AD #3170 – Ford Announces Massive EV Investment; VW Still Paying Diesel Fines; 1st Photo of New Chevy Corvette Z06

September 28th, 2021 at 11:37am

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Runtime: 8:57

0:07 Ford Announces Massive EV Investment
1:23 EV Pickup Production Plans
1:54 VW Still Paying Diesel Fines
3:06 Citroen Adds Long Length to Electric SpaceTourer Lineup
4:06 1st Official Photo of New Corvette Z06
4:49 Chevy Updates Tahoe & Suburban
6:41 BMW Tests AV Transporters Outside of Plant
7:37 Can You Name This Mystery Car?

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29 Comments to “AD #3170 – Ford Announces Massive EV Investment; VW Still Paying Diesel Fines; 1st Photo of New Chevy Corvette Z06”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    The mystery car looks kind of like a 1970s Ford Maverick or Chevy Vega but the rear window is too short to be a Vega and the Maverick has the humped up rear quarters like the picture. Similar to Mustang so that would be my guess. Modified 70s Ford Maverick.

  2. Ron Paris Says:

    Late 70s Toyota Celica.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean you know what would make the Indy Autonomous challenge fun to watch is if they started the race under ideal conditions and then introduced actual challenges along the way.. Turn some sprinklers on in turn one. Have a cardboard pedestrian walk onto the track. Maybe some mud, snow or smoke to simulate fog along the way. Just introduce some real life challenges and how fast can they run while adapting to the changing track conditions. I for one would love to see how an autonomous vehicle handles a slide at 120mph. Can they correct quick enough? I would watch that.


    2) You are correct. Late 70s (possibly 77) Celica GT.

    Here is a reference photo of a 77 Celica GT if the link works:

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean you may want to watch this. Supposedly GM official announcement of the 2023 ZO6 and yes its a flat plane crank.


    1) The late Celica was effectively a Ford design knock off so there is a heavy dose of Maverick/Mustang in the design cues.

  7. Mike Says:

    Think the Celica GT line is correct. I believe it’s a 1973 Toyota Celica Liftback 2000 GT.

  8. Ron Paris Says:

    #7: That’s about right.

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    It looks like the C8 ZO6 got some new shoes (they look nice, and better than the current offerings). Also the pictured ZO6 has the integrated rear wing; rumors have it that a ZO7 variant will have more track goodies and a high wing.

  10. bradley cross Says:

    As someone who actually had a similar Celica many years ago it brings back good memories.

  11. Mike P Says:

    Ron Paris and MERKUR DRIVER nailed it w/ Celica GT. Great reference pic (see comment #4)

  12. XA351GT Says:

    The Mystery car is a Toyota Celica liftback in JDM spec with the smiley bumpers in place of the park benches installed on US spec cars . It was called the Japanese Mustang because it’s side profile pretty much is a 7.8 scale 69/70 Mustang Sportsroof.

  13. Bob White Says:

    1974 Toyota Celica 2000 GT Liftback

  14. Frank Meinert Says:

    You missed the fourth, and largest, design difference between the Stingray and Z06: the Z06 has the wide body to cover the wide tires and track.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I wish the autonomous “racing” at Indy was a little earlier, before I head for Florida. It would be worth a 50 mile drive to see it, with probably not much crowd to contend with.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 The C8 has fewer wheel choices than C7s, and one size, 19 front and 20 rear, including with the Z51. It will be interesting to see if wheel and tire sizes are different on the Z06. Also, all season tires are now standard on Corvettes, with the Z51 package required to get summer tires.

  17. MJB Says:

    Hey John, (off-topic)

    Please let us know when you guys will be getting your hands on that 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Edition. With all that horsepower plus a manual transmission, I’m expecting some BMW killing track capabilities.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John, do you know if GM makes money on cars like the CT5-V Blackwing, or are they mostly “halo” vehicles? The Blackwing is pricey, ~$85K base, but a lot of development went into it.

  19. Warwick Rex Dundas Says:

    Yes it is definitely the 70s vintage first generation Toyota Celica liftback. Often referred to as the “mini-Mustang” due to the coke bottle hip behind the rear door and the take-off of the Mustang’s signature rear light assemblies.

    I owned a coupe version of this model. It had a 1.6 litre overhead valve engine without any strangling emission control systems. When the model was updated when emission controls were introduced the engine that was standard became a 2 litre ONC that delivered similar performance and used more fuel.

  20. Don Sherman Says:

    Corvette Z06 announcement date is October 26, not October 23.

  21. wmb Says:

    I5s too bad that VW is still paying for the cheat scandal, with all that they have already paid and their investment into BEVs (as a rsult and requirement of the cheating), to them it may seem like the bleeding will never end! I may be wrong and it wouldn’t be the first time and surely not the last (and Autoline viewers will point out my error), But it seems that VW has paid money for the emissions cheating, then I can recall any automaker has paid out for the wrongful death as a result of a defect, poor/bad design/engineering or indifference on the part of the automaker. It would appear that there is a greater concern emissions then the lose of life!

    I do understand that with the emissions cheating, it’s easier to prove intent and that the crime was do on purpose, where as it is much more difficult to automaker intent and those other factors when it comes to when someone dies when they are in a motor vehicle. There can be a number of other factors involved then just the vehicle itself (weather, road, drive and passengers, other vehicles, etc.), that can have an impact and result in the death of someone in a motor vehicle. I’m not defending VW, for they got what thry got for what they’ve done! Yet isn’t the life of an individual worth more them the fine for cheating on emissions?! Just a thought.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the real reason that Mercedes Benz stopped selling their highly profitable V8 in the US!

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s still hard to believe that a company like VW would so deliberately cheat on emissions, but they did. Still, at some point, haven’t they paid enough?

    As far as “wrongful death,” when an unbelted driver runs off the road and hits a tree, and their knee hits the key turning off the ignition when they “hit the rough” causing the air bag not to deploy, it seems that there is a lot more responsibility than the ignition switch.

  23. Sean Wagner Says:

    Ford is seriously upping the ant-E as per their joint announcement with Korea’s SK Innovations. And none of that pushing out most of the investment to 2030 either.

    I’ve mentioned before that auto motor & sport tested the charging speed of Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 (with cells made by SKI), and it nearly doubles that of Tesla’s Model Y (on compatible chargers).

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Can they cool the SK cells better, so they can maintain a high charge rate as the cells are nearly full? Is that how they get higher charge speed?

  25. Lambo2015 Says:

    21 What is enough to pay? These large corporations need to be hit hard to avoid any further cheating. If the impact in not severe enough what’s to keep them from doing it again? Plus very similar to the wrongful death suits people die every year from raspatory illness which is part of the reason we have emission regulations. Whos to say the cheating hasn’t contributed to the deaths of people? Not exactly today but even years down the road. All automakers need to be made very aware that the emission regulations are serious and any attempt to purposely side step them will cost them dearly. I don’t think the fines would have been so severe had it been a simple mistake or a test conducted wrong or human error. This was an obvious thought out approved and implemented plan to cheat the testing. They knew what they were doing and did it anyway. So I have no sympathy for VW.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Did anyone at the top of VW, like Winterkorn, go to jail for the cheating? They should have. One US-based guy did.

  27. Sean Wagner Says:

    24 Kit – I have no idea and would like to put the question out there. Here are the graphs for:
    Ioniq 5 / Model Y LR / Audi Q4 50

  28. John Liebman Says:

    The mystery car on the car hauler is a Toyota celica

  29. Jim Head Says:

    So exactly how “green” are these new EV assembly plants that rip up greenfield sites such as forests and farmland for their locations? When you consider the plant, new freeways and ramps, new drainage, subsidiary plants, parking, etc. that is needed, the footprint can be huge. Why not make the effort to use a brownfield site near existing infrastructure? Sure it’s tough to do, but anything less is extremely hypocritical.