AD #2389 – Ford, BMW & PSA Test 5G-V2X, China Approves Tesla Factory, Ronaldo’s Move to Italy a Goldmine for Jeep

July 11th, 2018 at 11:33am

Runtime: 6:47

0:29 Tesla Gets Approval for Chinese Factory
1:13 Ronaldo’s Move to Italy a Goldmine for Jeep
1:59 Bosch & Daimler Launch Automated Shuttle Service
2:57 Detroit Auto Show Moves to June
3:39 Toyota Launches New Ride Sharing Service
4:54 Ford, BMW & PSA Test 5G-V2X Communication
5:43 Audi & Huawei Partner on Connected Car Tech

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22 Comments to “AD #2389 – Ford, BMW & PSA Test 5G-V2X, China Approves Tesla Factory, Ronaldo’s Move to Italy a Goldmine for Jeep”

  1. Victor West Says:

    I wonder how much sales of sedans is influenced by Ford, GM, and FCA discontinuing or announcing the end of sedan production. Would one want to be told that a car would be an orphan or undesirable. That would reflect residual values. Being told it is cool to have an SUV instead of a sedan could influence sales. Sedans generally ride and handle better, get better fuel economy, but are no longer “cool”.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    @1, I know many people, including my father, who have switched to some type of CUV or SUV because they are easier to get into and out of because they are generally higher off the ground. Handling? yea cars handle better but most NA drivers don’t care as long as they can do the speed limit in the left lane, that’s all that matters.

  3. MJB Says:

    Yes, Sean. I too would love for the show to reclaim the name, “Detroit Auto Show”. We know the big three will never be “The BIG 3″ again, but but we’re still the Motor City.

    Not to mention, with all the heavy investment and revitalization happening in Detroit from downtown to midtown, this would be the perfect time to transition the identity of the show back to the name of the city that put the world on wheels. Say it loud and say it proud – The DETROIT Auto Show!! :) :)

  4. Brett Cammack Says:

    When in the showroom, buying our new Outlander, there was a Kia Optima on display. I told my wife, “Watch. This is why we’re buying another Outlander.”

    I opened the driver’s door, sat back into the seat, and smacked the side of my head soundly against the roof rail. I’m 62 with arthritic cervical vertebrae. I simply cannot articulate my head and neck to get into or out of a contemporary sedan without considerable effort.

  5. MJB Says:

    #3 cont… After all, if Eminem could spark Chrysler sales back in 2011 with the “Imported from Detroit” campaign, there must be more hidden cache to tap into than people realize at first glance…

  6. XA351GT Says:

    One thing they maybe leading people away from cars is visibility. As more people buy taller ,wider vehicles seeing around them is a PITA if your in a car like I am. Backing from mall parking lots is like Russian Roulette as it’s like being between 2 billboards and zero visibility . Which of course forces people to also buy the CUV and SUVs to be on a even playing field. We bought my wife a Crosstrek and she likes the added height . Being small to begin with she felt dwarfed in her old ZX2 . The roof of her car was below the bottom of the side windows on most SUVs . So safety was also a concern.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    #4 I think you nailed it! The larger reason for the spike in SUV/CUV sales. All those baby boomers are at the age where vehicle egress is much easier. Not to mention the better view of the road and something I noticed in a recent long trip in a sedan. My heal started to hurt even using cruise control. But having my legs stretch out sitting 6 to 8 inches off the floor is not as comfortable as the more upright position where you can put your feet flat on the floor. Lots of things contributing to this shift but not so sure its a fad or whats cool.
    I believe that trends are going to be even less of a factor in the future as today’s new drivers don’t care about car style as much or trends. They look at vehicles as just transportation. They would drive a Pontiac Aztec over a new car if the Aztec has a better stereo and Apple carplay.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hey one more suggestion for the Detroit Auto show. Limit it to 16 and over at least for some of the days. My last visit was so frustrating as potential consumers stood and waited to look at vehicles while parents let their kids use the vehicles as playground equipment. Getting pictures of 3 yr old Jimmy behind the wheel etc.
    Being in June will be a good move and they can show the next model year vehicles that hit showrooms in July.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m one of those aging baby boomers, a month from being 72, and I still drive cars, except the few hundred miles a year that I drive my old minivan to go model airplane flying.

    I guess I don’t find cars that hard to get into, especially compared to the new pickup trucks. A friend has a basic, 2wd F150, and it’s about a foot and a half step up and down to get in and out of it. Why are these new pickups jacked up like that? The 2001 Silverado my friend replaced with the aluminum F150 wasn’t that way.

  10. MJB Says:

    #8. Gotta say, as great as it would be to have an adults only day and the rug-rats out of the way (got two of my own), I don’t think that would fly.

    But I completely agree!!

  11. Drew Says:

    @8 – I hope they (please!) put the Detroit Auto Show in early June so the kids will still be in school and at the show.

  12. Dan Says:

    Silly me, I thought auto shows were designed to introduce the public to the new vehicle models. Moving the auto show to June we will give us one last chance to see last years model before the new models arrive in the fourth quarter.

    If they had really wanted to boost attendance at the Auto show they should have gone ahead with moving it out of Detroit. There had been discussions about moving it to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. A lot of people don’t want to go downtown Detroit.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 They would have early production, or pre-production “next year’s” models available, if they would want to display them.

    The reason I went to the Detroit show only once, over the many years I lived just a few hours away, was the weather. I didn’t want to walk however far necessary in the cold and snow, and then, maybe have a blizzard to drive though. If they’d had the show in the summer, or very early fall during my working years, I would have gone a few times.

  14. JWH Says:

    Detroit Auto Show – June has a weather advantage, and I would assume that the vast majority of the upcoming model year vehicles will be available & on display. No issues with going to Cobo Hall which is a good facility for the auto show with many restaurants available downtown.

  15. Drew Says:

    The Suburban Showplace in Novi would be ideal for me, but I was told it lacks the electricity capacity requirements for s major auto show.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 Kit you are the exception :-)
    I think Fords have always sat up higher going back the old leaf spring front ends. GM’s always sat lower.

    Compared the 2018′s and Ford F150 is about 2 to 3 inches bigger in every dimension except width which is about the same.

  17. Lisk Says:

    One, thing we’re forgetting; winter masks some of the natural City of Detroit that July certainly won’t.

  18. Joe Says:

    #9 I too am an aging babyboomer and have a 2015 basic 2wd Silverado that was sky high. Lowered it – much better entry and egress as well as loading and unloading. The bonus is that it handles better.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #18 I had a pickup once, a 1995 S10 with the 4.3 and 5-speed manual. I lowered it, by replacing the 75 series tires with 60′s. It was a pretty good autocrosser in lowly SCCA H stock. I had to mentally adjust for the 7% speedometer error, though.

  20. Joe Says:

    My last truck was a ’03 s-10 extreme 4.3 & 5-speed, 16″ 50 series performance tires. Lots of fun to drive. Would loved to have kept that one.

  21. joe Says:

    For you information, I’m “joe” the original. The other “Joe” came after.

    Again,I think Tesla is miss leading the public by saying they are going to build a plant in China. How is Tesla going to get the money. I don’t think Tesla will be able to raise the money.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Maybe China will help pay for, like Indiana subsidized the Honda plant, and others.