AD #2074 – How Jeep Creates Moab Concepts, Uber Suspends Autonomous Tests, Should Chevy Make a Corvette SUV?

March 27th, 2017 at 11:37am

Runtime: 7:35

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- Uber Suspends Autonomous Tests
- Should Chevy Make a Corvette SUV?
- U.S. March Sales Expected to Hit Record
- CARB Reaffirms ZEV Mandates
- California ZEV Sales Mandate
- OEMs Worried They Can’t Meet ZEV Mandate Outside CA
- How Jeep Creates Moab Concepts

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29 Comments to “AD #2074 – How Jeep Creates Moab Concepts, Uber Suspends Autonomous Tests, Should Chevy Make a Corvette SUV?”

  1. BAdnikl Says:

    Yeah GM should listen to Lutz, after all he doubled down on big trucks and SUVs in 2005-6 as gas went to $4 a Gallon. Corvette SUV would just siphon buyers fro other GM products.

  2. Ziggy Says:

    John and Sean,
    After watching the opening F1 race at Australia this past weekend and finding out Nico Rosberg wouldn’t be defending his championship title I don’t know who to be more disappointed in, Nico Rosberg for quitting F1 last December 2nd or you two for failing to report about it. Now I could see such an oversight if you guys were like 99.9% of the US media that ignores F1 but just a few days before Rosberg’s retirement announcement you reported on his winning the F1 championship for 2016. So what gives? Why no coverage of one of the most shocking auto sports announcements last year? I have always counted on you guys to keep me informed of the big stuff going on in the auto industry, including major racing stories, but I really was shocked to find out about this months after it happened.

  3. MJB Says:

    A corvette SUV? Sacrilege!

    First there was Porsche, then Maserati (Levante), Lamborghini is up next. PLEASE, let there be at least one holdout**.

    ** Actually, two because I think it’s pretty safe to say that Ferrari will never go this route.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Corvette doesn’t need an SUV. Chevy already has SUV’s with big V8′s, called Tahoe and Suburban. If they want a “performance” version, they can lower it, tweak the suspension, and install the supercharged 6.2 from the Z06.

    If they want a Corvette with a little more room, make a two door wagon, based on a Corvette, a “shooting brake” to use the current nomenclature fad.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Rosberg announced that he was quitting F1 many months ago, shortly after the end of the 2016 season. That is old news.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    XC7 also used by Shimano, a fishing hook company and an android phone. Probably a TV model too.

    I suggest bi4C bad idea for Corvette

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Shimano makes some very fine fishing reels.I’m partial to there baitcasters.Excellent stuff.

  8. Ziggy Says:

    @5 That was never reported on Autoline Daily, my whole point, which you obviously missed.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Nico’s retirement, I’m pretty sure, was reported here on Autoline Daily; it was pretty well reported that he would not defend (throughout many medias).

    Unless Corvette becomes its own division, the performance SUV’s should be labeled Chevrolet; the number and amount of Corvette content can be varied, as desired, but named something else, not Corvette.

    p.s. personally I prefer Abu Garcia, but yes, Shimano is good stuff.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 Sorry about “missing your point,” but they probably didn’t think they needed to report it.

    Anyway, it looks like this season could be interesting, with Ferrari running well for the first time in a while, and some others not far behind. It looks like Honda still has a ways to go, though, even when they aren’t broken. Most of what I’m reading is that the McLaren car should be in the hunt, with a different engine.

  11. WineGeek Says:

    I own a ZEV and if you want to make the sales goal reachable outside of California you have to train the salespeople to sell the ZEV vehicles and not have them try to switch the consumer to a vehicle that is a traditional IC engine. Most of the salespeople I approached knew so little about the benefits of electric or plug-in that they couldn’t sell it for free! A large portion of this sales problem is a lack of training.

    As far as the Vette SUV why not? Porsche has their SUV’s why not Corvette? It might be a way to guarantee a longer life for the brand. BUT it has to be a real Corvette SUV not a rebadged Chevy Tahoe. That is a GM disease rebadge and offer a second rate vehicle.

  12. Lex Says:

    Did Mark Allen hint that his team will give a face lift to the Cherokee? The current nose on the Cherokee is horrible!!! I hope his team at Jeep adopts the look of either the Grand Cherokee or New Compass onto the Cherokee. I believe shortening the nose and give the Cherokee the same front grill and headlights like the Grand Cherokee and New Compass will definitely increase
    sales. Also keep the fog lights on all trim levels and they should be projector and circular and simple. I have had to replace and entire fog light assemble because of a stone hit. In my mind a simple circular fog light lens replacement would have been much more palatable to my wallet, especially if it was a DIY project.

  13. Lisk Says:

    Should there be a Corvette SUV/CUV? No. In the early sixties, a 4-seater was proposed and thankfully it didn’t get greenlit. I’m afraid if there was a Corvette SUV, they could base it on the Tahoe, put on black wheels, a black grille and a great big polished exhaust tip. Wait Chevy already does that. :(

  14. Rattrodder1439 Says:

    Corvette SUV……JUST SHOOT ME NOW !!!!!!! I’m dying here. Just because everyone eles has lost their minds doesnt mean Chevy should follow them.

  15. JWH Says:

    Corvette SUV – Bad idea IMHO. Corvette is a car model in the Chevrolet brand lineup & not a stand alone brand. Believe it would be excessive line extension & dilute the Corvette image.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Exactly. Selling a Chevy Corvette SUV would be like selling a Chevy Suburban sports car.

    Also, they need continue to use only V8 engines in Corvettes, for the foreseeable future. Today’s V6′s, even naturally aspirated ones, would power a Corvette quite well, but using them would dilute the Corvette image.

  17. Steve W Says:

    A Corvette SUV, why not? It worked very well for Porsche.

  18. eml Says:

    Look back at the 1954 Corvette Nomad (station wagon). Let’s hope we don’t repeat those ideas.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Porsche is a brand. Corvette is not.

  20. RS Says:

    I tend to agree that a Corvette SUV would have significant resistance in the heart and mind of purist ‘Vette lovers. But so did the Porsche when they brought it out. Way different buyers.
    But I am interested that you don’t think Corvette is a brand. Its twin flag logo might not be as recognizable to the great unwashed as Louis Chevrolet’s Swiss-cross based bow tie but I bet the value of the Corvette brand has been researched and established by some marketing agency somewhere. I believe it IS a brand.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I own a Covette, and consider it a Chevrolet model, even though it is substantially different from most Chevrolets. The C7 logo has a bow tie in it.

    If the Porsche 911 were called a Volkswagen Porsche, I would feel the same way about a Volkswagen Porsche Cayenne.

  22. Barry Rector Says:

    Corvette SUV…..Oh, hell, everybody else is in on the craze!! Why not Chevrolet!

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Chevrolet already has 4 SUV’s, Trax, Equinox, Tahoe, and Suburban. Maybe there are more that I’ve forgotten.

  24. Drew Says:

    Corvette SUV – Please dust-off the Oldsmobile lesson book. They started badging everything a Cutlass in the 1980s… Ciera, Calais, Supreme, Vista Cruiser… to the point that the brand became diluted. There were other accomplants in the lesson book (quality, Diesel engines, Chevy V8s). But I’d hate to see the Corvette suffer the same fate.

    All those other brands had no their SUV to offer (Porsche, Bentley, Maserati), but Chevy does, and certainly GM does.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21, Yeah, I forgot (at least) one, Traverse.

  26. Ukendoit Says:

    WineGeek; Exactly right on the EV sales! The majority of car salesmen I’ve met are just salesmen- not car guys, not educated in the automotive world, and most of all not knowledgeable of new products or innovations (especially EVs). They would rather show you something they are familiar with and push you into something you don’t want than learn what is available. I often educate those salesmen about their own product -from my vast Autoline Daily experience ;P . John & Sean, maybe you can pass that on to the “big guys”, that their sales staff needs to know more about the products they want to push.

  27. BobD Says:

    11 & 26 – The other “structural” problem with most dealerships is that they might have one or two persons properly trained on selling EVs, but none of the other salesmen are going to refer a customer interested in and EV to the “experts”, rather they want the commission, so they will purposely steer them away from an EV to get he commission. Unless all of the salesmen are on straight salary, selling a customer exactly what he/she wants probably will not happen.

  28. Don B. Says:

    We don’t need an SUV with the corvette name. If GM wants a Cayenne kill they have plenty of engines and platforms to do it. They can even get Callaway to turn up the boost. Bring back the Typhoon. Now a 4 door vette sports car to go against Maserati quadraport or the Pamamera that would be the way to go. The SS sedan will probably be cancelled soon anyway.

  29. Arcade Mike Says:

    #3, Lamborghini already had a truck-SUV called LMoo2 back in the 80′s. I think they kinda started the fad. It was dubbed the “Rambo-Lambo”.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_LM002