AD #3046 – Mercedes Reveals New EQS Interior; Jeep Launches Off-Road Charging Network; Chip Shortage Is Getting Worse

March 29th, 2021 at 11:45am

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Runtime: 9:56

0:08 Chip Shortage Is Getting Worse
0:42 New Car Inventory Levels Are Plunging
1:23 Stellantis Plans to Go Vertically Integrated with EVs
2:17 Peugeot 208 #1 Car in Europe
3:11 Mercedes Reveals New EQS Interior
4:11 Jeep Launches Off-Road Charging Network
5:08 The History of The Car Air Freshener
7:02 Why Toyota Sends Product Planners to People’s Homes

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17 Comments to “AD #3046 – Mercedes Reveals New EQS Interior; Jeep Launches Off-Road Charging Network; Chip Shortage Is Getting Worse”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; Not sure if you have seen any studies but it would be interesting to see what the typical shopping duration is when people look to buy a new vehicle. I can understand if their old one is totaled or just quit running they may only spend a day looking. Some may take a week or weeks looking. So low inventory may only affect those that need to buy that day. Anyone willing to wait a week or so might be willing to wait for the vehicle thy really want.

    Also I don’t really see prices going up but all of the incentives to disappear.

  2. Kevin A Says:

    Sean, We’ve heard a lot about who is being hurt by the auto chip shortage, but is there anyone who is benefiting? Are the OEMs paying more for the chips in the future? Is some chip company making a fortune?

  3. Kevin A Says:

    Assuming that that top selling Peugeot eventually comes to NA, any idea what it would be branded as? Has Stellantis said whether each brand will stick to their current marketing niche or can we expect some brands to become ‘full line’ again. ie would this car come over as a FIAT, Alpha, Opel, Dodge or what.

  4. Kevin A Says:

    Also, any chance that Nissan and Renault will cooperate enough to bring Dacia’s to NA? I’d like to see the return of inexpensive basic cars, especially if they were branded as Datsun.

  5. wmb Says:

    If the range is competitive to the Model S and Lucid Air and can hit 0-to-62 in under or about 4 seconds, I believe Mercedes may have a hit on their hands and a real contender! If it lives up to expectations, could this be the reason that Jaguar felt their new XJ was not up to snuff, as they learned more about the EQS? I just adds to my belief that other models that are currently on in the EQ line up, are place holders until Mercedes could bring true BEV platform to market under the EQS. IMHO, though, this is the vehicle Mercedes should have put their Maybach badge on and sold against the likes of the Ghost and Flying Spur. Then from there, letting the tech trinkle down to EV versions of the rest of their line up. It seems that it may be harder to now move the tech upmarket, with more exacting buyer having knowledge of its humble begins.


    I find the EQS interior to be a bit too much. Too much interior accent lighting. Too much screen area/information being displayed across the entirety of the front of the interior. It does not say luxury which should be about calming/relaxing after a long day of work. This design I would expect in a cheap car for college students.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s looking like maybe GM should have stuck with their old ways, using vertical integration for some of their semiconductors. They shut down their main wafer fab in Kokomo, Indiana about four years ago. I was involved with its startup in about 1984.

    The equipment was obsolete, and it would have been prohibitively expensive to keep it competitive going forward.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 In my case, “shopping time” is continuous, as I read magazines, visit dealers occasionally, and visit web sites. Then, if I buy an American car, there is the wait time, which is typically 6-8 weeks after I order it, but may be about two years for the Corvette I ordered last September.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I sure wouldn’t want that white steering wheel. It would look horrible very quickly, especially in the summer, when I might have oil on my hands from model airplane fuel. I like the interior of that old Mercedes, with the pine oil cardboard thing.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    8 Exactly my point. Many buyers like you will wait for the vehicle they want especially when your throwing 40K+ at a purchase. Not having inventory isn’t going to change your mind on getting the Corvette. It really only affects those that are pressed to replace a vehicle and need to get something that day.
    Whenever I been shopping around I drive various models and makes even. Once I’ve made my decision its the vehicle that best fits my needs. So if they don’t have exactly what I want on the lot I’ll wait until they do or make a dealer trade to get it for me. So I just don’t see low inventories being a huge problem. What you’ll more likely see is people accepting something that is either up or down from what they wanted. I bought my truck during Covid and ended up with a trim level up one from what I wanted because inventory was low. I was willing to wait but the salesman got me the truck for the same price as the one I was willing to wait for. So a good salesman will keep vehicles moving.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Yeah, most people aren’t that particular about which of the four shades of grey they get, or about going up a trim level, if the sales person can make it look like the customer got a good deal.

    When I got my 2018 Camry, I was willing to wait for a color I’d rather have, but the dealer gave a much better price on the one they had, than if I’d ordered one. Other than color, the one I got was exactly what I would have ordered, both trim level and option packages. I could have looked into ordering a car from other dealers, but didn’t want to mess with it.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Don’t Ford and Chevy pickups have about 8 trim levels? There can’t be much difference between adjacent ones.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 It also drives home the point that prices may not go up. When inventory is low a good salesman will have to work a little harder to make sure you don’t leave the dealership empty handed. They want that sale so even if the sticker has gone up they might have to sell for less to keep inventory moving.

  14. Tony Gray Says:

    If they want to sell more passenger cars maybe they can address visibility. Those monstrous A Pillars create huge blind spots and those “cool” slit windows make you feel like you are in a Pillbox at Normandy Beach.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 My Camry has better visability than a lot of CUVs, but my friend’s Camaro, not so much. Actually, my C7 Corvette has better rear quarter visability than the Camaro, if you move your head to the right height.

  16. cwolf Says:

    Yes, the pillars obstruct the field of view. Thank God for rear view cameras.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 The rear cross traffic alert of my Camry comes in handy at times. It was part of one of the two option packages I have. Moving your head side to side will take care of big “A” pillars, but much wider wide “C” pillars are harder to deal with.