AD #2397 – Sergio Marchionne Leaves FCA, BMW Plans to Electrify M Division, New Toyota Supra Details

July 23rd, 2018 at 11:37am

Runtime: 9:04

0:33 Sergio Marchionne Leaves FCA
1:10 Ferrari Names New Management
1:38 Detroit Auto Show Moves from January to June
2:52 Waymo Racks Up Autonomous Miles
3:46 BMW Plans to Electrify M Division
4:23 New Toyota Supra Details
5:16 Weekend Race Results
6:19 Electric Corvette Has Manual Transmission

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19 Comments to “AD #2397 – Sergio Marchionne Leaves FCA, BMW Plans to Electrify M Division, New Toyota Supra Details”

  1. Frank Nelson Says:

    As controversial as Marchionne has been at the helm of FCA, I wish him well. Glad to hear he’s quit smoking.

  2. Brett Cammack Says:

    “Motor City Auto Show” has a nice ring to it, too.

  3. David Sprowl Says:

    wow 175 mile range on an electric corvette. fun is over quick – ZZZZZZ. what ever happened to the major announcement for an OP3 in an OEM truck?


    I like the idea of moving the show to June as well. Not having to do coat checks and the added bonus of some outdoor interactive content, seems like win win to me.

  5. JWH Says:

    Detroit Auto Show – Agree that June date should work out very well – Snow is long gone & trees have leafed so everything should look good.

  6. Chryco Says:

    Moving the show to June is a great idea. No longer just about cars though…
    Thinking out loud – “Motown Mobility Expo” or MME? Or “Detroit Mobility Expo”?
    Will be interesting to see what it becomes; they should have a contest to generate ideas for a new name.

  7. Lex Says:

    I wish Sergio Marchionne a full recovery.
    Why did he go to Zurich when the Best doctors and hospitals are in the USA?

  8. ArtG Says:

    USA is ranked 37th in the world for health care. Switzerland is ranked 20th. The question is why not Italy? It’s ranked 2nd in the world.

  9. MJB Says:

    Autonomous Vehicle question… How long before city bus drivers have to start training for a new occupation?

    …Followed by Greyhound drivers.

  10. Wim van Acker Says:

    @8: the U.S.A. may be ranked 37th in healthcare according your research, and South Africa ranks 47. However, Johns Hopkins Hospital is ranked the world’s best hospital and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa ranks second best in the world. Whatever the low ranking of those two countries, I would trust those hospitals if I would need treatment.

    There are outstanding hospitals all over the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. I trust that Mr. Marchionne has no lack of resources and has had the best medical advice available. So if he has chosen to be treated at a particular hospital in Switzerland I trust that was the right choice for his case.

    I wish Mr. Marchionne well and a speedy recovery.

  11. Dan Says:

    I would NEVER ride in a autonomous vehicle without a operator behind the controls. What happens when the electronics fail? You die. We already have ‘dumb’ GPS systems that give drivers instruction to drive where there are no roads or into bodies of water.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If BMW’s “electrification” of M cars means hybrids, it makes sense. Hybrid powertrains are for more than fuel economy, as today’s F1 cars demonstrate. If BMW is talking about pure electric M cars, it makes no sense. Such a car would basically be like a Tesla, but looking like a BMW. What’s the point of that?

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The U.S. is the worst developed country in the world, or nearly so, in preventive health care, and is bad in prenatal care. On the other hand, the U.S. is very good in a number of “high tech” medical fields, as long as you have good insurance or lots of money. I’d think Sergio would have sought out the best for his particular ailment, but maybe he didn’t.

  14. Lex Says:

    Those are Medical Industry Averages! You can not tell me that Sergio could not have gone to NY Columbia Presbyterian, NYU Langone, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, The Hospital for Special Surgery were my Mother in Law had hip replacement surgery and is now strolling the beaches of Italy all Summer long! If you want the Best you can get the Best right here!

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Would Vettel have crashed out, if not for the frustration, and abused tires, resulting from being held up by Kimi? I suspect use of “team orders” in a timely manner is being discussed at the Ferrari camp.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I had three “second opinion” appointments cancelled by Cleveland Clinic in Florida. They may provide good care in some specialties, but they have a major “scheduling” problem.

    I use Mayo in Florida, with nothing but good experiences.

  17. Len Simpson Says:

    “The new Supra will carry a front-mounted inline-six engine and be rear wheel drive, just like the old Supra” —Spent my lifetime in the car biz, owned literally 100′s of salvage & retail sales cars, personally owned & drove at least 35 of every driveline type . My alltime fave is my present (& last) GMC Envoy w/ ISUZU 6 !! Can’t beat the low end torque & smoothness of a long stroke inline 6.—-a friend of a friend has “owned” the drag strip in Pensacola for years w/a 671 Jimmy

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Here’s a good article about the (NOT ISUZU) six used in your Envoy, and the 4 and 5 cylinder derivatives used in the old Colorado/Canyon and Hummer H3. They were made in Michigan and New York.

    The six was a very nice engine, but seemed thirstier than it should have been. Maybe it was mainly because the trucks weighed too much.

  19. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Kit, thanks for the link on the inline six. I still have an ’04 Bravada with the 4.2 liter; it has been a very good vehicle for me. I still get the posted fuel mileage 16/22/19 (and actually maybe slightly better with 16.5 city and 23.5 hwy, at 60/65 mph). The only engine related problem that I have seen with my engine was a thermostat, and that wouldn’t have been that memorable except it was a pain to change (needed to remove the alternator for access) but that’s another story. :)