AD #1790 – OLEDs May Be Future of Lighting, SKODA’s Vision of a New SUV, Hyundai Strongly Considers Santa Cruz

February 2nd, 2016 at 11:31am

Runtime: 6:28

- Replica Cars Get Exemption
- Global Car Sales Up
- OLEDs Show Promise in Automotive Lighting
- SKODA Shows Future SUV Concept
- Hyundai Strongly Considers Small Truck

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42 Comments to “AD #1790 – OLEDs May Be Future of Lighting, SKODA’s Vision of a New SUV, Hyundai Strongly Considers Santa Cruz”

  1. David Sprowl Says:

    How is a head light emotional?

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If you put a BMW badge, on that Skoda, do you think anyone would think it wasn’t (a BMW).

    I don’t know the exact size of that Hyundai (truckette) so perhaps there is a segment (or is it just another hopping on the bandwagon for truck sales of a smaller proportion.

  3. gary susie Says:

    Factory Five best Replica car producer. Great handling ans awesome looks.

  4. RumNCoke Says:

    That’s a Skoda signature grille? Looks like a Kia Tiger Nose to me.

  5. LS Ford Says:

    Its official now, DMC is back….back to the future…. Is there really a call for this car in the market today? Although the HP upgrade would improve the old dog.

  6. Bradley Says:

    Since a “pickup” would be all new territory for Hyundai, they need a new naming convention. One that doesn’t romance the West Coast of the United States. AKA don’t use Santa Cruz.

    Basing it off the Tucson would be great!

    It would have to compete with Honda’s Ridgeline. Or be the same formula but for a “compact” truck.

  7. Mike Shipley Says:

    I would by the El Hyundai o today. It’s perfectly suited for my needs. Would replace my Sport Track for fun stuff.

  8. Druff Says:

    I could really see a market for a lower priced and smaller pickup, my brother in law drove 3 hours to get a low mileage s-10 pickup because he had no interest in all the new, not so small pickups.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think a good replica vehicle would be a ’59 Cadillac convertible.

  10. Brett Says:

    The Hyundai is interesting. I’d consider it, for sure. I really want the base Ram 700 2-dr longbed, though.

  11. Victor West Says:

    Porsche 365 would be a great replica

  12. Todd T Says:

    #8 Great observation, though when you consider it the Western USA is “rugged” in imagery, exactly the kind of instant recognition you want when naming something. It’s a far cry better than some car companies with alphabet soup names, at least. And Denali was taken (grin).

    The Skoda VisionS shows off clean surfacing and pure sculpting while maintaining great proportions. Details of one car to another are often similar. But, overall, where Skoda is going it would seem Peter Schreyer’s philosophies are still circulating within VW Group. To use Martha Stewart’s signature, it’s a good thing.

  13. next Says:

    Awesome show! Thanks for the quick information.

  14. Bob Roach Says:

    As far as replicas, this could get silly. But as a Studebaker owner, I’d like the iconic “bullet nose” Starlight coupe done again. You know, the car that you weren’t sure if it was coming or going!..

  15. Ukendoit Says:

    Yes, Western USA is “rugged” in imagery, but far different from West Coast. Stay away from Santa Cruz, LA, Hollywood, or Los Angeles sounding names and go with Tucson sounding names; anything from Texas, AZ, New Mexico, even Colorado would be more rugged sounding.

  16. Ukendoit Says:

    I read (possibly here) that the Checker Cab Co was going to start remaking their iconic cars. Was this decision possibly based on that new legislation? The Avanti resurfaces occasionally. I suppose old models from existing makes would be difficult to get past copyright infringement, but might be possible if there is a time limit on those patents. I look forward to finding out what old cars are coming back next!

  17. Todd T Says:

    I wonder how many people who object to the name Santa Cruz have ever been there? It’s the oddball car capitol of the country. Never have I seen so many, Peugeot, Alfa, Citroen, VW Rabbit pickup, Subaru Baja and Brat, etc. It’s the perfect name for something that currently doesn’t “fit” in the tidy segmentation of the consumer/marketer mindset.

  18. fred battle Says:

    Bring back the Ford GT in an affordable spec. Also the Avanti updated for today’s power plants.

  19. Albemarle Says:

    How about a Super 7 for a replica? I say this while knee deep in snow…

    I think tough is not the emotion Hyundai need for the Santa Cruz. Fun, urban, hip, flexible would fit it better.

  20. RS Says:

    I would have associated the Skoda design with Land Rover. It looks exactly like the Evoque to me

  21. Rob Says:

    The replica business is a bit confusing to me as I don’t believe the actual body design is protected under patent laws. Otherwise how would all the Chinese manufactures be allowed to produce replacement body panels. Many non-OE panels are available out there. However try and make a Ferrari replica and just watch how quick you’re served a Cease and desist order.
    I know this first hand as I have a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo replica and after I bought it Audi sent out C&D letters to all the manufacturers basically closing their doors. So will a design be free reign after its so many years old or will everything need to be licensed?

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    There are a lot of kit cars that look like Cobras, 356′s, etc., so it seems that “styling” is not protected. Either that, or the companies don’t care.

  23. Tim Watson Says:

    Top 5 replica cars I’d like to see made… 1.Tucker Torpedo. 2.Cord 812. 3. Jaguar XKE. 4. Mercedes Benz 300SL. and last but not least, 5. Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

  24. C-Tech Says:

    Replicas I would like to see : Holden Ute, Avanti (III?), Corvette Nomad, GT40, Aero Vette.

  25. C-Tech Says:

    I just don’t see a long term market for something like the Santa Cruz. It may have a big splash, then wither and die.

  26. XA351GT Says:

    I’d consider the Santa Cruz . I like small trucks and no one sells a real small truck anymore.
    For replica cars I’d like to see the McLaren M8 Can-Am and the Lola T70 coupe and open top.

  27. merv Says:

    The santa cruz would work for me. I like trucks but don’t need a work truck. Small light duty is all i need.

  28. santascousin Says:


    Lancia Stratos

  29. Ziggy Says:

    I’d take the Santa Cruz over that metrosexual Ridgeline any day of the week, especially if I could get it in a two door like they are showing. Not all of us need the expense, length, and style-busting of a four door. Bring it Hyundai!!

  30. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 28,Ziggy: Believe it or not,the Santa Cruz is already a 4 door.

    Replica I would love to see: a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350,of course in the fastback model.That was the best year for them

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, the Santa Cruz seems a modern day, but sportier Explorer Sport Track, mainly a passenger vehicle, but giving new meaning to the term “short bed” pickup.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Given the number of people here wanting a smaller pickup, maybe a 1960 Falcon Ranchero would be a good replica candidate.

  33. FSTFWRD Says:

    I want to buy a brand new 1967 VW Bug.(replica)

    The Santa Cruz won’t make it, too few customers. I think Honda has the right idea with the Ridgeline, a 4 door 5 passenger vehicle with a bed on the back to throw your bags of fertilizer in from Home Depot on your way home from work.

  34. FSTFWRD Says:

    @30 /31 The Sport Track does have 4 doors, I think a big difference.

    And,….. I like the Ranchero idea, but make mine a 1964. Thanks.

  35. Rob Says:

    #32 you bring up an interesting concept. The original bug was killed in the US over not being able to meet regulations. With the limited production cars by-passing some of those requirements it will be intereting if a limited production of cars would be made available in the US. Because the original style bug was still being sold in Mexico long after it was killed in the states. Or does this bill only allow for total sales worldwide.

  36. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For now, there seem to be plenty of real VW bugs, for those who want them, and 1991 and earlier Mexican ones can now be imported and registered.

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Scion dead:

  38. Marshall Says:

    The DMC news, is OLD NEWS. When DMC went belly up the guy went over to Ireland and bought up all the new old stock and the right to the name. He has been building ‘new’ old Deloreans for decades. He also has helped current owners upgrade their cars with better parts underneath; such as suspension and engine upgrades.

  39. HtG Says:

    37 Automotive News is saying the Scion brand will go, but the cars will stay.

  40. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, they will become Toyotas. I’m wondering if they will keep the same model names, or if the iM might, for example, become Matrix.

  41. Chuck Says:

    Replicas? Jaguar XK-SS & XJ-13 (Lynx) XKE (Eagle), Toyota 2000GT, Lamborghini Miura, Maserati Bora, ’67-71 Ghibli, Ferrari 275GTB/4, Australian Ford Falcon XB & XC Coupes

  42. Ray Says:

    Bring on the Santa Cruz. Have waited long enough.