AD #2814 – Germany Has an Inventory Problem; Toyota Reveals New Harrier SUV; Acura RDX A-Spec Impressions

April 13th, 2020 at 12:02pm

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Runtime: 10:20

0:07 Germany Has an Inventory Problem
0:50 Spain Has an EV Infrastructure Problem
1:35 Automakers Postpone Plant Reopening
2:22 Toyota Reveals New Harrier SUV for Japan
3:18 Mid-Engine Mustang Prototype Identified
3:48 VW Puts Dealer Loaner Fleet to Good Use
4:30 FCA Modifies Popular Super Bowl Ad
5:04 R.I.P. Sir Stirling Moss
6:23 How Roadside Assistance Requests Have Changed
8:03 Acura RDX A-Spec Impressions

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22 Comments to “AD #2814 – Germany Has an Inventory Problem; Toyota Reveals New Harrier SUV; Acura RDX A-Spec Impressions”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    $47,000+ for a near-luxury Small CUV which is a CRV clone (with perhaps a bit more juice?)

    Explains why Acura has been doing miserably for more than 20 years now, even though it had a Great start in the 80s when it was the PIONEER of all the later Japanese and Korean (15 failed attempts so far but they keep clicking..) so-called Luxury brands (of which only Lexus is really luxury, and that only in the LS and other flagship models)

  2. NormT Says:

    The RDX released in 2019 has been a royal mess with plenty of quality control issues that shouldn’t be in a vehicle released to the public, using them as paying beta testers. It is so bad that Consumer Reports bought one and ended up dropping their recommendations for it!

    Check out 3rd gen RDX forum on Acurazine.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    I haven’t cared much for most of Acura’s styling for a while now but I do like the RDX.

  4. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I’m thinking VW could probably ship some of those ‘electrics’ to Spain, with prices for EV’s inherently higher than ICE and the economy at least for the immediate future stagnated, there should be enough for both markets.

    Maybe Japanese consumers have a different eye for styling but the new Harrier almost hurts my eyes (hyperbole) just looking at it.

    RIP Sterling Moss; for sure, one of the greats (glad to see he survived racing and had a long life after).

    John, if you could easily feel the torque vectoring in that Acura maybe it’s a little intrusive (or were you just going too fast). :D

  5. WineGeek Says:

    John…the RDX A-Spec is a loser! Why would you bother buying it, why didn’t they make it a better handling vehicle than a standard RDX? Even if they offered the same power train at least make it handle better give the buyer something for their money that is more than a little more leather or a different color trim. Come on Acura (er.. Honda) you can do better, otherwise the buyers should go next door and just plunk down their money for a CRV!

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not very familiar with the RDX, but from what I have read about it, it drives pretty well, but the controls are bad, it’s a gas hog, and it costs too much. In CR’s reliability survey, it was “much worse than average,” the bottom category.

    For the same money, you can get a BMW X3 or Audi Q5, or for $15K less you can get a CR-V or RAV4. No wonder the RDX doesn’t sell too well.

  7. Drew Says:

    My son-in-Law and I rest drove a few performance luxury utilities last year. The RDX was one of them. The engine sounded great and the trans had fast, snappy shifts. It was a great driver’s vehicle but was too small and had questionable infotainment controls. He bought the BMW X3 M40i via CPO. His choice, not mine. At the time, BMW had a monthly fee for Apple Car Play… they have since eliminated the fee. But like most European Premium vehicles, it drinks…. errr… premium fuel only. That’s a No Sale for me.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Yep, the X3, and the RDX and Q5 use premium gas, and with those turbo fours, they probably actually need premium, unlike my Corvette which is fine with regular, at least for normal driving.

  9. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.cnbc.com/

    Just checked the markets, down 500+ points, but among the big movers, TESLA is actually UP, and by a hefty $52, to $632.75. Must have had some specific big news. If the market was up 500, it would not need them, but when it is DOWN 500?

  10. Larry D. Says:

    https://electrek.co/2020/04/13/tesla-tsla-stock-surges-happening/

    here is an explanation to 9.

    1. Elon Musk showed confidence in Tesla’s robotaxi plan (meh)
    2 Tesla launches discontinued Model 3 Long Range RWD as made-in-China car (ok)
    3. Study: Pandemic lockdowns are encouraging more consumers to buy electric cars (HMMMM!)
    4. Tesla sales in China hit record high during the pandemic, represent 25% of country’s EV sales (expected, and MAJOR)

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like a new type font here, unless my phone did something by itself.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    7 get serious. Neither the X3 nor, especially, the RDX, are luxury cars. They are near-luxury at best. Entry level. Maybe not for the X3 because they got the X1 and others beneath it now.

  13. Larry D. Says:

    12 yes. It’s a bold font of some kind

  14. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I’ve got bold font as well; I like it.

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    Spanish SuperChargers are even with EU states like Sweden and Eastern Europe (see web link.) But Spain has much better SuperCharger density than Arkansas and some Western States. I don’t have a handy map of other EV charging stations.

    This old man eyes like the new font.

  16. Drew Says:

    The font may be bold, but there is a fuzzy, blurriness to it.

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    About Tesla stock, I am a stock holder but “Montana Skeptic” and the other SHORTs make no persuasive arguments. I bought TSLA much like I bought APPL, both companies make superior products which none of the SHORTs recognize. Hypocrites, the SHORTs are not buying stocks in Tesla competitors which makes their claims humbug.

    In Q1 2020, Tesla lost a week or so of production. Yet first week of April, Tesla produced almost 15,000 more cars than delivered which has primed the pump for Q2 2020 sales. Furthermore, the Shanghai factory is setting production records. Meanwhile, Tesla engineers working at home are advancing their technology in part using Sandy Munro’s YouTube, roadmap (see web link.) In effect, the COVID-19 is giving Tesla a break to improve Fremont, Nevada, and even New York.

    I hope you are able to get Cathie Wood from Ark investment to visit Autoline to compare and contrast with “Montana Skeptic.” She has a compelling investment approach validated by the Shanghai factory production. An investment approach that does not need to throw sand at the Tesla competition … beyond what the SHORTs lack of competition investment already reveals.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Interesting map. It turns out that the biggest gap between superchargers along the east coast of Florida, is where I am. Most places in Europe seem to have a higher density of chargers than much of the US.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/04/bentley-bentayga-hybrid-offers-less-highway-mpg-than-v8-model/

    From the “lame” files. A weak, compliance Hybrid? No wonder it is $15k CHEAPER than its non-hybrid v8 sibling and much much cheaper than the recommended 6 lt 12.

    “Our advice to rich people? Just buy the 6.0-liter W12 version while you still can.”

    My advice: Do not buy any versions of this Cayenne Touareg clone. Wait until Bentley can offer a true SUPER-SUV like the best selling ROlls Cullinan. Not my cup of tea, but if it is yours, wait.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    The font has returned to the old font, which is clearly visible and more pleasant to the eye than the thick bold characters yesterday. of course this is also a function of the zoom you use

    15 18 There are entire nations in Europe that do not have a single charger, and many that just have one, as even gigantic Russia (one in moscow). This is Ludicrous. Europe needs a ton more, maybe 10 to 100 times more, before one can buy an EV there. The Netherlands, which is a small area, probably has enough of them and with short distances between them, but most other nations need many more.

  21. veh Says:

    Does Germany do online car sales?

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Yeah, I was referring to western European countries as having a lot of Tesla chargers. Most places in western Europe have a higher concentration of non-Tesla public chargers than the U.S., except maybe parts of CA.

    19 I can’t imagine anyone buying the Bentayga hybrid. It has only 18 miles of “light foot” electric range, and then gets barely better mpg, even city, than the V8. They tried hard to make such a pointless hybrid, which is both a poor plug-in, and a poor hybrid. If you are buying a vehicle that starts out at ~$165K, what’s another $15K for the V8, or another ~$20K beyond that for the V12. As far as the V12, though, C and D seemed to like the V8 as well or better, I guess because of less weight on the front end.

    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=42560&id=42052&id=42382