AD #2306 – Chevy Gets Back into Medium Duty Trucks, Goodyear Tires Grow Moss, Tesla Semi’s on the Road

March 8th, 2018 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:38

0:29 Ford Teaches Saudi Women How to Drive
0:58 Tesla Semi’s on the Road
1:25 GM to Make More Bolts
2:25 Chevrolet Gets Back into Medium Duty Trucks
3:12 Navistar Redesigns Its Medium Duty Trucks
3:37 Goodyear Tires Grow Moss
5:16 You Said It!

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22 Comments to “AD #2306 – Chevy Gets Back into Medium Duty Trucks, Goodyear Tires Grow Moss, Tesla Semi’s on the Road”

  1. Dave E Says:

    Nice to see GM back in the medium duty segment but, does Navistar build these trucks? What happens if or when VW buys Navistar? Is GM out again, does VW rebrand them as VW’s?

  2. Joe Pastor Says:

    Re: poor Accord sales, gotta agree it’s primarily due to lack of a V6. Which begs an Acura question: will the newly redesigned RDX (which is only offered in a turbo-4) suffer the same sales fate? (Memo to Ikeda: make that V6 option available NOW!)

  3. MJB Says:

    LOL! (steer-by-wire comment) John, every time I think you’ve settled in and mellowed out, you come back with a witty one-liner. :)

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    The shows seems a bit faster pace when you host John. Easy on the coffee..

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    I wonder if Ford is charging to teach women to drive in Saudi Arabia or if this a free service?

    So $350 more to remove the rear seat??? Hum remove labor and content and charge more. I can only assume they added some sort of interior pieces and carpet to cover the removed seat.
    Otherwise I would assume most would just leave it in and with a few bolts remove it themselves. So we can expect to see Bolt rear seats on Ebay?

  6. Ctech Says:

    I cam imagine that the Oxygene tire is hard to balance after the summer growing season.

    I find it odd that those producing electric vehicles are late to discover that the commercial customer is almost the perfect customer for its uses and limitations. For route sales and delivery there is no range anxiety, and lower maintenance expenses

  7. ArtG Says:

    According to Honda, only 10% of Accords were V6-powered. That can’t account for the difference.

  8. Bruce Melton Says:

    The “Oxygen-Tire” was developed to ensure the efficient spreading of “fertilizer” from Washington D.C.!!!!

  9. kurt w Says:

    Nice show as usual. However, not all Subies meet PZEV. Subaru’s Forester XT and OUTBACK 3.6R are __not__ rated for PZEV (they instead meet LEV3 requirements).

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    re. steer by wire, I don’t see the point, but it could be reliable, if done right. They would need to use redundacies, as they do with airplanes. Most airplanes have been “fly by wire” for years, and rarely crash.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Exactly, and the numbers are similar for Camry V6. I don’t know the reasons Camry is outselling Accord, but I doubt it has much to do with the “performance” versions.

  12. Ctech Says:

    All I know is that it is easier to finance a Camry vs. Accord and Toyota sells fleet vs. Honda.

  13. Roger Blose Says:

    The Oxygen tire looks promising until the crab grass season starts. May be Scotts and Armorall can develop a solution!

  14. Victor West Says:

    I think the standard 1.5 engine is killing Accord sales. The states make it look wimpy compared to the Camry.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Oxygen tire: giving dogs even more reasons to lift a leg.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The fleet sales could explain a lot.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Do buyers of these cars even know if the engine is turbocharged or not? A few years ago, I read the a lot of BMW 3-series drivers didn’t know which wheels were driven. I’d think CamCord drivers would know even less about their cars.

  18. FSTFWRD Says:

    @16 Kit Gerhart
    Good point. They probably know, but don’t care as long as the car has adequate power.

  19. Gerald T in Fla Says:

    Here’s a concept…Name the new mid-engine Y body the GM GT and market it through all branches; I.E. Cadillac V Series; Buick T Type and of course the Zora. What do you think?

  20. BobD Says:

    #5 – I believe on the HHR panel, where the rear seat was removed, there was a whole other structure in it’s place to create a flat floor for cargo. So the “rear seat delete” code might not tell the whole store of what is and isn’t included. I know on the Colorado extended cab, they have a “rear seat delete” which I believe is a $0 option and only available on fleet orders, and basically is just that, the seat is not installed, but there is a rubber floor mat.

  21. BobD Says:

    Correction – I looked up the Colorado rear seat delete. It is a $240 CREDIT if selected.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m pretty sure the HHR sedan delivery had a hidden storage place or two, created by tbe structure they used to make the flat flor.