AD #1988 – Jaguar Reveals I-PACE EV, FCA Sued Over Diesel Emissions, Why Buick is Going in the Wrong Direction

November 15th, 2016 at 11:30am

Runtime: 8:22

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- FCA Accused of Cheating On Diesel Emissions
- NHTSA Finalizes EV Sound Rules
- Jaguar Reveals All-Electric I-PACE
- Chevy Unveils Spark ACTIV
- VW Takes the Wraps Off Passat GT Concept
- Ford Introduces EcoSport to North America
- Why Buick is Going in the Wrong Direction

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19 Comments to “AD #1988 – Jaguar Reveals I-PACE EV, FCA Sued Over Diesel Emissions, Why Buick is Going in the Wrong Direction”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “NHTSA Finalizes EV Sound Rules” Maybe they should also put an app out so people who are buried face deep into their iphones will be warned when they walk out onto a busy street.Happens all the time.

    Dieselgate with fca.Isn’t there a lawsuit already going on about this? Like fca says it’s Cummins fault and so on?

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I forgot to add: with the ever growing towing/torque wars going on with the big three,won’t emissions suffer?

  3. Drew Says:

    Buick should stick with shaming the the Lexus ES and RX. Enthusiast handling is not needed. Just stay with high quality interior materials, quiet environments, and comfortable rides.

  4. George Ricci Says:

    If Buick is going to the expense of putting RM shocks in cars then they should give you an adjustment control (Comfort, Touring, Sport) so you set it to your preference.

  5. NormV Says:

    Buick recently has been near-luxury segment. What is unique about Buick compared the competition is GM offers something above(Cadillac) and something below(Chevrolet) on almost all models. Not only does this allow someone walking into a GM dealership that sells all their brands a easier sell, it allows platform architecture sharing which lowers production costs. This allows GM to offer the lowest priced car, after incentives, in it’s class. Just one of the many reasons GM has had record sales lately.

  6. M360 Says:

    Sean, I agree with you. For that car, I would order the Lacrosse with 18 inch wheels simply because I don’t like the 20 inch, low profile tires. Those tires, with a low profile, don’t allow enough rubber to cushion the ride if you hit a pothole or something like that. I think Buick wants to bring back the nice ride qualities of the past and I think that’s great, but not with 20 inch wheels IMHO.

    My problem with the car is that competitors, such as Lincoln, have come out with sedans that have more power, even 400 HP. I don’t think Buick puts enough power under the hood. Buick will have to fix that sooner or later.

  7. Earl Says:

    I was wondering how long it would be before Ford introduced the EcoSport to North America. That optional 2.0L engine will make it into a little rocket.,Just may have GM putting a bigger engiine in their small CUV’s

  8. Albemarle Says:

    I agree with you Sean about too stiff rides. I was surprised how the Cadillac XT5 rode in comparison to the Lincoln MKX. I am old fashioned but luxury to me shouldn’t be harsh. I was most disappointed. The XT5 also felt like it was lacking soundproofing. A cheap ride. The MKX was brilliant.
    I think Buick would be much better off offering a ride alternative to the Cadillac, smoother, soaking up the bumps,but still controlled. Then GM would have a valid alternative for customers who find the Cadillac ride lacking. No need to look at Lincoln.

  9. Roger Blose Says:

    I just saw Mark Fields on FOX Business at the intro of the new EchoSport in L.A.. Mark said that this vehicle is being manufactured in India and imported into the U.S.. I cannot get the Tata Nano out of my mind! And a 1 Liter Ecosoot motor in this rickshaw should seal the deal for most.

  10. Lisk Says:

    I too don’t understand the stiff ride in most Cadillacs. My father went to buy an ATS in 2013 and we couldn’t get over the ride quality and road noise. I told him that was the new Cadillac. He ended up with an XTS which he ditched a year later because the CUE system was too complicated for an 80 year old guy.

    A Chevy Spark ACTIV? 4/10ths of an inch of ground ride height will certainly put the pressure on folks trying decide between this little gem and a Jeep Wrangler. :)

  11. Roger T Says:

    EV sounds – if you pay attention, most ICE cars nowadays make no audible engineer noise at low speeds, all you hear is tire noise. I agree phones should have an app that emit a high voltage zapp if pedestrians are fiddling while crossing the road.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To make a Spark “active,” they should lower the standard car about 1/2 inch, and add more motor, maybe the 1.4 turbo from the Cruze.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m 70 years old, and in a few years, I might be ready for a Buick. I’ll want it to be quiet, comfortable, and ride well. A LaCrosse-size car should probably have 16 inch wheels, as a good ride/road noise/handling compromise. My much bigger ’57 Chrysler had 14′s, and they worked ok.

    Also, Buick, please, PLEASE resist any thoughts of copying CUE for Buick. Instead, work out a deal with FCA to copy UConnect, probably the most user friendly of today’s “infotainment” systems.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    re. EV sounds.

    Today, I had the oil changed today in my Prius at an independant shop, in a quiet area away from major roads. When the attendant moved it into the shop, it stood out that, at the very low speed it was driven, without the ICE starting, I heard nothing. I see reason for artificial noise from EV’s, and hybrids when the ICE isn’t running, but it is only needed at very low speed, and it doesn’t need to be very loud. I really hope the requirements are clearly “not very loud.”

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Buick should offer a suspension package aimed at the folks that still want that soft (too soft in my opinion) ride. I like a firm (grounded) ride and I’m no “spring chicken” (just turned 66); but for those that do, well, why not offer 16 or 17 inch wheels and soften up those spring/shocks (a tad). It shouldn’t be too hard to do as they currently offer ‘sportier’ suspensions on their standard cars. A standard vehicle: then one up and one down option (apparently the MRC doesn’t meet the full range needed).

  16. Ziggy Says:

    So what sound are the EVs going to make? I hope the same as George Jetson’s ride, that would be a cool throw back for all of us baby boomers who watched that show. Come on EV makers, make our day!

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe the EV sounds can be downloaded, so you can get George Jetson, an F1 car, a muffler-less Harley, or whatever else you might want.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 The MRC might mostly cover the whole range, but there are those who don’t want the complexity of MRC, or don’t want to pay for it. I’m both.

  19. GND Says:

    FCA Diesel scandal: ” Billions of dollars in fines” , “vehicle buybacks” or “corporate environmental restitution”?? Don’t hold you breath!