AD #3574 – Musk Takes Political Risk; Aston Martin to Use Honda F1 Engines; EVs Get Driven Fewer Miles

May 24th, 2023 at 12:09pm

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Runtime: 11:47

0:00 Musk Takes Political Risk 
0:53 Ford Will Keep AM Radios
1:50 Renault Consortium for Software Defined Vehicles
2:48 Aston Martin to Use Honda F1 Engines
4:14 EVs Get Driven Fewer Miles
5:09 BMW Reveals All-New 5 Series
7:56 Stallantis Expands V2X Communication
9:01 Meet the New Opel Corsa
10:01 VW Refreshes the Touareg

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22 Comments to “AD #3574 – Musk Takes Political Risk; Aston Martin to Use Honda F1 Engines; EVs Get Driven Fewer Miles”

  1. motorman Says:

    maybe musk is hoping this
    will convince repubs to buy teslas EVs.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Musk does indeed do some bizarre things at times and this would be one of them.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    See little risk for Musk . Those pissed at him about twitter are the same that would never vote for a Republican anyway in 9 out of 10 cases.

  4. Lex Says:

    I believe Elon Musk is not simply an Auto CEO.
    He is a Techno King for multiple industries (Auto, Space, Technology, Drilling / Mining and Communications).

    Tesla should stop changing their vehicles prices up and down due to market conditions. They should publish a set MSRP at the beginning of a model run and offer incentives and rebates like other OEMs. I believe this will make customers and prior purchasers more comfortable with their pricing structure and purchases. The price you would pay is based upon the date you make your commitment to purchase the vehicle including financing. If you back out to you might be subject to a small administrative fee.

  5. Jim Haines Says:

    Dropping AM was really stupid in this day and age of electronics as it’s not like it saved anything like a radio delete in the 60’s would have

  6. Roger Blose Says:

    Very strange how Ford can reactivate the AM radio with just a software up load. There is no hardware involved meaning it was already installed at the factory. Here in the New York area, we all listen to news radio WCBS 880 for traffic and weather every eight minutes. This station covers three states and beyond 24/7. I am sure other city metro areas have the same listening public and services. And it is free!

  7. Earl Says:

    Elon Musk….it’s official, just another Republicrazy. Anything to bring attention to himself.

  8. Terry Quinn Says:

    Stick to cars. You don’t have any insight with politics.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    So, tiny little Aston Martin will come out with EIGHT new models in the next two years? Unless they count trim levels as models, I am not buying it. The last time this happened, it was at Lotus. That CEO lasted less than two years, was kicked out by the board and almost tanked the company. Aston updates should be interesting.

  10. merv Says:

    I like the physical input a vehicle requires to be driven,not really interested in giving those up. Never use my cruise control.

  11. Drew Says:

    Regarding the miles driven by BEVs, I’d be interested in a comparison of Taycan vs. Panamera miles. I simply believe Porsche vehicles aren’t driven as many miles per year than mass market vehicles. And then compare MachE miles to either Edge or Escape miles.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    I think Hosting DeSantis’s announcement isn’t as risky as endorsing him. Which Musk should avoid just like all other CEO’s. Anytime an actor, singer entertainer, CEO spouts off about their political position they tread into very muddy water. Most all politicians are corrupt, and it’s a lose lose situation to endorse any of them. He can privately support whomever he likes but as a CEO he represents the companies he leads. Best case you can alienate at least half your audience picking a side and not like he is going to influence any to change political views. If the current state of affairs isnt enough to wake people up, who Elon or anyone else is for isnt going to sway people.

    6 My concern with Ford being able to just reactivate AM with a software update means. It will work but have horrible EV motor interference. Which is why they wanted to drop it in the first place. So I suspect those Mach-e and Lightning owners to be expecting some radio shielding or filing many complaints. My guess is Ford is counting on not many EV owners using the AM radio and not complaining about the white noise if they do.

  13. Ziggy Says:

    I doubt that Honda continuing in F1 has anything to do with Formula One’s efforts at sustainability fitting in with Honda’s corporate mission and everything to do with them winning the constructors championship with Red Bull for the last two years, when Red Bull was having their asses kicked by Mercedes Honda engines were blamed for their poor performance and then when they started winning again Honda was credited with that success.

  14. joe Says:

    5-Jim Haines
    Like you Jim Hainesw, when I heard Ford is going to keep putting AM on their new car radios, I thought that to be a smart move as compare to GM who announced they would remove them. AM is perfect for talk shows, long distance broadcast and most of all, emergency broadcast.

  15. wmb Says:

    Regarding Musk and DeSantis, I would not be surprised if it’s to gain republican support for EVs. Many republicans have been vocal about the Biden administration’s spending and tax incentives associated with the IRA. Many times, when the new administration is from an opposing party, they undo a number of the things there old admin have put in place. Also, with the dealer association lobbyists, fighting direct sells of EVs in many states, should DeSantis be the next president, or vice president, he would have a powerful friend in a very high place!

  16. wmb Says:

    In know it’s the Aston Martin, but why would they race Honda engines? It’s always said that OEMs learn by racing and my assumption was that they would be using their products, right?! What does Aston learn, by winning with Honda engines??? Here, Honda has two teams racing their engines, so, win or lose, Honda may be the actual winner!

  17. wmb Says:

    BMW’s new 5-Series….you mean to tell me that BMW CAN put a ‘prettier’ face on their modern production vehicles?! As good as it is to see the new 5-Series, which I’m sure the ICE version will be incredible, I am disappointed appointed by the i5. The 12 year Model S has to beat on power and range, along with the fresh out the box Lucid Air! That said, outside of those things, the i5, like the EQE, not being the best in those areas will not matter to their customers!

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    16 My guess is Aston Martin doesn’t care about learning anything from the expensive endeavor of developing an ICE race engine. They are likely looking toward EV propulsion and using Honda to just compete in the meantime.

    15 Thats a good point and could be the ulterior motive for Elon. However, I do believe he personally leans republican, and DeSantis is an easier pill to swallow than Trump. But getting some support from the right to buy EVs and maybe help with the direct sales model could be the long game. No doubt he has been snubbed by Biden in his speeches on EVs where he praises GM and doesn’t even mention Tesla.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Musk has permanently lost me as a once-likely customer, for if we get home charging at my condo. People in his position should stay out of politics, period.

    With current attitudes about EVs, Tesla will probably lose more than they will gain. The hard core right wingers and culture warriors I know have no interest in EVs, and I doubt that Elon’s sucking up to culture warrior in chief will change that much.

  20. XA351GT Says:

    Fi\or those bitching about musk allowing Desantis to announce on twitter . It is a platform , therefore any candidate can do so and I believe there are rules in place to ensure that . That is why if a candidate has a TV show they have to discontinue it as the networks would HAVE to give EQUAL time to all other candidates.

    I keep wondering when people will wake up about this climate hysteria. One of the 1st people to realize the cashcow it was is Al Gore. So while he was whipping everyone into a frenzy about a climate apocolypse he was using 19,241KW per month 34 times the average household . one year of his useage was equal to 21 years in the average home . Only 5.7% of that useage was generated by solar panels. As he was telling people about the ocean’s rising he was buying beachfront property, Do you really think if he was concerned he’d have done that. You’re being scammed . So while they tell you to get rid of your car they fly in private jets burning more fuel than you use in a year.

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 I doubt Elon will miss your purchase.

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 I doubt Elon will miss your purchase.