AD #3023 – Kia Reveals New Carnival Details; Oshkosh Wins USPS Truck Contract; Daimler Partners with Cummins

February 24th, 2021 at 11:57am

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Runtime: 10:16

0:08 Taiwan Drought Could Disrupt Chip Production
0:51 Oshkosh Defense Wins USPS Truck Contract
2:06 Fisker Signs Manufacturing Deal with Foxconn
4:32 Porsche Testing Taycan Cross Turismo
5:16 Kia Reveals New Carnival Details
5:53 Mitsubishi Updates Outlander Plug-In
7:12 Nikola Shares New Truck Details
8:01 Suzuki’s 91-Year Old Chairman Retires
8:37 Daimler Trucks Partners with Cummins To Build Engines

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23 Comments to “AD #3023 – Kia Reveals New Carnival Details; Oshkosh Wins USPS Truck Contract; Daimler Partners with Cummins”

  1. wmb Says:

    So wait…my head is spinning…, is Foxconn or Magna building Fisker’s Ocean BEV, or both? Is Magna building the Ocean and Foxconn building a different vehicle for Fisker? Whatever happened to Fisker’s revolutionary new battery tech, with it having 400+ miles of range and recharging in only a few minutes, that he was bragging about not long ago? Fisker fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice….!

    So with the Taycan getting a wagon, goes that mean that the e-tron GT gets one too?

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yep Ford shut down the Edge and MKX production for this and next week due to the chip shortage. All resources are being diverted to keep the F-150 running and same for GM to keep the Silverado, Tahoe’s and Corvette’s running down the line.

    Ford would probably want to brag about their involvement with Oshkosh unless they signed a confidentiality agreement. That could easily be a transit under carriage with an Oshkosh body. Or maybe just a Ford powertrain.

    Maybe Suzuki could use some fresh blood at the helm but his son is like 61 so still handing it to someone that’s close to retirement age. I read that Osamu wanted to let someone else make the transition to EVs and fend off newcomers like Tesla and Apple.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    With world racing getting ready to start here is a good article about how Brexit affects that. Not much good news for teams.
    https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/articles/motorcycles/what-does-brexit-mean-for-british-teams-and-riders

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    @2 I would agree Suzuki could probably use a new or younger outlook, their bikes and cars haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire.

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @wmb – That’s a great question we don’t have a definitive answer to. We would guess it’s a new vehicle that Foxconn will make for Fisker. The Ocean was slated to start production next year on Magna’s BEV architecture. This new story says the vehicle will be made on Foxconn’s EV platform and will go into production at the end of 2023.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If Foxconn is a reasonable company to make cars, why wouldn’t Apple use them to make their iCar, or whatever they would call it?

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Audi already has a lifted wagon version of E-tron GT. It’s called e-tron, without the GT.

  8. Lex Says:

    I like the Carnival name, but wished they offered AWD. Did I hear correctly that the US version of the Kia Carnival has a 3.5L V6, not the 3.8L V6?

  9. Albemarle Says:

    I thought Magna’s decision to make cars for Fisker was a bit out there. They have a history of doing many things well but taking a flyer on getting paid for unsold speculative EVs is not one of them. Assembly is only a small part of Magna and they may be waking up to the risks. From where I sit there isn’t much if any buzz about the Ocean.

  10. Carl Says:

    Kia ‘Carnival’. Does it launch during Mardi Gras and come equipped with a clown that makes balloon animals?

  11. Carl Says:

    So Oshkosh Defense will build somewhere between 50,000 and 165,000 trucks over a ten year period. That’s just 5,000 -16,500 vehicles a year. Far to few to replace the ancient postal fleet in a reasonable time period.

  12. Druff Says:

    Being from Wisconsin I wouldn’t trust any deal with Foxconn, that is a dirty little word in this state.

  13. Wim van Acker Says:

    @8: they should consider launching a performance version, the Carnival Barker

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lex – Yes, the U.S. Carnival only comes with a 3.5L V6.

  15. Wim van Acker Says:

    @9: I may not be getting what is going on, but it seems like many different brands and models of EVs for a small market. AS I said, I am probably missing the point.

  16. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Carl – According to the USPS its fleet of vehicles is more than 230,000 in every vehicle class. It says there’s about 190,000 mail trucks.

  17. GM Veteran Says:

    I don’t think we are done with the Postal Vehicle award story yet. Oshkosh partnered with Ford and their proposal (and prototypes), used the powertrain and transmission from the Transit Connect and a body produced by Oshkosh (not sure about the frame). Workhorse has asked the Post Office for some clarification on the award, which is their right in the guidelines of the bid process.

    My guess is that they are curious as to how the Post Office awarded a contract to Oskhosh that included a portion of the vehicle fleet to include EV powered vehicles when Workhorse was the only bidder that proposed that powertrain and the only bidder that provided prototypes for testing that used a pure EV powertrain. How would the Post Office have any idea if Oshkosh can build an EV that will be adequate and reliable?

    They could have split the contract between two bidders, as many folks expected they would – but they did not. There is something fishy at the Post Office.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Could DeJoy be doing some, uh, suspect stuff before he gets booted out, as will probably happen in a few months?

  19. GM Veteran Says:

    Could be. I’m not sure how many people are involved in deciding on the contract award. Political influences are suspected. The undefined portion of the contract to be EV powered could be a last minute change to try to avoid issues with the Biden admin decree on electrifying the gov’t fleets.

  20. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    @13 That would be the dog friendly version.

  21. Sean Wagner Says:

    Ford partnered with German onetime-startup StreetScooter to offer the country’s post office (who also own DHL) an electrified version of the ubiquitous Transit van. Serial production started at the end of 2018.

    https://www.motor1.com/news/176987/ford-dhl-electric-delivery-van/

    Links to DHL https://bit.ly/3dJLslz

    It might have been smarter to procure separate vehicles for each mode of propulsion.

    Oh, and SONY is predicting difficulties supplying enough Playstations for Christmas due to… guess what. It seems US sanctions on Chinese companies have had a thing to do with sharp shifts in chip production locales. I still find it interesting, as that Playstation silicon certainly commands a good price.

    The news about Cummins and Daimler Trucks is noteworthy – European truck makers have been busily expanding across the globe until fairly recently. It goes hand in hand with Mercedes wanting to split and go it alone.

    MERC EUR battery supply – I’ve heard vie manager magazin that they’re having serious problems with prototype cells supplied by Chinese company Farasis who were slated to build a factory in Europe.

    Note: From memory, I didn’t cross-check.

  22. Sean Wagner Says:

    Ford had partnered with German onetime-startup StreetScooter to offer the country’s post office (who also own DHL) an electrified version of the ubiquitous Transit van. Serial production started at the end of 2018.

    https://www.motor1.com/news/176987/ford-dhl-electric-delivery-van/

    Links to DHL https://bit.ly/3dJLslz

    It might have been smarter to procure separate vehicles for each mode of propulsion.

    Oh, and SONY is predicting difficulties supplying enough Playstations for Christmas due to… guess what. It seems US sanctions on Chinese companies have had a thing to do with sharp shifts in chip production locales. I still find it interesting, as that Playstation silicon certainly commands a good price.

    The news about Cummins and Daimler Trucks is noteworthy – European truck makers have been busily expanding across the globe until fairly recently. It goes hand in hand with Mercedes wanting to split and go it alone.

    Mercedes EUR battery supply – I’ve heard via manager magazin that they’re having serious problems with prototype cells supplied by Chinese company Farasis who were slated to build a factory in Europe.

    Note: From memory, I didn’t cross-check.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To me, Carnival mostly means the cruise line. Maybe that’s because, until about a year ago, I would frequently see the word “Carnival” in 20 foot high letters on the ships three miles from my place. Since covid, the ships have all gone somewhere else, except for a brief appearance of one of the Disney ships.