AD #2331 – VW Truck & Hino Form Partnership, Model Y Production Details, New Hydroplaning Detection System

April 12th, 2018 at 11:33am

Runtime: 7:20

0:30 VW Truck & Hino Form Partnership
0:52 Volvo Truck Readies First Full EV
1:23 Big Truck Sales Continue to Climb
2:23 Tesla Model Y Production Details
2:52 Continental Develops Hydroplaning Detection System
4:05 Automakers Too Focused on Short Term

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13 Comments to “AD #2331 – VW Truck & Hino Form Partnership, Model Y Production Details, New Hydroplaning Detection System”

  1. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    The section on electric powered trucks makes me wonder how prepared the first responders will be for serious collisions of two or more of these heavy trucks. I’m sure most medium to large cities/towns will be ready (I hope) but the small towns in very rural towns/counties is where my concern resides. Add in the high voltages and battery chemicals to all existing car/truck fluids that will interact in a collision, the results could be very dangerous.

  2. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Again Rande Somma is correct with his assessment with the decisions by auto makers not focusing on better quality parts vs the cheapest price. The domestic makers I believe are changing their mindset to more like what Honda/Toyota which results in most cases better quality vehicles. Back in the day 1960′s when I would repair my car i always tried to buy better quality parts than the car was built with. Results were usually longer repair life. Back then my biggest gripe was with suspension and exhaust part quality the auto makers used in their cars.

  3. Lisk Says:

    So now my car will know when it is hydroplaning? I hope they’re doing this for the benefit of AVs because if you’re not skilled enough to figure that out, maybe you need an AV. There are far too many driver aids out there that people are becoming more and more dependent on that is continuing to dumb us all down. It’s like watching the amazement of a 10 year old watch me crank down the windows on my ’78 Firebird.

    Elon is busy diverting attention again talking about the Model Y. The Musk-a-teers should be happy because now he’s dangling another carrot. Solar City has been taking a beating in the financial press lately so it’s time to announce some more 2019 product announcements. Hopefully someone will fulfill all his dreams, I just think it will be him.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Lisk , I agree with you. All these aides are nice ,but people now have zero driving skills at all. About a month back we had one of our Nor’Easter storms and the TV news showed video of a guy in a new Camaro struggling to move in 2-3 inches of snow. Which had viewers responding about how it was crazy to drive a RWD car in the snow. When I posted that 40 years ago 85% of the vehicles on the road were RWD and people seemed to be able to drive in it back then was responded to with crickets. You could and we did drive RWD in snow and yes it took more effort and driver skill , but it also kept the ying yangs that shouldn’t be driving at home.

  5. Lisk Says:

    4) Being a Military brat, my family spent 6 years at Pease AFB in NH. We never had a four wheel drive truck and most of the gov’t pickups were 2 wheel drive. The closest we had was dad had a Fiat 600, not to get around in the snow, but because it was $250.
    My lady friend’s kid had a ’98 Trans Am with Blizacks on it but never drove it in the snow. After he realized the real thing wasn’t a video game, he has almost no interest in driving.

  6. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    4…yes drivers of my generation had better driving skills because we had to learn to oprerate driving without all the aides in todays vehicles. Back then driver aides were usually snow tires/chains and if lucky enough have posi-traction rear axle.

  7. JWH Says:

    Randy Somme – Totally agree with his comments & have been saying something similar for many years – What he intimated & it’s true is that many times various departments within the same company have conflicting goals which is never good.

    & I laugh at many of the comments regarding driving RWD vehicles during the winter. When I first got out of school my one & only vehicle in Southeast Michigan was a 1970 Corvette (before even all season tires). If I wanted to go somewhere, it did. & I will admit that 2016 Corvette hibernates for a number of winter months due to having 2 AWD vehicles (one with winter tires & the other with all season tires). Guess I am much softer in my old age.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If the Camaro were on summer performance tires that would explain problems with even just a couple inches of snow. Back in the day us rwd drivers may have been a little more skilled (in general) but the tires were also generally skinnier and would get to the pavement a little easier. I don’t think a blanket statement that today’s drivers can’t drive is a little over the top. We had some duzzys’ even back then that were a danger to the general driving public.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Rande Somma could have expanded even further to include the costs associated with sourcing parts overseas. The net net costs are often not realized until years into a program. When that part they sourced in China has a quality spill. Then they incur the cost of sending people to China find out the pipeline of parts are on boats, and so a months worth of parts are lost and they cant get the fixed parts in their plant for another couple weeks. Many times I have seen auto parts being shipped by helicopter and plane rather than truck or boat to avoid shutting assembly plants down. Expedited shipping costs that neared the 1 Million mark but good thing they saved $200k on piece price.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    My first 17 years of driving, in central Indian, I drove RWD cars with tires not nearly at good as today’s all season tires. I got by ok. After that, I drove mostly FWD cars that did much better. The idea of AWD cars is silly, unless you do ice racing. An FWD car will go through snow, until it is so deep the bumper is plowing snow.

  11. RS Says:

    About long range planning…
    I have been a Honda watcher for many years and became aware of a couple of projects they were developing in the 1980s. One was Asimo. I am still not sure about its economic value but I am sure Honda engineers learned a whole lot about robotics and artificial intelligence.

    The other was Honda’s aircraft project that started about the same time. In the early stages of the project, the president of Honda announced that the company expected the aircraft project to start being profitable by about 2035. I remember thinking at the time that the financial projections 40 or more years into the future were unbelievable. Nobody plans THAT far ahead! Their plans meant that virtually every current employee of the company would retire well before the aircraft program would become profitable!

    Honda is now building the Honda jet in North Carolina. I read that Honda delivered the most jets in its class (I think it was about 90 aircraft) in 2017. Not sure what class that is.

    I can’t help but wonder if any other automaker is planning much beyond the next three development cycles – never mind fifty years in advance.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    #11 My prediction is the US auto industry is setting themselves up to be blindsided like they were in the 80′s back when the Japanese were prepared to sell good quality small cars that got decent gas mileage. The US made everything with V8′s and were big massive cars. They couldnt even develop a small car fast enough and ended up partnering with the likes of Mitsubishi Suzuki and Toyota. GM partnered with Toyota to create the GEO prizm that was actually built in the Fremont plant now owned by Tesla. Anyway their short sighted look at the market basically allowed the Japanese to capture a large portion of the US market directly and indirectly thru partnerships.

    No one seems to know what EV, hybrid and AV vehicles are going to do to the market and they seem to be eager to prepare for anything with partnerships in both ride sharing and AV technology. Meanwhile they are all focusing on building what sells today. CUV/SUV’s.
    If the EV and AV craze doesnt pan out for another 20 years the US makers are going to be in a sad position in 5 years when the CUV/SUV rage is over. IMHO

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: RWD in snow, I remember in the 90′s driving a RWD old Dodge van with relatively wide tires from KC to St Louis in a heavy blizzard. As long as I kept the speed steady and constantly corrected the steering, it was fine. It was fun “drifting” in a big van for 250 miles!