AD #2246 – Passenger Car Sales Plummet, Lambo Introduces Super Sport Utility, Air Curtains: Newest Design Trend

December 5th, 2017 at 11:39am

Runtime: 7:26

0:30 Passenger Car Sales Plummet
1:17 Fisker Designs Autonomous Shuttle for China
1:39 Toyota Ships Hilux Back to Japan
2:32 BMW Uses Electric Trucks to Reduce Pollution
3:06 Lamborghini Introduces Urus SUV
3:58 Ford Sues John Cena for Selling His GT
5:02 Air Curtains: Newest Design Trend

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16 Comments to “AD #2246 – Passenger Car Sales Plummet, Lambo Introduces Super Sport Utility, Air Curtains: Newest Design Trend”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Seems that as the application of AV technology increases the requirements for pedestrian collision can be eliminated and crash requirements will eventually need to be addressed. Certainly a long way out but once AV is widely used crash requirements being lifted could allow for even lighter vehicles.

  2. Wim van Acker Says:

    The Lamborghini Urus looks great. The Lexus UX concept, which you featured yesterday, looks similar. I guess Lamborghini beat them to the market by a year or two. Just a slightly different price point :-)

  3. Drew Says:

    What would be the motivation of Cena’s GT buyer to sell it back to Cena? To gouge Cena as much or more than Cena gouged the buyer?

    I suspect Ford will win this lawsuit, and hope Ford donates the money.

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Well honestly it’s harder to sell what you don’t offer. Maybe the reason car sales are down is the models. If your a 2 door buyer like I am. What really is out there? Either it overpriced for what I’m willing to spend or I don’t care for the styling. It used to be almost every model had several variants. Sedan, Coupe,Wagon ,Convertible. Everything now is so compartmentalized that there are little choices you have to make. Back in the day, Being a Ford guy I could choose a 2 door Galaxie, Torino, Maverick ,Mustang, Pinto Thunderbird. If I wanted a sedan I could look at the Galaxie/LTD, Maverick, Torino, Thunderbird. Wagons in the Country Squire, Torino and Pinto. And that was one brand. Today if you want a American 2 door , You have the Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, Corvette and not much else So choice is killing sales as much as a shift in segment.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    Surprised that Lambo didn’t resurrect the LM002

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Lamborghini or not, the styling is too busy (inside and out). I don’t think Lambo is big enough that it needs to supplement its cars with a high(er) volume crossover; and think it might actually dilute the brand.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 Yea I’m not sure there is much demand for a SUV/CUV with supercar performance. Porshe went after diversification and I’m not sure if that hurt them. They produced the Panamera Sedan and the Porsche Cayenne which seem to do alright. Their sales are down but I’m not sure if that’s due to styling and other factors or if they diluted their brand as a sports car manufacturer.

    How disappointing though to have a friend say come take a ride in my new Lamborghini and you walk out to see a CUV. So yeah could affect the brand.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #4 Yep, few 2 door cars, and no American wagons. Magnum has been gone for years, and the kind of nice, but too-pricey CTS wagon is now gone.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Four door sedans are so stylish (these days) that they no longer incur the image of stogie; the new Buick Regal is bringing us a new wagon-type vehicle; let’s see where it goes (probably low sales even though it is intriguing in my eye). I wish it luck.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Regal wagon looks nice, but if what I’ve read is correct, it will have mandatory 4wd in the U.S., like the 3 series and E-class wagons. I didn’t need 4wd during the 50 years I drove in snow, and I certainly don’t need it now, not driving in snow.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Curious about how the Regal wagon, Opel/Vaushall Insignia in Europe, could be bought,, I checked the UK web site. In some ways, it is almost like buying an American car in the 60′s and 70′s. There are 6 engine choices, manual or automatic for most of them. Also, there are a bunch of paint colors, not all of the various shades of grey. The wagon is sold as “sport tourer” and “country tourer,” the latter with a lift kit, kind of like a Subaru Outback. I supposes that is what we will get. Most versions of Insignia are available with either FWD or AWD, but the “country tourer” is AWD only.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kit IMO the auto industry took a lot of flack from the government and general public during the 2008 bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler (Ford took note). The basic direction was to eliminate wasteful spending, by consolidation, and reduction of complexity.
    You’re still seeing the aftermath of that and with the loss of Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, Plymouth and later Mercury not only did we lose makes but models. Saturn, Pontiac and Mercury offered coupes that are now gone. Saturn even had a wagon. They have focused in on what sells and eliminated the smaller niche vehicles. It was a huge kick in the teeth and has changed what is being offered. So until there is a huge demand for wagons or coupes they just wont build them. With the popularity of the SUV/CUV and crossovers which is basically wagon like. I don’t see them making one anytime soon.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If Europe and the U.S. used the same standards, we could find out what would sell, in what numbers. It’s hard to know how a C-class wagon would sell in America, since MBUSA doesn’t offer one. It’s hard to know how an RWD manual transmission diesel 3 series wagon would sell in America, since the only way we can get that car is 4WD automatic.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The one and only “affordable” real wagon sold in the U.S. is doing ok, even though it’s a Volkswagen.

  15. Dwagner1239 Says:

    Kit, your mention of Volkswagen reminded me of the overhead shots of the Pontiac, Michigan Silverdome demolition (failed on Sunday, worked great on Monday). I knew that Volkswagen was storing some of the recalled diesels on the grounds, but I had no idea the number has to be in the thousands! One story on the TV web site told of cars stolen form there being resold elsewhere, like Ohio and even California. One picture showed at least 3000 cars in one area. Many more in another quadrant of the lot. Just wondering what will ultimately happen to them. Amazing.

    And the Urus: Who did the roof crush test BEFORE production? Back seat visibility? What’s that?

    Even Honda dropped the coupe Accord.

  16. Dwagner1239 Says:

    Maybe Lamborghini liked the Rover Evoque roofline!