AD #2532 – GM’s Board Transformation, Big Truck Sales Keep Climbing, Cruise Shows Impressive AV Capabilities

February 14th, 2019 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 6:29

0:15 Board of Directors Transforming at GM
1:08 Busch Beer Turns NASCAR Into Beer Cans
2:39 Nissan Invests in New Plant in Africa
3:12 January Big Truck Sales
3:56 New Silk Road Could Slash Shipping Time
4:53 Cruise Automation Shows Impressive AV Capabilities

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20 Comments to “AD #2532 – GM’s Board Transformation, Big Truck Sales Keep Climbing, Cruise Shows Impressive AV Capabilities”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The “new silk road” could make an interesting passenger rail trip.

  2. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Kit, I think you are on to something. I’ve included a website map, as I was not sure of the route of the Silk Road:

  3. Bob White Says:

    I’m sure the section through Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan could be full of surprises… Lol

    The silk road will give China a huge comparative advantage in trade and power in that section of the world. It would essentially block off any competing interest.

  4. BobD Says:

    RE: Silk Road…. I suspect the emphasis will be on shipping lots of Chinese cars (and other products) TO Germany and the rest of Europe.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 re. surprises, that’s true, but if they had passenger cars as part of the train carrying the Benzes, BMWs, and Porsches, the train would have “protection.”

  6. John McElroy Says:

    #4. Bob, you nailed it!

  7. Lex Says:

    This proposed “Silk East West Road Railroad” could have several routes from Mainland China west through the Southern Russian States and into Europe to bypass the Middle East. This can also be a huge Geo-Political tool used against all parties concerned when trade negotiations fail. I would not suggest it as a form of human transportation in the near future due to the potential for terrorism along its enormous length. IMHO

  8. Albemarle Says:

    Watching the Cruise Automation video makes we want one. Turn it off on the sunny winding 2 lane roads and turn it on for the city downtown. Sweet.

  9. lambo2015 Says:

    John; I would think large truck sales were dead in 2008 when the economy was in the dumps. Assuming many trucking firms held out a few extra years to replace parts of their fleet until 2010 or 11, which I would think saw a spike. The average age of large trucks on the road is just under 8 years. So isn’t it possible that these sales are the second round of that spike? Just a thought.

    The cruise autonomy showed impressive capability in the beautiful San Francisco weather, which is a horrible city to drive in. Now show me how it does in Detroit after a snow storm.

  10. DonWagner1239 Says:

    That Cruise video is amazing. But, what happens if/when the legal traffic won’t yield or let you in. Won’t work in Detroit!

    Sorry Larry, but I only pasted the link to the Motor Authority article that stated the Tayman was small and a kind of junior Panamera. Maybe you were there during the testing. The BMW behind looks about the same size. I’d estimate a 5 series. Decide for yourself:

  11. DonWagner1239 Says:

    There are said to be 71 pictures. Number 6 side view, not so big. Maybe Fusion or Malibu size? Model 3?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11, A couple sites I found predict that the Taycan will be 191 inches long. That’s about like Model S, and a little longer than Fusion and Malibu, if I remember right (which I may not).

  13. Max Says:

    I’m confused. I read an article earlier in the week saying that big truck sales are tanking. In fact, they said Class 8 sales are down 58% from a year ago, while you are saying that big truck sales are up almost 25% with big semi’s driving the growth. So which is true?


  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Interesting

  15. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Max, 13
    Thanks for that article. Besides the actual numbers stating the decline in sales (currently) there is also great insight regarding the ‘typical’ cyclical nature of trucking purchases. They certainly don’t seem to level out much; boom or bust seems the norm. Even the comments were mostly useful and insightful as many were truckers in and about themselves yielding some of their thoughts (of the industry).

  16. John McElroy Says:

    #13. All we can tell you is that our source for truck sales is Wards. It’s considered the bible of the industry, and it’s data is even used by the US Commerce Department for all of its automotive reporting. We’ve never heard of Wolf Street before and we consider Wards to be a much better and reliable source.

  17. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I won’t pretend to know too much about class 8 production and the economy, but from my perusal of the web, it appears forecasts are a little scetchy, and while guardingly optomistic, are leaving room for ‘adjustments’ siting possible tariffs again. Trailer sales seem to be remaining stronge as well so this might be a forecast omen as well.

  18. Michael Says:

    GM has been 50/50 or close to that, on the board since 2016 I thought?

  19. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Just watched a 9 second 1/4 mile with the e-COPO Camaro. Swish….……… (over at Autoweek)

  20. Ed Says:

    #16 wolf street corp. Located in San Francisco, opens in June 2014. Web search turns up lots of interesting pieces. Always good to do your own research.