AD #2367 – May Sales Stronger Than Expected, Toyota to Merge Electronics with Denso, Daimler Launching a Comedy Show

June 4th, 2018 at 11:35am

Runtime: 8:11

0:29 May Sales Stronger Than Expected
1:04 May Sales Results for Major OEMs
2:02 Pace Car Crashes in Detroit
3:23 Britain Wants to be Leader in AVs
4:04 Toyota to Merge Electronics with Denso
4:36 Daimler Launching a Comedy Show
5:51 Continental Helping to Reduce Emissions

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20 Comments to “AD #2367 – May Sales Stronger Than Expected, Toyota to Merge Electronics with Denso, Daimler Launching a Comedy Show”

  1. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    If styling and advertising are the reason GM had a better month than Ford its easy to understand. In my market (Philadelphia) Ford has been MIA with advertising while Chevy/GMC has put many many ads on tv/cable. The message must be working. On styling the GM products just look more fresh and refined. Maybe its time for Ford to look inward for a solution… With trucks being their main product, they can’t afford to let their customers go to GM.

  2. phred Says:

    First: Just because you are a GM “big Shot” and have the keys to a “hand built race car”…YOU are not a Championship caliber “Driver”. You just confirmed this age old theory!!
    Second: The electrical preheat for the exhaust sounds like the savior for the Diesel engine powered vehicle. Can it be added on as an accessory?

  3. Onewhoknows Says:

    Nobody does comedy better than Daimler. Just ask the folks who were around Auburn Hills during the magical days of DaimlerChrysler.

  4. Don LaCombe Says:

    Should’t there have been a professional driver in the car with Mark to point these things out? If not, it is a series problem not his fault.

  5. George Ricci Says:

    Mark Reuss and the Indy cars just left pit lane, so his tire were cold. The Streetable Track ties on the Corvette ZR1 need to be warmed up before they will stick. As John points out, turn 2 is not flat and that rise on exit unloads the suspension taking weight off the tires. The video from the first Indy cars shows Mark accelerating on turn exit. All of which contributed to him crashing. What we don’t know is if Traction Control and Stability Control were turned on or off.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Mark will be fine; and as far as the car goes, I think Mark knows a guy. ;) And Mark’s altercation: this very thing has actually happened to others who were trained professional race drivers (see Autoweek’s coverage for details).

  7. XA351GT Says:

    Hey where is the 2nd part of the FCA 5 Year plan you promised on Friday?

  8. George Ricci Says:

    Mark Reuss and the Indy cars just left pit lane, so his tires were cold. The Streetable Track tires on the Corvette ZR1 need to be warmed up before they will stick. As John points out, turn 2 is not flat and that rise on exit unloads the suspension taking weight off the tires. The video from the first Indy car behind Mark shows him accelerating on turn exit. All of which contributed to him crashing. What we don’t know is if Traction Control and Stability Control were turned on or off.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When I heard about the pace car crash, my first thought was, “were the traction control and stability control turned off.”

    Actually, racing drivers sometimes crash pace cars too. I don’t remember where, buy Johnny Rutherford crashed a pace car at a race in the 1990′s.

  10. Drew Says:

    Regarding May sales, how do we know GM’s sales? Didn’t they drop 30 day sales reports… and are only providing quarterly reports?

  11. Lisk Says:

    10) GM still publishes sales, just not individual vehicle lines.

    In 1971 there was no official car at the Indy 500 so they got local car dealer Eldon Palmer to drive a Dodge Challenger from hit lot as the Pace Car. Coming off of turn 4 for the start, Mr. Palmer lost control of the car in hit a spectator grandstand at the pit road entry. After that, USAC had to have a professional driver. I’m not sure when they changed to policy, but I see a lot of unqualified pace car driver in Indy Car.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11) I remember the 1971 crash well. Some people in the stands were seriously injured in that crash.

    Actually, Mark Reuss should have been more “qualified” than a lot of the non-racer pace car drivers, but not qualified enough, as it turned out.

  13. gary susie Says:

    I wouldn’t want to be in mark’s shoes at work today. Can you imagine how they will be giving him a hard time.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    I will expect the late night circuit of comedians to make some reference the road conditions in Michigan being so bad that the pace car crashed to miss a pothole or something to that effect.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    Continental preheat catalysts is again nothing new. Automakers have been using heated O2 sensors for years to achieve this early light off. Granted the hybrid battery capacity makes their version a lot more efficient with higher temps but this concept is nothing new.

  16. Kate McLeod Says:

    Daimler funny? Remeber, auto veterans, when Dieter used to do schtick at auto shows. I suspect he’s behind this effort to lighten the image. Ummmmmm. Well . . . I guess wait and see.

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    #15 – Continental pulled a real coup with preheating the large, working catalytic converter surfaces. Preheating the O2 sensors improves mixture control but the exhaust still has to heat the converter.

    One trick hybrid cars do is to run the engine at a little over idle speed during the “light off”, heating the catalysts in the converter. The electric motors provide power during these first minutes. But diesels are a special problem at idle.

    Without a load, an idling diesel has relatively cold exhaust. It can actually chill the catalysts so they don’t work. The Continental heater prevents that from happening. Combined with START/STOP, a diesel can finally match gas engine emissions.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17–When I first got my 2010 Prius, I didn’t really know why the engine started every time I drove from a cold start. I found out after a year or so.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A little more about the pace car crash:

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a21062427/the-corvette-zr1-pace-car-crashed-before-the-start-of-the-detroit-indycar-race/?src=nl&mag=rdt&list=nl_rdt_news&date=060418

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    My link is the Elon Musk presentation at the stockholder’s meeting. I’m looking forward to reviews.