AD #2574 – VW Reveals I.D. ROOMZZ, Winterkorn Charged in Diesel Scandal, Mustang’s New Performance Package

April 15th, 2019 at 11:45am

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Runtime: 5:41

0:07 Winterkorn Charged in VW Diesel Scandal
0:52 Germany Investigating Daimler Over Emissions
1:12 Weekend Race Results
1:59 VW Reveals I.D. ROOMZZ
2:45 Mustang’s New High Performance Package
3:44 Nissan Refreshes the Versa
4:18 Audi Unveils AI:ME Concept
4:55 Volvo Adds New Safety Tech in Europe

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13 Comments to “AD #2574 – VW Reveals I.D. ROOMZZ, Winterkorn Charged in Diesel Scandal, Mustang’s New Performance Package”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Nissan did surprisingly well in making its cheapest Versa not look like the cheap econobox the Versas of the last dozen years were.

    I would guess that any automaker who applies themselves, or hires an Italian design studio if necessary, can do quite well on the exterior styling without spending much $ (esp for a mass produced car, they can afford to pay Pininfarina a few mill), but making a high-quality and tasteful interior is never cheap and you don’t see any in same econoboxes.

    And finally, after a few precious days of peace and quiet, another little piece of news from “Mr 0.5% market share”, Chinese Volvo – Geely. Their PR guy should get a Nobel Prize (but nobody else in that outfit)

  2. Larry D. Says:

    Following up this weekend’s posts, I wanted to learn more about the rare and so affordable 2011 Merc CL giant grand-touring coupes.

    Apparently even new the CL550 was a relative bargain, because

    “…Still, even with $14,290 in options (and standard all-wheel drive), the CL550 is $24,410 less than the CL63 AMG, $32,560 less than the CL600, and $84,860 less than the twin-turbo V-12 CL65 AMG.

    The difference between the CL550 and the CL65 is enough to buy a Porsche 911 Carrera, for days when you’re feeling really frisky. Not that the CL550 is slow…”

  3. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    Having watched the formula1 race and the Indy car race this weekend I wish we could have a race between about 5 cars from both types of cars the best of Indy car and best of Formula 1. On a road course like they ran this weekend, I think it would be real fun to watch.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    Regarding this VW van, if any company should know how to design the front end of a rear engined car that needs no grille or radiator, it is the VW Group, with its iconic original Beetle and the Porsche 911. Instead of following this tried and true recipe here, it seems to ape the clumsy and ugly Hyundai Kona with the ridiculous ‘blingy’ silver bits under the front end. The neon-like outlines do not work for me either.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    With the mustang V8 at 460hp and the 4 cyl at 310hp I don’t really see an extra 20 hp bridging a 150hp gap. Not saying that 330hp isn’t impressive for the 2.3L but something in the 380hp would truly bridge that gap.
    I wonder if they just increased boost or actually made some real changes?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 A good non-turbo V6 would be nice in the Mustang. The one in the Camaro works great.

  7. merv Says:

    A mustang without a v8 just doesn’t seem right somehow. I just searched the local ford store inventory and it turns out most were 4 cylinder automatics which surprised me.

  8. NormT Says:

    And in IMSA Cadillac beat the Acura’s.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 It’s too bad Cadillac’s success in IMSA doesn’t help sell cars, but I don’t think it does. I doubt if Kyle Busch’s winning in Nascar sells many Camrys either.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Calling it stock car racing at this point would be a stretch. A big stretch! From a manufacturers standpoint I don’t really see how they justify spending the money on NASCAR. The sponsors probably benefit the most but the “drive on Monday what you raced on Sunday” no longer applies.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, it’s a big stretch to consider Nascar to be stock cars. A few people still identify with the “brands” of the cars, but probably not many. I don’t know how much money GM, Ford, or Toyota spend on their Nascar efforts, but it’s hard to imagine they get their money’s worth. The same would apply to to Cadillac prototype racing.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In the old days, Nascar sponsorship probably sold a lot of cigarettes.

  13. FSTFWRD Says:

    10, 11, 12. So true. I don’t think the fans (whoever they are) relate to the car’s brand at all.