AD #2545 – Carlos Ghosn Release Appealed, Hyundai Group to Offer Digital Keys, The Hottest Reveals from Geneva

March 5th, 2019 at 11:46am

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Runtime: 7:30

0:06 Carlos Ghosn Granted Bail, But It’s Appealed
0:46 GM to Stop Production in Ohio Plant
1:15 Hyundai and Kia Rolling Out Digital Keys
2:11 Ford Transit Van Updated
2:38 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
3:37 New Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
4:20 EQV is Mercedes’ Electric Van Concept
4:45 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept
5:33 Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV Concept
5:53 Kia Imagines a New EV Concept
6:11 Nissan IMQ Signals Next-Gen CUV
6:42 Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline Concept

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23 Comments to “AD #2545 – Carlos Ghosn Release Appealed, Hyundai Group to Offer Digital Keys, The Hottest Reveals from Geneva”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    That E-Buggy sounded like lots of fun, and 155 miles range for such a vehicle is far more than adequate. And since 95%+ of my days in the summer are rain-free in June-Aug, this vehicle could make a good second car for my summer home, and even take it downtown (the 60-80 mile round trip). That Lambo looked good too, finally they discovered colors other than red, white, silver, lime and orange.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The color on the Lamborghini looks close to “turbine bronze,” the color used on the Ghia-built Chrysler turbine cars of about 1963.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdCudNSti_Q

  3. XA351GT Says:

    The Subaru concept looks like the next version of the Crosstrek.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Lamborghini getting 770 HP from a naturally aspirated engine is pretty amazing. Yeah its a V12 but everyone thought the 700 HP hellcat was something as Dodge finally jumped into the forced induction arena. Impressive!

    The Ford Transit van looks too big for the motors they are offering. Never would have guessed 10 years ago a 2.0L would be an option for something that large, even if it is diesel.

    VW buggy, Very cool, Street legal?

    Alfa Romeo should really consider changing the iconic grill. Yeah it lets you know its a AR but at the cost of having an attractive front end. The rest of the vehicle looked fine.

    Subaru concept doesn’t look all that radical to me. Besides that design will be tamed down dramatically before any launch sadly. Also looked good!

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    One thing that stood out to me, about the last three concepts, the Alfa, Kia, Nissan and Subaru was they all really tried hard to make them look like 2 doors. The rear doors are very small with the handles hidden. I suppose that does give it a bit more sporty look to appear as its a 2 door.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 That engine would sound pretty amazing when doing its thing. It is 6.5 liter, and to get that power w/o boost, it needs to spin. The power peak is at 8500 rpm.

  7. merv Says:

    @2 that is exactly what came to my mind the chrysler turbine color. That amg mercedes is very nice and i like the flat/lo sheen paint on it.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I got a short ride in one of those turbine cars as a freshman at Purdue with a guy interviewing job candidates. It’s nice that a few of those are still running, and someone knows how to keep them running.

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    Perhaps VW might put some of their promised EV concept cars into production first?

    I’m still waiting on the EV MicroBus.

  10. Larry D. Says:

    9 VW is the only automaker except Tesla which is serious about EVs, they will spend 68 BILLION and not on the silly retro Microbus but on an EV that can undercut Tesla from below (E-VW)as well as from above (Porsche, Audi)

  11. Bob Wilson Says:

    I saw an E-Golf on a charger I manage and found it only charged at 3.6 kW (16A). This is a very slow rate: my BMW i3 does 7.2 kW (32A) and any Tesla does 9.6 kW (40A). For any practical highway travel, charging speed is the key. My charger is limited to 40A. FYI, our Toyota Prius Prime also charges at 3.6 kW.

    We are trading in the Prius Prime for a Standard Range Tesla.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    11 The old e-golf was a loser. VW will not compete with that relic, they will build an affordable EV to be sold all over the world, and if they are successful it will be the VW Bug of the 21st century.

  13. joe Says:

    I believe the main reason for the closing of these GM plants is the coming of EV’s. Starting in 2020 GM promised many EV’s. Two things needs to happen to accomplish that. One is get rid of some workers and the other is to prepare for the new UAW contract coming in 2019. I believe GM will use the Hamtramck plant as a negotiation tool with the UAW. Once an agreement is made, they will revamp the Hamtramck plant for the new EV’s. The reduction of workers is simple to explain. EV’s are much simpler to assemble and will take a whole lot less workers versus ICE. EV’s are the future! Eventually when the batteries cost a lot less, an EV will be less expensive to manufacture as compared to ICE Also it will be almost problem free. Motors are known to run 24/7 for years without stopping except the changing of belts and etc. You can see this on ventilation system on large buildings. Hard to believe but true. I know this because I’m a retired GM engineer and have experience it.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    13 “..EV’s are much simpler to assemble and will take a whole lot less workers versus ICE.”

    Yes, if you get the battery from a supplier.

    ” EV’s are the future!”

    It seems so.

    ” Eventually when the batteries cost a lot less, an EV will be less expensive to manufacture as compared to ICE”

    Here most of the cost reduction has already happened for batteries, and unless there is a major breaktrhu, there will only be modest cost reductions due to scale (Gigafactories) mostly.

    “.. Also it will be almost problem free. Motors are known to run 24/7 for years without stopping except the changing of belts and etc. You can see this on ventilation .. buildings. Hard to believe but true. ”

    Not hard to believe AT ALL, and both automakers and especially dealers are already worried that SERVICE, which is where Dealers make most of their $, will be far smaller and far less protitable with EVs. it is a no-brainer when you look at your ICE, how many nasty parts and systems will NOT exist in the EV, and how much trouble you save yourself from in repairs and maintenance. This show focused on making the car only, once again, and not its LIFE CYCLE COST, including the FUEL cost!

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Jiffy Lube will be in trouble.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    15 How about Midas?

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Midas too. They have already lost most of their original business, mufflers, as they now last almost forever.

  18. Larry D. Says:

    17 And all the suppliers who make these parts and products, from mufflers to tailpipes to lube-related parts and fluids. If EVs sell in any serious numbers, they will suffer. Already sales in 2019 are down both Jan and Feb (seasonally adjusted as well). Even Jeep went down after years of sales increases.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    EVs still use antifreeze, but maybe not as much of it as ICE cars.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    To see the difference, just imagine all your kitchen appliances driven by… ICE engines. Not just the indoors and outdoors pollution, but esp their reliabilities. That’s why they call reliable cars “appliances”

  21. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.tesla.com/roadster

    Which is the ‘quickest car in the world”? We heard of “two second” cars, but this one is a “one second”! You can place reservations.

    0-60 in 1.9 sec, 250+ miles top speed, and an ICE beating 620 mile range. (not when you do your 1.9″ 0-60, I assume)

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Wow, $250K just to reserve it.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s the Founder’s Series. The regular roadster requires only $50K to reserve.