AD #1806 – Why Takata Airbags Blow Up, Ride Sharing Won’t Hurt Car Sales, PSA Looking for a Merger?

February 24th, 2016 at 11:36am

Runtime: 6:18

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- Britain to Exit European Union?
- Root Cause of Takata Airbags Found
- SEAT App Controls Household Items
- 2017 Acura MDX Gets a Fresh Face
- PSA Turns the Corner
- Study Says Car Sharing Won’t Hurt Car Sales

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20 Comments to “AD #1806 – Why Takata Airbags Blow Up, Ride Sharing Won’t Hurt Car Sales, PSA Looking for a Merger?”

  1. Kit Gerhrt Says:

    “BMW, which makes Roll-Royces there.”

    BMW makes a lot more MINI’s in the UK.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    “BMW, which makes Roll-Royces there.”

    BMW makes a lot more MINI’s in the UK.

  3. Rob Says:

    The Boston study seems much more realistic to me as I said before I think ride sharing will affect the cab industry and car rental companies more than have huge declines in auto sales.
    I believe that many people will use services like Uber when they are traveling and in place of catching a cab or car rental. They won’t run out and sell their car.

    However the majority of people who already own a car and use them enough to justify a purchase will continue to do so. When the price point of a new car exceeds the cost to rent or share a car that’s when sales will decline. Like when a business decides it makes more sense to own a plane vs just buying their employees tickets.

  4. dcars Says:

    BMW is contracting the construction of the Mini. My wife’s was made in the Born, Netherlands.

  5. cliff59 Says:

    RE: Brexit. Your map of Britain included Ireland?? I seem to recall Ireland exited Britain….. almost 100 years ago.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 My Mini was made in Oxford, UK. It’s a base 2010 “hardtop.” What model is yours?

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Norther Ireland is part of the UK. Republic of ireland is not.

  8. Lex Says:

    I believe that the new Honda Pilot is so good that it has been cannibalizing Acura MDX sales. For the price of a base AWD MDX you can get a Pilot Touring Elite and only have to purchase regular gasoline to power it. I want to give a “Great Job!” shout out to the Honda Pilot Team who worked so hard on bring us the new 2016 Honda Pilot. I currently own two Honda Pilots myself (His and Hers).

  9. Barry Rector Says:

    As an UBER driver, I find that most of the riders have vehicles but chose not to use them for a reason. The majority of the time it because drinking will be involved, bad weather or not wanting to pay huge sums for parking.
    I agree with others that the cab industry will be the only group directly affected.

  10. Ukendoit Says:

    I agree with Rob; most of the people I know that use ride services do so when they have been drinking or plan to go out and have adult beverages. They would never give up their cars, but it’s nice to not worry about the driving on a random weekend night (sorry cabs).
    I also want to thank Autoline for saving Honda some money, and more so, saving me some time & headache. After hearing that no one knew WHY the Takata airbags were failing, we decided to ignore all the recall notices for our Honda until they figured it out. Glad to hear the news today. How long should we give them to come up with a REAL fix now that they know the problem?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I never quite understood Honda’s tuning Acura engines for premium, gaining little enough power that almost no one would notice the difference. I guess it must be to make the Acura more “premium,” like a Benz or BMW which all need premium.

    I like Cadillac’s approach better, tuning for regular, except for the V models, where absolute performance is the goal.

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    Sorry, Barry, I started typing before your comment posted. You’ve nailed it! Cabs will feel the biggest loss unless they somehow jump onboard the technology train.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The only times I’ve used taxis in the last two years, were to get to the cruise port about 3.5 miles away. The taxi costs too much, about $20 each way, but about half as much as parking at the port. I hear that Uber operates here, or will soon, so I may try it sometime, unless you have to pay to load the app.

  14. MJB Says:

    Caught my firsts Autoline blooper :) … That short, little video clip played during the opener over which the Takata airbag news was read is playing in reverse (everybody was walking backwards).

    Now on to other things. I’m really liking that concept sketch of the new MDX.

    Regarding ride sharing, those findings coincide nicely with my own (second-hand) experience with Uber. My wife is a hair stylist and has a client who uses Uber (but only occasionally). Each time this client uses Uber to make her hair appointment, she is late. And I’m not talking 5-min late. Twice, Uber has made her more than 30-min late. Enough that my wife had to cancel the clients appointments.

    I’m sure this experience is far from the norm, but it’s got me soured on it already.

  15. Rob Says:

    I suspect there might be a price war in the future and cabs will have to get on-board with their own app for convenience and be competitively priced. One thing will never compete with is operating outside the major cities. But they could dominate the inner city with an app and similar pricing.

  16. Rob Says:

    Sorry Should have said one thing cabs will not compete with is outside major cities.

  17. dcars Says:

    #6 My Mini is a base hard top with the 3 cylinder turbo charged motor. Great build quality, nice mpg’s and has plenty of energy. I love the thing, but can’t get it our of my wife’s hands.

  18. Drew Says:

    I doubt Honda will let the new Pilot cannibalize MDX sales. First, they make more profits on the MDX, so production priorities will favor Acura dealer inventory. Second, everyone needs to quite gushing over the Pilot – it is no more than a “catch-up” effort and does nothing better than its competitors.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I knew Contryman and Paceman were being built by Magna/Stehr in Austria, but I didn’t know about the Dutch deal. I searched it, and found that the Magna deal is ending, and some “big” Mini production is going back to Oxford, and some to the Dutch plant that is already building base hardtops like yours. Articles I found say that BMW employment in the UK is staying the same, and the Netherlands contract is to increase capacity.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I drove a car like yours, and really liked the new powertrain, and quieter cabin, but not enough to replace my mint condition, low mileage 2010.