AD #1471 – 2015 Honda CR-V, GM to Cut Platforms, Nissan Reveals New Pulsar Hatchback

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:27

- 2015 Honda CR-V First Impressions
- GM to Cut Platforms
- Daimler & Renault-Nissan Expand Partnership
- Nissan Returns to C-Segment in Europe
- The Arsenal of Democracy

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32 Comments to “AD #1471 – 2015 Honda CR-V, GM to Cut Platforms, Nissan Reveals New Pulsar Hatchback”

  1. Bradley Says:

    My first car was a 10 year old 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX with 105k miles. I really enjoyed it (who doesn’t enjoy their first car).

    I sold it with 180k on it four years later. The car did give me a lot of issues at first.

    The previous owner drove it on a lot of gravel roads. Therefore all the vacuum lines were rotted from the dust build up. The computer controlled carburetor wouldn’t hold a cold idle as all the solenoids had failed.

    Eventually, I wrote a letter to an executive at Nissan in Japan complaining about this issue. I received a letter back that instructed me to take the car to a dealer. The dealer previously quoted me $1200 to fix the issue. They fixed the issue for minimal cost to me.

  2. Ziggy Says:

    I thought for sure the guy was going to say that he was paid $666.66 because the government was still pissed at him and wanted to pay him a devil’s salary! Interesting stuff.

  3. Mike Says:

    IMHO, one of the most underreported parts of the Detroit in WWII story is the politics of the time, at the time. Willow Run was developed in the midst of numerous Congressional Investigations. It was a very contentious deal. They didn’t call it “Will it Run?” for no good reason. Lets also not forget the race riots over allegations of unfair treatment, long hours and low wages. It is really poor history to forget all of the bad things that did happen.

  4. Mike Says:

    Bradley,

    Not sure what really happened to your Nissan. Vacuum hoses are generally made of EPDM or neoprene like synthetic materials. Dust cannot make them rot. Oil can deteriorate some materials and that may be what you are referring to. I’m glad they fixed it for you; it puts you in position to tell a story about what it really means to treat a customer “right”.

  5. Jon M Says:

    Lane Keep Assist. Now there is a completely unnecessary piece of safety technology; unnecessary because if you need it, then you absolutely DO NOT belong behind the wheel. If you need Lane Keep Assist because you’re momentarily distracted, pull over and take care of whatever you need. If you need it because you’re too busy with other things, let someone else drive. If you need it because you’re incapable of staying in your lane, do us all a favor and turn in your license. If you need it because you’re inebriated, call a cab or get a DD. If you need it because you’re too sleepy, go to bed or let someone else drive. Safety features that equip responsible drivers to avoid a collision or protect anyone in the event of a collision are fine. Features that might be a convenience to good drivers but enable incompetent and/or irresponsible drivers serve little to no good purpose.

  6. Bradley Says:

    #4

    Yea, I don’t know for sure what the hoses were made from. All of them rotted from the top down, I remember the rubber hoses being more foam like than rubber.

  7. pedro fernandez Says:

    #5 those are the same drivers who cannot wait for autonomous cars to come and crash into everything they that crosses their path, hopefully by then, I’ll be unable to drive anymore.

  8. HtG Says:

    5 I’d say a low level of ability is widespread. There’s also crosswinds to consider; think about a tall sided SUV crossing a long, high bridge. I read a lot about how it’s drivers that are the biggest safety risk today.

    And then there are the wicked like me. Today I intentionally balked a Land Rover that failed to observe a yield sign. Didn’t cause danger, but sent a message. The driver waived at me, I’m sure in gratitude.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My father was in his 30′s during WW II, and said that Lindbergh, and especially old Henry came off almost as Nazi sympathizers in the late 30′s. Of course, that changed after Pearl Harbor.

    My ’81 Citation was built at Willow Run. The complex had quite a history, with Kaiser making cars there before GM moved transmission production there after the Hydromatic fire. I think Corvairs were assembled at Willow Run Assembly.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #5,Jon: Your right on the money.

  11. HtG Says:

    9 In histories by and about Eisenhower, I’ve read how the US and allied strategy was to wreck the industrial capacity of Germany by bombing and encircling the Ruhr valley. When Ike was a young officer still studying, industrial warfare was what they were preparing for.

    Nope, Kit, I will not start busting on Henry Ford. The old devil

  12. GLE Says:

    Lest we forget about Patton using Dodge Brothers vehicles to chase down Pancho Villa in Mexico….I believe that was the 1st use of motorized vehicles by the military.

  13. Mike Says:

    Lindbergh was strongly in the isolationist camp and had been fooled by Goering into thinking, and then publicly stating the Luftwaffe was unbeatable. That said, he did greatly help by extending the range of the P-38. This directly contributed to the assassination of Admiral Yamamoto, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack. Lindbergh also shot down a Zero while in the role of a “civilian” advisor.

  14. jack878 Says:

    What a bunch of BS, that we could not win the war with Germany! I believe that statement was made but not for the reason mention. What Ford really was worried about was losing money. Not only did we win the war with Germany, we also won another war with Japan which had not even started at the time that comment was made.

  15. HtG Says:

    Lest we forget the Opel trucks and the Hollerith tabulating machines. You can look it up

    Getting ugly

  16. BobD Says:

    GM’s goal to get down to 4 platforms (truck, SUV, FWD car, RWD car) is wishful thinking on the part of management. How many times have we heard this over the past 30 years, yet GM still have 14 main platforms and dozens of variations. Unless GM is planning to abandon most of their current line and all of their niche cars like the Corvette, I suspect by 2025 that will still have a dozen platforms and lots of global variations. Talk is cheap, but trying to shoehorn lots of models onto on one platform ends up with so many compromises that all are terrible.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, GM should closely watch how VW’s experiment works out over the next few years. So far, the results are underwhelming, but it’s way too early to know.

  18. XA351GT Says:

    Kit @ #9 . I’m not surprised ,they say that Henry was quite the anti Semite .

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Henry even had his own anti-Semitic newspaper in the 20′s, the Dearborn Independent.

  20. HtG Says:

    The Ford family luvs this crap being churned up. We can also recall that Henry Ford II was a great friend of Israel during the 1973 war.

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/henry-ford-ii-and-the-jews-righting-a-wrong/

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20, Interesting story. I have a Jewish friend who still wouldn’t buy a Ford because of Old Henry, but Henry II was certainly a friend of Israel, and I’m sure today’s Ford is completely mainstream as far as diversity issues.

    I’m kind of down on Ford because of their crappy controls, and their EcoBoost engines, which could better be called EgoBoast, given that, in most applications, they perform worse and are thirstier than the better of the competitors’ non-turbos.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe it’s old news, but I just learned that Vettel was going to Ferrari and Alonso, probably, to Mclaren. I don’t see Ham or Rosberg quitting their teams just now.

  23. HtG Says:

    It came out last night. The fun now is wondering where Alonso will go. Ron Dennis revved up his Ron Speak Device today, and the mumbling is that after the race there may be an announcement. But I’m also paying attention to the typhoon; if windspeeds exceed the limit for the medivac helicopter there will be no race. Also, who knows what the contract between F1 and the Suzuka organizers says about paying for a cancelled race. Tens of millions on the line for F1.

    Yes, I like intrigue

  24. Chuck Grencic Says:

    Speculated on the Qualifying broadcast mentioned that if Hamilton and Rossberg can’t/don’t come to an understanding, M/B may split the two regardless of how they are performing. Well, they call it the ‘silly season’ for a reason and it never fails to produce (stupid stuff; for the lack of a better description). I keep checking the weather (tropical outlook) and it continues to be “too close to call”, as to whether the storm will be close enough to affect the race (or the city(s) itself/themselves, for that matter). Wishing good luck it steers more in the easterly direction (for all concerned in the area).

  25. HtG Says:

    Think about a tidal surge in Tokyo Bay, Chuck.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Even if they run the race, teams will have lots of fun packing and flying out, if they will be able to fly out without fully experiencing the storm first.

  27. HtG Says:

    Chuck, did J Bianchi go under the crane? Terrible

    People may start asking questions about Charlie Whiting

  28. HtG Says:

    Telegraph article in Bianchi

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/11141697/Jules-Bianchi-taken-unconscious-to-hospital-after-crash-at-Japanese-Grand-Prix.html

    So much wrong

  29. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Htg:
    I couldn’t/didn’t stay up for the race. I will catch the re-broadcast at 2:30 today.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From a couple articles I read, he hit a tractor that was clearing Sutil’s car. I don’t see the races on TV, just a “live timing” app with commentary to tell what is going on. I knew things weren’t good, when the commentary signed off with no word on Bianchi. What a tragic mess.

  31. RonE Says:

    I just finished watching the race and the FIA message was that Bianchi was unconscious as the ambulance left the track.

  32. HtG Says:

    Motorsport has this update on Bianchi’s crash. There’s a photo link, where you can see his roll hoop is gone.

    http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/bianchi-moved-to-icu-following-brain-surgery-as-more-details-regarding-crash-emerge