AD #1999 – November Sales Take a Dip, Pininfarina Turns Its Sights to China, Nikola Motors Unveils Hydrogen Semi Truck

December 2nd, 2016 at 11:56am

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- November, 2016 Light Vehicle Sales
- Pininfarina Teams with Chinese Company on SUVs
- Toyota Teases New Camry
- Mercedes AMG GT Drops Its Top
- GM Develops New Air Filtration System
- Nikola Motors Unveils Hydrogen Semi Truck

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11 Comments to “AD #1999 – November Sales Take a Dip, Pininfarina Turns Its Sights to China, Nikola Motors Unveils Hydrogen Semi Truck”

  1. Roger T Says:

    Elections impacted car sales in Nov, no one went out to buy that week. That explains the daily dip.
    Nissan and VW were super aggressive on incentives.
    I know because I bought a Nissan the day before election, I tell you I got a great deal – very eager (and empty of customers) dealer.
    BMW and FCA numbers surprised me.

  2. Lisk Says:

    So will the Dept of Energy be subsidizing the 300+ hydrogen fueling centers that Nikola Motors is planning? Seems crazy that the DOE should spend billions of dollars to support maybe 10,000 or so hydrogen powered vehicles on the ground or in near future?

    No doubt the hydrogen trucks will be cleaner, but won’t the energy costs to produce the hydrogen plus the added costs of the power units and associated hardware make the operating costs of delivering toasters astronomical?

  3. Lex Says:

    I still think that FCA’s Jeep brand needs to examine and adjust it’s portfolio. I really like what they are doing and styling the New 2017 Jeep Compass. The elimination of the Patriot model was an excellent move on FCA’s part. Now if they will refresh the Cherokee with a similar headlight and seven slot grill configuration like the Grand Cherokee and new Compass more consumers will buy the brand.

    I still believe that FCA should consider keeping the Chrysler 200 or restyle the Chrysler 300 to look more like the Pacifica front end. You want that family resemblance in a manufacturers product offerings. The Chrysler 200 is far better looking than the Chevy Malibu and other competitors. The 200 would probably work better as the base for a EV model. I realize that models come and go based upon sales but a more limited product offering in the future for FCA should improve profitability in the future.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The numbers reported are virtually flat except maybe for Jeep/FCA; now if things continue, okay, maybe we are seeing a decline, but to make any judgement of a monthly report would surely be premature. I think the industry remains stronge.

  5. Tim Beaumont Says:

    BMW sales down, down, down …

    … luxury price for pedestrian design and quality
    … iDrive, counter-intuitive shifter, magically appearing massive repair bills right after warranty expires ….

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I think the 200 looks better than most of the competition, but from reviews, it appears to lag behind in comfort, roominess, gas mileage, etc. The generic front drive sedan market is tough to compete in.

  7. GM Veteran Says:

    I watched the full video of the press event for the Nikola One. A very impressive piece of engineering. The hydrogen refueling stations are going to cost a lot, even if they have solar farms supplying them with the hydrogen. Then there is the cost of the farms . . .
    Not sure who their bankers are, but on the flip side, there is a LOT of interest in this truck. It has so many advantages over diesel powered big rigs, its safe to say this is the future of trucking.
    Watch the presentation here:

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #5 The thing that BMW offered, and others lacked, was that sweet inline six in the 3 series, and other models. Now, it has been replaced with a 2.0 liter turbo four, and the only way to get the six, is with a turbocharger. Everyone has a turbo four in many of their cars, so why pay extra for the BMW? No wonder their sales have crashed.

  9. Anthony Parisio Says:

    You talked about GM producing a filtration system in China for the cabin air of their cars. Why didn’t you mention Tesla already has this available for all countries NOW? And it was produced here in the USA.

  10. FSTFWRD Says:

    As far as car sales, are you comparing Nov. 15 to Nov.16? I would think YTD ’15 to YTD ’16 would be a better indicator of how each manufacturing is doing. Did VW have a terrible Nov.15? Which would explain the % gain in Nov. ’16. And the same for the gain/loss of others. Just wondering.

    Good show, as usual. Thanks.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding the Mini division of BMW, has it sort of run its course? I have one, a basic 2010 Hardtop. I plan to keep it, but don’t plan to buy another. It seems like the newest Minis are maxi Minis, and that they are going after a different market.