AD #2487 – NACTOY Finalists Revealed, Audi Shows Working Drone Prototype, Jeep Gladiator Pickup Storms Into LA

November 29th, 2018 at 11:47am

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Runtime: 8:08

0:29 NACTOY Finalists
1:02 Audi’s Drone Prototype
1:50 Audi e-tron GT Electric Sports Car
3:17 All-New Kia Soul
4:04 Hyundai Palisade Mid-Size SUV
5:22 Updated Mercedes AMG GT with New Model
6:19 Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck

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26 Comments to “AD #2487 – NACTOY Finalists Revealed, Audi Shows Working Drone Prototype, Jeep Gladiator Pickup Storms Into LA”

  1. Victor West Says:

    Jeep will sell a ton of the new Gladiator truck.

  2. MJB Says:

    I like the lines on that new Gladiator.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    Drones- the ones I’ve seen and heard aren’t exactly quiet so I’m trying to picture something large enough to carry a vehicle cab and people…. hmmmm Wouldn’t that be pretty loud? and then there are going to be thousands of them in cities??? The whole city will sounds like a beehive on steroids or is it HGH now.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    Gladiator- a jeep that is actually useful? There will be tons sold,, mostly seen parked on things like curbs and snow piles in mall parking lots.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is the Gladiator too late to be eligible for truck of the year?

    The Audi concept is about the size of a Tesla S, but probably much less efficiently packaged. The EPA range of the Tesla S P90D was 270 miles, so the Audi range doesn’t seem too much out of line, given the AWD, 590hp powertrain.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    So NACTOY is any vehicle sold in NA and not necessarily built in NA? Who votes on them and what is the criteria? Maybe a little surprised that Ford didn’t make the cut in the truck segment.
    Make the Audi Etron with a 600hp ICE and Id be interested. Very good looking car.

    Sean you mentioned the Jeep’s larger openings in the grill for better cooling due to an increased towing capacity but never said what that is? Has it not been published?

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Here is who votes for NACTOY. Recognize anyone?

    https://northamericancaroftheyear.org/jurors/

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    Common FCA you might as well start working on offering the Gladiator with a Hemi. You did it with the Grand Cherokee so might as well. I have seen so many Wranglers with a small block chevy motor installed. Not sure why they dont just offer it.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As far as Ford in the truck segment, the awards are for vehicles that are new to the market. The current F series is not new, and the Ranger isn’t here yet.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    #7 Oh yea John Davis I really enjoy Motorweek..
    Just kidding John and Gary.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 It probably won’t be too long, before someone puts a Hellcat crate engine in a Gladiator.

  12. Drew Says:

    Where do I start!?!?

    1. Audi‘s drone concept may be appealing if there are very few of these drones flying around downtown buildings. But I suspect the technical challenges of collision avoidance in 3D will be expensive, and safety agencies will also ponder the requirements for the pod during land usage.

    2. The headline in the transcript (“Hyundai enters mid-size CUV segment”) forgets that Hyundai previously offered the Veracruz and a 3-row (non Sport) Santa Fe.

    3. The push-of-a-button seat release for access to the Hyundai Palisade’s 3rd Dow seems convenient, but the resultant opening looks very small. So, the real test of ingenuity is the overall ease of ingress/egress to the 3rd row.

    4. And speaking of ease of ingress/egress, it looks like Jeep re-used the rear doors from the Wrangler onto the Gladiator. Jeep has the market cornered for rump bumps.

  13. Ed Says:

    Does any site publish real world miles per charge for a Tesla or any other electric vehicle. Not interested in epa figures. Say driving from El Paso To San Antonio Texas on I 10, where the speed limit is 85 mph. Where would you stop to recharge?

  14. Larry D. Says:

    1 The Gladiator will be a smash hit, even more so if they price it not too greedily. I believe it can tow 7,700 lbs.

    3 The drone is impressive if they can make it now, but I guess there will be too few of them because they will charge too much. We already have them, they are called Helicopters. WHen I went from HK to Macau in Nov 13, I had the option of a superfast ferry or a heli (which cost 10 times as much).

    5 I believe the Glad can compete next year, when it goes on sale.

    6 The whole silly “Employee of the Month” awards turn me off. First of all, in the Pickup truck segment, it is the worst joke of all, there are too few makers of these, and even fewer (1/4th of that) are NEW models. So it is a real joke. Things are better in the car and SUV segment, BUT NONE, absolutely NONE of the 9 contenders that made the short list, is a car I would ever care about, much less a “GOT TO HAVE IT” vehicle.

    I really question the choices among cars. The mediocre and poor selling Genesis, the Insight that got much better from its dismal ancestors but still does not cut it for me, and…. worst of all, another damn VOlvo? Are you guys kidding me? A Volvo Every other year? Do you know what Volvo’s market share is? 0.5%! Not 5%, 1/2 of one percent in the US market. And the specific model is probably 1/10th of that!!! In addition, they have DISMAL quality, leaking sunroofs new and other horror stories.

    Then the SUVs. Really? Acura, Hyindai Kona? Jag I-pace? IS this some Snub’s club that only chooses vehicles that are UTTERLY insignficant and have truly DISMAL Sales? Were no popular, high volume, or luxury new vehicles this year?

    What an utter joke.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    The Audi EVs look good, as all audis, and have good interiors (but not as good as top non-EV Audis), but their problem is the same as the Jag’s EV problem, way too expensive, Tesla easily outprices them AND has far better performance, even its base models. I expect the same from the much awaited Mercedes EV and even the Porsche one (which may have good performance but will be really expensive for what u get)

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 There are Tesla, and probably other EV discussion groups that discuss real-world range. As far as specific routes, like San Antonio to El Paso, you’d need to research the distance between charge stations, and plan accordingly. Unless the “superchargers” are fairly close together, you might not be able to drive your Tesla 90 mph and make it to the next station.

    12-4 They should just do away with the rear doors.
    http://willysforsale.com/ads/1962-willys-4-x-4-pickup/

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Audi Drone is a cool idea in theory but certainly the pod would need to be light for flight and would fail any road worthy crash tests.
    So maybe they can sell it to African farmers where passing crash tests are not mandatory.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Here is the eligibility list for NACTOY. Yeah, there were a lot of cars and SUVs to choose from, to come up with those 6.

    https://northamericancaroftheyear.org/2019-eligibility-list/

    I predict that the Ram will win the truck award, with the GM vote split between the Chevy and GMC. Also, the Ram looks good, for a truck, at least to me.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    Just saw John on MSNBC speaking about the 70% decline of Tesla sales in China. How they only sold 211 vehicles in Oct. I think they really wanted him to blame the tariffs and John wisely pointed out that China sales have cooled off overall.

    Also The majority shareholders of German car-parts maker Continental AG have lost about $16 billion more than half of their combined wealth so far this year.

    A 53% tunble after the company warned that extra costs and tough business conditions in Europe and Asia would weigh on profits.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    I did find the Gladiator capabilities;

    This truck can tow 7,650 pounds and has a payload of 1,600 pounds with widened grille slots for greater air intake and an upgraded cooling module to haul a full load at 110 degrees up the Davis Dam in Arizona. The truck comes with a class 4 hitch, 2-inch receiver and 4- and 7-pin connectors. The five-foot steel bed has lower sides to reach in and out, and is fully equipped with tie-downs.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 It would take 4 pit stops to drive a Tesla S from El Paso to San Antonio. Hopefully, this link will work.

    https://www.tesla.com/trips#/?v=MS_2017_100D&o=El%20Paso,%20TX,%20USA_El%20Paso%20El%20Paso%20County%20TX@31.7618778,-106.4850217&s=&d=San%20Antonio,%20TX,%20USA_San%20Antonio%20Bexar%20County%20TX@29.4241219,-98.49362819999999

  22. Ziggy Says:

    Does anyone know if the Gladiator comes in a 2 door version for those that want some actual bed space? Or is it a take-it-or-leave-it 4 door only?

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 four door, 5 foot bed will be the only configuration, according to reviews I’ve seen.

  24. ChuckGrenci Says:

    And wondering what conquest sales will the Gladiator be taking. I believe it will be classified as a midsized p/u. After initial stellar sales I believe it will find itself behind the ‘regulars’ in the mid-sized offerings: Tacoma, Colorado, and even the yet to be introduced Ranger. Prices haven’t been announced, so that may also be a factor. My comments are pure conjecture (but I’m throwing in my opinion to maybe see what others think).

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Gladiator will be crude and unrefined, like Wrangler, but will sell because of its looks, and the towing and off-road capability will be good, for the few people who use either.

    I suspect it will continue to sell, over time, if competitively priced. Wrangler sells, just because of “image,” when there are much better vehicles for the use most Wranglers actually see, commuting, going to the mall, etc.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect Gladiator will largely take sales from Wrangler, but also from 4wd versions of the other “midsize” pickups. I suppose Gladiator will be 4wd only, like Wrangler, though they could change that. The last Jeep pickup, Commanche was sold both rwd and 4wd.

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