AD #1522 – Hitachi Licenses Nissan Tech, Sprint Drops NASCAR, BMW’s Self-Parking i3

December 17th, 2014 at 11:56am

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- Hyundai Unveils New Sonata Hybrid
- Chrysler 300 Updates
- Sprint Drops NASCAR
- BMW Unveils Self-Parking i3
- Hitachi Licenses Nissan Tech
- Keeping Your Air & Fuel System Clean

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32 Comments to “AD #1522 – Hitachi Licenses Nissan Tech, Sprint Drops NASCAR, BMW’s Self-Parking i3”

  1. Bradley Says:

    The Chrysler 300 will compete with the Impala and Avalon, right?

    Every time I see Chrysler’s shift knob all I see is “Cost Savings”.

    Smart move by Sprint, “Miracle Ear” would be a better sponsor for NASCAR.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will in be the Bud Light Cup in 2017?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Chrysler 300 nominally competes with Impala and Avalon, but it also competes with certain European cars, but at a bargain price.

    I haven’t driven a recent 300, but even in ’07 or so when I drove one, it was a nice car for the money, if you want a big rear drive sedan.

  4. HtG Says:

    Didn’t Volvo say today that they’re pulling out of racing, specifically V8 Supercat in Australia? Racing doesn’t match their brand. I think the con of racing is starting to resemble what’s happened to newspapers. Ferrari pushing Marlboro in Asia notwithstanding.

  5. Lex Says:

    Chrysler missed a huge opportunity when they did not get involved in the Seth Rogan’s Green Hornet movie remake a few years ago. The 300 could have been introduced as the “New Black Beauty” and would have probably achieve movie car icon status like the Pontiac Firebird “Kitt” from Knight Rider or the Dodge Charger “General Lee”. The Transformer Movies did good things for both the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

    All I am saying is that the 300 has a lot of potential especially since it is offered with AWD.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They need to pull out the Magnum tooling, and sell a 300 wagon. They did that for a while in Europe. I like the car better with the Chrysler front end, that the one on the Magnum.

  7. C-Tech Says:

    Sean I agree with your segment on the benefits of intake cleaning. Another thing to be addressed is the complications of turbocharged engines when trying to use an intake cleaner on a running engine.

    Perhaps the France family can contact John Lasseter and get the Rust-eezz sponsorship.

    The only good looking autonomous car so far has been the Knight Industries 3000, K.I.T.T.

  8. C-Tech Says:

    The half-wits at Fiat could see much success with an updated (don’t call it a wagon) SUV based on the 300, call it the 300X. Just pull out the Magnum tooling and update it. This gives Chrysler brand a much needed SUV.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If they want a Chrysler SUV, shouldn’t they just rebadge the GC/Durango as an Aspen, or something like that? Do they really need a Chrysler badged SUV anyway, since in most cases, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands are sold together? Just asking.

    I’d like to see the revival of something like the Magnum as a wagon, with no pretense of it being an SUV. Toyota screwed up the Camry wagon by making it into the tall, heavy Venza. Chrysler doesn’t need to do that. If they revived the wagon, they should make the windows bigger, to look more like a European wagon. That would be more appealing to those of us who like wagons, than the gangsterish look of the Magnum. It would also sell better in other places around the world.

  10. RumNCoke Says:

    I’m no spring chicken and I grew up watching Petty, Pearson and the rest of the good old boys swapping paint. But, I tell you, I would rather watch a drifting competition than suffer through another boring NASCAR race. Not that the France family cares what I think…

  11. HtG Says:

    10 once you pass 70 maybe Bernie will give you a look, RumNCoke

  12. HtG Says:


    Is anyone else looking at the Cuba news and wondering if petroleum price problems for Venezuela factored into this news? Imagine how this all looks from Tehran.

    Yep, those Saudis can play The Great Game quite well, thank you.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I hadn’t thought of the oil, and Venezuela, but yeah, that could have been a factor.

    Some of my friends will be happy about the Cuba news, since they will probably now be able to bring cigars back with them from cruises, without worrying about getting caught.

    I’ve read that the attitude among Cuban Americans in south Florida about normalizing relations with Havana is highly age dependent, with a majority of younger people favoring it, and oldsters opposing. The whole thing will be a huge factor in Florida and presidential politics, starting right now.

  14. HtG Says:

    Haven’t we also seen some info about Cuba having possible petroleum resources off its coast? Wouldn’t it be nice if Exxon did some exploration? Hmmmm? Maybe sold the goo to the US? Hmmm?

    they go together

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Cuban oil…

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Speaking of oil, today’s price for diesel at my local 76 station: $2.99.9 @.

  17. C-Tech Says:

    @ #9 Kit, I agreed with your ideas about changing the Magnum, I also want it to sell. If you call it an SUV (even if it looks like a wagon) people will buy an SUV. The reason for the Magnum revival instead of a re-badged Durango is to give Chrysler something unique, and tie it to their current hot product, thus the 300X badge. A re-badged Cherokee as the small SUV for Chrysler is enough recycling for now.

  18. C-Tech Says:

    The fact that most all FCA dealers in their biggest market carry all their brands on the same floor (some even carry Fiat next door) you don’t want too much re-badging.

  19. XA351GT Says:

    I’m not surprised by Sprint’s announcement. They have been getting killed in the cell phone wars. They routinely at the bottom of the lists of providers.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not surprised at Sprint’s announcement either. As far as Sprint, I have used them for years. While Verizon’s coverage is probably better, Sprint works fine where I am, and they continue to be significantly less expensive than Verizon or ATT for what I want.

  21. HtG Says:

    XA, I remember reading that the Army questioned the value of supporting NASCAR when so few of the few people the sport brought to them could qualify for service. Like a really small number.

    Did you see the story about Scott Tucker of Level 5 maybe having a knee snapper with the FBI?

    I really wonder if racing is going to face a reckoning as sponsors figure out what’s worth actual cash money.

  22. HtG Says:

    20 Sprint sucks here, Kit. Sllllllloooowwwwwww. I quit them.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17, I suspect it is unlikely that they will revive a Magnum-like wagon, but if they do, yeah, call it an SUV if that would help sell it. Just keep it the same height as a 300 sedan, and make AWD optional, not mandatory. Both Mercedes and BMW have run off their traditional wagon buyers in the U.S. by having AWD mandatory in the E-class and 3 series wagons in America.

  24. C-Tech Says:

    Kit we will not see a Magnum-type wagon coming back because they have not figured out how to market it.

    I wonder if the beginning of the end at NASCAR was when Dodge left. If an auto brand can leave NASCAR, not under duress, and not suffer sales losses, then you definitely have to reevaluate your sponsorship if not an automotive brand.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22, I’ve known other people who say the same thing. I happen to spend most of my time where Sprint works well, and in an area at the space center where I spend some time, it seems to work better than ATT and Verizon. I suspect there are a lot more places, though, where ATT and Verizon work better.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24, …and the Dodge race cars were at least a little closer to actual road cars, with the correct wheels making the car go, but their leaving NASCAR didn’t seem to hurt sales.

  27. aliisdad Says:

    NASCAR is of no interest to me as long as they run “fake” stock cars… Yes, I can remember when it was really stock car racing, albeit with some significant performance modifications.. To be fair, I don’t know if today’s cars would be up to that level of racing without significant “beef up” modifications.. Perhaps it is a comment on the cars of today (which I think for the most part are the best ever in most ways that matter), or maybe just the musings of an old guy (me) who miss the real STOCK cars..
    It is sad though to go to some race tracks other than NASCAR and see almost empty seats, sometimes… I kind of wonder if racing has become a little too high tech for some people, and the cars are not really the ones that they can aspire to actually owning as they see it on the track… I kind of think these things might have been a part of interest back “in the day”.. I worry about the future of auto racing, and really think we are losing something pretty special if it does go away in time…

  28. MJB Says:

    Is it me, or have Kia’s designers bitten off a huge chunk of the Merc E-series with that new Sonata incarnation (front facia and side body sculpting)?

  29. MJB Says:

    …By front facia, I meant headlights and faux wind scoops.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27, Wasn’t there an attempt at racing something closer to real stock cars a few years ago, but it didn’t go over very well. I think they were called “touring cars,” or something like that.

  31. Bob Aubertin Says:

    23, I owned a 2006 Magnum R/T Hemi powered.This car was Awesome in Looks,turned heads all the time.Performance was Great 340HP and Good handling with the stock suspension and it was a Grocery Getter modern day station wagon, Not an SUV.The Magnum was cut from production in North America by the Hardware failure Bob Nardelli as CEO for Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.They also cut the Beautiful Chrysler Pacifica.

  32. Bob Aubertin Says:

    24,It has nothing to do with Dodge leaving NASCAR.The problems are Too many races,ticket prices Too expensive for the average family and Cookie cutter/Air brush race cars.What does NASCAR mean National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.The key word here is Stock CAR.The people in the grandstands want to be able to recognize the race car with the one they are driving on the street,that is called Brand Recognition.Race on Sunday,Sell on Monday.Who has ever heard of a V8 2 door Toyota Camry or a V8 2 door Ford Fusion or a 2 door V8 Chevy Impala?

    In the 50′s,60′s,70′s,80′s, we the spectator saw Real “Stock Car Racing”

    Please bring it Back, before it disappears for ever.I hope Bill France JR. gets the message.