AD #2618 – Rate of EU Diesel Decline Slowing, Kiekert Offers Pop Open Door Tech., All-New Ford Explorer Details

June 18th, 2019 at 11:45am

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- European Car Sales Up Slightly
- Rate of European Diesel Decline Slowing
- Kiekert Offers Pop Open Door Tech
- Dominos to Deliver Pizza in AV Pods
- Volvo Trucks Teams with NVIDIA
- All-New Ford Explorer Details

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28 Comments to “AD #2618 – Rate of EU Diesel Decline Slowing, Kiekert Offers Pop Open Door Tech., All-New Ford Explorer Details”

  1. Larry D. Says:


  2. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I think I’ll stick with door handles to open my doors. Remote hatch is okay with me but I don’t think I’m needing a button to open my egress to the vehicle. I can see these as beneficial to some but leave me out.

  3. Brett Cammack Says:

    Waiting for the option that lifts you gently from your recliner and carries you to the vehicle, carefully tucking you in before closing the door.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    2 Every week when I shop I appreciate both the remote trunk opener and the electric trunk closer by just pushing a button on the trunklid edge instead of pushing it down. Especially when your hands are full of parcels some going to the trunk and some going with you in the cabin.

    And having bought both my 2007 and 2008 used in 2016 and 2017, for $10,500 and $11,000 each, the cost of these and many other options to me was practically zero

  5. Barry T Says:

    Looks like Ford made all the right kinds of changes on the new Explorer, … Even though that is a crowded segment now, a lot of buyers are going to differentiate and very much appreciate both new style and capability. Might be easy to underestimate how big this new model could be in the market. 400hp Sport/ST? Wow

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    The pizza delivery pod makes way more sense than using an autonomous car. Why include all the expense of seats airbags glass and crash worthiness for a pod delivering Pizza. I would expect to see a lot more pod like vehicles that are designed for their specific use and not a AV car being used simply because its an AV.

    Ford Explorer has made some great improvements. Seems they have been listening more to their customers rather than the marketing team. Those improvements remind me how Chrysler improved on the caravan year after year.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A rear wheel drive version of the new Explorer, lowered a couple inches, might be a cool car.

  8. bradley cross Says:

    European diesels will be hard to kill; their government has been pushing them for decades so its human behavior.

    Auto-opening doors are a luxury gimmick.

    The Explorer will sell plenty being a 3 row SUV with the Ford stealerships pushing it. As long as not too ugly its an easy sale. Even Lexus can sell ugly SUVs due to their name.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 The current Caravans are much more refined than my 30 year old one, but you can’t get a manual transmission any more.

  10. Albemarle Says:

    That pizza pod better mix, assemble and bake the pizza. At the speed it drives, the pizza is going to arrive cold and stale.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Many European countries still actively encourage use of diesels, especially Germany, where regular gas costs ~18% more than diesel fuel. Then, diesels get about 30% better mpg, if the diesel engine is “right sized” for the car.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    2 So do the auto doors detect if someone is parked close by? Regardless if in your own garage or public parking I would not want a motor pushing my door into the adjoining car.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 If they wanted more Diesels here in the US the price would be better. Diesel takes less refining than gas and although it is taxed 6 cents more per gallon all the other reasons you hear for the higher price is basically BS. Or profit protection..

  14. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Not a Ford fan, however, the new Explorer is a fine looking vehicle IMO; nice lines and a cohesive look in styling. Someone surely listened at Ford (‘cept for those black wheels; not a fan); need chrome, at least for me. ;)

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 It takes a little more crude to make the same amount of diesel, and it takes more refining to make today’s low sulphur diesel, than the old acid rain causing variety. Still, the 25-30 percent price difference I often see in Florida is crazy.

  16. Maverick Says:

    Just returned from Germany. Drove a 1.6L TDI diesel manual wagon extensively on rural roads and Autobahn from Sylt island to Czech Republic and in between. Roads are in excellent shape compared to US even considering construction areas. Adaptive cruise control works well until another vehicle pulls in front and the brakes engage aggressively. High beams at night move lamps away from oncoming traffic while still bright. Avoided a deer cross road about 10 meters ahead. Diesel fuel cost about double US price.

  17. Albemarle Says:

    Just drove a Hyundai Tucson for a couple of weeks around Iceland. Almost all vehicles there were diesel. What a difference from our diesel Golf. Started easily in cold weather (never warm there), absolutely no rattle or smell. Great fuel economy too. Nothing special with the horsepower or torque but it got the job done. No wonder they are so popular in Europe.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Smaller diesels like that 1.6 you rented, are what it really takes to get fuel efficiency, especially at lower speeds, and in urban driving with idling. The later 2.0 liter VW “cheater” TDIs sold in the US were not worth the bother, at usual diesel fuel prices in the US, getting only about 15% better mpg than today’s 1.8 turbo gas version of the same car, and not that much better than the 2.5 liter 5 cylinder gasser of the same year..

    Of course, the real way to get fuel efficiency is with hybrids, but the European companies never got very serious about them. If VW made a Golf hybrid wagon, with a powertrain comparable to the one in a Camry hybrid, would it sell in Europe? I’d think it would, if priced similarly to a diesel, but we may never know.

  19. cwolf Says:

    I too like the Explorer. I looked at several today while in for an oil change. As nice as they are, I don’t think they are worth the $50-60K. The trucks go for about the same money and are not worth it either.
    No wonder why they quite making cars; When you have idiots willing to fork over $10-15K profits to the company I would rape them too!
    So how much do companies save by having cars made elsewhere? I doubt there would be much of a difference if they were made here. Seems like Honda and others has made a go of it for a long time.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The base price of the Explorer is $36,675. That’s with power steering, power brakes, automatic trans, cloth seats, and a 2.3 turbo. Yeah, there are more safety and convenience features, but Ford should make a lot of money off these, with most selling closer to $50K.

  21. Maverick Says:

    18. Kit, Germans don’t care for hybrids or electrics, too complicated, poor handling dynamics and expensive for the average driver. Very few Honda or Toyota vehicles noticed on the roads (even less hybrids). Actually, Hyundai was more common, but still few. The 1.6L diesel 5sp I drove routinely on the Autobahn with cruise at 140km/h or 87mph and would easily go faster, but acceleration was severely lacking as expected for such low displacement. FYI, Germans are taxed on auto registrations by the displacement.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Also, a lot of Europeans still like manual transmissions, while the good hybrids are very automatic. They shouldn’t care about hybrids being complicated, since they are very reliable, at least Toyota hybrids.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    20 Kit you sound like a salesman. It cracks me up when car ads promote things that are almost standard equipment today. I cant remember the last car I drove that didn’t have power steering, power brakes an automatic transmission standard and cloth seats. None of which is a selling feature since 95% of US vehicles have all those things. You know its a base model when they list things like ABS and automatic trans. Might as well include seatbelts and airbags even though they are mandated. Even Cruise control and intermittent wipers have become pretty standard.
    So 36K for a very basic Explorer seems high and at 50K I can see why people would just opt for the more capable 4 door F-150.

  24. Larry D. Says:

    21 THis was true 5 years ago, but Europe is going away from Diesels and into EVs in a big way, esp VW, with $40 bill alone, many government incentives, and building a huge charging infrastructure. Do keep up. We have been mentioning these even here in past shows.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    What a coincidence, I just read this article only a minute after I typed 24. It seems the 30k Euro Euro VW (well over $35k) will come later, aping Tesla they will first intro a 40k Euro (well over $50k) version. AND the model seems way inferior to the Model 3.

    However, SEAT, a VW group member in Spain, as I posted here before, will offer a very affordable clone of the VW Up! subcompact at only 20k euros!

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I was kind of shocked that the Explorer was almost $37K in very base form. I’m pretty sure it would have cruise control, but still, that seem quite a lot for a four cylinder mass market lifted wagon.

    I don’t see how an F-150 is more “capable,” unless you want to haul dirty stuff, or tow big trailers. The Explorer would be much more capable of transporting cargo out of the weather, and carrying more than 5 people. Anyway, the great American truck fad is a good thing for the car companies, especially for the “Detroit Three,” so they need to take advantage, and put some money in the bank, while they can.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    26 $37k is too much for a big SUV with a legendary history like the Explorer? Consumers pay $37k for the average vehicle they buy, which sure is smaller and offers less than the Explorer, if you do the numbers. A colleague bought a base Mustang, with heavy discounting, also for 37k and it has the lousy 4 cylinder that, if driven as intended (and not as a Prius) is far short of its claimed EPAMPG.

  28. Maverick Says:

    Well, talk about hybrids and EVs all you want, but the general public around the world is not clamoring for them. John McElroy has noted this numerous times in low sales numbers. Take incentives away and the numbers are even more trivial. I’m not holding my breath for autonomous vehicles to be commonplace either anytime soon. :)