AD #1612 – April Sales Good But Not Great, CVs Boost VW’s Bottom Line, Chevy Cuts Volt Price

May 4th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:06

- April Sales Good But Not Great
- Chevy Reveals New Aero Kit
- Commercial Vehicles Boost VW’s Bottom Line
- Ford Offers New CNG Option for F-150
- Chevy Cuts Volt Price
- How FCA Stands Out From the Pack

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10 Comments to “AD #1612 – April Sales Good But Not Great, CVs Boost VW’s Bottom Line, Chevy Cuts Volt Price”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I watched the show yesterday with “Santa Klauss”,it was very informative and fun.Excellent show.

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Have I inadvertently entered the twilight zone,lol.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, this seems to be a record slow comments day here.

  4. G.A.Branigan Says:

    yeah it is,wonder why? Have you watched the show with Klau Busse yet?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m watching it now.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve watched through the VW part. The Busse guy is impressive, and from what I’ve seen, his guys are doing a good job. The only recent Chrysler product I’ve actually driven is a Challenger. I liked it, for what it is, a big, reasonably comfortable two door car. I liked the interior, especially the red/black leather, and I liked the controls. Compared to most other “infotainment” systems, Chrysler’s is great, easy to learn enough to get by on a short drive, and it has actual knobs for the radio, if you’d rather use them than the touch screen or voice controls. If I wanted to replace my ’96 Corvette with a much more luxurious, mildly sporty car, Challenger would be on my short list. I don’t know how they did so well with uconnect, spending probably a tenth the money Ford spent on their much worse system.

    HtG, if you are out there, might you know who helped FCA with their system?

  7. HtG Says:

    Nope, I don’t know: though generally what’s been happening is that an IP supplier like ARM will see value in providing chip designs that other companies(suppliers in the automotive area) can differentiate on top of. How the hardware relates through the processing layers up to the screen seen by the user? That’s stuff I struggle to understand.

    But last year at the NY show I was playing with the info screens on cars, and definitely and clearly found the Chrysler stuff to be easy and intuitive. They have a secret sauce, maybe.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Maybe all FCA did for the uconnect was employ the kiss method? It does seem that most,if not all the other oems try on purpose to over-complicate things all in the name of infotainment…

  9. HtG Says:

    Maybe Busse is the ‘secret sauce’. It was eye opening to see him on AAH saying that the screens seen by the user were being done by his design team. The software engineers will be working on the layers closer to the processors, but Busse was indicating that these people were working together. In my hearing of him last week, his group were going to be hiring more people with competencies in computers, which is intriguing to hear from a design boss.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    You just might be right.