AD #2662 – Honda Invents New Airbag, China Hits American Imports, Tesla Looking for German Gigafactory

August 26th, 2019 at 11:37am

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Runtime: 6:02

0:07 China Hits American Imports
0:51 VW Digs Deeper into China
1:18 German Economy Sinking
1:43 Tesla Looking for German Gigafactory
2:18 Honda Invents New Airbag
3:23 Continental Makes Smart Belt
4:16 Mopar To Unleash A New Beast
4:50 Sato Wins in IndyCar

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19 Comments to “AD #2662 – Honda Invents New Airbag, China Hits American Imports, Tesla Looking for German Gigafactory”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    it looks like Germany is headed into a recession. Tomorrow Germany will release its GDP figures for the second quarter and, at the best, the numbers are expected to be very weak.overall.


    Looks like somebody has very good timing.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    160,000 vehicles exported to China divided by 6 manufacturers seems surprising they even bother.

    Continentals new smart belt; Any word on the price difference from a conventional belt? If its anymore than twice the price seems just having a spare makes more sense.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Mopar: Could it be that John will get a new Cuda in the studio? Although that was announced back in March I haven’t heard much since.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 BMW and M-B will probably be hurt most by China’s contribution to the trade war. GLE and X5 are built in the US, because the US is, by far, the biggest market for them. China is probably second biggest, though. AM General was building the minivan looking R-Class for the Chinese market, but I think that ended a year or two ago.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    I noticed in the airbag video that the seat belt wan’t restraining the dummy. I wonder if that’s on purpose to demonstrate how the airbag works or is it part of the system of slowing the passenger?

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    Hats off to Honda and Autoliv. The airbag was due for some new innovation. I don’t recall any new ideas in more than 20 years since the multi-stage bags were introduced with varying forces of deployment based on occupant weight. Hopefully if this proves to be a real safety advancement, Honda will allow anyone to access their patents and build these bags.

  7. Albemarle Says:

    Appears to me the logical consequence of not being able to make vehicles in the U.S. and sell into China is that as China becomes more important for sales, the vehicles will be made in several countries, not just America. Like what Harley Davidson was forced to do, M-B and BMW will do likewise. The problem with a tariff war is that the other country responds! How dare they.

  8. merv Says:

    that was your best show yet

  9. Drew Says:

    The Honda/Autoline airbag seems like it might be too narrow for angled impacts. A 20-30% angled impact demonstration will go a long way to valid the claimed benefits.

  10. DonWagner1239 Says:

    John or Sean, You missed the new “production” electric 4-door Green Hell Nürburgring record of 7:42. There is a video:
    And there is a story at MotorAuthority. Maybe Elon will see this as a challenge to up the sales in Germany?

  11. cwolf Says:

    I wouldn’t count on Tesla to dig Germany out of a hole. If they do to Germany what they are doing to the U.S., they will only produce false promises and let Germany holding more debt. In the U.S., Tesla hasn’t hired the number of workers promised, laid off many who were hired, yet reaped about $500M in state incentives.
    If anyone is a Tesla diehard, just apply for a job; Most only last a year or so!

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 For those who don’t want to do long road trips in an EV, where the superchargers would be useful, I suspect the Taycan will hurt Tesla S sales. The Taycan has overwrought controls, but the fit and finish, and the way it drives, should be very good. The Porsche owners I know have plenty of money, and are likely to buy a Taycan to go along with their 911 and Cayenne.

  13. cwolf Says:

    IMO, I doubt most folks fathom that the auto industry is in turmoil and will steadily decline for the next couple years. Emission and MPG standards in the US and abroad are unattainable. The move to EV’s or lesser equivalents is happening just too fast and will have dire consequence on major economies
    I read the fines imposed upon VW are so great that it could ruin them, so their gov’t is considering using fines to bolster future EV sales. Desperation is written all over the wall!
    Now just ask yourself; What is going to happen in the sale of SUV’s in the US, the factories making them and plight of the workers?
    A little late for retraining eh?

  14. Barry Rector Says:

    Damn John! You sure know how to tease Afterhours! I can hardly wait to see what Dodge is bringing Thursday afternoon! Three PM Thursdays are my most favorite times of the week! Thanks to you and all your staff for all your work!

  15. Larry D. Says:

    11 ”
    I wouldn’t count on Tesla to dig Germany out of a hole.”

    I wouldn’t think any of the 7,000,000,000 Humans believe Elon Musk is some kind of stupid comic book superhero, having the power to dig Germany out of its hole.

    I posted that the economic decline in Germany suits Musk perfectly to acquire land, old plants, and labor, at bargain prices,

    not to mention all kinds of incentives to build his gigaplant in Germany.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    Ferdinand Piech, the bossy VW CEO and the force behind the Bugatti Veyron among others, died at 82. I believe he was related to the Porsche Royal Family

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Piech’s “claim to fame,” in a good way, was his turning Audi into a near-competitor with M-B and BMW. His reputation didn’t fare so well later on.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 I’m not sure if I would say the auto industry is in turmoil. Defiantly going through an adjustment to new technology. EV and AV technology has manufacturers scrambling to position themselves to support these new types of vehicles. This has added new players and caused partnerships and joint ventures with companies that had little to do with the auto industry. Then you throw in the new pop-ups that have joined the typically hard industry to break into with its high investment with mediocre ROI. Seems like turmoil but its more like jockeying for position. The MPG and emissions stuff will work out as it always does. They set the bar high and then adjust it to what is actually obtainable.

    IMO I think EVs will continue to grow in other countries like China much faster than the US. They will peak at about 20% market share globally and only about 12% in the US. At least until a better battery is developed. But even then it will not completely replace the ICE for many many years. I feel the same for AV technology. I truly believe this is a sink or swim technology that either works 100% of the time is completely reliable and works flawlessly or it doesn’t and will fade off into nothing more than driver assist features. The systems that work part of the time or only on certain roads under certain conditions is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. Manufacturers will find these systems to big a larger liability than its worth. Cause honestly how much more are people willing to pay for it?
    I see both EV and AVs becoming popular within large cities maybe even replacing bus services. 95% of all EVs will probably never leave their designated range from home. We may even see an influx of bus travel instead of being used for inner city travel, change to a more common way to get from point to point that is longer distance than the basic EVs can reach.
    The industry is certainly changing and there is a lot of shifting partnering and positioning for many unknowns but turmoil sounds like doom and gloom is on the horizon. I believe things are going to change dramatically but not necessarily for the bad. Well at least not for the industry as a whole. Certainly for some manufacturers depending on how they position themselves could spark new growth or find them selling out.

  19. Kerri Says:

    Don’t like airbags. Don’t trust airbags. Would prefer a vehicle without airbags at all, and saving several thousand dollars that they add to the cost.