AD #3039 – Where Are Pickups Most Popular?; All-New Peugeot 308 Revealed; Why Hyundai is Marking Wheels & Tires

March 18th, 2021 at 11:43am

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Runtime: 8:28

0:07 VW Now Most Valuable German Company
0:50 More Production Cuts Due to Chip Shortage
1:34 Nissan Using 3D Printing to Make Old Parts
2:56 Where Are Pickups Most Popular?
3:56 Peugeot Reveals New 308
5:25 NASCAR Turns to Dogs to Detect COVID
6:21 Why Hyundai is Marking Its Wheels & Tires
7:26 Could Ford Make Canoo-Like Pickup?

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27 Comments to “AD #3039 – Where Are Pickups Most Popular?; All-New Peugeot 308 Revealed; Why Hyundai is Marking Wheels & Tires”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    when AD 1st showed us the Canoo, I liked some of the features. the bed extender, the side gates, the pull out steps are things I`d like. Having said that, Im not a mainstream consumer.

  2. Clem Zahrobsky Says:

    corvettes have use the wheel balancing system for years

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Ask the question; Where are full-size trucks most popular and I bet the US shoots up toward the top. Most of the trucks sold in the countries on that last are small and mid-size trucks.
    On the Ford pick-up/van, it makes sense to not need a hood in a EV powertrain however crash testing might become a problem. Its cool if they kept it close to the orginal size and they would make it with a removable top like the old full size Bronco/Blazers with rear seating that folded flat so it had the option for 4-5 passengers and flexibility of a truck Ford would probably do really well..

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    motorcycle tires have a red dot, which is on the lightest weight side of the tire, and should be line up with the valve stem.

  5. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Us motorcyclists recognize a dot as the light spot of a tire. Michelin, no longer does this on their tires, as I feel that they think their tires are homogenous and it is not required. As Kit mentioned, the light ‘spot’ is usually lined up with the valve stem (generally the heaviest part of the wheel (not always, but generally) and with that, the wheel/tire still needs to be balance (but usually minimizes the weight required to do so).

  6. RS Says:

    Only OEM tires have the red dot. And you are correct, it is used to position the tire on the wheel to achieve the best balance position and reduce the amount if weight needed to balance the wheel.
    I am aware of it on factory tires from Lexus, Acura, Honda and Toyota. Not sure why it is not used consistently on every vehicle coming out of their factories but it is definitely missing from some vehicles.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Toyota Hilux is the 4th best selling pickup, globally, after F series, Silverado, and Ram, and probably dominates market share in most global markets.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    OK, with the car tires, are the dots for-out-of-roundness, or out-of-balance-ness of the wheels and tires? I’d expect today’s aluminum wheels to be round, within a thousanth or two, since the bead area is machined. They could certainly be out of balance, with much of the wheel being unmachined cast surface.

  9. wmb Says:

    While 3D printed parts may save the OEM money, you can rest assured that they will not be passing the saving to you if/when you need to purchase them!

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 I found out. Red dots on car tires are the high point. Yellow dots are the light weight side.

  11. Dave Says:

    There was also the Corvair Rampside Pickup

  12. Buzzerd Says:

    I’m often amazed at what we can train dogs to do. Very cool

  13. Fstfwrd Says:

    Sean, You state that there laws requiring the manufactures to make/supply parts for their cars for 10 years. Are you sure and do you know this for a fact? The reason I ask is that the editors of Hemming’s could find no laws and believe it is just a common misconception.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Is it for real, though? Do the dogs smell Covid somehow?

  15. cozy cole Says:

    my 2020 Mazda3 has red dots on the bridgestone tires, but nothing on the rims.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    I doubt you could make a COE vehicle like the Econoline ever pass the crash tests today. There is zero crumple zone . My Dad had a 61 and your feet are against the front of the vehicle. The only thing separating you and the outside is 22 gauge steel.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 From the article linked in #10:

    “Most of the time, a wheel will also have a dot—either a drilled dot or a sticker to indicate its low point.”

    It might not be easy to see the drilled dots, with the wheels on the car, as they’d be on the inside of the wheels. I’ll have to see If I can find them on any of my wheels.

  18. ArtG Says:

    13. I’ve searched for this many times over the years and have never been able to find anything definitive. I think it’s an urban myth but if Sean can find anything, I’ll be happy to see it.

    I belong to a Lincoln LS owners’ club. The LS went out of production in 2006, and I know that members were unable to get certain (critical) parts before 10 years had elapsed. We were told it all depends on demand. OTOH, you can build a 1965 Mustang from scratch with aftermarket parts.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Maybe a Jaguar dealer could get some of the mechanical parts for the Lincoln LS.

  20. Louis Fourie Says:

    The idea of matching the high and low spots of tires and wheels is nothing new. The South African developed 1973 Chevrolet 3800 and 4100 had particularly sensitive steering, so adopted this solution almost half a century ago.

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    13&18 Having worked for suppliers most of my career I can say that we have always been required to maintain tools and provide parts for service at least 7 years after production as part of the original contract. Often times that service contract will get sold off to a smaller manufacturer to run the real low volume that’s required for service. What I am not sure about is if that applies to all parts. Also when a small shop goes under that was sub-contracted to make service parts getting the tools moved to another facility can be difficult and cause long delays.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I read the Hemmings article referenced by Fstfwrd in #13, and it sounds convincing that car companies are not required to have parts available for 10 years.

  23. Buzzerd Says:

    @12 I don’t know but sounds legit. A dogs nose is so much more sensitive than modern equipment. Ive seen stories of dogs that can detect cancer, there’s alert dogs for seizures, I personally have seen my dog dig up a dead mouse under 2 feet of snow in a field…. twice!

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 Could be. I’ve read that well trained dogs can be very good at detecting some kinds of cancer, especially lung cancer from one’s breath. Maybe the same would apply with covid. I read somewhere, though, that there are scams involving selling people dogs for 30 thousand dollars to detect things that they can’t really detect, like heart attacks before the victim can detect it themself. If dogs can detect covid quickly and accurately, though, that would be great, because the regular tests are not too quick, and not too accurate, especially in that they give a lot of false negatives.

  25. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    I own a 2019 Sonata and I always wondered why the dot is on the tire. Thanks Autoline for the info. I wonder if that dot is only on the Kumho tires or other brand tires.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 I recent bought some Continental tires with both red and yellow dots.

  27. Marshy Says:

    I recall back 90s and 00s our plant had the stickers on the tires and yes, our tire room matched and balanced with this in mind. (LH and LX)