AAH #388 – PSA Returns & CARB Will Not Back Down

August 3rd, 2017 at 2:30pm

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TOPIC: CAR’s Management Briefing Seminars

Hot topics in the auto industry is what the first week in August is all about, at least in Traverse City, Michigan.  That’s where CAR, the Center for Automotive Research, holds its annual Management Briefing Seminars. And this year AFTER HOURS caught up with three speakers who are definitely making news at the conference; one talks emissions when it comes to CARB; the second one speaks on the North American revival of PSA, and then our third discusses the prolonged life of the I.C.E.

SPECIAL GUESTS:
02:25 -
Annette Hebert, California Air Resources Board
18:05 
- Larry Dominique, President & CEO, PSA North America, Inc.
34:40 
- Robert Davis, SVP, Mazda NA
49:52 - Doctor Data & wrap up

PANEL: John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production

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3 Comments to “AAH #388 – PSA Returns & CARB Will Not Back Down”

  1. James Says:

    I as aghast at how uninformed and full of double-speak, side-stepping, outright BS-ing, and line-towing the CARB guest was. We really are regionally of two mindsets in this country. I would be for a divorce. Let Cali/CARB folks go one way; other side go another. Stop the fighting, and opposing forces. Two nations with their own agendas would be better.

  2. Bob Wilson Says:

    Annette addressed the ‘battery recycling’ question by pointing out these LiON battery packs can be rebuilt and refurbished. So three weeks ago, I drove 470 miles to deliver a spare, Gen-1 Prius pack to an owner who is rebuilding his car.

    Our Prius Prime got 58 MPG, 8.1 gallons, $15, in 9 hours. This included just under 2 hours of breakfast, a test drive of our Prius Prime, and one biology break on the way home. Trip speed average 67 mph which included just under 100 miles of fog at these speeds. The Prius Prime has radar dynamic cruise control.

    Personally I like the idea of having CARB and non-CARB vehicles. That way the non-CARB folks can burn-up a higher portion of their income and the fuel efficient, CARB owners will make out like bandits. Owning fuel efficient cars, I’m driving more miles than when I had to decide on a hamburger or gas to get home.

    As for Mazda and their engine technology, the highest efficiency engines, 40%, are in the Prius and Hyundai hybrids and plug-ins. Mazda does not have engines even approaching these levels of efficiency.

  3. Mac Says:

    I continue to shake my head in regard to the statements made by the CARB spokesperson. Her comments reflected a total disregard for the vehicle purchasers in her state, to the point that no matter what they want to buy or can afford, “the government knows better” and will dictate your choice. I think she would have very much enjoyed living in the former Soviet Union where that government acted very much in the manner in which CARB is behaving.