AD #1961 – Subaru Axes Crosstrek Hybrid, People Quickly Relax in Autonomous Cars, Ford Reveals SEMA Concepts

October 7th, 2016 at 11:32am

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- Ford Reveals SEMA Concepts
- Ford Builds Last Vehicle in Australia
- Subaru Discontinues Crosstrek Hybrid
- People Quickly Relax in Autonomous Cars
- Renault Prepares for Autonomous Tests in China
- UAW Labor Deal Satisfaction

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17 Comments to “AD #1961 – Subaru Axes Crosstrek Hybrid, People Quickly Relax in Autonomous Cars, Ford Reveals SEMA Concepts”

  1. XA351GT Says:

    Man , Ford if your going to stop producing in Oz at least send the tooling over here and build a LHD version. The Falcon and Falcon Ute would be perfect additions to the line up. Simply rebadge the Falcon sedan as a Lincoln RWD sedan and the Ute as a true Ranger replacement. It would be more a compact truck then the global Ranger. Hell I don’t care call it the Ranchero and rebirth that badge , but to let a great pair of vehicles die is a stupid move.

  2. Eric P Says:

    wasn’t aware that Subaru offered a hybrid

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ XA351GT: It would seem that they are ‘penny wise-dollar foolish’.I like the idea of the ute/ranger.

  4. Lex Says:

    I was at the opening of the latest Tesla Store, I mean “educational gallery” on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich CT last night. I was hoping to see Elon or Franz. It was packed with well dressed men and women as if they where going to an art exhibition. The Tesla staff where conducting test drives. The Tesla Gallery provided patrons with refreshments, drinks were flowing and canapes were traveling throughout the gallery. They had a Model S and X in the gallery for everyone to seat and play with. Also on display was a skateboard chassis which included the battery pack and electric powertrain. Too bad they did not have a Model 3 on display or to test drive.

  5. Lex Says:

    I hope Ford does not do the same behavior as when Daimler abandoned Chrysler and destroyed the stampings to the original Pacifica, which was based upon the Mercedes Benz R Class. It would be great to see those body styles which were so familiar to the Australians relive again with a Fusion or Taurus front clip attached to a pickup bed like the Ford Falcon Ute. Ford can take the front half or an Escape or Edge and marry it to the UTE back end as a Scout (Escape) or Ranger (Edge) for global markets.

  6. Lex Says:

    I do not believe that many people would be truly “Relaxed” in an Autonomous Vehicle. Most people are either passenger seat or back seat drivers when they are not at the wheel.

  7. MJB Says:

    Not knocking the results garnered in those autonomous car tests, but something tells me that pretty close to 100% of participants were people who already have a favorable opinion of autonomous driving anyway. “Preaching to the choir”, as it were.

    I’d be much more impressed if they were to intentionally search out doubters and naysayers to full autonomy from which to conduct their tests.

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    Just listened to Autoline After Hours and I’m still not convinced 48V for mild-hybrids is the way to go. As mentioned by others, it add parts and worse, keeps a big block of lead in car.

    Now I could see going totally 48V including starter and accessories and the problems are solved. As a bridge, a 48V-to-12V inverter but mixed voltages with the doubling of connectors and wiring for so little power, it is a dead-end.

    Now if Delphi really wanted to make a difference, design and build an after-market, electric powered, rear differential. Provide an open source, digital interface, and suddenly you have a bolt-on, hybrid. It would be the perfect complement to front-wheel drive cars, especially the ones using a beam, rear axle.

    Bob Wilson

  9. gary susie Says:

    While driving thru the rocky mountains last week i wondered how many people would really be relaxed. Has anyone tried driving them int the mountains?

  10. Albemarle Says:

    It will be interesting to see how relaxed the passengers are when there isn’t a person sitting behind the wheel ready to take over and an engineer with a laptop in the front passenger seat running the brains of the car.

    Then put the car on an elevated expressway at 80 mph during rush hour with idiots changing lanes and a traffic jam at the bottom of a long blind downhill curve. Enjoy. Hope the software wasn’t written just after a holiday weekend.

  11. XA351GT Says:

    Here is the link to a gallery of photos of the FGX Falcon ute. http://www.caradvice.com.au/322008/2015-ford-falcon-fg-x-gallery/Photos

  12. shan Says:

    common sense would state that autonomous cars would fail miserably in real world driving out on the congested roads….due to idiotic and very dangerous drivers that do not play by the rules and make lightening fast maneuvers….i am very skeptical that the man-made software can keep up with so many variables and nuances that are not even conceptualized in the coding process.

  13. Roger T Says:

    If this autonomous car can handle Singapore traffic, navigating Rocky Mountains roads or US highway idiots should be a piece of cake.
    In Asia, Africa and Latin America, there are many many roads with no street markings, hidden stop signs, jay walking galore and motorcyclists on the road, and at the same time people drive very close to each other (inches apart in traffic). I thought autonomous would only be possible in US, Canada and Europe, but this company in Singapore is suggesting this technology is more robust than I thought.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ XA351GT: That Falcon Ute is beautiful.Therefore,it will never be allowed here in the USA.The one pic of an inline engine,was that a diesel? And what size were the V8′s?

  15. XA351GT Says:

    The six was a gasser They turboed that six and it was quicker than V8s. They were running the Coyote V8s . Before that they ran the Mod motor. Look up Falcon XR6 Turbo . Pretty impressive for a straight 6. a engine design most left behind years ago.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Shouldn’t a Falcon ute be called Ranchero?

  17. XA351GT Says:

    Kit it probably could be. If they brought it here that would be the logical name. Even though it is now a cab chassis like the Ranger and not a unibody like the old Ranchero or the current Holden Ute which would made a great El Camino.