AD #1867 – EPA to Increase Renewable Fuels, Volvo Reveals 40 Series Concepts, Cadillac Kills Off the ELR

May 19th, 2016 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:30

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- Suzuki Blames Misconduct on the Wind
- EPA Wants to Increase Renewable Fuel Use
- Cars About to Get a Whole Lot Smarter
- Volvo Reveals 40 Series Concepts
- ROUSH F-150 Very Popular
- BMW 7 Series Plug-In Details
- Cadillac Ends ELR Production

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19 Comments to “AD #1867 – EPA to Increase Renewable Fuels, Volvo Reveals 40 Series Concepts, Cadillac Kills Off the ELR”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I got a very interrupted show transmission today; I don’t know if this was a fluke or it was because I loaded Windows 10 last night. Has anyone else noticed a similar occurrence; thank s for any replies.

    It’s a shame about the ELR, not so much because it was an extended range electric, more so that to me it was a drop-dead gorgeous design exercise. I think is would have done well if conventionally powered (oh, and at a lower price point). JMO

    I saw that GM is also going to be offering carbon fiber wheels on some of its performance cars though the details were not firm (as to when but it was said from the same company that Ford is using out of Australia). Here’s a link if anyone wants more data:….rformance-cars%2F

  2. Rob Says:

    ELR; Glad to see it died. Just another example of GM old school thinking of launching a Chevy or other brand and throwing new fascia’s and interior on it and trying to grab 30k more cause it has a Cadillac emblem on it. Guess they will never learn.
    The Volt had mediocre sales to begin with and they thought splitting volume with Caddy would increase sales.. Idiots.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When they first announced the pricing of the ELR, I knew it wouldn’t sell.

    With a conventional power train, it could have been a viable competitor to cars like Audi TT, if sold for a similar price to the Audi. At ~$30K more than a TT, it was not going to sell, no matter what type of power train was used.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 The bad thing was that, apart from the power train, the ELR was a much different car from the Volt. That means they spent a whole lot of money tooling it, to sell only a handful of them.

  5. Brett Says:

    Yes, video very choppy today.

  6. MJB Says:

    @1 Couldn’t agree more on the ELR, Chuck. An absolutely gorgeously style vehicle.

    @2 I hear ya, Rob, concerning rebadging. But that argument holds zero weight with the general car buying public. Nobody besides the gear heads smart enough to know even cares that the ELR may share the Volt platform. Case in point: GMC Yukon Denali & its rebadge kissing-cousin, the Cadillac Escallade. Those two have peacefully co-existed for a very long time now. And I don’t see any shortage (where I live) of folk willing to fork over the extra scratch for that Cadi.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Chevy needs to come up with a new Avalanche, so they can again sell a Cadillac pickup. The Escalade EXT would have been quite a good money maker for the general.

  8. Jonathan Says:

    The sedan market is getting gobbled up by CUV s…

    Who would have thought a non performance two door coupe would have success at 65 to 85 grand….

    Even BMW s I8 isn’t selling well and that’s mid engined…

    GM should just creat a bolt based Porsche Macan fighter with AWD starting at under 45 grand…

    Just make it look sexy and badge it either a GMC or Cadillac..

    Two door coupes that don’t perform at the prices of the ELR was a disaster waiting to happen…

    I don’t think even tesla had success from a sales volume prospective with its little lotus based electric car…

    COUPE BUYERS WANT PERFORMANCE AND LOOKS…not just looks and even then unit sales are never that high…

    I wonder how long GM will take to create a bolt based CUV that competes with the Porsche Macan….or jaguar f pace..

    Mr McElroy….any idea?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Honda must have about 2/3 of the non-performance coupe market in the U.S., with the Civic. It least it seems that way, based on the number I see on the road.

  10. Rob Says:

    #6 I agree most people have no idea what vehicles share platforms but in the case of the Escalade its no secret its essentially the same as a Denali. You’ll always have the consumers that likes the “status symbol” of a luxury vehicle even if they can buy the same truck with the same options for 10k less in a GMC.
    Sales support having both trucks, but when the Volt never met expectations to begin with there was no reason to create a Caddy version. Even with improvements it was a failed attempt with just more wasted tooling dollars.

  11. XA351GT Says:

    ELR is dead ??? I am so shocked. Why wouldn’t anyone want to spend twice as much for a Chevy Volt with a Caddy badge. Oh wait they don’t sell a lot of the Volt either. Yet because of federal mandates manufacturers are forced to engineer, produce and try to sell these over priced dust collectors. Every one is a money loser. I remember on here stating that Fiat had to sell 5 gas 500s to pay for 1 EV 500. That is just stupid. If they ever did start to sell in large numbers the manufacturers would even worse off than not selling them.

  12. W L Simpson Says:

    Design engineer’s mantra—do SOMETHING ! even if it’s wrong !

    Started learning the trade in 1945 , washing parts for Dad’s mechanics . Auto mfg-ing is just like politics, nothing ever changes, except for the worse

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Come on, W.L. Today’s cars are better in every way than those of the the 60′s. They are quicker, handle better, are much safer, are quieter, use half as much gas, are more reliable, and last much longer. Yeah, it takes more specialized training to work on them, but still…

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Oh, and they are much cleaner, important if you are in an urban area, less so, if you are in an area with few vehicles.

  15. Paul Says:

    Please provide the link to the DELPHI report you showed in CARS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT SMARTER

  16. Fstfwrd Says:

    No problem with the show on Windows 10 here.

  17. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Paul – Sorry, but there’s no link to provide. The information in that stories was obtained during a 48-Volt mild hybrid event put on by Delphi that Autoline attended.

  18. XA351GT Says:

    Kit @13 You are correct . They are also now all but impossible to do your own work on. Which leaves you at the mercy of $120 @ labor rates. Also 99% of todays cars lack a soul. They certainly lack individuality . Almost all the mid size cars have the same side profile . Now they even have the same grilles. When I was a kid I could identify every car that went past the house .

  19. RumNCoke Says:

    A lot of beautiful cars were not great performers. That didn’t stop them from becoming collector’s dreams. Buy an ELR now and hold it for a few years. Money in the bank.