AD #2776 – JLR Unveils Autonomous Pod; Kia Shares Sorento Powertrain Details; Hyundai’s Chairman Gives Up Board Seat

February 19th, 2020 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 8:47

0:07 Hyundai’s Chairman Gives Up Board Seat
0:38 Automakers Making Slow Progress Improving Headlights
1:41 Kia Shares New Sorento Powertrain Details
3:20 No Redesign for Bentley Flying Spur & Continental GT Until 2027
4:09 Polestar Shows Off Future Infotainment System
5:00 Lucid on Track to Begin Production This Year
5:42 Mercedes Actros Aero Improvements
6:53 AIWAYS Releases U6ion Teaser Shots
7:24 JLR Unveils Autonomous Pod
7:56 Cool Looking Bugatti Future Concept

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23 Comments to “AD #2776 – JLR Unveils Autonomous Pod; Kia Shares Sorento Powertrain Details; Hyundai’s Chairman Gives Up Board Seat”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    “…new Bentley Flying Spur and Continental GT? Good, because they’re going to be around for a while. Built on the same platform as the Porsche Panamera, you can choose between V8 and V12 power. These are considered Bentley’s “entry level” models, but unless you have about $220,000 set aside for a new car don’t even bother asking about one.”

    First of, there is NO entry level Bentley any more, since it has killed its top model the Mulsanne, the Flying Spur – Conti GT are its ONLY models.

    Second of, I am sick and tired about this really worn out cliche “unless you have $x, don’t bother asking..”.

    a. Most cars are available with monthly payments, so even the most destitute around here, who do not have $220k in spare change in their pockets, can afford one.

    b. There are MILLIONS of people who can afford not just one, but several new ones, and pay cash. That does NOT mean they would do so. Because if they wasted their $ so thoughtlessly, they would not be multi-millionaires. AND do NOT think these people are rarities, they are tens of millions of professionals, lawyers, MDs, Dentists, even poor underpaid U professors!

    c. WHile I like the new Flying Spur much better than its predecessor, it is hard to argue with the excellent pre-owned versions on sale. I have looked at these before in this forum, and $30,000, which gets you some lousy Hyundai if you only consider new, and which is much lower than the average new car transaction price of $37k or so, $30k will get you a perfectly maintained, wretched excess super-luxury Flying Spur (a car much larger than an S class and much more powerful unless you get the AMG S 65 and also spend $220k) from a few years ago. Econ literate buyers would go that route. And for an extra $100 they can go to a perfume store and sprinkle it with an ounce of “new car smell”.

  2. Drew Says:

    Regarding IIHS’s pursuit of “improved” headlamps, has anyone else noticed substantially more blinding glare from oncoming vehicles with new LED headlamps? A classic car buddy has noticed the glare, too. And it seems like multiple OEMs deliver the same glare.

    I recognize our aging population comes with increasing night blindness issues. As NHTSA re-writes the hornets’ nest of regulations (FMVSS 108) that leaves the US trailing other markets for lighting technology, let’s home they strike a good balance between driver visibility and on-coming driver glare.

  3. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L5f55k8y4Y

    This brief 12 minute video is 100% fat-free and 100% facts and data, well organized and presented. I think it is the best of its kind I have ever seen.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    “POLESTAR SHOWS OFF FUTURE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM”

    The only thing I can see in Polestar’s future is a Bankruptcy, unless its Chinese owners abhor losing face and keep pumping billions in it.

  5. Barry T Says:

    2 I’m noticing the same. I’m more hesitant to “flash for high beams” now because some are and some aren’t. If they aren’t, you’re about to get something close to a welding flash!

    Also needing to be addressed is the increase of people during on DRL’s thinking their lights are on, since their dash is lit up. That is also very much on the rise. I say if the dashboard is lit, the vehicle lighting needs to come on in the dark with the option of an intentional manual override.

  6. JoeS Says:

    My wife’s TourX has the HID headlights. Great headlights. The pattern reminds me of the H-4 Cibie Z-beams I had on my ’74 GTO in the late 70s. A flat white beam pattern with a hot spot in the middle and a flat step up to the right.

  7. Larry D. Says:

    Re lights, when I drive to my office early in the morning, still dark out, and wait at the red light to turn left and enter the campus, the turn signals and/or the brake lights of the cars in front of me, regardless of the make and model, are so bright, that it is almost painful to look at them. This must be mostly due to the sky still being quite dark, and it may be the intention of the designers, but they just seem way too bright to me.

    Headlights, if they don’t have the high beams on, are no problem.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    2 Couldn’t agree more. I wish IIHS would mandate the smart headlight system be paired with the LED lights, so that the car would change the light spray when it detects oncoming traffic. I can spot a Cadillac a mile away at night because of their obnoxious headlight clusters.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5,6 The best lights I ever had were Hella 7 inch round H4s, I had in a Plymouth Duster. The low beams were bright, but with a very sharp upper cutoff. Properly aimed, they would light the road a long distance ahead, but not blind oncoming traffic, except sometimes very briefly when I went over bumps.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 A lot of the LED brake and turn lights on newer cars seem to be very bright. On the other hand, some not-too-bright people are still using dark lenses on tail lights, and sometimes on headlights, making their cars hard to see for other drivers, and making it so they can’t see where they are going. Anyone deliberately making their lights useless should lose their license, and go to prison for a year or so.

  11. Dana F. Says:

    That Bugatti concept by Max Lask is the best thing I’ve seen in a long, long time! I’d love some visionary to be able to find a way to produce this car!

  12. Larry D. Says:

    11 The second I saw the special blue I knew it was a Bugatti. Looked good, although probably not a very practical design. Maybe they can use it as the next “Batmobile” or something.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A real Bugatti…

    https://flic.kr/p/H2JwCv

  14. Drew Says:

    @5 – Smart OEMs will pair DRLs with AutoLamp.

  15. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    I see a lot of jeeps with after market LEDs that aren’t aimed properly and it’s even worse if the Jeep has lift kit so it’s sitting higher.

  16. kelly Says:

    your new look is very primo…professional

  17. Bobby T Says:

    5: I keep my headlights on auto on and that works pretty well most of the time. Also, my cars (Escape and Flex) have a Green telltale light that shows me when they are on. Very useful. That said, I once drove halfway from Sarasota to Naples at night without headlights. The car had been in the dealership and they turned off the auto on feature. Wondered why everyone kept blowing their horns. Duhh!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I keep headlights in “auto” on the car I park outside, but “off” on the car in the garage, to keep from cycling the bulbs extra times.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    https://europe.autonews.com/geneva-auto-show/dacia-will-debut-low-cost-electric-car?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200220&utm_content=article4-headline

    This should probably be as cheap as it gets. Dacia is a much cheaper version of the already shoddy Renault, made in Romania.

    I use auto lights during the day only if it’s cloudy and dark out.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    19 from the Ministry of Redundant Redundancy, the cheapo EV will be called “Urban City Car”.

    Hope Dacia did not pay some blithering idiot $1,000,000 to come up with this name. I am sure wealthier automakers DID pay this kind of money to get names like… “Olds Achieva”, or, According to Seinfeld, “Lemona”.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    20 And when we say cheap, we mean cheap. This BEV will be cheaper than the fake car tricycle dirty ELIO that waste millions of foolish investors money and fortunately will never be built.

    “… it will be a version of the City K-ZE electric car that is produced and sold in China by Renault and its Chinese joint venture partners. The City K-ZE is sold in China for about 8,000 euros.”

  22. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADelwZzHuVk

    This is the CITY-KZE. IT is a REAL car. Not like the unsafe at any speed ELIO tricycle. AND it is a pure BEV. For $9,000 in CHina, not bad at all!

  23. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjExlLCvYg8

    The video in 22 was rather lame and offered no info, this is a little better