AD #1556 – GM Shakes Up Development, Pilot Makes World Debut, Kia Trail’ster Concept

February 13th, 2015 at 12:53pm

Runtime: 8:08

- GM Shakes Up Development Process
- Chevy Bolts Into Production
- Toyota Avalon Refresh
- Kia Trail’ster Concept
- 2016 Kia Rio Debuts
- Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV
- Honda Pilot Makes World Debut
- Ridgeline Sketch Released
- Acura RDX Takes a Bow
- Nissan Soups up 370Z Roadster

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21 Comments to “AD #1556 – GM Shakes Up Development, Pilot Makes World Debut, Kia Trail’ster Concept”

  1. pedro fernandez Says:

    The new Pilot makes me think that this is how the Odyssey would look like if they had kept the old model’s traditional read door design

  2. Tony Gray Says:

    Did Chevy ever reveal the next gen Cruze?

  3. Lex Says:

    I am very disappointed with the look of the 2016 Honda Pilot. It is now just a AWD Odyssey.

  4. pedro fernandez Says:

    #1 I meant REAR also I think this will hurt sales, some people still liked the boxy shape, it gave the appearance of more interior space.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Pilot looks awfully generic, but I like it better than the old one. To me, the old one wasn’t as generic, but was ugly.

    If they can actually sell the Bolt for $30K, without tax subsidies, etc., it should do well. A pure EV with 200 mile range for that price is a bargain, and it looks like a small CUV, the current rage in vehicles.

  6. Rumblestrip Says:

    YEY ME! :D

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Retuned suspension is exactly what the Avalon needs, if they mean retuned for a better ride. A friend has an early copy of the current Avalon, and it is a fantastic car in most ways, quiet, comfy seats, attractive interior, etc., but my 25 year old minivan rides better. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but not much. I suspect Toyota will fix the ride quality with the “refresh” of the Avalon.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Congratulations RS!!

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The Bolt’s 30k includes the 7500 tax credit; list will be 37,500.

    http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/bolt-ev-concept-car.html

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, Chuck.

  11. Tom Tyson (ARHPG) Says:

    It is quite interesting that the 2016 Honda Pilot’s 3.5L V6 engine now has direct injection and cylinder deactivation—both good things. The question is why Honda/Acura continue to use a SOHC 24-valve design (and I think Gilmer-belt drive) rather than to upgrade to the more efficient double-row-chain drive 24-valve DOHC design. Arguably, Honda gets *extremely* high efficiency and reliability from this (somewhat dated) topology with the added enhancements such as direct injection, higher compression and so forth, and horsepower numbers and efficiency continue to climb along with improved fuel-consumption numbers. Nevertheless, SOHC is one of the holdovers from yesteryear, and efficiency would be even higher with a chain-drive DOHC engine. Toyota did this some time back with their 3.5 liter V6, and that engine is clearly one of the top engines. Nevertheless, the new Pilot’s looks are more enhanced CR-V-like in appearance than the old boxy Pilot, but this car line has always had a classy, handsome appearance

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    From the horror stories told by many auto techs, I would not want any of these new technologies in my motor that will surely cause problems in the long run. Bravo to Honda and others who use good ole fashion engineering to get the best compromise between power and economy in their engines.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The SOHC Honda V6 is about the most efficient engine of its size, even without direct injection. I certainly don’t like their using timing belts, though, as it requires expensive periodic maintenance.

  14. M360 Says:

    Why didn’t GM put more money and development into the new Chevy Equinox? That segment, the crossover segment, is very competitive and the new Equinox is actually a 2005 version with few modifications. Let’s see something better than the same old thing! How many people do you think you are going to fool with this kind of attempt?

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    #13 That is why most techs I meet, recommend Toyota for longevity and reliability. Timing chain is the way to go!

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Wasn’t the current Equinox almost a new vehicle in 2010? It is much different from the one that started life in 2005.

    The current Equinox is still selling pretty well, which may explain their just doing a “refresh,” rather than a complete makeover for 2016. At some point, though, they need to lighten it up substantially.

  17. Roger T Says:

    Don’t think the Mitsubishi dealers would be happy to have that vehicle if it were ready for sale. jeez that thing is ugly.

  18. C-Tech Says:

    I understand the Equinox and have no problem with the refresh, however continuing production of the Captiva puzzles me.

    Use of a timing belt on Honda engines keeps many a tech employed replacing them as regular maint. or replacing cylinder heads as owners neglect them.

    The new Pilot should appeal even more to women.

    Still not impressed with the Ridgeline. Given the success that GM is having with the Colorado/Canyon, is there a group at Honda collectively kicking themselves?

    Did Mitsubishi hire designers from Suzuki? It reminds me of an Axiom.

  19. pedro fernandez Says:

    TTAC also agrees that the Equinox “refresh” is just not enough to keep it competitive, also this means that they won’t touch it for another 4 or 5 yrs. thus making it really old in say, 2019 when there will be new and more modern CUV’s out there.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    According to Automotive News, Equinox will get a major redesign for 2017.

    http://www.autonews.com/article/20140906/RETAIL/309089965/gms-aging-equinox-and-terrain-show-staying-power

  21. Chuck Grenci Says:

    ’17 was my understanding as well; Equinox lead the mileage race (hwy @ 32) for quite a while, and in my opinion is still relevant. The refresh, while not ideal, is certainly polishing the current model to limp along (quite nicely) until the ‘refresh’ turns into ‘major overhaul’. The Equinox been “verdy, verdy good to Chevrolet” (pardon my plagiarizing and paraphrasing of Garret Morris, SNL). I know, I know; I’m no comedian (but it was funny to me). :)