AD #3204 – Mercedes Shares EQB EV Details; McLaren Denies Being Bought by Audi; Acura Reveals the All-New Integra

November 15th, 2021 at 11:44am

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Runtime: 7:52

0:08 McLaren Denies Being Bought by Audi
0:44 Toyota Testing Hydrogen ICE in Racing
1:50 Japanese OEMs Form Carbon-Neutral Fuel Partnership
2:54 Mercedes Shares EQB EV Details
4:10 Acura Reveals the All-New Integra
5:41 NIO Opens First Battery Swapping Station Outside China
6:22 Ford Updates Mustang Line-Up

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14 Comments to “AD #3204 – Mercedes Shares EQB EV Details; McLaren Denies Being Bought by Audi; Acura Reveals the All-New Integra”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will there be a Type R version of the new Integra, with the 2 liter engine?

  2. Ron Paris Says:

    “Coastal Limited Edition” Mustang…Sounds an awful lot like “California Special Edition” from the 70s. Nothing more than a trim package back then which, surprisingly, brings a premium at auction today. Go figure!

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    If the battery swapping stations operate the way they appear in that video rendering, I don’t think they will be a big success unless they provide irresistible savings. Backing into the changing station seems ridiculous. Why not drive through like every quick oil change service? If the attendant has to drive your car, that is another turnoff. I’d rather not have someone in my car and I don’t want to have to go wait somewhere else. I would seek another charging solution, or another vehicle brand.

  4. GM Veteran Says:

    Another report I saw this morning says that BMW is competing with Audi to buy McLaren. Not sure how true any of it is.

    And condolences to the Bondurant family. Bob passed away this weekend at the age of 88. He somehow connected with top Ford management in the late 70′s and early 80′s and convinced them of the importance of properly setting up the driver ergonomics of their performance cars, chiefly the Mustang GT. All of Ford’s top brass had to go through the Bob Bondurant Driving School to understand the importance of this and how it would matter to their customers. Hats off to Bob! RIP.

  5. Wmb Says:

    #4.) I read that BMW was in the miss too, for McLaren. They wanted their passenger/hyper car portion and Audi wanted their F1, as mentioned in today’s AL story. It reminded me how BMW and VW Group went after another Bentley and Rolls Royce, in the late 90′s early 00s’. If this BMW interest in McLaren turns out to be true, I wonder if this would motivate Mercedes to take a bigger piece of Aston Martin, with its motor sports and passenger cars. With both of their German competition having an interest, this would the easiest way to ‘keep up with the Jones’.

  6. ArtG Says:

    2. There’s still a California Special edition Mustang:

  7. XA351GT Says:

    So how would Audi acquiring McLaren give them access to F1 tech ? McLaren is a customer of Mercedes so if they bought Mclaren all they’d have access to is anything non drivetrain related .

  8. XA351GT Says:

    Really Ford ? Tape stripes and door sills for 2K . Someone better get it together over there.

  9. Albemarle Says:

    I am starting to like the idea of battery swapping. Less than 5 minutes, no need to get out of the car, no broken charger or one that won’t sync.
    Takes me back to the good old days when gas stations made money selling gas; clean the windshield, check the oil etc.. Ah, the advantage of living long.

  10. Wim van Acker Says:

    @7: yes, it would give Audi access to aerodynamics and Formula 1 vehicle engineering. The rumor I heard is that AUDI (or Porsche or any other unit of VW Group) would take over the current Honda Drivetrain Program and supply the Red Bull, Alpha Tauri and McLaren teams, since Honda will phase out.

    If VW Group is really in the mix to take over the McLaren team and/or the Honda Drivetrain program it seems to me that the most obvious choice would be to put it under Lamborghini.

    What do you think?

  11. Wim van Acker Says:

    @9 I agree with you, since it would eliminate the need for immediate on-site recharging.

    As long as there is a like-for-like swap it seems that it may work well.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 That makes sense that if VW bought McLaren, they would want to have their own F1 powertrains, one way or another. I can’t imagine they’d want to continue using engines from archrival Mercedes. Acquiring the Honda operation would be a good way to get into F1 powertrains.

    I think they should badge the engines Skoda. No, I’m not serious.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 They are probably doing last ditch tape stripe packages to make the cars more collectable when they drop the Mustang in a couple years.

  14. Wim van Acker Says:

    @12: or badge the engines “Scamborghini”?