AD #2387 – Honda Introduces Hybrid Scooter, Trade War Leads to Price Increases, Car Sales Continue to Defy Experts

July 9th, 2018 at 11:38am

Runtime: 6:04

0:32 U.S. Car Sales Continue to Defy Experts
1:04 Passenger Car Sales Continue to Tumble
1:34 Honda Introduces Hybrid Scooter
2:28 Weekend Racing Results
3:31 Volvo Launches New Mobility Brand
4:41 Trade War Leads to Price Increases

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18 Comments to “AD #2387 – Honda Introduces Hybrid Scooter, Trade War Leads to Price Increases, Car Sales Continue to Defy Experts”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    Did anyone notice that Ford’s sales in China were down 25%. This is another example of Ford’s poor management and lack of investment in new product. Ford Is pretty much back to the old Taurus model again just keep building old models and trying to convince consumers that they are new. This didn’t work 20 years ago and hasn’t worked in the US or apparently China now. What is wrong with the management team at Ford why don’t they put a “car guy” in charge and rebuild the brand before it is too late.

    As technology keeps moving at breakneck speed Ford appears to be going backward. What a shame for the company that almost single handedly built the modern automobile industry to be in last place. Mobility services are great and may be the wave of the future, but you need vehicles that are current and desired by consumers to get to the next decade when all of the mobility is supposed to make car makers so much money…

  2. Lex Says:

    Free Trade means no tariffs! China has long protected it’s auto industry and violated intellectual properties copy right laws. Now they are getting a taste of their own medicine and it is bitter. All China and the EU have to do is greatly reduce or remove tariffs to a level playing field and let the consumers / markets pick the winners and losers. We are seeing this domestically with the decrease in sedan sales and the increase in CUV & SUV sales. The consumer is picking the winners and losers not the government. Only government mandates like the percentage of pure EVs and government rebates can only move the markets slightly. Consumers are King in this game.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Cars will make a comeback. Sooner or later, the soccer mom/Catholic housewife image will catch up with CUV’s, like it with minivans a few years back, and with big, vinyl “wood” clad station wagons before that.

  4. George Ricci Says:

    I tuned in the to NASCAR see a Stock Race and ended up watching a Demolish Derby. Last week was a great race, but this was a waste. Glad no one got hurt. Thank you restricter plates!

  5. Drew Says:

    @1 – Can you please elaborate as to the specific technology gap that Ford has “going backward”?

  6. phred Says:

    No mention of the Nissan cheating scandal on emissions even when you are the presenter of the Auto Executive of the Year awad to the person responsible for Nissan Operations.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Ford is going backward with all of those turbocharged engines, like my 1989 minivan. :-)

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #2 Thumbs up on that comment!!
    #3 Kit; I’m not so sure cars will make a comeback. At least not in the near future. I believe this is an automotive evolution similar to the pic you posted a few weeks ago. Cars from the 1920s where high seated and got larger and rounder into the 30s and 40s. Then in the 1950s the true sedan as we know it was evolved into a lower sleeker car with wings. Again they grew larger and larger until the big boats of the 1970s where you had 9 ft long fenders on a coupe and a trunk bigger than most car hoods today. 80s and 90s were pursuits of MPG and aerodynamics and the minivan craze. People realized the awesome versatility of a minivan but the coolness wore off. So the shift to SUV began into 2000 and now we are somewhere in between. The CUV is car like minivan like and SUV like. Uni-body like a car, Hatch like a minivan and often 4WD like an SUV. Sure cars will always be around as sportcars and some niche versions but I truly believe the CUV/SUV vehicle is here to stay at least for the next 20 years. Until it evolves into something else.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2: International trade is very complex, and its complexity goes beyond just stating that China imposes tariffs and we don’t. A trade deficit is currently often explained as unfair trade. It is in my opinion rather a lack of competitiveness, as will become clear:
    Tariffs do not explain why the two largest vehicle exporters from the U.S. (to mainly Europe and China) are BMW and Mercedes-Benz. As this Autoline episode stated, BMW exports 100,000 vehicles annually from the U.S. to China alone. Because BMW has different trade conditions than GM or Ford? Or because they have developed products which appeal so much to customers that they want to pay a premium price including transatlantic transportation?

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #1 & 7 I don’t think Ford is slipping backward in technology but has put all their eggs into the eco-boost basket which has hurt in NA. Which may be exactly what they need for almost all other markets but those poor sales in China are probably more due to their mediocre body and interior designs.
    I know looks are very subjective (all that eye of the beholder stuff) but Ford has not produced anything innovative and exciting in years including the GT40 which was just a revamp of an old design and priced into the elite spectrum. More of an exercise in we can build a fast car. You cant afford it, but we can build it. The Lincoln brand is just upscale versions of Fords and also nothing to get excited about.
    Ford has always been a pretty conservative company when it comes to design and never pushes the envelope very far. To get ahead that may be what they need to start doing.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I agree that cars won’t make much of a come back any time soon, unless gas prices really spike. Even then, most people might not care, even though, in most cases, “crossovers” are gas hogs compared to cars. A Camry gets 35-50% better mpg than a RAV4 with a similar power train. That is the case with both the 2.4 four cylinder, and the hybrid versions. The difference is less dramatic in some other cases, but the cars always do better.

    Still, the biggest reason cars will, at some point, make a come back, is that CUV’s will go “out of fashion,” just as minivans did in the 2000′s.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #8 You say CUV’s may evolve into something else. How ironic it would be if they evolved into station wagons, those no-compromise vehicles that handle like a sedan, get gas mileage of a sedan, but have most of the utility of these tall body, lifted wagons we call CUV’s.

  13. Terry Quinn Says:

    Thanks for the weekly racing summary. It’s a nice add to your publication.

  14. Victor West Says:

    Ford design almost killed Jaguar.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I thought the retro S-Type looked pretty good, but the Mondeo-derived X-type was a real loser. In the end, whatever Ford might have done wrong, they probably saved Jaguar. Now, Tata seems to have money, and seems willing to spend it on Jaguar.

  16. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Ford squandered Jaguar, but Kit is 100% correct, they saved Jaguar (first). What they failed to do was use that advantage and grow it as happened subsequent to them letting it go. Just my two-cents.

  17. Ukendoit Says:

    I agree with Lambo about taller, sporty utility vehicles lasting a while. I think it will continue until we are all driven around in living-room-pods.
    When Ford owned Jaguar, all their styling was focused there. For Fords other brands, they would take the stylish Jaguars and put a bland body on to differentiate them. Once they got rid of Jaguar the style started improving again. They just haven’t improved or updated much since that initial push.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When the current Fusion was unveiled, the styling was considered fantastic. Now, only 6-7 years later, it looks “old.” It still looks good, but hasn’t looked special in a long time. In car styling, as with other things, familiarity breeds boredom.