AD #3144 – Hyundai Reveals New Elantra N; Tesla Shows Off Humanoid Robot; Ford Performance Plans Electric Crate Motor

August 20th, 2021 at 11:57am

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Runtime: 11:14

0:08 GM Mexico Workers Reject Union
1:05 Hagerty Is Going Public
1:46 Tesla Shows Off Humanoid Robot
3:50 Hyundai Reveals New Elantra N
5:23 Dodge Won’t Ditch Engines Right Away
6:18 Ford Performance Coming Out with Electric Crate Motor
6:46 Mustang & Mach-E Get All-White Appearance Package
7:56 BMW Offering More Paint Colors to Customers
9:07 GM Bringing 5G To Its Lineup
9:36 Australian Mystery Car Revealed

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21 Comments to “AD #3144 – Hyundai Reveals New Elantra N; Tesla Shows Off Humanoid Robot; Ford Performance Plans Electric Crate Motor”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    While I agree Mexican auto workers are probably being underpaid, the argument that they are building 50,000 dollar vehicles doesn’t hold much water; if they were building 100 toaster/ovens their wages should be higher.

    That Hyundai’s front end doesn’t do anything for me; why even try to appear spindle-like (Lexus), uh!

  2. cwolf Says:

    Great call for those who were able to name the mystery car. I’m not sure these types of vehicles should be included in the “Barn Find”, but it only goes to prove even kit cars cannot escape Autoline Nuts like us.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    An assembly job is an assembly job, and not saying its an easy job, but it has no bearing on what they are assembling. So if they are running a machine that stamps parts for a 45 Million dollar aircraft or running a machine that rolls toilet paper they may and should pay the same amount. Oh and next time the government shuts everything down again which job is more important to you?

    Point being it doesn’t matter if they are assembling 70K trucks or 8K golf carts and shouldn’t be used a reason to request a raise.
    Being underpaid and below the average earning for similar jobs in the same area is a very good reason. They go for too big of raise and automation becomes a more cost effective option. Negotiate their way right out of a job. Look at the fast food workers being replaced with kiosks.

  4. Kevin A Says:

    So what exactly do they do with the purged paint? Do they save it to mix into grey paint? A local recycling company in my area accepts partial cans of paint of any color, sorts by type, mixes and uses the resulting grey paint to paint their tanks and buildings.

  5. Roger Says:

    Just say NO to electric vehicles. The auto industry will be in a world of hurt if they keep pushing for something consumers obviously do not want based on the pitiful sales of EV’s.

  6. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    As far as the Elantra N is concerned, I really wish we got the I30 N (AKA Elantra GT) as it lends itself well to the N persona, better than the standard Elantra in my opinion.

  7. XA351GT Says:

    Instead of ruining the economy of other countries by throwing them into inflation. If Mexican workers make $115 @ week and US UAW workers make 1015 @ week ( 2020 National Average)which is 10 times higher that Mexican workers building the same vehicle The simple solution would be to tell auto companies that if they are saving 90% in wages over having it built in the US then the price of the vehicle when it enters the US from mexico must reflect that and now that $50,000 truck costs the consumer $5,000. that would get their attention that if they want to charge those prices then they better have it built here. tariffs wouldn’t work as they’d just pass those costs oto the consumer and make the vehicle even more expensive then it already is. I know what I explained is simplistic and many other factors go in but I hope you get the idea.

  8. XA351GT Says:

    Lambo that is what I said yesterday I agree you wage yourself into being obselete.

  9. Bob White Says:

    Mexican workers should have wage parity with the US. They’re just as good as American workers. BMW pays exactly the same wages, which is $2.87 per hour to build their overpriced 3 series in Mexico. Chinese wages are now significantly above this level.

    Worker abuse must come to an end.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Bob, being as good as US workers again has nothing to do with it. If the pay is too low then how is GM able to keep workers there? Obviously people are willing to work there at that rate.
    Its like me trying to rent a single bedroom apartment in Ohio for $2500 a month. when everything else is about $800. Why? because that’s what they get in California or NY.
    Cant just say well there should be some parity there the apartments are identical and offer the same things. Its what the market will bear and as long as workers are willing to work for that wage its unlikely to go up. Especially when and if they walk off there is 100 more waiting to take the position. They should organize their own union and hopefully they can negotiate for a better than fair wage. But this comparing it to the US is like comparing apples and oranges.

  11. cwolf Says:

    Wages are just a fraction of a contract.
    The Mexican workers are making it clear to have the right to representation of their choosing and not one under the thumb of the manufacturer.
    It really doesn’t matter how anyone of us thinks or feels. It are the workers choices and decisions to agree upon a contract and to have representation of their own choosing.
    Full time employment, some kind of health care, fair working conditions and wages is not too much to expect from any large employer, like GM. Actually, it should be a expected “normal” from both sides of the aisle.

  12. Merv Peters Says:

    I’m happy to pay extra for a nicer or low volume paint color. For me,totally worth it.

  13. cwolf Says:

    The USMCA is a step in the right direction, except for those believing the current auto labor wage in Mexico is somehow justified or that all machine operators should be paid the same wage. Such foolish nonsense!
    Once the USMCA takes hold, the agreement states 40-45 % of the content made by Mexican workers will be paid $16/hour. Using the $115/wk wage (stated), those workers will then experience about a 5 fold increasse of $640/wk.
    One can only assume skilled workers will earn even more.
    As the agreement is written, I expect there will be little cuase for concern of inflation, given the time frame for adjustments to the economy. Over time, it will be for the better for both our countries.

  14. Drew Says:

    @7 – Assembly labor represents less than 5% of the total variable cost of a vehicle. Assuming all of the Mexican labor saving is passed to the new vehicle buyer, the price savings might be $100-200 (recognizing tooling, engineering, S&A, and other fixed costs must be recaptured, too).

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Porsche has offered custom colors on some models for about $8K, as I remember. If you are spending $100K+ for a 911, ehat’s another $8K for the color you really want? The people I know who have done it got “legacy” colors used on 356s and early 911s.

  16. Ziggy Says:

    Wow, not a mention of the biggest car happening in our country, the Woodward Dream Cruise, this Saturday on Woodward Avenue in southeast Michigan, you guys are really slipping, I remember when John used to do live reports from the Cruise. What is going on at ALD these days that you could miss an opportunity to give a little love to such a big auto enthusiast event like the Cruise?

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 I just learned something after googling Woodward Dream Cruise. It’s in Ferndale, which I’d never heard of.

  18. Rey Says:

    GM recalling all the Bolts and EUVs as of late Fri, guess LG has to give some cash back,maybe 70% of $1.8 billion?

  19. Mark Says:

    USMCA = Trump was right — again

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    16 Yea I even sent an email to Sean early last week, asking if they would be covering the event. Thought for sure we would see something about it and maybe a short clip of some of the cars. Big weekend in Michigan for auto fans. In addition to the cruise the NASCAR race was at MIS this weekend too.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Maybe there will be a clip on today’s show.