While You Were Sleeping: February 5th, 2015
February 5th, 2015 9:48 AM Share
January set a new record for new vehicle average transaction prices, while consumers are hoarding their savings at the pump.
- Another round of software fixes for the ZF 9-Speed automatic gearbox.
- Subprime lending on the ride in Canada, auto loan delinquencies up in the United States.
- What consumers are doing with their savings from lower gas prices.
- The average new vehicle transaction price is $33,993, up 5.2 percent year over year.
- How about this for a Fiesta ST fighter?
Published February 5th, 2015 9:48 AM
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"How about this for a Fiesta ST fighter?" How about no? While the 1.6T would be a welcome addition to GM's US engine lineup, I am far less enthused about the hot Corsa. Opel just doesn't seem to have the talent to build great hot hatches - something that has been reflected in the previous attempts that have mainly resulted in overweight, understeering and unrefined cars.
"what consumers are doing with the gas savings?" Purchasing more Katy Perry songs, that would be my guess.
And speaking of the ZF-9, I believe this is a case of "one gear too far".
How many gears do we need? It seems the most efficient use of the ICE is to set it up as a stationary constant speed unit. It this how we are heading? Sort of like a turbo prop, they are constant speed. Design a car engine that 'idles' at 1 600rpm and revs out to 1 600rpm. Stop at the lights to engine stops. Take you foot off the brake and slam the accelerator and the engine resumes it' 1 600rpm. How exciting! Why are we still looking at wide flat torque bands? With countless gears we only need a torque band of less than 1 000rpm. Yep, constant speed engines.