April 6th, 2012 at 12:00pm
Ford and Peugeot-Citroen are ending their partnership for building larger diesel engines. Nissan just announced a new automotive communication system called NissanConnect that will debut on the 2013 Altima. Ferdinand A. Porsche, designer of the iconic 911 sportscar and grandson of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, has passed away. All that and more, plus John McElroy has the latest reveals from the New York Auto Show.
I’m back! Michelle Krebs here from Edmunds.com. Yessir, I survived the New York Auto Show – TWO whole days in Manhattan. I hope John’s fared as well. He’s been running around all week! Anyway, this is Autoline Daily for Friday, yes, FRIDAY the 6th of April, 2012. And we’ve got a big ole’ bucket of news so let’s get rollin’.
FORD & PSA’S DIESEL DIVORCE
Ford and Peugeot-Citroen are ending their partnership for building larger diesel engines. The two have collaborated on diesels for the past 12 years, but now say they will independently develop and build diesel engines larger than 2.0-liters. The decision will not have an impact on current production. According to Bloomberg, Peugeot says the move is NOT related to its new partnership with General Motors. Yeah, like we believe that!
Electric vehicles don’t make much noise when moving, and that poses a danger for pedestrians, especially those that are visually or hearing-impaired. That’s why automakers are working on simulating engine noises in EVs in order to make them safer. Audi just developed what it calls e-Sound for its future electrics. Acoustic engineers created a sound that’s similar to a combustion engine. It plays through a loudspeaker attached underneath the car. The company is currently showcasing e-Sound on an electric version of the R8 but says every EV model will have its own unique sound.
KISS-U TISSUE TUBE
Here’s a clever accessory for your car. Called the Kiss-u Tissue Tube, it’s a tissue box designed to fit in your cup holder. According to the Detroit News, it was created by Amy Davis as part of a school assignment to make and market a product. The stay-at-home mom, who went back to school for her MBA, was inspired to make the tissue box after a couple of close calls when leaning over to get tissues from the passenger seat. Her invention is being test marketed in some Walgreen’s stores and will likely be available nationwide later in the year. You can buy it online right now for just under $8.
AUTOLINE THIS WEEK
Again, it’s Friday, which means it’s time for another episode of Autoline This Week. Joining John for the show are two journalist colleagues – Steve Finlay of WardsAuto Dealer Business and Ed Lapham from Automotive News. His special guest is Jeremy Anwyl, the Vice Chairman of Edmunds.com. Go team! In the following teaser, Jeremy talks about what new-vehicle shoppers expect from dealers and how that’s drastically different from the level of service that’s actually delivered.
(Today’s preview of Autoline This Week is only available in the video version of the program.)
As always, you can watch this entire episode of Autoline This week at, where else, Autoline.tv. If you’re on the go and YouTube is a better option, you can view it there as well, along with the rest of our content. Just search for “Autoline.”
Speaking of “other content,” make sure you check out tonight’s episode of RoundAbout. Among other things, the crew will be hitting the highlights from the New York Auto Show. MissMotorMouth Michelle Naranjo and Autopacific analyst Dave Sullivan are the guests du jour. And a quick note, the show will be starting an hour later than usual, so check it out around 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Autoline.tv.
Advanced infotainment systems are practically mandatory in today’s vehicles. As smartphones and other high-tech devices become mainstream, drivers expect more connectivity in their rides. Keeping up with the Fords, Toyotas and Cadillacs, Nissan/Infiniti just announced a new automotive communication system called NissanConnect. Google, Pandora Radio and Intel are partners on this project. NissanConnect will debut on the 2013 Altima, which should start arriving at dealerships this July.
FERDINAND A. PORSCHE PASSES AWAY
Ferdinand A. Porsche, designer of the iconic 911 sportscar, has passed away in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76 years old. The news came out in an official company release, and so far no cause of death has been given. Often known as F.A. or “Butzi,” his childhood nickname, he was the grandson of company founder Ferdinand Porsche. He started working for the firm way back in 1958. His legacy will be felt for years to come because the 911 is a performance benchmark for sports-car builders around the world.
In happier news, we’ll wrap-up the 2012 New York Auto Show. Stay tuned . . .
NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
Boy, this year’s New York Auto Show is HUGE! I think there have been more significant reveals in Manhattan than there were in Detroit! With the latest update from the show, here’s John.
(Today’s feature is only available in the video version of the program.)
Well, with that, I think you know what time it is. That’s right; we’ve come to the conclusion of another episode of Autoline Daily — another week, in fact. I’m Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com. Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you around!