AD #1585 – Toyota Shifting to Common Platform, New Mercedes GLE, Malibu Adds Strong Hybrid

March 26th, 2015 at 11:48am

Runtime: 8:16

- Toyota Shifting to Common Platform
- Mercedes Shows New GLE
- Malibu Pumps Some Hybrid Iron
- You Said It!

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28 Comments to “AD #1585 – Toyota Shifting to Common Platform, New Mercedes GLE, Malibu Adds Strong Hybrid”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that these new “quilted” seat inserts German manufacturers are using on their premium models look like something out of 1980s Detroit sedans?!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Are these “quilted” vinyl?

  3. Bradley Says:

    I bought my Diesel Sportswagen for MPG. Putzing around town I have seen the high 30s MPG. Driving the speed limit on the highway, I have seen high 40s MPG. Typically with mixed driving I see low 40s.

    Now. I love the TORQUE!!

    If it matters my wife likes the idea that Diesel is less likely to be ignited in an accident.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If you are saying about the quilted seats that you don’t like the look then I’m with you; different strokes for different folks (I guess).

  5. Brett Says:

    I’m looking forward to them trying to reintroduce velour. :)

    Regarding diesels: I think it’s that old, insular “we know best!” Detroit attitude. It is just like the old “Americans don’t like 5-door hatchbacks!”. C’mon, what the heck do you think an SUV is?? A 5-door hatchback!!! Why do you think CUVs are catching on? How’s the Mazda3 hatch and Elantra GT selling? I see plenty of them around town.

    To me, the words “everybody knows”, means nobody knows because nobody’s checked lately.

    I cannot imagine that the planners and marketers are looking at sales of the RAM pickup with a small diesel and just thinking, “eh, that’s a fluke. Let’s go to lunch!”, can they??

    BTW – how’s the Chevrolet Cruze diesel selling?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John, when you say “diesels now outsell hybrids in the American market,” are you including the HD pickups? If you exclude those, do you know how it breaks out?

    Speaking of certain diesels selling well, I read a few days ago in an AutoWeek first drive of the new Golf Sportwagon, that “VW’s product planners say….” in recent years, eight in 10 buyers have chosen the diesel, and half of the diesel buyers took a manual in the outgoing Jetta wagon. If they were talking about the U.S. market, which they seemed to be, that’s impressive.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I would expect TDI take rate in the Sportwagon to decrease, at least a little, now that the thirsty, industrial-sounding 5 cylinder gas engine has been replaced with a 1.8 turbo that gets competitive mpg, and sounds and feels better. If you don’t want a turbo, though, you are out of luck with both the gasser and diesel.

  8. HtG Says:

    You guys talking about diesels, and now I can’t stop thinking about Cloris Leachman.

  9. Tim Hartigan Says:

    My band in the early 80′s (yes, I’m that old) used to cover “Ford Cortina”, the refrain…
    “Nicki Lauda says
    You can’t beat it
    I ain’t crazy
    I don’t care
    It’ll always be
    Me and my
    Ford Cortina”

    or something like that (yes, I’m that old)

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That wasn’t nice :-)

  11. Ron Paris Says:

    #8-9: ???

  12. HtG Says:

    Happy to help, Ron…

  13. RumNCoke Says:

    The new Auto Tune section is a great idea! Not a big Burt Bacharach fan but the tune is a nice late 60′s time capsule.

    Re: quilted seats – My brother’s Datsun 240Z had some of that diamond quilting in the interior so I always associate it with cool cars. Now, if it shows up in a Kia Rio, I might have to rethink that.

  14. John McElroy Says:

    #6. Kitt, my comparison does not include the HD pickups, but does include the light duty diesel pickups. And my numbers do include all hybrids, including the mild ones like Malibu and LaCrosse, which some people don’t consider to be true hybrids.

    #5. Brett, diesel Cruze isn’t selling that well. Sales are down 30% for the last three months, and account for less than 2% of Cruze sales.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #14 Thanks, John.

    If the VW wagon info I mentioned in #16 was, in fact, for the U.S., it looks like buyers of diesel cars want utility, meaning that Chevy should have sold the diesel Cruze as a wagon or hatch, and offered it with a manual transmission.

  16. Маринин Кирилишен (Marion Kershavelin) Says:

    What is with Mersedes electric cars? Why they need such cars John? The rich peoples not care for or need to make fuel economy. They have the money!

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Right now in my area diesel is 3 cents higher then regular gas,that is very acceptable.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here in FL, diesel is 37 cents higher than regular. I don’t know why the difference between states, but it’s not the tax. The state tax on diesel is only 3 cents higher than on gas.

  19. pedro fernandez Says:

    Re the new Toyota platform, I wonder if they will be the first mfg to start downsizing mid-size cars,(Camry), many of which have turned into full size ones.

  20. pedro fernandez Says:

    Do diff states demand more refined diesel fuel than others, or is it a federal std?

  21. Lex Says:

    I think it is a bad idea renaming the M Class to GLE by Mercedes Benz! M Class is so Masculine or Mother depending on the driver.

  22. HtG Says:

    maybe now that BMW is extending the M badge, Merc politely got out of the way.

  23. Donfromnaples Says:

    18. Kit, the tax difference is 14 cents in Florida between diesel and gas.

  24. Donfromnaples Says:

    Also, Local Option Taxes are allowed in Florida that run another 3 or 4 cents

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 According to the below site, the difference in state tax is ~3 cents/gallon.

    Federal tax is 6 cents higher for diesel, which would have nothing to do with the difference between FL and G.A.’s location. In any case, in total, tax on diesel is 9 cents/gallon higher than on gas in Florida, not nearly the 37 cents difference in pump price in my area.

  26. Brett Says:

    It is unfortunate that Chevrolet brought the diesel Cruze to market at a time of lower fuel prices.

  27. Donfromnaples Says:

    According to the eia, it is as I stated

  28. Bob Wilson Says:

    Claiming diesels out sell hybrids begs the question ‘where?’ Omitting it is in pickups and utility vans is terribly misleading. Following FOX journalism practices of omitting important diesel model types is so Clarkson.

    Bob Wilson