AD #1656 – Maxima’s Production Challenges, Autonomy Business Booming, VW Tests Renewable Fuel

July 13th, 2015 at 11:56am

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- Should Cars Have Cyber Security Ratings?
- Autonomous Tech Business Booming
- IAC Names New CEO
- VW Tests Renewable Diesel Fuel
- ROUSH Active Exhaust for Mustang
- Shelby GT350R’s Carbon Fiber Wheels
- Maxima’s Manufacturing Challenges

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18 Comments to “AD #1656 – Maxima’s Production Challenges, Autonomy Business Booming, VW Tests Renewable Fuel”

  1. Rob Says:

    I agree that providing a cyber rating would be silly since any rating could change as quickly as they publish a number.
    So Sean, Besides the obvious reason of unlocking the doors or trunk to steal items is there any other reason someone would have for hacking into a car?

  2. Pred Says:

    The Maxima is going way upscale (more expensive), the ALtima (the best selling NISSAN in years) is being dropped, and the Sentra is being presented as the replacement for the Altima buyer. What is going on with NIssan?

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The renewable diesel fuel is very interesting,but I am having a hard time trying to imagine where it could be made in sufficient quantities to offset,or do away with dino fuel.

  4. Barry Says:

    That new Maxima c-pillar reminds me a lot of the Citroen SM, which is a compliment! I wonder if they’ll add fender skirts on the rear when they refresh?

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #1 Rob

    Malicious mischief comes to mind when wondering why hackers would want to access a car’s computers. And I agree if a cyber security rating were given, the higher the rating, the greater the interest in the hacker community to break the codes and do that mischief. And I use the words ‘hacker community’ with enormous distaste.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think used frier oil is the best renewable diesel fuel. It has already served it’s purpose of preparing food, and works as a fuel, at least in a 30 year old Benz diesel.

  7. Roger T Says:

    #2 – is this a rumor or has Nissan openly talked about this?

    On hackers, if you have semi-autonomous or self parking cars then you could be in trouble, as the car does have all the motors and actuators to ride you to a ditch. With or without someone in the car.

  8. RumNCoke Says:

    #6 – True, but smelling those tasty French fries all the time might drive you to the local fat farm!

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 They are dropping, or have dropped the Altima coupe.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    To properly use fryer oil,it needs to be refined,which one can do at home,but the equipment is kinda spendy.

  11. John McElroy Says:

    #1. One of the scenarios that cyber security experts worry about is a hacker taking control of your car while it’s parked and making it unusable, then holding it for ransom. Unless you pay X amount of money, you can’t use your car. that’s just one scenario, there are plenty more.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    The Nissan guy is right. It’s damn near impossible to find your exact model on a lot. That goes for any brand. I remember when the Solstice came out and they said you get one under 20K I never saw one for under 23K any where.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I’ve only personally known one person who used frier oil. The only thing he did is mechanically filter it with fairly fine filters. The only problem was that it would coagulate and not flow when the temp got below 40 or so, which happens occasionally in my part of Florida. He could mix in some regular petro diesel, and it was ok.

  14. Jesse W. Henry Says:

    #3 G.A.Branigan – one of the scenarios I always thought was possible when I first heard about the algae based fuel was feeding them on all the waste at water treatment plants around the U.S.

    Not sure if that is possible maybe John knows more

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 You just have to order the car, and you get exactly what you want, to the extent that you have choice these days. That works with American, and most European cars.

  16. Eric Penn Says:

    One of the headlines is: “- ROUSCH Active Exhaust for Mustang” … there’s no “C” in ROUSH

  17. C-Tech Says:

    @ #16 In this exhaust mode the C is silent :)

  18. XA351GT Says:

    Kit @ 15 I realize that . What he is saying is though most people when they are ready to buy don’t want to wait 2 months for their car to be built . They want to walk on the lot and find it right then. I ordered my 89 GT and if I could have found the exact car on the lot I would have bought it on the spot . I was willing to wait to get exactly what I wanted ,but most people especially today it seems don’t.