AD #2175 – Hyundai Plans to Sell Small Pick-Up, Audi to Test Solar Roof Panels, 2018 GMC Terrain Impressions

August 23rd, 2017 at 12:01pm

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- Hyundai Plans to Bring Santa Cruz to Market
- 2018 GMC Terrain Impressions
- ZF Creates New Seat for Kids
- Audi to Test Solar Roof Panels
- Dana Developing New Type of CVT

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12 Comments to “AD #2175 – Hyundai Plans to Sell Small Pick-Up, Audi to Test Solar Roof Panels, 2018 GMC Terrain Impressions”

  1. Lisk Says:

    So on the Terrain’s new shifter, do you have to lean forward to operate it? As with all things that seem to be changing for the sake of change these days, it doesn’t make sense. Just put the shifters back on the steering column. It’s out of the way and simple.

  2. Lex Says:

    I have not driven the new 2018 GMC Terrain, but would only consider buying or leasing the 2.0 liter Turbo engine. Not crazy about the electronic shifter buttons. I prefer a stick selector.

    Too bad Honda did not place a similar 2.0 liter turbo engine in the 2017 CR-V. Maybe Honda might consider increasing the size of it’s base engine in the EX through Touring trim levels.

    I hope Audi cracks the code and develops and solar panel which can do more than power a hair dryer. You think about it, your vehicles sits in a parking lot of 8 hours a day while you are at work. If it has a solar panel integrated into the roof it should be able to convert that sunlight into electrical energy for use later.
    You might be able one day to sell it back to the power grid.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If the Terrain automatically goes into “park” when you shut off the engine with the start/stop button, the shift setup is fine. My Prius does that, and it is a great, but simple feature.

    Still, there is nothing wrong with column shifters for automatic transmissions. They are intuitive, and don’t take up console space.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Solar panels put out about 20 watts/square foot, so if you can put 30 square feet of panel on the roof of a car, you’d get 4.8 kWh of juice in 8 hours of bright sunlight. That would be enough to be useful in an electric or plug-in hybrid car. Panels should get more efficient, but not enough to make EV’s run on solar power, without stored energy.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Curious that GM would put a piano key shifter in its new Terrain thus making another different kind of shifter. They have already gotten some flack with their toggle shifter on their eight-speed. While I don’t think that one shifter is better than another parenthetically, I also don’t think that one company should have so many different ones. And especially the push button type (never my favorite).

    A hair dryer can consume 1400 watts (the report didn’t mention what size hair dryer), but assuming 1400, nothing to sneeze at; however it’s not going to power an electric vehicle. It could provide charging when not in use and/or power accessories but until the panel is so cheap, as not to include it would not make sense, it would probably remain in high-end vehicles (or incur an up-charge).

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 I was curious about the “hair dryer” thing, because I found from multiple sources, that about 20 watts/square foot is the high end of output from today’s solar panels, in mid-day sunshine, and I am pretty sure all hair dryers are over 1000 watts. It would take a rather large car to have the required 70 square feet of roof for solar panels for the 1400 watt hair dryer.

    Still, as panels get cheaper, it could make sense to put them on vehicles, even if you only get ~500 watts from them in bright sunshine.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I always liked the push button shift on my ’57 Chrysler and ’64 Dodge Dart, but they were on the dash, to the left of the steering wheel. That seems a good place, away from the passengers.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    At 6; agree, there sure seems to be a lot of lofty numbers ‘flying’ around when we hear these stories. I wonder if there are qualifiers when they make these statements. Technology is ever moving so what I/we think may or may not be true (anymore). Tongue in cheek here: but I think we need to find them ‘dilithium crystals’; Scotty, are you out there (we need help), thanks. ;)

  9. George Ricci Says:

    GM, thank you for NOT using the electronic shifter in the Bolt, Lacrosse, and XT5 in the Terrain. The push buttons are the best approach in implementing an electronic shifter. Lincoln and Honda are already moving in this direction. The sooner you remove the current shifter in Bolt, Lacrosse, and XT5 to push buttons, the sooner you will start to sell more of them.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does anyone know if “turning iff” the Terrain with the start/stop button puts it in park?

  11. Ziggy Says:

    @7 Kit, your post brought back pleasant memories of my mom’s ’64 Plymouth Fury with the push buttons on the dash left of the steering wheel, I especially liked the parking mode lever that you pulled down and it automatically pushed the Neutral button in. Loved that car, with the 318 it was no slouch and it was so easy to work on under the hood. Except for carburetor icing during warm up in the winter it ran like a champ.

  12. Len Simpson Says:

    Had a 2010 terrain & it’s chevy bro- Chinese timing chains wore out early on both of them