AD #2612 – New Technology for Towing, FCA Finds Another AV Partner, Trump Drops Mexican Tariffs

June 10th, 2019 at 11:45am

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Runtime: 6:27

0:06 Trump Drops Mexican Tariffs
0:29 Renault And Nissan Fall Further Apart
1:05 FCA Finds Another AV Partner
2:35 Do You Know What This Car Is?
3:13 Motor Racing Results
3:48 New Technology for Towing
4:39 Students Who Love Autos

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32 Comments to “AD #2612 – New Technology for Towing, FCA Finds Another AV Partner, Trump Drops Mexican Tariffs”

  1. Albemarle Says:

    John, which university won the challenge this year?

  2. WineGeek Says:

    Great AAH last Thursday. Lots of interesting information and great insight into potential that these students see in the auto industry in the future. Let’s all hope this optimism is met with success.

  3. John H Says:

    In F1 Vettle was robbed of the victory. This was a bad call from the officials. He finished first but was penalized 5 seconds for an unsafe reentry to the track but the video shows that he was not in control of the car at reentry. The rule is written to cover someone who can reenter the track in control safely. It was a very unpopular ruling.

  4. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Way to tip-toe around the Grand Prix debacle in Canada this weekend. I won’t bore anyone with the details (for those that don’t really care); there is plenty elsewhere on what happened.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hey John! Was this new Bosch system for towing a change to the vehicles ABS system or is it some sort of ABS that applies to the electric brakes of the trailer?

  6. Lex Says:

    Nissan (with the help of the Japanese Government) wants out of the Alliance. It is as plain as the nose on your face. I can see a revolt by Nissan’s board if it’s terms are not met.

  7. Ray Gadberry Says:

    Today you said President Trump backed down on the tariffs implying that it was because of the opposition to it. Trump has had people working with Mexico for some time and the tariff treat brought them to the table to sign the immigration deal. Hopefully they will follow through, if not the tariffs will be applied. It tends to be “fake news” not telling the whole story.

  8. XA351GT Says:

    Backed down? Really? From what I’ve been able to hear it sounds more like the Mexicans who gave in to Trump. But I guess if your bias is towards him and not what the reported facts are I guess that’s what to be expected.

    F1 , way to screw the pooch. That was flat out theft. If they ( FIA) want Mercedes and Hamilton to be Champions again, Just give it to them now and I can save the 2 hours I wasted watching that farce.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 As usual, Trump is claiming victory, for not much. Mexico is sending a few of their barely existent “National Guard” south, and other things are going on that were agreed to months ago. We will see what happens over the next few weeks, or months.

    The commentators seemed to be in complete agreement that Vettel’s penalty was a mistake. Mercedes pretty much has the constructor’s title locked up, and Hamilton the same with the driver’s. I don’t know the finer points of the rule involved, but Vettel dominated that race, and the penalty was ridiculous. Maybe the stewards wanted to extend the record for consecutive Mercedes wins, or something like that.

  10. Larry D. Says:

    “we’ll see what happens”. This is exactly, word by word, what Trump himself always says.

    Today’s piece was ludicrously anti-Trump. We all knew he never wanted to impose any tariff but used them as negotiating tactic, and they worked.

    He is not just ‘claiming’ some silly victory, the Mexicans signed the trade deal. THAT is not small potatoes.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:


    Yeah, a negotiating tactic, like his falling in love with Kim Jong-un, and getting walked all over by him.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 From the clip I saw Vettel pushed his car too hard lost control slid into the grass and when he entered the track saw Hamilton squeezing by and he turned toward the wall closing the gap. Defiantly was an earned penalty. Blocking a pass is racing, but the rules for entering the track after going off course negates that move. If Hamilton would have stayed on the throttle they would have collided due to Vettel’s mistake.

  13. John McElroy Says:

    6 @Lambo The ABS in the Bosch system are part of the electric brakes of the trailer

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Some of the TV people’s arguments were that, being on the low traction grass, Vettel couldn’t do much else. Of course, going off the pavement put him in that position. We’ll probably be hearing about it for a while.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    14 Well if your a championship driver why are you in the grass? His mistake he pushed too hard and lost. No one else to blame but himself. Not like anyone bumped him off the track.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Yeah, but it sure would have been more interesting to see them race that last few laps.

  17. Bob Aubertin Says:

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  18. XA351GT Says:

    12 Did you see the in car of Vettel they showed after the race. He looked like he was swatting bees with the steering wheel trying desperately to catch the car before hitting the wall. I doubt seriously that he intentionally pinched Hamilton. He fought the car all the way to the wall. If you haven’t seen that clip check it out I think you may reconsider your opinion. As far as why was he in the grass , Every driver they interviewed said they experiencing brake issues . He probably the rears lock up and start the skid.

  19. John H Says:

    12. You are wrong. When Vettel turned to the right he was clearly correcting oversteer to keep from spinning out, not turning towards the wall to block Hamilton.

  20. Terry Says:

    Autoline says: “Anyone who tows will love this new feature from Bosch and Dexter Axle.”

    My 2013 Dodge Caravan had a built in system that used the ABS to keep a towed trailer from going out of control due to swaying. So what is “new” about this Bosch and Dexter Axle system?

  21. Ctech Says:

    For the U.S. automakers the real question is how many of these young engineers are you going to layoff during the next downturn? With the training and savvy they have now, they won’t be available when things pick up.

  22. Larry D. Says:

    When I did, with three colleagues from Switzerland, Germany and MIT, the accreditation of that Mechanical and Aerospace Dept. in the old country, I did not take my E 320 Diesel, instead they gave us a great looking, very roomy passenger van, with three wide rows of seats, that could comfortably seat three, and aMple legroom in both the second and third row, and a huge cargo space behind the third row.

    The van was not very tall, it looked like a big minivan, bigger than the ones in the US today (Odyssey, Sienna, Pacifica).

    I forgot to ask its driver the specifics. I assume it had a diesel, as all taxis have there.

    The van was wider than an S class merc. The driver gave us cold pop and water from his fridge for free, and when we tried to tip him at the end of the 5 days, he strongly refused, telling us that had already been taken care of.

    I did a quick google but could not find it. I was very impressed with it. Outstanding, great quality inside and out, great ride.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    22 They referred to the van as a “minibus”. It was a black, impressive Mercedes van.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22,23 Might it have been a passenger version of the Sprinter, that they sell in the US as a cargo van, in various roof heights and wheelbases?

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s probably V-Class that they don’t sell in the US.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 …or sold here as Metris, though I’ve never seen a passenger version in the US.

  27. Lambo2015 Says:

    18&19 I didn’t see the in-car shot and maybe he didn’t block on purpose. However if Hamilton would have continued to try and complete the pass and Vettel hit him (likely taking them both out) would you feel it was Hamilton’s fault? The only reason Vettel was correcting oversteer would be because he was back on the throttle with grass covered tires.

  28. Larry D. Says:

    25 maybe this is it. Although it looked much bigger and longer inside than the biggest US minivans.

  29. Larry D. Says:

  30. XA351GT Says:

    27 Quick answer is no, I don’t think it would have been Hamilton’s fault if there was contact ,but should have been considered a racing incident just as this should have been with Vettel’s slide for life. Of course he was accelerating with grass on the tires. He’s a racing driver. What should he have done pulled over cleaned his tires and continued? These guys race hard and have to make a decision in milliseconds It’s easy for us to sit in our chairs and say what they should have done. If that area had been paved like many other tracks and he had done the same then maybe I would agree. Bottom line is the stewards robbed us of a heluva battle to the end. Once Hamilton knew he had 5 sec.s in the bank he just rode around maintaining the gap. No penalty he would have pushed and most likely got by Vettel ,but now we will never know

  31. Lambo2015 Says:

    30 Of course I wouldn’t expect to clean off his tires but had he gained control he would not have closed the gap on Hamilton. He would have re-entered the track under control gotten passed and lost his lead. But in an effort to stay in the lead he extended his time of squirrelly driving and prevented Hamilton from being able to pass. I have raced and I can see how people would see it either way, depends on who you wanted to win.

  32. Barry Moore Says:

    I have been faithful to watch Autoline and Autoline Daily for as long as they has been om PBS and online. Never miss 1. The statement about Trump backing down means you have absolutely no knowledge of Current affairs. Maybe you need to keep the conversation on the automotive industry and leave the Politics out of it.