AD #3219 – There’s Hope for the Chrysler Brand; Automakers Go to the Source for Chips; GM Opens 1st BrightDrop Dealer

December 8th, 2021 at 11:55am

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Runtime: 9:19

0:07 Chrysler Airflow Concept Showcases New Technology
1:00 Stellantis Will Improve Vehicle Character w/ OTAs
1:33 Chrysler Dips Into Its Past for Concept Name
2:35 Automakers Going Right to the Source for Chips
3:38 GM Opens 1st BrightDrop Dealership
4:11 Hyundai Announces EV Investment for India
4:30 Hyundai & Kia EV Ranges Revealed
5:07 Renault ZOE Earns 0-Star Crash Rating
6:12 Ford Makes Parts from Recycled Ocean Plastic
6:51 Ford Invests in Thailand
7:26 NEV Sales Soar in China

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21 Comments to “AD #3219 – There’s Hope for the Chrysler Brand; Automakers Go to the Source for Chips; GM Opens 1st BrightDrop Dealer”

  1. Lex Says:

    It is great that Ford is making an effort to clean out and recycle all those floating islands of plastic in our oceans!

    I would like for Ford to offer the Everest SUV in North America.

    What is the manufacturing cost differential for OEM’s to produce and maintain parts for both Left and Right drive vehicles? It would be much simpler if all vehicles and nations agreed on one or the other.

  2. Drew Says:

    @1 – Regarding harmonization of left and right hand drive markets, thank “ship” sailed over 100 years ago. Today, nearly all RHD markets are island nations. A few Caribbean nations have a mix of LHD and RHD vehicles on RHD roads. The locals can manage it, but tourists create havoc.

    As for the Ford Everest, I suspect it provides little incremental sales within Ford’s NA portfolio that already has plenty of overlapping CUVs and SUVs.

    Regarding Elon’s plea to eliminate EV subsidies, it is hypocritical… if not for the subsidies he relied upon to establish Tesla, but for his “altruistic” claim that he only created Tesla to stimulate the EV revolution and has no issue if it succumbs to competitive EVs.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Sweden switched in 1967, and it was apparent when I was there in 1996 that they used to drive on the left, from the geometry of on ramps that had become off ramps, etc. It made sense to switch, but would have been a major undertaking, even 50 years ago.

  4. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    OTA updates for payload capacity increases? You don’t increase payload with software. Payload increases need to match with the hardware such as axles, frames, brakes, suspension, body mount bushings etc… Those are not updated via software. So what Chrysler is really doing is throttling their engine performance and making the customer pay additional to “unlock” what is already there. What a stupid trend in the auto industry. I hope this idea fails and costs stellantis billions.

  5. John McElroy Says:

    #2. Drew, almost all the countries that drive on the left side are former British colonies. Japan drives on the left because a century ago it copied so many things that England did.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Yep, India, the 2nd most populous country on the planet drives on the left, along with Pakistan and others. There may not be much border crossing, like with China. I don’t know. Does anyone here know what border traffic is like there?

  7. Drew Says:

    John, yes, I am aware of the British colonial influence on RHD (a.k.a. Driving on the left side of the road). I recall ALD had an occasional educational segment. LHD v. RHD could be a great topic, including an explanation of how boats retained RHD.

  8. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2:”nearly all RHD markets are island nations”

    At least 2 billion people live in RHD countries which are not islands, many more than live in island RHD countries: India has 1.4 billion inhabitants, Pakistan 220 MM, southeastern Africa (from Kenya down to South Africa and Namibia 200 MM, and Nigeria 200 MM.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @6: there is little cross-border traffic since the Himalayan Mountains are hard to navigate :-)

  10. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2, 8: and then there is RHD non-island Thailand with 70 million inhabitants.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I, too, had wondered why most boats are RHD. It doesn’t make much difference either way, but there must be a reason.

    9 Yeah, I guess those Himalayas could reduce the amount of traffic.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    4 Could not agree with you more. Any manufacturer who is going to release a car with half capability and charge more to release its full capacity is teetering on unethical grounds. Even if they don’t go under I hope that enough hackers release work-arounds that disseminate those projected OTA update profits.
    They will quickly learn that consumers will jail break there car just like thousands of other software’s before them.
    Personally I would avoid a vehicle brand that does this for that reason alone.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    12 Their car sorry!

  14. cwolf Says:

    11) Boat consoles are on the right side as a result of early boats were oar driven. Not an or as we know it,…maybe better called a steering board. Since most people were right-handed, the oar was mounted on the right side near the stern.
    Another reason has to do with prop torque. The torque can lower the port side as much as 5 degrees. Now that’s moot due to trim tabs.
    Many boating rules and nomenclature has been derived from this simple event

  15. Wim van Acker Says:

    @14 Interesting, I had no idea about that.

    It is called “path dependence”. An interesting one is why the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters were limited in width to 4 feet 8.5 inches because of the width of the behinds of two horses during teh Roman Empire:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-feet-85-inches-space-shuttle-horses-ass-william-batch-batchelder/

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Interesting. I was thinking the prop torque could be part of why boats were RHD.

  17. Mike N. Says:

    There is something about Stellantis’ “software onslaught”. The subscriptions are designed to hook purchasers into subscribing to updates year after year after year, guaranteeing that the manufacturer will continue dipping into our pocket long after the original vehicle purchase. This is completely unacceptable, as I can imagine not one in a hundred FCA sales types mentioning that you’ll be paying for this car long after the payment book has been exhausted. This will NOT be a good surprise for buyers in the 73rd month of ownership!

  18. Sean Wagner Says:

    While it’s obviously significant that the Chrysler brand was selected to showcase some Stellantis technology, it’s equally evident that their last standout era was the 90s.

    It’s hard to imagine a more anodine look, both inside and out. Instantly forgettable

    Good to see Ford investing in its global footprint.

    Incidentally, concerning EVs in India, while electric two and three-wheelers are taking off there, their conventionally powered siblings are now seriously tanking.

    I don’t think we’re many years out from this effect being reproduced in the European and Chinese automotive markets. Sales of pure EVs were around 20% [!] in Germany and the UK last month.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    15 America has had as many as 20 different railroad widths in its history. Maybe somewhat related to Roman empire but more likely Wagon widths of England.
    A wider track would be safer and more stable but will likely never happen.
    https://www.truthorfiction.com/railwidth/

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    16 Found this interesting; Yes steering oar was placed on the right simply because most sailors were right-handed. Sailors began calling the right side the steering side, which soon became “starboard” by combining two Old English words: stéor (meaning “steer”) and bord (meaning “the side of a boat”).
    As the size of boats grew, so did the steering oar, making it much easier to tie a boat up to a dock on the side opposite the oar. This side became known as larboard, or “the loading side.” Over time, larboard—too easily confused with starboard—was replaced with port. After all, this was the side that faced the port, allowing supplies to be ported aboard by porters.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I learned the meanings of port and starboard when in the navy, but never knew the origon of the terms. Interesting.