AD 3146 – Ford Doubling F-150 Lightning Production; Unique Roundabout Reduces Crashes; Refreshed Subaru Forester

August 24th, 2021 at 11:46am

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Runtime: 8:31

0:07 Ford Doubling F-150 Lightning Production Target
0:46 Unique Roundabout Greatly Reduces Accidents
2:32 Indonesia Targets Polluting Motorcycles
3:19 Schaeffler Debuts Advanced Technology
4:27 Volkswagen Jetta Updated
6:06 Subaru Launching Refreshed Forester
6:50 Mazda Shakes Up Its JV in China
7:26 Stellantis & Foxconn Finalize Smart Cockpit JV

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23 Comments to “AD 3146 – Ford Doubling F-150 Lightning Production; Unique Roundabout Reduces Crashes; Refreshed Subaru Forester”

  1. MJB Says:

    I love roundabouts. We’ve had them in our area for about that past 16 or so years, with more added every couple of years. And, yes, it seems there will always be those who either don’t ‘get’ them, are intimidated by them, or just plain don’t like them. But there’s no doubt they keep traffic flowing nicely (except for when the occasional roundabout newbie goes creeping through at a snails pace, braking at every point in the circle to let other cars in because they don’t realize they themselves have the right of way).

  2. Jim Head Says:

    I love roundabouts. I find that my fellow Michigan drivers still have more trouble with 4-way and 3-ways stops than they do with roundabouts. Multi-lane roundabouts are a bit trickier, and we have a single-laner near Romeo that has an EXTREMELY small diameter, especially given that it is supposed to be a truck route.

  3. rick Says:

    can’t beat roundabouts, except the terra state community college roundabout in fremont ohio this is the poster child of when not to do a roundabout, shear lunacy.

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    About the electric F150, it is nice to see demand outstripping supply. Tesla has had that problem for years.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    A year ago, Ford was seen as being well behind GM in electrification. I think GM has a lot of good stuff coming in this arena, but Ford seems to have catapulted into the lead. The Mach-E is a hit and must be outselling the Bolt by now. The new Lightning will beat the Silverado to market and is priced and positioned to sell in much bigger volume. And the Maverick looks to be a hit while redefining what success looks like in the small pickup segment. Ford is giving Elon a lot more to think about right now than GM is.

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    I find the new Mazda partnership interesting. I bet there will come a day when Mazda and Changan disagree on a major new initiative, and FAW becomes the tie-breaker vote with their measly 5% ownership. I hope it works out for them. For their relatively tiny size, Mazda certainly adds a lot of interest to the automotive market in terms of engineering and styling.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I got used to roundabouts, going in the clockwise direction, when in the UK for a year while in the Navy. I like them. I’ve gone through the ones in Carmel, IN a number of times, but mostly on the main north-south street, Keystone Parkway, and you don’t even know they are roundabouts. Farther north, US31 has some other semi-roundabouts which actually took a little getting used to, since they are not “normal,” but they work ok.

  8. wmb Says:

    IMHO, the fact that Ford is having to up production of the Lightning, seems to suggest that more are opening up to BEVs and not just early adopters as some have said! It just seems that, if the product is good and the price is reachable and reasonably, even this new tech can find an audience.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    We’ll see if all of these no-commitment reservations for the Lightning actually turn into real sales. In any case, Ford seems best positioned to take advantage, if people actually want electric pickup trucks. Tesla will have the quirky thing electric truck market, but Ford will own the market for normal looking electric pickups, at least for a while. I don’t see how these upstarts have a chance.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Most of the people I see at R/C flying fields drive pickup trucks (though vans would work much better for them). Anyway, nearly all of these people would be able to charge an EV at home, and most rarely use their trucks for long trips. It will be interesting to see if some Lightnings start showing up.

  11. Bobby T Says:

    I like roundabouts too. Growing up in northern New Jersey, we had what must have been the mother of them all (we called them traffic circles back then) where the Franklin Turnpike crossed Route 17 in Ramsey. It’s long gone, replaced by an overpass, but I swear, you could have fit a football field in the middle. They’re a relative newcomer in Michigan, but they seem to work well except when the traffic is so heavy on one of the roads that the other one doesn’t get a break. Then you just have to be a little aggressive.

  12. Barry Rector Says:

    The city name is pronounced Carmel NOT Car-mel. We hear it all the time. It’s our way of telling the locals from the outsiders! LOL Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 This is a case where Americans have adopted British word usage. They were roundabouts in the UK 50 years ago when I was there, but traffic circles in the US. Now, they seem to be called roundabouts everywhere in the US too.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Yeah, it’s CAR-mole in Indiana, like Peru is Pee-Rue, and Chili Chie-Lie.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    I haven’t had to deal with many roundabouts , but when I went Detroit in 2003 I encountered something called the Michigan Left. It made sense but was very unnerving coming from somewhere that never had anything like it.

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The single lane roundabouts work quite well, the dual or multiple work but are somewhat more intimidating.

    I think Ford should get ready to expand their electric 150 but wait until demand proves itself; as Kit mentioned, they have reservations but aren’t locked in buyers. The BEV market is set to be quite full in the next couple vehicle cycles.

  17. Merv Peters Says:

    9 a good friend of mine was an early convert to the lightening,and got on the list early. He currently has a ice truck,which he never really uses to haul anything other than a few bicycles so for him,will probably work out well.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hopefully roundabouts are part of drivers education as I still encounter many people that stop before entering with no one around. and even stop within the circle when another car approaches. But still better than a 4-way stop where drivers also don’t know how to manage who has the right-a-way.

    Even Ford seems a bit hesitant on 120K reservations, upping production only to 80K when the second gen will be out a year later with 160K capacity. What I think it really shows, is although there is decent interest, That interest may be limited and not sustainable. Will orders keep coming in or will they die off once they fill 120K?


    18) I have a reservation for a lightning but I probably will not use it. After I got on the configurator and specified it the way I wanted to basically match what I had in ICE form, the lightning was $10,000 more expensive, had less range and huge recharge times. I could not use it to tow on trips because I would be charging too frequently. It is a no go for me. Not too sure how many current reservation holders have done the math or if they are letting the buzz of the truck still cloud the financial reality of the lightning.

  20. Bobby T Says:

    #14, Yeah I guess there are odd local pronunciations everywhere. Here in Michigan we say MY-lan for Milan and sa-LEEN for Saline,even though its name is a reference to salt wells that used to be there. I got into a friendly argument with a relative a few years ago over Mackinac vs Mackinaw. We pronounce both of them as Mackinaw. He pointed out that no one drives a “Cadillaw “

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Interesting that you mention “MY-lan” Michigan. I don’t know if you are familiar with it, but the film “Hoosiers” is loosely based on small town Milan, pronounced MY-lun Indiana high school winning the state basketball tournament in 1954. I was only 8 years old, but remember hearing about it as a big thing when it happened.

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 I imagine many people do not do the math or really think about how differently owning a EV will be from a ICE. Which is why 18-20% of EV owners switch back to an ICE after owning a EV.

    Having a home charger is key and people are told they can charge using 120V in any garage outlet and sure they can, but not at the short recharge times that manufacturers advertise using a 240V fast charger.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 You get about 4 miles per hour of charging with a standard 120v outlet. That would work for a lot of commuters, but would be very limiting.