AD #3106 – Amazon Interested in AV Trucking; Audi’s New Torque Splitter; Hyundai Venue Fits Cheap Car Mold

June 22nd, 2021 at 11:44am

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Runtime: 9:38

0:07 VW ID.4 China Sales Below Expectations
1:06 Amazon Interested in Autonomous Trucking
1:43 Toyota Teaches Robots to Recognize Clear Objects
2:58 Mercedes Improves Sprinter Buses
3:54 Ford Torture Tests New Electric Transit
4:26 Audi Develops New Rear Axle Torque Splitter
5:11 New Porsche Division Will Sell Race Cars in China
6:18 Nexteer Develops Drive-By-Wire System
7:08 Peugeot Introduces New 308 Wagon
7:38 Hyundai Venue Fits Cheap Car Mold

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10 Comments to “AD #3106 – Amazon Interested in AV Trucking; Audi’s New Torque Splitter; Hyundai Venue Fits Cheap Car Mold”

  1. MJB Says:

    That Hyundai Denim is not bad.

    Regarding a lack of smart tech features being responsible for poor sales of the VW ID.4 in China, while sales are hot in Europe and the U.S.; Could this be due to China’s early adoption rate of EVs (meaning that they are beyond that initial ‘novelty’ stage)? I could see where early adopters would have higher expectations of EV’s than consumers in other nations where EV’s have not been embraced by the masses. Over here, we’re happy to just no longer have to fill-up at a gas station – who cares if the thing can park itself…

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    1 Yeah! Isn’t the number one selling EV in China that no frills max 25 MPH tiny box thing? Sure that may not be in the same market as the ID.4 but I’m not sure that smart tech features are the cause for slow sales. However its in the same price range as a Model 3 and it does offer those features so maybe its a matter of getting more for the money. Without those features they certainly should be cheaper than the Tesla if they want to compete.

    Sean you say Toyota was able to teach its robots to recognize transparent objects but without any explanation. Was that because Toyota didn’t divulge how they accomplished this or just left out of the story? Curious if they had to use radar, lidar or some other means to detect clear objects or through some other type of sensor?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is there a bunch of ID.4s sitting at dealers, unsold in China? If so, they should probably export them, maybe even to the US. ID.4 outsold Mach-E in the US last month, but didn’t both sell as soon as they arrived at dealers? If ID.4 continues to sell after they are readily available, it could be because it looks more like a regular CUV than the Mach-E, a good thing for sales in the US market.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 The Wuling Mini EV goes much faster than 25 mph, more like 55-60, but yeah, it is tiny.

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo – Toyota did not go into specifics, but here’s a quote from the press release, “TRI roboticists developed a novel training method to perceive the 3D geometry of the scene while also detecting objects and surfaces.” Sounds a bit like Lidar.

  6. cwolf Says:

    The 308 Wagon: A lowered SUV with car tires

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 308 wagon looks nice. Unfortunately, there’s nothing like that in the US market.

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    Thanks for omitting the Tesla elephant in the sales room. I bumped my sell price -$100 confirming that Tesla had another blowout sales month. Omission of the market leader broadcast Tesla set a new record.

  9. Merv Peters Says:

    The mustang mach e is pricey,that could be why the slow sales. I built the one i wanted on the ford website,$89,OOO Canadian funds.

  10. Sean Wagner Says:

    Interesting news regarding the slow sales of the locally produced Chinese ID.4. So much for designing and marketing a world car. It seems they only have twelve dedicated outlets at the moment, growing to 100 at year’s end.

    Output has been adjusted, and in stark contrast to Europe, where VAG managers are now barred from buying their corporation’s EVs due to booming sales, it seems that in China, they’re being encouraged to do so.

    Incidentally, over here the Euro 2020 (sic) soccer tournament is the principal eagerly awaited international sports event, and VW has been heavily advertising their ID series.