AD #3055 – Mary Barra Called a Racist; Big Risk for OEMs Making the Switch to EVs; BMW Helps Improve Image Processing

April 9th, 2021 at 11:53am

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Runtime: 11:56

0:07 GM Accused of Not Doing Enough Business with Black Media
1:17 Chinese EV Startups Have a Good Day
2:02 Traditional Automakers Face Big Risk Switching to Electric
3:09 Cadillac Getting Electric D-Sized Crossover
4:38 Hong Guang MINI EV Gets a New Variant
5:39 BMW Helps Improve Image Processing
6:28 Daimler Lays Claim to First Pickup Truck
7:40 Ranking Traditional OEMs by U.S. BEV Market Share
8:32 Mazda MX-5 Miata Drive Review
10:14 Chrysler Pacifica Stow N’ Go Correction
10:35 Do You Know What Car This Is?

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50 Comments to “AD #3055 – Mary Barra Called a Racist; Big Risk for OEMs Making the Switch to EVs; BMW Helps Improve Image Processing”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Volvo coupe. Can’t recall exact model name.

  2. Dennis Johanson Says:

    The unknown car is a 780 Volvo It might nave the PRV 6Cyl engine.

  3. Dennis Johanson Says:

    It is a 262c

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is that a factory vinyl roof on the Volvo?

  5. Jim Haines Says:

    GM is stupid if they cave in like these other spineless Corps giving in to these race hustlers

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From the Chrysler web site, it looks like the Pacifica Pinnacle has fancy “captain’s chair” seats, thus no stow ‘n’ go. The lower trim levels have more basic seats.

  7. Sam Fiorani Says:

    Agree with the above. It’s a 1978-80 Volvo 262C Bertone, or simply the Volvo Bertone Coupe. Apparently, the vinyl top was not offered on the ’81 edition, the car’s final year of production.

    Back in the day, advertising for the car said it was “bad news” for America’s 500,000 millionaires as only a couple thousand would be produced.

  8. angelo ragosta Says:

    volvo bertone coupe

  9. Dale Leonard Says:

    Tell P-Dippy to stick to music,or whatever it is, and stop starting fires he can’t put out.

  10. Tony Gray Says:

    The issue with lining up ad spending with outlets owned by a specific demographic is flawed in that it assumes only those outlets influence purchase decisions by the cited demographic.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    GM and VW should not throw away the tooling for ICE vehicles too quickly when they switch completely to EVs in 2030 or 2035. They might find that they need that tooling for a while.


    So to sum up….Brands that have price insensitive customers sell more expensive EVs than Brands that have price sensitive customers.

  13. David Thompson Says:

    Pretty sure #7 got it right , yes vinyl roof, tacky

  14. Dave Says:

    So does that mean Tesla racist for not spending at black media?

  15. GM Veteran Says:

    The thing I have yet to hear or read about in the stories about GM and their advertising is how many black-owned media companies exist that align with GM’s supplier requirements and marketing strategy. I worked for ten years at a supplier to GM and we were always pushed by GM Purchasing to achieve a 10% spending level with minority suppliers. However, when we asked for a list of qualified minority suppliers we could get bids from in the services we needed, they never had a list for us.

    My guess is that there is some of this at work behind the scenes as we always found GM was eager to increase their spending with minority companies. However, it would probably not be wise for Mary Barra to comment on this in public as nearly any comment other than “we will spend more” will be blown up into a headline by these minority agency “representatives”. Its also interesting to note that there are several black-owned suppliers that have stated that this group does not speak for them.

  16. GM Veteran Says:

    Daimler may have developed the first gasoline powered truck, because I am pretty certain that there were steam powered trucks around for many years before the gasoline engine was developed.

  17. Jerry Mallory Says:

    The car was called the VOLVO BERTONE COUPE in the US. It might be called the same thing in Canada. It was also known as the VOLVO 262C BERTONE in markets that used numbered model designations. The US went with lettered designations in the late 70’s and early 80’s such as”DL”,
    VOLVO went back to the numerical designations when they introduced the 760 series in the early 80’s

  18. WineGeek Says:

    Hey Sean

    This is definitely a Volvo Coupe not sure of the year. I don’t think you could confuse that with any other car but a Volvo.

  19. William Warner Says:

    The car in the farmyard is a Volvo coupe by Bertone

  20. Gary Magarian Says:

    That’s an easy photo to recognize. It’s a Volvo 262 Bertone Coupe. It always looked like a chopped top way before the Chrysler 300 made the style ubiquitous.

  21. Roger Says:

    #15 – thank you for your insight. Not sure if there is racial bias or not, but for sure what they ask comes with a tone of threat. My reaction would possibly be different than GM’s, in fact conceding can be perceived as admission of guilt. If there is no wrongdoing then lay out the process and explain how you got to where you are, change nothing. What a world we live in!

  22. Wayne Says:

    At first glance of the “barnfind” I thought either Volvo or a late 60s Toyota Corona. But after comparing pictures, the roofline and size definitely looks more like the Volvo Bertone mentioned by others.

  23. veh Says:

    Re: Chinese EV makers: been getting lots of FB ads for the Kandi NEV, which I think is currently (no pun intended) available. But they say there’s an actual car coming to the US as well, soon. Any thoughts on whether Kandi could be the first Chinese nameplate in the US market, other than Coda?

  24. Rey Says:

    #14 Dave, Tesla does not buy adverts with anybody, not even car mags, but there are many vloggers that do product reviews and also own the car, a nd one of them is a techie, and he is black and Youtube pays him , he’s got subs and million views , im sure. Take your racist rant elsewhere!

  25. Rey Says:

    Investors would rather invest in the likes of Lucid, or Rivian (if they go public) Or a Chinese startup like Nio or others,, they hardly invest in legacy autos like GM or Ford, too much ICE tooling and stranded A$$€ts in those

  26. Rey Says:

    Notice Nikola( NKLA) was valued higher than Ford before the fraudvwas exposed.

  27. Drew Says:

    @24 – What was “racist”? Did 14 really “rant”? The Oxford diction defines “rant – speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way.” I didn’t know 14’s single sentence of 12 words was lengthy. It contained only to capitalized letters – one to start the sentence and another for a proper noun – so I fail to understand how it can be construed as shouting. In fact, it did not end in an exclamation mark (but your response of 14’s post does).

    I think we owe a thanks to 15 for a more insightful response that avoids berating people.

  28. Drew Says:

    Correcting misspelled word in 27. “The Oxford dictionary…”

  29. Warwick Dundas Says:

    Volvo 242 or 262.

  30. 2doorit Says:

    Looks like Larry D. is back but now spells his name with an extra e, should we just call him Larrey instead of Rey and be done with it? You’re not fooling anybody LarRey D.

  31. 2doorit Says:

    Looks like LarRey D. is back, still cheer leading for Tesla, a car he doesn’t even own.

  32. Jason Michener Says:

    #9 Dale, I like reading comments on the storys as well as contrasting view points, but to just phone it in with a rasist trope of “Tell P-Dippy to stick to music,or whatever it is, and stop starting fires he can’t put out.” is not o.k. and doesn’t add to the conversation.

    Now, I’m not calling YOU a racist, but I wanted to let you know that what you said WAS.

    It is the equivalent of telling LeBron James to “shut up and dribble”. It reduces a person down to a consumable good – something that white americans have been doing to Black americans for centuries. People are more than what they do; I’m sure you wouldn’t want anyone to tell you to stop commenting and go back to work.

    That said I would like to actually hear what you thought of the story…do you think that GM just needs to ignore calls to increase their business with Black owned media companies and, if so, why? Or do you have insight into what may have sparked this public request of GM in the first place?

    My personal opinion is there is more to this story than just a sudden outcry from Black owned media that GM should seek to do more business with them. In my expereince, this kind of open letter from one large business to another is a result of many other smaller or larger transgressions that were not correctly addressed behind closed doors and now it has finally boiled over to the point where is has become public. I’d be curious to know if any other readers have any additional insight in to what may have brought things to such a point…

  33. John Mantas Says:

    The vehicle is a volvo 262C Bertone coupe 1977-1981

  34. ChuckGrenci Says:

    22, I was also leaning towards the earlier year Toyota Corona but yielded to the Volvo Bertone as others have said and after checking photos; a lot of similarities between the two (I think).

  35. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That “barn find” was based on one of the last real Volvos, before they went to front drive. I think it probably had a DeLorean engine. Well, the Renault/Peugeot/Volvo engine that DeLorean used.

  36. Karl Blade Says:

    1978-1981 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupé. VERY low production

  37. XA351GT Says:

    This whole race baiting BS needs to stop . Any business should able to do business with anyone or NOT do business with anyone they seem fit .No different than saying you have to hire so many minorities no matter their qualifications. Any business should be able the best available period regardless of the race, religion, gender, sexual preference or any other factor these leftists throw out there. The time of everyone gets a trophy should over . It’s making this country weak and a good reason why foreign companies and workers are kicking our butts.The cancel culture needs to be cancelled like yesterday. Want someone’s business? FREAKING WORK FOR IT !!

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    34 Based on GM’s not-so-great ads, it wouldn’t hurt for them to look for some different agencies, regardless of the ethnicity of the owners.

  39. XA351GT Says:

    35 exactly ,who they choose should have nothing to do with who the owners are , but who does the best job for what they are willing to spend. How is demanding someone give business or opportunity to someone based solely on race not racist. If you said you can only use white owned agencies it would be racist so how is demanding it be GIVEN to a minority owner any different?

  40. XA351GT Says:

    Funny how equal opportunity became stacking the deck and calling it even and then accusing the other of having privledge.

  41. joe Says:

    As i feared, our country is slowly becoming a liberal country under Biden. This is what the news media and super large company wants. Part of that is tearing down our country and calling anyone who does not go along with their agenda a racist. It’s got to point anyone can be called a racist. Sad but true.

  42. Sean Wagner Says:

    @Kit Just to continue on from a previous day – Vespa electric scooters definitely cater to more expansive wallets. I’ve seen prices for basic transportation at or under about 2K USD here (in the heart of Europe for casual readers).

  43. Sean Wagner Says:

    Concerning Cadillac, some of the EVs that will sell in China should work for Europe too – and costs to meet a different set of emissions standards be quasi nil.

    Teslas abound round here, and modern Mustangs are anything but a rarity (in fact, a red one parks just across the road). Offer an attractive product, and the market(s) will respond.

  44. Kit Gerhart Says:

    39 Vespa gas scooters are pricy too, at least in the US. Their 50cc machine is $3999, while a Honda Metropolitan is $2499. I suspect the performance is similar.

  45. cwolf Says:

    I just read that LG Energy struck a deal with SK Innovation, thus resolved the battery issue.
    SK will pay $1.8B plus a royalty.
    Maybe we will begin to see more electrics as batteries become more available and SK completes its US battery plant.

  46. Rey Says:

    #30 tdr , I own TSLA Many shares , and holding till I triple at least, and its going towards a CYBRTRK


    43,44,45 When did you start buying the stock?

  48. Kit Gerhart Says:

    43-45 When did you buy the stock?

  49. cwolf Says:

    When did you start buying TSLA stock?

  50. Lambo2015 Says:

    The switch to EVs isn’t going to be so dramatic that traditional manufacturers cannot adapt. When sales start to take off they can change a plant over to build EVs within a year. Its not like the whole plant needs revamped its basically the powertrain chassis. The body shops, paint shop and the interior and trim are basically the same. I would think the bigger concern would be decommissioning engine/transmission plants and having battery and motor production capacity. So they may need to lean on suppliers that are positioned to assist with this transition.