AD #2320 – Toyota Introduces New RAV4, Waymo Places Big Jaguar Order, Audi Expands RS Lineup

March 28th, 2018 at 11:28am

Runtime: 6:40

0:28 Meet the Lincoln Aviator
0:58 Cadillac Reveals the XT4
1:32 VW Unveils Atlas Cross Concept
2:36 Audi Expands RS Lineup
3:16 Toyota Introduces New RAV4
4:11 Waymo Places Big Jaguar Order
5:19 Toyota Begins Selling Fuel Cell Bus
5:48 Hyundai Introduces NEXO In Korea

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24 Comments to “AD #2320 – Toyota Introduces New RAV4, Waymo Places Big Jaguar Order, Audi Expands RS Lineup”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    Sean what happened to the new Subaru Forrester? It was scheduled to be released today at the NYAS also.

  2. Barry Says:

    I don’t see anything new and exciting in the XT4. What is Cadillac touting that makes it stand out in a crowded market?

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    It occurred to me watching your broadcast today that the automotive industry is going toward the way of NASCAR. Soon all makers will have the exact same Small, medium, large, Xlarge SUV that look the same only distinguishable only by their grills and interiors. Guess they can save on sheet metal design and tooling and just buy a body from one supplier.
    Mark my words as this would make a vehicle cheaper if body platforms were shared among manufacturers. Its going more modular construction anyway..

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    Cadillac and RAV look great, the Cadillac is much needed, now where’s the XT3?

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @WineGeek – We’ll see it later this afternoon. The press conference is scheduled for 1:45.

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Buzzerd – XT5 will come next, which should be followed by the Escala. One of our sources has not heard anything about an XT3 yet. Remember, that Escala goes into production late in 2021, so it could be a while before we see an XT3.

  7. Lisk Says:

    I hope the XT4 is actually smaller than it looks in the pix or Cadillac might be conquesting sales from itself? They need to spend some money on the Turbo 4 refining it, it might be ok in a Camaro, but not a Cadillac, Drove an ATS with it and was surely disappointed. Made nice power, but steady cruising, just didn’t swwm to be very refined.

    The hot V engines are coming. Let’s see how this all plays out long term.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The XT5 is already here; released mid ’16 as a ’17 (I have one, and like it a lot). Caddy’s next will probably be a three-row; maybe XT6 or 7.

  9. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Chuck – Yup, brain fart. Meant to say XT6.

  10. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    I hope this interior styling fasination with info screens sticking out of the center dash goes away soon. They are just plain ugly and look like a cheap after market install. The rest of the restyled Rav 4 looks good. Also these buried in the center engine cylinder v turbos I don’t like. Heat and repair cost have to be high. If you have ones of these engines never keep it without a warranty. I hope electric superchargers get developed for mainstream use in cars.

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’ve got to agree with Fred #10; if I wanted a pod sticking out of my dash, I’d buy a Garmin or similar and save over half or more (for a GPS).

  12. Brett Cammack Says:

    I like what Suzuki did with the SX4. They put a slot in the dash and gave you a Garmin to stick in it. I found it simple and honest.

  13. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Motor Authority says the Lincoln Aviator is 3-row on a new rear-drive platform, not the current Explorer. Maybe you meant to say the next Explorer will share this platform. Mmm, a rear drive Explorer? Can also be used for passenger cars. A new Town Car?

  14. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Sean, your words about the new Lincoln Aviator could not have been better chosen. Slap on the new front end is, well correct. Slap in on all its re-badged Fords and its a Ford with heavier makeup. And your words about it being their version of a Ford Explorer says it all. Those are why the Lincoln brand will go nowhere unless they discount them so much people will buy them over a Ford. I don’t see where else they can grow Lincoln’s market share to where it has a impact on other luxury brands.

  15. John McElroy Says:

    #3. You are spot on. Automakers are already worried about all crossovers having the same silhouette. They’re trying to find a way of coming up with a new look without compromising space and comfort. Who ever cracks the code first is going to have a big competitive advantage.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    You could put fins and a vinyl roof on these things, to make them look different.

  17. Norm T Says:

    Lisk, ATS 2.0T is a sportscaster with and extra pair of doors. It is one of thr better handling cars in thr segment feom thr ground up. Now the Camaro is sharing the Alpha platform and the 2.0T doesn’t mean it is unrefined, it is more sport oriented. See the 2.0T in a CTS or CT6 for refinement.

  18. GM Veteran Says:

    Couldn’t agree more about the drive-in movie screen attached to the dashboard. They look like an afterthought and are in the way as they block some of the view thru the windshield. It seems unlikely that they didn’t have room to integrate it into the dash on the Aviator, or the Navigator for that matter. Somehow they can do it on pickups. Check out the huge screen on the new RAM pickup. Twelve inch screen that is all in the center IP.

  19. Albemarle Says:

    I think the car companies are trying to put the nav and info up and close to the sight lines of the driver, so they don’t have to move their eyes too far. But it looks terrible. The dash is already too high on most cars, giving you a closed in feeling. Then you bring the sheet metal up from the rearview mirrors on, forcing you to have to use a backup camera.

    I love the visibility of my 2018 Forester and I hope they keep that. Although it makes the car look un-cool, it’s the reason for the popularity. Most of the time you don’t have to use the camera when backing up.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    #18 Id like to see them bring back more HUD that could replace many touch screen functions. I do like knobs though for things like fan controls and volume. Not a fan of the tap tap tap to change some things that you want to adjust a lot and in a hurry.

  21. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    These big screens right where you can’t help but see them is part of the competition for attention and profit from the apps/advertising. Get you to see ads and spend money in spite of creating dangerous distractions while driving. Its kind of like seeing ads on the inside and outside of buses.

  22. Wayne Says:

    Cadillac is doing an excellent job at confusing the buying public with its numero-alphabetic naming of its models!

  23. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Self driving car gets ticket…..

  24. Lambo2015 Says:

    #22 Well that’s San Francisco for ya. Funny how the news coverage runs the banner “close call” when the data shows the pedestrian was 10.8 ft away.. Sounds like someone has an agenda to push.