AD #1991 – VW Could Cut 30,000 Jobs, GM to Sell Pick-Up Trucks in China, Buick Reveals Own Version of the Volt

November 18th, 2016 at 11:51am

Runtime: 8:08

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- VW Reaches Deal to Cut Jobs to Save Money
- Buick Velite Concept
- Chevy Silverado & Colorado Headed to China
- New Jeep Compass Details
- Toyota Shows Production C-HR
- Toyota Testing Fuel-Cell Semi
- Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept Hints at Future
- Designing Interiors for the Future

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15 Comments to “AD #1991 – VW Could Cut 30,000 Jobs, GM to Sell Pick-Up Trucks in China, Buick Reveals Own Version of the Volt”

  1. Lex Says:

    I love the look of the New Jeep Compass! Too bad FCA has not refreshed the front fascia of the Jeep Cherokee so it more resembles the Grand Cherokee and the new Compass.

    I am also glad to hear that “North America the Compass will only have one engine option, the company’s 2.4L Tigershark engine. It can mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard on 4X4 models or a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.”

    The Compass and maybe the Cherokee (if front fascia is refreshed) will be on my buy list the next time I am in the market for a new CUV.

  2. Lex Says:

    If you removed the badging from the new Subaru seven passenger vehicle it look to me like a clone of the Toyota Highlander IMHO.

  3. Lex Says:

    What was wrong with the Tribeca nameplate anyway. It is definitely better than “Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept”.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Man GM sure are slow learners. Now a Buick version of the Volt. Exactly how many versions of a vehicle no one wants will they make. They are on the 2nd generation Volt Not selling. The Opel Ampera ,not selling, Cadillac version sold so well they cancelled it. Now a Buick version, and before the “Buick sells well in China” spiel . Chinese buyers don’t want electrics and hybrids any more than anyone else does. It will take governments either giving even bigger incentives or mandates that only so many ICE vehicles can be sold in a given year and then only electrics can be sold to make these things move off dealership floors.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    First off, I’m generally a GM fan, but now it appears that a terrifically styled car is about to go down the electric/hybrid highway (again). The ELR was drop dead gorgeous (IMO) and all that design did was drop-dead. The Buick, while maybe visionary (if it catches on better than ELR), is again beautiful styled; hope we get to see more of those on the road.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Buick Volt, if built, is probably mainly for China, where it might sell. If they build it, and sell it in the U.S., the big thing to learn from the ELR is pricing. A Buick Volt should cost 10-15% more than the Chevy, not twice as much, like the ELR.

  7. WineGeek Says:

    I hope the Buick Volt as it is being called here had better be bigger on the inside and offer some space for humans. We just purchased a Toyota Prius Prime for one reason only the Volt was too small inside. Our preference was for the Volt because it is US built. If GM invested a couple of dollars more in steel and made the Volt a real family size car they would have sold us one. I mean at $40K there should be a real back seat that is habitable.

  8. Ukendoit Says:

    After seeing the clip today about carpeting, that reminded my of another feature I liked on the Pacifica (re: my comment from yesterday). The flooring was interesting. Designed for the stow-n-go moving floor sections, the flooring was harder than plush carpet, but had some texture to it. On top, it had carpet mats snapped in place so they wouldn’t move around. This could address what was discussed, as a firm flooring could stay in place and the carpet sections could be removed to clean, or be replaced due to wear or for customizing.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    WineGeek, where do you live? The Toyota dealer in Merritt Island, FL, near where I am, hasn’t had a Prius Prime.

  10. Al Says:

    With Trump in there and the Compass being built everywhere BUT the USA, what can we expect tariff/pricing wise??

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 …and Focus, Fusion, Spark, Encore, and many others. I suspect Mr Trump and his minions will quickly walk back on the 35% tarriff on imports. If not, the resulting trade war will probably cause a great depression.

  12. Ziggy Says:

    Probably nothing, since Trump so far has proven to be all talk and no action. He is already back pedaling on Obama care and locking up Hillary so I wouldn’t worry too much about tariffs any time soon. Remember, he is basically a moderate Democrat who fooled half the country into thinking he was a conservative Republican. Once his wife and oldest daughter get done with him he will be the next coming of Bernie Sanders. Which will be good for the auto industry, not sure about the rest of us.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I liked Sanders’ idea of Medicare for everyone, even though I am old enough for current Medicare, which Paul Ryan wants to repeal. As far as what Trump will do, we shall see.

    Sorry, I need to avoid politics here.

  14. TJWatson59 Says:

    You mentioned the new Compass would be mated to a 7 speed CVT? I though CVTs by design were “Constantly Variable” and had no gears? Can anyone explain? ( I have a 2012 Altima with a “Shift” option which is basically moving to a pre-programmed ratio, but I prefer to let the computer do what it does best to give me the best MPG and range for the engine at that moment.)

  15. veh Says:

    #7, I believe the Prime just went into inventory in November. I can see them on, but you being in Florida would have to look at the Southeast Toyota site and I didn’t see any there.