AD #1619 – Viper ACR Pricing Announced, Audi to F1?, Nissan Posts Strong 2014 Results

May 13th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:38

- Nissan Posts Strong 2014 Results
- Japanese Carmakers Expand Takata Recall
- Mitsubishi on the Mend
- Audi to F1?
- Dodge Announces ACR Pricing
- Volvo Trucks 1st to Offer Auto AWD
- BMW Pays Homage to 70’s Classic

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17 Comments to “AD #1619 – Viper ACR Pricing Announced, Audi to F1?, Nissan Posts Strong 2014 Results”

  1. Mike Says:

    So, is there proof, really, that something is genuinely wrong with the Takata airbags? Is this another “unintended acceleration” type issue where a Japanese company (ala Firestone) is victimized of $Billions of dollars?

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The airbag recall is kinda weird.Unless they can discover exactly what is wrong,how can they affect a fix/redesign? And so far,it doesn’t seem that they can pinpoint the problem.

  3. HtG Says:

    This January the Nissan dealer said our car was not part of the airbag recall. We’ll see.

  4. Rob Says:

    The Takata airbag recall seems reminiscent of the GM side saddle gas tanks. The vehicles were tested and passed the required testing. If they cannot reproduce the failure, how do they even begin to fix it? Oh that’s right GM could not reproduce the fireball shown on TV because it was manufactured by sensational journalism.

  5. HtG Says:

    I don’t get RedBull’s logic for publicly pushing Audi to join F1, saying they’ll bolt the series if the manufacturer doesn’t come. If I’m Audi, why not wait for RB to go, and then snap up the team at a discount? Plus there’s the possibility of F1 changing the engine format yet again, maybe making F1 attractive again. Plus encore, Michelin is now making noises about returning if the tire regs are changed to make more sense for racing. (They really said this)

  6. Bradley Says:

    The first picture got me interested in the 3.0 CSL, but then I realized it was the 70s version.

    Cars…so bloated and boring today. I am thirsty for anything that is small and stylish.

  7. C-Tech Says:

    The Takata airbag problem is real and dangerous. In Orlando a woman was killed behind the wheel of her 10 year old Honda Accord when the driver’s airbag exploded and the metal chunks stabbed her in the chest and neck. The Police initially thought it was a robbery-murder gone bad. The problem is trying to reconstruct an explosion, and determine what inside of the airbag goes wrong?

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Takata’s airbags are consistent in their failure (shards of metal enter the area of airbag deployment sometimes injuring or killing occupants), just not reproducible or universal in failure. The reported percentage is very very small, but if it occurs, the outcome can be catastrophic. The cause is allusive for sure, however at some point will probably be found. My guess is that there are inconsistencies in manufacture of the canister that contains the propellant and depending on metallurgy or orientation to the charge the explosion propelling the airbag is just slightly off the intended direction and includes part of the canister that was designed to remain intact and stay with the assembly.

  9. HtG Says:

    8. Interesting. In Jason Vines’s recent book, he said that the bad Firestone tires were coming out of a single factory with manufacturing issues.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    According to Tacata, the failure rate is only 1 in 167,000 deployments. If that is true, no wonder it is difficult to pinpoint the problem. http://m.wardsauto.com/blog/lessons-takata-airbag-disaster

  11. Rob Says:

    8 Agreed seems to only happen in warm humid climates and on older cars. Like the tanks are rusting out. Hope they wernt Hurricane Katrina slavages.

  12. Rob Says:

    salvages.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    I wonder if those Takata canister were made in China, could explain why the metal failed, their metallurgy is not exactly up to Western standards.

  14. C-Tech Says:

    Mitsubishi on the mend? I just saw a major rental car company take delivery of a boatload of Mirages to replace the outgoing Galants and Sparks. Remove the fleet sales and we will see how well Mitsu. is doing.

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    My local Mitsu dealer has very few Mirages on the lot, don’t know if they’re sold or they just don’t order many. Off topic, crawling north yesterday around 430pm on I-95 from Miami to Ft Lauderdale at 5 to 10 mph, big billboard for an exotic car rental place, proclaiming that Miami is the fast car capital of the world, I started laughing like an idiot.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Forget autonomous cars. We need autonomous trains, which would be easy, not having to steer. The train that wrecked in Philadelphia was going 107 mph where it should have been going 50. Make the trains autonomous, with a backup “engineer” in the front. It should be possible to easily automate a train, to where it wouldn’t much matter if the person was asleep or texting.

  17. C-Tech Says:

    @ #16 I agree.

    John, we gotta get you a better spot for Autoline at WDSC Daytona-Orlando. You come on at 3am and your show is better than that time slot!