AD #1745 – October Production Record Set, Old Style Meets New Tech., Kia Announces All-New Hybrid SUV

November 16th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:39

- Detroit 3 Back to Pre-Recession Build #’s
- October Production Record Set
- Jaguar Makes New E-type Body Panels
- Jaguar Supercar Concept Makes Public Debut
- Kia Announces All-New Hybrid SUV
- Kia Invests Big Into Autonomous Tech.

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27 Comments to “AD #1745 – October Production Record Set, Old Style Meets New Tech., Kia Announces All-New Hybrid SUV”

  1. Bradley Says:

    Kia..Compact Truck…
    Kia..Compact Truck…
    Kia..Compact Truck…
    Kia..Compact Truck…
    Kia..Compact Truck…

  2. Brett Says:


    Anybody..Compact Truck…

  3. MJB Says:

    So exactly how tall is Formula One driver Felipe Massa? I only ask because he seemed quite dwarfed in the cockpit of that Jag…

  4. HtG Says:

    Massa is 5’5″. I think he’s the smallest and lightest F1 driver

  5. Broge Says:

    Think folks in auto industry be very interested in this solution to emissions control.Might be good guest on your show.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #5,Broge: Good article,thanx.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Makes a lot of sense to me. Since they don’t make big pickups, they would’t be competing with their own, more expensive trucks. If priced right, it wouldn’t need to be fancy to sell decently.

  8. Shan Says:

    Baffled how people can afford $45 full size trucks, they surely must be in debt up to their ears….i miss those little compact trucks back in the 80′s and 90′s. i bought a Mazda B2200 and Toyota Pick-up, both made in Japan and were awesome trucks….under $15k

  9. HtG Says:

    Shan, I configured a F150 that lists for 33,800. A person can finance it for 459/mo with 3500 down, BUT 72 MONTHS OF PAYMENTS. I think that’s how people afford it.

    5.9% APR (good one Ford)

  10. HtG Says:

    oops, $493/month, not 459

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    Americans have been begging for a small truck for years now and no one responds. This would be the perfect segment for a Chinese OEM to get into the US market, but of course, it has to have some quality, something I doubt the Chinese can muster.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    Call the police, some kid stole that orange race car.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    A nicely optioned compact diesel pickup 4×4 would kill the market.Even I couldn’t resist that.Extended cab/long bed.Oh hell yeah…

  14. cwolf Says:

    I was excited when the Colorado came out, only to see that it too was bigger than I had hoped for. Not one maker gets the idea of a small truck. Worse yet, most only come in a 4 door. The 4door Silverado along side me tonight wouldn’t even fit in my garage and those mid-sized are not much better. I hope Ford doesn’t screw up the smaller concepts, but I wouldn’t doubt even the lil’Bronco will turn into a whale.

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    Does anyone know if there is ANY market in which small trucks are currently sold?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 There are a few. Even FCA has a smallish one, only 65 inches wide.

    There are some really small pickups sold in Asia, some of them “cab over.”

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Guys,I think there is a real market for a smaller,(than midsize) pickup.I’ve said often enough,bring back the S 10′s,the Rangers,Mazda’s toys etc.Build them for here,and we will buy.My last S 10 was an almost perfect vehicle for me.With todays tech now,it would be perfect.Better then my van for sure,because it would have more capabilities.Pretty much any of the modern 4 bangers would at the least,would be the equivalent to what the old 4.3L V6 was,in power,and better economy.

  18. Makes you wonder? Says:

    It makes me wonder why Chevy hasn’t decided to mount a CUV over the Volt chassis to create a plug-in hybrid crossover.

  19. XA351GT Says:

    Great idea Kia, Bring more Hybrids and EVs to market seeing how they are selling so well. Stupid is as stupid does.

  20. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #17 G.A.
    Almost agree word for word; I had an S-10 and it really fit the bill for me as well (4.3l LS model). I had a hard tonneau cover (color matching body) which was real sharp IMO, got decent mileage (especially on the hwy…..25mpg) and was comfortable enough for me. I still see some around and they still look good.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I agree, except that, to me, a van has much more capability than a pickup, at least for my purposes.

    I had a 1995 S10 with a 4.3 and 5-speed manual. It drove well, for the time, but was thirsty. It only got about 22 mpg on the interstate. The same vehicle with today’s 4 cylinder engines of greater power would probably get near 30. The mpg difference might be even greater, percentage-wise, in city driving.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Chuck, was yours an automatic? If so, it probably had taller gearing than my manual, or maybe my 22 mpg was at higher speed than your 25.

  23. Rob Says:

    I agree that a mini pickup would have a decent market. Then GMC could bring back the Hurricane and Typhoon.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 They’d have 420 hp with the 3.6 turbo from the CTS V-sport. There’d be a market for something like that.

  25. Rob Says:

    Opps I meant Syclone. It was a long time ago.

  26. MJB Says:

    #5. Good article.

    For some strange reason though, I saw myself trying to explain it all to my 6-yr old…

    You see son, “Carbon dioxide molecules behave according to a well-known set of harmonic resonances which generate the fields that attract and bind the oxygen atoms to the central carbon atom. By subjecting the gas to intensely dissonant field effects, we are able to disrupt the spin polarity and oscillation frequencies that bind the atoms together.” :)

  27. Chuck Grenci Says:

    21 Kit

    Yeah, mine was an automatic and a 3.42 ratio (I still have my service manual, vin, and build sheet). The service manual lists lower rear gears @ 3.73 and 4.10 (guessing for the 4 cylinder). I, like you and G.A., enjoyed the heck out of that truck.