AD #1920 – Another Tesla Autopilot Crash, Raptor Improves by Leaps and Bounds, Canadian Labor Talks Kick Off

August 10th, 2016 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:08

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- Look for the Union Label, Eh?
- Blame the Salesman
- Automatic Headaches
- Raptor Improved by Leaps and Bounds
- You Said It!

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13 Comments to “AD #1920 – Another Tesla Autopilot Crash, Raptor Improves by Leaps and Bounds, Canadian Labor Talks Kick Off”

  1. OMG Says:

    The Nissan Frontier also won JD Power IQS 2016 for mid-size truck. Nissan please bring back the Hardbody…love that truck.

    CVT has got to be cheaper.. it’s only two pulleys and a belt.

  2. BobD Says:

    John… On your response to the cost of a CVT, are you suggesting a CVT is MORE expensive than a traditional automatic transmission? Yes the metal belt and pulleys are pricey components, but the rest of the transmission is very simple and I would expect a CVT to always be cheaper than any geared automatic. I think the advantage of better fuel economy is secondary to the production cost; the real driver for putting them in lower-priced vehicles.

  3. RumNCoke Says:

    Hey – there’s no buzz about Woodward Dream Cruise this year. I guess you guys are sitting it out. Too bad. That was a fun segment especially with the Brothers Who Know Too Much!

  4. Marshall Says:

    How many auto drive accidents and lawyers does it take before an auto company is headed for bankruptcy? I think that snowball is starting to run downhill. I keep saying WE – as in the vehicles, people and infrastructure are not yet ready for self driving vehicles.

  5. John McElroy Says:

    #3. RumNCoke, we will be producing packages next week in conjunction with the Dream Cruise. But unfortunately we will not have the Hall brothers this year. Hopefully we’ll get them again in the future.

  6. Lisk Says:

    Do CVTs have a torque converter or do they rely on pressure against the metal belt to get them moving? I would think the metal on metal contact with the pulleys against the belt would cause an awful lot of wear without a clutch or torque converter. I remember back in my snowmobiling days of the early 70s you always carried a spare rubber/fabric belt with you when you rode.

  7. XA351GT Says:

    I’d like to add a big omission from my 1st letter that was covered here in You said it. I should also added the Jeep CJ/Wrangler. Another vehicle that has evolved over 7 decades and still looks like it’s originator.

  8. Roger T Says:

    FCA `death spiral` – I think FCA is reallocating NA capacity into making trucks, this does not mean they will not be making cars going forward for NA market. Does it?

  9. Lex Says:

    The 2016 Honda CR-V has a CVT transmission and seems to me to be leading in sales in it’s segment. When will Honda bring back the Element.
    The HR-V is a bit too small and the next generation CR-V is going to grow. This leaves some room in Honda product line up for the return of the Element, IMHO. Honda are you listening?

  10. Lex Says:

    I just got out of a 2016 Subaru Outback. Boy was I disappointed! We are having hot humid weather here in NYC. The Subaru could not defog the front driver and passenger windows. We even tried lowering and raising the windows without success. Subaru needs to pull better window brushes on it’s windows! We had to drive with the windows down as we came to and passed traffic intersection. Very poor design from a OEM that promotes itself on being strong on safety.

  11. C-TECH Says:

    @ #6 Yes cvt auto transmissions have torque converters and many have a reverse-1st regular gear set. In my travels the 1st generation cars with cvt transmissions are not being rebuilt because of a lack of reasonably priced replacement parts and company policy of exchange only.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    More car companies are using CVT’s, not because they are cheap to make, but because they deliver good mpg. Also, while car “enthusiasts” hate CVT’s, people who actually drive them every day like them.

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    7) The longest running Jeep platform was for the CJ5 that ran from ’44-’86. They still look the same, but they sure have grown!