AD #2743 – FCA Previews CES Vehicles; Rivian Demonstrates “Tank Turn” Feature; Update on Ghosn’s Flee from Japan

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 8:49

** 0:09 Check Out the New Autoline Daily Set **

0:58 Update on Ghosn’s Flee from Japan
1:52 Ford Shares Mustang Mach-E Reservation Details
2:36 Opioid Deaths Higher in Towns with Closed Auto Plants
3:51 Hyundai Partners with Cummins On Fuel Cells
4:30 Rivian Demonstrates “Tank Turn” Feature
5:08 Rivian Raises More Cash
6:10 FCA Previews CES Vehicles
7:22 Bosch Introduces Production Ready LIDAR

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42 Comments to “AD #2743 – FCA Previews CES Vehicles; Rivian Demonstrates “Tank Turn” Feature; Update on Ghosn’s Flee from Japan”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Here are the news this show did not catch today

  2. Larry D. Says:

    How many MORE billions, on top of the $3 billion they lost in their earlier reckless bets, did Tesla Shorters lose the last few weeks and days? How many will they lose today and in the next few days?

    From the CNBC Link:

    “Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, called Tesla’s deliveries to end the year “impressive” and “another step in the right direction” for its Fremont assembly plant in California. Soundly beating Wall Street’s estimates in the quarter “was another major feather in the cap for Musk & Co.,” he said.

    “While part of this recent rally has been a massive short covering, it has also been driven by underlying fundamental improvement as the company’s ability to impressively not just talk the talk but walk the walk has been noticed by the Street and the optimism around the story has grown markedly from the dark days seen earlier in 2019,” Ives said in a note to investors Friday morning.”

  3. Ron Paris Says:

    New set is a bit busy/distracting.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    3 I found it a bit busy and distracting too.

  5. cwolf Says:

    I like the new set, but Sean….it’s time for a hair cut!

  6. david moore Says:

    Love the new set!

  7. MJB Says:

    Looking at that 1934 Chrysler Airflow, I can see that Lexus was not the first to market with an oversized grille after-all ;)

    Sean, I must agree with Ron & Larry. Though visually far more interesting than the old digital overlay green-screen background, this new set, at times, had me paying more attention to it than the stories being monologued.

    #5. ;)

  8. Barry Rector Says:


    Great way to start off the new year with the changes made to your set.
    Sure did miss all your programs while you and your staff were off for the holidays and glad you’re back.

  9. Cycles Says:

    I like the new set, cool Americana/Vintage feel. The downside is is appears to reflect the coverage which weighs heavily on the current state and history of the industry rather than the way it is going. Perhaps if the program wants to stay more relevant it should emphasize the direction the industry is going both in content and decoration of the set.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I think the set looks great. After a few views, and even with additions and subtractions to the set, it will meld with the commentary and almost melt into the background unobtrusively. (a great place to wonder when the story presented isn’t of particular interest to me)

    While I don’t like the Rivian’s styling too much, I would certainly give it the nod if I were to buy an electric truck (which is just conjecture on my part at this time).

  11. ChuckGrenci Says:

    10 wander, not wonder (okay, maybe that too). And history is a great place to start (when considering a back-drop).

  12. Mark Says:

    The new set is fine, but please put is changing graphics over your shoulder to show what you are talking about.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; On the new set, Although the background may elude to the many other aspects of what the show covers. I found it to be distracting and a step backwards. Like many You-Tube wanna-be programs filmed in some guys study or basement it doesn’t come across as well developed as your program certainly is.
    I personally like the transposed images beside you to emphasize the topic at hand. But that’s just my thoughts.

  14. David F. Says:

    I prefer the old green screen which looked so much more professional without looking busy like this one today!

  15. Roger Blose Says:

    Sean, your new set is too busy, too dark, and is distracting for me. I know that it will improve over time. Change is good and evolving. Lots of wrenches but you need to have a scan tool or two on your back wall and an EV plug.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    Nice of Ford to share some of the Mach-E reservation details, conveniently in percentages and no actual numbers. So all those details could be based off 100 reservations. hummm?

    On the Rivian Tank turn. That’s a nice option and could be useful under certain conditions. Certainly you were joking about having it replace the steering system. Knowing how quickly a Skid-steer or Bobcat goes through tires it would not be ideal at all.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    15 Ford will make only 50,000 M-Es for its first full production year. Maybe it got 50k $100 deposits for those, so it claimed it is ‘full’

    One suggestion for the set background, instead of 20 different photos of 20 different things, plus what you are talking about, having just one gorgeous vehicle in the background would work better. Even better if it is faded, so we pay attention to you and not to that.

  18. Alexander Carabitses Says:

    I like the direction that you took with the new set. I agree that adding some contemporary EV/AV imagery might be of benefit, as well as having a digital photo over your shoulder that relates to the topic at hand. As for the other complaints, I think that people just need time to get used to the set, just as it took me a while to get used to the change in the greenscreen background a few years back.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    Even in todays show, as Sean was talking about Opioid deaths I found myself paying more attention to the factory floor video and crash tests. Had that video been playing over his shoulder in a smaller screen I think it would have put more emphasis on what he was saying and not what is visually capturing the viewers attention.

  20. Walter Hanisch Says:

    Great new look, watch every episode from Canada.
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2020.

  21. TERRENCE Says:

    “But we also wonder, what that would do to tire wear?” You don’t need to wonder. You’ve heard about skid-steer loaders? They turn by skidding the tires. If you tried to drive a car by just skidding the tires to turn, on pavement, it would wipe out the tires pretty fast. Look at the video. The tires are turning fast, and the truck isn’t going anywhere.

  22. Steve W Says:

    As long as you asked for comments~~I think a haircut, shave, tie & jacket would appear much more professional.

  23. Drew Says:

    I’m OK with Sean’s “holiday growth”.

    Regarding the Airflow concept, the beveled floor contours demonstrate design for the sake of design with little regard to function. Also, the taillamps look like direct copies from the Lincoln MKC.

    With regard to Bosch’s lidar, are they implementing solid state lidar or are they subjecting us to those ugly rotating beer cans?

  24. Michael S Khoury Says:

    Sean, I like the new set. It is good to keep things fresh and I look forward to how this will evolve.

    On the issue of opioid deaths, I wonder if some of this relates to the workers that have been laid off finally addressing chronic illnesses and pain issues that could not be addressed while working. No facts backing that up. Just wondering.

  25. Bishop Says:

    #5 & #22 Give it a rest. I suppose it’s a generational thing, but longer hair and esp facial hair have been very prominent for quite some time now – even in corporate board rooms. Sean looks just fine.

    I like the new background and did not have any problem maintaining focus. Unless one has ADHD, I think most will adjust to the change in a short time.

  26. Bob Wilson Says:

    Nice set and Mr. Rogers sweater. Don’t worry about the brick-a-brac as you’ll be able to make small changes . . . “Easter Eggs.”

    The opioid story was OK but begs the question of jobs being a social requirement. Still, I’m really here for the car stuff.

    EVs are heating up. Not this week but perhaps every couple of months or so do an EV recap after hours?

  27. Larry D. Says:

    December and 2019 sales. Nissan down 30%, most others did miserably too, Tesla up 23%.

    Tell me something new, Larry.

  28. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Tesla sales were global, no U.S. breakdown, though clearly they are doing well; still perhaps a makintosh apple to delicious apple comparison. Proof in the pudding to see if sales translate to another Tesla profit in the last quarter. Though a weaker SAR than our last few years, I still see a fairly robust auto sector. Also wondering how the sales will be affected as oil spiked due to even more trouble in the Middle East. Another hold onto your hat boys/girls.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    CHINA and EUROPE, as I said many times, is where all the action is on EVs in the near future.

    “Tesla Inc. cut the starting price of its China-built Model 3 sedans by 9 percent, as it steps up efforts to lure customers in the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market after opening a factory on the outskirts of Shanghai.

    The price was lowered to 323,800 yuan ($46,500) from 355,800 yuan ($51,000). After subsidies from the Chinese government, prices start from 299,050 yuan ($42,900), Tesla’s website showed. That puts the cars closer to some produced by domestic EV makers, such as Xpeng Motor’s latest P7 sedan, which starts at 240,000 yuan. Nio Inc.’s electrified utility vehicles start from as high as 358,000 yuan.”

    Very significant.

  30. Larry D. Says:

    27 We are aware, but even its US sales were OUTSTANDING, as detailed by Automotive News. December Tesla sales were 18-20,000 and 2019 overall were 223,000. And Tesla did it with two very expensive aging models and one entry level luxury model.

    Compare this with Jaguar’s (ALL its cars and SUVs together) 3,111 sales in December, a SIXTH of Tesla sales. Or of course with any other BEV US maker.

    No wonder Tesla stock DOUBLED in the few months that passed from its 2019 lows.

  31. Larry D. Says:

    29 27 or compare with the other ‘luxury’ maker, Genesis, which only has three models, like Tesla, they sold barely 2,225 units in December, a laughably small number, and NONE of their models was a BEV. This is the 12th failed attempt by Hyundai or Kia to offer a ‘luxury’ brand in the US.

  32. Larry D. Says:

    BTW is it just me, or do you also think that the STUPID FCA Breadvan concept has NOTHING in common with the Legendary Chrysler Airflow? The PT Cruiser was far more retro looking than this POS.

  33. Larry D. Says:

    28 from the link, Tesla will make a BUNDLE in CHina, both due to low labor costs AND local sourcing which will reach 100% in just 12 months!

    “Tesla plans to increase local sourcing to 100 percent in Shanghai by the end of the year, from about 30 percent now, Song said. That should help lower costs as Tesla and other ambitious EV makers face a challenging market in China, where auto sales have been slowing.”

  34. Larry D. Says:

    While we are on the BEV global sales topic, tiny Netherlands, which barely has 5% (!!!!) of the US population, bought about 13,000 Tesla Model 3s in DECEMBER 2019 ALONE!

  35. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I think FCA is just resurrecting the name, not trying to emulate the Chrysler Airflow (which failed, as it was a little too futuristic for the time). I don’t particularly see any breakthrough in engineering by the revised iteration either; it appears as just another concept drawing of smooth styling and wind cheating efficiency which we see from others already. Probably just trying to stay in the limelight with an old (nostalgic) nomenclature to stir up discussion.

  36. Larry D. Says:

    In the public library yesterday afternoon I saw C&D’s top ten issue (Yawn) and the latest Consumer Reports, which had a road test of the Escape, the Corsair (pimped up escape), the “mercedes” CLA (FWD) and a subaru (Outback probably).

    Interesting points:

    The “Merc” (in quotes because it is not a serious RWD vehicle but “all hat and no cattle” got the worst rating, BUT its price was only 10% higher than that of the Subaru!

    The Escape got clobbered, and the Corsair did a little better (but better enough to pay $10k or whatever it is more than the Escape)?

  37. JWH Says:

    Sean – Hope everyone chills out over the weekend & is a little kinder on the 7th. I’ve got no issue with the set or your facial hair, & I imagine both will see tweaking over the upcoming year.

    To all a Happy New Year & glad Autoline Daily is back from its holiday hiatus.

  38. Rickw Says:

    I too found myself spending too much time looking at the set and not listening as closely as I should have been to what you were saying. Had to watch it a second time and pay more attention to you.
    As others have have said I would like the transposed images over your shoulder as has been done in the past.
    And last but not least, I have been wondering why guys that are growing facial hair don’t shave their necks and make a clean distinction of your beard without the messy look of neck hair. Can you explain why that is and don’t you think it would look much more groomed than it does now.?
    Just curious. I like facial hair and some short beards, but if it follows down the neck on all sides it looks un-kept. JMO.

  39. Larry D. Says:

    Hav e not checked out “Top Gear” for a while, and just took a look at its article about the 20 vehicles to look forward to in 2020. Besides the Cybertruck, the C8, and a new, 600+ HP, 2.7″ 911 Turbo, I just came across an all-electric Jag XJ with sleek exterior

    and Ferrari’s 1st PLUG-IN Hybrid

    and the cute little Honda E

  40. Larry D. Says:

    Hav e not checked out “Top Gear” for a while, and just took a look at its article about the 20 vehicles to look forward to in 2020. Besides the Cybertruck, the C8, and a new, 600+ HP, 2.7″ 911 Turbo, I just came across an all-electric Jag XJ with sleek exterior

    Ferrari’s 1st PLUG-IN Hybrid

    and the cute little Honda E

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Skid steer is very hard on tires, even on robots I work with, driving on carpet, not rough concrete. It also takes a lot of energy to do. Rivian probably demonstrated it “just for fun.”

  42. Brett Cammack Says:

    The new backdrop begs the question, “What am I supposed to be looking at?”