AD #2799 – OEMs Will Help Make Virus Equipment; Toyota & Hino Making Fuel Cell Trucks; Ways to Pass the Time

March 23rd, 2020 at 11:36am

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Runtime: 6:34

0:21 BMW Will Close U.S. Plant in a Week
0:42 GM Partners to Make Virus Equipment
1:25 How GM & FCA Are Keeping Operations Going
1:53 Detroit 3 to Keep Parts Centers Open
2:50 Toyota & Hino Developing HD Fuel Cell Truck
3:18 Bentley Bacalar to Inspire Future Models
4:01 Petersen Museum Opens Its Virtual Doors
4:41 Pass the Time with Ian Callum Design
5:08 What Are Your Thoughts on eRacing?
5:38 Keep the Powerslides Alive!

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25 Comments to “AD #2799 – OEMs Will Help Make Virus Equipment; Toyota & Hino Making Fuel Cell Trucks; Ways to Pass the Time”

  1. Bob Wilson Says:

    The web link is to an article about Tesla donating their mask and face shield inventory.

    “. . . Tesla has already donated 50,000 3M N95 masks and multiple PAPR helmets. According to CEO Elon Musk, they have another 200,000 masks heading out to hospitals. It’s important to be very clear here that Tesla did not “make” these masks, but instead quickly donated its own supply.”

    Do the other manufacturers have ready inventory?

    The reason I ask is protecting healthcare professionals should be a very high priority. Then test kits to survey the population to narrow on ‘hot spots’ and reduce transmission. Finally patients.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Do any new cars still even have hand brakes? Even serious sports cars, like Corvette and Porsche Cayman/Boxter, have electric parking brakes that wouldn’t be very good for playing with power slides. As far as putting the parking brake on the front wheels, I don’t like the idea of adding the extra unsprung weight on the front end, but the weight is probably small enough that it doesn’t make much difference.

    I watched a few minutes of the Nascar video game thing, and wasn’t very entertained, but they showed a little of the “drivers,” and they seemed to be having fun. I don’t watch regular Nascar races any more either.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is BMW the only US assembly plant still running? It seems that most, both “Detroit 3″ and transplants were closed by company, or union decisions, and Tesla by the local sheriff, but BMW kept going. BMW must have wanted to build up a stockpile of those CUVs, and may move the plant to Mexico to avoid trades wars, and not re-open in SC.

  4. Brett Cammack Says:

    I watched the whole sim race on Sunday. I used to race the Papyrus sims “Grand Prix Legends” and their NASCAR offerings. Those formed the technological basis for iRacing.com’s platform.

    It all felt quite familiar. Graphics were not appreciably finer than when I raced. They don’t was CPU power modeling crash debris or pit crew. Smoke seems about as lame as ever, but that’s not important anyhow.

    I found it easy enough to “suspend disbelief” after watching for a couple minutes and just enjoy the race.

    To show that it costs money to win, Denny Hamlin’s cockpit rig purportedly cost $40 grand. Has all sort of exotic stuff like motion sensors and such.

    All in all, an entertaining 90 minutes.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Interesting. I suspect I would have “gotten into it” more, if I’d done sim racing myself.

  6. Brett Cammack Says:

    Whoops! I just found out that Hamlin’s sim racing rig was $124,000 + $5,000 delivery and setup.

    https://www.simcraft.com/full-motion-racing-simulator-race-engineering/

    Yowza! I’ve still got my 20 year-old original cable drive Logitech Wingman Formula Force wheel! I’ll let it go for half that! :)

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    I really can’t see BMW moving their plant to Mexico. With 11,000 workers and at least three expansions, they have so much invested in that plant that they would have a hard time making a financial case to move it. Plus, the blowback from Washington would be huge! Its BMW’s largest and most profitable plant in the entire world. I think they have other uses for the capital it would take to make the run for the border.

  8. JoeS Says:

    That young lady has bright future in stunt driving.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I wasn’t too serious about them moving the SC plants to Mexico, at least not during the life cycle of current, or similar products.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Only $124K, and it’s very good in a crash.

  11. Don LaCombe Says:

    I watched the NASCAR race and it was more interesting than I expected. I have to admit it beats the heck out of watching races you’ve already seen. It will however, never replace the real thing. Drivers make totally different decisions when they know they can walk away!

  12. cubbiesoh Says:

    3,7 — There is no way that BMW can move that much production to any other plant they have. They already work 6.5 days/week in two plants to make all of the SUV’s they pump out of that facility. Their issue is that it is the ONLY plant in the world to make the X3-X7 series vehicles. With China finally coming back to life, they need as much inventory as they can get before a shutdown with a now unknown restart date. I know that the Big 3 have a date of April 6, and Honda March 30, but that will all move out with the “Stay at Home” orders for Michigan and Ohio.

    Take care and don’t go crazy all cooped up at home.

    I’m just glad that John had six minutes of material. Hope that is able to continue.

  13. Roger Blose Says:

    John, many thanks for keeping us going during this bleak time! I just read that Tesla has been caught stripping out software features on their second hand cars via over the air software audit updates. Only the first owner gets the benefits of Co-pilot and then it is taken away on resale. Of course you can repurchase this and other features when you buy used. Not a good trend!

  14. Andrew Bellis Says:

    Just want to add my thanks to you guys for continuing with Autoline Daily even in the middle of a crisis. This is something i watch every day and it helps to keep things “normal” in my neck of the woods. Also, I loved that slide between the trash cans….now where have i seen that before?

  15. John Says:

    One wonders if the ventilators with be made in a timely manner. One also has to wonder who will operate the ventilators. According to the medical experts there won’t be enough trained operators once they start arriving. We are behind the power curve on this one. I guess cutting the CDC pandemic team in 2018 wasn’t such a good move.

  16. merv Says:

    great show as always,thanks

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 There should be a market for the skill of “cutting the wires” for Tesla updates, so the the capability can’t be used to downgrade used cars. When/if we recover from the depession we’re entering, there will probably be a lot of Model 3s on the market, that have been replaced with Model Ys.

  18. DenMor Says:

    BMW will move their plant eventually if they keep getting threatened with tariffs…

  19. Larry D. Says:

    A. As I already said once (but in this forum the same things are said again and again 100 times), Bentley should wise up, IF it is in the $ making business, AND give TOP priority in making a REALLY Flagship SUV that can take on the very successful (but still plain looking) Rolls Royce Cullinan, which accounted half of all the units RR sold last year.

    The Bentyaga is really small for a Rolls-Bentley SUV, and basically a clone of the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg.

    B. Why is BMW allowed to keep producing for another whole week while Tesla, with all its RED HOT selling Model Y and 3, is not? Probably a state-by-state thing.

    Thanks for keeping this program going, John, and take care.

  20. Larry D. Says:

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

    And don’t forget the detailed and frequently updated CV site. Italy now with more than 6,000 deaths, the US, five times as populous, with probably less than 600.

    More important is the yellow curve at the lower right, total cases worldwide continues its steep uphill climb, hoping to flatten some day.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19.B. BMW is in the “3rd world” state of South Carolina, while Tesla is in the highly developed state of California. That’s the reason for the difference. Even Indiana’s state government has told people to stay home, but not SC.

  22. Larry D. Says:

    21 Ι already guessed it was a state by state thing, but it is CA that is the third world state. Tesla is only there because of nearby SIlicon Valley and the bargain priced TOyota plant it bought.

    Operating a highly AUTOMATED plant with all the distancing, antiseptic, and state of the art precautions is NOT the same as morons playing BASKETBALL GAMES in New York and thinking they are immune and then dying like FLIES and also infecting their parents and grandparents.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 California is the tech capitol of the world. In SC, it is legal to beat your spouse on the court house steps. Yeah, I’m using generalities. Sorry, to the South Carolinians out there, but allowing the car plants to operate right now seems irresponsible.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For those who are interested, another site with CV data. The third graph doesn’t look too good for us in the US.

    https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

  25. cwolf Says:

    My son works in HVAC and plumbing. Besides the owners, only my son and another are taking only priority calls. All the other were laid off. He is totally covered and used all safety precautions for each job. When completed, garments are bagged and washes thoroughly.