AD #2286 – Tesla Losing More $ Than Ever, Ford Ranger Gets Raptor Treatment, New Kia Looks Like a Range Rover

February 8th, 2018 at 11:31am

Runtime: 7:24

0:32 Tesla Reports 2017 Earnings
1:46 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Updates
3:30 Ford Turns KA Into a Crossover
4:13 New Ford Ranger Raptor
5:31 Kia Unveils SP Concept for India
6:13 New Mercedes Sprinter Details

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19 Comments to “AD #2286 – Tesla Losing More $ Than Ever, Ford Ranger Gets Raptor Treatment, New Kia Looks Like a Range Rover”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Easiest job in the automotive industry; Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.
    Kia has always copied designs and the new SP shows they dont plan to stop.

  2. Jonathan Brown Says:

    Kias upcoming release of the all electric kona will truly challenge the tesla model 3 for the first time since the 3 s inception…February is the expected show date of the kona ev…

    Can’t wait for today’s autoline after hours today with your two guests….

    Always great to have Chris Paulette on the show …he is awesome and of course Mr Runkle is an icon!

  3. David Sprowl Says:

    Does anyone else think that the Ford Explorer, Land Rover all look very similar in the front? And now Kia. Shame designers hands are tied.

  4. Jonathan Brown Says:

    Paukert dam auto

    Good to have Chris back on the show…we always enjoy his automotive insights….

    Should be a great show!

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Isn’t the Kona a CUV/hatchback thingy? I’d think it would compete with Chevy Bolt, more than the model 3.

  6. Mac Says:

    Bleeding $2.2B in one year regardless of the revenues would torpedo most companies; I can’t believe the Wall Street will continue to put up with Tesla’s nonsense a whole lot longer. A 10% market correction would likely send them either into Chapter 11 or a buy-out.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    My prediction is the Ford Ranger Raptor will get the 2.7L turbo and will not be offered in the US with the Diesel at least not standard.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Either that, or a 2.3 turbo, if the six would be too tight of fit.

  9. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Ford Ranger Raptor…be bold and drop the Mustang V8 in it as an option with AWD. Watch it sell faster than they can make them. If the say the platform can’t take the V8…anyone remember Kar Kraft? Don’t need turbo boosted V6 or 4cyl…or diesel.

  10. Lisk Says:

    Elon continues to be the master story teller and the Must-ateers contine to revel in his every word. Yes, he is selling more cars than he ever has. I get the same kind of giddy when Mitsubishi shows a 30% monthly increase. (Wow they sold 8,000 versus 6,000.) He mentions a 39% gross profit. Well, there is a big difference between gross profit and net profit. (See how long you’ll have positive spending your “gross” paycheck). If you loose $675 million in a three month period building 30,000 cars that it a long way from a “profit”. For the sale of the Must-ateers, that’s -$22,500 every time one gets a license plate.

    He did finally mention something about the Model Y, but not more than a mention. Tesla itself could be great, but unfortunately the took the Musk route and tried to reinvent the car industry (and business).

    The good news if with Tesla raising $568 million by selling it’s future lease income, the cash burn off should have been far less than the $1.2 billion they racked up earlier in the year.

  11. Kevin Anderson Says:

    I like the “Range Rover” look including copycats like the Ford Explorer. I’d love to see Kia offer the same look at a lower price point. Too bad Ford didn’t think of that!

  12. buzzerd Says:

    So Tesla sales are up and so are loses and wall street thinks that’s a good thing??? Yea, sure, hopefully next quarter they can sell even more cars and boost those loses even more…. cause that’s apparently good.

  13. buzzerd Says:

    I like the mini Raptor, GM needs to make a change in their truck design team, they’ve been stuck in the same blah stying for years.

  14. Ctech Says:

    If only my personal fiances could work like Tesla’s finances.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    #8 I think that would be an awesome engine choice but knowing how Ford loves the ecoboost engines and already dropped the 6.2L from the 150 Raptor in favor of the 3.5L turbo my guess is they’ll do the same for the Ranger in smaller scale. Yeah maybe even as Kit suggested a 4cyl Eco.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 They might need to use a Chevy V8, which is about 5 inches narrower than the Ford. If Ford and GM share that 10-speed transmission, surely they could share engines.

    Well, no, that is not likely. To brand loyalists, the brand of the engine is what counts the most.

  17. Lisk Says:

    16) How true. No self respecting Ford guy would be able to drive around with Chevy power (or vice versa). Unless if it’s a ’32 Ford street rod. Then they are about all Chevy powered.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    #17 Only Ford I’ve even owned was a 1936 5 window coupe with a Corvette 327 engine. Then I built a 1935 Chevy sedan with a Chevy 350 but it did have a Ford Mustang II front end as that was almost a direct fit.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 That is true that most ’32 Ford street rods have Chevy engines, but I love it seeing one or two a year with flat head V8′s, and Offenhauser heads and period two or three carb setups.