AD #1906 – GM Posts Strong Q2 Earnings, Tesla’s New Master Plan, Hot Wheels Star Wars Style

July 21st, 2016 at 12:07pm

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- Hot Wheels, Star Wars Style
- High Performance Highway Patrol
- We’re In The Money
- Tesla’s New Master Plan
- You Said It!

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14 Comments to “AD #1906 – GM Posts Strong Q2 Earnings, Tesla’s New Master Plan, Hot Wheels Star Wars Style”

  1. MJB Says:

    So… Tesla wants owners to be able to share their cars, eh?

    I don’t see that happening. I mean, think about it. Who (in their right mind) is going to ‘share’ their $100k automobile? To borrow a line from a bedtime storybook I used to read my kids, “Not I, said the cat.” ;)

  2. Brett Says:

    #1 I expect that was in regard to the Model 3, a more “bread and butter” sedan.

  3. W L Simpson Says:

    The KISS Principle needs to be applied to EV’s few batts , inwheel motors, constant duty gen , like Toyota’s working on , linear/wise.

  4. W L Simpson Says:

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding diesel cars, while diesel engines are efficient, for IC engines, I’m beginning to think that they really don’t belong in big cities in huge numbers, as is now the case in Europe. Gas engines are getting more efficient, and it turns out to be really hard to legitimately control NOx emissions of diesels. In cities with a lot of cars, it matters.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I’d always heard that unsprung weight was bad. Does Protean know something that a lot of us don’t?

  7. Gerald T Says:

    John…I was in the Detroit area last week for my sisters funeral and rented a Chevrolet Cruze LT. Wow was I impressed. This vehicle was fun to drive, great economy and a pleasure to be in. Just thought I’d share that with you.

  8. Karl Barra Says:

    John dig deeper on your comparison of Daimler vs GM earnings. GM did not include Takata recall costs in Q2 earnings but rather chose to treat it as a risk. After the earnings were released they admitted that this could cost upwards of $500 mil.

    Daimler and others are including this recall cost in there base.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I tend to agree,but have to add that the new boosted gdi’s are getting high enough in NOx and particulates,that I see it coming that particulate filters will be needed there as well.It’s the “no free lunch” paradigm.

  10. Ukendoit Says:

    #4 & #6, Having a high ratio of sprung to unsprung weight is always better for handling at high speeds and keeping the tires planted on the road when going over bumps. Also, lowering the rotating mass (no large heavy wheels) has a big effect on improving acceleration. I remember seeing a story on Protean here, and I liked their ideas, but I don’t remember if they addressed the issues of unsprung weight or rotational mass. I didn’t see it mentioned on their site either. John, can you address this?

  11. Bob Wilson Says:

    #8 – GDI looks like a loser technology. The fuel injection hardware issues with the emissions of a diesel for an insignificant gain. Port injection at the intake valve with engineered ‘tumble’ is the way to go as Toyota’s most recent Prius again leads the way.

    So if a heart patient dies on the operating table, do we stop all heart operations? No because more lives are saved than lost. Musk is absolutely right, continue the technology and use every accident for ‘lessons learned.’

    Personally, I think it is great that he instruments all of his cars and keeps the data. A lot of ambulance chasers are eating beans and franks because they can’t make cases. The industry as a whole should adopt this practice.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    I did find some technical papers on Protean’s site. If you are interested, you can click on my name for their research on unsprung mass. Of course, their research shows a negligible difference, but there are interesting charts that show what difference there is. One thing they claim from their research is that going over bumps, the return rate of the wheel to the ground is worse (as expected), but they say their wheel is also less likely to leave the ground (due to the weight).

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I have one car with GDI, a Corvette, and the advantage I see, is that they get good power from the engine, without needing premium gas. The manual says “premium recommended, but not required.” It runs fine on regular, and the best I can tell, both from the MPG readout, and from actual tank-by-tank checks, it gets the same mileage with regular as with premium. I mostly drive it gently, though.

    Speaking of the new Prius engine, they claim it gets ~40% thermal efficiency, probably better than most, or any of the diesels. I guess we don’t need either diesels or GDI for efficiency. Of course, the Atkinson cycle engine is weak at low revs, so probably wouldn’t work well in a non-hybrid.

  14. Slydell Says:

    I just wanted to comment on your response to the discontinued Dodge Dart. You are correct in regards to FCA discontinuing the Dart and 200, however they are producing a 2017 model year Jeep Compass and Patriot. The Compass is slated for a future redesign.

    Love the show!