AD #3019 – All-New Nissan Qashqai Debuts; New Tech Can Prevent Hydroplaning; Bold New Honda HR-V

February 18th, 2021 at 11:52am


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Runtime: 10:51

0:07 Nissan Makes Big Investment in the UK
1:03 All-New Nissan Qashqai Debuts
1:57 Natural Gas Shortage in Mexico Hitting Production
2:28 Quantumscape the Lone Bright Spot in Auto Stocks
4:36 Lordstown is Taking Its EV Skateboard Racing
5:32 New System Can Prevent Hydroplaning
6:23 Ford Improves On-Road Safety of Its Vans
7:15 Tesla Cuts Model 3 & Y Base Price
7:50 Tesla Model Y Launched in South Korea
8:21 Bosch Adopts Microsoft Azure to Develop Car Software
8:58 Honda HR-V Gets Bold New Looks
9:53 Old Wreck is a Austin Healey

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16 Comments to “AD #3019 – All-New Nissan Qashqai Debuts; New Tech Can Prevent Hydroplaning; Bold New Honda HR-V”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    Hopefully for Honda the new HRV will have a bit more oomph, the present one is kind of gutless.

  2. Marshy Says:

    I do enjoy the barnfinds. I lack the skill to answer but enjoy learning the trivia.


  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Why would Ford mount the switch to the safety panels behind the drivers seat? That seems like a very inconvenient place. Nice feature though.

    The Nissan E-power sounds like the same method GM used in the Volt. Wonder how the fuel economy is for it.

  4. Lew Says:

    My Daughter has a Nissan with a Belt trany.
    They have a lot of problems.
    Looks like Nissan will now use E-power instead.
    I agree with #3 about being same as the Volt.
    Does Mirror Finish mean Chrome plating?
    Not sure about Variable compression ratio.
    What method are they using to achieve it?

  5. John McElroy Says:

    #3 & #4. There are similarities to the Volt and Nissan’s e-Power. But there’s one significant difference. The Chevy Volt was a plug-in hybrid system. Nissan’s e-Power is not.

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Marshy – I’m with you. My classic car knowledge is limited. But I still like to try and figure the Barn Finds out beforehand with a little internet sleuthing. It took me about 20-30 minutes to figure out the Austin Healey using the same distinguishing features we pointed out in yesterday’s show.

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – There’s another difference as well. Nissan’s e-Power system drives the wheels with 100% electric power. Like the 1st-gen Volt, it uses one motor to drive the wheels and the engines spins a generator, which charges the battery. But there were scenarios (hard acceleration) with the Volt where the engine could provide torque to the wheels. Nissan says under hard acceleration the e-Power system uses electric power provided by the battery and the engine. I’m not exactly sure how that works, I would guess more energy can be sent to the motor via the generator in addition to the battery, but either way the engine doesn’t provide torque directly to the wheels.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 I too have limited knowledge of the imported classic cars and at first glimpse yesterday my initial thought was 50s Corvette. But quickly realized this had a metal body and then thought, OH NO! not an original AC Cobra! But then you showed the strait 6. I knew at that point it was most likely an import.
    Still kind of fun to try and figure it out using the pictures on Google and comparing it to the limited stand out features still found on this wreck.

    Makes you wonder though how and why it was just left there. Glad no skeletons were discovered inside.

  9. Cozy Cole Says:

    The barn find was a snap for me. I was lucky enough to have an older brother who own a 55 and a 59 Austin Healy. both red, and the 1955 had a windscreen that you could lay down. that was so cool 13 yr old!!!!

  10. Cozy Cole Says:

    so cool for a 13 year old!

  11. cwolf Says:

    I bought an MGC in high school, then purchased a Mark III a couple years later. I drove it for a year or so until someone wanted it more than me.
    I wish I still had it. It’s worth 2-3 times my MG today, but no regrets. I can’t wait to pull my “C” out of storage this Spring. It will be the first full year since doing a level 1 restoration.
    I suggest someone take another look at what remains of that barn find. I know there are many salvagable parts on the engine alone that are worth several hundred dollars on the used market.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The engine of the Volt is geared directly to the wheels at highway speed, for better gas mileage, but as I understand, it is series operation like the e-Power at lower speed. Of what I’ve read from an Australian source, the Note e-Power gets hybrid-like mpg in stop and go droving, but lousy highway mileage.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I was pretty sure the “barn find” was British, but I didn’t know what is was. We have a bunch of knowledgable Brit car people here.

  14. Sean Wagner Says:

    The comments section has been interesting and nicely varied lately, from personal stories to some pertinent facts and opinions.

    Ford Europe – I think the news of Ford’s profound shift in EV strategy deserves more scrutiny. The little Fiesta was Europe’s best-selling car just a few years ago, and their commercial vehicles quite successful.

    Their sales in Europe have hovered around a million for a while, with the obvious exception of last year.

    What they’re lacking is any kind of premium presence where so much money’s made. They let Volvo wither, and might have better exploited the storied Ghia name.

    So I think that actually makes their decision to be all-electric (with commercial vehicles majority electric) by 2030 so much more noteworthy.

    They are clearly anticipating both a further significant reduction in battery costs that will make inexpensive EVs viable, enormous production capacities coming online, as well as a rapid shrinking of the ICE market.

    Their partnership with VW should be kept in mind.

    An interesting quote: “The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.” Source Ford

    Herbert DIESS – He was interviewed in the latest Economist podcast. Worth listening in to, but nothing substantially new for those in the know.

  15. Fstfwrd Says:

    I have a little knowledge but not much on the barn find car. Surly thought it was a AH 3000, (especially for he rear pic) but had no idea of year or model.
    As far as the Volt goes, I didn’t think that the engine ever powered the wheels, only the generator to charge the Battery. Learn something new every day.

  16. cwolf Says:

    13) When restoring my “C’, I learned of several parts were specific only to that model and had to hunt high and low for them. Given my knowledge of MGs, Healys, Jags, I made it a hobby to hunt for hard to find parts then to resell them. Some parts have been reproduced, but people will pay double or triple for the “real thing” in good shape. Amazingly, the parts most desired are things like lights and bezzles, vissors,mirrors and cig lighters/ash trays.
    Engine parts and other things like leaf springs are highly sought, but you have to be careful of what you were getting and have a buyer in mind.
    I am a British car nut, but learned to research car blogs before buying anything. You might find out many parts are almost imposible to find and repops don’t exist.