AD #3523 – Tesla Dropping Ultrasonic Sensors; New Mustang Goes Graphics Crazy; GM Cuts $2 Billion Worth of Employees

March 10th, 2023 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 10:59

0:08 GM to Slash $2 Billion Worth of Employees
0:58 Nissan Ariya Production Stumbles
2:02 Stellantis Uses Flexible Work Hours to Retain Female Execs
3:21 Attention Gamers, BMW Wants You!
3:51 7th-Gen Mustang Goes Graphics Crazy
5:30 Ford Launches E-Transit School Buses
6:02 Alfa & Maserati Get Stella Large 
7:37 BMW Profits Jump
8:33 CATL Profits Soar
9:21 Tesla Dropping Ultrasonic Sensors

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35 Comments to “AD #3523 – Tesla Dropping Ultrasonic Sensors; New Mustang Goes Graphics Crazy; GM Cuts $2 Billion Worth of Employees”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Dont need to be a Tesla owner to know that a camera wont work when its covered in snow, ice. Maybe another reason Tesla is taking Cybertruck to 48V. Might have to add small heaters to all the camera lens to keep operational.

    That IRA is doing wonders for the economy as gm looks to cut 2B worth of employees. Gm knows higher interest rates will slow sales.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    By offering buyouts to nearly all of their salary work force, I’d think GM could end up losing a lot of the wrong ones. As they sell more EVs, they won’t need as many production supervisors, etc., but I’d think they’d still need technical and design people. Why not offer buyouts selectively, to people less needed?

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    Great question Kit. They always seem to make offers this way, and it seems to me that the HR staff simply isn’t up to determining where selective buyouts should be targeted, or that they might be sued for bias in those selections. Despite their large legal staff, GM has been lawsuit-shy for many decades now. It seems to prevent them from making the best decisions in many types of situations.

    You can be dismissed immediately for theft or fraud, but it takes years to fire an employee for incompetence.

  4. kevin A Says:

    Sean, camera system likely won’t work reliably in snow, frost, mud, dust, salt spray or when covered with bugs or chipped by a stone on a dirt road. It’s not just that the vision may be blocked. It’s also what the image processor thinks when it sees a giant squashed butterfly on the lens.

  5. Albemarle Says:

    No sensor works when covered by snow and ice, even radar where the water molecules totally block the signal. I am most impressed with the EyeSight system in our Subaru. If I can see out the windshield, I have the safety features and driving assists. If the sun is low and directly ahead I will lose function for about 5 minutes. It’s good enough in bad weather that I choose for safety reasons not to use it.

  6. XA351GT Says:

    well so much for wanting to be treated equal if female employees want to be allowed to work from home. I have big issue with anyone “working” from home. I just call it what it is , Bullsh*t. For the entire duration of the plannedmic I had to drag my ass to work for a 40 + hour week with a 45 mile round trip. When our office denizens got to work from home and some still do 3 days a week a home when they live 5 minutes from the plant. It affects my job as I can’t get the information I need when they screw up the jobs I’m supposed to build for them . We were told message them in teams and they’ll get back to you in less than 15 minutes, what a crock . If they answered at all it was hours later. So if they weren’t at their laptop “working” what the hell were they doing. I say if you want the job , get your ass up , get dressed and bring yourself in and do what you’re getting paid for.

  7. Drew Says:

    @5 – …. And they can work from home before/after the normal business hours.

  8. Drew Says:

    Oops, meant 6

  9. Tim Beaumont Says:

    6 TOTALLY AGREE !!! I retired as an anesthesiologist at 64, because of this government driven blind faith in ‘interweb’ technology. I had to go to my hands on job every day, arriving at 06:15, leaving late afternoon or early evening, on top of night shifts. No work from home for me. Yet I would see anesthesia staff in the room hamstrung by government mandated computer recording systems, electronic heath records (EHR – thanks Obama), and staff trying to troubleshoot an anesthesia crisis looking at the monitors instead of the actual patient. On night call, nursing staff video call a ‘neurologist team’ to care for patients having a suspected stroke. Internal medicine doctors would call in orders from home without ever coming to hands on assess a patient, even in the ICU. Terrible care, but ‘cheaper’. Guess who did all the actual night work, when the inevitable crisis occurred through neglect. Yours truly. Sorry for the rant, but save us from the tech infatuation.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 If they are supposed to message you back within 15 minutes and don’t, they should be warned, and if they still refuse to, they should be fired. Isn’t doing your job a requirement there?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 It seemed that in some ways, the medical business is years, or decades behind the rest of the world. Just 3 years ago I had to fax a bunch of forms needed before a surgery. No emailed files allowed. Fax is a technology left over from about 120 years ago.

    As far as electronic health records, you think records should still be kept on reams of paper, and a person’s records Xeroxed and mailed if a patient is referred to a specialist? Yes, I certainly understand your frustration with having to spend long days, when others who should be with patients are “working” by video from home.

    I’m long since retired, but the nature of my work supporting operation of a semiconductor fab would have required me to be there.

  12. merv Says:

    The comments today are as good as the show was.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    I dont have so much of a problem with jobs that can be done from home being done from home. I just found the article to be sexist in that Stelantis is using remote and hybrid options to attract and retain female talent, especially in leadership positions. So for years and years men made the sacrifice to work the hours and be in the office to support the time it takes to be in those leadership positions. But now they want to attract females into those positions so allow them to also be at home more. Wow I think many of men that probably passed on promotions and taking those positions would also reconsider had they known the flexibility that is going to be given now.
    To me if you want the position than make the sacrifice and be there. But I guess if they are flexable across the board than its fair. But I doubt they will continue to see an increase of Females in the boardroom.

  14. Albemarle Says:

    There is a world of difference between North American working expectations and Europe. Stellantis is a European led company. It’s just different.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    Can we buyout “Jerome Powell, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve”?

    The irony is the most valuable employees, the innovators, will already have leads and can take the buy-out for the hours they donated to an ungrateful company and brainless Federal Reserve Board. BTW, Tesla is hiring.

    So when do interest rates factor in as an inflation driver?

    Last night, my Tesla Full Self Driving drove us through Las Vegas rush hour traffic flawlessly. Everything from Vegas streets, road work, police stops, and the six lane interstate highway. The only scary parts were the other drivers of dented cars with missing quarter panels and bumper covers.

  16. tim beaumont Says:

    11 EHR is ok for an office, not an operating room with anesthesia care, where time is critical, seconds to minutes. No time to navigate ridiculous billing oriented menus. In the pre-op interview occasionally they are useful, but not routinely. I can get all the information I need from talking to and examining the patient. Who would ‘ve thought? :)

  17. wmb Says:

    #2.) While the buy outs may be described as being available to all salaried employees, I believe they mostly are directed to the Detroit Michigan world headquarters and Warren tech center. GM has other styling, engineering and design centers all over the country and throughout the world and, according to the local news here in Michigan, those outside of the state are not expected to be impacted much, if at all.

    I think we may be missing a little of the context in the report today about woman working from home and Stellantis. Sean’s lead into the story had to do with the in office, work from home or hybrid dilemma that some businesses find themselves in. It didn’t seem to me that Stellantis was using this as a scheme or tactic to attract female executives and women in leadership roles, but some of those individuals in those positions saw this as an unforeseen, unintended consequence and was making the best of this situation. For all intents and purposes, it would seem that Stellantis applauds them taking advantage of this situation, but, at the same time, this is something the men there could benefit from too! Yet, just because they can work from home, does not mean doing so will be easy, trust me! My wife works from home three days a week and our daughter, who will be 21, is CONSTANTLY interrupting her while she’s working, even though she knows she shouldn’t. Even though her mother is stern with her, she then pouts until a mother gets off and then come the water works about mostly nothing! So I can only imagine if these women had younger children and are seeking the mother’s undivided attention while she’s working and will not take ‘not right now, mommy is working’ for an answer, that can be challenging! So, yes, I have those who work diligently from home like my wife, who is one of the best workers of those in her unit with the hybrid set up, who is constantly receiving’that-a-boys’ from her boss and getting awards for her work performance despite the constant interruptions. Then you have those who have you shaking your head and wondering why leadership hasn’t gotten read of those who lack interest in doing the job that they are being paid to do, when they’re working from home!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Raising interest rates is not a new way of attempting to curb inflation. See “Alan Greenspan.”

  19. XA351GT Says:

    10 You would hope so , but god forbid they upset them and the leave. We build units and then wait for days for the PMs to inspect them. If I didn’t do my job for days they’d can my ass and rightly so. But these primadonnas can do whatever the hell they want and get away with it. I no longer rush to get a “hot job” done only for it to sit for days or even a week before they take 15 minutes to inspect it so we can ship it. My boss is pissed , but is powerless to be able to get anything done about it.

  20. joe Says:

    Folks, don’t question Tesla’s ability to do the impossible. Are they not the leader of EV’s? Could it be Tesla has been the leaders because they’ve had very little competition? So now the Tesla hype is wearing out since the competition has jumped in. With that said, it will be even harder for Elon to manipulate the stock with his exaggerations. Sorry, but that’s the way I see it. I’m sure the die hard fans will see it differently.

  21. Sean Wagner Says:

    Good to see Ford slowly diversify its offerings around the E-Transit. Here in the heart of Europe, I’ve seen billboard ads for business leases at a great price.

    Also, a big thumbs up for the retro instruments mode.

    It would be nice to delve a little deeper into GM’s (gm’s?) employee buyout. Do they see a further simplification of R&D, and streamlining of their offerings ahead?

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It will be interesting to see how many Mustangs are sold, after both of its competitors go way in the 2024 model year. I just found that Challenger outsold Mustang in 2022, 55,245 to 44,332. All of those “special editions” have helped Challenger, but maybe calling that electric lifted hatchback a Mustang hurt sales of Mustang. I’m still thinking Dodge is a little premature in dropping Charger and Challenger.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Camaro was a distant third in sales among “pony cars,” selling 24,652 in 2022. Being the best of the bunch in performance didn’t make up for the kind of juvenile styling, poor visibility, and so-so interior. Two friends have them, though, both with the V6/automatic powertrain, and they like the cars.

  24. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 I agree that Dodge should hold onto the Challenger Charger lines a few more years. I mean the tooling has to money in the bank at this point. I suspect they figured they were at a point where they either did a refresh or discontinue the cars. Like you pointed out though with the Camaro out of the mix sales may have picked up. Mustang may or may not be splitting its sales between Mustang and the Mach-e. I’m still not sure if that is the same demographic. But once those cars are all gone the choices will be pretty limited. I believe that leaves the Corvette as the only domestic convertible. I wonder how long Audi, BMW and others will maintain the drop top. Certainly, a dying option. I guess cause it’s hard to talk on the phone with the top down no one wants them anymore.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 There will be a convertible version of the new Mustang.

    I’ve had two convertibles, and rarely put the top down, once the novelty wore off. Too much noise, both wind and from other sources. I’ve never had the roof panel off of my Corvettes.

    I see Mustang convertibles here in the Florida beach town, mostly rentals to vacationers.

  26. Sean Wagner Says:

    “I guess cause it’s hard to talk on the phone with the top down no one wants them anymore”

    One of the more depressing thoughts. I can’t think of a convertible, never mind a roadster, I’ve not had fun in. That includes everything from driving the tiny Daihatsu Copen, to riding along in a Eldorado with the 7.2l [?] V8, and some prewar classic whose name I’ve sadly forgotten.

    Still can’t go wrong with an MX-5.


    25) I own a convertible. The top is up on highways, down in town. Works well when speeds are below 55MPH. I also like to drive the convertible in the morning or later afternoon. The top is generally up around noon when the sun is at its peak.

    A manual Targa roof would never be used by me as it is not convenient enough. I would buy a Porsche with a powered Targa roof though and use it just like my convertible is used now. I actually think the Targa top is the better way to go than a full convertible.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26 The last convertible I had was a 1986 VW. It was a Golf Mk 1. It was fun, and I had it about 20 years.

    I’m surprised there are as many convertibles as there are in the US market, most of them expensive, and very low volume. BMW sells 3 or 4 different convertibles, more if you include Mini and Rolls-Royce, but they sell zero station wagons in the US.

    Miata is probably the top selling convertible in the US, with only 6,172 sold in 2022.

  29. Ukendoit Says:

    With regards to the electronic health records, when it first started almost a decade ago, it was a bit of a mess. I too could list instances where a specific doctor would “diagnose” the patients more based on the chart than by hands-on evaluation (though he probably was that way even before the EHRs) and it was the xray techs that would find what the doctor missed. The EHR was supposed to save on paper, but we were printing out all the electronic orders, so it was just causing an extra step.
    Things are much more efficient today, at least with larger health systems that have embraced and moved forward with the EHRs.
    We use MyChart, which is available in all the app stores and most of the healthcare providers in Atlanta support it. It works well in that your health records are available across any provider you go to (with access to MyChart), though when initially setting it up, sometimes it is hard to upload prior history.

  30. Lambo2015 Says:

    28 Mustang was the leader in convertibles but yeah, they may have lost it to Mazda.
    the 1950-1960s were obviously the heyday of Convertibles. The leader is the 1958 Bela air Impala at 83,330. the 1962 Impala sold 82,659.
    The best Camaro ever did was 1965 they sold 25,141.
    Ford’s best seller was the 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 at 77,728 The best the Mustang ever did was in 1965 when it sold 73,112.
    Other good sellers were the 63, Pontiac Bonneville, 1947 Buick super. 65-66 Cadillac DeVille, 1967 Olds Delta 88.

  31. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kind of funny that the best year for the Mustang and Camaro was the same year 1965.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30,31 Camaro didn’t exist until 1967 model year.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    32 Yep My mistake (typo) best selling convertible Camaro was 1967.
    Got all that info from this article.,17%2C762.%20Ford%3A%201957%20Fairlane%20500%20–%2077%2C728%20produced

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    33 Interesting article. I had one of them, a ’70 Challenger. It was pretty much a rust bucket when I bought it in the early 80s, but was a great looking car. I’d like to have one now, in decent condition.

  35. Jim Head Says:

    I’ve had to turn off the prox sensors on my Ram all winter due to ice, snow, mud, etc. They were constantly dinging as I drove alone down the highway.

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