AD #2407 – FCA Attempts to Block Roxor, Tesla Develops Neural Network Chips, Nissan Sells Battery Operations

August 6th, 2018 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:43

0:33 Nissan Sells Electric Battery Operations
1:11 Daimler In Talks to Build Smart EVs In China
1:46 FCA Attempts to Block Mahindra Roxor
2:38 Ford Introduces Wrong Way Alert
3:31 Tesla Develops Neural Network Chips in Secret
4:48 U of M-Dearborn Demonstrates Mobility Tech
5:39 Weekend Race Results
6:31 Why Toyota Chose Fuel Cell Semi

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14 Comments to “AD #2407 – FCA Attempts to Block Roxor, Tesla Develops Neural Network Chips, Nissan Sells Battery Operations”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If I recall an earlier AAH, that had an interview with Rick Haas, I believe the Mahindra is on off-road only vehicle so I’m wondering if FCA really has a legitimate beef (seeing the heritage that Mahindra has with the original Jeep).

  2. XA351GT Says:

    Of course FCA will try to block it . It looks like a CJ5/7 with a 5 slot grille instead of 7 , The only problem is Jeep stopped building that body style while still owned by AMC. So are they really going to waste the money on lawyers protecting something that wasn’t theirs(FCA) at the time. Especially something only billed as off road. I doubt anyone will confuse the Roxor for a new Wrangler.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    Congrats to Chase Elliot for his 1st win. I feel the 1st of many to come. The parallels between him and his Dad Bill are uncanny. Both had 8 2nd place finishes before winning their 1st race on a road course. It took him a few more starts that his dad did , but the competition today is much more fierce than it was in the 80s. Back there were 3 guys that were a threat every race to win now there are teams with 3 guys that are a threat to win at any race. I really enjoy the road races I wish NASCAR would start a series like the Australian V8 supercars here in the US on just road courses.

  4. MJB Says:

    The GPS will be the most important component of Ford’s ‘Wrong Way Alert’ system. Not so much the camera pointing out what people can already see themselves. Because there are quite a few one-way streets in downtown central business districts which are not marked at every single intersection.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    FCA may have just let the Roxor be if it only attracted a small number of buyers. Even though its off road only and smaller than the new Wrangler, etc., etc. It is still a competitor in that customers are spending money on an off-road vehicle. Without this competition, some of those customers would likely buy a Wrangler. The Roxor may be a victim of its own success.

  6. XA351GT Says:

    GM Veteran , I would agree except many wranglers never get close to going off road( actually many 4x4s in general never see dirt).

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Also, Mahindra may have plans to make a street legal jeeplet in the future, with FCA wanting to pre-emptively address that posibity.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Yeah, about 99.9% of 4×4′s never go off road, except to occasionally park in the lawn of someone having a party.

    I always thought they should sell rwd Wranglers, for those who don’t go off road, and don’t live in the “snow belt.” They made rwd Jeepsters and such, back when those were around.

  9. Max Says:

    I just read yesterday’s Autoline, and was most impressed, and pleased with sales from FCA. Can any of that be attributed to the new Ram coming to market in the last couple months? It appears to be quite an amazing truck!

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 A little of it can be attributed to the Ram, but most of it must be various Jeeps.

    http://fcauthority.com/fiat-chrysler-automobiles/fiat-chrysler-automobiles-sales-numbers/ram-truck-sales-numbers/

    I’ve read, or heard, that they are not up to speed with the V6 mild hybrid yet.

  11. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Автомобили были весело!

  12. DonWagner1239 Says:

    What lawyer got Manley’s ear to start the idiotic thought of a Mahindra suit? Be really afraid when the Thar (there are YouTube videos) is made USA legal (left hand drive) and imported. It even has the 7 slot grille! Roxor too expensive anyway. $10k for the deluxe version is even too much. I see it only for farm or ranch (see Drummond Ranch on Food Network Pioneer Woman shows) pulling of farm trailers. Maybe at a mud bog event to pick up the girls. Don’t see it actually getting in the water.

    Great that Chase Elliot finally won. Have a picture of my wife next to a Bill Elliot cutout at a car museum down the road from the Charlotte race track. Also have pictures of the 9 in the Henry Ford. Just wonder what and why Bill plans to race at Road America.

  13. Don B. Says:

    FCA better get on line and block other manufacturers from diluting the brand. I just look on ebay and found a jeep and ram pick up body in fiberglass for golf carts. That should quantify as dilutes and infringes.

  14. Brett Cammack Says:

    Cheaper for both parties to sign an agreement to never compete in each others market. Mahindra never makes a street legal Roxor and FCA never builds a small, off-road-only CJ. Simple.