AD #2824 – UAW Could Feel Pressure to Open Plants; Traffic Maps Show Huge Drops; New Audi A6 Wagon Plug-In

April 27th, 2020 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 9:33

0:07 European Production Slowly Picking Up
0:38 Michelin Criticized for Continued Tire Production
1:15 Daimler Sales Turning Around in China
1:38 Ford Skeleton Crews Prep for Restart
2:04 Automakers Ready to Restart Production in the U.S.
2:42 FAW Will Make Sports Cars with U.S. Company
3:22 Traffic Maps Show Huge Drops
4:23 Porsche Helping Kids to Pass Time
4:50 Daimler Converts Bus Into Giant Ambulance
5:23 New Audi A6 Wagon Plug-In Hybrid
6:18 The Future of EV Batteries

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15 Comments to “AD #2824 – UAW Could Feel Pressure to Open Plants; Traffic Maps Show Huge Drops; New Audi A6 Wagon Plug-In”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Repeat post as I posted this late on Friday’s show this morning.
    Here is an unconfirmed progression for C8; this is the second time I’ve seen this from two different sites: If interested, it’s about 9 minutes:

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 I watched the video. It looks like that dealer is really into selling Corvettes. It sounds like it might be a good place to order one, especially if you want to do factory delivery. I may email them and see if they do employee/retiree sales at the discount price, and no more than $100 in total add ons.

    That Audi wagon looks nice, but it’s pricey. The only Audi wagons sold in the U.S. are the truckified ones, emulating a Subaru Outback, but the Audi USA site says there will be an RS6 Avant in a year or two. That would be nice, but will probably cost $100K or so.

  3. ChuckGrenci Says:

    @2 Kit, I’m a subscriber to Rick Conti’s channel; from all I can tell he is a straight shooter. More times than not his predictions come true and he does sometimes gets the inside info. early. Rick is Coughlin Chevrolet’s Corvette specialist and know of what he sells and of he speaks.

    The Audi wagon looks nice and I’m sure goes nice; yep, pricey but so goes with all Audi that we see imported.

  4. bradley cross Says:

    Saw a headline that Tesla had reversed its decision to call back a few workers.

    The UAW is right to be concerned about safety but they often appear to be just avoiding work; since they get paid anyway.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    Is there a need for the manufacturers to get production going? Can the dealers move the metal?

  6. Joe C. Says:

    A “volunteer” work force that wants to go back to work is the right way to do it. Kudos to Ford.

  7. John McElroy Says:

    #5. Buzzerd, good question about whether there will be customers. But sales, while bad, have not gone away completely. If automakers and suppliers don’t get some revenue coming in soon, they’re headed for bankruptcy.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    While any death is unfortunate, the low covid-19 deaths from the tens of thousands of UAW members doesn’t appear to be out of line. It sounds like they want people to believe these were caused on the job. Were they?

    By itself it is not a credible reason to not go back to work, assuming all the protections that other plants worldwide have put in place for their workers.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 With unemployment benefits, plus “sub,” the UAW people get about 75% of regular base pay. The workers at suppliers aren’t so lucky, nor are those at the transplants.

    Last night, there was a segment on CBS’ 60 Minutes about the GM and Ford operations making medical supplies. The people would probably be working for not too much, though some would probably be getting overtime. I suspect many, or most of the UAW people hope they get back to work soon, both to get regular pay, and knowing that their retirement benefits would be at risk, if the companies go bankrupt.

    Here’s an article about what’s going on with the workers at the assembly plants in the U.S.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I watched 60 minutes as well, and while GM/Ford aren’t making vehicles quite yet, by getting back to producing product they are setting up strategy to have a safe workplace (for when they open back up for business).

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m thinking that when/if things recover, with theme parks, etc. running, traffic may be far worse than ever. People will still be afraid to fly or use public transit, and with gas almost free, they will just drive more. Also, with gas almost free, the vehicle mix will include even more huge vehicles, most used to take one person to work, Walmart, etc.

  12. Bob Wilson Says:

    There appears to be a lot of inventory on the dealer lots but not a lot of financially well-off customers shopping. The price of gas is pretty much depression era . . . all gassed up but nowhere to go.

    “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.” – Will Rogers, while we see car lines at food banks. Where are the customers buying a new or even recent used car?

    I’m all for restarting our economy but I’d feel a lot better if we had aggressive contact tracing. Instead of this sledge hammer, a scalpel to narrow on the spreaders. Without contact tracing, this summer will become a disaster because it will scare off what we need, customers.

  13. Larry D. Says:

    This Compliance Audi (one of many such lame Euro Greenies) is ridiculously expensive.

    And the Euro must be very low now, but this is temporary. Normally it is $1.20 per euro, so 72,000 euro is well over $ 85,000 US. AND this is the BASE price. Usually with such vehicles, add a few basic options and we are talking well over $90,000, like those worthless losers 4 cylinder Volvos.

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”. Maybe there are still some fools that are willing to part with almost $100,000 to get the above POS.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    I have been urging refineries to change their allocations and make more diesel and less gas, since gas demand is miniscume but diesel is still strong.

    I just checked my local fuel prices and it seems they finally did it. Diesel has dropped to $2.25 a gallon, still more than premium gas at $2.16 and regular at $1.59. When I fill the tank next time, I should pay less than $2 (with my discounts)

  15. veh Says:

    “It sounds like they want people to believe these were caused on the job. Were they?”

    I think there’s a case that FCA’s cluster is workforce related. The UAW is right to be cautious but I suspect they will accede to a May 18 date to restart, assuming the OEMs have safety standards implemented