AD #2258 – Acura Teases All-New RDX, Accord Engineers Shrink Hybrid Package, Porsche & Aston Test Residential Market

December 21st, 2017 at 11:46am

Runtime: 6:42

0:30 Renault Forms JV for Chinese LCVs
1:08 Acura Teases All-New RDX Prototype
2:19 Jeep Wrangler Gets a Tool Kit
2:55 Accord Engineers Shrink Hybrid Package
4:49 Consumers Ready for Subscription-Based Ownership?
5:37 Porsche & Aston Martin Test Residential Market

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11 Comments to “AD #2258 – Acura Teases All-New RDX, Accord Engineers Shrink Hybrid Package, Porsche & Aston Test Residential Market”

  1. lambo2015 Says:

    The subscription based program could be nice if the vehicles are detailed in-between owners. I just wonder about rolling in insurance since most premiums are based not only on the vehicle but the driver.
    I do think this will continue to diminish the love affair that people once had with the automobile. Programs like this and ride sharing turn the automobile into more of a public utility rather than something that people take pride in ownership. Aftermarket companies that make custom wheels, tint windows, add car starters and such will have a very limited market. No one will customize a monthly rental.

  2. Lisk Says:

    I’m sure the subscription services lay out what colors, models and equipment levels will be offered, but what if the model you want ins’t available. I sure wouldn’t want to sign up for the Porsche program and want a 911 for the weekend and there only be Panamera or a Cayenne available?

    Since I’m from small town Ohio, I doubt I’ll have to worry about the services being offered close to me anyway.

    The Jeep Wrangler tool kit reminds me of the key and later the one purpose ratchet that used to come in the 1984-96 Corvettes. Usually the first owner was the only one who actually got one. This seemed to be a pretty popular “souvenir. I wonder if the Jeep toolkit will have the same fate?

  3. JWH Says:

    Being a dinosaur (& control freak) I’m not a fan of leasing. Only time I rented a car was a BMW 330i from 2001 to 2004. Financially it was what I expected since I bought extra miles up front & turned it in with 44,995 miles on it, however, I still am not a mental fan of leasing. Long way of saying while Subscription Service may work for some, seriously doubt if I’ll ever go in that direction.

    Tool kits – BMW had one, & our 1979 Porsche 928 also had one. Nice touch & I give kudos to Jeep for including one.

  4. Lex Says:

    I appears to me that the New Acura RDX is a more upscale version on the Honda CRV. I hope it now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  5. Lex Says:

    Having the battery and gas tank close together in the Honda Accord Hybrid pose a fire hazard in a rear or side collision?

  6. Joe Pastor Says:

    Re: the Acura RDX prototype, I’ll believe the hype only when I see the finished product in a dealer showroom. After seeing how upscale Honda made the new Accord, I continue to believe that any Acura announcements are simply last gasp attempts to keep the brand relevant.

  7. lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; Any details on the subscription programs as far as length of ownership? Are the subscribers able to change vehicles whenever they want, or do they have to keep a vehicle for a minimum time frame like a week, month or year? I think many people assume this will be like a ride share and able to change at will. I suspect it will be like short term lease with a minimum 30 day or more per vehicle.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    I want to wish all the Autoline family, a very happy holidays and a great New Year. One of the reasons I keep coming back for the excellent news is the way you keep everyone refreshed and happy, taking company holidays as you can. My son works in tech in the U.S. and he will get Christmas Day and that’s it. The U.S., and Canada, really need to take a hint from other modern countries. Quality of life is essential. Well done.

    It might be fun to do an AAH retrospective show, looking at how far you have come from the early days, John. I know it would be of great interest to your audience.

  9. Ctech Says:

    Dealers will have fun keeping the sales staff from stealing the tool kits. There’s a reason the nice floor mats are “extra” on some vehicles.

    If Porsche and Aston are designing high-end homes, it won’t be long before GM (Corvette, Cadillac, and Camaro) and Ford (Lincold and Mustang) offer home furnishings.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #9 Well maybe the automakers realize that as AV becomes more popular the interior of cars will become more like a living room than a car interior. SO they need to brush up on home interior design.

  11. Ukendoit Says:

    #8) The archives on the right side of the screen go back to October 2008. Its not a concise retrospective (which I also would enjoy), but it is fun to occasionally look back and watch an old show.
    Its similar to looking back at old car magazines and reading in hindsight how we all viewed the “new vehicles” that are now commonplace or even ones that never came to fruition.