Episode 446 – Ferrari: Made in China?!? Nissan and Vitamin C, Volkswagen Jetta Styling Analysis

July 30th, 2010 at 12:02pm

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Could your next Ferrari be built in China?!? Breathe deep: Nissan’s next concept provides your daily dose of Vitamin C through the air vents. President Obama tours GM and Chrysler plants today and says the government will get its bailout money back. All that and more, plus John gives us a styling analysis of the new VW Jetta.

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This is Autoline Daily for July 30th, 2010. And now, the news.

And talk about news! In a stunning report coming out of China, Gasgoo says that the Guangzhou Auto Group, which has a joint venture with Fiat, could end up making Ferrari’s in China. It says Fiat wants to change its image in China as only making low-end small cars. And part of Guangzhou’s joint venture deal with Fiat allows it to make any vehicle of any brand that Fiat owns, including Ferrari, as long as there’s a need for it. With the way car sales are booming in China, there could be a need. Now, call me old fashioned, but I just can’t see Ferrari’s being built anywhere but in Maranello, where they’ve always been built.

More earnings reports are pouring in from car companies all over the world, and for the most part they look pretty good. Renault made over a billion dollars for the quarter, easily beating analysts expectations. At Honda, the news is even better. It posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion. Mazda is making progress, but it lost money, posting a loss of $23 million for the quarter. Even so, that’s one-tenth the size of the loss it posted a year ago.

And some of the good financial news is now starting to spread to the supplier sector. Dana, the company that makes axles, amongst other things reported a profit of $9 million for the quarter. And Federal-Mogul surprised the analysts by posting a $49 million profit. Maybe these aren’t big numbers, but they are a clear sign that the supplier industry is on the mend.

Earlier this week Nissan unveiled its “Health & Well-Being” concept which is designed to increase the comfort inside the vehicle and the automaker found some creative solutions to do so. According to the Economic Times, air conditioners will pump breathable vitamin C into the vehicle to help moisturize the skin and reduce airborne bacteria and mold. The concept also features heated seats that improve blood circulation which Nissan says can reduce driver fatigue. It also features seats with leg rests, articulated backs and three layers of cushion, designed to help your posture. Like your mother always told you, “Sit up straight and eat your vegetables.”

President Obama will be in Michigan today to visit GM’s Hamtramck Plant which will build the Chevy Volt and then he’ll make his way over to Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant which makes the Grand Cherokee. Obama will be touting all the improvements at the two companies and yesterday he said the government will recover all the bailout money poured into GM & Chrysler. Although he is only referring to the $60 billion his administration spent and not the $25 billion the Bush administration gave to the automakers. The President also plans to visit a Ford plant in Chicago next week which builds the Taurus and soon, the new Explorer.

Have you seen the new Volkswagen Jetta yet? When we come back from the break I’ll give you my own personal tour of the car.

Volkswagen made significant changes to the new Jetta. It is the first VW specifically designed for the North American market I was out on the global press launch of the vehicle and here are some of my styling impressions that we shot while I was at that event.

Thanks for that report John. You’re more than welcome!

And that’s it for today’s top news in the global automotive industry. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you next month.

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15 Comments to “Episode 446 – Ferrari: Made in China?!? Nissan and Vitamin C, Volkswagen Jetta Styling Analysis”

  1. Tony Gray Says:

    Ferrari’s built in China? Fuggedaboutit!

  2. pedro fernandez Says:

    Let’s not forget Marco Polo stole the noodle idea from China and called it spaghetti, payback is a bitch, isn’t it? I’m glad VW did not copy the current overly large headlight assembly that both Honda and Toyota have been using in their new models. I really don’t like it one bit. But the Jetta is just too big now.

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Ferrari’s in China………..blasphamey

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    What about the Jetta wagon? Will it be dropped from the U.S. market, will the current one stay around for a few more years, or what? Does anyone know?

  5. pedro fernandez Says:

    Hey who knows, maybe the reliability will actually get better.

  6. Salvador G. Says:

    Ferrari Made in China…
    Things Hell Would Froze Over [Check]
    Things Enzo Ferrari Would Roll Over [Check]
    Final Prove That There Is NO GOD [Check]
    Ok then, is all good baby – All Good.
    pedro fernandez Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    Let’s not forget Marco Polo stole the noodle idea from China and called it spaghetti, payback is a bitch, isn’t it?

    -Pedro – That’s a myth… Spaghetti have been made in Italy since Romans times.

    I’m gonna miss the chrome on the new VW, I think they’re trying to copy Audi a bit too much with this design.

  7. G. Berman. Says:

    Ferrari made in China? I don’t think so. People like to say that Ferrari is owned by FIAT. However, this needs clarification; FIAT is owned by the Agnielli family and so is Ferrari. Alfo Romeo, Lancia, Iveco and others are under the FIAT umbrela, but Ferrari is held separately.


    That new Jetta makes me think of the old VW Fox model as it would look today if they had continued building it.

  9. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    The New Jetta has a comfortable back seat while New Elantra has a Wheelbase that’s 2 inches longer. However, like the Civic the New Elantra is the same height. Iam not a supporter of this Hyundai Height diet they have implemented in many products lately.

    New Jetta=104.3 in Wheelbase.

    New Elantra=106.3 Wheelbase.

    Cruze fits in between.

    Kit, I see spyshots of the New One here and there. Go look for some of those. I dont know hwoever whether that will come to the US.

  10. Mohammad Rafi Says:

    Ferraries made in China!?

    That would be like building the Ford F-150 (the most American of American trucks, in my humble opinion) in Mexico! But wait a minute, the F150 IS made in Mexico. Holly $…!

  11. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    Speaking about things changing, maybe its time for Mr Mac Elroy to focus on that driver education he has been talking about. Not just driver’s education, but we really have to do something about the law enforcement end of driving.

    Lets face the facts:

    1. American Speed Limits are WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too slow. It takes the fun out of driving, and creates dangerous rolling bottleneck traffic patterns where you have 20-30 cars following the 3 fu0ktards in 3 lanes of traffic slowing everybody down because they want to drive the speed limit, and they dont want to get a ticket. That kind of close driving is very dangerous and unsafe.

    2. They need to crack down on Tailgaiters.

    3. They need to crack down on no turn signal use.

    There should be no reason why in Bum-f–k country in Michigan or whatever you cant do 85-90 if you wanted to.

    People are always worried about getting tickets, no wonder why the masses in Gen Y doesnt want to drive. Not only they get more municipal and state revenue with these tickets, you scare non-drivers into not wanting to drive in the first place.

    This has nothing to do with safety, its all about control.

    If you have a bunch of non-drivers in a generation, then they will have to move to the cities or small towns where they can walk to places.

    That’s what this national light rail is about. They know that in Gen Y there’s going to be a bunch of permanent non-drivers.

    Yeah, everything in this country is collasping but like the Phoenix America is, everything will always rise from the ashes.

  12. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    We’re digressing into a state where this generation has access to a bunch of tech, but technology will be the deciding factor between the haves and have nots.

    Many people due to the cost of things in the future will have to relearn many things that our parents and grandparents took for granted. Everybody and their grandmother has A/C these days, but when you have arm and a leg electricity bills nobody will be able to afford to use it. Thus, this will bring them out of their home environments and into community environments.

    In a way this is ok, because it makes a healthier more mobile population. However, in another way its very bad when you have have one class of people in 1950 while another class of people are moving fast forward to 2050.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    Smoke: You can’t legislate common sense, I wish I had a dollar for every time I see some moron doing 5 to 10 mph under the limit, left lane with no traffic in front either on a freeway or wide open surface road. If you’re not in a hurry, use the right lane stupid!

  14. Nick Stevens Says:

    I doubt that, after serious thought, and no matter what Incentive China heaps on Fiat, that they will make the decision to actually build Ferraris in China. it will ruin much of the mystique of the brand. Unless they call it something else. Or if they build entry-level Maseratis instead.


  15. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    Sad Pedro, sad. The Cops always let thse guys go, but if I fart funny boom Im popped.