AD #2934 – Suppliers Struggle to Fill Jobs; New Ridgeline Finally Looks Like a Truck; Exclusive Mustang Mach-E Updates

October 8th, 2020 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 10:17

0:07 Suppliers Struggling to Fill Jobs
1:03 Official XC40 Recharge Range Also Disappoints
1:31 Scania Slaps Solar Panels on Truck Trailer
3:20 New Ridgeline Finally Looks Like a Truck
4:15 Chevrolet Silverado HD Updates
5:09 Audi Taking Unique Approach with e-tron GT
6:35 Auto Industry Needs to Consolidate
8:24 Exclusive Mustang Mach-E Updates
9:28 BEVs Hit U.S. Market Share Milestone

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46 Comments to “AD #2934 – Suppliers Struggle to Fill Jobs; New Ridgeline Finally Looks Like a Truck; Exclusive Mustang Mach-E Updates”

  1. MJB Says:

    Good idea outfitting truck trailers with solar panels. Hopefully the added weight, however, doesn’t mitigate too much of the benefit.

  2. CC Says:

    Audi Etron GT external speakers with “unique” noise: Agree it’s a dumb idea, unless they give owners an option to customize the sound… I’d be all in for that!

  3. ChuckGrenci Says:

    1, MJB, and wonder what the payback is for those cells; 14000 kWh is significant energy but that figure is annually, which suddenly isn’t as much as an abundant amount as it sounds (or is it).

  4. Larry D. Says:

    Some problems with (isolated cases?) Model Ys.

    THe Model Y looks very elegant for a crossover in the photo and as they say, has considerably more space than the Model 3. Musk claimed that because it is “10% bigger”, the Model Y would also cost 10% more than the Model 3.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will the e-tron GT be a sedan, or a hatchback? It’s heavily based on the Porsche Taycan, which is a hatchback.

    The solar panels on the truck, with all of that flat area, generate a significant amount of energy, though not too much relative to what it takes to power a big truck. Does anyone have a guess about the cost of the solar panels?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3. It’s about 50 hp-hours per day, maybe enough to run a truck 20 miles.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4. My friend who bought a Model S a few months ago, with a crappy paint job but, otherwise ok quality the last I heard, was warned about Model Y quality issues when he picked up his car. I’d mentioned to him that I’d consider getting a Y, if and when there is charging available at my condo, but he suggested waiting, if in the market any time soon. I still haven’t seen a Y in the wild, but I’m not in FCA country, not EV country.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7. That’s “I am in FCA country, not in EV country.”

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    With the addition of solar panels on the top of trailers I would assume they will need to make sure they get cleaned somewhat often which most truck trailers only get “cleaned” when it rains. So an additional washing mechanism. Also will they need a battery or will they charge directly into the truck? Because many trailers sit uncoupled to the truck for long periods of time.

    Since I work for a supplier to the automotive industry I can say that we are just now starting up our third shift after cutting back to two since CV shutdown. We also struggle hiring people. Plus the added costs of masks, testing and other precautions. As for absenteeism I would have thought it was the other way around. Many people that might have called off when they just didn’t feel good or wanted a mental health day. Haven’t been calling off work knowing that it may require a Dr note or a negative test to return to work.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean not exactly sure how adding plastic fender flares makes the ridgeline look more like a truck? They are defiantly trying to appeal to the US market with dual exhaust tips but its a 3.5L V6 and still FWD. The flares do try and shake the minivan with a bed image and give it the appearance that it could actually be taken off-road which it most likely wont ever see. So as long as that’s the image consumers are interested in it may help. It has the same towing capacity as the Ranger @ 3500lbs. So even being FWD it does fair well in that area. Just not sure the flares and slight grill changes are enough to make much difference.

  11. Victor West Says:

    Imagine the fun you could have in the Audi if you had voice microphone access to the external speakers.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    7-8 After what they had been thru with the “production hell” as Musk put it, for the Model 3, which is very similar to the Model Y, it is surprising to me that the Y would have problems.

  13. Larry D. Says:

    9 How much more does the average worker make while working vs while being at home doing nothing and getting all that govt cheese?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The solar panels on the truck make 14,000 kWh of juice in a year. For comparison, one of those big windmills makes that amount of power in about 6 hours. I have my doubts that it’s cost effective to haul solar panels around on trucks, but I guess we’ll know in a few years, when panels on trucks becomes commonplace, or doesn’t.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    Jay’s 30 min video of the performance version of the Y.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    in other news, Hyundai is recalling its Kona BEV due to fire risk. THat’s the crossoverish vehicle with the front end that looks like it has been hit with a bunch of golf balls.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It will be interesting to see how the new machoized Ridgeline sells. I like it better without the silly fender flares, et. al., but I don’t count, since I don’t buy pickup trucks. Well, I had an S-10 for a while, but that was 25 years ago.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13. “That govt cheese” has expired, at least for now, and most state unemployment benefits, if they are still going, don’t pay much.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    14 There you go Kit you have the solution. Just mount windmills on the front of the trucks. Constant 65mph wind.. :-)
    Helps with driving through protestors too.

  20. ChuckGrenci Says:

    10, Lambo, the Ridgeline is also offered in all-wheel drive and the towing is 5000 lbs. That and the front end (grille, front fascia) is what Sean was referring to. The Ridgeline does a fairly good job for what most people use it for, but if you are talking pure pickup truck with different models for work, towing, more demanding off-road and body on frame you’ll need to look elsewhere.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    2021 Entry Level Rolls Ghost is quite different and better than the model it replaces. Starts at $300k but with some effort you can make it top the half mill mark.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19. OK, I should have said that it might make more sense to put the solar cells on a roof, or on the ground, than hauling them around, and feed the power into the grid, use it to make hydrogen, or whatever. As I said, time will tell if solar panels on trucks makes actual sense.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    If 21 is too pricey 4 u, this one should be very affordable, at $14,000, AND some dealers are so desperate, they give you a 40% discount too, so you can buy 30 to 50 of them instead of one entry level ROlls. Problem, this is also the worst car you can buy, according to our Doug.

  24. ARHPG Says:

    15. The Jay Leno video is an excellent, laid-back presentation of the Model Y. Leaned more from this video than from most others, and it’s a tribute to Leno’s completely objective, unbiased presentation of nearly all vehicles. He likes them all, but he’s very positive about Musk’s creations.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    24 I like Jay and his videos, not only of his vast collection of cars, but also many enthusiasts take their cars to him to test drive and make a video.

  26. Alan Brown Says:

    Problem !!! Ford Active Drive Assist is built into and installed in a car but a customer must pay $1,400 extra to “use” it. Come on and give me a damm break or is a damm “brake.” What is next ? – We have radios installed but have to pay extra monthly ? Sirrus does not get any money from me. Got sick of the ads in their so called “ad free” broadcasts in the trial period. On-Star could have been a life saver from inception but no had to pay a damm fee when the equipment was already there and paid for by the customer – could report a wreck, recover a stolen car and on and on…

  27. Lambo2015 Says:

    26 I’m with you and steer away from paying all the extra fees. I know that it seems like a good idea on paper and maybe it will work out for the automakers. Having a constant stream of money coming in sure has to seem like a great idea on paper. I think many people will find it very off-putting. Like I’ve bought your product that has all these capabilities but you want an additional or monthly fee from me to turn these functions on?
    Certainly they have to know that with any software there will be hackers that will figure out how to turn these functions on and there will be a black market for jail breaks. Oh the liability mess that will come from that. Just because the system was made operational doesn’t mean it would be any more faulty. Or would it? Not good Ford.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve never subscribed to SiriusXM or Onstar, beyond the “trial,” but it never bothered me much to have the hardware in the car, because neither would add much to the cost of building the car. I’d think the autonomous stuff would add a significant cost to a car that you’d be paying for, even if you didn’t pay to have it “activated,” which I wouldn’t like.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 The Mirage wouldn’t be a bad car, at an MSRP of about $7000. With a manual transmission, it would be fun, in the same way an air cooled Beetle was fun, slow, noisy, bad ride, etc., but it had “character.” The Mirage would have a much better heater than a Beetle.

  30. Larry D. Says:

    29 Masochists would love it. A 5 year old Civic would cost the same, would be far, far superior (as well as bigger and more powerful and safer), and you would not have to drive around with a brown bag over your head.

    Sure, the worst dog of 2015 could be compared to a car made 100 years ago and found to be ‘not bad’.

    The above shows that even if the dealer sells it at HALF price, $7k vs MRSP of $14k, you can do SO MUCH Better if you forego that ‘new car smell’, which in case of the Mitsu would be the smell of cheap plastic.

    I really can’t figure out why Mitsu bothers building that dog. ANd NO, interior poor quality as the video shows, was far inferior even to the old beetle. A joyless ride.

  31. Larry D. Says:

    In other news, Indian Tata owned Jaguar is calling it quits for its “XE sedan”. Another totally inappropriate and STUPID name, and in this case, not just 1 in 1000 but I bet 1 in 10,000 knows what the hell this vehicle is. Is it the midsize? the small size? (who cares, anyway. Good riddance).

    HEy Tata Jag, if any of your unfortunate employees is reading this, if you continue making cars that look like HYUNDAIS inside, you will keep disontinuing them at huge losses, as you just did with the stupidly named “XE sedan”.

  32. Lambo2015 Says:

    I really think there is a market for a nice reliable cheep car without all the current gadgets. I hear a lot of people say they don’t want a bunch of stuff that when it doesn’t work costs a fortune to fix. They know how to drive and don’t care about park assist, lane assist, active cruise, or even a back up camera and automatic. If an automaker would develop a very basic car without making it horrible like the early civics were. Nothing special but bullet proof powertrains that were reliable and for the most part the cars were peppy and decent cars. Providing good ride can be accomplished without having to go with the latest active adjustable suspensions. There are a ton of ways to cut cost for things that have not been mandated yet and I think if they did this in a small pick-up it would do well. A very basic truck offered in a regular and extended cab with 2WD a 4cyl and manual transmission. ABS and airbags. Best of all a sticker under 20K and they would sell cause at that price people that want lift kits and big wheels could do that. Or if they wanted low some drop spindles and there you go.. In fact if they designed it with the aftermarket in mind like Jeep does with the wrangler they could have a huge specialty market. Doesn’t mean they couldn’t also offer the truck in a 4 door 4wd and auto with a small V6 but just include a very basic mini truck and it would sell.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    32 I meant to say develop a car that isn’t horrible. More like the early civics that were decent.

  34. Larry D. Says:

    $447 mill down the drain? Little (in terms of its population and economy, not land) Canada could have done so much better than giving it to Ford..

    But this is one more sign of the times and the trends, governments all over the world spend billions on electrification support.

  35. Larry D. Says:

    32 our late 1991-2016 Civic hatch was like that, it had NOTHING, crank windows, no A/C, no airbags, no ABS, 5 sp manual, and no luxury, but HIGH QUality, good materials, good construction, fit and finish. UNLIKE that GOD AWFUL Mitsu. See the VIDEO in detail to see how poorly it was made. I am not sure if Kit saw the whole thing either, becsuse the original Beetle had MUCH better quality, better materials, and far more attactive exterior, an iconic car. SO even a car designed 80 years ago beats this ugly, poorly made, poorly materialed DOG from Mitsu.

  36. Kit Gerhart Says:

    34. They could have given the money to FCA, to keep the van production in Windsor, or maybe they plan to keep it there anyway.

  37. Joe Says:

    Tesla always had trouble with defects. Building cars in a tent is just plain ridiculous. Maybe that’s part of the problem. If any other auto makers had problems like that,they would have been put out of business a long time ago. Thanks to Wall Street and diehard Tesla fans who keeps them going.
    Now that stiff competition is coming into the picture, let’s see how Tesla can endure.

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35. I listened to the video yesterday, but didn’t watch it. I watched it just now, and early in the video, I saw a great feature of the Mirage. The battery is under the hood, completely visible, so it should be easy to change, and easy to get to if you need to jump start the car, or another car with its battery. Actually, I don’t understand Doug’s obsession about exposed bolt heads near the trunk latch, etc. At one time, before all of the interior trim was plastic and snapped in place, there were exposed bolt heads even in the cabin area of Benzes, and even Rolls-Royces.

    Yeah, the Mirage probably is the worst car sold in the U.S. market, and it’s hard to explain why they sell it here. It would be much more at home in Thailand, where it is built.

  39. Larry D. Says:

    35 come on, it was not just the dirt cheap materials, it was not even put together properly, the upholstery was full of openings where you could see the foam under it. It was a total ugly dog, that even its mother would not love. AND even at half its meager 14,000 price (the 40% discount only brought it to $8,400), why would ANYBODY in his or her right mind not buy a low-years, low-miles used Civic, or even a COrolla, instead? Makes zero sense. ANd nothing would go wrong with either of these two, if warranty was any concern.

  40. Larry D. Says:

    37 hahaha. FIrst, they did NOT make the Model Y but the MODEL 3 partially under the tent, AND those had NO PROBLEMS. Keep stewing in your unreasonable (or not?) hate for Tesla, which still FAR DOMINATES, if you are listening, 75% of all EV sales in the US are TESLAS regardless, and a 2% market share is FOUR TIMES that of your loser Chinese VOlvo Geely.

  41. cwolf Says:

    The article “Family says roof of brand-new Tesla Model Y blew off on drive home” was reported in Business Insider.
    Just how bad do quality issues have to get?

  42. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ll want to avoid following a Model Y very closely, especially when on two wheels. That’s kind of scary.

  43. Alex Carazan Says:

    BEV’s at 2% USA Share: January through September EV share is 1.49%. After 10 years on the market EV’s are still irrelevant. For over 5 years now Automotive “Experts” keep saying that a large ramp up of EV sales are coming. But it has never happened. Tesla has 77% market share YTD and is selling in the premium luxury performance niche segment. And now the idea that many auto makers will launch new EV’s then sales must increase..right? A moving hockey stick. But they ignore the huge issues of EV’s: high initial cost (a loaded Model Y is $69,900!), low range, long charge/fill times, and little charge infrastructure (sorry no family vacations with this $70k compact CUV!). How many EV makers have gone bankrupt? How many EV announcements have been cancelled or delayed? The idea that “IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME” is not a rational business case or model! The industry should solve the ISSUES (if possible) and then offer new real compelling value to American consumers. It appears the industry is PUSHING a powertrain technology that is a loser to mass appeal and mass market value. Why? What is really going on? Will the truth be revealed?

  44. Stephen Says:

    Solar panels on trucks could offer a great assist to trailer and truck air-con. With ever higher temperatures, many more truck contents might need to be cooled or at least partially cooled. Interior cargo temps must already be rising ever higher while the truck is at rest/gridlock traffic/waiting for to load-unload.
    Until car makers get very close to Tesla (or at least range-recharge times are near irrelevant for most), Tesla will have an edge no matter the build quality. When they do, then they will look to differentiate. The Japanese would not stand for such warranty claim costs.

  45. Stephen Says:

    As for built-in and pay car options- we have that with first class flight seats- same plane-same crew-same flight but you pay more to access a nicer flight experience. With options built in on all cars, the cost of options should drop. As long as the options are not related to safety or powertrain efficiency then the same people should be wondering why 1st-business class is not offered to everyone since the incremental actual cost is negligible but the airlines charge way more.

  46. Alex Carazan Says:

    INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION – REVOLUTION?? C.A.S.E.??: The very first vehicles in late 1800′s were EV’s. Electrification is NOT new and is not complex. Motors-generators, inverters, and batteries are rather simple. EV’s were launched for a decade now and are only 1.5% of USA sales with little added value added to cause consumers to purchase them in masses and for EV sales to grow in the future. Connected cars have been around since late 80′s when first cell phones came out. Connectivity is the norm and not anything new. Smart phone integration has been here for years now. Over the air updates is not a big deal and adds little value to end users. Fully autonomous vehicles or AV’s first requires robust algorithms to assure safety in the near infinite real world driving scenarios. That will take many more years to develop…but the core technology of super-computers, sensors, actuators, and A.I. is already here and have been well known for years now. Autonomy will be EVOLUTIONARY over many years….just like it took adaptive cruise control and collision warning, auto braking decades to grow despite the technologies being well proven and available for decades! Autonomy will add $5,000 a vehicle and be on high end luxury vehicles first and slowly trickle down over decades. Shared vehicles is just updating the old pathetic taxi market with smart phone app, new drivers that use deodorant, speak English, and drive clean cars! Anyway, the industry “experts” need to stop freaking out about C.A.S.E….it is not revolutionary and nothing has or is changing fast. Observe carefully and think logically. Everyone take a breather, chill pill, and calm down! If the industry wants to make more money on vehicles…focus on the basics….business 101….designing and making vehicles that people love and are of high quality, durability, reliability, and affordable! Then keep improving on them in the future and stop changing their names and radically updating them every 5 years (which blows the budget and profits)…just keep refining.