AD #1740 – UAW/GM Deal Put on Hold, Can Takata Survive? Rake Up Your Leaves!

November 9th, 2015 at 11:53am

Runtime: 7:03

- UAW & GM Ratification Process on Hold
- Ford Workers to Vote on UAW Contract
- Many Union Workers Don’t Vote
- Japanese OEMs Ditch Takata
- Evoque Convertible Makes Its Debut
- Pro Tip: Rake Up Your Leaves!

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49 Comments to “AD #1740 – UAW/GM Deal Put on Hold, Can Takata Survive? Rake Up Your Leaves!”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    That evoque drop top is fugley,right down to the bone fugley.I like the new video format,but this off white back round here is kinda hard on the eyes.Well,it kinda sux actually

  2. Ron Paris Says:

    WOW! Could it be the Nissan Murano convert was actually AHEAD of its time?!

  3. Bradley Says:

    Wow, new look!

    Looks good!

  4. tom krug Says:

    Kudos to your new design team! It looks fresh and clean to me — a welcome change for an ever-better program.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    so the Ford negotiators gave up higher paying jobs for some shiny beads, doesn’t sound so great to me. Yes it’s nice to get a few thousand extra bucks but long term it’s foolish.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Evoque hatch sells pretty well, even though it is an overpriced, mediocre vehicle. The same people will buy the overpriced, mediocre soft top version.

  7. NickT Says:

    Like the new look! Its a very tasteful and professional upgrade, and was long over due. Ive been with Autoline Daily since it first debuted… and I’m only 23! Glad to see the update, kudos.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The PT Cruiser soft top was kind of the leader of this group, with one big difference. The PT was “affordable.”

  9. Mark Says:

    I like the new graphics on the show, but please turn off or turn down the background music. It is distracting.

  10. Jon M Says:

    I like the update to the video, although the background music is a bit too loud and almost overpowering at some points.

    As for the UAW, I’m not surprised that they’re out of touch with their members. They’re all about memberships because memberships equal cash. Don’t think for a minute that because the UAW is a non-profit that they don’t care about cash; no money, no mission. I work for a non-profit that does business with for-profits and non-profits alike, and in some cases it’s hard to tell the difference.

  11. PGL Says:

    love the new look, DROP the background music !!

  12. Todd T Says:

    Takata’s actions in covering up research and testing for more than a decade should result in the collapse of the company. In researching some of Takata’s actions, I’ve been sickened by the level of duplicity and deceit that has been reported. In my view, VW’s fraud pales in comparison, to the Takata scandal. How could a manufacturer trust them with safety devices?

  13. Brett Says:

    Stylists are trying to answer a question that nobody asked, “Why can’t I have a convertible SUV??”

    Recall that the original Bronco and Blazer could be configured for open air motoring. Then they stopped. There is a reason for that.

  14. Rob Says:

    You can have a convertible SUV that looks great its called a Jeep wrangler.

    Sean Yea please loose the background music.

  15. John Tysinger Says:

    Lose the background music. Annoying and unnecessary.

  16. Rick W Says:

    I agree with #7, Mark.

    I don’t mind the new look of the show but the background music is too distracting.

    Please drop the music completely, not just lower it.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Yep, there is a market for one topless SUV, Wrangler. Topless motoring involves noise, which fits with the Wrangler’s persona. I’ve read that soon, though, the Wrangler’s windshield will no longer fold forward.

  18. Lisk Says:

    #10. The 1973 & ’74 Blazers had a removable top that went all the way to the windshield header. I believe in 1975 that was changed to the open area to be aft of the rear doors. Sealing was the big problem along with the cumbersome affair of converting from open to closed.

  19. marshy Says:

    Ok, Sean, so I’m “leaving” a comment.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    Great work!

  20. marshy Says:

    +1 for 11 – the new look is clean and different; but the background music doesn’t seem a good fit, at least not yet. We’re so used to the old track that the new one sounds very strange and out of place.

  21. Roy Says:

    11/9/2015:
    I’m impressed with the new format and the high quality of graphics. The old format looked like SKYPE on a bad day!
    You do a great job, keep up the great work.

    An old GM Retirey
    Roy

  22. Glenn Says:

    Please ditch the background music. It’s annoying.
    But I like the rest of the show.

  23. Marshall Says:

    I’m sure the Evoque convertible will sell well in its target demographic. Rich high school girls in Beverly Hills, CA.

  24. Rob Says:

    #23 Your right! but what to do after they sell all 40 of those.
    I have always been a fan of the drop-top, but with cell phones and the weather has to be just right. Too hot and your baking in the sun and too cold you need the heat on and windows up (Which I always thought looked silly). I just see the panoramic roof being more appealing to most people.

  25. Willy Says:

    Background music has got to go!

  26. Dave Foley Says:

    The new look is good. The old look wasn’t ‘dated’ or anything, but it had been around for quite a long time. Freshen the look was a good decision.

    I’m not sure if there is a way to smooth out the motion parts of it, or if it is just my connection. Sometimes it seems a bit jerky. (don’t know why)

    Keep the background music. It’s been there forever, and it’s just fine. Funny how just NOW people are complaining about it. Haha!

    I’ve heard other update shows (like AutoWeek’s now cancelled update show) that didn’t use it, and boy oh boy, was it FLAT! This isn’t AAH, or the half hour show. For what this Daily is, the music is fine. Keep it.

  27. W L Simpson Says:

    A very LARGE part of collision repair costs are
    bags , belts & headliners.

  28. merv Says:

    like the new format-like the idea of shauns garage tips,keep it rolling

  29. Kt Gerhart Says:

    The music is fine with me; it’s only between during the transition between segments. I rarely hear it anyway, since I normally just read the transcript.

  30. Kt Gerhart Says:

    The music is fine with me; it’s only during the transition between segments. I rarely hear it anyway, since I normally just read the transcript.

  31. Duke Says:

    Nice update for the show all around. I too did NOT have any issues with the audio background.

    For those using a PC, try adjusting your audio (whether it’s Realtek HD Audio Manager, or whatever your ‘puter uses), via the ‘hidden icons’ on the right side of your task bar – or via Control Panel – whilst the show is running. You can control/adjust such things – even if you do not have an equalizer function.

    Well done Sean and the ALD crew.

  32. G.A.Branigan Says:

    GM did it,with the new midsize diesel twins: http://media.gmc.com/media/us/en/gmc/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2015/nov/1109-canyon.html

  33. Brett Says:

    I don’t consider the Wrangler to be an SUV. It predates that category which, to me, was created by the XJ Cherokee. It’s a multipurpose ORV, but I simply cannot consider it to be an SUV.

  34. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I had a 2001 Cherokee,it was a very capable vehicle.Then I had an 08 wrangler,extremely capable vehicle,but made like crap.Too bad to for such an iconic brand.

  35. Albemarle Says:

    As unions branch out into other industries, looking for growth, they run the risk of not having enough of the specific deep industry knowledge to negotiate expertly.

    It’s a lot easier to negotiate office work with multiple industries than with production manufacturing where each industry is so different and the history, which is critical to understand, is different.

  36. Ziggy Says:

    Drop the background music, it is annoying as hell and distracts from the verbal word.

  37. omegatalon Says:

    One thing the UAW needs to worry about is that General Motors can lock out some their employees and import the cars from China as the UAW should be satisfied with just a taste.

  38. Don B. Says:

    Really don’t need the background music.
    That’s like the news with a teletype in the background.
    Does anyone care or even know what that is?
    Is there a teletype in the news room?
    Did Autoline hire a violinist ?

  39. Chuck Grenci Says:

    New look, same great content. Nice segment on leaf removal, musty smell abatement; keep that a/c drain tube clear, and even keeping out leaves and debris, you can get blockages from spider webs. If you have a wet passenger side floor, check out that drain.

  40. Rob Says:

    Kit not sure you have your volume up as loud as the rest of us, but the transition music isnt the annoyance and yes has always been part of the show. There was an addition today of very quiet music that played thru the whole segment. I believe thats what people are talking about not the intro and transition music.

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Rob, when I play the video, it is usually through phone or built in computer speakers with no bass. I played it through some headphones with decent frequency response, and it was a little annoying, especially the “thumping” in the background music. I now know what people mean.

  42. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For those who haven’t heard, the first installment of TDI owner appeasement

    http://autoweek.com/article/vw-diesel-scandal/volkswagen-offers-500-gift-card-goodwill-package-diesel-owners?utm_source=DailyDrive20151110&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_term=image-center&utm_content=body&utm_campaign=awdailydrive

  43. David Sprowl Says:

    So, if the UAW does not release the number of voters who participated, how do you know that the UAW has voter apathy?
    Or was this just a jab at the voting public?

  44. Kt Gerhart Says:

    43 When I worked at GM, the local released voting percentages, and as I remember, they seemed fairly high, like 80+ percent, a lot higher than the ~30 percent that recently elected a governor in Kentucky, or the 50-some percent turnout for recent presidential elections.

    I was only in the UAW one year, before becoming a salary employee, but I remember being encouraged to vote, both for officers, and that year, to ratify the contract.

  45. Michael Drieling Says:

    I love the new look of the site, however I am not a fan of the triangle in the upper right corner that doesn’t go away. I didn’t notice the music too much.

    I think Ford was smart in their negotiating. If you need to get people to overlook the details of the contract throw a lot of money at them.

    I like the Evoque Convertible even though I’m not the demographic (44yo male). I need a 4 seater that can tackle the snow well and a convertable would be nice with the kids.

  46. Mike P. Says:

    Nice new professional look. It was a long time in coming. The old look was just too amateur looking (like it was done in a dorm room). Great move in the right direction. My only suggestions are to be receptive to some minor tune ups in the look (some fonts are a little too thin) and connect back to some background music that you can “own”. The new background music is too much like the free samples you can download off the internet. None of the music has any Autoline DNA in it.

  47. MJB Says:

    Great refresh Autoline!

  48. Marshall Says:

    I have complained for years ( to no avail ) about the annoying and distracting background music they use on the TV series Motorweek. These days I just watch the show with the sound on MUTE and use Closed Captions. It is a pain, but at least I avoid that drone.

  49. Lex Says:

    Love the new look of the show’s graphics!
    Sean you now need a Steve Jobs black turtleneck sweater to finish the new hi-tech look of the show.