AD #2627 – Europe Battles China Over Batteries, Harald Krueger Quits BMW, U.S. Car Sales Up in June

July 8th, 2019 at 11:44am

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Runtime: 5:49

0:08 Europe Battles China Over Batteries
1:03 Audi Accused of Using Four Defeat Devices
1:39 Harald Krueger Quits BMW
2:34 U.S. Car Sales Up in June
3:10 Hyundai’s Stock Expected to Soar
3:46 Weekend Racing Results
4:35 RIP Lee Iacocca

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22 Comments to “AD #2627 – Europe Battles China Over Batteries, Harald Krueger Quits BMW, U.S. Car Sales Up in June”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    It may be time (it’s already time) for the sales prognosticators to quite forecasting and just comment on the actual numbers; they’ve been missing the mark worse than the weatherman.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Was Krueger responsible for the awful nose of the new 7 series? If so, it’s good that he’s leaving BMW, before he can cause more damage.

  3. Wine Geek Says:

    Welcome back John. I missed Auto,line’s daily insights on the industry and the world of the automobile.

  4. NormT Says:

    In Pike’ Peak News Acura RDX and MDX experimental vehicles failed to complete the event in years running.

    http://livetiming.net/ppihc/?Class=Exhibition

  5. Victor West Says:

    I wonder about Toyotas ads. They show the Camray racing up a mountain. The young drivers of a Corolla doing donuts in the street. We are having a bunch of street racing accidents and deaths in So Cal. Do the kids react to the Toyota and even Dodge street racing ads?

  6. Phred Says:

    The BMW head guy “bailed” before he could be shown the door. He did almost nothing as a “leader of BMW” to enhance their market presence and severely squandered the luxury EV segment opportunity.

  7. merv Says:

    Glad autoline is back,that seemed like a long week.Hope you all enjoyed your time off.

  8. Rick Wakefield Says:

    Sad to hear about Lee Iacoca. Did not hear or watch any news for past few days so this is the first I’ve heard of his passing.

  9. w l simpson Says:

    Moving to 48Volts w/ICE gens would solve a lot of pressing problems

  10. Roger t Says:

    Audi cheat devices – jeez that’s amazing. Early last year projections for VW total expenses around dieselgate was $80bi, there must be an enormous sense of immunity in the corporation to keep doing in spite of the situation. I hope they are appropriately reprimanded to eradicate this type of behavior forever.

  11. Grant Tweed Says:

    Lee Iacocca’s legacy is impressive & secure, he’s probably the last real “car guy” to run a major auto company.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    1 Amen!!!

    2 At least in the serious, successful automakers in Germany, in total contrast to the Detroit makers, when a CEO screws up, he is fired or forced to resign, while clueless losers like Humpty Dumpty Hackett at Ford keep ruining the company with impunity.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    #1 Yeah! The so called experts that forecast this stuff are either really bad at their job or are making predictions based on an alternative agenda. When the economy is doing well people will continue to buy. If incomes rise they will buy more expensive vehicles. If the corporations are getting tax breaks that allow them to expand and replace fleet vehicles then all these things would be a positive message that consistently seems to shadowed by predictions and forecasts that tell a different story.
    So are they really that bad at predicting sales or do they have other reasons to be predicting a decline?

  14. Larry D. Says:

    12 Mainly they are bad, they are really lazy and assume tomorrow will be like yesterday and extrapolate linearly. But if tomorrow is like yesterday, we all know what it will be like and we don’t need these fortune tellers that pretend they are scientists.

    Despite all that I bet we will see in a few days that some outfit (maybe Alix Partners) will claim that by 2025 we will all be driving autonomous flying cars.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    13 PS and those “forecasts” will be reported as if they are actual facts, or data.

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    14 Well anyone that would believe a forecast to be factual or actual data would be a fool. Common sense would tell you that there couldn’t be any data on an event that has not happened yet.
    But I know what you mean. Past data leads me to believe the sun will rise tomorrow. However until tomorrow its not a fact.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    15 No, I meant that the forecasts are reported as if they are hard facts, esp in the AV area. And conversely, when you have hard data, as in the BP annual statistical survey of World Energy, which is 100% fact, compiled from Oil and Gas Journal and other sources, many think it is just an opinion because it is done by an oil company. I posted links to the latest forecast when it came out June 11, I believe. That survey is actually read by many heads of state and other bigwigs, despite their very busy schedule, as they said on its 60th anniv. celebration some years ago.

  18. Barry Rector Says:

    John,
    You and all the Autoline staff deserve vacation time but it sure makes it hard on this faithful follower! It was a long hot week without listening, watching and learning from the best in the automotive journalism community!

  19. Larry D. Says:

    I just read that MINI goes EV. I thought they went EV a long time ago but it did not sell well?

  20. Larry D. Says:

    Maybe Tue show will talk about the new EV Mini. It is very underwhelming. Poor range (140 or 114 miles in case I misheard, allegedly fast to charge (still needs 35 mins to charge only to 80%), a screwed-up grille in front with some silly nonsense inside the ‘oval’ or whatever chrome perimeter, and I bet it will not sell for less than $35k in the US and $45k in Europe. Verdict, a big thumbs down. Tesla 3 still rules unopposed.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    PS I did not mishear, The EV mini has a LOUSY 114 mile range. Pathetic!!!!!

  22. Larry D. Says:

    PS it’s not very automotive related, but ROss Perot died today July 9 after a long battle with Leukemia. it is sort of interesting that he and Iacocca died days of each other, a small scale repetition to the much more stunning deaths of Jefferson and Adams both on the 4th of July (of 1826?)