AD #2590 – Mack Trucks Unveils Electric Garbage Truck, FCA Management Changes, Porsche Fined Over Diesel Cheating

May 8th, 2019 at 11:42am

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Runtime: 6:12

0:07 FCA Management Changes
0:41 Cruise Now Valued At $19 Billion
1:08 Porsche Fined Over Diesel Cheating
1:32 FCA Settles Diesel Lawsuit with Owners
2:54 New Driving Mode for Google Assistant
3:39 Ford Expands Medical Transport Business
4:22 Mack Trucks Unveils Electric Garbage Truck
5:05 C-Clamp Design Cue Makes Pickups Look Tough

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25 Comments to “AD #2590 – Mack Trucks Unveils Electric Garbage Truck, FCA Management Changes, Porsche Fined Over Diesel Cheating”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Mack Electric garbage truck is a great idea and use of EV technology. However I’m not sure they needed to change the bulldog to copper to let people know. I think the 12″ lettering on all sides that says FULLY ELECTRIC is sufficient.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Headlamps; I just sort of figure what else can be done with headlights? They have done the top bottom arrangement, side by side when the low and high beams were separate. Then when the lamps became fixed and you only replaced the bulbs they went through the same thing going wide then stacked and now stacked with a separator giving the C-clamp look. Honestly I’m not a big fan and actually do not like GM at all. Plus I’m not even seeing it on the Dodge. (Which is a good thing) I doubt it has been much of a factor in sales.

  3. MJB Says:

    I don’t know. I think these C-Clamp turn signals look pretty tough ;) In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where what inspired Ford on it’s F150 C-Clamp headlights. This is, after all, a Ford LTD Custom Wagon underneath it all.

  4. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Can’t even see the bulldog in the lead picture.

    I still call the FCA pickups Dodge too. What’s wrong with Dodge RAM?

    If one has a Jeep or Dodge RAM diesel, why not keep it for the utility and economy? Does the owner have to give it back to get the compensation? Seems as silly as VW getting back their cars.

    With a new head of Jeep, maybe they could come up with something radical like an AWD sedan-like vehicle. Remember the AMC Eagle station wagon? First crossover if one looks back on the design. The Subaru Outback is similar. Maybe the hint could be the need to cut back Cherokee production by cutting the third shift at Belvedere. Saturation of the brand? Would like to see something since FCA only has one sedan, the Dodge Charger.

  5. Jon M. Says:

    Certain Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee owners are eligible for up to $3,075 in compensation. That means those who file a claim might get around $5 – $10 perhaps. The lawyers will celebrate with a nice dinner at a high-end restaurant and move on to find the next corporate boo-boo that might make for a major inconvenience/cost to you and a banner year for them.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    5 Jon I totally agree and wish some legislation would be introduced to limit what is paid to the lawyers in these class action suits. Maybe if they knew they would only get 25% of the settlement they might not be so eager to file suit. This bologna of winning million dollar settlements to line their pockets and give a measly few bucks to the actual consumer affected is just wrong. Just costs us all more money in the long run.

  7. Mike Dale Says:

    Have heard that the new Ford Ranger is suspected of altering fuel economy numbers. Initial sales seem to be something of a disappointment. It is not the simple little fuel efficient truck that it once was. My ’11 with a manual 5 spd and a 2.3L 4 cyl. does about 28 mpg. A full 5 mpg better than the best claimed number for the new truck.

  8. Larry D. Says:

    The copper bulldog is a totally idiotic idea. Who will connect THAT with the truck being an EV? The sanitation workers who will be in it or the janitors/housewives who will put the trash on the curb? AND 100% REDUNDANT too, as the truck has foot-high “EV” painted on its sides.

    Instead of that nonsense, they should tell us how MUCH the truck sells for, and if they will make ANY profit at that price. I read the link-article and there was NOTHING about this MOST important info.

  9. Larry D. Says:

    7 it seems the Ford MPG guys learned NOTHING from their (and their predecessors, and above all the fired VP Nair MPG High Lama’s mistakes) in their older and ludicrous 47-47-47 MPG PHONY MPGs for the C Max and Fusion Hybrid, where nobody was even getting 32, let alone 47 mpg!

  10. Albemarle Says:

    Copper bulldogs are commonly used to designate electric power in Turkey and the middle east. Looks like Mac is going global for their inspiration.

  11. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Oh look, the chrome has already come off the Bulldog’s hood ornament………..oh, you mean that copper color is to denote the truck is green; how foolish of me. Ha! Yeah, I pretty much got the electric feature from all the lettering.

    Then you’ve got the “C-clamp” stuff (headlight treatment); more semantic allusions in my opinion.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #4 “FCA only has one sedan, the Dodge Charger.

    Huh??? The Chrysler 300 is a sedan.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I like 7 inch round H4 headlights. The best headlights I ever had were the Hella ones I had on my 1977 Plymouth Duster. They’d look good on a properly designed pickup truck, as with a Jeep Wrangler.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    12 Because it was announced that the 2020 MY would be the last for the 300.

  15. marshy Says:

    Kit, my H4 lamps on my Wrangler are dismal!

    In other news:

    C-Clamp headlight == marketing wankery.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13,15 I meant aftermarket 7 inch round H4 headlights would like look good on a Wrangler. I didn’t know about how the OEM lights work, but apparently not very well.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Has Chrysler announced that they are dropping the 300? There were rumors about a year ago that the Chrysler, and maybe Dodge brands would be dropped, but I haven’t heard anything lately about the brands, or the 300 specifically. Maybe I’ve missed something, though.

  18. cwolf Says:

    I have Ford/Linc. actual fuel MPG down to a science. Over the years and 4-5 vehicles, based on winter gas, real mpg’s are 3.6 mpg lower on winter stuff and 2.8 on the other compared to claimed mpg’s city. Highway driving has averaged around 1.3 mpg difference.

  19. Albemarle Says:

    Turkey & the middle east may be exotic, but they aren’t into copper bulldogs, at least as far as I know. Looking for a rise but you guys properly ignored it.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    18 not for the HYBRIDS, which is what the big scandal 47-47-47 nonsense was about. Everybody got 30s instead.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    “…VW said the most important markets for the ID.3 will be Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK and Austria….”

    Really? And Austria, but not the top two EV giant markets in the WORLD, CHINA and the USA?? LOL. SO much for a VW “Tesla Fighter”.

  22. XA351GT Says:

    Mike Dale, There is a pretty big reason why the new Ranger and the old have a difference in mileage. It’s nearly twice as heavy. The current Ranger is nearly as big as my 1998 F150 standard cab. short bed. My sister’s 016 Civic gets much less mileage than a 20 year older Civic for the same reasons, It’s bigger and heavier.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 VW seems to now know that Americans buy trucks and SUV/CUVs, not hatchbacks that look like a Golf or a Bolt, electric or otherwise. The same applies to China, except that sedans still sell well there. They have already announced that they will have ID something CUVs and sedans for China and the US.

  24. Larry D. Says:

    23 look at the ludicrous claim in the link (the link iteslf, let alone the article it goes to) in 21. This is what I found to be laughable and ridiculous, given their admitted very limited ambition re EV markets, which does not include the (by far) no 1, China, and no 2, US.

  25. Bobby T Says:

    I predict that the copper bulldogs will become collectors items and will very quickly disappear from the fronts of the New York trucks