AD #2345 – Nikola Motors Sues Tesla, April Car Sales Better Than Expected, Porsche Reveals New Cayenne Plug-In

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:38am

Runtime: 6:16

0:29 April Car Sales Better Than Expected
1:07 Passenger Cars Continue to Tumble
1:38 Incentives on the Rise
2:28 Lexus Launches New Hybrid Ad Campaign
3:02 Porsche Reveals New Cayenne Plug-In
3:47 Challenger Hellcat Gets a New Hood
4:47 Nikola Motors Sues Tesla
5:16 17 States Sue EPA

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18 Comments to “AD #2345 – Nikola Motors Sues Tesla, April Car Sales Better Than Expected, Porsche Reveals New Cayenne Plug-In”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Sean (and Autoline staff); before you could get it out of your mouth, I too saw Pontiac Firebird (Formula 400) dna in the Hellcat’s new hood. Not that its a bad thing. :D

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    People who actually drive hybrids, even slow ones, like the way the powertrains work. They are smooth and seamless, at least the Toyota and Ford hybrids that use two MG’s and a power splitter. Scaled up, for better acceleleration than a Prius’s 10 second 0-60, all the better, (except for mpg). The Lexus ads might work, if they can get people to test drive the hybrids.

  3. Lisk Says:

    To me, the new Hellcat hood reminds me more of the 1970 Oldsmobile W-30 Hood than the Firebird Formula Hood.

  4. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Emissions and fuel economy should be set by the Federal Govt. This junk of certain states imposing their own ideas is garbage. This is not 30 years ago where prodding was needed to start improvements, now it needs to have a singular set of rules with realistic standards.
    I wonder if the drop of car type sales has anything to do with them getting smaller and the lack of station wagon versions? CUV/SUV sales will meet resistence if the prices continue to go up at todays rates every model year.. Used and off lease CUV/SUV, I think they will be a source for some customers to save money, and companies like CarMax/CarSense give you great selections on those vehicles.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Pretty safe to say that Tesla was at least inspired by the Nikola truck but I would say the designs are different enough similar to most of the Kia/Hyundai cars.

    Hybrids are nice an all when they are new but its the impact to residual value that will keep me away. Vehicles like Chevy Tahoe which hold their value fairly well even after 10 years and exceeding the 100k mile mark. The hybrid versions are not attractive. The technology has changed significantly and the batteries are old. It really places a shorter life span on a vehicle when its a hybrid. Cause even if its low mileage no one wants a 10 year old hybrid.

  6. Brett Cammack Says:

    Nikola Motors appears to be attempting to patent the wind.

  7. gary susie Says:

    Don’t you think that stopping small car production might be a little premature with gas now at $3 a gal and predictions that they will hit $4??


    How do you pre-emptively sue? The first thing you need to do is prove damage and that cannot be proven until you see the proposal, if a proposal is even made.

    This lawsuit is just 17 states having a very expensive temper tantrum. I hope the judges throw it out until a proposal is known.

  9. Albemarle Says:

    It’s interesting to see the difference in quality of comments between the web site and YouTube. I think I’ll stay on the web site.

    I have always loved that Firebird hood with the twin scoops. One of my favourites.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Those hood scoops remind me more of the dodge dart 340 from the late 60′s.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Ten year old Priuses with 150K miles hold their value as well as other similar size cars, with similar mileage. The Tahoe/Yukon hybrids had some reliability issues which probably hurts their resale value, but, generally, people who buy huge SUV’s don’t care much about gas mileage so, understandably, the more complex hybrids wouldn’t be a popular 10 year old used vehicles.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    #11 I think the Prius is the exception to the rule and is retaining its resale value better than most due simply to its popularity and those people that want a hybrid but cant afford a new one. Sadly these people are probably not well informed on the battery life or cost of replacement. The sales person just touts the great gas mileage.

    Just personally from a perspective of owning lots of cordless tools and seeing how they evolved from 9 and 12V to now 20 and 24V battery packs. Even cell phone batteries work well for years and then decline and I just would not be interested in a used hybrid unless it was less than 3 years old and priced similarly as its non-hybrid version.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I wouldn’t mind buying a 3 year old hybrid with 5 years of battery warranty left, but I know of a hybrid a friend recently sold, that I wouldn’t want to buy, unless at a very good price. It was a 2008 Prius, with a little over 200K miles. The friend bought it new, and drove it all of those miles with essentially no repairs. While running well when he sold the car, it’s quite possible that it could need a battery any day, and there are other things that could go wrong. “Used” batteries are much more available for Priuses than for most hybrids, but they probably aren’t too cheap, and replacing the battery would not be a standard “back yard mechanic” job.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I don’t buy cordless tools, because they are very much throw away items. As you say, they keep changing, and proprietary battery packs for today’s “latest and greatest” probably won’t be available in even 5 years. Meanwhile, my 50+ year old plug-in drill is still doing fine, as is a 60+ year old one I inherited.

  15. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    I did some checking on new and remanufactured 2008 Prius batteries. New around $1600 to $1800 and remanufactured $1100 to $1300. That is the battery only and no other components or labor. I have heard replacement always included extra’s and they never seems to perform like when the car was new. I would like to know what the labor would be for replacement. Those type of expenses would seem high to put into a 10 year old car.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 The expenses might be less than for a replacement automatic transmission. I’m lucky, in not really having to make such decisions, but it would not be easy to decide whether or not to replace a battery in a 200K mile Prius, or a transmission in a 200K mile Corolla, or just get another car.

  17. Ctech Says:

    @14, 15, & 16 From what I could find dealer labor charges for replacing the hybrid battery range between $800 to $1100. There are companies that will replace the battery for less with a reconditioned 1. They take your old battery, exchange it for a reconditioned unit, and make most of their money reselling the reconditioned battery. A reconditioned battery installed can be done for less than $1200. About the price of replacing the engine or trans with a used unit.

  18. Drew Says:

    The new Hellcat hood is too busy, as if it can’t decide the type of air scoops to favor.