AD #1669 – Ferrari 488 Spider, Mitsu’s UAW Deal Killer, Scion’s Plan to Nearly Double Sales

July 30th, 2015 at 11:54am

Runtime: 7:23

- China Hits the Brakes
- New Ferrari 488 Spider
- Why No One Wants Mitsu’s Illinois Plant
- Who Ships Vehicles to U.S.?
- How Scion Plans to Nearly Double Sales

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20 Comments to “AD #1669 – Ferrari 488 Spider, Mitsu’s UAW Deal Killer, Scion’s Plan to Nearly Double Sales”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    If the UAW is considered an asset in selling the plant, (which it is not), then the UAW needs to work harder on it’s image. It needs to be a vender that provides value I.E. covers insurance, retirement, training, and a partnership in the over all production of the plant. Right now most states have stripped the UAW of being able to provide that. I find it odd that lawmakers bang the drum of “business friendly” meaning low wages, yet purposely strap themselves to a low volume of incoming tax dollars. Even more bizarre is that constraints placed on manufactures that add cost to the product. Sooner or later they guy on the line will have little chance of buying the product they make. And that kids is how we sink our standard of living.

  2. HtG Says:


    Wired magazine reported this morning that a hacker was able to take control of OnStar functions. He attached a homemade device to a car and then had it impersonate the credentials of a smartphone using the car’s wifi. Onstar’s security doesn’t yet detect the impersonation, but GM says it’s fixing the bug.

    Sagging Xinhua

    Hey, didn’t I say something last week about that stock market calamity in China affecting sales?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I thought the Transit Connect came from Turkey.

    That was an interesting “country of origin” list. I knew a lot, but far from all of them.

    Scion will see a big uptick in sales with that silly little sedan. Americans like trucks, and sedans, and the iA will be Scion’s first sedan.

  4. pedro fernandez Says:

    I think Scion is on life support, they are lucky that Mazda 2 won’t be sold here as a Mazda so they’ll get some of that market with the iA, but the iM will be as successful as the Matrix. BTW they should have made the iA as a hatch.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They will make a second generation Mazda 2 hatch, but not sell it in the U.S. I don’t like little sedans like iA, Yaris sedan, Fiesta sedan, etc., but I understand Scion selling the iA. Americans buy such vehicles, but why not sell the hatch too?

    Still, why not just call the iM Toyota Matrix, the FR-S a Toyota 86, and have done with it? Scion has never made much sense, with the original xB gone.

  6. MJB Says:


    All valid points – if we were still living under pre-’70s economic conditions whereby the vast majority of private sector (as well as public) businesses paid a much larger share of their employees benefits. Where most other employers offered pensions, generous vacation and PTO, etc., etc.

    But in an age where UAW, U.S. Government and most state and local government employees are just about the only ones walking around with most of those 1970′s era benefits still intact, while the rest of us get by, I’ll admit my only sympathy goes out to the UAW retirees. Not the ones just starting fresh with the UAW.

    Heck, my brother (who works for the city) gets triple-time pay for working holidays. TRIPLE-TIME! You’d be hard pressed to find a private sector job anywhere that even pays double-time these days.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The UAW doesn’t seem to automatically go with a sold car plant, at least in the case of Fremont/NUMMI when Tesla acquired it. I’ve heard that there may be attempts to organize, though.

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    Don’t understand why Mazda won’t sell the 2 over here, it is much better than the outgoing model, from all the reviews I’ve read and Toyota thought so too, they use it as the base chassis for the iM. Why they sold it as a sedan is beyond me, Scion has never sold a sedan, perhaps they think people will think 318I when they see it?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The only reason I could see for not selling the 2 here, is that plant can’t build enough. I suspect I would like the hatch, not that I need another car.

  10. Barry Says:

    On the countries sending us cars – isn’t Volvo sending us stock from China yet, or is that just in the works soon?

    ON UAW – Between the unions pricing themselves out of the global market and our government SO behind on trade compared to Mexico, I’m afraid this stories are going to go on and on until the last “rust belt” factory finally closes. It’s hard to imagine UAW ever taking the long view on this issue…

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    And soon from Cuba, we will get the ChevroLada.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Not reproduction ’55 Buicks?

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    Yeah, Buicks with Russian tractor motors and such, to think some morons think they’re gonna go there, buy a few of those cars, bring them here and make a killing are in for a shock. As you well know, these bastardized cars are worthless.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They wouldn’t have any value, but would be kind of cool to see at a show. I’ve never seen a Russian tractor motor up close.

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Cubano cars,mostly what we would call rat rods.I think they show ingenuity in keeping those vehicles on the road,all things considered.No hatin’ here on my end…

  16. HtG Says:

    I have to think future US tourists would get kick out of those Peoples’ Cars. Iron irony in motion.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Me too. I hope they stay there for a while. I plan to go in the next year or two. It’s not to support the regime, but just to see a nearby part of the world that is very different.

  18. pedro fernandez Says:

    As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, although lately, those Cubans who have families abroad, have been receiving spare parts to fix their Yankee machines.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    By now, spare parts may be easier to get than Russian tractor motors.

  20. veh Says:

    #6, why are you mad at the people get decent wages and benefits? You should be mad that the rest of us DON’T

    More income going to fewer people is not a recipe for long term good economic health.