AD #3150 – Mercedes S-Class Impressions; Brand Loyalty Hits 6-Year Low; Dacia Sandero #1 in Europe

August 30th, 2021 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 10:47

0:08 Brand Loyalty Hits 6-Year Low
0:41 Toyota Halts e-Palette Fleet at Paralympic Games
1:20 Another Tesla Autopilot Accident
1:51 Vinfast Closes Australian Operations
3:39 VW ID.3 Debuts in China
4:35 Porsche Expands in Asia
5:10 Dacia Sandero #1 in Europe
5:46 Ford Expands Camper Van Lineup in Europe
7:24 S-Class Is Engineering Marvel but Very Complicated

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18 Comments to “AD #3150 – Mercedes S-Class Impressions; Brand Loyalty Hits 6-Year Low; Dacia Sandero #1 in Europe”

  1. George Ricci Says:

    Mercedes Benz engineered like no other car in the world!

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    1 You mean over-engineered like no other car?

    Never even heard of Vinfast until today.

    Hopefully there is more to the Tesla accident story, as detecting a stopped police car seems a basic minimalistic skill for autonomy. Hopefully AAD stays on top of the investigated results.

    Not only brand loyalty but it would be interesting to see if consumers are also changing the vehicle type. Are consumers turning in a CUV and opting for a truck or SUV just because that’s whats available?

  3. ChuckGrenci Says:

    “60 Minutes” had a segment on the global chip shortage and now I feel I know a lot more than my earlier speculations. Basically it was the U.S. trying to maximize profit (when they had 1/3 of the market), but forgetting to invest in the latest and best technologies (for the future) and letting others take on that challenge, and with it, grabbing a lot of the market share that the U.S. had formerly had. I’m sure I still don’t totally get it, but the segment made me much more aware.

  4. Alex Borenstein Says:

    Mercedes Benz error laden like no other car in the world.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It would be great if someone would make a big, quiet, comfortable car, about the size of an S-Class, but without too many gadgets, and with a Toyota-like hybrid powertrain of about 300 hp, and sell it for about $50K. Think something like a Caprice or Crown Vic, updated to the 21st century.

  6. George Ricci Says:

    5. Cadillac CT6. Oh, sorry no one bought it so its gone.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Most were near $80K, and the only available powertrain with rwd was a so-so turbo four cylinder. It was a nice car, but they didn’t give it much of a chance.

  8. Merv Peters Says:

    my brand loyalty has included vehicles from ford gm mopar vw and volvo,so far.

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    6,7. Yeah, CT6 was what I was thinking at the base level; that’s what I’m driving now. I have the Luxury model with the 3.6 and ten speed (’19 model). I’m getting mid 20′s around town mixed and crowd 30 mpg highway. AWD, smooth, responsive and roomy; too bad it didn’t sell better as it was canceled.

  10. rick Says:

    brand loyalty hits 6 year low, very unsurprising, if i cant get a vehicle because of low inventory im going wherever there is inventory. or because theyre not smart enough to put cruise control on xl version. i’ll take my business elsewhere.


    5) I think the closest was the Buick Lacrosse which was a stretched Buick Regal. It had the size and a few gadgets. It was just under 300HP, had AWD, and was under $50k. It too was cancelled due to poor sales. People spending $50K and under seem to prefer SUVs instead of sedans.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 I liked the CT6, but being honest, I tend to buy less expensive “mainstream” brand cars as my primary transportation, a Camry hybrid rather than an Lexus ES hybrid with the same powertrain.

    That said, Cadillac did things with optioning that guaranteed I would not buy a CT6. You could not get the 3.6 engine with RWD. AWD was mandatory to get that engine. Also, I think you may have had to get get at least the 2nd trim level, Premium Luxury, to get an engine other than the turbo four, even with AWD.

    Currently, the closest thing available to a less gadgety S-Class is the Genesis G90, but ~$80K is a lot of money for a Hyundai, even a very nice Hyundai.

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I’m looking at my Mulruny and my vehicle msrp was 61.3, but standard Lux before options was 55.5 , not Prem-Lux; mind was purchased as a “demo” so my purchase was under 50 so I’m happy that I think I got a good deal.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I’m sure it is a nice car. I tend to “splurge” only on sports cars, like Corvettes and Porsche Caymans.

  15. cwolf Says:

    12,13,14) I too lean to less expensive models, yet am willing to splurge if another model moves me. At this point in time, there is nothing, car wise, within reason to consider.
    Kit, (per an earlier comment), The Ohio conglomerant,”Richart”, is investing heavy in EV’s. As a result will add up to two dozen charging stations at their dealerships free of charge to their customers. Sounds like a wise move.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding brand loyalty, I guess I don’t have much. I’ve had GM, Mopar, Toyota, Porsche, VW, Suzuki(GM badged), Isuzu(GM badged), Ford, and Saab, most bought new, but some used.

  17. Sean Wagner Says:

    Europe’s top ten best-selling cars really have changed over the course of a generation.

    3 – Chuck – I think there are two separate issues at play here.

    While it’s happened so often now it shouldn’t come as a surprise, the issue of American businesses drawing down substance rather than competing on the richly rewarding world market isn’t new.

    I don’t think ownership or provenance are proximate causes of ‘the chip’ shortage.

    16 – Kit – I learned in a Saab 900 convertible never ever to get caught next to a diesel truck at a stoplight, back when they spewed seriously noxious clouds of exhaust. Euch.

    I always had a soft spot for GM’s last B-bodies, ie. the Caprices et al. The current Duramax would have been great in those – just heard they’re temporarily ceasing production of that one due to parts shortages!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 I liked the wagon versions of those last B-bodies.