AD #2605 – Tesla to Update Model S, Ferrari Reveals Its First PHEV, U.S. Could Carry Brunt of FCA & Renault Merger

May 30th, 2019 at 11:45am

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Runtime: 7:22

0:07 China Could Restrict Rare Earths
0:45 Tesla Model S Update Coming
1:12 Ferrari’s First PHEV
2:25 Chevy Confirms New Trailblazer for U.S.
3:06 Buick Confirms Encore GX for U.S.
3:37 Refreshed Lexus RX
4:45 U.S. Could Carry Brunt of FCA & Renault Merger

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28 Comments to “AD #2605 – Tesla to Update Model S, Ferrari Reveals Its First PHEV, U.S. Could Carry Brunt of FCA & Renault Merger”

  1. rick Says:

    fca renault merger, this side of the pond keep your head down get back to work. other side of the pond needs money,and lots of it. we must fund the schlumperheinies on the other side of the pond.

  2. ChuckGrenci Says:

    If all you say is true John, and I have no reason to doubt you, it appears that Renault will finally succeed in ruining Jeep/Ram over here. An analogy might be like leaches (you know, a good bleeding has to be good for you, which was conventional wisdom in the dark ages); well too much parasitic drain eventually kills the host so we’ll have to see the strategy taken by Renault. I hope they still aren’t in the ‘dark ages’.

  3. ClassicBob Says:

    You’re absolutely right John. Consolidation means there WILL be plant closures and job reductions -even in engineering, there’s no way around it.. unless they plan to massively grow product lines while the industry is in a down cycle, which would be highly unlikely and unwise.

    With the Agnellis still holding the largest decision making cards and John Elkann as Chairman, why should we expect any new product development on the US side? Only additional cuts and reductions to feed Italian coffers and pipe dreams.

    Auburn Hills has essentially been trimmed to serve just Jeep and Ram, as there’s no new products confirmed for Chrysler or Dodge -which seem to have been sidelined.

    And why even keep Chrysler and Dodge alive, if those customers could be served by Nissan (that is if Nissan doesn’t leave the group in protest)? Nissan already outsells the two legacy Mopar brands combined.

    I dunno, this merger mess they’re cooking up sure doesn’t smell good to me..

  4. Kevin A Says:

    Don’t be so paranoid John. When Renault saved Nissan, it had the same chance to gut Japanese production and transfer jobs to Europe … and it didn’t do it. If FCA and Renault want to survive long term, they have to make SOUND business decisions. The US is still the least expensive place to manufacture for US consumption.

  5. Clem Zahrobsky Says:

    I wonder if Obama’s restrictions on mining on federal lands put the USA behind on rare earths minerals

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    The styling of the new Trailblazer looks very similar to the Volvo XC 40. The grille seems to be the only point of difference.

    Buick designers need to start working on some ways to add some “eyeball” to that Encore GX. Its current look is pretty boring.

  7. Lex Says:

    I hope President Donald J. Trump weighs in on the Renault – FCA merger, since US taxpayers bailed out Chrysler twice in my life time.

    The Trailblazer will be smaller than the Equinox? Bad idea Chevy! Build a Trailblazer based upon the Colorado with a totally enclosed passenger and rear storage compartment and seating for seven.

  8. Steve W Says:

    #7 Not only Chrysler, how about GM.Their cars are made in S Korea,, China & Poland! Screw all of these takers, I now own 2 Lexus cars, one of which is made in Kentucky.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 All car companies manufacture, and buy parts from all over the world. GM, Ford, and Chrysler would have been long gone, and far beyond the possibility of being “bailed out” if they hadn’t started operating globally decades ago.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 The Blazer is bigger than the Equinox, so smaller than Equinox would be the “hole” to be filled, if they really need another CUV.

    If they want to revive Hummer under the Chevy name plate, or make something to compete with Jeep Wrangler, it should probably be based on the Colorado.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Most of these elements are mined in various places around the world, China dominates the processing. From the linked article:

    “Although, according to U.S. Geological Survey data, China contains only a third of the world’s rare earth reserves, it accounts for 80% of U.S. imports of the group of 17 minerals used in military equipment and high-tech consumer electronics.

    That is largely due to China’s domination in processing. Efforts to build rare earth processing plants in the United States are still in the early stages and lack unified support from Congress and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.”

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    8 Yeah the automotive industry is and has been global for many years. I find it hard to believe that people still think that brands like GM, Ford, Harley or Tesla are pure American. There is no such thing anymore. Component parts are sourced all over the world. Yeah its nice that GM, Ford and Tesla headquarters are still located in the US. But if everything used in their vehicles was American the tariff tiff going on would be of no concern.

  13. Phred Says:

    These AV concept interiors with passengers lounging around remind me of a “bunch of jellybeans in a jar” for when you get hit unexpectedly! And the FCA joint venture scheme still sounds a lot of warning alarms for the US side (read the golden goose w/golden eggs)having any real chance of remaining in tact. The Europeans are always looking for the money flywheel to keep “them afloat”! UAW wake up!!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8, etc. I don’t know how it would affect Trump’s trade war, but for public perception, assembly is what counts. If GM, Ford, or Chrysler assembled all of their vehicles in the US, many car buyers would consider them “all American,” even if 2/3 of the parts came from China.

  15. cwolf Says:

    Isn’t the percentage of U.S. part posted on the window sticker of new cars? The last time I looked Honda had the most content. Is there any info on what brands generate the most $ kept into the U.S?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 There was, and maybe still is a window sticker with that information. There used to be a government web site with that information, sortable different ways. Unfortunately, that went away a year or two ago.

    Here’s info about American-ness for 2018 model year. Two on the list are now, or soon will be “orphans.”

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

  18. cwolf Says:

    Thanks Kit. You always seem to come through.

    It may be too late, but I believe the need for unions ( UAW) is stronger than ever. It’s a damn shame the upper brass have ruined what a union should represent. If only they could only clean house and become a real voice of the workforce, maybe the could gain some credibility and clout to make change.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 That’s funny kit how when it comes to the lack of rare mineral processing plants in the US you can even elude to it having anything to do with the Trump administration. The guy who is being blasted for cutting regulations and making mining grow in the US. You did get it right as far as not getting unified support from congress tho.

  20. Steve W Says:

    9 & 12 Every car manufacturer is global and I respect building cars in foreign countries FOR foreign countries. What I object to is they took our money on the pretense of saving American jobs by building cars here not overseas and bringing them here.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Huh? I just copied and pasted the part of Sean’s link relevant to our sources of “rare earth” minerals.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Car companies tend to build specific models where they will sell the most of that model. BMW builds X5, and M-B builds GLE in the US, where a majority of them are sold, but ship them all over the world. Ford builds Fiesta in Mexico, where they sell the most, at least in the Americas, and ship them to various counties in the Americas, including the US, until Ford decided to abandon the car market in the US. Many of the Honda and Toyota products assembled in the US are versions specific to the US market, but there are some that are exported. For good reason, car companies do not build car models in the US, when only 10% of that model will be sold in the US.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    I agree w John, FCA should not touch those losers at Renault with a 10 foot pole. Every time some fool in the US merged with these crooks in Europe (GM with Fiat, lost $ 4 bill!, or Chrysler w Daimler), they got the short end of the stick. Not only that, every time some fool (usually Ford) in the US bought one of these losers big or small there, they wasted tens of billions, and then wasted more billions to fix them (see Jag) and still they remained a problem case

  24. Larry D. Says:

    As for the pudgy Buick Encore, one of the ugliest crossovers out there, (same for its twin the Chevy Trax), the “L” version was a long awaited fix. But What will they call the Long trax? Isn’t it the Equinox already? (not that I care, I would be caught dead than driving any of these vehicles)

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 From today’s segment just before the one about the stretch Encore, it sounds like the long Trax will be called TrailBlazer.

  26. Joe S Says:

    I believe the real issue with rare earth minerals is the very dirty refinement process.
    Lots of toxic and radioactive waste. Even rare earth minerals that are mined in California are sent to China for refinement.

  27. Lambo2015 Says:

    26 Ahh so we as Americans don’t want to be bothered with the messy or toxic types of processes so we let countries like China flourish and get a monopoly on the finished product rather than putting in the proper safeguards to operate a plant like that here in the US.
    We will consume and buy batteries that generate toxic by-products as long as that mess is in another country. So we care about the environment or people as long as they live here?
    Oh wait its because in China no worker that contracts cancer is ever going to sue their employer. I got it.

  28. wmb Says:

    I’ve always like the look of the Model S and more range is a good thing, but it is priced like an S Class, so interior appointments should, IMHO, be getting richer and not simpler! I understand that this flys in the face of the EV motif, because those appointments add weight and there by reduce range. There has got to be some type of balance (figuring out how to make those luxury appointments lighter, maybe?) that give an individual the luxury look and feel they want and the power and long range that the customer also demands.