AD #2099 – Opel Ditches GM Technology, 2018 Acura TLX Updates, Volkswagen’s Big Engine Investment

May 1st, 2017 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:05

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- U.S. Investigates Japanese & German Automakers
- Opel Ditches GM Tech
- VW’s Big Engine Investment
- Sales in South America Rebound
- BorgWarner Shows Off Electric Supercharger
- 2018 Acura TLX Updates

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19 Comments to “AD #2099 – Opel Ditches GM Technology, 2018 Acura TLX Updates, Volkswagen’s Big Engine Investment”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The original TLX came in guns a blazing, and garnered a lot of favorable reviews, but failed to get the sales that Acura had hoped for; guess Acura is giving it another try. There is a lot of very good competition in this segment so I think they are going to need a very good product, and people, that like the “look”.

    Electric superchargers make sense, and with the lower weight lithium batteries available these days, make the addition feasible.

  2. Ctech Says:

    How much does an electric supercharger cost? How does the manufacturers offset that cost?

  3. Lex Says:

    I am glad to hear the Acura is adding Apple Car Play and Android Auto to the 2018 TLX. Now all Acura needs to do is to add both of these features up and down it’d product line to attract new buyer.

  4. Lex Says:

    Opel will be better of with PSA tech. GM needed to dump Opel a long time ago. What is going on with Vauxhall?

  5. Brett Says:

    If Mitsubishi sales are up again for April, it’s my fault. We drove home in a new Outlander SEL yesterday afternoon. It is exceptionally nice. Don’t believe what the motoring press says, believe what the owner reviews say.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Vauxhall is the name plate used in the UK. In most, or all other markets, the Opel name plate is used, even for RHD cars.

  7. John McElroy Says:

    #4. Vauxhall is part of Opel, and it’s part of the deal that gives Opel to PSA. The Vauxhall brand name is only used in the UK. All Vauxhalls are just Opels with a different badge.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like the next Opel Corsa will be a badge engineered Citroen C3/ Peugeot 208. Maybe Corsa will have different styling from the French name plate cars, but I suspect it will be mechanically identical, or nearly so.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    The electrically powered supercharger seems like an idea whose time has come. It begs the question though, why bother with the weight and expense of having the turbocharger as well? Why not just have one air compressing device that is electrically powered?

  10. Barry T Says:

    I’m still fuming about the GM comment last week about lobbying to take away our regular fuel! And today the news is that feds will look at a hefty gas tax increase. Why not just lobby for a higher octane premium if that’s the need and leave the regular users alone?? What happened to choice?

  11. Terry Q Says:

    Electric Turbo AND a regular Turbo. Doesn’t anyone realize that adding more complexity hurts reliability?

  12. Terry Q Says:

    We have a 2008 Saab with the 2.8L turbocharged V6, which is essentially an Opel powertrain. After 48,000 miles, I’ve had only 2 failures. One was an early (5,000 mile) failure of a tire pressure sensor, which was replaced under warranty. The only other failure was at 34,000 miles, when one of the 6 ignition coil packs started to misfire under heavy load. I replaced it. I think that is pretty decent reliability.

    I also lived in France for four years, and drove a 2000 Renault Espace van. In 7,000 less miles than our Saab, I had six component failures (one a failed engine oil pump), and the front brake pads had worn out.

    Good luck turning an Opel into a Peugeot.


  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    How much more does it actually cost to make premium gas than regular? I’m sure the difference is a lot less than the ~60 cents we see at the pump. If the difference in cost to make it is, say, 10 cents, It might make sense to raise the octane of all gas. over time. Engines could run higher compression, more boost, etc., and gain efficiency, without needing gas that cost 25% more, as is now the case.

    Now, GM and Ford, more than most car companies, tune their “mainstream” engines to run on regular, a good thing, with the artificially high price of premium gas.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 I’m guessing that getting power from exhaust gas to run the turbocharger is more efficient, than the electric supercharger would be, if it were in operation more of the time.

    I’d think an electric supercharger, used only at low rpm, with no turbocharger, might be good with an Atkinson cycle engine in a non-hybrid. Atkinson tuning is more efficient at mid rpm, but low end power is not good. The blower could give extra grunt at low speed, like the electric motor(s) with a hybrid.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Jack Baruth’s pickup idea:

  16. Chuck Grenci Says:

    One problem I see with a minivan conversion to pickup would be the lost rigidity when the overhead structure of the roof and part of the sides are removed to provide for the bed. Especially when using it as a pickup truck you would want move structure (back there) where the work is being done.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, they would need to add some frame structure. My gen 1 Caravan has some box frame-like structure welded to the van floor, but to make a pickup, it would need more. Maybe a Rabbit Caddy or Rampage would show them how to do it.

  18. omegatalon Says:

    Opel is doing what is necessary having been sold by General Motors to PSA as Opel is trying to acquire as much technology from their new owners is the best way to have a successful merger outcome.

  19. Brett Says:

    #14, #15

    Recall the Dodge D100, Ford Econoline, Corvair, and VW Van->Pickups of the 1960s.