AD #2843 – Nissan Could Cut 20,000 Jobs; Geely Wants Deeper Daimler Ties; Toyota Highlander Hybrid Impressions

May 22nd, 2020 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 10:51

0:07 President Removes Mask for the Cameras
1:07 Nissan Could Cut 20,000 Jobs
1:51 Renault Could Disappear Without Government Loan
2:20 Geely Wants Deeper Ties with Daimler
3:03 Automakers Should Slash Build Combinations
4:23 Mini Expands Its Oxford Edition
5:09 Auto Industry’s Role in the Economy
5:56 Bentley Picks Rainbow-Themed Design Winner
6:18 Bentley’s Flying Bees Are Back
7:00 Mazda Reveals Video Game Concept Car
7:35 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum Impressions

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21 Comments to “AD #2843 – Nissan Could Cut 20,000 Jobs; Geely Wants Deeper Daimler Ties; Toyota Highlander Hybrid Impressions”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    There are sure a lot of build combinations, considering there’s no choice at all, compared to the 1960s.

  2. Bob Wilson Says:

    The best way to get Trump to use a mask is for everyone of the TV camera operators to make a loud, cough . . . without a mask.

  3. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    Glad I had at least a small choice when I ordered my 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, I think now you take a black interior and that’s it.

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    Looking at $52,500 Highlander, Edmunds list Model 3 at:

    $39,990 – Std Rng Plus Model 3
    $48,990 – Long Range, AWD, Model 3
    $56,990 – Performance AWD, Model 3

    $48,000 – Basic, Model Y
    $52,990 – Long range AWD, Model Y
    $60,990 – Performance AWD, Model Y

    Of course with a Tesla, you’d have to give up engine noise, emissions tests, and maintenance.

  5. MJB Says:

    No wonder only 12 examples of the Rainbow Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will only be offered. Even if the paint doesn’t really look quite as hideous in person as it does in that rendering, I think it’ll still end up fitting squarely within the boundaries of hideousness.

  6. Kevin A Says:

    So if EV’s take 50% fewer work hours to make, and millions of auto jobs disappear, does that mean auto employment will never rebound? Or does less labor mean that foreign low cost labor vehicles will be less competitive and more jobs will return to the US?

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    That Rainbow Bentley should be a one-off (not 12); I can see someone with a flare to want one but I can’t see a bunch (small bunch or not) wanting one that someone else has.

    That Highlander would probably appeal to a Toyota owner that wants all the ‘goodies’ but doesn’t want to exude the ‘Lexus aura’ that some assign a certain kind of person that would want the vehicle with an “L”.

  8. ChuckGrenci Says:

    For those that want some C8 news (with updates on what will be probably produced), i.e., convertibles, when the ’21 will begin production and when the ’20′s will resume production; link:
    You may want to skip to approximately the one minute mark (and go to approx. 4 min mark).

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8. It looks a like report I ran across earlier was wrong, about 2020-2021 changeover. Actually, I don’t know what difference it makes. The cars will be the same. I guess the ’20s might be worth a little more in a couple years, the opposite of what would normally be the case, with the newer model year being worth more used.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    9, Yeah, usually the first edition and the last edition are the most sought after. Rick (the dealer in the video) got the information from Chevrolet by the sound of his report. I think he was glad that the earlier reports were false; I know I was. If what was reported, this time, is correct then I think Chevrolet made the correct decision (for the Corvette).

  11. Brett Cammack Says:


    After they sell one to the CEO of Skittles, I’m not quite sure who else they have in mind as a buyer.

  12. Drew Says:

    $5500 for optional wheels, auto temp, heated seats and a headliner!!! I know Porsche and BMW have insane option prices. But that is a lot of coin for a Mini customer. I just wonder how many Mini customers really believe they received $5500 of valued content. I suspect the real customer-perceived value is much less than 1/2… perhaps 1/4… of Mini’s claimed value.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12. Mini IS BMW, you know. Yeah, $5500 for that stuff would be quite a lot, but to get it “free” on a ~23-24K car is not bad. The truly disappointing thing Mini has done for 2020 model year, is making automatic transmissions mandatory. That is about as “our of character” as you can get for that car.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    DOn’t forget that the most popular, best selling Lexus has been the RX whatever, for decades, and it is a thinly disguised Highlander clone.

    Overseas, the HYBRID RX was the best seller when affluent owners who could only drive on alternate days into the busy cities, were allowed to drive EVERY day with the hybrid versions, so practically all RXs there (and there were a lot) were Hybrids.

    And the way the $ will devalue after we spend all these trillions in the CV panic, $52k for a Lexus RX sans the badge will seem like a REAL BARGAIN a couple years from now.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    RIP Hertz! I used it many times in the 90s and 2000s, always trying to rent Toyotas instead of its god-awful Ford Foci and Contours. (the Contour had a 3 sp auto, if I am not mistaken).

  16. Larry D. Says:

    Music to my ears. I have been ranting and raaving against the ridiculous oversupply of different models by most automakers, today we have 4 times the number of models we had 33 years ago, AND most of these losers cost their makers billions, which the buyers of the successful models (Accords, Camrys, CRVs, RAV4s) have to pay extra to bail out.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14. The RX hybrid has a V6, rather than the 4 cylinder of the Highlander hybrid. Maybe that will change with the next generation RX.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16. So many different models, but so little actual choice in the U.S. market. Eight different trim levels for a Chevy pickup truck, but not even one RWD wagon available.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    18 If the makers management are competent(A BIG IF) they would produce what the consumers want. But usually it is their egos that frequently decide to keep producing losers, losing billions that they recoup from the popular models sold.

    Case in point, I saw an Alfa SUV yesterday, after a year or so of seeing another one. How many hundreds of millions did Alfa-Fiat lose trying to come to the US again and foolisly thinking that just because you make a crossover, financial success is guaranteed? How long before they put their tail between their legs and leave the US market again?

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18,19 The thing that annoys me the most, is that companies like BMW and M-B spend hundreds of millions of dollars tooling and certifying things like lifted 4 door “coupes,” that sell fewer than 10K a year, even with multiple versions. There are 4 different versions of BMW X4. Meanwhile, they won’t “federalize,” which wouldn’t take much, and sell cars like basic 3 and 5 Series, and C- and E-Class wagons, vehicles that already exist, and are sold everywhere in the world, except here.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    I was wondering how many of these niche models make them any profits, (Merc and BMW) or they feel they have an obligation to offer them to compete with each other (and Audi) across the entire model range. They used to have lot fewer models, and even the corresponding models were not direct rivals, the S class was far more expensive than the 7, the C was not a sporty car as is the 3, etc.