AD #2841 – Ford Defers to Trump on Mask Wearing; GM Working on ‘Ultra Cruise’ for City Streets; Frontier Base Price Up

May 20th, 2020 at 11:42am

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Runtime: 11:21

0:07 Ford Defers to President on Mask Wearing
0:52 GM Says ‘Almost There’ on Million Mile Battery
1:33 Volvo Will Start Limiting Top Speed
2:08 Hyundai’s EVs Are Popular with Police
2:51 GM Working on ‘Ultra Cruise’ for City Streets
3:20 Next-Gen Tacoma Starts Production in 2023
3:49 Frontier Goes V6-Only, Sees Big Base Price Increase
4:40 Acura Teases All-New TLX
5:13 EV Chargers That Replace Gas Pumps
8:40 SEAT Holds Virtual Tours at Apprentice School
9:33 VW Will Sell EVs Direct to Customers in Germany
10:10 At-Home Tests Tricky for Dealers

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26 Comments to “AD #2841 – Ford Defers to Trump on Mask Wearing; GM Working on ‘Ultra Cruise’ for City Streets; Frontier Base Price Up”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    World emission regs are pushing alternative propulsion. why then are there not regulations pushing fuel providers to offer cleaner fuels?

  2. MJB Says:

    Try as I may, I can’t seem to locate any substantive traffic fatality data that shows specific speeds at which deaths occur. There are plenty of reports stating deaths linked to “speeding”. And even some that give percentages of fatalities occurring at “over 55mph”.

    The point I was hoping to make is that it seems Volvo is being a bit anal with the reasoning behind its proposed speed governors. What percentage of people really die in auto accidents going over 112mph?

    So much for Volvo’s on the Autobahn.

  3. Kevin A Says:

    Ford should never have expected the ‘Burger King’ to abide by mask regulations. Masks are for peasants, not for royalty.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Probably Volvo are limiting speed to 112 mph, so they can stardardize with “S” rated tires.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    I see no issue with the speed governor that Volvo is talking about. Where besides the Autobahn can you legally do more 112 MPH?

  6. merv Says:

    excellent show,thanks

  7. Albemarle Says:

    I think the ev chargers with big batteries is quite innovative. It’s so expensive at I think $160k each that even if it pays for itself in 3 years, it might be a hard sell to an oil company that has much less money to work with these days.

    Hell would be getting the F&I guy in your house at the kitchen table.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    Since the customer has already initiated a transaction and the dealership is delivering the vehicle to the owner at their home for convenience and health purposes, it doesn’t seem as though this situation qualifies as “door to door” selling, as with the Fuller Brush company. Seems like it would be like the Do Not Call regulation where a business is allowed to call you if they are already doing business with you.

  9. DanaPointJohn Says:

    I can’t figure what Acura is thinking developing “a new 3.0L turbo V6″ for the all-new TLX. Honda is very qualified in electrification technology, and the TLX being an ICE seems odd.

    Greetings to Chase Drum! Looking forward to seeing your reports on a regular basis.

  10. Norm T Says:

    The new electric filing stations will be where any parking is at a grocery store or shopping place. People won’t go to thr convenient store anymore. So they’ll have to find another place for pop, beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.

    We stopped for 40 minutes at Meijer to charg le our Cadillac CT6E for free(2-hours free) and my wife said it was more than time to shop and put 6 miles extra charge in!

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Any gas stations getting into the EV charging business will need a lot of extra space, since an EV will need an hour for a “fillup,” rather than the 5 minutes for an ICE vehicle.

    Actually, places like Meijer, as Norm mentioned in #10, or Walmart, Target, and any malls that might survice would be ideal, since there would be a place to go with more to do or look at than a convenience store.

  12. Jim Haines Says:

    Wouldn’t have ever owned a Volvo before and being owned by china now I don’t even like working on them for customers any more.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 If you don’t want to buy anything made by a Chinese owned company, or made in China, your choices are very limited with some types of products.

    As far as Volvo, they haven’t had much that appealed to me either, since they quit making rear drive wagons 20-some years ago.

  14. JoeS Says:

    12 I agree. When I have a choice I won’t buy made in china either. The Buick Envision would have made the short list had it not been assembled in china. The made in Germany Tourx was hard enough to accept.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    Have the floods impacted Michigan auto industry?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 The biggie in that area is Dow Chemical, which is headquartered, and has a lot of production in Midland.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    15 Τhe floods were very insignificant, localized, and out of the blue. The MI auto indistry will be impacted much more by the idiotic, incompetent management of the likes of Bill Ford’s buddy Hackett at Ford and even Mary Barra at GM.

  18. Larry D. Says:

    In fact I expect SHORTAGES in inventories instead of them growing in number, BECAUSE PARTS SHORTAGES will force many production lines into costly delays and shutdowns.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17. The floods aren’t insignificant, if your house is under 15 feet of water.

  20. ChuckGrenci Says:

    16,17,19 And reported, that there were some retention ponds at Dow Chemical in peril of compromise of spills (hope that doesn’t happen).

  21. Norm T Says:

    @15 JoeS, the Envision is one of Buick’s better offerings and probably better than anything GM has to offer for under $30K when discounted on Autotrader. We had a 2016 Envision Prem ll and I’d buy another one. But the car-like driving dynamics of the TourX and the looks won me over. In March we traded the TourX for a Cadillac CT6E and buying Buick when discounted to it’s I I gain or lose a thousand or so at trade-in time. They hold their value really well.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Michigan dam failures, while not nearly as catastrophic, are a little reminiscent of the 1889 Johnstown, PA flood, where recreational use of a lake created by an ill-maintained dam took precedence over safety. An article I found said the Michigan lake was filled early in the spring, to make the people with docks on the lake happy, even though very heavy rain is not uncommon this time of year, and there were inadequate spillways to handle a large amount of rain over a short period of time.

    FWIW, the power plant at the failed dam produced 4.8 mw, less than two of today’s big wind turbines.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21. A friend bought an Envision about a year ago, and seems to like it. The Envision is two firsts for him, first Chinese car, and more surprisingly, his first 4 cylinder car.

  24. Ken Says:

    Volvo vehicles no longer hold any interest for me, not since they now only offer 4 cylinder engines. They cost too much to only offer four bangers.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    19 I was clearly NOT talking about myself or any ONE person. I was talking about the effect of these floods on MI and the US economy, which IS utterly insignificant.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    23 Did he at least get a good deal, or did GM charge Detroit prices for a car made with dirt-cheap chinese labor?