AD #2369 – FCA Has Big Plans for Jeep, All-New Audi Q8 Revealed, Musk Gets Emotional Talking Tesla

June 6th, 2018 at 12:09pm

Runtime: 7:07

0:28 FCA Has Big Plans for Jeep
1:24 Is FCA Dropping Lancia?
2:20 BMW Reveals New X5
2:57 Audi Shows All-New Q8
3:34 Toyota Teams with 7-Eleven
4:49 Musk Gives Updates on Tesla
5:58 Texas Excludes Tesla from EV Rebates

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20 Comments to “AD #2369 – FCA Has Big Plans for Jeep, All-New Audi Q8 Revealed, Musk Gets Emotional Talking Tesla”

  1. James Says:

    I mean really, what do you do with Lancia besides finally put it out of its misery? It’s better off dead than linger for another decade with terrible rebadged product.

  2. Lisk Says:

    Audi has just demonstrated the dangers of using numbers to designate models. Here we have the new Q8 that has a smaller footprint than the Q7.

    I don’t have a lot of confidence buying my hydrogen at a place where you’ll put the cashier in brain lock when you give them $11.01 in cash for a $10.51 charge.

    Lancia? Didn’t know they were still marketing cars. The Lancia brand always confused me. They are kind of like Buick, a brand that just doesn’t fit anymore.

    So Elon got emotional? Imagine that. Somehow he talked his way (as he always seems to be able to do) into keeping his job. I’d be emotional too if I was about to lose my job. Oh and by the way, his stock is up $21 today. Crazy. I wonder what will happen at the end of the month when he still hasn’t attained the 5,000 a week sustained production levels?

  3. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Musk is a bad actor….poor little Elon. Lancia was an answer to a car segment that didn’t need another choice. Dead brand in the USA.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Was Lancia ever sold in the US? If so, it was probably at least 60 years ago.

  5. phred Says:

    The “Big FCA Announcement” sounds like a lot of “Jeep Name Plate” marketing to sell the technology. Thank God they did not attempt to use “FIAT”.

  6. Lex Says:

    That New BMW X5 should looks like the New 2019 Subaru Forester IMHO.

  7. wl simpson Says:

    speaking of EV’s, this car puts all other EV’s to shame , which are each too—-heavy , charger dependent , expensive , short batt life ,etc,. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nissan _NOTE_e-POWER_X_(DAA-HE12)_front.jpg

  8. DonWagner1239 Says:

    Kit, From yesterday: I bet even Mike Manley can’t give us a good reason for the 3.2. Once I read it is packaging, except the difference is stroke, not bore. Is the engine block larger between the two? I could measure them since I have both, but probably not worth it. Sure would love that 305 bhp of the Challenger or RAM under my foot, or even the 287 of the Pacifica (shows the 9-speed can handle the torque).

    I looked at Wikipedia for when Lancia was last sold here. I think the best answer was from 1975 to 1982. Fiat left at the same time. Supposed to be interaction between the higher end Lancias and the second generation 300. Renditions of the 300 were sold in Italy, but no Lancias came here. There was a movie with police Lancias in it that I kind of remember.

  9. Lisk Says:

    Wasn’t the Lancia Monte Carlo imported after Lancia left the US as the Scorpion by a 3rd party importer?

  10. DonWagner1239 Says:

    6: With a little manipulation (link plus copy and paste then copy, and Google look up), I found what looks like a Chevy Volt in hatch form by Nissan:
    grilhttp://www.automobile-catalog.com/car/2017/2509865/nissan_note_e-power_x.htmlle? Electric with range extender IC engine. Not a pure EV.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    #7 Don I was thinking the same thing, and I believe the movie your thinking of was one of the Bourne Movies.
    Other than that I was unfamiliar with the brand and from what I see, Its nothing I would buy anyway.

  12. joe Says:

    I’d like Elon if he told the truth more often. How he gets away with the BS is beyond me!

  13. Kevin Says:

    To me, FIAT was always the car equivalent of the ‘no name’ pasta at the supermarket. (sort of a non-brand, like Mitsubishi) If Maserati is super-premium and Alfa-Romeo is premium, was Lancia supposed to fill the space down to FIAT? Or was Lancia supposed to be the premium sedan back when Alfa was premium sport coupes?
    In any event, since the brand is essentially unknown in the US, if they need another brand, they should start a new brand from scratch, revive someone else’s better known dead brand (Triumph?) or license a motorcycle name (Ducati or Moto Guzzi anyone?)

  14. Fred Schmidt Says:

    In 1978 I bought a Fiat 124 spyder in British Racing Green and it had A/C. The car during the 3 years I owned it was perfect. The same dealer sold Lancia and had two in stock. They were horribly assembled and the two they had in stock couldn’t be sold because neither would run more than 50 miles before either the transmission would break or the engine would stall and couldn’t restart. That killed the brand in the USA at that time and took Fiat with it. The 124 was a fun car.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    You might be missing the lead from the U.S. News report (my link):

    “Tesla shareholders voted down proposals that would have split the chairman and chief executive roles and replaced three long-time Tesla board members. The votes were a victory for Musk, who has faced intense scrutiny in recent quarters after Tesla has repeatedly failed to hit Model 3 production targets.”

    Full disclosure, we own two plug-in hybrids and no Tesla stock, deposit, or any financial relationship.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 The Murdoch guy is still on the board. I won’t be doing any business with them.

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    # 13 – Perhaps Autoline will interview Jing Zhao who proposed the changes.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #14 – That would be interesting.

  19. Dan Says:

    Hold on while I get up. I fell to the floor laughing when I read that bit about FCA plans to boost sales “By at least 80%”. You can dream all you want guys, doesn’t mean it will happen.

  20. mike Says:

    Dan (19) – that’s what everyone said about FCA’s 2013-2018 Five Year Plan too…. and they just delivered that.

    But, 80 is a lot…