AD #2664 – The “World’s Blackest Black” Paint, Levandowski Accused of Stealing Secrets, Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe

August 28th, 2019 at 11:55am

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Runtime: 7:55

0:07 Japanese Automakers Avoid U.S. Tariffs
0:57 Levandowski Accused of Stealing Waymo Secrets
2:46 New BMW X6 Features “World’s Blackest Black” Paint
3:56 Roxor Shares Update on North American Operations
4:55 Nissan Creates Perfect Golf Ball for Cheaters
5:52 Mercedes Shows Off New AMG GLE Coupe
6:45 Lamborghini Launches Luggage Transport Service

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42 Comments to “AD #2664 – The “World’s Blackest Black” Paint, Levandowski Accused of Stealing Secrets, Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Was Lamborghini going to launch this service even without the introduction of the Corvette C8 or reaction to it. If the latter, then that certainly is a nod to the C8. Of course the statement about the “very rich” kind of makes any comparison moot anyway.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    In fact I saw an article about another exotic, the McLaren GT, which claimed it had humongous cargo room, 505 liters, and that was greater than some well known Volvo wagon or whatever.

  3. Larry D. Says:

    Larry Burns was utterly incompetent and at the end he basically was fired. He did nothing for GM for his humongous salary and budget. He would be the last person in the world to badmouth Lewandowski.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Anthony Levandowski must have missed out on Ethics 101. Sounds like he may have plenty of time in the near future to brush up.

    The Surrey Nano black paint.. Why? Seems like it might be a cool paint for something you want to cloak in darkness but for anything with decent design lines seems to be counterintuitive.

    So did the lawsuit with Jeep and Roxor get resolved?

  5. Mike Nassour Says:

    Oh boy. Just what we need yet another black to slap onto cars. :(

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    The MB AMG GLE Coupe is a nice looking vehicle but sadly is nothing exciting. No fault of Mercedes as to me all these CUV/SUV/crossovers all look so similar. All automakers are going to really struggle to make one of these vehicles stand out from the rest. Looking forward to the next new vehicle that will change things up.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I have to concur on the comments on “black”; heck, I don’t even like black wheels. It does sound good for internally painted appointments (and instruments, as described) to reduce/eliminate any glare from the item adorned with it.

  8. MJB Says:

    Has Tiger put in an order for a set of those golf balls yet?

  9. MJB Says:

    @7. I second that comment (about black wheels). Can’t wait for that trend to die (a slow and painful death).

  10. Buzzerd Says:

    Surrey is quoted as saying ” the new black is sooo black that it already looks dirty while still in the paint booth”.

  11. rick bradner Says:

    Lamborghini announces new “Sherpa” service to qualified clients…

  12. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2 the 505 liters of cargo space of the McLaren GT: is that when you put your duffel bag on the passenger seat? :-)

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    So now we have another shade of black, to go with the 13 shades of grey on today’s “color” palettes.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    12 no, not at all. Look it up. It is NOT just any MacLaren.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    PS the Lambo cargo service sounds ridiculous. I’d rather get a C7 or earlier Vette and have truly Ample Cargo space.

  16. Wim van Acker Says:

    @12: tried to find it. Very nice looking car. I could not see the spec of the luggage compartment, but if you say so, I believe you. I cannot afford it anyway. For now. The Powerball lottery may change the situation.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 This article says it has 570 liters of cargo space, most of it in the back.

    https://www.motor1.com/news/349654/mclaren-gt-unveiled-official-details/

    For comparison, a C7 Corvette, and a Porsche Cayman have about 430 liters. The 430 of the C7 is plenty for me, but I normally travel alone, and travel fairly light.

  18. Wim van Acker Says:

    @17: thanks, Kit

  19. Larry D. Says:

    17, 18 I looked it up but found another McLaren GT that has two small trunks, 220 and 120 or 170. Splitting the cargo space is worse than having the same lt in one space.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    the Miata and the Viper had 4 cu ft which amount to less than 290 lt. But all in one space.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    BTW that black X6 looked even more hideous than the regular colored X6 does.

  22. Larry D. Says:

    18 On another matter, how do you see Brexit and EU affecting Euro car production and sales?

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Miata trunk is about 160 liters. The last generation Vipers have 14.7 cubic feet, 416 liters of trunk. One cubic foot is about 28.3 liters.

  24. Larry D. Says:

    23 I was talking about the 1st gen viper and miata, of whom I have 1:18 scale models for both. 15 cu ft for the final viper sounds enormous.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    The MX-5 Miata only has 4.59 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk

    https://www.hallmazdamilwaukee.com/blog/cargo-capacity-and-dimensions-for-the-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata/

    160 lt is much more than 5 cu ft.

    https://consumerguide.com/used/1992-02-dodge-viper/

    the original viper had 6.8 cu ft, a far cry from the last one’s 14.5

  26. Larry D. Says:

    The MX-5 Miata only has 4.59 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk

    https://www.hallmazdamilwaukee.com/blog/cargo-capacity-and-dimensions-for-the-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata/

    160 lt is much more than 5 cu ft.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    https://consumerguide.com/used/1992-02-dodge-viper/

    the original viper had 6.8 cu ft, a far cry from the last one’s 14.5

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 x 28.317 is 141.585 liters. The 160 liters I gave is for the current Miata. It looks like the Viper’s trunk grew a lot more than the Miata’s.

    I’ve been trying to find the trunk size of a 1970 VW Beetle, a car I took on a two week trip around Europe with three people, but I can’t find any info on trunk size. It wasn’t much. We didn’t use any suitcases, but carried stuff loose, and in paper bags.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.autonews.com/executives/uaw-presidents-home-targeted-new-federal-raids?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190828&utm_content=hero-headline

  30. Larry D. Says:

    The new Beetle had only 300 or so lt cargo space.

    I found articles with all kinds of 1970 beetle specs but no cargo space, only that they increased it by a considerable 3 cu ft (over what?)

  31. Larry D. Says:

    re the really lame, only off-road Roxor:

    Why would any self-respecting zoo or resort use this ancient atrocity?

    They should use EV golf carts instead.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 I may have found the same thing, that the Super Beetle, with the strut front suspension, had 3 cubic feet more than the ones like mine, but it didn’t give an actual number for either one.

  33. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30 They’d use it because it looks like a CJ3, or whatever. Part of the “experience,” as it were.

  34. XA351GT Says:

    I just saw all over social media that Jessi Combs was killed trying to break her own land speed record. She was a very talented person in many aspects of the auto industry it will be a tremendous loss for sure especially for her family, friends and many colleagues in the business. Godspeed

  35. Lambo2015 Says:

    30 The Roxor also has a turbo diesel that is capable of towing something like 3600 lbs. Plus it is built like the original Jeep as a farm work horse that can track thru some pretty muddy wet lands. Some applications that might night fair well for an EV golf cart.
    Considering its intended application I’m not sure why you feel its lame. Its direct competition are things like the Polaris Ranger which isn’t as capable and very close in starting price ($15,500). The John Deer Gator diesel starts at $17,589 and has a towing capacity of only 1500 lbs.

  36. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32,34 My thought was that they’d use them at zoos and theme parks, just for the look, but until we know what they will actually do with them, we won’t know.

  37. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/08/tesla-rolls-out-insurance-offering-claims-big-savings/

    Getting rid of the middleman and sharing the benefits, part nth

  38. Lambo2015 Says:

    35 I could see John Deere being concerned, as the Roxor could steal market share. The one thing the Roxor doesn’t have is a dump bed which I would imagine could be very useful in those applications.

  39. Lambo2015 Says:

    36 “Certainly, Tesla likes to tout its vehicle’s fleet-footedness, and videos continue to appear online of Tesla owners dangerously misusing their vehicle’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature. Snoozing behind the wheel usually doesn’t lead to lower premiums”.

    That comment right there is why I have been saying that semi-autonomous features are a lawsuit waiting to happen. This is not exclusive to Tesla.

  40. Kit Gerhart Says:

    36,39 Tesla’s having high claim rates keeps insurance expensive, but seeing all of the insurance ads on TV, there could be big savings by not advertising.

  41. Larry D. Says:

    40 Tesla’s insurance arm could make lots of $ by also insuring non-Teslas such as people owing 3 or 5 cars but only driving the same total miles as others owning just 1 car. Currently most insurance cos charge the 5 car owner 5 times the rate of the single car owner who does the same miles. Tesla’s insurance arm could charge, for example, only half, one fourth etc for the 2nd, 3rd etc car, and steal millions of customers from stupid Geico, and split the huge savings with the customer.

  42. Kit Gerhart Says:

    41 I’d be very interested in that.