AD #2996 – VW Delays Launch of ID Buzz; Volocopter Seeks Approval to Operate VTOLs; The Story of Rolls-Royce of America

January 18th, 2021 at 12:01pm

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Runtime: 9:02

0:08 Ford Delays Mustang Mach-E Deliveries
0:37 VW Delays U.S. Launch of ID Buzz
1:00 Grab Wants to Do an IPO In the U.S.
3:08 Opening Car Windows May Reduce COVID Risk
3:46 Volocopter Seeks FAA Approval to Operate VTOLs
4:26 European Ford Ranger Gets Rally-Inspired Look
5:27 New Technology from Gentex
6:46 Cars Not Becoming a Cell Phone on Wheels
7:23 GM Announces Huge Canada Investment
8:00 The Story of Rolls-Royce of America

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23 Comments to “AD #2996 – VW Delays Launch of ID Buzz; Volocopter Seeks Approval to Operate VTOLs; The Story of Rolls-Royce of America”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From yesterday, Lambo2015 asked:

    “Kit have you bought historical plates for that van.”

    It is registered in Indiana, where you can get historical plates for vehicles over 25 years old. I did it two or three years, including registering a “year of manufacture” plate, but for reasons unknown to me, they require you to go into the BMV place every year to renew, rather than doing it by mail or on-line. It wasn’t worth the bother, so the van now has a regular plate.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    It must be even more difficult being in charge of a auto manufacturer these days, where to spend your R&D money? VTOL’s, car sharing, autonomous driving, Electrification or fuel cells, personal mobility….. on top of the regular car development, and racing, and military ……

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Not sure I’ve ever heard anyone say that modern cars are cell phones on wheels, but I’m glad to see that manufacturers have switched to carplay and android auto rather than trying to integrate those functions into the instrument panel. A cell phone and its apps are updated constantly and provide the latest and greatest software. Meanwhile manufacturers were providing their own versions of maps and voice activated functions that were outdated by the time the vehicle reached dealers.
    The comparison is probably only made because of the user interface is about the same. Sure a vehicle has more screens, processors and sensors but to the user most of that processing and sensors are for functions that are invisible to the driver. If 80 processors and 20 sensors are used for engine management most users wouldn’t know the difference. But thanks Continental for stating the obvious that software will continue to grow in vehicle content.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; Your story on the VW buzz minivan talked only about delaying it in the US. Are they still launching it on time elsewhere?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 From what I’ve seen, the Buzz will be assembled only at Chattanooga, so the US should get it as soon as anywhere.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Correction. What I see now, is that the Buzz will be built in Hannover.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    No Buzz, then I’ll have to stay with my Tesla Model 3 and BMW i3-REx.

  8. cwolf Says:

    Except for Tesla’s and Bolt, the rest are just promised concept cars that keep getting yet another year delay to production.After awhile it gets little tiring , don’t ya think?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I keep seeing Lucid ads. The ads are pretty good, but I wonder if the cars will ever actually exist.

  10. cwolf Says:

    I finally drove theBronco that has been sitting on the local Ford lot. I lo
    I liked everything about it, much to my prior thoughts. Much to my dismay, it only had a 1.5 L and cost $36,000! What a disappointment putting this engine in an otherwise fun suv.

  11. cwolf Says:

    Once you get passed the novelty of the new Bronco, like the one I drove, the base model 2.0L Escape is peppier, just as good , if not better, in other aspects and much less expensive.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10,11 Isn’t the Bronco Sport, basically, an Escape with retro styling and a higher price?

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I think what everyone is really waiting for is the Bronco (not the Sport); the Sport is entertaining, but as referenced, a gussied Escape. Probably a good vehicle but the Bronco is the one that may “move the needle” in the segment. When and if the Maverick is produced, which is also based on the Sport, then maybe it will be more noteworthy.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    10 I saw a funny video the other day where a guy pretending to be the voice for big American 3 and at first he is Ford and says, “We are launching a bunch of new vehicles and half our fleet will be electric and the ones that are not will have tiny little 4cyl with turbos”. Then GM is like, “We are canceling some of our best selling models in place of electric and much smaller engines and maybe even make the Corvette electric”. Then lastly the rep from FCA says, “We will probably take our minivan and put a 700 hp Hemi in it, in fact we will try and offer our whole line up with a 700 hp option”. Seemed about right and when you said how underwhelming the 1.5L in the Bronco was I couldn’t help but think of that video.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    8 I agree, that it seemed like everyone wanted to give the impression that EVs were here and everyone would be hitting the market with a bunch of new models by 2021. Yet everything seems to be getting pushed back, delayed, or just quietly idling by.
    I wonder if the recent softer sales are making them rethink if the actual demand is there. If it was just a rush to market that they realize they need more time. Or something else.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Three cylinder engines are becoming the next big thing. The 1.5 in Bronco Sport is a 3 cyl., as are the engines in the new TrailBlazer

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 The Mach-E will be the big test of whether EVs are ready for prime time. It’s a near-clone of the decent selling Model Y, but will be sold the “regular way” by a legacy car company. If it doesn’t sell well, maybe other companies should slow down on making everything electric.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    16 Oh I know, in the 4 years that I worked at Ford in the Global engine group which has been 5 years ago now. I was working on 3 programs 0.9L thru 1.5L engines two of which were 3 cyl. Granted most were developed for other nations but still that’s pretty small for a car let alone a small SUV.

  19. JoeS Says:

    16 18 My wife had a Terrain with the 1.5T as a loaner and swore that there was something wrong with the engine. ” It shakes, vibrates and makes noise but doesn’t go anywhere.” She made me drive it just to make sure it was okay. She was very happy to get her 2.0T back.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 A 2.0L turbo seems to be the sweet spot and provides adequate power for most applications. Anything smaller just seems to be pushing the boundaries of capability. I had a Chevy Cruise with the 1.4L turbo and is was okay for a local commuter but was horrible choice for HWY driving. At 75 the engine was taxed pretty hard and passing or accelerating above that speed was like being back in a 18 wheeler. Not to mention the 40mpg I would get at 55mph dropped to a pitiful 28. Which was the majority of my driving and I figured if I’m only ever going to get 28mpg anyway I might as well buy something with a V6 that has some upper end power and gets the same mileage on the hwy. So they have their place but the tiny engines are not for American Hwys. IMO

  21. ChuckGrenci Says:

    My wife has the base Cooper Mini with the 1.5 turbo; it does not lack for power (even at highway speeds); six speed automatic tranny.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 A while back, I test drove a Mini with a 1.5 turbo triple, 6-speed manual, and it drove pretty well. That’s a 2800 pound car, though. I suspect a 3700 pound Countryman with that engine is pretty sluggish feeling.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    The Cruise is between 3100 and 3200lbs but was also geared poorly and at 75mph was turning like 3000rpm.