AD #2018 – Automakers Set Sales Record in 2016, BMW Sculpts Future Interior, Local Motors’ Unique Development Process

January 5th, 2017 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:09

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- Hyundai’s Smart House Concept
- BMW’s i Inside Future Sculpture
- Toyota Creates AI Presence for Cars
- Local Motors Develops Through Crowd-Sourcing
- Automakers Set Sales Record in 2016

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14 Comments to “AD #2018 – Automakers Set Sales Record in 2016, BMW Sculpts Future Interior, Local Motors’ Unique Development Process”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Sales have plateaued, but if the plateau remains, it is at a very healthy number. With so many automakers out there, and the number of variants continuing to increase, if these total numbers remain, it shall be interesting to see who wins and who looses in the coming year(s). I’m thinking product will have to remain innovative and reliable to make the grade.

  2. Bradley Says:

    How does one talk about auto sales and not mention Subaru? Aren’t they still on their month over month sales gains? Didn’t they deliver 600,000 units last year?

    I will create my own headline…by percent of cars sold. I think Subaru sells the most US made cars in the US. US not North America…

  3. phred Says:

    These new interior concepts look almost “spartan and minimalist” as compared to the current luxury and high end performance cars. I question if any customer segment is “asking” for this “look”?

  4. buzzerd Says:

    GM’s sales down slightly- not surprised with the market going to CUV’s from cars and GM is pretty light on CUV’s.

  5. Drew Says:

    Sean, if your razor stopped working, I’d be happy to give you a new one.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    Hyundai must be intending to sell to anal retentive OCD types. Can you imagine parking your winter driven minivan in the living room complete with car seats, crackers and spilled milk? You know, household furniture just doesn’t cost that much…

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Trump is now tweeting against Toyota, re. building a Corolla plant in Mexico, threatening tariffs. “Mainstream” Republicans, including Paul Ryan are not amused.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Is it a plateau, or a peak? If tariffs actually are implemented, it will be a crash. I’ll be surprised is there are tariffs, though. Trade wars are nearly always counterproductive, and Donald’s billionaire appointees will, presumambly, convince him of that.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Subaru must not be considered a “full line” car company, though their U.S. sales volume is much higher than Volvo. To me, there are no “full line” car compamies. Ford doesn’t have sports cars, except the obscenely expensive GT that doesn’t count. Neither Ford nor GM have minivans or wagons. Almost no one sells car-height wagons in the U.S.etc.

    Anyway, there must be some definitions of “full line” that most of us don’t know about.

  10. MJB Says:

    #5. Forget it, Drew. That baby-faced look was so 2016. ;)

    Local Motors concern:
    I’m curious to know (perhaps from someone in the auto body trade) how much of a challenge it may be repairing one of these monolithic chassis cars after a medium-grade collision. My guess initially is that the crushed section gets cut out, a replacement segment gets printed out by LocalMotors, then some special adhesive (perhaps from Autoline sponsor DOW) gets used to bond it back to the frame…?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Disregard most of #9. Sorry. I’d like to know the “official” definition of “full line,” though.

    Subaru is probably not considered a “full line” car company, and didn’t do well enough to make the chart in today’s show. They had a 5.5% increase over 2015.

    http://www.autonews.com/article/20160114/RETAIL01/160119787/subaru-projects-another-year-of-record-u.s.-sales?X-IgnoreUserAgent=1&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

  12. Bobby T Says:

    #9, Kit, I love my Flex, and consider it to be a wagon. Unfortunately, not enough buyers agree with me, and the Flex will soon be history.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I fully support Trump in wanting to slap on a tariff for any mexican imports.Yes,I am one of those ‘deplorables’,but I think it will have positive results in the long run. I want our own people to have those jobs.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    G.A., We shall see.

    If the U.S. slaps tariffs on Chevys, Fords, and Toyotas from Mexico, we can be pretty sure Mexico will do the same with cars coming in from the U.S. Then, Canada will do likewise with the 800K cars they import from the U.S. After that, there will probably be tariffs both ways with Germany. Historically, this stuff does not end well.

    That said, I like buying U.S.-made products, and would be more likely to buy a Cruze hatch, if it were made here, rather than in Mexico.

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