AD #1564 – Porsche Shows Cayman GT4, Ford Increases Development Time, Nissan Discontinues Xterra

February 25th, 2015 at 11:32am

Runtime: 5:54

- Digging to the Root of Takata’s Airbag Issue
- Ford Increases Development Time Due to Recalls
- Porsche Shows High-Performance Cayman
- VW Sketches 4-Door Coupe Concept
- Toyota Refreshes the Auris
- Toyota to Test i-Road 3-Wheeler in Japan
- Nissan Puts U.S. Xterra Out to Pasture

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20 Comments to “AD #1564 – Porsche Shows Cayman GT4, Ford Increases Development Time, Nissan Discontinues Xterra”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Is the Toyota Auris the same as what used to be sold as the Matrix in the US?

  2. Ron Paris Says:

    Just answered my own question (or rather Wikipedia did!)
    “In Europe, Toyota positioned the Auris as the replacement of Corolla hatchback, while the notchback sedan continued with the Corolla nameplate. It was not sold in North America, as the larger Toyota Matrix had taken its place in the lineup prior to its discontinuation in 2014.”

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Matrix was taller than the Auris, probably for the SUV loving American market. It seems like some car sold in the US., maybe the Lexus CT, is based on the Auris.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m surprised they sold that many Xterras last year. I thought it had already been discontinued.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I was always under the impression that the exterra and the frontier was on the same platform and shared the underpinnings.The Frontier will be a totally new vehicle,with a diesel option for the USA I think for the 2016my.If they used a better interior,the updated driveline from the Frontier,(diesel/8spd auto)that would be the first diesel off road capable suv in the country,and would very likely sell like hotcakes.Oh well….

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Xterra is a good off-road vehicle, but is “rough around the edges,” and it didn’t sell very well. Apparently “image” is everything is this market. As crude as it is, the Xterra is much more refined than Jeep Wrangler, but Wrangler outsells Xterra about 10 to 1.

  7. C-Tech Says:

    #5 Wouldn’t the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty Diesels come before the Diesel Xterra? Or would the Diesel Chevy Blazer in the late 70′s early 80′s be the 1st Diesel off-road capable 4×4?

  8. C-Tech Says:

    Is VW teasing a new CC?

  9. Mike Says:

    Knowing how exhaustive the new part testing process is, you have to wonder if Takata (and perhaps numerous others) didn’t choose to ignore unpleasant data. When job 1 is approaching,when the pressure is really “on”, it must be tempting to argue away as “special causes” failures that really are design issues.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 That’s what I thought. I think the current CC still looks good, but it has been around quite a while.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    Local So fla Toyota dealers sell out 4Runners as fast as they come in off the trucks to So American buyers, seems there is quite a demand for sturdy, reliable “Jeepies” as they’re referred to over there.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 4Runners are durable and capable machines, but the last time I saw one at a dealer, I was shocked at the price, around 40K. Maybe it was really loaded, but still.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    Yep. but they’re going for full price down here, I have a co-worker who bought one and had to drive up 2 counties to find the one she wanted, the local dealers told her that So Americans were buying them for export, lot of oil money in Venezuela.

  14. David Duckworth Says:

    In 2010 Toyota also announced that they would be adding time to their development process to improve quality. For Ford and all the automakers it becomes finding the right balance between fast to market and developing the vehicle to meet the market with high quality, reliability, and durability.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I’ve heard that Venezuela is kind of hurting with oil prices so low.

    There are a couple 4Runners at my condo, that have probably been driven off-road less than my Prius. Some people just like vehicles like that for the “image.” I suspect the capability is put to good use with some of those going to South America, though.

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    The roads there are bad and service is not as attainable as here, so they need something tough, durable and reliable, that is why Toyota is king over here.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 It seemed that Ford got in too big of rush with their MFT. Time will tell about the turbo GDI engines and aluminum truck bodies.

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And now for something completely different:http://www.aeromobil.com/

  19. HtG Says:

    Beautiful, GA. What a smile

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Here’s an earlier version.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar