AD #2023 – Heads Roll at Volkswagen, Kia’s New Stinger Stuns, Full-Size Truck Hits Nearly 40MPG with Achates Engine

January 12th, 2017 at 11:11am

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- Heads Start to Roll at Volkswagen
- Dodge to Resurrect the Demon
- Kia’s New Stinger Stuns Detroit
- Full-Size Truck Hits Nearly 40MPG w/ Achates Engine
- More Ford Vehicles to Get the GT’s Digital Cluster

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17 Comments to “AD #2023 – Heads Roll at Volkswagen, Kia’s New Stinger Stuns, Full-Size Truck Hits Nearly 40MPG with Achates Engine”

  1. Don B. Says:

    I guess concept car names don’t count in copy rights? Pontiac had a Stinger as a concept car.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    FCA joins VW

    E.P.A. Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Secretly Exceeding Emissions Standards https://nyti.ms/2jAjr0K

  3. David Sprowl Says:

    Looking forward to the achetes engine test in trucks

  4. XA351GT Says:

    #1 Car names usually are copy written. My guess is GM left it expire. There was a Corvair Stinger in the 60s but that was a name attached by Yenko to their customized tuner Corvairs.

  5. buzzerd Says:

    Dodge seems to be building their brand up as a muscle car company, to the pride of their fans no doubt, but can they make money with that strategy? or will that pigeon hole them into a small role in the auto industry?

  6. Brett Says:

    I foresee a high-zoot version of the Kia Stinger/Stinger platform sold as a Genesis. Probably with the V6 as the base and an optional V8. RWD on the V6 and AWD on the V8.

    Just a guess.

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    Kit , initially at least it sounds different than the VW case. We will see ..

  8. m360 Says:

    I would like to see Pontiac come back into a performance role, if possible, but with names Pontiac once used in their lineup now being used for something else, such as “Super Duty”, fat chance of that ever happening again.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Semantics (on my part), I don’t know, but that Kia shouldn’t be called a sports car; as later reported in the article, it is a sports sedan. And, it better be good; there is a plethora of great sport sedans out there from BMW, M/B, Audi and I’ll even include Cadillac.

    Hoping Achates meets its goal, outstanding “outside the box” thinking; still can’t figure how they meet emissions though.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The previous Dodge Demon was a version of the Plymouth Duster, a mildly sporty 2-door Valiant/Dart. There were Duster and Demon 340′s, which were quick, for the time.

  11. GM Veteran Says:

    #5: You are right on the money. Dodge’s role now is to be the performance brand for FCA. Chrysler is supposed to become the volume brand to compete with Chevy, Ford, Toyota, etc., and replacing Dodge in that role. So far, we have seen FCA whittle away at Dodge’s product line and sales have decreased. What we have not seen yet is a corresponding product blitz at Chrysler to build sales of that brand and provide a lineup that would support the concept of a “volume brand”.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m still skeptical about Achates. If opposed piston two-stroke engines were that efficient, clean, and cheap to make, I would think most cars would have them, since the concept has been around for many decades. Also, if two-stroke diesels, one of Achates other big ideas, were so so great, I’d think GMC 671′s would still dominate the market for heavy truck engines.

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing the demonstration pickup. If it works as advertised, my skepticism will disappear.

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    I thought that the Eco-motors modular OPOC engine looked better and more promising than this opposed piston engine, but I haven’t heard anything about them in years. They had big investors like Bill Gates and the Sun Microsystems people and in 2015 Zhongding invested heavily, but then no new info even on their own website. Anyone know what’s up with them or why we aren’t seeing these motors in use?

  14. ToddT Says:

    Kia Stinger for sure hottest surprise of the Detroit show. But, I’m still of the opinion to get sports car creds you need to offer a manual transmission.

    Heads rolling at VW, hardly a surprise. But, it simply doesn’t matter, absolutely NOTHING has changed with the company’s culture.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Kia Stinger looks good. If they price it right, it should sell, even if it doesn’t drive as well as some of the competition.

  16. Eric Brunner Says:

    You’re correct Chuck #9. Too often the term “sport car” is used to label a hot sedan. To me a true sports car has to start out as a nimble two seat roadster. It then can come out in closed versions.

    I certainly would not call my WRX a sports car although it is almost as much fun at times like our Lotus Elise.

  17. BobD Says:

    How about DoJ prohibit VW from selling their cars in the US until VW hands over the five other charged employees. I suspect we’d see them on our door step pretty fast. And how stupid was it for Oliver Schmidt to vacation in Florida while all of this was going on? Did VW step him up to be the scapegoat?