AD #3169 – Mustang Mach-E Passes Police Tests; Tesla Updates Autopilot; Nissan Reveals New Van for Europe

September 27th, 2021 at 11:51am

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Runtime: 9:32

0:08 Polestar Plans to Go Public Through SPAC
0:59 Geely Jumps into Battery Swapping
1:44 Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Sets Monthly Sales Record
2:56 Nissan Reveals New Van for Europe
4:05 Chip Shortage Not Disrupting Tesla’s China Production
4:34 Tesla Breaks Ground on New “Megafactory”
4:57 Tesla Updates Autopilot
6:16 Continental Sees Opportunity with Centralized Computing
7:30 Police Give Mustang Mach-E the Thumbs Up
8:18 Toyota Reveals New NASCAR Tundra Pro

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24 Comments to “AD #3169 – Mustang Mach-E Passes Police Tests; Tesla Updates Autopilot; Nissan Reveals New Van for Europe”

  1. cwolf Says:

    My wife inherited her fathers Ford Escape after he passed and now it needs to have one of the modules replaced. This module controls the backup camera and rear and side sensors.
    The cost you ask?; How about $1700 !!!

    When I was told the cost of repair, I thought she was driving a BMW or an Audi… not a Ford.

  2. Rey Says:

    Ford exec ,makes fun of Tesla glass roof coming off, saying theirs are built better, then they have to do Mustang Mach E recalls by the thousands , dont throw stones when your glass roofs go broken too.
    Tesla Megafactory will assemble MegaPacks with CATL LFP cells for Stationary Storage,to ease demand charges and stabilize the Utility Grid and help get rid of Gas Peaker Plants and with AI Sotfware make Tesla money, Tesla is more than an Auto Co.,
    Today TSLA @$790 up almost 20% gained the market cap of F , yes Ford, It is what Tesla it can go up or down but is staying were it is , above $700, the most valuable company making autos. Chip shortage can impact Tesla operations a little , but they work around it as they dont rely on Very Old Technology, unlike legacy auto that uses decades old Dinosaur stuff.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Is most of that $1700 the part, or do they have to take the car half apart to change it? The module should be available from junk yards, unless it is a common failure, resulting in high demand for used parts.

  4. Kevin A Says:

    Any idea on the price of the new Nissan van? I like the bus version as a ‘mini’-er minivan, but the price of the Ford Transit Connect version has put me off in the past.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    End of October at Indy could include snow. I wonder if the autonomus race will still go if there is rain or snow?
    Seems like a cool challenge from a science and technology aspect but I don’t imagine there will be much interest from spectators.

  6. Rey Says:

    Geely has many divisions:
    Volvo auto- by itself and mostly left to do as it wishes
    Lotus- sports and supercars
    ProtonHoldings – Malaysian based auto
    Benelli- Motorcycles and Scooters
    Terafugia -Flying car drone
    ZEEKR – upscale BEV Zeekr 001 looks almost like a Toyota Vensa wagon, but is fully electric, new factory is complete, w/ 300,000 annual unit capacity, 0-60 3.5 sec.
    Lynk Co- car subscription model ,one shares the car almost like Timeshare , I think Netherlands 500€/ month, all in, Insurance and maintenance is included, owner just pays for gas, car is 3cyl hybrid with big battery.
    Geely Holdings also owns 9% of Daimler

  7. cwolf Says:

    Kit, I haven’t seen the break down of the estimate. At that price, I thought it best to shop around for another estimate. I’ll let you know.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    1 So what your saying is you don’t have side sensors or backup camera. On Amazon you can get an aftermarket backup camera and screen for $129 and side sensors for $299. Seems maybe Ford is gouging a bit, but maybe like Kit said it could be where its located.

  9. wmb Says:

    @ #1 & 7.) I wouldn’t be surprised if at lot of that cost is for labor.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Vans like Transit Connect and Promaster City aren’t much less expensive than Chrysler Voyager, the “base” Pacifica that replaced the Caravan. Probably the new, smaller Nissan will be $25-27K like the others.

  11. Bob Wilson Says:

    BTW, Tesla released the Full Self Driving button late last week. Once you select it, the Tesla insurance scanner begins rating your driving habits and gives a score, mine is 93.

    I was dinged for “Hard Braking” and “Aggressive Turning.” Hard braking from someone cutting into my following gap and the other, a STOP sign at the bottom of a grade. As for aggressive turning, a low center of gravity makes it so easy. Sad to say, there is no immediate feedback on the dings.

  12. Wim van Acker Says:

    @TESLA: great to see them continuing to increase production and their diverse business based on great ideas realized. Amazing job by the visionary behind it and management that makes it all happen. What a success story based on products that are relevant for society.

  13. ArtG Says:

    1 If it was a BMW or Audi, the cost would be at least double that.


    1) Many ford escape owners complain that they get quotes to replace the BCM due to similar faults and at a hefty expense. Turns out that it could be something simple. Most report that their battery cables(particularly the negative side) are either loose or corroded. Simply cleaning and tightening the connection solved the concern. In some cases the battery required replacement due to low voltage. Check all that first before going further down the road.

    Of course going to an independent shop and using used parts will bring the cost down dramatically if you must replace the BCM.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    I saw a report that Tesla has most functions in their central computers, a primary and backup. This minimizes the number of microprocessors and makes over-the-air updates easier.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 That’s why I’m not a big fan of those driving monitor systems. That’s someone’s idea of good driving and like you said. Braking to regain a gap from the driver ahead is actually preventative and should be considered better than tailgating. So you got dinged for something that was a good maneuver.
    I’ll take someone being a bit aggressive braking and turning over someone on their phone any day.
    Just not a fan of having my driving style monitored. How about the fact I haven’t been in an accident in 38 years other than when I was sitting stopped at a light and got rear ended by a drunk driver.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11,16. I’d get dinged frequently for turning aggressively, but rarely for braking aggressively.

  18. cwolf Says:

    14). I did have a weak battery and replaced it, thus cleaned the terminals. As of now, I can buy a BCM on the net for about $800 , but was told programing was needed and not sure, at this time, if the independent I use can do this. I will certainly check if this is true.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1,14,18 I’d be inclined to do without the stuff, if the vehicle runs and drives ok. Of course, the camera and safety stuff is part of what makes newer vehicles better than old ones.

  20. JoeS Says:

    19 I too, would say I’d do without. BUT, I have come to depend on that backup camera. I would not really want a daily driver without it. A sad commentary on my growing dependence on technology.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Yeah, I’ve gotten kind of used to the backup camera too.

  22. Sean Wagner Says:

    Another vote for backup cameras here. Especially nice with virtual “tracks”, I confess.

    2 Rey – Ford over-the-air updates. Check.

    11 Bob – Aggressive turning (where it’s sensible) is what fun in a car is all about to me.

    Also, the diminutive WuLing HongGuan is getting a slightly more substantial but far more capable sibling. Still at a great price.

    When will the first Chinese copies of the Swiss Microlino come out, I wonder? Sometimes they beat the originals to market.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    21 Id say I can do without the back up sensors and side sensors as I have them turned off most of the time. Have to turn the rear ones off anytime I’m towing anyway.
    The camera is a really nice feature tho. I like being able to align to my trailer in one single backup. Unless I need to adjust height. But that view is so helpful in so many cases where the sensors I don’t care for.

  24. cwolf Says: