AD #2835 – Elon Musk Defies Health Authorities; Toyota Prius Turning 20; Next-Gen Kicks & Frontier Headed to Production

May 12th, 2020 at 11:25am

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Runtime: 10:16

0:07 Elon Musk Defies Local Health Authorities
0:53 Toyota N.A. Production Cut Nearly 30%
1:26 Toyota and Honda Report Profit Drops
2:06 FCA U.S. Adopts Safety Practices from China and Italy
2:59 Ford Highlights New OTA Capabilities
4:08 Toyota Prius Gets Limited Edition Model
5:11 Next-Gen Kicks and Frontier Headed to Production
5:54 Audi’s Infotainment Updates
6:48 BHTC Develops a 3D Display
9:22 Mystery Car Revealed

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30 Comments to “AD #2835 – Elon Musk Defies Health Authorities; Toyota Prius Turning 20; Next-Gen Kicks & Frontier Headed to Production”

  1. cwolf Says:

    Musk’s defiance of health authorities seem to have Auto Lines approval. Just because they adopted safe practices that have worked elsewhere and others have begun to open it is still against the law! The country must have a good reason for the delay, yet is working on an agreement to open in a matter of days.
    Musk’s beliefs, like Trump, who thinks they are above the law just doesn’t bode well with the majority of the population.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    “Supersonic red “ for the Prius? Really? One of the last vehicles you think of when someone says supersonic

  3. cwolf Says:

    the county… not country has reason….

  4. Jonathan Says:

    Autoline after hours tommorow? Is that Thursdays show or Wednesdays? Just curious and thank you in advance

  5. Drew Says:

    Black wheels on a Prius! That is the automotive equivalent to a mustache on Cyndi Lauper.

  6. Bob Wilson Says:

    Trump endorsed it which proves even a blind hog finds an acorn.

    Personally I suspect screening at Fremont is better than being isolated at home. If they can do testing at the gate, even better. Nasal swabs at first with antibody shared with the county health office, everyone wins.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    That Prius is way-too busy in its styling; two thumbs up to #5, Drew; nailed it.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Between Elon Musk’s actions and deranged tweets, he has reduced the chances I will buy a Tesla, even if/when there is charging available at my condo.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    That Prius reminds me of when cars were shipped to dealerships with items for the dealership to install, like wheel covers, chrome trim pieces, etc. It just doesn’t look finished. Hope you don’t have to pay more for those wheels. The whole thing is just pretty underwhelming, at least to me.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    I will be watching news reports carefully to see if Elon follows through on his vow to move the company HQ to Texas. Even though there would be some tax advantages, I don’t think a lot of the current employees that have been living in the Bay area for many years will want to move to Texas. I sure wouldn’t. Toyota lost at least 1/3 of its employees in its move to Texas. Nissan did a little better with its move to TN.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5. My Toyota corporate metallic red 2012 Prius had black wheels. It came with plastic wheel covers which were removed most of the time I had the car. That made the car look “different,” and not too bad, with the mostly black trim on the car.

    7. Yeah, the styling of the current Prius is generally too “busy.”

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10. I suspect Tesla will lose some of their huge number of California sales if they move to Texas. Being a CA company has helped their sales in the state.

    Within a few years, Tesla will probably be mostly a Chinese company, so that will be irrelevant anyway.

  13. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Jonathan – Must have been a slip of the tongue. After Hours is Thursday at its normal time, 3PM EST.

  14. veh Says:

    1. agreed. I understand why no one is arresting Elon on the factory floor–even Electrek thinks he was trying to be a martyr–but he’s supposed to obey the law like everyone else. Yes, other plants are opening but not all at once and every other automaker is following local regulations. It’s just being obnoxious for the sake of being obnoxious.

    12. That’s a good point, although California did represent a lower % of total Tesla sales last year, still no other state comes close. Elon’s behavior might be more of an issue with buyers; Toyota didn’t lose much when they moved their HQ

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14. Elon’s behavior is more of an issue with me.

    Regarding Toyota, their moving their HQ didn’t affect me much. I’ve bought two of them since they moved. It seems like a lot of car companies are moving their US headquarters to places with more open space, and maybe closer to areas where you can drive without constant traffic jams, like Porsche and M-B’s moving their US headquarters outside Atlanta. Atlanta, itself is a traffic mess, but some nearby areas are not bad.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    @1 Mandate maybe Law no. Laws have to be generated in federal or state congresses Not by dictator governors or better yet a health department that is even going against the governors suggestions. That has been a on going debate of what is a law and what are strong suggestions. but unless congress writes and passes a law and the executive branch signs it it’s not a law officially as far as I’ve been led to believe.

  17. Kate McLeod Says:

    Rules don’t apply to the Musks of the world. It’s all
    About them and their profits. He disgusts me. Another one with a total lack of compassion.

  18. MJB Says:

    #5,7,9,11 I wholeheartedly agree. I’m not a fan of black wheels anyway. And the Prius is no exception to my rule. UGGHHHH!!!! :(

    Can’t tell you how many Maserati’s, Tesla’s, and even a Rolls Royce Phantom I’ve seen roll by with black wheels that (in my eyes) instantly knock at least 50% off the perceived value of said luxury automobiles. They make most cars look cheap. Especially in matte finish.

  19. MJB Says:

    18…I’m likely one of the few who thought, even back when the show was brand new, that KIT (the car in the ’80s show, Knight Rider) looked horrible with those black wheels (which I believe were actually just hubcaps back then).

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Back in the ’60s, when you saw black wheels, it meant the wheel covers had fallen off, or been stolen.

  21. Norm T Says:

    Hertz’s inability to replenish an aging fleet that won’t see much use anyway will disproportionally impact Detroit automakers, as they’re the models most prevalent in its existing lineup. Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Nissan will also take a hit. Thetruthaboutcars

  22. Roger Says:

    So over Elon [spoiled child] Musky. Him and the company will be forgotten a decade from now.

  23. Bob Wilson Says:

    Relax friends about Musk. I’m used to doing a requirements analysis: mandatory, and; optional. A former Prius owner, 14 years, I traded in my last one for a Tesla Model 3 when it became clear Toyota had a different customer in mind compounded by Southeast Toyota Region that drove me to fly to Rhode Island to buy my last Prius. I never took their decisions personal as much as observing my requirements were not addressed.

    Mandatory requirements: most efficient (i.e., lowest cost per mile); seats for two adults and three dogs; minimum 750 mile range in 12-14 hours, and; lowest maintenance cost. Both our Tesla Model 3 and BMW i3-REx meet these mandatory requirements.

    Optional requirements: advanced driver assistance (i.e., dynamic cruise control, lane keeping); online repair manuals; OBD data, and; serious ‘scoot’ across intersections and in traffic.

    I care about the quality of products and services. I’ve never been ‘friends’ with any CEO including those I’ve worked for. As for Musk, he is just leading a “work-in” like the “sit-ins” of the 1960s. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23. Yeah, the Southeast Toyota bunch are disgusting crooks, with about $800-1000 of extra add-ons on the sticker on all the cars. I think the add-ons have more “discount” than the rest of the car, so can partly be negotiated way, but still. I’ve bought one Toyota in Florida, but if I buy another, it will probably outside the Southeast Toyota Crooks region.

  25. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Some F1 news: Sebastian Vettel To Leave Ferrari At The End Of The Season Link:

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25. Interesting. I hadn’t thought much about next season, when there may not be a this season. Well, I guess they tentatively plan to start with Austria in Early July, but nothing is official.

    Maybe Vettel should try the Indy 500, if he can get a deal with a top team, which I’d think he could.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    4% is a HUGE share for BEVs not only for Eurpe, but also for the USA, where even in the best pre-CV markets, they got less than 2%.

    I cannot read the full article above, just the lengthy title

  28. Larry D. Says:

    17 ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. Your hate screed shows that you have NO IDEA who Musk is and what he has accomplished. IF as you falsely accuse he was all about profits, he would NEVER had introduced the Model S in 2013 when batteries were still VERY expensive but, as I would have done, he wouyld have WAITED foer their inevitable price drop.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    6 Trump is far smarter than you give him credit for. He is not an engineering GENIUS like MUSK, of course, but both have a lot of common traits. AND both understand that we NEED to get WORKING AGAIN, and not be a welfare state paid by the “Dollar Fairy” until we go BANKRUPT.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29. Are you saying that they are both arrogant, lying, deranged fools?