AD #3163 – Ford Now Pre-Producing F-150 Lightning; BEVs Closing Gap with Diesels in Europe; Wuling Reveals New Asta CUV

September 17th, 2021 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 10:01

0:08 IHS Markit Slashes Production Forecast
1:07 Ford Kicks Off F-150 Lightning Pre-Production
2:09 Kia To Test Boston Dynamics Robot in South Korea Plant
3:49 BEVs Closing Gap with Diesels in Europe
4:41 Battery Costs Could Rise Due to Rise in Material Prices
5:33 Stellantis To Test Two Connected Vehicle Technologies
7:08 Wuling Introduces New Asta Crossover
7:55 Volvo XC60 Polestar PHEV Impressions

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17 Comments to “AD #3163 – Ford Now Pre-Producing F-150 Lightning; BEVs Closing Gap with Diesels in Europe; Wuling Reveals New Asta CUV”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just saw a Volvo V60, about the only actual station wagon sold in the US. It looked great.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    I’ve read GM will start up Fairfax on Monday but just XT4 production. It’s been down since about March.
    I’m currently traveling in Europe, where trucks are a rare thing, but when I do see one it’s almost always a new Ranger.

  3. cwolf Says:

    The Volvo wagon has always been a good looker.
    The only bad thing is that buyers only see them as a Swedish car without knowing/perhaps caring they are owned by Geely.
    Volvo sales have been getting stronger but a considerable decline is expected due to part shortages. This may be why the Chinese are trying once again to secure an IPO. Many say $20B is overvalued and probably won’t go through.

  4. cwolf Says:

    Battery costs on the rise!
    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
    One would think that the US would have learned a lesson by moving many things innovative and production to other foreign countries. Now we all are paying for the consequences.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    Since Polestar is now its own brand with a growing line of EV models, I am surprised to see Volvo still using the Polestar name as their performance moniker.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The US, and most of the rest of the world stood by while China locked up most of the world’s supply of materials for batteries and permanent magnets. It seems that the western “free market” sometimes doesn’t look too far ahead.

  7. Kevin A Says:

    Sean, Would it be possible for Rivian or Ford or Tesla to actually deliver an electric pickup to a customer, solely for the purpose of being first? Is there some kind of ‘low volume’ loop hole they could use to skip the federal certification? (Note: I’d volunteer to be that first customer, but I’m sure they would auction it off for charity.)

  8. Kevin A Says:

    Has Autoline talked to any refiners about how they are going to adjust to the rapid changes already happening (reduced diesel sales) and coming (reduced mogas sales)? There is limited ability to adjust the mix of products by buying lighter crude oil, but if diesel and mogas go away, how are we going to get the plastics, lubes and jet fuel that we still need?

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    Lucid recently claimed an exceptional EV range, 520 miles. So I found the EPA report, 2022 FE Guide for DOE release dates before 9-16-2021-no-sales -9-14-2021public.xlsx :
    Batt Specific Energy (Watt-hr/kg): 159.0: 153.5: 153.5: 141.3
    140.4: 171.0: 171.0: 171.0: 171.0: 264.0: 264.0 … : 169.0: 169.0

    It looks like someone at Lucid may have earned a Nobel Prize (or Trevor Milton award.)

  10. Kevin A Says:

    Is it just me or does the proposed $25K Tesla look like a Ford Focus with a new nose?

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 No steering wheel, or yoke, or pedals.

  12. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Kit, I see that C8 2022′s have started to be delivered to dealers, which is a good sign. With some luck, your dealer may get his next allocation (and your build and delivery not too far behind).

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 I’ll check tomorrow. I think mine is next in line for scheduling of the orders from my dealer. There was a local Corvette show yesterday, and there were a couple cars the color I ordered, Elkhart Lake Blue. I like the color.

  14. ChuckGrenci Says:

    13, There are quite a few people that are going ‘ga ga’ over the Rapid Blue C8, but saying that and seeing an Elkhart Lake Blue, I think you made the right choice. I like he darker blue, and from pictures, looks like the depth of shine is incredible.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Rapid Blue is a color, like yellow, which I like on other people’s cars, but I might get tired of it on my own car. The local show yesterday was the first I’d seen the color I ordered, Elkhart Lake Blue, but two of the 4 or 5 C8s there were that color.

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    15, Kit, if your order hasn’t been accepted or submitted for production to Chevrolet yet, can’t you request a change? Your dealer is supposed to give you a last chance for changes.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 I think I can change the order up to when it is scheduled for production, but from what I saw Saturday, I don’t think I want to change anything. There are a few things in the 2LT I wouldn’t mind having, but not for $7300. I suppose if I didn’t keep the car very long, I could get the 7300 back, but I’m ok with the 1LT.