AD #2380 – Volvo Takes on Tesla Model 3, Mazda Gives Miata More Power, Audi to Test Passenger Drones

June 21st, 2018 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:12

0:26 Tariffs to Impact Mercedes & Volvo
1:04 Volvo Reveals New S60 Sedan
1:40 Volvo’s Polestar to Compete w/ Tesla Model 3
3:05 IndyCar Develops New Steering Rack
3:56 2019 Jeep Renegade Gets a Refresh
5:12 Mazda Gives the Miata More Power
5:48 Audi to Test Passenger Drones

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19 Comments to “AD #2380 – Volvo Takes on Tesla Model 3, Mazda Gives Miata More Power, Audi to Test Passenger Drones”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m surprised that a mainstream “premium” car company didn’t go after Tesla sooner. I guess they have to invent a new brand, or re-invent one, as with Polestar, before they take on Tesla directly.

  2. XA351GT Says:

    So what are they going to call the base model for this Polestar ? A stripper model?

  3. Drew Says:

    @2 – Hilarious. But beware of harassment from the Me Too hypersensitive types.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 That was good!

  5. Fred Schmidt Says:

    The Lincoln all electric SUV to compete with Tesla could be called the Lincoln Terbium after the rare earth element used in the batteries.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Mazda= So they saw what people were doing to their Miata’s and decided to just offer the vehicle with better intake, injectors and exhaust. Not a fan of the dual mass flywheel as it adds weight and slows down engine response.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The telescoping steering wheel is a great addition to the Miata. Seriously.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #2 Funny.. I think they’ll name the polestar Destiny, maybe Cinnamon.

    Having lived in L.A. and dealt with the massive amounts of traffic for miles everyday. It would take hundreds of drones to alleviate the traffic to a degree that would make a difference.
    It took me a while to get used to the noise of constant fly by of news and police helicopters I cant imagine what it would be like with hundreds of large drones. I just dont really see this being a viable solution to traffic. It may come to reality but I bet it will only be reserved for the very wealthy/elite.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 Also, there would be constant fires when the drones have midairs, and the damaged lithium batteries catch fire.

  10. Dan Busch Says:

    I don’t understand why there is an additional strut in the 1,600 sled test for the shock absorbed steering wheel vs. no strut for the standard steering wheel. The additional strut bent to absorb some of the shock – doesn’t seem to be a 1 to 1 comparison.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I like the new Volvo S60 polestar. Will there be a ‘Stormy’ trim level?

  12. Barry T Says:

    “but the trade disputes will just end up hurting car sales.”

    Love you guys, watch every day, and you are usually good at not editorializing often. BUT how about “could” rather than “will”? We don’t know the end of this story yet. It’s also possible that ultimately making it more fair will improve US manufacturing and exports and curb a loss of US manufacturing that has already essentially destroyed England’s, for example…?

  13. XA351GT Says:

    Barry it killed completely Australia’s auto industry. There are ZERO vehicles being produced by anyone in Oz , Why? Because the government allowed cars to be dumped on the market that local manufacturers could not compete with because of the wage gap with countries in SE Asia . When people work all month to make what others make in a day or hour it won’t take long to know they’ll eventually swamp you.

  14. kurt w Says:

    XA and Barry, John M. commented on tariffs in his live youtube broadcast earlier this week. What I got from it was that US car sales will drop, but Detroit truck sales will benefit from tariffs being applied to imported trucks.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 The total car market for Australia is about 1M/year, plus or minus a few. The last cars made in Australia were big, RHD vehicles which would have AUS as, essentially, their only market, and there was not enough volume to run the the plants efficiently. It just would not make sense to operate small, inefficient car plants in Australia, for the home market.

    14 There has been a 25% tariff on trucks imported to the US, AKA “chicken tax” for many years. That’s why we don’t get any small pickups from Asia, or anywhere else.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Trucks and buses are built in Australia. Paccar has an operation there.

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    #15 That chicken tax has also prevented us from getting swamped with imported full size trucks too. Had we maintained a fair trade agreement all along people wouldn’t be so shocked to have the playing field evened up. Sure their will be growing pains to reverse what has become the norm. Its like setting a broken bone that is out of place. The setting things back where they belong will hurt but in the long run its the right thing to do.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The “chicken tax” helped S10/S15 and Ranger “take back” the small pickup market from Toyota, Datsun, Mitsu, Isuzu, etc. “Full size” pickups are a uniquely American product, and were never imported. Yeah, maybe Asian companies would have tooled up for them at home, but they built them in transplant factories instead.

    Generally no one wins trade wars. Tariffs might create a few new jobs, but make products more expensive, hurting mainly the not-so-wealthy.

  19. I.M. Buell Says:

    181 Hp Miata…Oh Hum… I have actually spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of the Miata (on road as well as the track), love the dynamics, ride & handling and the transmission. The biggest thing missing is a real engine…there’s just not enough grunt. Even on really small/tight tracks the Miata just runs out of steam. I’ve never understood why a 2.0L direct injection turbo was never developed for this vehicle. It would easily come in at 250+ Hp and would be an awesome alternative to the American Mussel cars!

    Oh well, I guess team Miata could rent out a go-cart track!