AD #2796 – Plants Still Running to Avoid Disaster; Porsche 3D Prints Seat Foam; Hyundai Reveals New Elantra Hybrid

March 18th, 2020 at 11:59am

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Runtime: 9:31

* We’re going to be doing this show a little bit different going forward. The Autoline crew is working from home now, except for me. Not only am I the only one in the studio, I’m the only one in the building. I’m going to be using a printout of the show notes instead of a teleprompter, so cut us a little slack if it doesn’t come off quite as slick as before. *

0:34 OEMs Keep Plants Running to Avoid Disaster
1:35 BYD Starts Making Masks & Disinfectant
2:08 Could China Export More Cars?
3:20 Porsche 3D Prints Seat Foam
4:12 Toyota Taps Into Car Sensors to Make HD Maps
5:07 More New Kia Sorento Details
5:58 Ford-Based Volkswagen Amarok Design Sketch
6:33 Hyundai’s New Elantra & Elantra Hybrid
7:46 ZF Puts Parking Brakes on Front Brakes

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32 Comments to “AD #2796 – Plants Still Running to Avoid Disaster; Porsche 3D Prints Seat Foam; Hyundai Reveals New Elantra Hybrid”

  1. Brian Says:

    Hi John – slack cut. Thanks for what you and your team do. Quick question for you – for Autoline revenue, does it matter where we watch the videos? Does going through your website help vs. just viewing from youtube directly? Let us know what supports you all the best. Please keep providing information about the industry.

  2. Rector Says:

    Great show as always! entertaining and informative

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    On the VW Amarok I think it looks similar to the old (2002) Ford explorer Sport trac. I like the front end on the sketch better then the photo. The sketches almost always look better as they have the bigger wheels and tires that would almost certainly be aftermarket.

    As for Toyota taping into the existing software to update their maps. Seems like a great idea but hopefully someone like Google will pay to have access to that information too. A database like Google maps getting information from all manufacturers would be amazing. Much better than having each manufacturer developing their own mapping of roads. Just imagine real-time updates to your map for any changes due to construction, accidents and weather. Not to mention gathering data on roads that haven’t even been scanned yet.
    I’m still surprised whenever I’m on maps and their isn’t a street view after all these years.

  4. Kate McLeod Says:

    I guess my question about automakers keeping the
    Plants going is don’t they have a ton of money in the bank and the answer is yes and my second question is why haven’t those plants been turned over the the manufacture of ventilators, masks and hand sanitizers. Like the planes they made in WWII.

  5. John McElroy Says:

    #1. Brian, thanks for the question, and for your support!. The good new is, it doesn’t matter if you watch on our website or on YouTube.

  6. Dale Leonard Says:

    Great Job John. Back to “Old School” with a written script and no Teleprompter. Bet it took you back to the old days of reporting news. Now for the new VW Truck. New truck is way over the top. I hope it gets toned down for production.

  7. Roger Blose Says:

    John, many thanks for making the extra effort to be on the air in these difficult times!

  8. gary in manchester Says:

    The Elantra steering wheel looks like it would force my hands up from my preferred 3 and 9 position.
    The parking brake lever is one of my favorite car controls. Hope it doesn’t disappear.

  9. Joe Says:

    Kudos John,

    Thanks for keeping it going

  10. Jim Bianchi Says:

    Great show, John. If you hadn’t mentioned it, I wouldn’t have known that anything was different for you. Your production team did a great job, as always! Kudos to them!

  11. Donald LaCombe Says:

    Thanks for keeping the show going guys. With no F1 or Nascar you have become an even brighter spot in my day.

  12. cwolf Says:

    The Porsche seat foam reminds me when car seats used a base layer of rubberized horse hair under layers of cotton.
    It was also used on many sofas and chairs when coil springs were used. I’m skeptical about how long it will last because, though it is durable under certain conditions, it is not very abrasive resistant. It also looks like a good dirt collector.

  13. Drew Says:

    Two comments:

    Great job John. Today’s ALD has a Walker Cronkite aura… as I sensed you prioritized delivery of the news over hair grooming (you wore an ALD baseball hat)… akin to Walter forgetting to wear his suit coat on that fateful day in November 1963.

    At some point, a medical expert (more than a political or business leader) will tell us if recently manufactured goods (e.g., new cars) are carriers of COVID-19. If so, the ride is going to get more bumpy.

  14. cwolf Says:

    John, since the majority of today’s comment revolve around your presentation, allow me to add that you look a lot like your son! LOL

  15. merv Says:

    thanks for the program/adjustment and keeping your show going

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    So basically all the automotive plants in Detroit will be down after Thursdays shift until the end of the month.
    I guess I will watching AD from home the rest of the month. Keep whatever news you can drum up coming, John I would guess your job just got a lot harder. Like ESPN.

  17. FSTFWRD Says:

    A big thanks to you, Sean, and the whole crew for what you do. I do believe this will pass quickly, like the Y2K issue. But in the meantime, take care and be safe. Thanks again.


  18. Tony Gray Says:

    Show was great as always! Thanks for keeping the shut ins entertained and informed here in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (the hot spot of the state)

  19. John Sahr Says:

    Great show as always. Now to ZF. Parking break on the front? How is anyone going to impress the Ladies or Gents if you can’t do handbrake turns? How am I going to get dates now? In the interest of fair reporting it never really worked but… It’s the best move I have in my repertoire

  20. Ctech Says:

    Why is there a need for an electronic parking brake on the front wheels? With front-wheel drive and most of the weight already up-front, isn’t this adding more un-sprung weight? What am I missing?

  21. Larry D. Says:

    Thanks, John, for keeping this program running, but I also hope you are careful, because there is no vaccine yet for the CV and your age group is the most vulnerable.

    I read these amazing BYD numbers some time ago. 5 mill a day is insane, esp now that the epidemic in China is fizzling and is on its way out.

    China also built CV hospitals in UNbelievably short times, 10 days for the first giant one and less for the second. This could never have happened in regulations-infested US and Europe. It is stunning that.. a commie nation was far more rapid in fighting the CV than the US and esp Western Europe and esp Italy.

    PS Hey, Happy Spring Equinox (it arrives earlier this year) today!

  22. Larry D. Says:

    CV update, as I said above, Italy is the worst. China has barely moved from 3122 to 3130, but Italy is fast catching up with it, from 2500 to 2978….

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 That’s if you believe everything you hear out of China. If you do, you should probably watch the movie Chernobyl and it will remind you of how the commie Russia played down the seriousness and deaths of the nuclear spill. I think their official stance is still only 31 deaths.

  24. Larry D. Says:

    23 Irrelevant. Italy’s numbers are REAL, and it failed miserably, with 3,000 deaths, and so are SOUTH KOREA’s, who, like CHina, successfully beat the CV, by using similar STRATEGIES. or do you doubt S Korea’s numbers too?

  25. Larry D. Says:

    You can choose to disbelieve this too. While all others are shutting down, TESLA restarts the Shanghai Gigafactory, with help from China.

  26. XA351GT Says:

    #18 Tony Gray , I’m right beside you in Chester County. Not much better here

  27. XA351GT Says:

    #21 Too bad China wasn’t as fast as catching the virus as they are building hospitals to treat it. You said it all with regulation -infested US and Europe. Those regs are why we have cleaner air and water than China and why our products cost more to make. That and paying above slave labor like China does.

  28. FSTFWRD Says:

    @#27 +++

  29. Lambo2015 Says:

    24 How is it irrelevant? You’re ridiculous. You throw a comment out about CV cases dropping in China which we only know based on their word. I respond with yea if you believe them and I trust them as much as I would the Soviets during the Chernobyl accident. Then you respond with irrelevant? Do you know what the word IRRELEVENT MEANS? Its very much relevant and was pointing to the fact that in communist countries the leaders take huge problems like this personal and lie about the seriousness because its their neck if they fail to contain. So when they cant they lie about the seriousness of it. Had nothing to do with Italy or whatever else you spewed on about. Try a little comprehension when you read.

  30. Lambo2015 Says:

    29 Sorry for the long post for all those that have acquired reading comprehension.

  31. JWH Says:

    John – As many have stated, excellent job on the show with limited resources. Take care.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Great job, John.