AD #2043 – New Challenger Celebrates Mopar’s 80th B-Day, Bernhard Leaves Daimler, Hyundai Unveils the Elantra GT

February 10th, 2017 at 11:53am

Runtime: 9:08

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- Bernhard Leaves Daimler
- Mercedes Metris Concept
- New Challenger Celebrates Mopar’s 80th B-Day
- Dodge Demon Sucks More than the Hellcat
- Nissan Titan King Cab Revealed
- Hyundai Unveils the Elantra GT
- Toyota Drops A Couple TRDs in Chicago
- More Contract Assembly In U.S.

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10 Comments to “AD #2043 – New Challenger Celebrates Mopar’s 80th B-Day, Bernhard Leaves Daimler, Hyundai Unveils the Elantra GT”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For the first time, in the new Elantra hatch, Hyundai has a car I’d seriously check out, if I were in the market for a “do everything” car.

  2. Kate McLeod Says:

    They sat Bernhard next to Jerry Flint at one of their elite dinners in Detroit. He went up to the PR person after the dinner and shouted into his face, “Don’t you ever sit me next to that guy again.” He may have had the pr guy by the shirt collar or maybe I’m just imagining that part.

  3. Lex Says:

    When is FCA going to incorporate cylinder deactivation in their 3.6 Pentastar V6 to improve fuel economy especially in the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

    When is the next refresh for the Jeep Cherokee? The only issue I have with the styling of the current Cherokee is that awful looking front clip. Now if FCA would clone the Grand Cherokee and / or New Compass front clip to the Cherokee the Cherokee would be a much better looking vehicle and fit better into the Jeep line up IMHO.

  4. Lex Says:

    I believe the refresh cycle on vehicles should be around five years when it comes to exteriors. OEM’s need to focus more on the driver experience with shorter refresh cycles when it comes to connectivity and safety. Buyers like a great styled exterior but OEMs need to save money on the exterior refreshes and improve the quality of interior materials and telematics to improve the drive / passenger experience IMHO.
    NO body wants to have an “Older Model” but nobody really wants an “Outdated telematics, connectivity or safety” packages since the technology is changing at such a rapid rate.
    There much be a way to retrofit new tech into late model vehicles.

  5. Brett Says:


    I agree, but take a look at the Kia Niro, too.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #5 The Niro is, indeed interesting, but a review I saw, I think C & D, said the powertrain is jerky at times, and generally lacks refinement. The need to work something out with Toyota and Ford to use their hybrid system.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    From the auto show discussion, the problem with “mobility services” is they are not available immediately like an owned car. Legacy “mobility services” like taxi, subways, and bus services run on a different schedule, not driven by the individual needs. Even a ‘self-driving’ car scampering to the owner’s drive has to be sitting idle and not busy with another customer.

    Vehicle ownership means the car leaves on the owner’s schedule to the owner’s destination. No form of “mobility service” will ever compete with this freedom.

    Bob Wilson

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 The main times I’ve used “mobility services” have been in big cities, like London, Paris, and New York, which have good subway systems. In those cities, the trains are frequent, and parking expensive, if available. It’s another world from places I have lived.

    In the places I have lived, cars are the way to get around, and will continue to be, for my lifetime. The only real replacement would be privately owned autonomous cars, when they exist.

  9. Brett Says:

    That damned sequential box! Acura is the only mfg smart enough to put a small lock-up torque converter on the front of one to smooth out the low-speed behavior.

    That pretty much kills any ardor I felt for the Niro.

  10. veh Says:

    “When is the next refresh for the Jeep Cherokee?”

    Considering the last refresh for the Journey was around the 12th of Never, I wouldn’t place any bets