AD #2874 – Nissan Introduces Ariya EV; U.S. Car Market Headed for Deep Trouble; Small Pickup Sales Remain Steady

July 15th, 2020 at 12:29pm

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Runtime: 13:14

0:07 U.S. Car Market Headed for Deep Trouble
0:51 Consumers Open to Online Car Buying
1:44 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition
2:58 Toyota Tweaks the Camry
3:09 Nissan Introduces Ariya EV
4:53 Volkswagen Opens Next Gen Charging Station
5:53 Small Pickup Sales Remain Steady
6:27 Maserati Likely Using Mahle Jet Ignition Technology
8:35 Range Rover Gets 48V Mild Hybrid Diesel Engine
9:35 States Adopt New Mandates for Big Trucks
10:39 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition
11:16 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

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30 Comments to “AD #2874 – Nissan Introduces Ariya EV; U.S. Car Market Headed for Deep Trouble; Small Pickup Sales Remain Steady”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From the Toyota news releases, it looks like they have finally upgraded the hybrid system in the expensive trim levels to be like in the lower trim version. Since 2018, the cheapest trim hybrid, LE, has used a lithium battery, while the more expensive ones used NiMH, resulting in the cheap one getting significantly better mpg. The LE will still do better, since it has narrower tires, but the difference won’t be as great.

  2. lambo2015 Says:

    Seems like a year or so ago ALD was saying that no automakers had any plans to launch a new engine. They were all in when it came to EVs.
    Yet here we are again with land rover releasing a new engine and MB AMG with two new engines. Granted the AMG was plucked from the GT3 race car but I’m sure it did not meet emissions in the race car version which means development time was spent on it.

    Somewhat surprising that the 730 HP 590 TQ engine from AMG is their most powerful to date. Dodge has had 707HP and 650 TQ since 2015.

  3. Bob Wilson Says:

    The jet ignition reminded about the Honda swirl that had a rich vortex center and the outer was lean. What happened to that?

  4. Larry D. Says:

    Looked at the link on the Nissan BEV Ariya. After 10 pages of pure BS, the technical data, dimensions and HP appeared. At least it is not a tiny short hatch like the failed Leaf or Bolt, but a meaty, big, long vehicle. The price is not cheap, and that $47k in japan is base of base. When you add options, AWD etc, it will be north of $60k. The performance will not be better than the model 3, probably much worse. Overall, at first glance it looks like a more competitive offering than the Leaf or Bolt.

    But then again, it is Nissan JUNK. Would you really spend $60k for a DATSUN?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3. Was that CVCC?

  6. Larry D. Says:

    PS these Rosy scenario ranges of 610 KM are all, by Nissan’s own admission, “UP TO 610″, which means you got to get the more expensive, bigger battery versions to get the ALLEGED KM (379 miles, make it 280 on a good day)

  7. Larry D. Says:

    Why does VW worry about EVs in extrteme HEAT? It should worry MUCH MORE about Extreme COLD.

  8. Larry D. Says:

    3, 5 that was 45 years ago, or 50. CVCC=1.5 lt in latin. They stopped using such tiny engines on the Accord, but kept some in the CIvic after.

  9. Larry D. Says:

    8 actually CVCC is not 1,500 in latin, but they were 1.5 lt engines. CVCC stood for an english acronym I forget. They had their usefulness in their day (70s)

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8,9. CVCC means Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion.

  11. Bob Wilson Says:

    Thanks! I remembered the physics but not the name, “Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion.”

    I didn’t remember it required two carbs and a small, 3d valve to make a rich mixture near the spark plug.

    Now if someone could come up with a spark plug and fuel injector combo, no extra intake valve would be required. The cooler combustion of a lean mixture would reduce NOx … a good thing.

  12. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    What I wish is for Toyota to come out with the Yaris GR hatch!

  13. FSTFWRD Says:

    @11 The Civic and the Accord that used the CVCC Engine didn’t use two carbs, only 1. It was considered a 3 barrel though by techs and parts people.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think a lot of why Honda used the CVCC system, was that it allowed them to meet emissions standards for a few years without a catalytic converter. My sister had a CVCC Civic, I think a 1979. She had drivability issues with it. I don’t know if that was “normal,” or if she was just unlucky.

  15. lambo2015 Says:

    How about 1.1 Million for a Datsun. https://www.caradvice.com.au/819815/million-dollar-datsun-240z/

  16. lambo2015 Says:

    Or $310k for a Datsun.
    https://www.foxnews.com/auto/1971-datsun-240z-sold-310000

  17. Wim van Acker Says:

    @9: 1,500 in Roman numbers is MD

  18. Bob Wilson Says:

    Thank you for the article “U.S. CAR MARKET HEADED FOR DEEP TROUBLE” that includes “And nearly half of all car owners say they’re going to keep the car they’ve got instead of buying a new one.”

    Recently Reuters reported that one car company, “Tesla registrations in California nearly halve in second quarter: data” (see web link.) There is no industry-wide metric in the Rueters article. This is called ‘cherry-picking’ and highly unethical.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    A Datsun I respect (performance wise) is the GT-R. But I have no idea how poor its quality and reliability are.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    Over in Europe (see a recent Olympic Games closing ceremony) Datsuns are associated with little red pickup trucks selling watermelons from their tailgate.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    20 PS and owned by Gypsies, who live outside of the law, and are known for kidnapping and selling infants to desperate couples.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15,16. I guess those 240Zs are worth a lot, because not many of them would still be around. They rusted badly, at least in road salt territory. A college friend bought one after graduation, and it was a cool car, but had a major engine problem early on. A wrist pin scored a cylinder badly enough that it needed a new engine. As I understood it, the wrist pin was pressed into either the rod or piston, rather than having retainer clips, and the press fit wasn’t tight enough, so the pin moved.

  23. lambo2015 Says:

    22 Yea I also had a friend in college that had one and it was a fast car for the time. It was already 12 or 15 years old so not the best of shape but lots of potential and a great body design. I was driving a Datsun 510 at the time which was my first exposure to Japanese cars. When I started college I had to get rid of the 12 mpg 1971 GTO I had and got this Datsun. The clutch needed replaced and I was impressed with their engineering. Was able to get the transmission out replace clutch and pressure plate throw-out bearing and re-install in about an hour. Everything I had worked on before that made me expect it to take a couple hours.

  24. lambo2015 Says:

    23 cont- To be fair to the American cars I had worked on prior to owning the Datsun. They were almost all V8s and had crossover exhaust pipes that were required to be dropped when pulling the transmission. Almost always so rusty they needed to be cut off and that would add a bunch of time. The Datsun had everything out of the way but was still RWD.

  25. Alex Carazan Says:

    Stop watching the main stream FAKE news when it comes to COVID-19. The “surge” in COVID-19 positivity rates are a big lie! The deep state cabal with DNC and fake new media needs 2nd wave of the virus to get mail in voting to try to steal the elections this November. The GOP Convention is also in Florida so they are propping up positives in Florida despite the fact that corona dies fast in high heat. Test labs in Florida and across the country have been reporting false numbers into the CDC (see article below). The Trump admin just removed CDC from controlling the data because much of it is propaganda. The fatality rate is also way down and no longer a pandemic. They also propped up deaths by counting anyone who died due to other comorbidities but was COVID-19 positive as death by COVID. There were even people who died in car crashes and shootings yet they counted as COVID because they tested positive. Many false positives also are going on. People have even sent in tests with swabs of nothing on them and tests results come back positive. They want to scare public, hurt economy again, and control the masses to usher in mail in voting. Masks also normal surgical and cotton masks do not work to prevent spread of a virus. See some links for truth:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/floridas-covid-positivity-rate-skewed-countless-labs-reporting-100-positivity-rate-medical-centers-admit-real-rate-9-less/

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/cdc-no-longer-to-control-covid-19-data-hospitals-to-send-data-to-washington_3425418.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f65PqWdg4g4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb8UBlf2xnA

  26. Larry D. Says:

    I am in the middle of my weekly shopping and as I bought a few items from Meijer (a low-price chain I had not used for 3 months) I saw for the first time some MISERABLE boxes of 10 masks, made in Vietnam (which also makes all the composition books you can get on sale for $0.50 per 200 page hard cover notebook), but the 10 masks were selling for $19.99!!!

    SHAME, Hanes (this was the brand). I bet it cost them 25 cents to have them made in Vietnam (25 cents for ALL 10 of them) and they try to profiteer aT $20??
    shame.

  27. lambo2015 Says:

    25 That’s only $2 a mask.. I’ve seen places selling masks for $20 for a single mask..Crazy

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25. If Florida’s reported cases are inaccurate, they are low, not high, given who is running things, Ron DeSantis. Anyway, here is the best available information on new cases. Scroll down, and you can see some select states. There are options to see other information, like raw data, deaths, etc.

    https://ig.ft.com/coronavirus-chart/?areas=swe&areas=deu&areas=usa&areas=bra&areas=chl&areas=nld&areasRegional=usny&areasRegional=usfl&areasRegional=usin&areasRegional=ustx&areasRegional=usaz&areasRegional=usnj&cumulative=0&logScale=1&perMillion=1&values=cases

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25,27. I got 20 masks from Ebay for $10, plus ~$5 shipping, back when you couldn’t buy them locally at any price. I’m surprised that Meijer seems to be “price gouging.” They are generally considered pretty reputable, of what I know.

  30. Bobby T Says:

    25: where the hell did you come from and what does your BS tirade have to do with autos??