AD #2998 – Cruise Sending AVs to Japan for Honda; New RWD Taycan Much Cheaper; Mercedes Reveals New EQA EV

January 20th, 2021 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 10:13

0:07 Chip Shortage Could Last Until End of Q1
0:39 Mexico Wants Ford to Relocate Brazil Production
1:10 Trump Pardons Anthony Levandowski
2:55 Audi Develops 3D Virtual World for Employees
3:35 Rivian Raises Billions More in Investments
4:10 GM & Cruise Teaming with Microsoft
4:26 Hottest Automotive Stocks
4:51 Cruise Sending AVs to Japan for Honda
5:15 New Bolt EV & EUV Debuting on Valentine’s Day
5:47 New RWD Taycan Much Cheaper
7:21 Mercedes Reveals New EQA EV
8:26 New Defender Hitting in the Nick of Time

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20 Comments to “AD #2998 – Cruise Sending AVs to Japan for Honda; New RWD Taycan Much Cheaper; Mercedes Reveals New EQA EV”

  1. MJB Says:

    I find the exterior styling of that EQA quite underwhelming.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sounds like Rivian is on the right track. Is Ford still a partner? I remember them investing like 500 Million in Rivian back in like spring of 2019.
    I know companies that go under or just fade off into the abyss don’t typically make the news but it would be interesting to hear how many of these EV start ups are going belly up. Seems there were bunches of start-ups popping up daily and we all knew only a few would survive. There has been a few we haven’t heard from in a while.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Funny they would show Audi virtual 3D world in a group like setting surrounding a crankshaft and pistons, when everyone keeps saying they have no new engines in development. Maybe used for that very reason as not to expose anything proprietary or maybe still developing ICE’s.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The RWD Taycan is almost competitively priced, but if like most Porsches, many things will be options that are standard on other cars.

  5. cwolf Says:

    2) Ford is invested in Rivian; I heard Ford may have purchased more over time, but to what % is unknown. And since they will be assembling the Rivian trucks it will be another reason Ford stock will continue to increase. It is lower than GM stock, but who knows how far it will go.

  6. ArtG Says:

    Also contributing to the microchip shortage is the huge increase in demand for laptops as a result of remote learning during the pandemic. Some schools are giving every student a Chromebook. I was looking at a new laptop for myself and just to get the equivalent of what I have now will cost at least $100-150 more than I paid previously.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I, too have heard about the huge uptick in Chromebook sales for schools, and also, increased sales in various electronic toys, like game consoles. I bought a new laptop before the chip shortage began, so maybe I saved a little money over buying it now.


    1) They certainly are not moving the needle.

    I guess the OEMs all think we are suddenly able to afford $50k compact SUVs. For reference, the current compact SUV from Mercedes starts at $38k. With an estimated starting price of the EQA at $58k, that is a huge premium to pay just to be electric. Did everyone suddenly get a huge pay raise in 2021 to where they can now afford $50k compact SUVs?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8. All true, and $38K is a big premium to pay for a three pointed star, over a Honda or Toyota that is better in most ways. Even without the price premium, EVs won’t work for a lot of people, because there’s no place to charge them.

  10. merv Says:

    I really like how a vehicle’s price can be doubled quite easily,with options. The base price units never seem to be available.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 You need to order them to get base cars. You can still do that with “detroit three” products, and even Porsches.

  12. cwolf Says:

    The outrageous price of EV’s along with the price of pick-ups and many normal SUV’s seems to puzzle us all and are curious of how the average buyer can afford them. I then wonder just how many of these purchases are either leased or bought on a loan beyond what was the normal 3-5 years. It appears these alternatives has done little to direct buyers towards EV’s. There are a couple of us on this forum who are thrilled with their EV’s and this is great. The first hand experience that they share allows us to maintain an open mind, yet they are only one of the 2%ers.
    I think this group is pretty level headed and each one of us has something to offer where others are lacking. But this makes me wonder of we are representative of the average population. For whatever reason we find, we too, can’t afford todays offerings or perhaps are reluctant or just don’t want what is available today with the over-load of unproven technology. So, if the manufactures are attentive to buid vehicles for people like us, the average “Joe, why aren’t they listening?

  13. cwolf Says:

    By the way; Haven’t we had a lot more fun comments since Larry has been gone? Hallelujah!!!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Much more civility.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 For years, I’ve heard that a majority of “premium/luxury” brand vehicles like M-B, BMW, and Lexus are leased. I suspect a lot of the $60K pickup trucks are also leased. The lessees of pickup trucks who actually use them as trucks, and have paint scratches in the bed, etc., may be shocked with the few thousand dollar repair bills when they turn them in.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    My fondest hope is the “trade war” will come to and end with sensible tariff policies. It will have to be negotiated and coordinated with the other nations but at last, the tariff, a type of Federal sales tax, will shrink.

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    12, I couldn’t agree with you more and I really think that EV manufacturers are in for a rude awakening. When EVs first started they all built these tiny commuters with huge price tags and realized no one was going to pay twice as much for an econobox that was less convenient. So Tesla launches a luxury EV with the features people expect when spending 80K. So now all the EV manufacturers are scrambling to launch an EV that can support a 50-80k price tag and what on the current market was pulling in that kinda cash? Luxury cars, trucks and SUVs. So now everyone is in the EV luxury car or EV truck business without considering market demand. If there was demand they wouldn’t need incentives or tax breaks. So very soon all these EVs will hit the showrooms and when no one buys them or very few buy them they will get discounted until they are giving them away. Manufacturers are going to be at a loss after neglecting all there ICE vehicles and scrambling to develop an vehicle people want. I honestly think you’ll see a resurgence of hybrids probably PHEVs. Something that can run in EV mode within a city but still have 500 mike range. Also get the prices back into the 30s. Anyway that’s my thoughts but I agree the market is going to be flooded with lots of 50K+ EVs and that has a limited amount of buyers. After that we will probably see a few more EV start ups go belly up.

    13-14 Amen! and I wont say the other. lol.

    15 When I turned in my leased truck I was told the scratches in the bed didn’t matter. I’m sure that could be different depending on the brand and lease company.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As prices come down and charging infrastructure improves, interest in EVs will increase. Still, though, EVs are not even close to gas vehicles for long highway trips, and probably 20-30% of Americans have no place to charge them at home.

    The bottom line is that, for now, people buy EVs because they “like” them, for the instant acceleration, lack of powertrain noise, low routine maintenance, and environmental friendliness, real or perceived, depending on where your electricity comes from.

    15 Interesting. It sounds like they are less picky with trucks, at least in your case, than they were with a Grand Cherokee my sister leased a few years ago. They wanted it to be “like new” at the end of the lease.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    18 Oh they are still picky about the rest of the truck. The lease company even sends out a guide a couple months before the end of the lease. The guide provides the maximum allowable size of a dent or scratch tear in fabric. Specified the amount of tread on the tires and that they all need to match and so on.. Of course I had scratched up the inside of the bed because I do use my truck to haul things. They said the scratch requirements don’t apply to the inside of the bed.

  20. JoeS Says:

    19 I had leased a truck back in the 80′s and they were going to charge me $200 for the stone chips in the painted front bumper. A rattle can fixed that.