AD #2029 – GM Bullish on Diesels, BMW’s Head of Design Leaves Company, Mustang Puts the Top Down

January 23rd, 2017 at 11:47am

Runtime: 8:26

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- The Dark Side of Leasing
- Ford to Test Plug-in Transits in London
- Mustang Puts the Top Down
- Bye-Bye Bernie
- BMW’s Head of Design Leaves Company
- Delphi’s Owens Retires
- GM Bullish on Diesels
- Are Chinese Cars on the Horizon?

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22 Comments to “AD #2029 – GM Bullish on Diesels, BMW’s Head of Design Leaves Company, Mustang Puts the Top Down”

  1. GM Veteran Says:

    Unrelated to today’s broadcast, but interesting nonetheless: Automotive News carried a story today about the top 5 OEM’s by percentage of total US sales made up of fleet in 2016. I was surprised at the list, perhaps you will be too. Here they are:
    1. Ford-Lincoln 29%
    2. FCA 24%
    3. Hyundai-Kia 21%
    4. General Motors 20%
    5. Nissan 19%

  2. Barry Rector Says:

    If Chinese cars are to be sold in the US, then they should be built in the US with an American partner, just like how US cars are sold in China.

  3. Lisk Says:

    As a decades long fan of F1, I am going to miss Bernie. From his days of owning Brabham to being F1s King, he has opened up so many markets that are highly profitable for the team owners, and yes, mostly himself. And he doesn’t run F1; he is more of a race organizer/promoter. He doesn’t set the rules the teams live by. He has been critical of the engines note, and the rules the sport has imposed regarding ongoing development of the cars and engines. He does charges outrageous fees to hold a F1 race, however, being a businessman, he squeezes all he can from the race venues.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    I think the American market is about to get a lot less desirable for Chinese carmakers. The comments from President Trump this morning indicate that the Chinese companies will face the same hurdles entering our market that our automakers faced going into theirs. This will help to level the playing field and they won’t be able to sell their vehicles based on significantly lower sticker prices.

  5. Lisk Says:

    Hopefully, President Trump can put an end to all the counterfeit auto parts from China making it across our borders. I do think the trade fight with China will cause a lot of grief for the automakers who have already partnered in China. We have already transferred the technology to build the cars to them, so they don’t need as badly us anymore.

    #2 I agree with Chinese building in the U.S. with a partner. Just make sure it’s a partner that just attaches their name to the venture, and not bring a lot of capital, similar to their business practice.

  6. C-Tech Says:

    I agree with Barry Rector. The Chinese will take a long-term view and probably would be willing to wait until Trump is out of office. There is still money to be made in Canada and Mexico as they gain experience.

    With Bernie gone it will be interesting to see F1 try to gain fans in the U.S. Look out NASCAR.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Trump’s tariffs, if they are implemented, will be a shift of the tax burden from the very rich to middle income people. The end result will be that car prices will increase, and fewer cars and more “basic” vehicles will be sold.

    Yeah, it might bring a few jobs back to the U.S., but if the end result is a major recession, those people will be laid off.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I never liked Bernie E. much, but he certainly did a lot for, or to F1, depending upon your perspective.

    With or without him, I’ll continue to follow F1, more than any other racing series.

  9. Patrick Says:

    I was disappointed in the Mustang refresh initially. However, after seeing it in person at NAIAS I think it looks pretty good. They did lower the top of the grill opening, but widened the grill overall. It does look better in convertible as you said.

  10. Lex Says:

    I believe the desire for diesel powered vehicles is falling rapidly here in the US in light of the VW Group emission cheating scandal. GM should expand it’s Volt Power plant to other vehicles like the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. This technology will see improves adoption when incorporated into types and sized vehicles.

  11. Roger Blose Says:

    As an avid automotive DYIer, I hate to have to by Chinese replacement parts for my cars. Brake rotors, rubber hoses, all electrical parts, and more from American suppliers drives me nuts. My last Bendix brake rotors came with bamboo shipping protection materials inside the box!
    The 2018 Mustang refresh took me a day to go from repulsive to I like it. I especially like the fact that they got rid of the European pedestrian dolphin head hood treatment. And the new dual injection get rid of the dreaded intake valve carbon build up issue. More power sounds good to everyone.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that some GDI engines have intake valve carbon buildup problems, and others do not. I’ve heard that BMW does, or did have a lot of problems, but I have not heard of such problems with the GM 3.6 GDI, that has been around for years. Does anyone know what the difference might be?

  13. Dan Turnpaugh Says:

    This column is getting political, I wish it would just talk about auto news, we have the administration we have for 4 yrs, IIn 4 yrs we can all go vote again if we want to Change or keep it.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I had the 3.0 v6 in my equinox,(2012).It was a derivative of the 3.6,and it had gdi,and I had problems with it too.When I started driving 200+ miles round trip to my ‘local’ VA,up and down mountain passes,and a tank of hightest,it cleared it right up.

    I do the same thing with my wifes 14 soul,and it clears it right up.The ‘port and direct’ injection systems coming out will be of course more complex,but a lot better for the engine.Note: ALWAYS use a tier one fuel supplier.It’s worth the extra pennies.

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I think things will get a bit tough on all of us at first with the new ‘keep America first’,but i believe in the long run,( less than 4 years) we will see much better times.

    One thing for certain,we will end up in much better shape then we have been for the last two presidents.No,I was,and still not a bush fan.I best describe the last two as ‘Dumb and Dumber’.Nuff said.

  16. John McElroy Says:

    To the guys with GDI engine problems: are you using Top Tier detergent gasoline? That’s the type of fuel blessed by 8 OEMs. I’d like to know if this gasoline makes a difference in GDI engines.

    Here’s a link to the gasoline brands with the Top Tier rating:

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 It sounds like maybe the GM 3.6 has had problems, that I hadn’t heard about. From your experience with your 3.0, it sounds like “working” the engine in mountains helps things.

    The only GDI engine I’ve had is in the Corvette. So far, so good, but I only have about 10K miles on it. I have been using regular gas, but I make it a point to use “Top Tier.”

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 On Trumpism, we shall see, but, historically, trade wars and isolationism have not been a good thing. I’m hoping for the best.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ John Mc: Yes to the top tier.I have 3 gas stations close by,Shell,Chevron,and Valero,all three are top tier,and that’s all we use.Does it make a difference,yes it does,with one caveat,the difference is noticeable shortly after getting on a hwy,as opposed to just city driving.

    I’d say about 20 miles or so,I felt the engine start to run smoother.What also helps,for me at least,was climbing the mountain passes where the engine came up to the higher power band/rpms,and ‘worked’ the engine.

    John,remember the old days when taking granmas car out for an errand,and ‘blowing the coke’ out of it? That’s kind what it is like,but cleaner.

  20. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Yep.I agree.But,that was back when we really only had europe and japan to really trade with.Now there is a much larger number of modern/semi modern industrialized nations. I think that puts us in a better position.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The OEM’s involved with Top Tier are BMW, GM, FCA, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

    Most of the major companies selling in the U.S. are among them, but not Ford or Nissan. I’m a little surprised about that.

  22. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’ve had three 3.6 GDI engines: ’06, ’11 and currently a ’17; use toptier most of the time; no problems with these three iterations of GM’s 3.6L. I have read of some problems on some of the forums but I’ve been very well pleased with my purchases.