AD #1924 – DoJ Could Drop Hammer on VW, GMC Bringing Back the Jimmy, Audi 1st to Launch V2I Technology

August 16th, 2016 at 11:36am

Runtime: 7:14

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- VW Facing Criminal Charges from U.S. DoJ
- GMC Bringing Back the Jimmy in 2020
- Cadillac Teases Pebble Beach Concept
- Audi First to Launch V2I Technology
- The End of the Auto Industry?

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27 Comments to “AD #1924 – DoJ Could Drop Hammer on VW, GMC Bringing Back the Jimmy, Audi 1st to Launch V2I Technology”

  1. Sam Patel Says:

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In regard to Roger T’s post yesterday about 5 month old gas in his Volt:

    From my experience, the issue of gas “going bad” seems highly exaggerated. For years, I have been burning only about 1/2 tank of gas a year in my van, and parking it for 7 months without running it at all. I always top off the gas before parking it in the fall, but use no stabilizer. In the spring, I re-connect the battery, and it starts right up, and runs fine.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    Design your own car – I envision what happened when Homer Simpson designed his own car.

  4. C-TECH Says:

    I really do not understand the fascination with suv’s. They cost more than a car, aren’t as practical as a minivan, hardly anyone uses the 4wd capabilities. Just had to get that off my chest while I head back to work in my Jeep.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    Kit- from what I’ve seen and or heard gas ” going bad” is often water in the fuel from vehicles being stored some where the temperature isn’t stable. Constant highs and lows create condensation…

  6. Mike Thaman Says:

    “The DOJ is unforgiving when it catches corporations cheating”…..politicians, not so much…..

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    C-Tech – the same trend is happening in the motorcycle industry, Adventure touring class is one of if not the biggest class now. Speaking as a GS1200 owner and Avalanche owner I think it’s partly because the new vehicles ride and perform so well you aren’t giving up much, especially for motorcycles.

  8. C-TECH Says:

    To follow up on Kit’s comment, I believe the Volt has protocol to start the gas engine periodically even if you primarily run on electric power.

  9. Steve W Says:

    Why are the manufacturers that are charged criminally allowed to get away with paying a fine? Why aren’t those responsible imprisoned?

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I said it before,I’ll say it again,nail vw’s lying asses to the barn wall and fine them bigtime.

    Old gas: as long as you keep the tank full,that will minimize the amount of condensation/water in your gas.

    Although adding some StaBil isn’t a bad idea,and it’s cheap,jmho.

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I maintain, cheap insurance (for the Volt) use fuel stabilizer. I have lost small engines (in yard equipment due to ethanol based gasolines (even using Stabil), but it has got to help; the difference is probably that the automobile is a ‘closed fuel’ system. It has been documented that today’s gasolines’ begin to degrade at around 3 months.

    Local motors: still “pie in the sky thinking” IMO; okay, maybe you can get your automobile (on some standardized chassis in 24 hours); but how many ‘dune buggies’ are wanted out there.

    C-Tech, the same fascination for the CUV is the simalar fascination for the “Jeep-type” vehicle (they both have compromises to fuel economy) to the utility of carrying stuff/style/current fad/etc.; not wrong, just different.

    The ‘getting away with a fine’ is because it is a white-collar crime, no one really gets physically hurt (I’m not buying the added air-pollution scenario) and ultimately, it comes down to money.

    I think the new Jimmy is just a reversal of the change to Envoy which was subsequent to the Terrain. If the Terrain remains then it is just reverting back to the deleted Envoy (and adding another mid-sized CUV/SUV choice).

    Cadillac needs to cut it out with these superior ‘concept’ cars and produce the durn things.

  12. Buzzerd Says:

    @ Chuck- totally agree about Cadillac.
    It would make sense for GM to build an SUV on the Colorado platform, helps to pay the bills for that frame and stuff

  13. Lisk Says:

    GMC competing against Jeep? So are they “premium grade” or “trail rated”. I’m not sure GMC has the moxie to pull this off. Folks go to the GMC store to buy Denalis not Wranglers. Jeep has a niche market, just as GMC does with the Denali. I don’t think calling their Jeep fighter Jimmy will matter.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Jimmy sounds like it is intended for those who have in their mind that body-on-frame tall wagons are “better” than unibody tall wagons.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Off-road capable tall wagons that never go off road appeal to Americans, kind of like pickup trucks appeal to Americans who never haul or tow anything. I never understood either phenomenon.

    Of course, others don’t understand my buying a 180 moh sports car that has never seen triple digit speeds.

  16. Ukendoit Says:

    I would like my next vehicle to be electric or hybrid, but I had the same concern that my gas would go bad since I don’t put many miles on the odo. I would definitely use StaBil. Looks like many more manufacturers will be coming out with electrics in the near future, as well as driver assistance features. Though I usually enjoy driving and may not fully trust autonomy, I like the idea of being temporarily distracted on occasion without issue.

  17. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #14 Kit

    heh, heh, heh; I do. :D (big smile)!

  18. Ukendoit Says:

    I also look forward to the V2V and V2I systems. Most intersections could be switched to roundabouts and with that level of communication, there should be no need for vehicles to stop or traffic to “jam”. Traffic may need to slow at times, but without the stop & go, traffic would be able to continue to flow.

  19. BobD Says:

    Can I assume if GMC gets the Jimmy, that Chevy will have their Blazer too? Hopefully they will repeat history and also offer these new vehicles with the ZR2 option (assuming the ZR2 makes it to production on the Colorado/Canyon). Perhaps a diesel option too?

  20. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I saw (somewhere else) that the V2I carries a surcharge; if I remember correctly $199/6 months. I think it is good tech, and maybe the high-end buyers will not cringe on the fee, but to me, I wouldn’t bite.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Isn’t this Jimmy a step backward, going from unibody to to a generally heavier, less structurally efficient body-on-frame vehicle?

  22. pedro fernandez Says:

    Kit do you find yourself going faster than you thought you actually were and having to slow down to avoid a ticket? Is the Vette, that type of car?

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Pedro, in normal driving, I don’t find myself going faster than I thought. I think the car’s being unusually low gives the sensation of speed. Oddly, I find myself going too fast in my old, slow by today’s standards minivan, because it is taller.

    If I “get on it” in the Corvette, though, I can quickly find myself going way too fast.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I find myself cornerong fast in the Vette, though, and not so fast in the van.

  25. XA351GT Says:

    Gee thanks Audi. now the douche in his high priced toy can lay on his horn the absolute second the light is supposed to turn green. Is this really a feature you need. Especially when your 7th in line at the light? It’s bad enough the geniuses in my state of PA have passed the Ride on Red law. Absolutely the dumbest idea yet. They may as well just remove all the red lights and make them 4 way stops as that is what is going to happen once people learn what they will be “allowed ” to do.

  26. XA351GT Says:

    Hey Cadillac you make great looking concepts ,So why do the production cars all look like they were carved from a block of cheese ?

  27. C-TECH Says:

    Hopefully after the new Jimmy we will see a new Typhoon and Cyclone.

    I concur with Buzzerd and Chuck about Cadillac. If Cadillac won’t build them Lincoln should copy the design and build it, lol.

    G.A. for attorney general. :)