AD #3192 – Ford Reports Q3 Earnings; New IIHS Side Crash Test; Cool New Headlight Technology

October 28th, 2021 at 11:43am

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Runtime: 10:28

0:07 Ford Reports Q3 Earnings
1:05 IIHS Introduces New Side Crash Test
3:52 Rivian Van Details
4:33 Honda Racing Into SEMA
5:54 Cool Tech from Hyundai Mobis
7:53 Kia Reveals U.S. Sportage
9:46 VW Offers Pumpkin Carving Template

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19 Comments to “AD #3192 – Ford Reports Q3 Earnings; New IIHS Side Crash Test; Cool New Headlight Technology”

  1. Ed Says:

    Ford profit.. good to be a family member

  2. Kevin A Says:

    … Ford family owns 2% of Ford, even though they have 40% voting rights

  3. Rey Says:

    Ford and GM dreams of having net profits of Tesla @11+%, this is despite Tesla having run out of US federal $7,500 tax grants that Ford is still able to access.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’ve seen the Mobis E-corner idea before (not sure on what) and its always on people mover (under 25mph) vehicles. Which is kind of silly as most people movers don’t need to parallel park making the 180 deg rotation un-necessary. I suppose the maneuverability is nice but I wonder if they can do this with something that can not only maneuver in the city but drive on the Hwy.

  5. Merv Peters Says:

    Civic si race car,seam sealer delete. Reducing weight to the extreme. Lighter equals faster.

  6. Wim van Acker Says:

    @3 with the low profit margins during good times I am wondering how Ford and GM will fare if and when the going gets tough in future.

    The chips “shortage” may be used as an excuse, but imho that is a self-inflicted wound: if they would not have canceled contracts with their chips suppliers the supply would have remained intact. The modus operandi has been for years to pass any losses from decreasing vehicle demand to the suppliers, and when you produce wheels, tires, interiors, etc. there is not much else you can do but accept it. The chips suppliers turned out to have alternative customers who had increasing demand for their products and therefore for chips.

  7. Drew Says:

    I suspect Ford’s relatively lower net profit (despite higher revenue) is a function of 3 things – write downs for the cessation of operations/partnerships in South America and India… ongoing relatively higher material cost for aluminum-bodied full-size pickups (~$500-1000)… and product launches (e.g., Maverick initial launch and Bronco customer satisfaction compensation for hard roof delays).

    Nevertheless, I agree with Wim (#6).

  8. Rey Says:

    #6 wim, Tesla is a Software focused company making mostly cars for now, but they have next generation chips and electronic hardware in each of their cars, legacy auto are still relying on 80s chip technology, notice some of the Chinese auto companies are not having production problems,X Peng for one. And they haven’t even focused on North American markets.
    Heaven help us if all the US Govt can do is to exclude Tesla from BEV incentives because they are not Unionized,and the the States won’t reform laws keeping Tesla from having their own dealer network as they wish.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @8: I am with you, that would just delay the demise but not create competitive thriving companies.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The wipers on my C8 got a good workout today, with hard rain for about 2 hours north and south of Jacksonvilke. The “all season” tires they now use as standard work well in hard rain, at least regarding hydroplaning. I didn’t test the wet cornering traction. It’s a gas hog, though, compared to the C7 I had. The C7 got 29+ for the same trip, but I got only 26.7 with the C8. The rain would have hurt a little, and I think I drove faster this trip.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Tomorrow, I see if the Tesla repair shop near me in Florida now sells cars.

  12. rick Says:

    ford reports its q3 earnings, someone obviously knows more than we do? according to bloomberg ford rally trounces rivals with shares set to double in 2021.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 For now, it looks like Ford’s decision to quit making cars is paying off. Time will tell how it does long term.

  14. ChuckGrenci Says:

    10, Kit; maybe a little faster pace, along with an engine not yet broken in, the rain and I’m pretty sure you were fighting a head wind. Just some speculation on my part.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 It definitely wasn’t “broken in,” to the extend that matters, with only ~70 miles at the start of the trip. Still, the mileage was pretty good, better than my ~100 hp manual transmission slant six 1974 Plymouth Duster got at about 60 mph on the highway. The Duster probably would have gotten under 20 mpg at the speed I was going in the ‘vette.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    15 Kit how is the level of comfort of your new Vette compared to the C7? I kind of expect it to be a bit louder with the engine right behind you but as far as seats and ergonomics of the various controls. I think I read somewhere that the rear window glass is like twice as thick as normal to help with sound.

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    10 I’m sure your well aware but hopefully you didn’t use the cruise control much keeping that engine at the same rpm for long periods of time during the break-in period. For the first 500 miles you should be running through the rpm range and not hold a consistent rpm long.

    Although when I ran engine dyno we would take new engines, and break in depended on type of engine. Flat-tappet cams require a separate break-in procedure, before breaking in the engine. Where the rings need cylinder pressure and load to properly break-in, flat-tappet cams require elevated RPM with no load prior to engine break-in. Its all automated but we rarely held the same RPM for more than 20-25 minutes. Then a good oil change after break in and the engine will produce more power if broke in properly.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 If anything, the C8 is quieter on the highway. At steady speed, you don’t hear the engine, except on very “quiet” roads. Both the C8 and C7 (and Porsche Cayman) have substantial road noise on noisy pavement.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think the vertical glass between the engine and cabin is very thick. The Cayman, with sheet metal and carpet between the engine and cabin has more engine noise at idle and light load than the C8 with mostly glass and plastic.