AD #2797 – GM & Ford Could Make Ventilators; NASCAR Drivers Switch to eSports; Touchscreens Cause Too Much Distraction

March 19th, 2020 at 12:17pm

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Runtime: 13:46

0:41 Automakers Now Shut Down U.S. Plants
1:18 Tesla Reduces Workforce, But Keeps Running
1:50 GM & Ford Could Make Ventilators
2:23 Volkswagen Will Not Buy Navistar
3:04 Chevy Stops Taking New ‘Vette Orders
3:32 NASCAR Drivers Switch to eSports
4:41 Touchscreens Cause too Much Distraction
5:45 BMW Reports Mixed Financial Results
6:42 You Said It!
9:20 Continental Supports Extreme E with Tires
10:18 Driver Aids Not Getting Recalibrated Enough

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41 Comments to “AD #2797 – GM & Ford Could Make Ventilators; NASCAR Drivers Switch to eSports; Touchscreens Cause Too Much Distraction”

  1. Kate McLeod Says:

    Go GM! make ventilators!

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Extreme E racing in Saudi Arabia, the Himalayan Mountains, Greenland and Brazil? Are there very many charging stations in the Himalayan Moutains? :-)

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 They will need to be short races.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Although its unknown how long the CV could delay delivery of the new Corvettes. Not sure why they would stop taking orders. People waited over a year for the Tesla Model 3′s and folks that put deposits down on a Elio are still waiting, I think its been 10 or 12 years now.
    As long as they know they’re on a long waiting list why not continue to take orders?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Unless the COVID-19 crisis lasts a lot longer than we hope it will, I can’t imagine that the car companies could tool up for something like ventilators in time to do any good. It took many months for them to get things like airplane engines in production during WW II, and airplane engines are closer to what car companies normally make than medical equipment. Maybe we could buy ventilators from China, since they seem to be on the downhill side of things.

  6. cwolf Says:

    2&3). I am “ incline d” to believe you.

  7. Carl Says:

    I’m driving a 2008 vehicle that has buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. Call it old school but I can adjust my climate setting and control the radio by the feel of the controls without ever taking my eyes off the round.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 hahh… I see what you did there.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    Tesla is going to reduce their workforce by 75%, but continue to build vehicles. Not sure how or why they would do that, especially with Elon’s views on the crisis.

    Just wanna say, John, you are doing a heck of job there, working on “the Line”! Thanks for all that you do and stay healthy! We need your Autoline insights for many years to come.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Yeah I’m surprised that Elon would want to take on that liability. So what is he going to do when someone in his plant gets infected and dies? You can pretty much assume the family will be suing the company when they were ordered by the local law enforcement to close and they didn’t close.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if once Elon speaks with his lawyers he doesn’t change his tune. Even if he feels its an over-reaction if he is wrong he has put many people in danger.

  11. Phred Says:

    No new corvette orders? I will just have to make do with my 1963 Studebaker Avanti non-supercharged ride on the deserted LA Freeways.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I remember first seeing an Avanti on 1962 Indy 500 pole day. A Studebaker Lark was pace car, but they had a pre-production Avanti there to show off.

  13. JOeY Says:

    Love that you’re still reporting on our industry, keep up the great work! You put a smile on my face :-)

  14. Joe Pastor Says:

    Great show John! Stay safe.

  15. John Says:

    Good luck getting the ventilators built and out in a timely manner. Oh, and staffing? That’s another issue. We’re behind the power curve on this thing…

  16. Bobby T Says:

    7, amen. At my age I sometimes have to pull off the road to change radio stations. Ridiculous 11,12: I went to my local Studebaker dealer in 1962 to check out the Avanti. Beautiful car.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 My 2016 Corvette and 2018 Camry both have knobs for volume and tuning, and for temperature with automatic temp control. A lot of newer cars are less user friendly, though, and some thing on my cars are best done when parked.

  18. MJB Says:

    These A.D.A.S. calibration requirements are yet another reason our insurance rates are higher than they should be and the average car buyer is being priced out of ownership.

    Something as simple as the 15-minute replacement of a side-view mirror could trigger a 4-wheel alignment having to be done???

    If dealer service managers thought they had lost the customer’s trust before (i.e., “Mam, your front lower control arm bushings are on their way out and need replacement immediately…), wait until they try getting people to believe there’s a legitimate correlation between a mirror replacement and how the cars tire treads are wearing!

  19. Bob Wilson Says:

    All gassed up but no where to go.

  20. cwolf Says:

    Many of you know I am not a fan of all these electrical gizmos, but again I asked myself ; How many of these devises are really needed, how many accidents or deaths does each one prevent? I think the NHSB is biased because they want everything that is dreamt up, so are they a good judge of what is actually beneficial? Are the car companies in cahoots with the board, knowing these gizmos give them another opportunity to make more money one every vehicle? And as we are just now learning, the added costs to periodically align all the sensors and the like?
    The service departments must love those who need every toy on the market.

  21. Brett Cammack Says:

    I have Amazon Echo Auto. Uses Bluetooth to connect with the phone and the center stack. Works great!

  22. cwolf Says:

    Call me a liar, but don’t tell me cars, with only the common devices, can’t be made without being profitable. There is nothing wrong with knobs and lever controls. OK, include electric windows. Eliminating all the extra stuff must save something in parts and labor! Sure, volume is a concern, but if the car is reliable, inexpensive to maintain and affordable, people will buy them….especially those who can’t afford today’s average cost of a car.
    I sound like a know it all and it made me think of Larry: I scared the crap out of myself just thinking about it!

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I drove around the area just to see what was open. There was little traffic, for spring break. The city beach parking was closed, but a for-profit lot, $20/car was open. I’m still trying to learn how much risk is involved with certain activities. I figure just driving around is ok, and with the lighter-than-normal traffic, I like it.

  24. cwolf Says:

    I was doing Spring maint. on my push mower and tried an idea.
    I sprayed the inside of the deck with truck bed liner paint.
    That stuff is so hard and slick I thought it would make it easier to keep the deck clean and to avoid any grass build-up. I have no idea if it will work or how long it will last but, as of now, it sure looks pretty if not impressive.

  25. BobbyT Says:

    20: Remember when we were told that insurance rates would go down because all of these safety features would decrease injuries? Not sure if liability went down, but collision is up.

  26. Larry D. Says:

    5, 15: Exactly, too little, too late, AND no excuses, because BYD and others in China converted car plants to CV gear makers weeks or months ago.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    19n You mean “all JUICED up”, and if you charge at home you have one more advantage of BEVs vs ICEs, that you don’t have to get out of your car and touch the dirty infected gas or diesel pumps to refuel, slide your ccard in the dirty card holder thing etc.

  28. Larry D. Says:

    And Elon is 100% correct. Not only is the CV panic utterly dumb, it has led to DISASTROUS results. It is common knowledge around the planet that The US is never prepared for a crisis and only REACTS once one is on its head.

    This time it ruined the best economy the planet has ever seen, all efforts of the corrupt Congress notwithstanding, so it can ‘flatten the curve’ and make hospitals able to deal with a slower CV traffic.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwHMPmTlCfTShqJJfmpVXJzmWpq

    It had to happen. After decades of mismanagement and incompetence, Ford Suspends the Fat Dividend. At least the Ford Family will suffer along with the many innocents.

    ALSO, Ford gets a line of credit. Does not sound good.

  30. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.autonews.com/video/autonews-now-ford-taps-credit-lines-suspends-dividend?utm_source=antv-autonews-now&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200319&utm_content=hero-image

    This should be the correct link to 29 And Ford’s latest achievements (not!)

  31. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

    This morning’s CV update.

    Exactly as I said yesterday, Italy (by far) surpasses China in CV deaths, and not only that, China did not have even ONE new case. But if you doubt CHina’s numbers, look at SOUTH KOREA: 8,652 cases, and ONLY 94 deaths, vs 3,405 in Italy (and counting).

    The fact that the population of Italy is one of the most elderly of Europe, which I gave a few days ago, is NOT an excuse, since other nations are even older (Monaco much older) and have nothing like this debacle, when doctors have to decide who they help live and who they abandon to die.

  32. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.autonews.com/retail/ford-suspends-dividend-withdraws-2020-financial-guidance?utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200319&utm_content=hero-headline

    More on Hackett’s Ford. Not only does it suspend the fat dividend, Ford withdrew its financial guidance.

  33. Larry D. Says:

    “The Dow is set to open 600 points higher, a second day of gains; Nasdaq futures hit ‘limit up’”

    April Fools is 11 days away, so I am not kidding. But of course the market has the whole day to screw it up again.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html

  34. Larry D. Says:

    Kicking and screaming, Tesla is forced to shut down Fremont because the CA bureaucrats believe it is not an ‘essential service’.

  35. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/03/bentley-believes-bigger-bentayga-could-benefit-brand/

    I agree with Bentley. The current Bentyaga is not a very large SUV, a clone of the Cayenne-TOuareg. They need to develop a rival to the much larger ROlls Royce Cullinan (which doubled RR Sales!) YESTERDAY.

  36. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m not sure if there is anything more frustrating or shows peoples ignorance more than the hindsight quarterbacks like Larry.
    In one post he claims the whole Covid19 is not that serious and everyone is over-reacting while commending Elon on trying to keep his plant open. Then in the exact same post (28) expresses how unprepared and reactionary we are in the US. Which is exactly what the closings are PROACTIVE STEPS! If they would have tried to close places down any sooner more people like Larry would say its too much and over-reacting. Until we have a huge breakout like Italy and then will turn coat and say we aren’t doing enough until its too late. So what is the perfect balance Larry? You seem to be on both sides of this topic with criticism either way.

  37. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    TESLA should have shut down when they were ordered to do so. Not dragged kicking and screaming to a shut down. At some point we just realize that Musk is a man child with too much money and no empathy for the people that work for him. I have put him and his company into the same category that I put Walmart in. Large corporation that doesn’t think much about their work force. Never a penny from me based on this action alone unless he decides some day to join the human race properly.

  38. cwolf Says:

    Around the Time Tesla defied the order to shut down there were about 300 confirmed cases and 4 deaths in that county alone! Talk about stupid! He knowingly / willingly put his workers at risk just to line his pockets for the almighty dollar.

  39. veh Says:

    36, 37: Thanks, well said.

    Also, possibly stupid question: could ventilators, or components of them, be produced via 3-D printing?

  40. veh Says:

    and on ventilator topic: https://www.axios.com/wartime-manufacturing-might-not-solve-ventilator-shortage-5da9645d-0836-4e79-9b54-25bdb22ce83e.html

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    40 Good link. It confirms what I suspected, and with good detail.