AD #2072 – China’s Chery Takes on Mercedes, Bolt EVs Big Discounts, Sweet Patina Spotted in Santa Barbara

March 23rd, 2017 at 11:39am

Runtime: 6:57

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- Chery Takes on Mercedes Over EQ Name
- Chevy Dealers Offering Big Discounts on Bolt
- Dodge Demon Locked & Loaded
- A Taste of 37 Seconds in the Autoline Garage
- Barn Find: Patina in Santa Barbara
- Ford Adds New Appearance Package to Edge Lineup
- Land Rover Thinks Land Rover Does Land Rover Best

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22 Comments to “AD #2072 – China’s Chery Takes on Mercedes, Bolt EVs Big Discounts, Sweet Patina Spotted in Santa Barbara”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The car looks like some kind of Rootes Group product, Hillman, Singer, Humber, or something?

  2. Don LaCombe Says:

    I’m thinking Simca.

  3. Wim van Acker Says:

    Barn find: I give up. Looks like an early 1960′s sedan, and checked Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Hillman. Nothing matches. Am curious what it will turn out to be.

  4. rick bradner Says:

    It’s a Riley 1.5

  5. XA351GT Says:

    Grille reminds me of Diamler.

  6. Brett Says:


  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Rick, you know your ’60′s British cars. I’m impressed. Maybe BMW will revive the brand. Well, probably not, when they seem to be winding down Mini.

  8. Steve W Says:

    Could the mystery car be a Ford Consul?

  9. Roger T Says:

    So the Demon will have a fifth brake maintenance point?
    All this for a bit faster reaction times & drag strip performance? It makes me think electric performance cars is the way to go for this – simple & easier to upgrade.

    On Bolt discounts – this is very surprising, you will see that Bolts are being offered online for a huge premium, why doesn´t Chevy just stat offering the thing more broadly instead of discounting in California? Hope this serves Chevy a lesson: Because it´s electric is doesn´t mean it doesn´t have to look sexy.

  10. Richard Piper Says:

    Riley 1.5 made from 1957 by British Motor Corporation (BMC).

  11. Ukendoit Says:

    Have we figured out the Demon horsepower ratings yet? On the dash layout, it shows 7.57 and 8.15 (those numbers keep coming up); some are speculating that the 757 is HP on regular gas and 815 on racing fuel.

  12. Dave Thompson Says:

    How about a 1957 Singer Gazelle saloon built by Rootes similar to the Hillman Minx or the Sunbeam Rapier

  13. angelo ragosta Says:

    it is a Singer Gazelle

  14. Jonathan Says:

    Technically speaking the new Chevy bolt is awesome but it’s so efficient in space that it looks like a refrigerator on wheels.

    I would never buy one because of that.

    I have a deposit down in the tesla model three and expect awd , autonomous and performance mode to get me to sixty mph In Under 4 seconds…all the while looking like a James Bond like four door Aston Martin..

    The fact that the car is electric is just an added bonus….

    GM offered utility in an eco box tall hatch…ugh….whose spending discretionary income on that…?

    But a sexy four door awd sedan capable of ripping off zero to sixty in 4 seconds…

    Count me in…and that’s why the Chevy bolt needs incentives…

    Where is the passion of desire to own and drive that tesla offers in this segment,,,

    Sure with the options I configured I’m in the mid fifties in price…but if I wanted the base good looking tesla model for 35 grand…it’s available..

    GM needs to convert the bolt platform into a GMC or Cadillac sport cuv like the Porsche Macan styled vehicle…or the jaguar f pace or upcoming I pace.

    I fear it will be too late for me…an avid GM enthusiast who will still buy a new corvette …but as far as the next family sedan or cuv….tesla gets my money….

    It’s too dam sexy looking to pass up

    Keep that for one of your “you said it segments”

    GM should know why after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on GM vehicles…one of its most avid fans is shopping elsewhere with his hard earned cash.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Chevy needs to sell the Bolt nation wide. I guess they will eventually, but they don’t yet. If I still lived in Indiana full time, where I have a garage with power, I’d probably buy one. It would work for 95% of my driving, using only a home 120v outlet for charging.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Chevy needs to sell the Bolt nation wide. If I still lived in Indiana full time, where I have a garage with power, II would probably buy one. It would work for 95 per cent of my driving, using only a 120v outlet for charging.

  17. GM Veteran Says:

    For the record, the discounts on the Bolt are not from Chevrolet. A few Chevy Dealers are offering the Bolts they have in inventory at prices below MSRP. While this may seem odd, even California has some smaller towns where an electric vehicle might be a tougher sell. A Dealer may not want to have it in inventory too long and decided to discount it and get it on the road.

    Seems as though sending a bigger slice of Bolt production to South Korea and some European countries might be a good idea.

  18. Albemarle Says:

    From what I’ve read, it’s all about the poor distribution of product. California dealers are getting shipments of 50 or more cars at a time, while the rest of North American dealers make do with 2 to 5 cars each, delivered over the 2017 calendar year. So you have discounts up to $4000 in Los Angeles and cars selling at premiums elsewhere.
    When you ‘average’ out sales, with so much more product in California, the selling price is deeply discounted.

  19. Drew Says:

    @14 – Jonathan, your purchase motivation runs counter to the general population trend of favoring utilities over sedans. But I hope you are as honest about your Tesla quality experiences as you would be if it was a Chevy, as Tesla needs more pressure from dissatisfied customers in order to pay better attention to design & assembly details.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A Tesla is only bought as a second or third car, even more than most EV’s because there is no place to take it for service, if needed. Indiana has only one service center, and Florida has very few. Statistically, they seem to need their share of service.

    Yeah, the model three looks pretty good, from what we can tell from the prototypes.

  21. Ziggy Says:

    Who are the dolts paying MSRP and up for a Bolt?I guess the saying “there’s one born every minute” still applies.

    $42K for a girly pick-up, that’s more than outrageous, that’s outright funny.

    OK, I’m going back on my meds, I can’t take anymore of this reality.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    “Girly pick-up”? I don’t understand.