AD #2118 – BMW Concept 8 Series, Trump Blasts German OEMs, How Autonomy Will Impact Suppliers

May 26th, 2017 at 11:52am

Runtime: 8:18

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- Small Cars Not As Safe
- BMW Concept 8 Series
- Faraday’s Bleak Future
- Trump Blasts German OEMs
- How Autonomy Will Impact Suppliers

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19 Comments to “AD #2118 – BMW Concept 8 Series, Trump Blasts German OEMs, How Autonomy Will Impact Suppliers”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Trump has a BMW-era Rolls-Royce, which I guess is ok, but Bimmers from Germany are not. I guess my Mini is ok with Trump, since it is a UK-built BMW.

  2. MJB Says:

    “Small cars are not safe”…

    And in other related news, fire is hot and ice is cold. ;)

    No slight on you, Sean. You’re all aces in my book. But these types of studies, which serve only to produce evidence of conclusions that are painfully obvious to anyone with a pulse, I find simply ridiculous.

    And to think they quite likely got a federal grant for the specific purpose of looking into that…

  3. Brett Says:

    BMW Concept 8 == Aston Martin w/kidney grill and Lexus scoops f/r.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    I really like like the concept 8. Pretty hot.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m generally on-board with President Trump but I think he is a little off-base with his criticism of the German automakers; choice is good, and if Americans want a German car, they should have that choice. Personally, I don’t buy German, and keep my four-wheel choices American, but I don’t think that choice should be legislated.

    MJB, right on; it’s not that small versus large is a new disclosure. It has been known and reported on for decades or should I say generations.

    The BMW concept, as well as the new Lexus coupe (just released) looks nice, sans the Lexus’ grill, but they are not going to make an appearance in my garage; both being foreign and probably way-too expensive (for me).

    p.s. big racing weekend: Monte Carlo, Indianapolis and Charlotte; we should have a lot to talk about next Tuesday.

    p.p.s. And just to let anyone know that wasn’t aware (it wasn’t reported here); Nicky Hayden passed away earlier this week after a bicycle accident in Italy. (hit by a car). R.I.P. Nicky, you will be missed.

  6. WineGeek Says:

    Trump is off base criticizing the German OEMs. What makes America great is choice. If I want a BMW then I will buy one. It’s not the OEM’s fault that the American car companies don’t produce competitive cars they are too busy making trucks. Leave the imports alone, use his political capital to convince Americans to buy American, but don’t block what I have to choose from.

  7. Gene E Says:

    Wishing one and all a VERY safe and enjoyable holiday weekend….Let us keep in mind the true reason for what was previously known as Decoration Day….I thank you for your service and all that you gave.

  8. XA351GT Says:

    I’m usually in agreement with Trump on many of his policies ,but to blast Germany for making cars that people want to buy is a bit much. Has he researched how many of those cars may actually be built in the US by our workers. If his goal is to get them to build more factories here then I’m all for it . Hell I want US manufacturers building their cars here , But unless there are major changes made to the business I don’t see that happening

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the Lexus coupe, except for the nose, and the 8 series concept. Both are/will be pricey. The Lexus starts at over $90K.

    I find it especially disgusting that some people provide their unskilled, texting kids with huge SUV’s to “keep then safe,” and to hell with we who have to share the road with them, and are put at greater risk.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I agree with Trump about almost nothing, including his faulting Germans for building cars people like. His hypocracy, having owned expensive European cars, makes it worse. Does Trump even know that M-B and BMW build in the U.S., their products that sell best in the U.S.?

  11. JWH Says:

    10 & others – While I refused to discuss politics or religion while working, I’m past that at gainful unemployment. Given that the individual we elected as president has the mentality & personality of about a 6 year old, I continue to find his statements hilarious & ludicrous even though as an American I’m embarrassed. As some pointed out, he has cars built overseas, clothing manufactured overseas, & continues to make statements like yesterday about how “Bad” the Germans are. While they weren’t very nice 70 to 80 years ago, they have been one of our staunch allies. Trying to keep this short, choice is good, & yes there should be a level playing field. With that I apologize to those I offended, & All should have a good Memorial Day Holiday.

  12. MJB Says:

    I’ll definitely be adding that LC500 to my stable! LOVE the grille!

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The color pallete for the Lexus LC includes white, four shades of grey, and only three actual colors. I don’t understand.

  14. omegatalon Says:

    Trump’s remarks about Germany and cars was out of frustration because Germany refuses to live up to their responsibility as a member of NATO by not spending 2-percent of GNP on Defense especially after German PM Angela Merkel told Trump that Germany may not be able to meet it’s 2-percent Defense spending for a minimum of 7 years; Trump knows how many cars Germany sells in the United States and wonders what is the country doing with the profits which was more important than National defense.

  15. omegatalon Says:

    BMW’s 8-series concept car looks like it got headlights out of a Buick.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    #14 Those NATO nations can’t spend the 2% of their GDP because they are probably spending twice that on the refugee/immigration crisis they caused by allowing all of those people in that are now straining their finances to the breaking point and repaying the kindness by blowing stuff up or turning streets into a version of Death Race 2000. Europe caused this self inflicted wound on it’s self and will most likely expect the US to come in and save their butts.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 The effects of refugees aren’t that simple.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/09/germany-imf-economy-growth-refugees-migrants-labour-ageing-population

  18. Bob Wilson Says:

    The logical, sensible reactions is for German, Poland, and the other EU countries to develop their own, nuclear weapons because they can no long depend on either the USA or UK for a nuclear umbrella.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    France and the UK already have nuclear weapons, so if Germany develops them, I hope those 3 countries stay friendly with each other, unlike in the 1940′s.