AD #2116 – Justice Department Sues FCA, Geely Acquires Proton & Lotus, Is Mobility Services Leading to GM Cost Cuts?

May 24th, 2017 at 11:55am

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- U.S. Justice Department Sues FCA
- Geely Acquires Proton & Lotus
- Fuel Consumption to Decline Despite Increased Travel
- Mobility Services’ Possible Disruption
- Is Mobility Services Leading to GM Cost Cuts?
- Toyota Explores Blockchain to Secure Data
- Mercedes Reveals smart fortwo EV Pricing

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11 Comments to “AD #2116 – Justice Department Sues FCA, Geely Acquires Proton & Lotus, Is Mobility Services Leading to GM Cost Cuts?”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Like some of us said yesterday,’mobility services’ will only cover major population centers,(cities). to predict the doom and gloom and demise of even repair shops is way out there in the ozone.Sounds like those that did the ‘study’ spent their lunch time passing a phatty around.

  2. XA351GT Says:

    GA LMAO passing the Phatty , yeah I can’t agree more . It must be some good stuff too. LOL

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ XA351GT: It’s the only thing I can figure they’re doing with all the bs in their findings/predictions.They gotta be out of their brainpans chugging koolaid and passing around a bone to come up with that stuff.Especially in the timeframe they set for it.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    ……..and Autoline’s take on mobility services is? Some of us regulars have put a line in the sand; I would be interested if Autoline is for or against us.

    I think I called the refresh Fiat 500 dopey; let me add the new Smart electric to that list.

    Unless there is direct maleficence in the FCA diesel debacle, the Justice Department should issue a warning (and let it go at that). If you don’t stretch the rules, your not thinking out the problem enough. Now, if FCA was circumventing the law (deliberately), then I can see for possible monetary recoupments to mediate pollutions that may have been unlawfully emitted.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star shaped air vents on the dashboard of the Smart car are a funny corporate touch. Can’t forget about the parent company!

  6. DAN ALBERT Says:

    It is disappointing to see you use this Tony Seba “study,” which is really just him trying to get his name around by saying extreme things. Has anybody actually looked at the data? Or at the way his “think tank” funds itself or what it does? It’s all very fishy.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This has nothing to do with the electric one, but the gas version of the new smart has one huge advantage over the old one, you can get a manual transmission. The only transmission in the old one was an awful single-clutch automatic.

    The smart is a gas hog, though, with worse EPA ratings than a 1.5t Honda Civic.

  8. gary susie Says:

    G A you are so right. I live in the country and wonder how I would get a car when needed?

  9. Alex Carazan Says:

    ReThinkX white paper study is not worth the paper it is written on. Their fundamental assumption is that most Americans will make decisions only on COST. If that were true we would not have any luxury or premium cars sold, or high end trim lines, or high end stores for anything! Purely insane irrational thinking that ignores the current reality. Tube TV’s and CD’s were replaced in S-curve style because their replacement was BETTER! However hailing a 4-seater ugly compact EV that has 435,000 miles on it with stained seats that smells like spilt coffee and cheap perfume from the last occupant is NOT better service! And that long vacation rip with family and dog and luggage…impossible. Don’t forget the recharge time issue with batteries on that long trip. The business model ReThinkX has created is for a small niche of the world…like dense city dwellers who already are used to driving in dirty stinky taxis for short trips. My guess is no one at ReThinkX ever owned a business that built a hard product that American’s loved to own. I bet some of them have record players at home they show off to friends and are wondering why they own them?!!!

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Maybe they wrote the paper so they could read entertaining critiques on this forum.

    BTW, I agree with what you say. They are totally unrealistic in their predictions about what will happen in only 13 years.

    We need to remember, though, that about 80% of the U.S. population is “urban,” and urban areas are where changes will occur the fastest.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Gary: Answer,you wouldn’t. RethinkX needs to rethink. Life is very different than the apparent insular world they live in.And the fact that there is a whole lot of life beyond city limits and starbucks.