AD #2135 – U.S. to Pass China in Competitiveness, Camry Hybrid = Prius In MPGs, Atlas 1st “Americanized” VW

June 21st, 2017 at 11:33am

Runtime: 8:43

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- U.S. to Pass China in Competitiveness
- Continental Creates OTA Solution
- New Camera Tech Helps W/ Night Vision
- Camry Hybrid Equals Prius In MPGs
- Electric Buses Cheaper to Operate
- Atlas 1st “Americanized” VW

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13 Comments to “AD #2135 – U.S. to Pass China in Competitiveness, Camry Hybrid = Prius In MPGs, Atlas 1st “Americanized” VW”

  1. rick Says:

    volkswagen really missed opportunity by not offering passat wagon in america and canada

  2. Todd T Says:

    First “Americanized” VW was the Rabbits that were built at Westmoreland. And they were AWFUL so no wonder folks at VWoA would want to forget about them. They did things like garish red interiors, with really bad faux wood trim. They softened spring rates to smooth the ride (which ruined the handling). The fact there are so many at VW who don’t know their own history is troubling. Vehicle size is expanding in Europe too, otherwise the Atlas would have never gotten the green light.

  3. Barry Rector Says:

    I bet that a lot of new car purchasers might not even know if they were buying a hybrid if they were not told. They are looking for price, features and MPG……They don’t give a damn what’s under the hood………

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If only the Camry hybrid, and Fusion, Malibu, and Accord hybrids were sold at hatchbacks, there wouldn’t be much need for Prius. I suspect real-world mileage will still be better for the Prius, since it’s smaller and more aerodynamic, but the difference will be small.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 My sister had a first year Westmoreland Rabbit, and unlike today’s Americanized cars, it had a red interior. The problem was that each piece or red plastic or cloth was a different shade of red than the one next to it.

    As I remember, it wasn’t terribly unreliable, but the “decor,” and build quality were not good.

  6. Lisk Says:

    2) You’re on the same page as myself. The Westmoreland Rabbits lost most of the traits that set them apart from the other econoboxes of the day. The soft suspensions and vague steering, and even the less hard edged exteriors were certainly Americanized.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    #3 said,’… might not even know if they were buying a hybrid …’, based on my experience with hybrid advocacy forums, even a minority of those buying a hybrid actually know the differences in hybrid systems and basic car physics. I found more useful sources in race car articles to tune the car, primarily tires, for high mileage.

    #4 said,’… sold as hatchbacks …’, I suspect we’ll see the SUV-variants in a couple of years: raised suspension and rear access to extended cabin. Of course the mileage will suffer much as the Prius v versus Prius hatchback. Still those with kids will be interested as in City service, they will be great.

    Personal opinion, I suspect some of the Prius Prime technology will be found in the Camry hybrid. Specifically, the one-way clutch that allows the two motors work like one. This tech trip along with the engine tuning would explain the majority of the mileage increase. Then add the standard TSS-P, Toyota will have a hard time keeping up with demand.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    In addition to the Westmoreland Rabbits, it was my understanding that the Passat that has been built in Chattanooga for 3-4 years now was specifically designed (and contented) for the American market. The Passat they sell in Europe is a different car.

    With the big advance in the AdaSky camera resolution, I am confident they will be finding Bigfoot any day now!

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, the Chattanooga Passat is bigger and “softer.” Also, sadly, no Passat wagon for the U.S.

  10. phred Says:

    So what is the list of Americanized features that replaced the Germanized features? He never had one specific to present and stuck to the VW talking points.The “VW suit” marketing at its best.

  11. BobD Says:

    Electric buses… I assume the quoted numbers are optimistic, but assuming they are true, one would have to put 1.2 million miles on the bus just to break even compared to a traditional diesel bus. Having some past involvement in hybrid bus powertrains, it’s hard to convince bus companies the upfront cost premiums are worth it, unless they are buying them with big government grants which are becoming very rare other than perhaps California.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If Consumer Reports chart is correct, the VW Atlas will need premium gas. If premium is, in fact, “required,” rather than “recommended,” I’d think that would drive away a lot of potential customers.

  13. veh Says:

    If the Atlas was primarily designed in Europe, it begs the question as to why doesn’t VW have a US design/engineering center similar to what most of the Asian imports have.

    And if the US is going to be more competitive in manufacturing than China very soon, why did Ford chose China to build the Focus?