AD #2128 – VW Eyes Opel’s Former CEO, Honda Refreshes the Fit, Holden Reveals Next-Gen Commodore Racecar

June 12th, 2017 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:52

*If you’re having trouble watching today’s episode click here to watch it on YouTube.*

- VW Eyes Opel’s Former CEO
- GM Closes Foundation & Drops the Dream Cruise
- Car Sales on Fire in Mexico
- Honda Refreshes the Fit
- Holden Reveals Next-Gen Commodore Racecar
- Toyota Experiments with Car Sharing
- Lincoln Navigator’s Unique Shifter

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30 Comments to “AD #2128 – VW Eyes Opel’s Former CEO, Honda Refreshes the Fit, Holden Reveals Next-Gen Commodore Racecar”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Can’t watch today’s episode.And it’s not on youtube yet.It stops about every 8 seconds or so.

  2. XA351GT Says:

    Sean,
    I’d be interested in knowing how the prices of the cars stack up next the same models sold in the US. I want to see if there is a massive difference in price. If there is , why? If not , how are the Mexican buyers affording them considering the extermely low pay rates there.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    That’s a nice Opel/vauxhall racecar parading as a Holden.

  4. Lex Says:

    The push button gear selector in my opinion is terrible. The 2018 GMC Terrain also has a push button gear selector. I think vehicles with push button gear selectors have historically experience lower sales than those competitive models with column or center console stick gear selectors.

    I hope GMC drops the push button gear selector in the 2018 GMC Terrain for the more familiar and pleasing center console stick gear selector already in it’s corporate twin the Chevy Equinox.

  5. Lex Says:

    Did anyone else notice the Volvo XC90 TV commercial which states that they are having a “MID-SOMMAR” sales event? Isn’t “SOMMAR” miss spelled? Shouldn’t it be MID-SUMMER”?
    Who is the Advertising agency behind this campaign? Maybe Volvo should hire Peter Delorenzo to take over the XC90 campaign.

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    If you’re having trouble watching today’s show here on the website, it’s now available to watch on YouTube.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Thanks Sean,I just watched it on youtube. I like the new ‘typewriter’ drive on the Navigator.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Yep, went to U-Tube today.

    If you are going to come up with a new type of a shifter, make sure it is better than the one it is supposed to replace. Push buttons never made a dent back in the ’50′s/’60′s for Chrysler and I don’t think Lincoln’s will move the needle either. I don’t particularly like GM’s new shifter for the 8-speed (I think it will the same for the 9 and 10 speeds too) but at least it is a handle/lever type that most of us are familiar with, and have been, for a pretty long time now.

  9. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lex – Sommer is summer in Swedish.

  10. grant Says:

    Good show today.
    Your reporting and presentation keeps getting better, except;
    time to get the dress shirt IRONED properly.
    It looks like Jr. takes it right from the dryer and puts it on.
    Also, do I detect collar wear on last Friday’s broadcast.
    Time to look professional like the rest of the show.

  11. Buzzerd Says:

    Lutz’s next book – Car Guys vs Designers. Push button shifters are all about looks and nothing about function. Pretty much any lever type controller can be used without looking, push button… not so much.

  12. Joe Says:

    @2 the Mexican prices are not very different from the US prices when factoring exchange rates. Hence very few can afford new vehicles. Only about 1 million new vehicles are sold annually in a country with a population of 127 million.

  13. Lex Says:

    I am not a fan of the new Honda CR-V! I think the styling is awful and the tiny engine choices are ridiculous! The tail light are troublesome visually. I had previously suggested here that Honda should bring the to market vehicles with similar front grills, and rear tail lights. That lasted all of one model year with the 2016 Pilot and CR-V. Now Honda jacked it up the new CR-V which now looks more like the Toyota Highlander than a Honda Pilot. From the side view you can mistake the CR-V for a Nissan Rogue or Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain. The Honda SUVs should all look similar, family resemblance. While doing the same for the Honda cars. The HR-V looks more like a Honda Car, while the Honda Ridgeline looks like what the next generation Pilot should look like. Good Help Honda Designers! I just hope they leave the Acura RDX and MDX alone.

  14. Lex Says:

    @Sean #9. What about the “a” in Sommar. Most consumers like myself do not understand or speak Swedish. This is America, and Volvo is owned my the Chinese so proper spelling goes out the window?

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I liked the push button shifters in my 1957 Chrysler and 1964 Dodge Dart. Really, though, hasn’t their time come and gone?

    My favorite recent automatic shifter is in a Prius. It’s a smoothly operating thing that you move left, and then forward or back for reverse or drive. It always returns to the same place when you release it. The thing I like, is that it goes into park automatically when you turn the car off with the start/stop button. Do some of these new push button shifters do that?

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: In regards to the new vehicles being sold in Mexico,do they have to have the same emission standards as we do?

  17. joe Says:

    Giving those millions of dollars never help GM in any way while the other automakers just watched. It high time GM contributes money where both sides can benefit.

  18. John McElroy Says:

    #15. Nope, Mexican emissions regulations are more lax. But they are starting to tighten up.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15,17 They badly need to tighten up. The air, at least in Mexico City, is pretty bad, and I suspect vehicles (of all types) are a lot of the reason.

    Still, it will take a long time to make big improvements, unless they forcibly get old vehicles off the road. They don’t have the road salt to take them off the road, like in Indiana, Michigan, etc.

  20. Ziggy Says:

    Regarding the pushbutton shifters, I like them and always have ever since I used them on my mom’s ’64 Plymouth Fury and the US Army trucks I used to drive when I worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, why go through the other gears just to get to Drive when you can just push a button for it? Simple and effective.

  21. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Remembering that the VW Bug was still being built in Mexico long after it didn’t meet emissions in the U.S. and sales ceased (here). I don’t remember when the ‘Bugs’ finally ended production but I bet there are millions down there (still polluting).

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Air cooled Bugs were built into the 2000′s in Mexico. The later ones had fuel injection and some semblence of emission control, with cat. converter, etc. They wouldn’t be very crashworthy, though.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19, Ziggy, were the army trucks Dodge, or did other companies also use push buttons?

  24. Barry Rector Says:

    John,
    What’s your take on GM doing away with the GM Foundation and pulling their support of the Woodward Dream Cruise? There’s got to be more than their explanation.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Knowing that GM sponsored tbe Dream Cruise for only 6 years, rather than 60 years, that seems like no be deal. Shutting down the foundation seems more significant. Also, why would they quit selling in India? Isn’t that one of the biggest growth markets in the world?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think I found out why GM would stop selling in India. They have less than 1/2 percent market share.

    http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian-car-scene/185842-march-2017-indian-car-sales-figures-analysis.html

  27. Tom Says:

    I like the idea of GM contributing to advance STEM Ed., very much needed in the US.

  28. BobD Says:

    Mexico and emissions… A large source of used vehicles in the Mexico market is from the USA. Vehicles older than ten years can enter Mexico tariff free. Legal (and illegal) season workers from Mexico often purchase used vehicle(s) in the US when they return where they can re-sell them in Mexico. There is a huge market for used vehicles in Mexico because new vehicles are so expensive relative to wages. So all these used vehicles will make improving emissions a long-term issue in Mexico.

  29. veh Says:

    I never thought about this before, but is there any effort by the Mexican government to push electrification or to cut down on vehicle traffic in Mexico City? They seem to have Chinese-level problems with dirty air.

  30. Paul Says:

    AD #2128 – Toyota Experiments with Car Sharing. Guys I know that you used stock footage on this story, but really! While talking about Toyota in the Australian market you showed footage of vehicles not even sold in OZ and left-hand drive at that – obviously stock footage from the US. While Australia and the US share many things in common, two of the most obvious differences are the vehicle fleet and the the fact that they drive on the other side of the road. There are a number of Australian Toyota car commercials that you could have used instead.