AD #2517 – Ghosn Resigns from Renault, Lights Could Help Build Trust w/ AVs, Ford’s 4th Quarter Disappointing

January 24th, 2019 at 11:55am

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Runtime: 7:24

0:26 Carlos Ghosn Resigns from Renault
1:03 Bugatti Says “No” to SUVs
1:41 Lights Could Help Build Trust with AVs
2:49 McLaren Gives Vision of F1 in the Future
3:56 Mazda3 Pricing Goes Up
4:37 Lincoln Reveals Aviator Pricing
5:28 Ford’s 4th Quarter Results Disappoint

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15 Comments to “AD #2517 – Ghosn Resigns from Renault, Lights Could Help Build Trust w/ AVs, Ford’s 4th Quarter Disappointing”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Good move on Bugatti of not producing a ‘ute’ but their position in selling cars is more unique than just about all the other car manufacturers’. With such a low production number, and all cars allocated until the end of 2021, I doubt they have the capacity to produce something else (or the inclination to produce).

    I see Ford going for an upscale vehicle, in the Aviator, but just charging astronomical prices for a vehicle with no legacy, I find risky.

  2. Barry T Says:

    I hear this morning a true compact truck under the Ranger is coming soon, as is the Ranger redesign. Ford is adding to the Truck lineup none too soon. It seems to me that synergies will grow in the smaller pickup + SUV lines.

  3. buzzerd Says:

    Interesting concept with AV’s using lights to communicate intent. Right now we often use eye contact to make sure other drivers or pedestrians see us, the lights can do a similar thing.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    Good show today, Sean

    A. Going, going, Ghosn! Not just gone, but if he is convicted of what he is accused of, I read that he may get DECADES of Jail time. Hard times for CEOS.. my heart goes out to them.. NOT! But it is obvious that Japan hates Ghosn’s guts.

    B. Bugatti is NOT an independent company, but part of the huge VW GROUP. So it is very easy for them to preach to the converted, while not only VW, AUDI and PORSCHE have a TON of SUVs of all sizes, but even LAMBORGHINI, also a VW Group member, came up with the ugly and unimpressive SUV the URUS recently. So, we are not impressed, VW Group!

    C.Mazdas, the poor man’s BMWs, always get good reviews but their sales have gone nowhere recently, despite a ton of car and suv models. They are in a coma around 1.5-1.7% market share in the US, when Subaru during the same years went from 1 to 4 %!

    D. Lincoln Hippopotamus pricing. Spot on, Sean. It is actually worse than I thought, this Black Label fraud STARTS at 89k. So with a few more options and the accursed TAX, you will pay $100,000+ for an.. Explorer? Give me a break, Ford apologists, no matter what you say, with a straight face or not, how can I take you seriously? No wonder Lincoln sells only a PITTANCE of units, while 50 years ago Lincoln and esp Caddy had 90% of the luxury market!

    E.4th Quarter Ford Earnings. I read elsewhere that Ford lost about a billion overseas and made two billion here. (4th Q probably). It would be interesting to separate the F 150 from all the rest of it (which is really meager despite all the SUVs). I bet the F 150 made Ford $4 billion and the other divisions in the US lost $2 billion, for a net of $2 bill profit in Q4.

    F. As usual, I will watch the second half of AAH, the discussion, after the Shelby infomercial and larry king like soft interview is over.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The base Aviator will be RWD with the 3.0 turbo. If you’d lower it about 3 inches, and tune the suspension right, it might be a pretty decent sporty wagon.

    To me, the “loaded” version of any vehicle where almost half the price is options cannot be a good deal. What do you get for your extra $40K with the black flag edition of the Aviator?

  6. DonWagner1239 Says:

    No to that space cadet Formula racer unless it still has a driver, no electronics driving aids, and an engine and transmission controlled by the driver. Can’t watch the electric formula races and lets get rid of the other cheats now F1 thinks levels the field. The Indy Car series has one vehicle with two spec. engines and bodywork. Much more interesting to follow and watch. Or, maybe just use Mercedes and Ferrari engines. I still laugh at the hybrid F1 racers. What percentage of a Mercedes sale goes to the Formula one team. Note that Dieter loves to see himself on TV in the pits.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I find F1 interesting BECAUSE it is not a “one design” series like Indy Car has become. F1 has 10 different chassis and 4 different hybrid systems. If F1 has tried to “level the field,” they have failed miserably. Last year, only 3 teams won even one race, unless I’m forgetting something.

    There are two aspects of using the hybrid powertrains that I don’t like. It un-levels the field, and it increases the cost. There will be a somewhat different formula for the hybrid system next year, and it will be interesting how that works out. Will Mercedes continue to dominate? Maybe not, since everyone is partly starting from scratch with the engines. Honda could be good, given that Red Bull’s deep pockets are helping fund their effort.

  8. Kate McLeod Says:

    Options costing $40K and a Lincoln that costs over $100K. I think that’s asking—what can I say, too much?—of a Lincoln customer. And with their advertising as it is—I’m just not a fan. I won’t say anymore.

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I don’t think that those autonomous lights are as intuitive as the article seems to imply. For all that see them for the first time, and until that person can be instructed on their purpose, I can’t see much benefit.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It should easy to make autonomous cars better at once aspect of indicating intent than many human drivers, using turn signals.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    If you did not see AAH yesterday, especially the second half, you missed a ton of very interesting discussions.

    Ford’s loss in the 4th quarter is really bad, most makers make their best profits in the 4th quarter. Still, they have a lot of models in 2019 so it may better (it could not possibly be worse)

    VW is going to MAKE its own Superchargers, and, (VERY smart!) they will be MOBILE. This will address my concerns over redundant chargers in one area and no chargers in another, as makers make each their own and don’t let the others use theirs and all that inefficient stupidity.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    11 some typos, most obvious. John M. mentioned that a Ford person told him, if Hackett gives Ford’s F-150 tech/knowhow to VW, he would have “had it” with Hackett. I hope that person is Bill Ford… for Ford’s sake.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Yeah, AAH was pretty good (even the Mustang segment); but agreed, the second half was more entertaining to me too.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Does Ford really have any F-150 tech that VW doesn’t have? Mainly, Ford has an F-150 buyer base who will buy the trucks “no matter what,” and would be bashing GDI turbo engines and aluminum bodies if Chevy had used them instead of Ford. As far as F-150 tech, VW was using GDI turbos and aluminum bodies years before Ford.

  15. Brett Cammack Says:

    In the future, F1 drivers will be cyborgs… with boobs… apparently. :)