September 28th, 2012 at 11:40am
Tire prices are expected to drop in the U.S. after a tariff placed on Chinese tire makers expired earlier in the week. Bosch predicts that half of all new cars in the U.S. will be equipped with stop/start technology within four years. John takes a look at the Audi Q3 with Audi of America’s President, Scott Keogh. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with Don Butler the Vice President of Marketing at Cadillac.
Everybody’s working for the weekend, and it’s nearly upon us! It’s Friday, September 28, 2012. Welcome to another installment of Autoline Daily. I’m Murray Feldman from FOX 2 News Detroit. Here’s what’s happening in the world of cars.
TIRE PRICES EXPECTED TO DROP
Tire prices are expected to drop in the U.S. A few years back the Obama Administration placed tariffs on imported tires from China, after companies were accused of dumping them in the country. But the penalty expired earlier in the week and now Bloomberg reports Chinese tire makers are expected to boost exports to the U.S. Tire prices have gone up as much as 15 percent because of the tariffs.
BOSCH BULLISH ON STOP/START
Stop/Start technology is another mile marker on the road to higher efficiency. It’s a relatively simple way to boost economy – kill the engine when the vehicle is stopped. Right now it’s only available on about 5 percent of vehicles in the U.S., but the folks at Bosch are predicting big growth. They estimate it will be on 50 percent of new vehicles within four years! 50 percent! Additionally, they’re working on an advanced version of the system that shuts the engine off sooner, while a vehicle is coasting, to save even more fuel. That could DOUBLE the efficiency gains of stop/start, pushing it from around 8 percent to 15 percent!
The Paris Motor Show is in full swing and John is in the thick of it. With a look at one of the newest products revealed, here he is.
Boy, Audi just keeps filling out its vehicle lineup. They have every segment covered. Speaking of Paris, if you missed our LIVE coverage of the event yesterday you can watch the recorded version at your convenience. Just swing by Autoline.tv for this program and many, many more.
DAIMLER & NISSAN EXPAND PARTNERSHIP
Daimler and Renault-Nissan announced they will expand their partnership. The two companies will develop a family of 4-cylinder direct-injected turbocharged gasoline engines, which will be jointly manufactured and debut in 2016. Nissan will also license automatic transmission technology from Daimler which will be built by Nissan’s subsidiary Jatco.
CHRYSLER ADAPTS UCONNECT FOR POLICE
Chrysler is adapting its U-connect technology for police cars. Law enforcement vehicles are cluttered with computers, keyboards and additional displays. So to free up space, Chrysler and Continental Engineering Services, enlarged U-connect’s 8.4 inch screen to 12.1 inches and gave it the capability to display data, graphics and video specific to police use. The system will be put to use in three Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles. One will be used for testing by Chrysler and the other two will be used by the Los Angeles Police Department for real-world tests.
Up next, Cadillac is the focus of Autoline This Week. Find out what’s going on at GM’s luxury division after the break.
AUTOLINE THIS WEEK
The ol’ wreath and crest brand is the topic on Autoline This Week. John McElroy sits down with Don Butler, Cadillac’s vice president of marketing to talk about anything and everything luxury. His panel of experts includes ace-analyst Aaron Bragman of IHS Automotive and Tim Higgins from Bloomberg News. In the following bite Don talks about the brand’s lineup and hints at possible future models.
Don Butler mentioned “gaps” in the lineup. Could he be hinting at a rear-wheel-drive flagship model for Cadillac? Let’s hope so, that’s a segment the brand hasn’t served properly for decades. As always, if you want the full story you can watch this entire episode of Autoline This Week at Autoline.tv.
And one more thing before I sign off. Don’t miss tonight’s LIVE broadcast of RoundAbout. The show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Autoline.tv. The crew will be recapping the Paris Motor Show by trying to cover as many new vehicles they can in the time allotted. It’ll be a lot of fun so check it out.
And with that we’re done for today and this week. Again, I’m Murray Feldman, FOX 2 News, Detroit. Thank you for watching…and let’s see if John gets back here by Monday…or if he decides to rip Paris apart after the motor show. Have a good weekend.