AD #3013 – Audi Introduces e-tron GT; GM Earnings Good Despite Pandemic; Hyundai Unveils Wild Mobility Concept

February 10th, 2021 at 11:54am

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Runtime: 10:28

0:08 GM Earnings Look Good Despite Pandemic
0:46 California Releases 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Report
1:53 Toyota Not Affected by Chip Shortage
3:51 Audi Introduces New e-tron GT
5:54 Mitsubishi Updates the Eclipse Cross
7:33 Honda Offering Civic Type R Crate Engine
8:13 Battery Dispute Could Mean Trouble for VW & Ford
9:12 Hyundai Unveils Wild Mobility Concept

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24 Comments to “AD #3013 – Audi Introduces e-tron GT; GM Earnings Good Despite Pandemic; Hyundai Unveils Wild Mobility Concept”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like the cheapest version of the Porsche Taycan will substantially uncut the Audi in price, at least for now. There is a recently introduced RWD Taycan for ~$82K.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    While the California autonomous report is impressive the weather there is ideal most of the time. Bring some of those AVs to the Midwest this month and see how often they disengage.

    $9k for the Honda engine isn’t a bad price considering what similar crate engines are running. Wonder if employees can get a discount. :-)

    Hyundai’s mobility concept is cool but you never mentioned if its remotely controlled or fully autonomous other than saying its deployed with a drone. Sure would like to see more on that.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    @2 That’s what I always think when I read of these autonomous ” tests” . Yea ok you passed grade one, wait till you get to high school and then let’s see how you make out.

  4. wmb Says:

    It’s hard to see on the Taycan, but why does the e-tron GT have such a long over hang past the front wheels? It’s like looking at a FWD vehicle and not one that’s AWD/RWD based. The dash-to-front axle is nice and long, much like what you’d find in a RWD vehicle, but then the over hang beyond the front wheels is weird. Maybe it’s just my eyes, but once you see it, I having trouble un-seeing it. It’s not just the e-tron GT, but the dash to front axle on the Tesla Model 3 and Y are weird too, to my eye. To be RWD/AWD, their dash-to-front axle is short like a FWD vehicle. Look at the length between the dash and front wheels of the 3 Series, 2 Series Grand Coupe and compared that to the Model 3. When you do, does it or does it not seem that the Model 3 more closely resembles the front wheel drive based 2 Series Gran Coupe, more so than the rear wheel drive based 3 Series? Idk, I may be wrong and it wouldn’t be the first time! That not to say that any of those vehicles look bad, just odd in some angles. My head is spinning!

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – Not only does that RWD Taycan have one less motor it also comes standard with a smaller battery pack (79.2 kWh)

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @wmb – You’re not the only one. We were just talking about the long front overhang on the e-tron GT.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Honda crate engine would be good in a Fiero, or in a retromod Morris Minor, if it would work for longitudinal mounting.

    4 Maybe they added a few inches of length to the front, so they can have a bigger front trunk. The front motor and gear reduction of the Tesla S is more-or-less between the wheels, and takes up space above the “axle line.” I’ve heard that the C8 Corvette was made a little longer in the back than it needs to be, to allow for more cargo space under the rear hatch. I don’t know the truth of that, though.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Yeah, true. I bet they will eventually have an RWD, smaller battery E-Tron like that. It’s not “normal” for the cheapest version of a Porsche to undercut the Audi versions where they share platforms, like with the CUVs.

  9. John McElroy Says:

    #4 wmb That was exactly my reaction to the e-Tron GT. What’s with that front overhang? Aero, crash? It really detracts from the styling and is not what you’d expect in an EV.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Aero, crash, and maybe a bigger “frunk”

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Well, maybe not regarding an RWD E-Tron. 4WD seems to be kind of a “thing” with Audi, at least in the US, kind of like Subaru. The A3 may be the only 2wd (front drive) Audi now sold in the US, and that may change with the new model.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    I’m trying to understand how 3 metrics of 4 can be negative and the only positive one seems to be wiped out by one of the opposing metrics and it’s called a plus ? GM sales down 11.5% , revenue down 10.5 % ,Operating profit + 6.6 million but net profit down 6.3 million. I fail to see how any of that can be spun positively . I guess that’s why I’m not an accountant.

  13. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit #10 – I added a picture of the e-tron GT’s frunk to the transcript and, at least compared to Tesla and Ford, it looks pretty pathetic.

  14. Joe Jaboney Says:

    Mitsubishi just took the Fugly checkered flag held by our dear deceased Pontiac Aztec with the “re-imagined” Eclipse Cross! Please contact Chevy Chase & advise him that the newest family truckster awaits the next trip to Wally World.
    Yikes…aunt Edna wouldn’t be caught “dead” in/on that thing…

  15. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    13) Wow. That photo makes the trunk in my Fiero look positively roomy.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Thanks. Yeah, it doesn’t look too big.

    I tried to find some info on “official” frunk size for the e-tron GT with no luck, but a British site lists the Taycan’s as 81 liters, 2.86 cubic feet. The e-tron GT might, or might not be the same. The Mach-E has 4.8 cubic feet, and Model 3 has 3 cubic feet. Porsche Cayman and Boxster have 5.2. I guess not having that motor up there helps, even in a car that small.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I recently saw a friend’s Fiero, and it has quite a bit of space in the rear trunk, for a mid-engine car that size. I didn’t see the frunk, though.

  18. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    17) The frunk in a Fiero is large enough to store the spare tire, tools, and the huge sunroof glass which is almost the entire width of the roof. It is probably as large as the frunk in the Mach-E when you remove the spare tire.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Spare tire. What a concept. My 2018 Camry has one, but the last Corvettes to have them were C4, in 1996.

  20. wmb Says:

    Sean/John and others, let’s not forget the VW ID vehicles, for they too, to be RWD/AWD, have a long, front wheel drive type over hang. With them being BEV’s, with the battery in the middle and the motors over the axles, the e-tron GT, ID series and the Model 3/Y look like they are front will drive when they are not. Don’t get me wrong, they are all good looking cars and their owners have every reason to be proud to own them. Yet, having a clean slate design and with them being EV’s and the only restrictions being where they place the batteries and motors, why do they end up looking like they’re front wheel drive?

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Mightn’t their having a 4wd option with a motor and gear reduction in the front be part of the reason for the long front overhang? Maybe they feel the need to have front trunks, even if not very big, because they lose rear cargo space to motors/gearboxes that the EVs have in the back. While some of them don’t have very big front trunks, they would be even smaller if they shortened the nose. Of course, part of the longish nose might be for crashworthiness.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20,21 et. al., Maybe John could get some designers of these cars on an AAH, and we could find out what they have to say about it. _

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    I wonder how action movies will be affected by these EVS and although some are very fast a chase scene without the roar of an engine will just be tires squealing and a whizzing sound. like the movie Tron perhaps?

  24. wmb Says:

    @22 SUV/CUV/Crossovers and sport sedans like the F-Pace and the 5-Series, have a longer front axle-to-dash, RWD and very little over hang past the front wheels, due to the claim that this front mid-engine arrangement contributes to better handling and over all performance. The BEV’s that were mentioned in the earlier comments are RWD/AWD, but it looks like they have a front wheel drive platform. If they move the front wheels forward, placed the motor between the front axle and dash, this would give them more room for the frunk. With EV’s not being constrained like ICE vehicles, they could literally design and style them any way they choose. Why make a rear wheel and all wheel drive vehicle, appear that they are front wheel drive, is a head scratcher to me. I wonder if, by having the front driving wheels closer to the battery pack, they use less wiring, so that they lose less power as the energy travels from the pack to the front motor?