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12-5-2019


John,



Maybe it’s just me but if this new X-over Mustang looks like a cross-over, the Mustang image will never be the same!  It’s like never being able to unsee the incorrect usage of ‘unique’ once someone points out to the folly of ‘very unique’!   Eeeeeey  screeching nails on a chalkboard.  Apologies my friend!



And to update you on my planning for my trip East for T’giving:  I’m a week away from my first stop in Flagstaff and wouldn’t you know it . . . The overnight low is forecasted 19 degrees.  I’ve already cut my planning figures back to 80% of 80%.  Geez!  All the more ‘stories’ I’m sure I’ll have upon return.



Till next week, 

Wes in SoCal
Wes,

The decision to call the Mach E a Mustang generated a lot of controversy even within the Ford Motor Company.

We hear that Bill Ford was the most skeptical of all the top brass.

But what convinced him was that the Mustang team told him they could absolutely make the Mach E look ;and drive like a Mustang.

No doubt the purists will never buy one, but then again, Porsche purists still buy 911’s even though the company now makes several CUVs.

John McElroy
12-5-2019


Hi John,



I been trying to figure out who this Lordstown Motors Corporation (LMC) that just bought the GM Lordstown plant.  The only company to step forward to identify themselves is Workhorse which is way too small to acquire the Lordstown plant including the billions of dollars of equipment currently housed in the plant (LMC claims the equipment alone is valued in excess of $3 billion).  Workhorse says they transferred their UP for their electric trucks and vans in exchange for 10% of LMC.  My question is who owns the other 90%???



The most likely suspect in this hidden ownership mystery is GM as its unlikely they would transfer a multi-billion dollar asset to an unknown startup unless they have a major stake in LMC.  But why keep this fact, if it exists, secret?  When the sale to Workhorse was first tweeted out by President Trump, news reports said a new company (LMC) consisting of Workhorse, GM and a third party will purchase the plant.  GM was apparently interested in acquiring IP from Rivian before being out bid by Ford and Amazon.  Is it possible GM is acquiring Workhorse IP by becoming a major owner of LMC?

I've searched and searched for more info on the LMC collaboration but could find nothing.  Do you have any inside information?  It may be an interesting story.  For example, how would this tie-up affect the GM product line-up?  Would LMC branded commercial trucks and vans fall under the GM umbrella, thus giving buyers access to the GM dealer network?  Is GM going to provide manufacturing and engineering expertise.  Will Workhorse propulsion design find its way into GM trucks?  Will GM and LMC be sharing common components like the battery, or the hub motors used in the LMC Endeavor pickup?



By the way, the issue of the hub motors is interesting.  If you look at pictures of the Workhorse van entry into the USPS competition it appears to have hub motors at all four wheels.  The USPS has been testing a number of Workhorse vans for over two years.  I assume the testing has gone OK as LMC thinks they have a good shot in winning this competition.  Now they've dumped the two conventional motor design used in the W-15 pickup for four hub motors in the Endeavor.  Is it possible we could see this show up in the Express/Savanna replacement?



Thanks,

Larry K
Larry,

You ask really good questions. And we don’t have any answers….yet.

John McElroy
12-5-2019


I'm sorry, but that Mach-E image was pitiful.  Maybe its better from different angles, as they say.
 
If only the front deck sloped more, the lower corner scoops were not so big, and that center 'bubble' filling the grill area.  I know, if they gave it the 'Caravel' treatment like the Model 3, it would be a copy.
 
It looks crude, not like those sketches, or like Teslas or whats coming from VW.  Maybe the crude version is for North America, and the slick edgy version is for Europe as is usually the case for Ford.
12-5-2019


WHY call the ‘Mach-E’ a Mustang ?   As someone who currently owns four Mustangs and at age 61 has always owned Ford vehicles, I am annoyed with the fact that the heritage of the Mustang name is being ‘whored’ out for an SUV. What is more alarming is the fact that management was originally short sighted enough to consider using the ‘Mach1’ name for this project. After a firestorm of negative comments via social media and online outlets the name was changed to ‘Mach-E’.  Please look at the current number of negative comments on social media and online regarding this vehicle being called a Mustang. Is this the kind of attention that was envisioned for this product? It seems that this is an unnecessary distraction from all the hard work that went into developing this vehicle. Did we learn nothing from the Ford Probe/Mustang controversy from the late 1980’s.  To add insult to injury, this American ‘icon’ will be built in Mexico. I see other foreign manufacturers expanding their US based factories to build their BEV’s.
Joe,
 
Be sure to watch our Autoline After Hours on the Mach E where we get Dave Pericak, who was the head of the Mach E program, to answer the critics on why they call it a Mustang.
 
John McElroy 
12-5-2019


Hello Mr. McELroy, How Are You???    Well, HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!   You will probably remember we both agreed that the Porche Taycan (Tin Can???) was a big disappointment style-wise compared to the Mission-E concept car it was based on; although the final production version does look a little better than some of the prototypes that were photographed driving around, but now we have the Electric Mustang to look at!!!  I don't know what they are calling the "grilless grill" they have on the front end, but the 1st thing it made me think of was the movie "GODFATHER PART 1" when retired Vito Corleone is playing with his grandson just before he dies, and he sticks a wedge of orange rind in his mouth and scares the kid; that's what the front end looks like to me!!! (hopefully, the pictures don't do it justice, and it looks much better in real life!!!) And even though it's optional battery pack has more Kilowatt-Hours than a Tesla Model-3 AWD, it gets less range???  And doesn't it look like the the 15.5" display screen in the middle of the dash sits up too high when compared to the one in the Model-3 or the Models S and X???  THANK YOU FOR READING THIS MR. MAC, I know you and Gary V. are going to be devoting a lot of coverage to this new car this week, SO HAVE FUN!!!  CHAS O, PLAINVILLE, CT.
The analogy to the Godfather is pretty funny! But I think you’ll like the styling of the Mach E more when you see it out on the street.

Also, we need to see what the battery pack and range of the Model Y will be, because that’s a more apples-to-apples comparison to the Mach E than the Model 3.

John McElroy
12-5-2019


Can you imagine a film with a car chase in San Francisco with Steve McQueen in a silent Mustang ?
 
...not really the same !
 
 
Kind Regards


Richard
12-4-2019


I live up here in the snow belt and I know that batteries lose power during cold weather. How far should a EV go during cold temps of say 0 degrees or 32 degrees. My guess is it will loose up to 40%.
 
Dave B
Ft Wayne
GM Retiree
In our experience when test driving EVs, they lose about 40% range when the temperature drops to around 25 degrees F.

John McElroy
12-4-2019


Hi,
 
Will Ford make at least one demo Mach E painted with the signatures of everyone on the design team?
 
Better still, make a limited run of these special cars and after a year tour, sell them at auction. 
 
If too obvious, perhaps an 'Easter Egg' with the signatures on the inside of the bumper covers or under the frunk lid.
 
A Tesla Model 3 owner, this is the first EV I could covet. I need to see the production car specs but I'm wondering, will they take a Model 3 for trade-in?
 
Bob Wilson
12-4-2019


Interesting comments from Jim Hackett... and a fair assessment by Electrek on the “cycle of stupidity” when OEMs try to push a half assed EV onto the market 
 

Ford Mustang Mach E will be immediately profitable, says Ford CEO
Ford's newly revealed Mustang Mach E will start producing profit "on vehicle number one," said Ford CEO Jim Hackett in an interview with Bloomberg after Ford's Sunday Mach E reveal event. Hackett specified that the car's cost of production will be lower than the revenue gained from its sale ("contribution margin") right from the beginning....
 
Dave 
Dave,

Ekectrek continues to drink the coolaid. To say that the Tesla Roadster was profitable from the get go and that Tesla is now running quite profitably is ignorant and misleading. The editors there need to learn how to read an income statement.

I just added up all of Tesla’s losses since the company went public in 2010. It lost $5,673,901,000. That comes from its own 10-K reports. The company has never had a profitable year.

No traditional automaker would continue to invest in cars that lose so much money, which explains why they tried to do compliance cars that would minimize their losses.

Kudos to Elon Musk and government regulations for creating a market for EVs. From this point on you will no longer see traditional automakers doing compliance cars.

John McElroy
12-4-2019


With the Mach-E Ford changed horses in the middle of the stream and crossed the Rubicon at the same time. Now that the die has been cast there's no taking it back.
I think there will more impact from this move psychologically rather than materially, but in this case the former is more important. Ford needed something to spark the imagination
and the Mustang Mach-E does just that. Of course it should make money some day, after it's paid for itself. I don't think demand will hobble it, it will be the inability to meet demand,
that slows it down. 
Cheers! 
Hopefully Ford will release the number of deposits it’s getting, which will give us an early indication of how it might sell.

One thing’s for sure. It will sell a lot better than the compliance EV they originally planned to make.

John McElroy
12-4-2019


Hi, Autoline - absolutely love the show, and have for years…
 
This just occurred to me. If the Mach-E is an Automobile, does that make it a Macchiato (Mach-E-Auto)?
 
Too corny?  Yeah, probably. There’s lots of talk online about whether it’s good, bad, too similar to the Tesla Model Y design, shouldn’t be called a Mustang, etc. But I for one really like what I see.  Good luck to Ford and congrats to the team that put this together.
 
All the best
Bryan F
Bryan,

Thanks for your Mach E feedback, and for your corny naming insight!!

John McElroy
11-22-2019


Now if this works it really would be a game changer 
 
It solves at least 3 reasons against lithium Ion batteries
 
..........if it turns out to be commercially feasible ?
Kind Regards



Richard
We wish we had a nickel for every “battery breakthrough” that’s been announced.

Solid state could represent a great technology for EVs, but even if everything goes perfect, we think it’s still a decade away from commercial production.


John McElroy
11-22-2019


Hi,
 
Which Tesla does is the Mach-E, 32.6 kWh/100, aimed at?
 
40 kWh/100 mi - Model X P100D
35 kWh/100 mi - Model S P100D
32.6 kWh/100 mi - Mach-E
29 kWh/100 mi - Model 3 Long Range AWD Performance
25 kWh/100 mi - Model 3 Standard Range Plus
 
Is the Mach-E aimed at the larger, upscale Teslas versus the smaller, more efficient Model 3?
 
Thanks,
Bob Wilson
The Mach E CUV will compete more directly with the Model Y CUV than with the 3, S or X.

John McElroy
11-22-2019


hello john,
 
I have been watching all the news reports on the smugly mustang mach e. 
unreal with its dodge caliber rear styling and the 1960 edsel tail lights. I assume that is the e in mach e. 
the interior photo's seem to follow a cross between cheap caliber and tesla. no invitation needed.
bill ford's first instinct's where correct.  
11-22-2019


PPAP for USCAR?

 
Neil G
Normal IL
Neil,
 
Good question. There are lots of “CARs.” Perhaps the best known in the US is the Center For Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. But there are others in Ohio State University, Stanford U, and North Carolina. They are not related to each, but use the same name.
 
USCAR is an industry consortium between GM, Ford and FCA, the national labs and other automotive institutions. It handles pre-competitive research into EV batteries, electrical components, advanced materials and other areas.
 
Check it out here.
 
John McElroy
11-22-2019


John,
 
I think auto manufacturers have not come to grips with the psychology of the change from ICEs to electric motors. We can all see the complexity of a modern ICE, and imagine the human labour that has gone into it just by opening the hood -  we appreciate the effort to make our machine. 
 
In my view, the large engine covers used in luxury ICE vehicles are a mistake - they hide most of the goodies. 
 
Tesla and Porsche are dualling it out over high performance EVs. Model 3 Standard Range Plus is still a high performance vehicle compared to similar ICE powered vehicles - a small market. Looking under hood of a Kona, Bolt, Leaf, etc, it is not obvious where value lies.
 
Electric motors are small, with apparently few components - we don't see human effort we should pay more for. 
 
No one drools over a hidden Tesla circuit board no matter the performance it enables - the car has lots of them, but they are in nondescript metal boxes out of view. Perhaps they should put them in clear cases and put them on view so we can see what we are buying. 
 
Nothing looks dumber than an EV battery - no moving parts - and all in a hidden box. 
 
From a packaging point of view, the battery needs to go under the car due to weight. The four Model 3 battery modules have some visual appeal out of the car. It would be great if they were individual items bolted into the body with a coverplate underneath - it would be great to jack up the car, remove coverplate, and us car junkies admire and compare our battery modules. 
 
All the other stuff (like the HV components under the Tesla Model 3 back seat, the inverters presently bolted to the motors, the aircon unit, power steering unit, power brakes unit, etc, should all be on show under the hood like they are with an ICE vehicle (air con unit in an ICE cabin behind dash). People would admire the Tesla superbottle if it was on show - most admired part of the Model 3. 
 
I say - get rid of the frunk. Perhaps have a 'glovebox' under the hood to store charging cables. Under the hood of an EV we should be looking at the all the components that make it go. In the Model 3, the radiator should be stood up vertically as part of putting stuff on show. 
 
Surely, most of us would love to pull up the hood and see all the stuff we have bought. Obviously, the underside of the 'engine' bay needs to enclosed for aerodynamic purposes and to keep water and dirt out best possible. 
 
It would be nice if just about everything under the hood of an EV was plug-in, or an easy bolt on - both for repairs and for aftermarket upgrades. Millions of people watch Youtubers do bolt-on performance upgrades to ICE vehicles. EVs need similar upgrade-ability.
 
For those of us who would love an EV because of how little stuff is required for a city runabout, we should be able to open our hood and see we have less stuff.
 
Regards
Peter
Sydney Australia
Peter,

What an intriguing idea!

John McElroy
11-22-2019


Subject: Corvette as a brand

Of course, there is much inherent appeal in spinning off Corvette as a
brand.

However, it seems the main barrier would be franchise laws. Would every
Chevrolet dealer have the option of being a Corvette dealer?

When GM goes bankrupt again in 2023, will President Warren demand that the
un-PC Corvette brand be killed like Obama demanded Hummer be killed?
William,

If GM wanted to make Corvette a stand-alone brand it probably could do so without much trouble.

But it would have to write a new franchise agreement for that brand. And it would want separate showrooms. No doubt Chevrolet dealers who do a good job selling Corvettes would be the first to sign up. But Cadillac dealers might want to as well.

I don't thinks franchise contracts allow dealers to dictate to automakers which models have to be in their lineup.

John McElroy
11-21-2019


Hi John, Great Show, and I agree with you many times, but not always, because those on the inside know things that no Writer or Reporters will ever know. I am a recently retired, 40-year, Auto Plant Repairman, Inspector, Assembler, and UAW Safety Representative. I have a unique perspective. The Ford Chicago Plant, has the same type of issues that  FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant had, they were long-time Car Assembly Plants, that were converted to making Truck/SUV vehicles with no prior experience. After the 2008-2009 Bankruptcies or restructuring , the Auto Companies, and the Wall Street Task force, led by Steve Rattner, were overjoyed to get rid of the job-classifications that allowed a Worker to claim a job as theirs, and refuse to go on any other job! The saying used to be,”The person who does a job everyday is the best at it”. After the bankruptcies and restructuring, the “Team Concept” was adopted, and you couldn’t be moved to another job every two hours! You no longer built up a wealth of knowledge doing the same job every day, and the experience to see all situations and scenarios, and learn to master them. Combine that with the pressure to get high-seniority Workers to take buyouts, to get rid of their influence on Younger Workers, and the freedom to replace them with Temporary or New Workers who are easier to manipulate or exploit, drastically affected quality. Both Plants had months of repairs, poor quality, and had to call experienced Workers out of Retirement, Per-Diem, because nobody knows that Techniques and Tricks of building the Trucks and SUVs that they made for years at other locations. Quality, is secondary to efficiency to them, and Wall Street pushed them for the flexibility and control of the Team Concept way of building Cars, over the Craftmanship  and experience of a Seasoned Workforce, similar to Lexus having a Takumi Master Craftsperson(it takes 30 years), or High Performance Engine being built by Hand, by One Person who is an Expert, and they sign the Engine after it is Assembled with pride. Rolls Royce and Bentley does this, too!
Ivan,

Fantastic feedback and insight.

But I think there are plenty of jobs in a plant where workers would welcome a change. Honda, for example, moves people from the right hand side of the vehicle to the left hand side once a shift, just so they use different muscles and don’t tire as easily. Also, as someone who worked the line (Ford Rouge plant and Livonia Transmission), I know there are jobs that are boring and repetitive, and a rotation would be welcome, even if it was only once a week.

But you’re right. There are plenty of jobs where you want the people on the line to develop deep knowledge and skill.

John McElroy
11-21-2019


*Response to Letter from 11/8*

John, it just shows you how little we in UK know about the geography of the US. I had not even heard of Lansing yet I see it is the fifth largest city in Michigan and has a population of 115,000.
 
Of course the USA is more than 40 times the size of UK and has 5 times the population  -  so there you have 8 times as much space per person as we do here. We are familiar with film of Dearborn a hundred years ago in history of Ford Motor but  really have no idea at all what Dearborn, Detroit or indeed Michigan and all past and present car plant locations look like now ..............a bit of travelogue footage along those lines on Autoline would be most interesting - also to see film of where your studios are located
Kind Regards



Richard
11-21-2019


Hi John, 
 
I just left a Walmart that has floor cleaning machines driving themselves around the store.  I'm wondering if they're completely autonomous, or perhaps pre-programmed. Because it stopped when I stopped too close to it. 
 
It was the exact same type of unit that typically has a driver seated in it, but it was just running on its own. 
 
Interesting. 
  
Regards, 
Michael

11-18-19



I saw this video on YouTube and thought that you might be interested. I'm a daily viewer of your show and want to thank you for great work that you guys do.

Best Regards,
Dan
11-18-2019


...Michael O'Brien's almost deadpan, full of facts presentation.  You can comprehend all he says.
Your Carbon guest was also amazing, but wow, what tech.  That is what is harder to comprehend.
Maybe I should invest my pension in one of his machines.
 
Chuckle, for your 'senior moment', which I can relate to.  I was around a couple techies last night talking all this amazing stuff I can't comprehend, plus the terminology for it.
 
r work
11-18-2019


Take the amount of renewable energy needed to make enough hydrogen to fill the fuel tank of his car which will take you about 330 miles. You can use that amount of renewable energy and charge a BEV multiple times and travel 3 to 4 times further. So why would I want to make hydrogen?
 
Your guest does not mention that 95% of all the hydrogen made in the US, is made by burning fossil fuels.
 
George from Sunnyvale
11-18-2019


Dear Autoline team,
 
My name is Carlos Ortega and I have worked in the museums field for over 15 years.
I consider myself a moderate car industry enthusiast (checking car news online and Youtube every other day on my spare time). 
I am often more interested in all the behind-the-scene events that take place in the automotive industry and your team is the most reliable source of information I have ever encounter. I have been following your channel for many years.
I just wanted to send you a brief message of encouragement and sincere thanks. 
 
Secondly, I am sincerely considering going into the automotive industry by working for a company who organizes the press events that take place when promoting a new vehicle. I was wondering if you or any person in your team might know some names of companies that work doing that. I am currently located in Southern California.
 
I thank you very much in advance for your time and assistance.
Keep Rocking!!
 

All the Best,
 
Carlos
Carlos,

Thanks for being such a fan of Autoline, we truly appreciate it.

Most press events for a new model are organized by the public relations staffs at the car companies. They pick the venue, the drive route, the meals, who gets invited, etc.

But they also use outside companies to handle all the logistics, set-up and shipping of cars. Some of them include TNT Drives, Drive Shop, and Prestige.

Best,
John McElroy
11-18-2019


John,
 
Thanks so much for allowing us at Carbon to be a part of your iconic show!!  The format was awesome, the questions were insightful AND your staff is amazing! ( I actually did not know it was streamed live: your staff deserves a medal!!  They weaved in B-roll films and images throughout the talk track in a way that normally takes talented experts a few days of editing but I’ve never seen that live...bravo to them!!  Please share my astonishment with them!)
 
All the best and thanks again!  And the next time you are in Silicon Valley please let me know as we’d love to have you visit and give you a tour!!  Thank you!!
 
--
Joseph M. DeSimone
Carbon
Co-founder, CEO
11-8-2019


For Christmas this year, please give me an Autoline After Hours concentrating on the new Mustang-inspired Ford EV. If I've been good this year, please have as your guest the team lead. And if I've been extra good, please have one sitting in your studio.
 
Thanks for an awesome show!
 
Scott S
North Stonington, CT.
 
PS: As you probably know, the spy shots are hitting the Web now, and those of us who like electric cars and especially two door crossovers are loving what we see. We're all looking forward to Santa John and Dr. Data sharing your recent close up with the vehicle. 
Scott,

You must have been very good. Christmas is coming early this year.

Make sure you tune in to Autoline After Hours November 21!

Santa John and Dr. Data
11-8-2019


Here’s something to think about and maybe look at in a future program.  I think the adoption of self driving cars will fail not because of technology, although it’s wildly complex, but because of liability and litigation.  I’m an engineer and the predictions that these cars will never make a mistake is naïve and misleading to the point of being silly.  After the first accident I predict the manufacturer of the car will be named as co-defendant in mega-liability suits.  Juries will see car companies as having the deep pockets and award hefty payouts and for other owners cars may be off the road for extended periods of time.  Just look at Boeing’s MCAS problems today and also how the small aircraft industry died because of liability issues.  Maybe in China self driving will work, but not in the USA.
 
Tony H
Camrose, Alberta  
Anthony,

Automakers in America get sued every day of the week. They have armies of in-house lawyers and retain the best of legal firms. The get slammed with hefty payouts all the time. This is nothing new to them.

Getting sued for AV accidents will be no different than what they go through now. Remember GM’s defective ignition switch? It killed over a hundred people and cost the company over $6 billion. Toyota’s “defective floor mats” cost it $2 billion. And those are just the most famous court settlements. The vast majority of them you never hear about. But they haven’t killed the car companies.

The potential profits in AVs are so great that automakers will be willing to take the risk of making them.

John McElroy
11-8-2019


According to everything on the internet, the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata was supposed to be in dealerships in October.  Just wondering if you heard anything official about a delay.



Scott-in-Cleveland
We’ll have one of the Hyundai execs on Autoline After Hours this Thursday afternoon, so we’ll ask him.
 
John McElroy
11-8-2019


Tomorrow 3rd Nov 2019 400 plus cars all made before 1904 set off to drive from Hyde Park in central London starting at 7.00am the 52 miles to  seaside resort Brighton on the south coast of England the oldest annual motoring event to commemorate the ending of the law that a man had to walk in front of every car waving a red flag to warn on coming horses and pedestrians .
 
Here are pictures of all the entries         
How about a Autoline entry next year in a pre 1904 Ford, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or Oldsmobile 
 
Kind Regards



Richard
Richard,

Thanks for all the info and the link. What a fantastic collection of cars.

I once drove a 1903 Oldsmobile from Lansing to Dearborn in Michigan, and it’s still one of the greatest driving experiences of my lifetime.

We drove 100 miles and it took us 10 hours to do it (including lunch).

It would be a dream to be able to participate in the London to Brighton run.

Best,
John McElroy
11-1-2019


GM gave the World Series MVP a 2020 Corvette last night. Good marketing and product placement?
Thanks
This is a smart marketing move by Chevrolet, which has been giving cars to MVPs for years. No doubt they told Steven Strasburg, the MVP, that the C8 is full of “technology and stuff.”

John McElroy
11-1-2019


I don’t own a Tesla.  I’m still interested in why you seem to hate Tesla so much.
 
Everything I hear from friends who own a Tesla contradicts what you guys say.  That leads me to question your motives.
 
So, what’s the deal?
 
Charles
We hate Tesla? Well then, why don’t you ask why we hate General Motors, or Volkswagen, or Nissan?

At Autoline we report the facts. When automakers do well, we praise them. When they don’t we criticize them.

We both praise and criticize Tesla, just like we do with all automakers.

John McElroy
11-1-2019


Hello Autoline, John



Watch your daily shows and after hours show, thank you for what you do. Big fan, I thought I’d share this article from our National Broadcaster on the state of the Canadian auto sector.



Cheers,



Robert

Winnipeg, MB



Ford layoffs another hint Canada is heading for peak car: Don Pittis
Robert,
 
While it’s true that sales of new cars have probably peaked in the US and Canada, these studies and the authors of this article are only looking at new cars. Sales of used cars have not slowed down. In fact, both the US and Canada now have more registered vehicles than at any time in history. And we’re scrapping cars at a slower rate, so even if new cars sales go down, the total number of registrations will go up.

John McElroy
10-28-2019


Hello Mr. McELroy, How Are You Sir??  Tough loss for the Lions, EH???   First, I want to praise you for the guts you showed for publishing those two dirty, disgusting letters you got from those morons ( sorry, that's probably an insult to actual morons, Neanderthals?? ) idiots, or stoned teenagers that accused you of being anti-union for giving your insight on the GM strike.  THAT'S NO WAY FOR AN ADULT TO MAKE A POINT, CHILDREN!!!   Anyway, yes, I agree that Mr. Lutz, aka " MAXIMUM BOB" is one of the most interesting, and fascinating guests ( maybe tied only with Sandy Munro) you can have on, and while I don't think you would want to alienate or embarrass him with confrontational, or unessesary questions, I don't remember if you've ever asked him what he knew, and when he knew, about the ignition switch scandal, and if he thought engineer Frank Digorgio should have been charged with a crime, or at LEAST been subpoenaed to testify before Congress???  By the way, I never asked you before but I'm pretty sure you must have watched the hearings both times Mary Barra testified.  The 2nd hearing she was at, when the chairman (chairwoman??) the lady senator from Missouri told Ms. Barra she should fire her Vice Council Lawyer, (he was sitting right next to her) that sitting literally and figuratively over this lawyers right shoulder a few rows back was what I thought was the face of GM's AntiChrist, or Kryptonite, Ralph Nader, sitting in the gallery????  Thank You Mr.Mac, I'm ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN YOU'LL HAVE A GREAT SHOW, Good LUCK!!!!  Chas O
10-28-2019


John,
That Audi isn’t going to sell well in the US. $70k for less than 30 miles AER plus modest performance.
Will this even sell well in Europe?
It sounds like a classic overly complex design.
I don’t understand why they don’t Just create a dual motor AWD with a compact series range extender....give it EPA 100 miles AER and great acceleration.

W.r.t. an EV Hummer.. I could see how this could work.  Do what Lutz says with the GMC stores, make it have superb off road, poor weather, and dry weather performance.  It should have the ability for premium pricing so they can actually make money on it as an EV
10-28-2019


John,



It was a hoot watching Bob Lutz eat lunch, I bet you buy him lunch before you interview him next time.   Irregardless I love listening to Bob and his opinions, again I wrestle with the question should I order a mid-engine Corvette.  



Please continue to invite Bob back on the show, next time I will watch it during lunch.  



God Bless you,     



Conway
We sure got a lot of comments about Bob eating on the show!

But we have some mighty good snacks in the Autoline green room.

John McElroy
10-28-2019


Just a note to say hi and congratulate you and your staff on another great year of shows.
I always enjoy it when you trot the old war horse out to pontificate on autos, but next time leave
off with the feedbag.
Also other car manufacturers can't just take off the shelf components and 
make a vehicle to compete with Tesla. They've, Tesla, have solved many of their problems and had a
good quarter, they are increasing sales and production while many others are going down, in both, and 
sometimes by a lot, laying off workers, closing plants, while Tesla builds them. It's a "Sea Change."
Enjoy the Holidays.
LB,

I completely agree that if traditional automakers want to compete with Tesla they need dedicated EV platforms, not existing platforms stuffed full of batteries.

Can’t wait to see the Mustang-inspired CUV electric that Ford will unveil in a couple of weeks. It could be the first EV to give Tesla a run for its money. (I don’t include the Taycan since it’s sales volume will be so low.)

John McElroy
10-28-2019


Hi John,
 
    I just wanted to give you a health update. The pathology report finally came back for the tumor they removed. It was 60% benign but had 40% malignant cells. These cells are of an aggressive nature so my Oncologist and ENT Doctor are meeting to decide if it will be just chemotherapy again or added Radiation.
 
    The fear right now is since the tumor was sitting directly over my larynx radiation could burn the vocal cords.
 
    So,since I am a huge Peter D. fan I will not have a question but would like to give Peter a "Shout out" if you don't mind. While I still have a voice I just can't miss a week calling in to my favorite automotive news show.
 
    Take care.........Your Loyal Fan.............................Dale Leonard    Cleveland,Ohio
Dale,

It was great to get your call and all of us at Autoline are wishing you a quick recovery!

John McElroy
10-28-2019


Future Prediction
The state of California will introduce a new tax on the sale of gasoline. It will be called climate change impact fee or I hate ICE powered cars. At one dollar per gallon  this will create millions of dollars which will be used to subsidize the sale of electric cars. First year these dollars will be used by the state to give $10,000 credit per vehicle. Subsequent year credit will be increased to $12,500. Then the impact fee will be adjusted so that credit can be $15,000. This process will be continues until people stop buying ICE powers cars.
 
Infrastructure Improvements
 
A simple way for both electric cars and ICE powered cars to equally pay for infrastructure improvements is make all roads toll roads. And then further refine the charge by vehicle weight-----lighter vehicles pay less.
10-25-2019


Greetings,
"Autoline" historically has held Fred Diaz in high regard and am wondering, with his new role at Mitsubishi, if you have considered him for an AAH guest?
His marketing expertise combined with  the unique challenges/opportunities required for the  quasi-niche Mitsu's success; may prove both enlightening  and entertaining.
(I remain a fan of Mr. Diaz even in light of Titan HD/ Cummins fiasco)
Your shows are simply -the best!
Thanks in advance,
Best Regards,
Jim
Jim,

Thanks for the suggestion. We would welcome Fred back on the show, and we’ll have to find out when he’s going to be back in town.

John McElroy
10-25-2019


Hello everyone,



I recently scored a supply chain/purchasing internship at a major automaker and I just want to say that it wouldn't have been possible had I not been inspired by Bob's career in the auto industry, as well as the words of wisdom that he provided me through our correspondence in years past. It also wouldn't have been possible without all of the insights and knowledge that I have been exposed to through Autoline's programming. So to Bob, John, Gary, and every other panelist you've ever had on your shows thank you so much!



All the best,



Alexander Carabitses
Alexander,

Congratulations on your internship and thanks for the kind words.

When you become CEO of one of the car companies later in your career, don’t forget us!

John McElroy
10-25-2019


I loved the show today with Bob Lutz whom I have all the admiration in the world for.  But geez he ate throughout the whole show!  Next time let him graze in your green room so he can speak without chewing when discussing the topic at hand.
 
Great show nonetheless.
 
GW
10-25-2019


John

Your show with Bob Lutz was terrific he’s an entertaining legend for sure.
His insight is remarkable and still sharp as hell.  Great show!  Have a great weekend.

Regards
Chuck
Thanks Chuck!

John McElroy
10-25-2019


Hi John
 
Bob Lutz is an amazing guest and this weeks show was a classic Autoline. Thanks for continually producing outstanding informational programming. 
 
Michael
Thanks Michael!

John McElroy
10-25-2019


Hi,

   

Saw Autoline afterhours (with Bob Lutz)on Friday unbelievable the number and kinds of comments and what was said, that must be a record, in my unlearned opinion. Must be worth a story?



Dave T
Dave,

Thanks for noticing! Maybe we should do a story on it.

John McElroy
10-25-2019


Hi John,
I enjoyed the Bob Lutz AAH.  He is always great to have on.
 
I do wonder where he gets some of his information from..   saying that Tesla may not deliver the Model Y, semi, roadster....even if Tesla went broke and was acquired the firm would eventually produce these next 3 vehicles.
 
Also, I don’t think he watches the Sandy Munro interviews.  Tesla is still years ahead in motor efficiency, electronics simplification and sophistication, and battery cost.
 
We are wondering why Audi and Porsche can’t deliver the same range with about the same battery pack.
 
It has already been two years since Tesla unveiled the prototype for its next-generation Roadster and it will probably be another one or two years before it hit production, but it apparently will be worth the wait. Tesla's Chief Designer says that the vehicle is "evolving." When first unveiling the vehicle, Tesla claimed a list...
 
Dave 
10-18-2019


As a regular viewer of your program, and the owner of a 2017 VW Touareg, I was very interested in a recent program during which you stated that in addition to the cheating on diesel powered cars, VW has been found to have cheated on certain gas engine tests as well.  One of the vehicles stated to be involved was the 2017 Touareg!
 
I went to my VW dealer for answers, realizing that my resale value would be diminished.  They told me that they had heard nothing on this issue and that it probably was "fake news".  I asked them to question their company up channel. 
Today, they informed me that the answer was the same.  Company has no information or guidance on the matter.
 
Can you help me with specifics and recommendations on how I should proceed.  You stated that VW had set aside around $96 million to cover a class action law suit on this cheating.  I am stymied!!
 
Thanks, Chuck Magsig, Nashville, Tennessee
10-18-2019


Charles,
 
It is reprehensible that your VW dealer would call this fake news. This story was all over the news and you can easily do an internet search to get all the info you need. To save you some time, check out this article from Bloomberg.
 
But your dealer may be correct that this will not affect the resale value of your Touareg.
 
John McElroy
10-18-2019


Hello and Greetings from Shenzhen,



Some time ago you had a guest on your show who said: "Every sold Tesla removes the need of 4 new ICE car sales”. How does that work? I have totally forgotten the explanation and cannot find the episode. 



Thanks for the great show,



Zep
Zep,

I don’t recall us saying anything like that. What I have said in the past is that one shared car (Uber, Lift, Zip, etc.) replaces the need for up to 15 other cars.

John McElroy
10-18-2019


Dear Autoline Network,
 
 This is Matthew Gamcsik and I wanted to thank you guys so much for using the photos of the Chevrolet Corvair that I sent in to the people at Autoline Network. I also thank you for helping me identify a year that the Corvair was made. As always, I have enjoyed seeing everything Autoline Network covers on anything having to do with the automotive industry. Keep up the great work.
 
Sincerely,
 
 Matthew Gamcsik
Thanks, Matt!

John McElroy
10-15-2019


Hi Mr.Mcelroy,

Heard your story on EV batteries and how to recycle them.
Can’t believe they didn’t think of that during
Design stages.
Why couldn’t the batteries be used for back up on traffic signals, streetlights during power outages ?
Just a thought ....
I enjoy listening to your spot every morning when I take my son to school.

-Steve
There's a lot of talk about using used electric car batteries for electricity storage and backups. One issue is that at this early stage there aren't many used EV batteries available. Even so, so far no one wants to buy used EV batteries.

John McElroy
10-15-2019


John,
 
I just had to drop a note to say that I truly enjoyed this week's program. Your guests were great and gave so much information about USMCA. I could have listened to these guests for a lot more than 27 minutes (and I'm sure you would have too.) How about having this group back again in a few months with any updates?
 
Many thanks for all your work bringing valuable information. You and all your staff are awesome!
 
Barry
Indianapolis
Barry,

We’re glad you liked the show and we will definitely have those guests back again once the USMCA starts to move through Congress.

John McElroy
10-15-2019


Seems like everyone is aware that BEV's are on their way except the consumers. I read about the 1 million mile battery Tesla has claimed but also something about a Lithium Carbon Dioxide battery that is something like 7X capacity. If that is true, we finally have a game changer. Please, I would love to hear more about this.
All kinds of different battery chemistries are being developed, including solid state batteries.

None of these alternatives are in high volume production and will not be for years, if they even make it to production.

Li-on will be the dominant chemistry for at least another decade.

John McElroy
10-7-2019


John: Just starting to read this book
, but it looks like Ed Niedermeyer might make a fascinating interview subject on a future AAH.

Ron
Ron,

We’ve had him on in the past, we just need to get him to Detroit to come on the show.

John McElroy
10-7-2019


Hi,
 
With Tesla "over-the-air" updates, studies and reports are going to be out-of-date. So I would like to suggest getting a Blue Sky Productions, corporate car:
 
1) Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y in six months.
2) End-of-lease or low mileage used to minimize cost ... you can write it off as a business expense as the tax credits are modest.
3) Long range or Performance, avoid Standard Range Plus unless an exceptional deal.
4) At least basic AutoPilot
 
Like the 'long range ownership' tests of Edmunds and Consumer Reports, you'll be in a position to double-check your vehicle against various Tesla reports. You'll be at the 'bleeding edge.'
 
Thanks,
Bob
 
Retired engineer
Huntsville, AL
10-7-2019


In your conversation with Jason Torchinsky on autonomous driving
, you focused on high speed driving. What about in bumper-to-bumper city driving? For my brother in LA, a traffic jam on I-405 is a daily occurrence.  It takes him an hour to go 8 miles. A slow speed bump into the car in front of him is the biggest concern. Level 2 should be able to handle that.  And it would seem to reduce his stress for an hour.
 
Neil G
Normal, IL
 
 
BTW - Rivian is having a show-and-tell in Normal on Oct 13.  And they are hiring. Caterpillar and Komatsu both have manufacturing facilities within an hours drive. As when Mitsubishi came to town, Rivian may be hoping to recruit from those companies employees.
10-7-2019


I haven't heard anyone address the power coming from the coal power plants to run electric cars. Does this make sense?
 
Betty Jane
Betty,

This topic has been covered extensively. Powering electric cars with electricity generated by coal is not a great way to do it. But the use of coal is dropping dramatically as natural gas replaces it. Natural gas still emits greenhouse gasses, but at a rate far lower than coal and gasoline. Though there are environmental challenges with electric cars in the long run they’re cleaner than traditional internal combustion cars.

John McElroy
10-7-2019


You have said many times that GM has a 12% absenteeism rate
. Of course, that is over all.  I would expect that there are some workers who are absent 50% of the time, and others who are absent 5% on the time. Of those chronically absent, what can be done about it.  Is it because they just don't feel like showing up, is it because of lack of child care, or ...? I think this deserves a closer look at the absenteeism causes.
 
Neil G
Normal, IL
Neil,

Scheduled absenteeism, which is when you have a doctor appointment or need to tend to a sick child, or whatever, is an everyday fact of life. Every factory faces that. But because it’s scheduled, it’s manageable. Scheduled absenteeism tends to run about 3% daily.

Unscheduled absenteeism is when people simply don’t show up to work and you had no idea they were not coming in. GM has a 13% rate of unscheduled absenteeism, or what I call AWOL absenteeism.

The union protects those AWOL workers. It’s almost impossible to fire workers who are chronically AWOL. The non-union transplants don’t tolerate that kind of absenteeism. And while GM has tried to address the issue with the union, obviously it hasn’t resolved the issue.

John McElroy
10-7-2019


In a recent show you say
gas costs twice as much as electricity in order to run your car and gave 30 mpg as the average, it's more like 25 mpg, furthermore why not
simple compare MPG-e, which for many evs is in 110 range, closer to 4X less expensive than gas. 25 miles X 4 = 100. So you're way off in saying that's it's only twice
as expensive to run gas instead of electricity.
LB,

If you compare the fuel cost of driving 100 miles, a 30 mpg car costs twice as much as an EV, using the national average price for gasoline and electricity. It's a very simple comparison that anyone can understand.

John McElroy
10-1-2019


Hi,
 
Just sharing my experience as my "thanks" for your Sandy Munro programs on the BMW i3 and Tesla Model 3, we own both.
 
In 2016, Toyota decided their driver assistance, TSS-P, would not be in the most efficient Prius model, the Level 2 ECO. A test drive of the next upscale, Level 3 Prius revealed it would not exceed 96 MPG on my test track, inadequate! So they offered it for $29,000. The next day, I bought an end-of-lease, 2014 BMW i3-REx for the same price because of the Sandy Munro program. With the Range Extender engine, the BMW i3 had its own, gas powered, charger.
 
Six months later, a broken motor mount bolt put the BMW i3 in the shop for three weeks. But I'd test driven a Prius Prime, plug-in hybrid and flew 1,200 miles to get one for $28,000 and drove it home with TSS-P. As backup for the BMW i3, the 3 year old Prius became 'driveway art' with only 16,000 miles.
 
Sandy's second program on the Model 3 convinced me it was the way to go. Tesla dropped the price in 2019 so for $39,000, I got a Standard Range Plus Model 3 with AutoPilot and traded in the Prius Prime for $18,300. After 6 months, the Model 3 has 13,500 miles ... and climbing. The BMW i3 is parked under a cover and driven every two months for a fresh tank of gas, cycle charge the battery, tire inflation, and general lubrication.
 
Sandy Munro's presentations on AutoLine Daily sold both the BMW i3-REx and Model 3. The BMW-REx carries its own, gas charger, and the Tesla SuperCharger is half the cost and twice the speed. Furthermore, we are on our 4th release of AutoPilot which is why I'm loath to buy Jason Torchinsky's book, "Robot, Take the Wheel" because the AutoPilot part is dated.
 
No one should drive on a NASCAR track without training and the same is true with AutoPilot. Self-taught AutoPilot will scare the daylights out of most but being a retired engineer, I like a challenge and now with God, is my co-pilot.
 
Bob
Huntsville, AL
Bob,

What a great story, thanks for taking the time to send it in!

I’ll also forward it to Sandy.

John McElroy
9-30-2019


We all know EVs lose money. We all know they're gonna keep losing money or barely making money until battery costs drop. What we don't know is when that will happen, for several reasons. I would love to see an AAH where AutoLine invites some luminaries in battery development to the show to discuss the near and medium term prospects for EV batteries. A few possible guests would include...
 
• Jeff Dahn, the Tesla-allied battery testing guru
• The CEOs of several solid state battery startups (Solid Power, Ionic Materials, Sila Nanotechnology, Enevate, Quantum Scape, Linear Labs, and more)
• For sure somebody from VW - since they claim to be making a profitable EV in 2020.
• Ford, Rivian, GM EV development leads?
I know most of these folks will say "no". Most of them don't want to spill competitive timelines and secrets. But the EV story is all about batteries. If you could get even a few qualified insiders to talk in very general terms about where we are and where they see batteries going and when - well that would be a very insightful show.
 
Love AutoLine. You guys rock!
 
Scott
North Stonington, CT
 
PS: I don't drive an EV, but I want to...
Scott,

You have an excellent suggestion, but right now we can’t get any of the battery experts to say anything on the record.

I was at an SAE conference on powertrains two weeks ago. It was an excellent conference with lots of EV and battery experts from industry, academia and government. And they were from the US, Europe and Asia. But none of them will speak on the record. In fact, I’m not even at liberty to say who was at the conference or which companies or agencies they work for—those were the ground rules for me to be permitted to attend.

But I may have a chance of getting the CTO of CATL to come on the show early next year…which is after he retires! And we’ll keep working on getting some others.

John McElroy
9-30-2019


Hey John,



I first wanted to tell you guys how much I enjoy your show. As a lifelong "car guy", I enjoy seeing the daily insights you provide into the industry.



I've had the misfortune of losing much of my hand function to an autoimmune disorder, which was the reason behind my Tesla Model 3 purchase back in April. My hands get numb and painful after just a few minutes grasping a steering wheel, which made autopilot the primary reason for the purchase. I'll admit it takes some getting used to, but I've been very happy with it so far.



The first thing that stuck out to me was your remark on how the system is "not intuitive at all". The act of driving isn't intuitive to a 16-year-old who first slides behind the wheel, which just means it's a task that takes time to learn. Autopilot doesn't completely change the driving experience, but it is enough of a difference to require a learning curve as well. It took a few weeks behind the wheel before I was comfortable with the system, but now after five months, managing the system is as comfortable to me as activating the turn signal. I don't think anybody realistically expects to get into the driver's seat and be comfortable with autopilot operation in a day or two, that's just not realistic.



Mr. Torchinski's criticism of the system is valid, and the system makes it deceptively easy to stop paying attention over time. The system will get confused from time to time and alert the driver to take over, but that alert is far from a subtle nudge. The flashing red icon and loud, high-pitched chirp would grab the attention of even the most distracted operator, and the system doesn't abruptly "let go" and leave the driver on his own. Mine will moderately brake and retain steering control until I take over, which takes a second or less. I now have about 9600 miles on my car, with probably 75% of that on autopilot, and I can't recall the system putting me in a dangerous position. The data Tesla publishes on autopilot safety backs this up.



Autopilot also has some advantages over a human driver using the Mark 1 eyeball. I think the biggest of which is how rapidly the system react to changing speed of the vehicle in front of me. This thing will brake almost instantly after the leading vehicle does, and will aggressively maintain following distance even during a panic stop. When I'm on autopilot and traffic in front of me locks the brakes, I consciously pull my foot back from the accelerator pedal, cover the brake, and let the system manage space in front of me. Each time it's happened I've been impressed, it reacts far faster and more aggressively than I ever could.



While you and Mr. Torchinsky highlighted some of the concerns behind level 2 and 3 automation, there are significant benefits as well. You guys ran a spot recently regarding the importance of data collection and analysis in the development of self-driving technology, and these intermittent levels of automation allow for efficient collection of such data. I don't recall the specifics, but you mention the massive advantage Tesla had over other competitors in this area, so I think the more we see level II and three automation, the faster and safer full self driving technology will be when it finally arrives.
 
Just a few long-winded thoughts from a daily viewer and car geek, please keep up the great reporting!



Tom
Isanti, Minnesota
Tom,

I really appreciate your comments and the fact that you would take the time to write them.

You make a great point that it took you a while to get used to the Autopilot system.

I test drive about 100 cars a year, so I often don’t have the time to “get used to” cars that have some idiosyncrasies or unique features. But I also feel that anything related to safety should not take long to learn. For example, I found that I got used to the Cadillac SuperCruise system the first day I used it, though admittedly it took a couple of hours.

I see that Tesla is now including instructional videos of how to use Autopilot that you can watch in your car before you try to use it. That’s a smart idea, and no doubt this system will only get better over time.

John McElroy
9-30-2019


Hi John,
 
I am a linguist in few languages and in my spare time, I comment on youtube. I have not subscribed or liked any video, so as to remain unbiased.
 
I am currently doing marketing online, via the use of the comment sections of youtube, by either commenting regarding developments of a company or responding to other comments, which I do a few hours a day in my spare time and in several languages, mainly regarding companies that I am interested in or believe that they have superior information presented via youtube. 
 
I am approaching Autoline because I note your quality and reach being ahead of other auto content channels, or news channels.
 
For example, I would champion Autoline both in the comments section of its videos as well as on company channels that would be interested in following up on my comment, by resorting to checking what I say and watching Autoline. I can also collaborate via Autoline suggesting content for me to base comments on, and even which channels to focus on.  This may lead or not lead to viewership and subs increases, versus competitors and increased sponsorships. I would charge say 500 dollars per month to supplement my current income, for say an hour a day by following developments and commenting on them, which I did as a hobby in the past, but which I now want to transform into a source of income, in terms of such an arrangement payment could be via PayPal. 
 
Since the UAW strike and Williams battery tech are currently hot topics right now, my work would involve commenting, and I would comment on dozens of channels per month regarding what Autoline has to say about topics of general interest, and so forth, as per the news each day or week .... I comment anonymously as Victor Hugo and note that I do get numerous replies and debates ensue, which draws attention to the subject, which in this case would be what Autoline says about the UAW strike or Williams batteries, etc. and hence viewers watching Autoline, I comment in regarding debatable topics that I see on other channels.
 
I believe that it would be worth the investment on Autoline´s part and result in a marginal gain for the channel.
 
Just as a random example:
 
Since the Supra is among the hot topics, with Papadakis, Adam LZ, TJ Hunt, Matt Rojana, Schmee, Carwow, etc. below is a random example of how I would engage a competing or associate channel and I would go on to say how AMS got 3rd spot among track prepped vehicles being stock, etc.  
 
And for the purposes of a demo of random example below on Jackie Ding´s Supra crash:
 
Victor Hugo
3 horas atrás
you didn´t put proper tires on it like AMS Performance, and how is Fiona?
  
Jackie Ding
2 horas atrás
Funny you mention, we have the same tires and wheels set up as AMS. Also Fiona just had a nosebleed
 
Victor Hugo
1 hora atrás
@Jackie Ding Yokohama A052 tires?
 
Victor Hugo
1 hora atrás
so you had the Titan 7 wheels, SPL suspension, and square setup with the Yoko AO52 275 all round tires ... like AMS Performance?
9-27-2019


Hi John

I recently was watching your show about the Citroen DS. I posed a question in the live chat with my Youtube account, which was "letsgetverydrunk". When reading the comment you read out loud the name of the account. I just wanted to apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused you.
I made the account in 2006 when I was 16 years old, and never looked at the username again, since the account is anonymous and I don't really post content.
Once again, sorry for any embarrassment I may have caused.
 
Love the show, love the guests.
 
Kind regards / good weekend



M. de Bie
M. de Bie,

Thanks for your letter and consideration.

While it doesn’t bother us at all or cause any embarrassment, there may be other viewers who don’t like it.

Even so, we appreciate your comments.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


Hi guys,
 
Love the show as always. I found this on reddit and thought it showed the power of Over the air updates. I think Volkswagen and other company's struggling with public image could really help if they could improve or change features of already sold cars. What do you think will happen? 
 
Marty
Marty,

Over the Air updates require an electronic architecture that can accept them, including modems on discreet ECUs that control major components. Currently GM can do some limited OTA via OnStar and BMW can update maps in its navigation system. But that’s all we’re aware of.

All automakers are developing new electronic architectures that can handle OTA updates, but thery’e still several years away.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


Hi John,
 
    I want to say You,Gary,and your Guests brought a 70 year old man to tears. That was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for Me. And one main reason I have been a Loyal follower of "everything" on Autoline.
 
    Thanks Again...........................................Dale Leonard,Cleveland,Ohio
Dale,

We meant it sincerely. It was from the heart.

And here’s to you making a speedy recovery!

John McElroy
9-27-2019


WHAT IS THE STATUS OF CLEAR MOTION SUSPENSION SYSTEM? I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A SYSTEM FOR MU 2018 HONDA HR-V.
Carl,

You’re going to have to wait a while.

Clear Motion is not in production with its suspension system. It’s still several years away before that happens. Moreover, it’s unlikely this will be available as a retro-fit item as it will have to be engineered into each specific vehicle that adopts it.

This is technology that was developed by Bose, and while Bose tried to pitch it to automakers, none of them ever went with it.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


I found your guest Joe McCabe of Auto Forecast Solutions, to be incredibly glib, dismissive of the progress of evs, and unconvincing, besides
sporting an off putting and pushy manner, like some smarmy used car salesman trying to sell you the extended warranty on the vehicle.
An example of glibness in that, Oh Toyota could have gone the easy step into evs...sayeth Joe. Stop It. You're talking to intelligent adults not your typical audience
of boneheads. They, Toyota didn't and they haven't developed an ev. They were wrong not to and are losing business as a result, did you forecast that.
Their own answer was the lame we were battery constrained, though they never did anything about it. 
So bottom line for me is, don't put a lot of credence into what Joe has to say. 
It's over for diesel Joe, get a clue. 
Tesla is by far away winning, if they are unicorn they are prancing rampant. Say it ain't so, Joe. Have to start calling him clueless Joe. 
Maybe you should call yourselves AFS (legacy).
Bob,

Thanks for your comments, we’ll publish them in the Viewer Mail section of our website.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


John:
 
You have been touching on some of the subjects that I have been harping on the last few years:
 
Some of Chevy and GM losing market share can be attributed to poor marketing.  Aside from Corvette, GM has done a poor job marketing their high output engine cars such as Impala and Camaro while FCA Chrysler has done a great job yet having older "long in the tooth" models such as Challenger & Charger.
 
Dropping Cruze and soon the Impala are big mistakes not only long term but doing this has certainly not helped things with the UAW & Unifor, so this explains a lot of why Chevy market share is dropping.  I also don't get the fact that my local Chevy dealer and others have had very few Impalas in inventory for a long time along with few incentives and high prices which hurts sales.
 
GM bemoans the fact that car sales have been dropping but yesterday I was talking to my Chevy salesman and he said Equinox leases are less than Malibu leases so GM is pushing SUV/CUVs a lot.  Trax of course is the cheapest SUV and they don't push the el cheapo Sonics and Sparks which I would never buy or lease anyway.  
 
One more update to the other big mistake I see with GM is lack of Hybrid models.  Rumour has it the Malibu hybrid which few people know about is on the chopping block.
 
Yet Ford will soon have an Escape hybrid and that new Toyota Corolla hybrid has outstanding gas mileage > 50 mpg.
 
What will GM/Ford/FCA Chrysler do if there is a war with Iran, and oil goes to over $150 a barrel?
 
I do remember the '70's and the Big 3 did not do very well then with the oil embargo etc.
 
Rob A.
Rob,

Thanks for sending us your thoughts. We’re going to publish this in the Viewer Mail section of our website so others can read it, too.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


Hey John,
 
I’m sure you’re already well aware of (and on top of) this..  But I felt compelled to share anyway.
 
(Those are some fantastic renderings!)
 
Take care!
(MJB)
That place is going to be awesome. It makes me wish I could work there.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


I enjoy your daily updates.  Just getting into the Thurs broadcasts, but I like them too. 



I’m writing to get let you know that I’m going to attempt a SoCal to OKC trip in a Bolt this Thanksgiving.  I have an ICE truck, but I’m so challenged by seeing if it’s even possible in an EV, I just have to try it.  I’m only 6 mos into ownership and have never charged away from my garage.



I’ll use primary and alternates, just like an IFR flight plan.  Taking along a full-size spare.  You should see the inside of the tire.  It’s covered in substance like 1/4” thick fly-paper.



This is the part where you confirm the subj: line and wish me well.  And just maybe, I’ll come back with a few stories.



Sincerely,

Wes

In CA.
Wes,

We love it!

You’re an EV pioneer, just like the auto pioneers of 100 years ago.

Let us know how it goes. And while it will take you longer to do this trip than in your truck, it will be more of an adventure.

John McElroy
9-27-2019


It's disruption in the auto industry, it's plain but not so simple. At times your panel sitting around talking about new products or turnarounds,
or business as usual, reminds me of the ghost dancers, of the American Indians, who believed they could dance away the invading Europeans.
It did not work. Legacy auto is laying off thousands of workers, factories are closing, peak auto has hit, and peak ICE is over. It's just a matter of time. 
You’re right, it is a matter of time. But that time is probably about a decade away.

John McElroy

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