AD #2335 – Buick Reveals Enspire Concept, Tesla Sets New Production Goal, Goodyear And Bridgestone Join Forces

April 18th, 2018 at 11:51am

Runtime: 6:42

0:27 Tesla Aiming to Build 6,000 Model 3’s A Week
1:31 Porsche Drops Out of Racing Series
2:35 Buick Reveals Enspire Concept in China
3:16 Mahindra Creates Pininfarina EV Brand
4:06 Lexus Reveals New ES
4:47 Hyundai Updates The H-1 Van
5:00 Mercedes Teases New Maybach Concept
5:13 BMW Creates New Digital Instrument Cluster
5:46 Goodyear And Bridgestone Join Forces

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22 Comments to “AD #2335 – Buick Reveals Enspire Concept, Tesla Sets New Production Goal, Goodyear And Bridgestone Join Forces”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    I believe that’s pronounced “Automo(bee)li Pininfarina” Sean.

  2. Lisk Says:

    It’s almost a crime that the storied design studio Pininfarina will be building vehicles for Mahindra. I’m sure with all of the troubles they had before selling, it was just a shell of a company, not worthy of the inherited name.

    If a WEC car can go quicker than a F1 car in an anything goes run, just how fast could a F1 car go under the same paramaters…

    and then there’s the Must-A-Teers. Never mind that none of the production objectives have been met, now Elon is raising the number? Elon, get some sleep, you becoming delusional again.

    Did anyone hear about the Global Rally Cross? It looks to be over. I’ve only caught a couple on TV and they seem entertaining, a car sport that appeals to younger folks. I had high hopes for the series. I think this is a bad sign for the future of racing.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    In other racing news. Not surprisingly the Mustang will be the car of NASCAR Monster Energy series and the Australian V8 Supercars for Ford in Both series. The Falcon died in Oct 2016 when production ceased ,but they have raced it the last 2 years and as I predicted the Fusion is getting phased out of competition in part because they want to compete with the Camaro directly and also because the Fusion looks like a dead man walking in the real world . With no new model coming for it ,no reason to keep it as the face of the company. I predict that the Mustang will be the only passenger car in Ford’s US line up maybe as soon as 2020.

  4. Don B. Says:

    TireHub may be focused at TireRack. Where is Dr.Data on profit numbers for TireRack and other tire distributors?

  5. wmb Says:

    The look of the inspired by Buick is very beautiful, would love to see a toned-down version on the road one day. Perhaps they can build it to sit just under the Enclave and team its architecture with a midsize Cadillac version.

  6. David Sprowl Says:

    Finally an SUV that looks GOOD! Go Buick!

  7. Lisk Says:

    I just read that Johan de Nysschen has been given the long overdue boot at Cadillac. Too bad he left the Cadillac dealers (and the organization as a whole) in such as sad state.

  8. JWH Says:

    #3 – I’m sure the Mustang raced in NASCAR will resemble the stock Mustang as much as the NASCAR Camaro resembles the stock Camaro. Had to laugh when viewing a picture of them side by side. The NASCAR Camaro is significantly taller than the street car since it is required to fit NASCAR’s body template. It seems like the only thing different between NASCAR vehicles is the nameplate.

    #2 – Give Porsche a lot of credit for their 919 run. Makes one pine for the glory days of Can-Am in the late 60′s & early 70′s with run what you brung.

  9. Bob Zigmanth Says:

    Detroit Freep 4/18/18:

    “General Motors is replacing the head of its Cadillac brand.

    The automaker announced Tuesday that it is appointing Steve Carlisle as GM senior vice president and president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, “who is leaving the company effective immediately.” Carlisle was previously president and managing director of GM Canada.”

  10. XA351GT Says:

    Would like to se how the old 917/30 Can-Am in in qualifying tune would do against the 919. It was reported that in full trim to be about 1000-1500 HP. In basically a giant Go-Kart.

  11. Lisk Says:

    10) Unfortunately race car dynamic have moved a lot since the 70′s. Grip from the tires, suspension dynamics, and aero are so far advanced from 1970, I’m afraid it wouldn’t be a contest. Today’s production Mustangs and Camaros could best the Trans Am cars of Holman & Moody and Penske.

  12. aliisdad Says:

    It will take more than a management change at Cadillac to revive the brand… Perhaps the money spent on the NY move would have been better used to develop a much overdue styling theme change… They also have the stigma of GM quality and cost cutting moves that reduced the brand’s appeal to new buyers; and GM tried to price Cadillac up there with established and proven luxury brands… However, I believe that now Cadillac’s “glory days” are long over; and they are no longer seen as “The standard of the world”… (Perhaps GM should drop the brand and focus on Buick which seems to have at least some appeal to new buyers)…

  13. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Surprised Sean missed this one as others have commented: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2018/04/18/gm-cadillac-johan-de-nysschen/528304002/
    Never owned or wanted a Cadillac, so no opinion except that names always sound more expensive than numbers.

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    @DonWagner – That news came out after we had already recorded today’s show. We will be talking about that in tomorrow’s show.

  15. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Actually, this page has a lot of info about other interesting stories as well: https://www.freep.com/autos/
    And that NASCAR will have a Mustang front end for the Cup series next year. Composite bodies like the Xfinity series I wonder? Their Detroit News partner has the same news.

  16. Drew Says:

    So, how long will it be before Cadillac leaves Manhattan, and returns to the Mother Ship?

  17. Len Simpson Says:

    Mandarin will soon become the common language of the world

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Cadillac has some good products, but you can’t option them properly. Why should you have to get AWD in a CT6 to get more than four cylinders? Also, they don’t have enough CUV’s. Then, there’s CUE. While it’s ok, after you get used to it, CUE continues to cost Cadillac sales.

    I, for one, like the styling of Cadillac’s products, except Escalade. They have changed styling enough over the years, that the “theme” still looks good, at least to me.

  19. Lex Says:

    I keep wondering why GM does not clone the Canyon and Colorado front end clips and attached passenger compartment making them into the new Chevy Blazer and GMC Jimmy midsized CUV/SUV?

  20. Lex Says:

    I bet Johan de Nysschen contract ran out and was not renewed. He will probably end up going to KIA and/or Hyundai. He tried to update Cadillac and was doing a good job, but it is very hard to turn around an automotive brand in just four years.

  21. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Maybe Caddy needs to ZIG……..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f06pr7ziMFg

  22. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I suppose there were other internal problems with Johan as after only four years his influence on anything new was minimal (maybe he had a heavier influence on the XT4) but he was hardly there for one car-cycle. Supposedly with twenty new offering in the next year or two we will see what direction Cadillac is on; maybe his legacy might be somewhat more positive (of course it may be the opposite).