AD #3015 – Citroen Unveils New C3 Aircross; BMW Delays iX Production; Infiniti Shares New QX60 Details

February 12th, 2021 at 11:56am

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Runtime: 10:37

0:08 Biden Administration Tackles Chip Shortage
0:38 Europe Considers Semiconductor Foundry
1:29 BMW Delays iX Production
3:16 EVgo Adds Tesla Connectors to Charging Network
3:55 Citroen Unveils New C3 Aircross
4:35 Farley Calls On LG & SK To Reach Settlement
6:04 Infiniti Shares New QX60 Powertrain Details
6:55 Renault Adds R.S. Line to Captur
7:30 Lexus GX Impressions
8:48 Viewer Feedback on Chrysler’s Future

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17 Comments to “AD #3015 – Citroen Unveils New C3 Aircross; BMW Delays iX Production; Infiniti Shares New QX60 Details”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 300 is a real Chrysler, but it’s been around in nearly its same form for 16-17 years. Is the Alfa Giulia any good, other than poor reliability? That platform might be a good basis for a new 300.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    So we need an executive order from the president to review supply chains for critical components. Pretty sure the manufacturers already know what items are critical and need a boost in production.

    BMW is probably delaying the iX SUV because lack of interest. Seems lots of these new EVs are getting delayed and makes me wonder if they were just in too much of a rush to market or is the demand just not there?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Isn’t the Lexus GX a gussied up 4-Runner?

  4. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I wonder what the whole story (or as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story”) when describing with the chip shortage. Sure production was down in 2020 and 2021 is trying to ramp up, but come on, 2020 production didn’t ‘crater’ (just down 10 or 15%); did they shut down production for just a reduction. I can see a production slow-down, but why the crash? There’s got to be some details we’re not hearing about.

  5. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    4) The chip manufacturers may have moved excess capacity to the consumer electronics industry. Consumer electronics were red hot in 2020 with everyone working and learning from home.

  6. Mac Says:

    Oh goodie, get the federal government involved with a shortage in the private sector; that’ll help a lot!

    As a former elected member of local county government, I can attest that having pretty much any level of government intervention in business operations results in delays, cost overruns, and ultimately litigation. I can see very little good coming from this.

  7. ChuckGrenci Says:

    5, Autoline mentioned that; however, you don’t just shut down completely (or why did they); I don’t know, but think it is curious, that almost across the board, there’s a chip shortage. I would have suspected a more limited shortage, not this major event.

  8. SteveO Says:

    3) Lexus GX = Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in most other regions outside of US & Canada.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Thanks for info. GX and 4Runner are about the same size, but I see that the Lexus is substantially different, with a side hinged rear door rather than a lift gate, and other differences. Also, I found that if you pay extra for the Lexus, you pay extra forever, in the form of premium gas to get a few extra horsepower.

    Does anyone know what ICs are in short supply? Are the proprietary ones, specific for the car business, or are most of them “commodity” devices like might be used in all of the game consoles and Chromebooks that are being sold?

    As far as the government getting involved, I don’t see it either, unless certain trade wars could be disrupting supply, and they are being ramped down.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I saw somewhere that some of the IC fabs were being shut down, and moved to different countries. Knowing what it is like to just get one new piece of equipment running, I can imagine that it could take months to restart a fab if all of the equipment has been moved.

  11. Sean Wagner Says:

    10 – The plethora of current travel restrictions don’t help either – factory specialists who are needed to set up equipment are left marooned at base.

    I’ve been following the installation and use of the Italian-made IDRA Gigapresses at Tesla in Shanghai and Berlin/Brandenburg (the latter will be easier) with that in mind.

    Incidentally, Tesla has ordered something like eight [!] of them, if I recall correctly.

    CHIPS – As has been remarked upon, chip manufacturing isn’t a business that turns on a dime. Some manufacturers planned ahead, while it seems that most reduced their orders, which maybe led to a generalized swapping of production.

    Long-term ancillary measures to support the highly knowledge- and capital-intensive chip business shouldn’t be abused as a palliative for this short-term drought.

    I’m not an expert, but maybe (more expensive) hardware re-programmable chips (aka FPGAs) could be abused, given regulatory approval / waivers.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Off topic, but to people interested in things Elon, it’s interesting. The video is about unboxing and testing out the Starlink antenna and electronics. I hear more about it than most people, with the rumble of another rocket with about 60 satellites every couple weeks.

    https://youtu.be/2-nQOIZ1IwY

  13. Sean Wagner Says:

    Thanks Kit. I’m seriously impressed, and have to admit they’re way ahead of my expectations.

    Insofar as it points to the technical potential of an Elon-initiated team of very talented people turning his physics-grounded visions into reality, it’s worth following (let’s recall the proprietary chip in Tesla’s “autopilot” works, even though the smarts are still lagging).

    Seriously – just the sat-to-sat comms by pretty low-power laser are a marvel. Designed, tested, built, and launched in no time. And the dish can’t be using all too much power either, given POE (power of Ethernet).

  14. Bob Wilson Says:

    I hope you’ll cover the High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) 320 motor and electronics announcement from BorgWarner. The “2024″ release date is a challenge but given advances in LiON batteries, this sounds worth a short article.

    One caution, an EV needs to be “clean sheet” designed to optimize body and battery configuration. It isn’t clear from the number of mediocre EVs that the manufacturers are ready to change their design rules from ICE to EVs. It would be a shame to have this EV drivetrain in a body penalized by excessive weights and inferior battery system.

  15. WineGeek Says:

    Maybe the chip “shortage” is based on a drop in production and a move to consumer electronics or maybe in addition to this the manufacturer(s) found a new way to raise prices with a partially created shortage. A government partnership with manufacturers could be a way to bring chip production back to the US. Government could fund the cost and get paid back over a period of time at low interest creating a number of new high tech jobs in the US and bolstering our independence from offshore manufacturing.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 For some types of vehicles where battery packaging is easy, like front drive vans, the BorgWarner hardware could be used very effectively with existing platforms. With passenger cars, battery packaging is much better with EV-specific designs. I’d expect the BW hardware to be used in a number of vehicles, some much better than others as EVs.

  17. Jim Nader Says:

    I just caught up on a couple weeks of episodes while riding my training bike! Thank you for 17 miles of informative riding, Sean! Pro Tip — the Magna ad makes for a great short sprint!