AD #2999 – VW Drops Golf From the U.S.; Ford Sharing Connected Car Data; Opel Electrifies Its Combo Van

January 21st, 2021 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 8:37

0:07 VW Drops Golf From the U.S.
1:16 VW Fined for Missing EU CO2 Standards
2:01 Tesla Sales Fall in Europe
2:31 Tesla Registrations Spike in California
4:04 Autoline Learns About EHang
5:08 BMW M Division Getting an EV
5:47 Ford Sharing Connected Car Data
7:27 Opel Electrifies Its Combo Van

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42 Comments to “AD #2999 – VW Drops Golf From the U.S.; Ford Sharing Connected Car Data; Opel Electrifies Its Combo Van”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The already dismal choice of cars in the U.S. just keeps getting worse. No 3 series wagon. The E-Class wagon is converted to a very expensive Outback, and now, no Golf.

  2. Marshy Says:

    Arteon? I don’t even know what that is and I watch this show. No wonder they didn’t sell any.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    @2 – I was thinking the same thing.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    So the Co2 emissions limit is slated to be below an actual achievable level in 9 years. Well I guess we all know why the big push for EVs.
    As people have predicted here before, the trend toward the large SUVs and trucks will switch about the time everyone has one and then gas prices jump back up. As the new administration wastes no time to cancel things like the Keystone XL pipeline be assured gas prices will climb and we will probably see a bunch of used SUVs flooding the market soon after.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Arteon was the replacement for the CC. It’s a nice car, but kind of pricey for a VW. It’s kind of a VW version of Audi A5 Sportback.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Another story on these VTOLs, and yet little has been said about changing any current FAA regulations or how these transportation drones will be used. Has anyone proposed an actual governing body or established any limits on use or piloting? They seem really cool but without any changes to current regulations they are nothing more than electric helicopters.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Keystone XL has had the go ahead to build for 4 years, but not much happened, probably because oil is so cheap. Also, there has been opposition in Canada.

  8. Kevin A Says:

    Sean, The original reason for Keystone XL was security. The oil from Canada was supposed to displace oil currently being imported from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. A secondary reason was that Exxon and Shell own a lot of oil in Canada and wanted a way to get it to their refineries in the US. If Keystone XL is cancelled permanently, Canada will have to build a pipeline to the west coast and sell the oil to China. The oil can’t just go away, as Greenpeace would like, since an entire province (Alberta) relies on oil royalties to fund their government.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    6 – I think Ehang is based in Asia and may be able to sell this type of craft in many of those countries before they could here. Another case of the technology being ready before our regulations are.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    I think I will save a bunch of money on monthly services fees and just drive my vehicles myself.

  11. Kevin A Says:

    If Joe Biden is serious about the environment, then he should start by forcing businesses to use the most fuel efficient vehicle options available. No business really needs a Hemi RAM pickup, but a lot of small businesses buy them for ‘personal use’ reasons. Forcing businesses to be cleaner would help to maintain your right to be as dirty as you want. Changing the tax laws so that only cleaner vehicles can be written off for tax reasons would be easy without effecting non-business users.

  12. Buzzerd Says:

    @10 – but how will you know that there’s debris on the road unless the car tells you???

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 There are existing pipelines to get oil to the Texas refineries, but not as efficiently as XL. The oil might be worth more to ship to China, though.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30103078

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 I don’t think putting the burden on businesses especially small businesses is the answer. However I agree that a tax based on Co2 emissions would help curve interest toward efficiency. But that already works with gas prices and when it was $4 people were less likely to buy a huge SUV but as prices dropped in half that started the trend we see today. A hike in gas prices will change what sells quicker than anything. Besides whos to say if a company needs a full size truck or not? Companies will choose their fleets based on return on investment. If a truck cannot be justified they wont buy one.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    14 cont- We don’t need the government forcing anything. Which is the only reason I can agree with EV incentives. If the technology needs a little help to get up to scale to make it cost effective then fine offer some assistance but I sure as heck don’t want the Government telling me I have to buy and EV or anything else. We are a free market society and the best product for the money wins out.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 The guy who built my garage in 1998 didn’t need the ultimate gas hog V10 Dodge pickup, but he wanted his truck to have an engine sort of like the one in his Viper.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 The best product for the money, or in many cases, the product that arouses peoples’ emotions. A Jeep Wrangler is far from the best product for the money to commute and go to Walmart in Florida, but a lot are sold, few of which ever go off road.

  18. XA351GT Says:

    We’ll see how smart these manufacturers are when gas hits $4.50 in the very near future. And all they are stuck with is gas guzzling land barges and EVs no one wants. With der Fuerer killing the Keystone pipeline you will begin to see a domino effect driving prices back up to Obama levels. That is the only way they are going to force people to buy the EVs . Next on the list will be fracking and ending drilling leases on government land . Ad once again we’ll be at the mercy of OPEC . I hope the people that voted for him don’t start bitching when everything goes through the roof including taxes to pay for all the “free” stuff he promised. It won’t affect those that are on the dole , but those of us that still have to work for a living will on the hook for all this garbage.

  19. XA351GT Says:

    11 Please reread what you wrote. Do you want the government to tell you what you can buy? If so move to China.

  20. Bob Petrach Says:

    If Biden – or anyone for that matter – is serious about electric vehicles we need many, many more charging stations. For instance there is 1 level 2-2 charging station in Tawas. As I understand it it takes about 8 hours at a level 2-2 for a full charge. Contrast that to at least 20 pumps for unleaded and 3 for diesel. Every time I passed that Tawas station it has had someone charging. On the emotional and financial side I’d be tempted to get the electric Wrangler and a couple charging stations for both ends of my trip. But with only a 400 mile range, what happens when it is -5F or +100F. Can I still make 200 miles? If I knew there would be an opening at a station, I might consider the risk of charging for an hour or so (on what normally is a less than 3 hour trip) but even that is a lot to ask compared to the convenience of a gas station.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I’ve wanted higher gas taxes for 40 years, gradually phased in so consumers and car companies could adjust. That’s why I voted for John Anderson for president in 1980.

  22. Buzzerd Says:

    18-Governments make policies – hopefully- for the benefit of society. We have laws for building construction, fire safety, food safety, inspectors to make sure the rollercoaster you are about to get on doesn’t fly off the tracks, to make sure the elevator you are on isn’t going to fail…. Advancing technology to preserve natural resources and reduce greenhouses gases is no different and hardly new.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here’s a cool EHang video. Most people here probably won’t understand the talking, but there are captions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr1V-r2YxME

  24. Lambo2015 Says:

    17 Regardless if a Jeep or V-10 truck is bought out of emotion, or necessity this is still a free country (I think) and we have the choice to buy what we want. If that also includes a luxury tax or a gas tax or some other form of penalty and people still are willing to pay for it then who are you to say what they should be driving. You don’t need a new Corvette yet your the first person to condemn people for owning trucks with far less HP. Very hypocritical Kit. Your no doubt buying it because you want it, out of emotion not necessity and can afford it. The real question is how high would gas prices have to go before it would deter you from buying a new Vette?

  25. merv Says:

    8 great comments,and as a Canadian agree 100%

  26. MJB Says:

    Off-topic, but someone a few shows ago commented about not ever wanting to see a Corvette SUV.

    Not even if they could design something the likes of this? https://youtu.be/Piw67Dl_VaM

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I don’t condemn people for driving trucks. I just say that most people who buy them have no need for them, just as I have no need for a Corvette.

    As far as gas prices, they would need to go pretty high before they would deter me from buying a Corvette which I drive only ~6K miles a year, and which actually gets decent mpg, especially on the highway.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 Something like that is kind of cool, but to me, if GM made it, it should be maybe a Cadillac Escalade sub-model, as the machine in the video is a Lamborghini Urus sub-model, not a Lamborghini Aventador sub-model.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 should reference #24. Re-numbering happened.

  30. Lambo2015 Says:

    26 That’s pretty cool! But again as Kit already pointed out is a model of Lamborghini not a sub-model of an existing supercar. So still not on board with cannibalizing the Corvette name to try and make more sub-models.

    That SUV would do the name justice but I have a feeling gm would drop the ball and try and offer a base model that would end up being nothing more than another version of the new Blazer but with ground affects and bigger wheels. Then does the Corvette name still have any prestige?

  31. Bobby T Says:

    16: How times change! The carpenter who built the addition and garage at our house in the 1950s drove a 1932 Plymouth coupe. The deck lid was removed and a homemade”bed” went in. He had brackets bolted to the fenders for his extension ladder. No power tools except for a Skilsaw.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    31 Interesting. That would have been an old car, even in the ’50s.

  33. Bob Wilson Says:

    About the Tesla price drop in Europe, those Teslas came from Giga-Shanghai. Their margins can easily absorb the retail price reduction. Meanwhile, VW paid $140 million fine instead of buying Tesla credits. That was dumb.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    33 How much would they have saved by subsidizing Tesla rather than their home country? Just curious, if you know.

  35. Bob Wilson Says:

    I don’t know how to answer a ‘fine’ relabeled as a ‘subsidy’. VW has always had the option to send more money to the German government without once again facing violation of German law.

  36. Kit Gerhart Says:

    35 OK, money to Tesla vs money to the German govt, however we want to put it. I’m still curious as to how much money either way. I’ll try to search it.

  37. Bobby T Says:

    32: Yeah, but there were still a lot of cars from the late 20s and early 30s used as everyday drivers. Especially Model A Fords. A friend of mine bought a nice 1927 Peerless and drove it in high school. I wonder if gas rationing during WW2 may have extended the life of some of them.

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    37 I’m 74 and graduated from high school in 1964. I had a friend with a Model A, but most of the cars I remember were late ’40s or newer. I was in a town with a lot of GM and Chrysler employees, which may have contributed to that.

    Yeah, gas rationing, and also lack of new cars would have extended the life of cars during WW2, with no civilian cars being from 1943-1945. My parents’ first new car was a 1949 Ford, and they were on waiting lists at multiple dealers to get a car. Interestingly, that Ford was a “lemon,” and as a result, my father swore off of Fords for the rest of his life, which was another 48 years.

  39. Bob Wilson Says:

    In the 1960s, my Dad bought both a 29 and 31 Model A Fords to ‘teach us auto mechanics.’ We learned the lesson well … DON’T DO THAT AGAIN!!! … brake rods; gas tank dash board; no seatbelts; wood and fabric top; hot in the summer; cold in the winter; loud all the time; inefficient engine; updraft carb … Perfect cars to keep us celibate on a date.

  40. Lambo2015 Says:

    38 I’m about 20 years behind you guys. I graduated in 1985 and my high school was filled with 60s muscle cars. Gas had jumped to over $1 and crap like the K car and other attempts at American econo cars were flooding the market and those big V8 cars could be had for next to nothing. My school parking lot was filled with Chevelle’s, Olds 442s, GTOs, Malibu’s, Cuda’s and even a couple Dusters. Oh how I wish I had a few of them now. Sold my 71 GTO when I started college and my brother sold his 67 Mustang convertible with the 289. He paid $300 for his and I paid $400 for mine. His needed a new top and a floor and mine needed a front 1/4 panel but other than that they were great first cars.

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    39 I rode to a car show in a Model A a few years ago, and the most memorable thing was how incredibly noisy it was, reminding me of a Cessna 152. The rubber mounting of engines was one of the biggest improvements in cars in the early-mid 1930s.

  42. Bobby T Says:

    39: my 1936Dodge had “floating power”, one of the first cars with three point rubber engine mounts. It worked well, much quieter than a Model A, or even a luxury car like the Peerless. You’re right that most of the old cars in that era were newer. My second car was a 1947 Dodge, courtesy of my dentist.