AD #2989 – Chevy Launches Virtual Shopping; All-New 3-Row Jeep Grand Cherokee; U.S. December BEV Sales Up Big

January 7th, 2021 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 9:54

0:07 Unprecedented Move by Manufacturers Association
1:04 Top Performing Automotive Stocks
2:54 Wuling MINI EV Continues Sales Success
3:28 European Car Sales Look Bleak
4:15 Details of Chevy’s ATPs
5:03 Chevy Launches Virtual Shopping Experience
5:42 Jeep Adds All-New Long Wheelbase Grand Cherokee
8:01 More Details on Bollinger’s Commercial Vehicles
8:33 Goodyear Tests Tires on Lordstown’s Endurance
8:58 U.S. December BEV Sales Up Big
9:23 Diesels Post Strong Sales in the U.S.

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39 Comments to “AD #2989 – Chevy Launches Virtual Shopping; All-New 3-Row Jeep Grand Cherokee; U.S. December BEV Sales Up Big”

  1. Jeffrey Woodin Says:

    Hey Sean, President Trump did NOT “incite a mob to attack the capital building”!!! Cut the CRAP!!! In fact Trump said JUST THE OPPOSITE!! Very disappointed in AutoLine!!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will the 3 row GC replace the Durango, or will Durango stay around as a price leader?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Yes, Trump did incite a mob, but that’s not really an auto related topic.

  4. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    2) I was wondering that myself. It would make sense to have a dodge variant to pay for the investment in the platform. I guess we will know soon enough.

  5. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I saw in TFL that the new Grand Cherokee will be offered while the current model will also remain for 2021. (maybe to the tune of Grand Cherokee Classic)

    BEV’s up sharply (diesels still bigger); just saying.

  6. Gavin Smith Says:

    What was that vacuous statement from Mary Bara about? American values? She needs to make a statement that keeps her Chinese compatriots happy. Every manufacturer who has operations in China has to make nice with the CCP or they will be out of there with nothing to show for it. It’s just about the money not some Nothing more. No altruism there, just money.

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    speaking of “cutting the crap”, yes he did indeed incite the mob attack, spit out the coolaid already.

  8. wmb Says:

    Great looking vehicle and I’m sure they will have not have a hard time selling every last one of them. My only gripe is with the vehicle’s name: the Grand Cherokee L. Perhaps the should have renamed the current Cherokee the Liberty (something FCA has done in the recent past), or the Patroit, this way they could give the Cherokee name to both versions of this vehicle! This would keep the naming structure in line with the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and maintain consistency.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    Sean,
    Where can we get more information on the Autoline Stock Index? Would love to know what stocks are included and the criteria for inclusion.
    Thanks!

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV. Well that’s a mouth full. Can only assume they don’t have emblems with the full name as it would be longer than the car. :-)
    As the Chinese keep buying EVs I wonder how the charging structure is keeping up there.

    Bollinger seems to be more a design firm, as they have tons of great designs but have yet to build anything for sale or provided any dates that they will have something.

  11. Drew Says:

    @3&7 – Agree.

    @1 – The 25th should have been invoked a long time ago. But now, the Narcissist-in-Chief is taking down the Party of Lincoln with him. Many people saw this coming… as far back as the 2016 primary debates… er… debacles.

    Sean and John, thank you for invoking your own version of the 25th Amendment. ALD’s comment section is much more enjoyable and stimulating without its prior egomaniac.

  12. cwolf Says:

    When I looked at the EV monthly sales numbers I saw no reason to get excited. My interpretation is that, still, not many wants them and they are far from prime time, just hyped to the hilt.

    I do understand but there is too much reporting on Chinese manufacturers and the brands sold there that are not linked to the US manufacturers. I don’t even care what happens to BYD just because Buffit has a stake in it.
    IMO, we rely too much on Chinese products and adding cars to the mix will just be asking for trouble. Thats why I will never own a Volvo even though I like the wagon.

  13. GM Veteran Says:

    No mystery to the rising ATPs at Chevy. They have been rising for the last several years as they replace sedans and hatchbacks with more expensive crossovers and SUVs. Combined with the dizzying price and destination charge increases they have issued, its no surprise that the average transaction price for the Chevrolet brand has been rising steadily.

  14. Drew Says:

    Jeep’s prior effort at a 3-row vehicle was highly forgettable. The Commander did not stretch the GC’s wheelbase, but did add rear overhang. As a result, the 3rd row seat was a chore to access. Also, the exterior styling seemed more like a corporate retort to the Hummer. The interior was awash with acres of cheap plastic (Cerberus influence?).

    But this new “L” looks like a winner. Price and quality will determine its degree of success.

  15. John McElroy Says:

    #9. GM Veteran: we’re still in the process of building our stock index, but here are the companies we include in the category for traditional North American suppliers.

    Cooper Standard
    Borg-Warner
    Adient
    Martinrea
    Tenneco
    American Axle
    Aptiv
    Dana
    Linamar
    Goodyear
    Magna
    Gentherm
    Gentex
    Allison Transmission
    Visteon
    Lear
    Lydall

  16. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – The Durango is sticking around for now.

  17. Sean McElroy Says:

    @wmb – I’m sure this won’t change your mind about the name, but if you take a close look at the ‘L’ it’s the same, stylistically, as the ‘L’ from the Laredo trim badge.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Both Volvo wagons, V60 and V90 are from Sweden.

    https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/2020_aala_alpha_10152020.pdf

    14 An Indiana neighbor has a Commander, bought used. I doubt if they ever use the 3rd row, but got a good price on it, I think better than a similarly equipped same-year GC when they bought it.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Thanks for info

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 I have a hard time keeping track of these companies, even the one I retired from, Delphi. I guess part of Delphi reverted to GM, and part became Aptiv.

  21. cwolf Says:

    And who owns Volve? Geely in China

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Yes, true.

  23. Wim van Acker Says:

    @21: Daimler is owned by Chinese shareholders for at least 14.7% (the largest at 9.7% and the third largest shareholder at 5% are Chinese). There is a 3.1% shareholder RN, which I cannot find anything about. Does anyone know RN?

    Additionally, there could be Chinese money among the 52.7% held by institutional investors and the 22.8% held by retail investors. Those are unknown, so could be anyone, from any nationality/geographical location.

  24. John McElroyj Says:

    #20. Kit, Aptiv was carved out of Delphi, and then Borg Warner bought Delphi.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 Thanks for info. Since you mention it, I remember about the Borg Warner deal, but I’d kind of forgotten.

  26. 2doorit Says:

    I guess electric pickup trucks never get into accidents, at least that seems to be the message the idiots in the video are sending by not wearing their seat belts. Must be all those electrons flowing around you that keep you safe in a collision….

  27. rick Says:

    the 2 year old occupying whitehouse right now needs to be removed immediately. absolute dumbest incident in american history. also dumbest person to occupy the whitehouse in american history.

  28. cwolf Says:

    I thought the front end of the elect. truck was ugly without a grille….notice I didn’t print “grill!”

  29. rick Says:

    wonder why he didnt invite em all down to mar-a-lago? they all looked like mar-a-lago type people to me.

  30. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Sean,

    I very much enjoy the Autoline shows and hope to continue to do so. However, while in this country and many others, people are able to freely express political views, my own preference would be that political discourse not enter the Autoline programming.

    Regards,
    Tim Beaumont

  31. MJB Says:

    Trump was no more guilty of inciting a riot here than GM is to blame for the speeding tickets Corvette drivers get.

    The perpetrators were Antifa (dressed in pro-Trump gear), but the media won’t mention that. They worked with someone on the inside in Capitol security to give them a big enough window of time to actually break in.

    Surely, I am not the only person who sat back scratching their head thinking, “Wait… This is supposed to be the 2nd most secure building in the United States, and you’re telling me it can be breached THIS easily?? With zero resistance from any security detail???” No way!

    There’s way more to this than what CNN is telling people.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    31 I wish we could avoid politics here, but since we can’t…. Trump has been inciting violence since he first announced his candidacy in 2015. The idea that those people were “antifa” is absurd. It certainly did look like the police were easy on the thugs, though. I don’t don’t know if they were Trump supporters, or if they were just afraid of them.

  33. Wim van Acker Says:

    @31,21: I am with you, Kit, this is no place for politics, and we cannot let political lies remain uncontested. So here we go.

    MJB: Pres. Trump addressed his supporters and incited violence, and then Antifa did it? No. Please see the facts below.

    “1:10 p.m. ET

    As he ends rally, Trump calls for supporters to ‘walk down Pennsylvania Avenue’

    While Congress begins the process of affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, President Donald Trump encourages his supporters to protest at the US Capitol. Despite promising he would join them, Trump retreated to the White House in his SUV and watched on television as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill.

    “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong,” he said at his rally on the Ellipse.”

  34. Wim van Acker Says:

    @33: @31, 32 rather than @31, 21

  35. Lambo2015 Says:

    I dont want to get into political debates here either, and I’m not here to defend Trump or even take a side. However I tend to believe real people and facts and not blindly listen to any news cast CNN or Fox. The nice thing about social media is you can get actual real information from people actually there and it also can be garbage just like main media news. So its important to keep an open mind and look for facts. Sad that in this day we cannot fully trust the news organizations to be completely transparent and that has been proven.
    When Covid started and the news was showing mass graves and refrigerated trucks parked outside of hospitals in NY it was proven to be file footage or from other places and people who actually live there were able to post on many social media sites that it was BS.
    My wife is a nurse and did travel nursing out East at Yale and out West at UCLA and southern Cal and is now at a large hospital in Michigan along with my daughter. So I hear whats going on from people that are actually working in the hospitals and my daughter works in the “covid unit” when they had one. Tons of money was spent to convert a field house into a make shift hospital that never saw one patient. So sorry for not buying into the hype that the media has given this disease. They have treated it like they do when a rain storm comes into the area and now it has become breaking news and requires a special news cast to say its going to rain.

    So back to the politics portion and the rushing of the capital there are many videos surfacing now that show the security teams just stepping aside and allowing the crowds into the capital and facial recognition software has proven many were Antifa supporters posing as Trump supporters. Also the coverage and adjectives used to describe what happened is a far different narrative from when crowds protested and disrupted Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing where 70 people were actually arrested.

    So as this may sound like I’m in support of Trump what I am really in support of is maintaining our freedoms and the truth. Its very sad that our news media outlets are being used to slant public opinion. They are no longer just providing the news allowing the people to decide how they feel about anything. They are providing a narrative that tells people what to think about things and many people foolishly trust what they are told. The days of Walter Cronkite are gone and there are so many examples to prove this is the case. So regardless if your for Trump or Biden your bigger concern should be, are we being given the whole story, the un-slanted truth and if not why? I’m not saying social media is the place to get your news but it does provide some checks and balance on often times skewed stories like the Nathan Phillips story were the media was quick to make it look like the young man with a MAGA hat was intimidating an elderly native American. Which proved by social media to not be the full story. Or in the many police violence on Blacks was taken out of context and they show only the brutality portion and not the resisting up to that point.

    If they actually were fact checking and not in a rush to be first, news stories like the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco in 2013 story wouldn’t make it to air.. That’s where the news reported the pilots names as Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. That’s pitiful and a direct representation of the quality of news we get.

    So like I said regardless what side your on for this last election. We are all Americans and should not only expect but demand that our news organizations are transparent and provide unbias news.

  36. cwolf Says:

    I was looking on Autoblog of pictures of the Mazda Vision Coupe, an inline-six, rwd. Wow, what a sleek looking car, but I’m not sure how even a “short on one end’ guy like me could get in the drivers seat without cracking my head. Still, I like the look and the inline 6 idea.
    There is hope in the future for us gassers.

    Hey, Ann Arbor (MI) getting 2 Mustang-E’s! That’s pretty neat, but can 2 large tablet screens fit in it without covering the entire windshield?

  37. cwolf Says:

    Ann Arbor police, that is

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35 They should make a wagon version.

  39. Kit Gerhart Says:

    36 That should be a good test of range loss in coldweather.