AD #2170 – Chevy Cuts the Price of the Tahoe, FCA Joins Autonomous Partnership, Easy Mile Expands To Texas

August 16th, 2017 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:51

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- FCA Joins Autonomous Partnership
- Easy Mile Expands To Texas
- Opel Reveals New Vivaro
- Chevy Cuts the Price of the Tahoe
- You Said It!

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20 Comments to “AD #2170 – Chevy Cuts the Price of the Tahoe, FCA Joins Autonomous Partnership, Easy Mile Expands To Texas”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Couldn’t you always get the Tahoe without the third row seat? Hard to believe that accounts for $3500. If that’s the case remove all the seats and drop the price 10K I’ll buy some aftermarket seats..

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Yes John,I know Jeep sales are booming all over the world. He missed several golden opportunities HERE in the USA,with the core customers.And the core customers begged him for a diesel option in all of the wrangler offerings,2 door and 4 door.

    We also begged him for a pickup,which if you remember in 05,they rolled out a dynamite looking wrangler based pickup,WITH A 2.8L DIESEL.Instead,he put the diesel in the Liberty Limited and sold everyone they made in short order.I had one.

    But there was no comparing the liberty to the wrangler when off roading.And I’m not talking about rock crawling and such.I’m talking about taking me and my mining equipment back into the hills on old mining and logging roads.

    The liberty was NOT made for off road,in spite of the ‘trail rated badges on it.We sent many petitions to Manley from all of the Jeep forums,with no response from the factory.

    “Missed opportunities” came when he wouldn’t give the USA the diesel that was perfectly legal back then,and wouldn’t build the pickup they showed all over the country starting back in 05.Had he done that,that would have been the biggest sales fca could have ever experienced.

  3. John Lockhart Says:

    I saw recently a report on the Tahoe and saw the actual base price for the first time in awhile. I like to think I’m in touch with the market but I got sticker shock! Probably Chevy’s most profitable vehicle, and sales have slipped in recent years. Not sure that de-contenting is a good solution. All the reduced dependence on fleet sales doesn’t seem to provide a net gain for GM. I still see unheard of incentives and discounts, yet inventories grow.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Shaving the Tahoe’s price to under 45k; that’s still not a bargain (in my eye). I know that Tahoe/Suburban are cash cows but that is still a chunk of change. It’s relative, I understand that, but I’m thinking the margin is still huge (vulgarly huge) at the lower price. And again, I know; strike when the fires hot.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    G.A., I follow what John is saying but I also see where you are coming from. The down in the dirt guys are the base Jeep ‘people’; shouldn’t alienate them too much.

  6. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2: very interesting customer perspective. Still: a CEO is selected by the Board of Directors (representatives of the shareholders)based on primarily economic performance and leadership, on a worldwide basis. Not by well informed customers in a particular region.

  7. Lisk Says:

    In looking at the different cameras and sensors in tomorrows totally autonomous cars, will damage to just one of those items render it inoperable? It’s clear from citizens around the world, driving around with damaged or missing headlamps, broken windshields, and the like, how will this be accepted by the public. From my daily travels, I’d say that 1 in 20 cars has some kind of damage (in Ohio, there is no mandated vehicle inspections).

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    What Jeep did is the same thing Harley Davidson did once Harley’s became ‘fashionable’. Harley swore on a stack that they would NEVER alienate their ‘core customers’.Their words,verbatim.

    Once Jeeps became a fashion statement,those of us who supported the jeep brand for years were ignored.Any oem that ignores their base customers in our eyes isn’t worth a crap,and brand loyalty goes right out the window.Jmho.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Well G.A. at least you’ll get your Wrangler based pick-up next year.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hey John, On that Mazda compression engine, is it naturally aspirated or does it include some form of forced induction?

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo2015 – Supercharged

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Lambo2015: I will pick and choose between all of the midsize pickups that offer a diesel.I will have a pretty good field to choose from too.Jeep,GM,Ford,and Nissan.I have no brand loyalty.

  13. B G Sahner Says:

    Hey John, not to beat this “Honda has always gone alone thing” to death, but didn’t Honda rebadge an Isuzu SUV a while back and call it a Passport ?? B G Sahner

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 It was the first product from the Subaru-Isuzu plant in Lafayette, Indiana. The plant is now Subaru only.

  15. Don B. Says:

    Two things: 1. Is the Opel sale a done deal? 2. Is GM ever going to import the Opel vans or we going to be stuck with the the Express for another 20 years ? I drove the Ram Promaster to Indiana from New Jersey and it was pretty comfortable.

  16. Ziggy Says:

    John, please subtract out the UAW dues that union workers pay from the dollar figure you quote when comparing the pay of union vs. non-union jobs, that is the only way to get a real apples-to-apples comparison. Thanks.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    UAW dues are a little less than 2% of wages, or about 50-60 cents/hour for full time “seniority” workers.

  18. omegatalon Says:

    Geely said they have no interest in buying FCA and while this might be good for Sergio Marchionne, it might not be so good for FCA who still needs a White knight with cash; General Motors and VW have said no which means things are looking bleak.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Hyundai might want FCA. It would give them an entry into the lucrative big pickup market, where they have no products. Some Jeep products are not direct competition to H/K products.

  20. veh Says:

    And if you posit no UAW, what do you think the wages/benefits at the transplant factories would be? The existence of the UAW forced them to pay attractive wages to keep the union boogeyman away.