AD #1947 – Golf Alltrack to Plug VW’s SUV Gap, DARPA Teams Up With Pratt & Miller, GM Faces Strike From Unifor

September 19th, 2016 at 11:27am

Runtime: 8:28

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- GM Faces Strike From Unifor
- VW Suspends Audi Executive
- Golf Alltrack to Bridge VW’s SUV Gap
- DARPA Teams Up With Pratt & Miller
- Waze Adopts INRIX Parking Data
- How Elio Keeps Its Price Low

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24 Comments to “AD #1947 – Golf Alltrack to Plug VW’s SUV Gap, DARPA Teams Up With Pratt & Miller, GM Faces Strike From Unifor”

  1. RumNCoke Says:

    In your video clip of the Golf Alltrack, the right fog lamp mysteriously lights up. Is this another example of the kind of electrical weirdness that affected my wife’s Mercedes for so many years? Why do German cars have so many little electrical issues anyways?

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Rum – Nothing weird going on here. This is part of a lighting package that’s offered on the Alltrack. The foglamp will come on depending which way the car is turning to help illuminate the road.

  3. MJB Says:

    Whoa, John! Got an interview later on? I haven’t seen you in a tie in quite a little while. ;)

    #1. This is a bit of a long shot (given that this feature typically exists only on higher-end luxury autos), but maybe just maybe that right fog lamp was triggered by the slight right turn the car took on the corner. One of my cars has that feature in order to illuminate the curb when turning. But mine is actuated by the turn signal rather than the degree to which the steering wheel is turned.

  4. MJB Says:

    …You beat me to it, Sean.

  5. Lex Says:

    When is Ralph Nader going to come out against Elio Motors “Unsafe at any Speed”? What are the crash ratings on the Elio? You might as well bring back the no frills Citron C2V or orignal VW Bug. What are the take rates or projected annual sales of the Elio? I believe Elio Motors will go the way of Carbon Motors.

  6. MJB Says:

    #5. Why not throw the Yugo on that woodpile too.

  7. Lex Says:

    FCA’s Chrysler 200 is a very well styled vehicle . The Pacifica is the best looking minivan on the market today. So why can’t FCA find a partner? I have suggested it before but maybe FCA should consider a partnership with VW. Lets face it, VW has horrible cars and trucks in North America. The only thing VW has going in North America is Audi. Bringing Skoda to North America is a big mistake. FCA will build Jeeps ,Rams and Dodge pony cars while VW builds Chrysler 200s, 300s and Minivans, which the companies have shared before. This would free up production capacity for FCA in North America and allow VW to re-introduce itself in the US with an all electric vehicle to compete against the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt & Bolt and the anticipated Tesla Model 3. If VW tries to make a major push into the North America CUV, SUV market it is only going to hurt Audi Sales. Look at the success of the BMW X1, X3 and X5. VW should concentrate on improving Audi and rethink it’s VW brand in North America.

  8. Lex Says:

    #6. Would you like your loved ones drive an Elio on our highways?

  9. Steve W Says:

    Why do auto journalists give any credibility to Elio? The only thing they’ve done is collect both deposits and money from investors! They haven’t produced one production vehicle in the years since they started this project!

  10. W L Simpson Says:

    Novelty cars ——they come & they go.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Governments, both in North America and Europe, treat three wheeled vehicles as motorcycles, re. safety and other regulations. Anyone driving an Elio, if they are ever made, should realize that they are in a vehicle that would not be good in a crash. I tend to ride motorcycles “extra carefully,” knowing that I am much more vulnerable than in a car.

    If three wheeled “cars” ever became popular, I suspect there will be more safety standards for them.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    As someone who has been following Elio for a couple yeas now. I’d like to answer some of the questions above. As a 3 wheeler it is technically exempt from crash testing as are motorcycles which is what anything with less than 4 wheels is considered. That said though they are being engineered to get to ratings in safety even though they legally don’t have to. It will have seatbelts and airbags , Do any of your motorcycles have those. So to those saying would you put your family in it ? Would you let your family ride motorcycles ? Because it seems to be safer than those. It is also a all weather vehicle unlike a cycle that unless you like being soaked when it rains or frozen at temps below 40 degrees I don’t see your argument. The real question is will they ever really be for sale.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    #8 Absolutely NO!

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ XA351GT: You would be surprised with the weather and road conditions some ironasses have ridden through,safely too.The only time I was really concerned was when we hit some patches of black ice.As for airbags,I won’t swear to this,but I think certain models of the Goldwing have airbags,and abs.

  15. C-TECH Says:

    @#14 You are correct on the Gullwing.

    When Elio actually has a product to sell, run a story.

    Tesla has been officially rejected by the State of Michigan for a license to sell vehicles. Is a federal lawsuit soon to follow?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, 14
    My motorcycles don’t have air bags, but as G.A. says, some Gold Wings have them. Also, there are air bag vests sold for motorcyclists. I haven’t seen data on how effective they are.

    I don’t dispute that an Elio, if they ever exist, would be safer in a crash than a bike. Also, they would be more comfortable in cold and rain.

    They would not be good in snow, with the center tire track in deep snow, not cleared/compacted by other vehicles.

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    But Kit,the Elio has a posi rear end ;}>

  18. John McElroy Says:

    #3. You’re right, I was moderating a panel later today at the SAE Convergence show with the CTO’s of several OEMs and suppliers. Hence the tie. I don’t think I’ve ever done Autoline Daily with a tie on before!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Elio’s web site is still saying $7300 base price, while the cheapest Can Am Spyder with no doors, AC, power windows, etc. is more than twice that, and a Polaris Slingshot is almost triple that price. Who is kidding whom?

  20. XA351GT Says:

    That is the big question with Elio will they ever go on sale. As far a snow driving it is front wheel drive with a similar wheelbase to a Honda Civic. So it’ll pull through snow like any FWD car. Also they are to have traction control and stability control as well. IF they come and with these features I’d give it a try. For $7300 it’s cheaper than a scooter. Is trying to get 84MPG which from what I’ve read they are close to. So IF they hit all the marks it would be a great commuter car . It has crumple zones engineered in unlike a Smart which costs 3 times the price and gets half the mileage.

  21. XA351GT Says:

    How they are going to achieve the price? All the component parts are existing parts. They are not coming up with new pieces other than the engine.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 If it is FWD it would go in snow, but I would expect the back wheel in the deeper stuff to have a mind of its own, as far as where to “follow.”

    Regarding scooters, I think the new price of my Honda Silver Wing would have been about $7,000, in 2003. I got it used, so I’m not sure. I could maybe see that price for Elio, if Ford built them in F150-like volume. As it is, yeah, I’m highly skeptical.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    What will hapoen to all of the non-refundable Elio deposits, if no vehicles are ever sold? I suppose a class action suit will get people 5% of their deposit back, and make some lawyers very rich.

  24. XA351GT Says:

    Kit ,my guess is they are out of luck. That is why I have sat on my wallet . Until I actually see a car for sale that is where it will stay. Those deposits are so low I doubt it would make sense to even try and get it back. The lawyer fees would tale most of it.