AD #2915 – Cadillac CT4 & CT5 Updates; Mercedes Faces Sales Ban in Germany; Maserati Shares EV Plans

September 11th, 2020 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 8:32

0:23 Mercedes Faces Sales Ban in Germany
1:09 Continental Develops Weight Sensor for Big Trucks
1:52 Traton Ups Bid for Navistar
2:44 Maserati Shares EV Plans
3:51 Mercedes Cracks Code on EV & ICE Production
5:07 Cadillac CT4 & CT5 Updates
6:14 GM Explains Under the Hood Design of Full-Size SUVs

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34 Comments to “AD #2915 – Cadillac CT4 & CT5 Updates; Mercedes Faces Sales Ban in Germany; Maserati Shares EV Plans”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I was hoping one of the updates to the CT4 and CT5 would be to offer the 3.6 V6, but no such luck.

  2. David D Says:

    Mercedes’s solution to ICE and EV production is very similar to the techniques used in the Auto Industry for many years. Vinyl Tops and Convertibles had spurs built that would shuttle them off to a separate line to have the work completed then merged back into the main line for the common components. Have you looked at Lake Orion to see how they were handling the Sonic, Bolt EV and cruise AV in the same plant down the assembly line?

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Finally Maserati is doing what should have been done a long time ago. Designing a car with the ability to manufactured with an ICE or be a pure EV. Its a great looking car and it will be interesting to see the take rate of BEV to ICE of the same car.

  4. cwolf Says:

    I think weight sensors are a good idea. To take it a step further, there should be a way to also sense unbalanced loads. Believe it or not, unbalanced loads can be just as destructive as an over load.
    In combination with sensors and since there is an app for everything, one should exist to keep trucks on designated roads. I am not certain if these routes are mandated by law but I question if everyone obeys the many signs. Having a mandated app would make it easier to fine those offenders who ruin roads meant for cars and fewer roads to repair or as often.

  5. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.autonews.com/automakers-suppliers/nikola-threatens-hindenburg-litigation-short-seller-welcomes-it?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200911&utm_content=article2-headline

    WHile the Tesla shorters lost way more than $3,000,000,000 ( the three billion was BEFORE the stock price took off!), there may be serious money to be made shorting this loser.

  6. Bob Wilson Says:

    I tried to SHORT sell Nikola but learned those who had the stock had put an unreasonable high interest rate. Since at that time the stock was primarily held by ‘insiders’, I figured it was just another way fleece anyone who came near them. To me, the business equivalent of a poison ivy patch.

    As for GM’s EV efforts, Diess is right … design an EV as an EV and don’t try to modify an existing gas/diesel engine body. The electric Hummer, sad to say, is already doomed.

    There are plenty of famous, USA inventors whose names could have been used: Edison, Westing, Marconi, Bell, e.t.c. These names a product labels are free of legacy of reputations.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    1, Kit, yeah, that CT5 could use the 3.6; I’ve had the 3.6 in an ’06 STS, ’11 STS, ’17 XT5 and currently in my ’19 CT6. Good power, great hwy gas mileage (with good all around town mileage as well).

  8. Larry D. Says:

    https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/tesla-plans-export-china-made-model-3s-europe-asia-report-says?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200911&utm_content=article4-headline

    And while the short sellers now aim at the weak Nicola, Tesla, if allowed to sell its Shanghai made Model 3s in Pro-BEV (big way) Europe, will make a bundle.

    The Q is, what will the Berlin 500,000 unit a year factory make? Model Ys?

  9. Larry D. Says:

    5 I could not read the full article, so do you know on what legal grounds (I doubt there are any) can Nicola sue its short sellers?

  10. Larry D. Says:

    https://insideevs.com/news/443598/nikola-threatens-sue-hindenburg-research/

    But you can all read this, hilarious, Enjoy.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    From my link in 9:

    Hindenburg accuses Nikola of “falsely claiming to have extensive proprietary technology.” When it announced its deal with GM, the company said the Badger would use Ultium batteries and Hydrotec fuel cell technology, both of which will be provided by GM.

    In November 2019, Nikola promised it would reveal a revolutionary new battery with 500 Wh/kg that is 50 percent cheaper than current lithium-ion cells. Hindenburg says this technology would come from the “pending acquisition” of ZapGo that was called off when Nikola realized it was vaporware. The president of this company, Charles Resnick, would have conned NASA for funding and used the money to hire prostitutes.

    Hindenburg also accuses Nikola of not having a running prototype of any of its vehicles, and of hiring Trevor Milton’s brother, Travis, to be its “Director of Hydrogen Production/Infrastructure.” The financial research company says Travis’s experience is limited to “pouring concrete driveways and doing subcontractor work on home renovations in Hawaii.”

    You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Thanks for the Laughs, Hindenburg. “Oh, the Humanity!”

  12. Larry D. Says:

    10 Trevor and Travis… or Beavis and Butthead, more like it. ANd then John Mc compared these snake oil salesmen to the Almighty Elon Musk in his AAH discussion!!!

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7. “The Q is, what will the Berlin 500,000 unit a year factory make? Model Ys?”

    Maybe a Golf-size hatchback. That’s the biggest part of the market in Europe, and I read somewhere that there might be one in the works.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    12 I heard Musk wanted to do a compact, but not of any definite plans.

  15. Larry D. Says:

    My friend’s daughter is having regrets that she bought a new Prius C equivalent in Europe, where it’s called the Auris Hybrid, because it has too little space for her, her Canadian husband (who is a musician, composer, player etc) and their 2 year old son, whose child seat takes up a lot of space too. They think they should have bought the regular Prius, or the less expensive Corolla Hybrid which I see parked here all the time and it looks like a roomy small wagon, although it’s not very tall and the cargo room should not be that big. Still, they enjoy the quiet operation (both she and her mother suffer from serious headaches) and good MPG.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14. Do they sell a Corolla hybrid hatch or wagon in Europe? They sell only the sedan in the U.S., and if you want a hatch, you get a Prius. The Prius and Corolla hybrid have the same powertrain. The only reason to buy the Corolla over a Prius, is the appearance, and the base price is about $1K lower, at least in the US.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    15 I’ve only seen a COrolla Hybrid that looks like a small wagon. The Auris Hybrid is I believe like the Prius C, a small hatch. The Corolla Hybrid may have similar proportions to the rather cramped Lexus 200 ct or whatever hybrid. I sat inside that lexus and it had less room up front than the Prius.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Prius C that was sold in the US is about 20 inches shorter than a regular Prius, or a Corolla, so would have a lot less room. The Lexus CT is about midway between in length.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    14 In fact before they bought the Auris Hybrid the wife asked me what they should buy. She had asked me before when she was in the Waterloo, Canada area on a postoc, and was considering a Civic sedan from the 2000s (used). I told them to buy a much bigger, safer car used but she was worried about the maintenance and repairs, which for many cars is not a problem, including both my Merc Es. In fact, her grandpa who lived to 101 and was elected to Parliament at 77 or so, had a nice Merc (probably an E class too) I advised them to buy from him when he retired, but they bought instead a rather awful Renault Megane, which sucked even when brand new. And paid a ton of money for that dog.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. In the Camaro, the 2.0 turbo gets barely better EPA mpg than the 3.6, and the the turbo costs more to run, if you use the recommended premium gas. The 2.0 turbo Jeep Wrangler gets a 2 mpg better city rating, but the same highway. I don’t know how real world mileage would compare, but I suspect with a lot of drivers, the turbos would do worse.

    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=42882&id=42889&id=42906&id=42907

    FWIW, when I bought my ’89 Caravan with the turbo manual, it was the quickest version of the van, and, as I remember, had the second best EPA numbers, beaten only by the 4 cylinder non-turbo.

  21. ChuckGrenci Says:

    19, It seems the only way you can see those high mileage numbers, with the four cylinder turbos, is if you don’t invoke the turbo (much); kind of like the old four barrel carburetors (efficient until the two rear barrels kick in). I think that’s why the six does pretty well against the four turbo; that, and especially when the six has cylinder deactivation (six to four). Both my XT5 and CT6 had/have the six to four deactivation; the XT5 would remain in four cylinder on the highway up to around 55mph, the CT6 for one reason or another stays in four cylinder mode closer to 65mph (conditions permitting; level ground, no or little wind). And as you said, the six runs perfectly well with regular fuel, the four does better with mid grade or premium.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m surprised how much time my Corvette spends in 4 cylinder mode. Changes in grade that you don’t see have it switching in and out, but on level ground, it seems to spend time it 4 cyl mode at 60 and above.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Fuel cells? The operating cost, so far, is even worse than I realized.

    https://insideevs.com/news/443711/hydrogen-fuel-cell-cars-complex-costly-impractical/

  24. Larry D. Says:

    22 Why then is TOyota wasting so much time andf $ researching them? (other lesser makers too)? Puzzling.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Good question

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23,24. One thing in the linked article didn’t make sense. They said the efficiency of the “grid” is 95%. I’d heard and read more like 60%, with the loss from transformers, IR loss in the wires, leakage of insulators, etc. Of course, there is a big “it depends.” If you get the power for a plug-in car from hundreds of miles away, there would be a lot of loss, but if a plant to electrolyze water is right next door to a wind farm or solar array, or if you charge a BEV near the source of the power, there wouldn’t be much loss.

  27. cwolf Says:

    Kit, regardless of losses in the grid, wouldn’t this apply to the production of all fuel sources? Hydrogen use has a better chance of becoming more efficient through advanced technology more than moving closer to a power source.
    Considering the volume of sold vehicles other than ICE, your information is informative but not relative to scale.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26 I’d think production of hydrogen using facilities co-located with solar and wind power would make the most sense. Produce hydrogen when power is available on-site, but don’t use power from the coal plant 200 miles away to make hydrogen.

  29. Alex Carazan Says:

    GM CADILLAC BUCKLE TO DRIVE: Tyranny nanny state is here! Has GM been talking to the CCP in China? Now when you want to pull your car out of your garage to wash it in the driveway you need to buckle up. Insane!! Last I heard it was NOT the Auto Maker’s job to enforce seat belt laws! Put consumers/customers needs last….great idea GM!

  30. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    29) You can never be too careful pulling out of the garage LOL.

    Just buy something other than a GM product. Seems that is what everyone is doing anyhow when it comes to Cadillac products….They just buy something else that is better.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 Cars had mandated seat belt interlocks in 1974, and they went away because people complained. Cadillac will probably reconsider for the same reason, or make it possible to disable.

  32. ChuckGrenci Says:

    If you go to the article (transcript), “Buckle to Drive” needs to be turned on to function.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    29 I’m with you there. I’m all for safety devices and using them isn’t a problem. However there are many times I move my vehicles where I don’t need to be reminded to wear my belt.
    I have a truck and when hooking up a trailer I may be in a tight spot or I get in and out of the truck a few times. I didn’t always close the door if I’m moving back 3 inches to get a hitch to drop over a ball. But now my new truck wont go into gear without the door being shut. PITA. I disabled the seatbelt chime the second day I owned truck because unlike common sense would warrant it to start chiming once the truck is over 10 mph. No it starts as soon as its in gear with a very annoying ding ding ding again while I might be just moving 6 feet.
    Ive also found the auto braking feature to be too sensitive. If I’m baking out of the driveway and a car is parked on the street I have had the truck jam on the brakes scaring the bageezes out of everyone in the truck like we were about to get sideswiped. I’m not sure if its picking up the curb or the parked vehicle but its done this three times now. Thinking less is more on the next truck.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The new Diamond Sky color on the Cadillacs might be similar to the Ice Blue on my ’89 Caravan.