AD #2248 – Ford Tests Online Retailing in China, Saab 9-3 Gets New Life as EV, PSA Creates Wild Urban Commuter

December 7th, 2017 at 11:46am

Runtime: 7:20

0:29 VW Exec. Sentenced for Diesel Cheating
1:16 Ford Shifts Electric Crossover to Mexico
1:59 Ford to Test Online Retailing in China
3:03 NEVS Revives Saab 9-3 as EV
3:49 Mercedes Tests “Hybrid” Garbage Truck
5:12 Rinspeed’s Lego-Like Autonomous Concept
6:13 PSA Creates Wild Urban Commuter Vehicle

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12 Comments to “AD #2248 – Ford Tests Online Retailing in China, Saab 9-3 Gets New Life as EV, PSA Creates Wild Urban Commuter”

  1. Albemarle Says:

    Too bad about Oliver. I thought he was foolish to take that Miami holiday.

    So who wants to buy a 10 year old Swedish design?

    I am waiting for all these slice-and-dice concepts to stop giving passengers more and better screens. How about some good drinks service? I’m not driving…

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Rinspeed stole the idea from a toy I had 40 years ago.

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I was wondering about the motorcycle tires on the PSA Urban Commuter Vehicle then I went to the transcript and read the link which informed me that the wheels would lean (when turning); question answered. Oh, and p.s. There’s no way I would want to go 80 mph in that thing…..yikes.

  4. Brett Cammack Says:

    I particularly admire how the bottom edge of the door on the PSA machine is made available to deposit any/all road grime kicked up while driving onto the user’s clothing. How French! :)

  5. George Ricci Says:

    What do you do if you own a Saab? – You sob!

  6. Lisk Says:

    I don’t understand NEVS launch (again) of a Saab that was launched in 2002 and designed when- 1998/1999? Where are thay going to source thing like switches, seat frames and the like? I’m pretty sure the original vendors who supplied the basic components have been sold/merged or gone out of business. Even though all the tooling is paid for and hopefully the software to operate the assembly robots is still on hand, this is going to cost a fortune to build. For a 20 year old design. But the again it does have the ever important WiFi. :(

  7. BobD Says:

    On Rinspeed… I would think if the unit got much use, the “pod” would have more wear and tear, and the rider technology (monitor screens, etc) would need updated/replaced just as quickly as the technology for the “skateboard” such that the extra expense of having separate modules is not that much of a benefit. Seems like a gimmick in search of problem.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 I think it was a way to launch an EV without borrowing an existing production vehicle from a competitor or tooling up a new one. They can take the design they already own and just make it an EV. So yea you can own an New EV in a 20 year old designed vehicle.

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    The EU-LIVE reminded me of the Larmar-1948 that Jason Drive covered in a recent YouTube review. A single passenger, 7 hp, urban commuter of dubious practicality. Hopefully the EU-LIVE has an articulating suspension like a motorcycle to handle turns.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Piaggio, parent company of Vespa, has sold a leaning 3 wheeler since 2006. It doesn’t have much weather protection, though.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Anheuser-Busch ordered 40 Tesla electric trucks. I hope they’re not in a hurry to get them.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 15 biggest ships emit more NOx and sulphur than all of the world’s cars combined.