AD #3010 – Nissan Reveals New Pathfinder & Frontier; Ford’s 2020 Earnings Take a Beating; Volvo XC60 PHEV Impressions

February 5th, 2021 at 11:40am

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Runtime: 13:38

0:08 Ford’s 2020 Earnings Take a Beating
0:58 Ford Boosts EV & AV Investment
1:19 Nissan Reveals All-New Pathfinder
2:58 Nissan Frontier Gets Significant Update
6:37 Harley Stops Selling Merchandise on Amazon
7:11 Amazon Now Making Deliveries with Rivian Vans
8:09 Ford Raptor Is a Money Making Machine
9:19 Mazda Ditches Traditional Performance Metrics
11:01 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid Impressions

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33 Comments to “AD #3010 – Nissan Reveals New Pathfinder & Frontier; Ford’s 2020 Earnings Take a Beating; Volvo XC60 PHEV Impressions”

  1. rick Says:

    bob lutz said a former harley ceo told him if nostalgia ever goes out of style we’re doomed.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    I know Mazda’s approach may sound like nonsense but at a previous job some bench testing of a variety of manufacturers proved that numbers are not always key. A particular vehicle was faster/quicker per the numbers but when participants were asked which one they felt was faster they almost unanimously picked the slower vehicle. A louder exhaust and stiffer seat gave the impression the slower vehicle was actually faster. So determining what the customer experiences is often times more important that the actual numbers. Unless your taking it to the track.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 70 year old baby boomers, the typical Harley buyers, have bought their last bike. It’s not surprising that Harley is in trouble.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 My ’57 Chrysler seemed faster with the air cleaner removed. I suspect it was the carburetor noise, not that it was actually faster.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Harley, IS in trouble as the public move towards environmentally friendly transportation that are electric and quiet. Meanwhile Harleys are almost exact opposites of that trend. More and more people on the road and even more that are distracted, make motorcycle riding less attractive. Add in that a Harley is in most cases twice the price of similar competitors bikes including accessories and apparel. Pulling away from Amazon in just throwing the dealers a bone but when you start so see heavy discounts then you’ll know the end is near. Their attempt to offer an electric bike was a joke at 30k and will not resonate with traditional Harley buyers. New buyers looking for a EV bike will have much better choices and probably not care as much about it being a HD as an EV is far from that image anyway. IMO.

  6. George Ricci Says:

    Sounds like Mazda is moving away from Zoom Zoom.

  7. Buzzerd Says:

    Harley is in a tough spot because their core customer isn’t interested in modern anything. Put a liquid cooled motor in it and they can barely give it away. Indian on the other hand seems to have a customer base that is ok with technology and a modern engine.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Indian is doing a great job of combining retro styling with somewhat modern technology.

  9. DanaPointJohn Says:

    Zero – 60 is still an important measurement for merging onto any freeway in SoCal. Actually, 0 – 80 would be more relevant!

    Nice the Pathfinder has been updated, and I am looking to review it. But when will the Nissan designers drop the unnecessary giant grille? This look is played.

  10. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    I have long since grown tired of Harley bikes. Their iconic “noise” is my biggest complaint. It is probably OK stock, but I have never in my life heard a stock Harley sound.

    I was talking a Harley owner about why every Harley owner removes the stock pipes. He told me it is for “safety”. I laughed. I told him I have heard that before and Harley owners act like Goldwing riders are dying by the thousands. Then he admitted that they just like that ridiculous noise.

  11. bradley cross Says:

    When you are not fast 0-60 and are selling sporting/handling cars, you better measure something else.

    The publicity that comes with fast cars is gold See Tesla or companies that try to hit 200mph+

    Harley is a tough one. They will be one of the many brands who struggle with the transition.

  12. Buzzerd Says:

    I like the Frontier. Looks rugged enough, too bad they didn’t invest much in the chassis but Nissan doesn’t have cash to burn at the moment.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    @9 Basically what I was thinking. At least when you are dealing with 0-60 the majority know about what that feels like and means to getting onto a hwy. or merging. Changing the units doesn’t help the customer at all. Ft/lbs., newton meters……huh? Even metric, after all these years, confuses a whole lot of people. I think the engineers explanation is merely semantics (on his part). Changing the “metrics” just confuses the customer (ooo, maybe the point).

    I agree that Harley riders are pretty much predicable but I wouldn’t count the brand out yet. And consequently, motorcycles as a whole have been doing less stellar lately; all brands.

  14. Ed Says:

    Can anyone tell me if there is another electric vehicle company that can or does use the Tesla super charging network? I have been shopping for a new vehicle and seems Tesla is just in its own field, with the best infrastructure. The other brands with the new vw next seems to be the best choices, but they have a limited or spotty record for availability and operation. When I look on the sites none list the Tesla network as an option. I also have an understanding that the technology is available to others but no uptake from any; is that true?

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    0-60 times of high powered cars are limited by traction, more than power. That helps EVs, since there is no time lost to gear shifting. Also, the immediate response helps the ~0-5 time when tests are done by just flooring it from idle, as CR and some others do the tests. Also, aft CG and 4WD help very high powered cars with 0-60 times.

    9 To me, acceleration from zero is never important, but good acceleration from ~20 and up can be useful for merging.

    Didn’t Motor Trend magazine first establish 0-60 times as a benchmark measure, when they began publishing in 1949? I’ve heard or read that somewhere.

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Here’s an update on the Corvette shutdown. It is now going to at least a second week. Allocations are up in the air right now and a decision on how long 2021′s will be built is not known (at least not announced). I’m sure Chevrolet wants to get production back up to speed but due to supply and lingering Covid considerations production is less than crystal clear at this point.

  17. ArtG Says:

    Nissan ditches the CVT in the Pathfinder for a convention automatic trans. Hallelujah! Hopefully, that’s a trend, especially in light of the high failure rate of Nissan CVTs.

  18. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    14) No other OEM uses the TESLA supercharger. They are using Fast DC-Chargers that are available from vendors such as electrify America. Some OEMs even have fast DC charging at their dealerships.

  19. TERRY Says:

    Stop using the term “zero emissions” when discussing BEVs. We all know (except the ignorant) know that the electric cars are using electricity generated by fossil fuels more than wind or water.

    So to call them zero-emissions is a lie, and it causes people to be ignorant of the challenges of getting to a high level of low emissions of GHGs.

  20. TERRY Says:

    Redo of previous message (oops)

    Stop using the term “zero emissions” when discussing BEVs. We all know (except the ignorant) know that the electric cars are using electricity generated by fossil fuels more than wind or solar. Some is provided by nuclear.

    So to call them zero-emissions is a lie, and it causes people to be ignorant of the challenges of getting to a high level of low emissions of GHGs.

  21. Buck Martin Says:

    1. Bob Lutz also said Tesla is doomed and would not make it.

  22. 2doorit Says:

    Sean, what are the cab and bed choices for the new Frontier, or is the 4 door short bed as shown the only configuration available?

  23. Ukendoit Says:

    According to the link on my name, it is not well known, but other brands can now use Tesla Super Chargers and some were even (mistakenly) getting charges for free.
    It’s “easy for manufacturers to use Tesla’s chargers, as the Supercharger network recently adopted the CCS connector standard. As Electrek points out, the compatibility has already been proven; a bug with the Supercharger network in September 2020 allowed EVs from other manufacturers to charge, for free, using Tesla’s chargers.
    This was later fixed, but goes to show that Tesla’s CCS chargers can already be used by EVs from companies like Volkswagen, BMW, Hyundai, Renault and Porsche.”

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From the Nissan site, there will be a “king cab,” formerly called extended cab, but no regular cab.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 A few weeks ago I talked to a guy with a Porsche Taycan who had an adapter to use Tesla chargers. I should have asked more questions, like where he got it, and if it was for “superchargers,” or just destination chargers.

  26. 2doorit Says:

    Thanks Kit! Maybe you should get a job with AD, you seem to provide more info than they do.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26 Thanks. AD does a good job, but being retired and home a lot, I have a lot of time to search stuff on thr internet.

  28. cwolf Says:

    Does anyone know if Honda has dicount events, like end of year sales?
    I have had Ford/ Lincoln products all my life, resulting from my Father-in-law’s discount.
    I keep coming back to the Ridgeline because of its size, ground clearance, 6 cyl. and better ride, but it does cost a few grand more.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    28 The Ridgeline now has 4wd mandatory, and only one body style. The MSRP is about $4K more than a V6, 4wd Colorado short box crew cab. If a crew cab, V6 pickup with 4wd is what you want, regardless of make, it might be worth spending the money on the Ridgeline, if you really want one. Unless you keep it “forever” to where it has no value, you might get most of the extra money back when time comes to sell it.

    Honda doesn’t seem to ever have very good “incentives.” It looks like they now have 0% interest on left over 2020 Ridgelines, but no actual rebates.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A sequel to the “Imported From Detroit” ad?

    https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/bruce-springsteen-super-bowl-commercials-jeep-1234902575/

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30 I don’t think Stelantis, or whatever it is, got their money’s worth. The ad was ok, but even though I am familiar with Springsteen’s music, had I not seen the article I linked, I would have had no idea who that person was in the ad. I wouldn’t know Bruce Springsteen if I saw him, just as I wouldn’t know Billy Joel or James Taylor if I saw them, even though I am very familiar with their music.

  32. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Looks like Bruce got old (like the rest of us); his new short haircut would have left me wondering who this was too. The add wasn’t that good to me either; the linked added on the future electrified Jeeps seemed better (though they were showing off models not available yet) so perhaps a little hollow as well.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    Neither KC or TB has ever been a team I’ve cared much about on way or the other, so the game was on only because of it being the championship. Felt like the halftime show was bland and so were the commercials. Seems like about the only real exciting part I find out today was the streaker that ran onto the field and they cut away so I didn’t even know it happened last night. But I also changed the channel before the 4th quarter started. I missed the Stelantis commercial.