AD #2870 – GM Racketeering Case Dismissed; AVL Develops Impressive E-Axle; Toyota Reveals Corolla Crossover

July 9th, 2020 at 12:03pm

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Runtime: 10:26

0:07 Judge Dismisses GM Racketeering Case
0:47 Elon Musk in Line for Massive Payday
1:26 Tesla Close to Level 5 Autonomy
1:54 Safety Advocates Want Emergency Stop Button in AVs
3:39 Lucid Announces Retail Network
4:27 AVL Develops Impressive E-Axle
5:55 All-New S-Class User Experience Highlights
7:16 Toyota Adds Crossover to Corolla Lineup
8:28 CUPRA Making Performance ID.3 EV
9:30 Another Wisconsin Barn Find

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23 Comments to “AD #2870 – GM Racketeering Case Dismissed; AVL Develops Impressive E-Axle; Toyota Reveals Corolla Crossover”

  1. lambo2015 Says:

    Sean: I know your program caters to the global market but it is really nice when the specs your given in metric, and you provide the English equivalent. I know its a simple calculation but often times will highlight the impressive numbers right during your presentation.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Instead of making the the Corolla Cross why would Toyota not just add AWD to the CHR like it should have had in the first place?

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    English is a language, Imperial is a form of measurement.

  4. Nick Thomas Says:

    Yet another Nash. Seems to be a Nash graveyard. Specifically it is a 1939 Nash Ambassador Sedan.

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @lambo2015 – Thanks for the feedback. I will keep that in mind.

  6. Todd Crews Says:

    Hi guys, the barn find looks to me like a 1939 Nash

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that AVL is putting out a lot of BS, in saying their 200 hp, 30,000 rpm motor has 1800 pound feet of torque. That’s like saying the engine in my 2010 Mini has 1,595 pound feet of torque, because that it the number you get if you multiply the engine torque, times the 1st gear ratio, times the final drive ratio. You see a lot of highly misleading torque claims for EVs, that are quoting torque after gear reduction, not the torque of the motor itself. Electric motors have high torque at stall, but not torque like the numbers we see thrown around.

  8. Michael Lamm Says:

    Your barn find – actually forest find – looks to me like either a 1939 or 1940 Nash. The tip-off would be the headlights, but those aren’t visible in the picture.

  9. Donald LaCombe Says:

    It’s a 1940 Nash.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like Toyota did a good job of adding lightness to that “Corolla Cross.” The hybrid, with what appears to be a Prius powertrain, weighs about the same as a Prius. It won’t get Prius gas mileage, with its 6 inch taller body and fat tires, but should do very well for a vehicle of that type, at least at low speed/city driving.

  11. Richard Phillips Says:

    Is it a 1939 Nash LaFayette De Luxe?

  12. Sean McElroy Says:

    @kit #10 – That makes sense. The Prius is built on the same platform as the Corolla Cross. Just mentioned the other two because they are more similar.

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    The hypocrisy of “safety advocates” EMERGENCY STOP BUTTON should be in all cars. Well at least we wouldn’t read about someone throwing the keys out the window.

    If AVL wants to show off their technology, there should be hundreds of thousand Jetta TDI parked in lots. Replace their diesel drivetrain with their technology and get those shells back on the road.

    Perspective folks “0 to 50 km/h in 2.9 seconds” there are electric cars that go 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds (see web link for a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

  14. Dale Leonard Says:

    Hey Sean,I agree with Lambo2015. When giving metric number,please convert to SAE,especially for a 69 year old who grew up with American numbers. Thanks Dale

  15. XA351GT Says:

    Maybe it’s me but shouldn’t a “barn find” be in a building of some sort. That is just a abandoned vehicle. You can find thousands on every city street in America. Calling every old car a barn find diminishes real finds . I’ve had 2 cars parked in my rental garage since 1992 can I call them barn finds? I know it’s semantics ,but it drives me nuts when I hear this all the time.

  16. Bobby T Says:

    The mystery car is another Nash, probably a 1940 or 41.

  17. Gary Says:

    The other car in the same woods looks like a Graham to me. Maybe a 1939-40 model?

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Might the location of those two cars be the back lot of a long gone Nash dealer? Otherwise, it would be quite a coincidence for two abandoned cars near each other like that to both be Nashes.

  19. Bobby T Says:

    18: Maybe it was a guy Who liked Nashes. I’ve seen cases where collectors would hoard cars and never restore them. Or maybe it was a parts car For a restorer.

  20. Lex Says:

    I was wondering why it took so long for a company to come up with the dual motor electric E axle? Good Luck to AVL and their product. It looks very promising.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19. Years ago, there was a guy in my area who would buy a car, drive it until it was to where he didn’t want to fix it, park it in his yard and buy a new car. One that I remember was a Henry J. Maybe the Nashes belonged to someone like that.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20. It is hard to tell for sure from the picture, but does that setup have a differential, or are the two motors geared separately to each wheel? With all EVs, you need gear reduction, but if you use extra motors, you can get rid of the differential, but I’m not sure I see the point of doing that. Given the performance and efficiency Tesla gets with one motor with gear reduction and a differential, or one such setup at each end of the car for the 4wd versions, that seems to be the way to go. Isn’t a differential a lot cheaper than an extra motor and reduction gear set?


    22) Hard to tell but I would assume that they are independent control for each wheel. It would be really expensive but would give them combined power and torque vectoring. I suspect that they did it this way as a showcase product. It would be easy enough to adapt this to a single motor with differential.

    This solution is worked on by pretty much every supplier out there. There is nothing novel here. They were just first to the automotive press.