. The scout was loud, “plain Jane”, and was lucky to do 65mph, but, I swear, that thing could climb damn near vertical it seemed and tow anything you put behind it.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Most Scouts, at least earlier ones, had four cyl. engines with under 100 hp. They were probably derived from the engine in a Farmall H. Well, probably not, but they were pretty low tech, even for the time.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Well, maybe the Scout engine was derived from the one in a Farmall H. They are the same displacement, 152 cubic inches.

  25. Sunrack Says:

    Actually the original Scout 152 4-cylinder was one-half of the IH medium truck (SV) gas 304-V8. Used the same heads, crank bearings, timing gears (yes – no chains) waterpump, etc. By the late 60s they made a 196 four that was half the 392-V8, one of the largest 4-cylinders ever. That stayed in production up through 1980.

  26. Sunrack Says:

    I you don’t understand the appeal of the Scout, this 74 model Scout II ad sums it up well:

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25, 26. Thanks for info.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 Did it use part of the V8 block with the cylinders 45 degrees from vertical, like the Pontiac Tempest engine?

  29. Larry D. Says:

    same 100 KWH battery, better motor design, 370 Mile Range.

  30. Sunrack Says:

    28 – Yes but originally they canted it ~15 degrees up to package it behind the front axle with a special-designed firewall for that purpose. IH did this because dealers already had parts on the shelf, not to mention obvious production efficiencies. They even turbocharged the 152-4 c.1966 (only for a couple of years) to better compete with the 6-cylinder Bronco.

  31. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I remember seeing some Scouts (International Harvester) when growing up. I really don’t have any experience with the vehicles other than seeing them, though the name Scout was kind of cool, so for that name to carry-on, should be a positive for Ford.

  32. Brett Cammack Says:


    I am pretty sure I saw the Tesla in the video of this installment passing more than one vehicle on the right, hence my comment.

  33. Larry D. Says:

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”, what I call the “separation theorem”

    While GM, on second thought, wised up and took its substantial investment in ugly Rivian trucks away, there are plenty of fools besides Amazon who have billions burning their pockets and trying to find the silliest way to waste them, and FORD emerged from the huge pack of said fools, to give the same Rivian $500 mill in exchange for some worthless pie in the sky failure.

    Live and don’t learn…

  34. ChuckGrenci Says:

    32 Brett,I saw that too, but not knowing the complete context of those passes I wouldn’t know the legality of them; though they did appear a bit ‘hairy’ in and around the on/off ramp scenario. I’ll just leave it at that.

  35. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32, 34 I’ll try to find the video. If it does pass on the right, they need different algorithms, based on where the car will be used. That could be changed automatically using GPS.

  36. Prad Bitt Says: