AD #2822 – Global Pollution Drops; Cylinder Deactivation for Diesels; Toyota Debuts All-New Yaris Crossover

April 23rd, 2020 at 11:32am

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Runtime: 11:19

0:07 Bad News Out of Europe
1:20 Hyundai & Nissan Report Quarterly Losses
1:38 Global Pollution Drops
2:27 U.S. Sales Not As Bad As Expected
3:39 Hyundai’s Commercial Fuel Cell Plan
5:26 Kia’s Going All Electric
6:36 Porsche Offers New Radios for Classic Cars
7:22 New Nav System Highlights the Road
8:30 Cummins Tests Cylinder Deactivation on Diesels
9:12 Toyota Debuts Yaris Crossover
9:46 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Goes Electric
10:28 Manual Transmission Prevents Car Jacking

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13 Comments to “AD #2822 – Global Pollution Drops; Cylinder Deactivation for Diesels; Toyota Debuts All-New Yaris Crossover”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The eCOPO Camaro did similar a year or two ago. It was in the nines’ so the Mustang is quicker (but one should hope so when a clear target is present and it took a year or so to improve that number).

    That new ‘green-road’ navigation system looks kind of neat and should help particularly when some current navs’ sometimes say bear left (or right), which sometimes is a little vague when on a busy on-off highspeed highway with multiple ramps in close proximity.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but why would anyone even look at a nav gadget while driving, even on a HUD? The only navigation I have used, since paper maps became obsolete, is google maps on a smart phone, and I just set up the destination before leaving, and use the voice commands. From my experience, they are descriptive enough that I rarely have a problem, and I can continuously watch where I am driving, rather than looking at an electronic gadget or screen.

  3. JoeS Says:

    2 I prefer a garmin on top of the dash next to the a-pillar over the OEM nav screen on the dash or voice commands. The on dash position is in my line of sight without creating a blind spot and it lets me know ahead of time what my next move is going to be so I can be in the propper lane.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Google maps on a phone gives ~2 minute “first warnings” when using the voice commands, and generally a couple other commands when getting near the turn. I guess if I’d used a well-located Garmin with an easy to view screen, I might like it, but with my phone’s small screen, in a cup holder, I just use the voice.

  5. Mac Says:

    Had to laugh at that last one. A similar situation happened in Chicago this past summer; an attempted carjacking of a VW Jetta with a stick shift. The major difference was that the carjackers were so stupid that they hung around long enough trying to get away that the police arrived and arrested them. No word on whether the officers suffered any internal injuries from laughing so hard. . . .

  6. MJB Says:

    Gotta get one of those millennial anti-theft devices for myself – LOL! That’s hilarious!

    Hey Kit, best of both worlds here. Before my smartwatch battery died (just won’t take a charge anymore – and I’ve got other things to do with my disposable income these days than get it replaced), it was a fantastic navigation aide. Starting up the Google Maps NAV on my phone, the map would be displayed real-time on my wrist. It would even vibrate whenever I needed to take a turn while announcing the next maneuver. So the phone could just stay in my pocket. Technology’s great.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. I’ll see if I can put nav display on my smart watch.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John and guests, thanks for the discussion of cylindrical vs pouch cells on AAH. It turns out that I missed it by a few minutes when you were live, but heard it later.

    Interestingly, the Muncie, Indiana GM battery plant was mentioned. A now-retired GM employee told me a story a few years ago, about their making the plant “disappear” very quickly, because it was an environmental disaster, so GM removed evidence of its existence as much as possible to avoid legal consequences. I don’t know the details, or accuracy of that story.

    I also found the mention on AAH of Paul MacCready interesting. I remember, and followed the projects of the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross human powered airplanes. Another MacCready project that I found intriguing was Solar Challenger, a very light for its size, and slow airplane powered completely by solar cells on the wings and stabilizer.

  9. veh Says:

    IME there’s a significant generational divide between people who can drive a manual trans vs. those who never learned. 45 and up, most people can at least muddle through gear shifts, but under 45 it’s a minority.


    I have a 1986 Fiero GT as one of my weekend toys. All 80s GM cars can be stolen in seconds though as the locks and ignition barrels are easily defeated. I am not worried about it. Mainly because it is a 1986 Fiero GT, but also because it has a manual transmission. It is likely not going anywhere LOL.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 My manual transmission 1989 Dodge Caravan should be pretty safe from theft too.

    I guess your Fiero would have a 2.8 V6, and 5-speed. Is that correct? The only Fiero I ever drove was an ’84, with the 2.5 i4, and 4-speed manual, the same powertrain as my ’86 Celebrity wagon, but at the other end of the car.

  12. JWH Says:

    Manual Transmissions – When I initially got my automobile drivers license in 1965 I lived in Arizona. If you took your test in a vehicle with an automatic, your license was restricted to “automatic only”. I made sure I used one of our manual transmission vehicles.

  13. Kate McLeod Says:

    I love that story about the manual transmission. And I feel sorry for people who never experienced it. I see the original cast of Fargo in this movie. Kudos to Hyundai for charging ahead so to speak with fuel cell. I’ve held a secret wish that we figure out fuel cells for years now.