AD #2077 – Tesla Makes Its Cars More Autonomous, Australia Has EU Emissions Problem, Audi’s Union Wants EVs

March 30th, 2017 at 11:47am

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- Australia Has EU Emissions Problem
- Audi’s Union Wants EVs
- Mercedes Moves EV Schedule Up
- Tesla Makes Its Cars More Autonomous
- OEMs Want Suppliers to Pay for Recalls
- Another Costly Recall for Ford
- New Dodge Demon Teaser

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12 Comments to “AD #2077 – Tesla Makes Its Cars More Autonomous, Australia Has EU Emissions Problem, Audi’s Union Wants EVs”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    Recently Mr. Lutz had relayed a story of how VW beat engineers to death for items like body gaps. That culture played a large part in VW’s current situation. So requiring suppliers to pony up more cost is a challenging notion at best. Suppliers get hammered on price every year, cost are cut and it roles down hill from there. Many suppliers are using OEM design, others sell there own solution. Either way the cost shifting will not help the OEM’s. As the saying goes “pay me now or pay me later.”

  2. JWH Says:

    Supplier paying for recall costs? – Having been with both OEM & suppliers in previous life, it needs to be defined very carefully as to where the responsibility lies. If the part has a quality defect & this quality defect is the basis of the recall, the supplier may find it difficult to defend against paying part or all of the recall costs. If the part meets the design requirements & it is determined the OEM did not adequately define the criteria required, it would appear to be OEM payment. In any event, many lawyers will probably get rich arguing this issue in the future.

  3. Next Says:

    Wow. WaHoly Cow. Did I really see that right! Cars will be changing lanes when the user turns on the turn signal! Changing lanes has to be one of the most dangerous maneuvers executed when on the roads. Its changing lanes when something bad happens. Lets think about this, we have lane departure to keep us in the lanes. AND, now when we do want to change lanes, we have the car change the lanes. We have just turned over this dangerous maneuver to autonomy as well. NICE. If you ask me, autonomy is creeping up faster than we all realize. By taking over turn signals, Autonomy has just taken over the farm. Can’t wait to see my first car on the highway without a driver!

  4. BobD Says:

    On the Ford recall concerning the engine overheating, from the linked article, it sounds like Ford isn’t really fixing the “lack of coolant circulation”, rather they are just adding a sensor that will warn you when the coolant becomes low. I’d hate to have one of those cars with that engine.

  5. Lisk Says:

    3) I agree fully. From what I’ve read this has been a problem since the release of the Escape.
    Sounds like a band aid fix.

  6. Earl Says:

    That 1.6L that was used in the Escape has given Ford a lot of head aches. Hopefully the new 1.5L that is currently used hasn’t those reliability issues.

  7. Jonathan Says:

    75 degree cooler intake temps should net 8 percent more power or around 56 extra hp…

    The demons going to be a bad ass ride..

  8. Ziggy Says:

    Wouldn’t NOT running the air conditioning on the Demon when it is in drag mode make more sense (and power) so that you don’t have the parasitic drag of the air conditioning compressor on the engine when you want as many ponies going to pushing the car down the strip?

  9. Marshy Says:

    Divert AC to cool engine charge air? I’m thinking that the engine mass air flow is an order of magnitude or two greater than the cabin blower. What real impact could this possibly have? Am I wrong?

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 I was thinking the same thing, but maybe the cooled inlet air adds more power than the a/c uses, like with the supercharger.

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #8 & 10
    Maybe the cooled air that is stored from the residual cooled evaporator and air box is used and the compressor is temporarily shut down yielding maximum cooling without the parasitic drag. It would just be a power ‘shot’ but the Demon wouldn’t need that extra boost for too very long in the configuration it has been designed for. (I’m just guessing here. :D )

  12. Stephen Says:

    Euro car makers are moving to EV due to tesla (model 3) which starts to compete with the BMW3 and Merc C-E class. With no competing offer, they are worried. Also the EU is going to make the Eu emissions test WAY harder and more real world. Euro6 but on the road and not in a test lab plus fines if its emitting much more 3 yrs later. All EU car makers know EV is the only way to cut its real world emissions and the EU won’t trust the car makers BS anymore. The deadlines are coming…