AD #2277 – Murano CrossCabriolet In High Demand, New Jeep Cherokee Impressions, FCA Says It Will Out Earn Ford

January 26th, 2018 at 11:26am

Runtime: 8:26

0:25 FCA Says It Will Out Earn Ford
1:07 Ampere Targets Elio Motors
1:34 Murano CrossCabriolet In High Demand
2:58 Rochling Creates Washer System for Sensors
3:51 New Jeep Cherokee Impressions
5:42 Ford Says Hybrids Make More Sense for Autonomy

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23 Comments to “AD #2277 – Murano CrossCabriolet In High Demand, New Jeep Cherokee Impressions, FCA Says It Will Out Earn Ford”

  1. MJB Says:

    Are there any good applications for that Ampere 3-wheeler? I don’t see anyone in their right mind driving that thing on any public road. iIf you get rear-ended by anything larger than a 10-speed bicycle, you’re toast.

    It’s no good to use as a golf cart. And it’s too big to drive down a sidewalk (like a Segway scooter).

    So what really is the point of such a vehicle?? (and, yes, I know the Polaris Slingshot is essentially the same thing, but even when I see those being driven down the freeway it feels like the occupants have a death wish)…

  2. GM Veteran Says:

    I really don’t think anyone at Nissan is laughing over the Cross Cab. They are still red-faced over the lack of sales and the losses they took on the investment in this vehicle. It also did not provide the halo effect they were likely hoping for. Instead, it became an industry joke, second only to the Aztek in recent automotive folklore.

    The people who bought them at a steep discount from a dealership that was dying to get it off their lot, and now are selling it at a high resale price are the ones that are laughing. The high demand you mention is of course, relative. Since the supply is so low, it only seems like the demand is high.

    Still, its one of those interesting case histories that make our industry so fascinating. Thanks for the update!

  3. WhatAmIMissing Says:

    And, here I thought that this would bomb when it was introduced. Shows you what I know, but you can’t be right all the time. The OEMs certainly aren’t.

  4. MJB Says:

    -Fruit Cake
    -Pajama Pants in public
    -Tube Socks in Sandals

    -Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

    Some things you just can’t explain…

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Sean, do you know what gas they recommend for the new Chrysler turbo? Hopefully, it will be regular, given the market segment of the Cherokee and other products that will use the engine.

  6. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Pardon me if I don’t get excited over keeping sensors clean. What happens when it doesn’t work or out of fluid while you are on I80 in Nebraska going 80mph. Auto makers can’t get basic things right such as paint that doesn’t chip with minor impacts or using light bulbs in tail lights that last more than 9 months. How many times have you seen a new car going down the street with one tailight out? Ford can’t keep Carbon monoxide out of there Explorers.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    #1 MJB. Considering most electric motorcycles are close to the 20k price tag its amazing they can build a 3 wheel car for half the price. I would say its an option and as safe as riding a motorcycle which is what three wheeled vehicles fall under in most states.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 Machines like Slingshot, and Can Am Spyder compete with motorcycles, not cars. People who drive them, presumably, would realize that they are less safe than most four wheeled vehicles, and are willing to take the risk.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Id like to see more convertibles but with SUV/CUVs being the hot thing looks like it will be limited to just the few sports cars and the Beetle. I liked it when almost all of the Cadillac’s could be had in a convertible.

  10. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    You have to wonder how the Murano Cross Cab got past the execs and bean counters at Nissan. Nissan has a two door convertible the Z. Did it come out of some odd European idea of a AWD cuv ragtop nightmare?

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    I really like the Ampere Just wish it was enclosed or at least had a removable roof. Those in LA seem to forget the midwest doesnt have the great weather they do.

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    Speaking of the Midwest, did anyone recognize what National Monument she is standing in front of with the Ampere?

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Sorry, I tried to link the gallery photo on my name. The monument is at 1:15 in the show or the 6th photo in their gallery.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe now is the time to buy an Evoque convertible, the heir apparent for Murano ragtop fans.

    10 According to the linked Ampere site, there will be an optional removable roof. Like the Elio, though, the thing will probably never exist, and if it does, the price will be much higher than $10K. The cheapest Zero electric motorcycle is $11K, and the BMW electric scooter is almost $14K.

  15. GM Veteran Says:

    I can’t find a sales breakout for the Evoque convertible. They are just included in one line of Evoque sales, which were up nicely in 2017. To my eye, the Evoque convertible has much nicer styling than the Cross Cabriolet did. I think it has been somewhat successful for Land Rover, as a niche model.

  16. Drew Says:

    I just watched the Autoline This Week TV segment with Hau Thai-Tang. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC perspectives about autonomy, batteries, ride sharing, and supplier/OEM collaboration. If Hau wasn’t so busy, he’d make a better industry spokesman than Elon, Sergio, Carlos, Akio, Mary, or Jim… and Ford stock would reverse direction. JMHO

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Yeah, I agree on the styling. The Evoque looks much better. If I wanted a convertible, though, I think I’d rather save about $20K, and get a Mustang or Camaro, or a Corvette convertible for only a little more than the Evoque.

  18. Ziggy Says:

    It would help if you would mention at what RPM the power and torque are produced, especially for turbo engines, so that we could get a sense of whether we have to ring the piss out of it to get it going or will it jump off the line without much prodding. I’d ask for torque and power curves but I think that would be pushing my luck.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Here is some info on that.

    Also, just google “chrysler 2.0 turbo” and you will get lots of info.

  20. Mark Brichacek Says:

    #5. Kit, the 2018 Wrangler uses the same 2.0 turbo engine and in the service manual it gives the fuel specs-87 Octane Minimum – 91 Octane Recommended, 0-15% Ethanol.I believe this motor was going to go in the SRT-4 Dart if it had been built because in the fuel system diagnostics of the service manual it shows-NOTE:
    The fuel pressure specification for all engines, not including an SRT-4, is 407 kPa +/- 34 kPa (58.0 psi +/- 3.0 psi). An SRT-4 engine fuel pressure specification is 552 kPa +/- 34 kPa (80.0 psi +/- 3.0 psi).

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Tbanks, Mark

  22. John Lockhart Says:

    What goes around, comes around…The 1984 vintage Jeep Cherokee has a composite liftgate. When that model got a refresh around 1990, it got a steel liftgate that dealers were instructed to list as an improvement. Now the 2019 gets a composite liftgate! In ll seriousness, the cleaner lines of the ’19 are an improvement, and the 2.0 turbo is the perfect fit for so many vehicles!

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 2.0 liter turbo four is to the present, what the small block V-8 was to the 1960′s.