AD #3222 – Volvo Got Hacked; BMW to Reuse i3 Name; Lancia Wants to Be More Like Mercedes

December 13th, 2021 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 9:09

0:07 Volvo Got Hacked
0:55 VW Partners with Bosch on Software
1:51 VW Opens New Battery Company for Europe
2:40 BMW to Reuse i3 Name
3:20 Hong Guang MINI EV Continues to Tear Up China
4:07 Cadillac Starts Logo Changeover
4:46 NIO Opens 700th Swapping Station in China
5:55 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Pricing
6:50 Lancia Wants to Be More Like Mercedes

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16 Comments to “AD #3222 – Volvo Got Hacked; BMW to Reuse i3 Name; Lancia Wants to Be More Like Mercedes”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    No mention of the F1 finale… debacle .. controversy … what ever?

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Lancia may want to be more like MB but if they’re still going to sell vehicles like the Ypsilon, Good luck!

    As for the Mystery motor. With holes in the cylinder walls at first it looks like some sort of new take on a 2 stroke engine. But with the gears surrounding the tubes possibly a Stirling engine?

  3. Kevin A Says:

    Looks like the ‘inside out’ wankel rotary to me

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 It looked like they gifted the race/championship to Max at the end, to make up for that questionable call on the first lap.

  5. Don Sherman Says:

    Cadillac’s pet merlettes (4:25) are blackbirds, not ducks. It’s pronounced with two, not three, syllables.

  6. wmb Says:

    IMHO, if Lancia wants to go that far up market after only selling one compact inexpensive model, they should go the compact/midsize BEV route! People/buyers know that the tech for EV is expensive, so the increased cost would be know surprise. Then they are in the heart of the market and also they should attempt to be one of the first in the Stellantis portfolio, to offer a BEV. Like Chrysler, they don’t have a lot of product, but Chrysler seems to be in a better position to ask premium prices then Lancia currently could. To be honest, if they when the luxury route, wouldnt they be essentially be butting heads with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Citroen, DS, Peugeot and a laundry list of other premium/luxury brands that now sit under the Stellantis umbrella?! All of whom claiming to want to be the brand that takes to fight to Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

  7. Gavin Smith Says:

    I am amazed that Lancia is still around. They have no presence in the market, even in Italy. By selling rebadged Chryslers they destroyed any credibility they haad. Lancia will join the list of aolder manufacturers that have faded away. Putting money in that brand is just throwing it in a black hole.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 They’re ducks to me, and I think they should bring them back to the logo.

    7 I agree that if Lancia has no presence in Italy, what’s point of keeping the brand? Peugeot, or even Chrysler would have more potential to move up-market. Also, does Alfa have much success anywhere, even Italy?

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    There is a story in the Automotive News that says the merlettes will return with the Lyriq emblem. I didn’t read the whole story as they require you to subscribe (to continue).

  10. Merv Peters Says:

    Surprised to hear Lancia is still sort of around. I thought they were gone years ago. They certainly made some interesting cars over the years.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will the new Wankel be the next Achates, years or decades of hype, but nothing more?

  12. Sean Wagner Says:

    Bringing back the merlettes would be neat. They’re interwoven with Cadillac’s history and instantly recognizable.

    Come to think of it, the Lyriq seems a bit like a car in the more baroque Lancia vane to me. The most successful Lancia I can recall probably was the cleanly styled Delta hatchback, and legacy-wise, the incomparable Stratos.

    They made such a jumble of things. What they need is a car with an externally-serviceable espresso machine built in…

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 The Stratos had a lot of success in rallying and other racing, and looked good, but only a few hundred were built. Maybe a new Stratos, to compete with Porsche Cayman/Boxster, would be a good way to compete “up market” with the Lancia brand. Being realistic, though, I don’t see how the brand can recover from where they are now, with a Fiat 500 based mini car as their only product.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 I remember the Stratos which had a very recognizable 70s design by Pininfarina. Which got me googling some history on Lancia and Pininfarina. Have to admit I ended up down a internet rabbit hole. I discovered a few things that are interesting. Pin. designed every Ferrari’s from 1951 to 2018 with only two exceptions, the 1973 Dino 308 GT4 and 2013′s LaFerrari. However the company has been struggling and was running in the red from 2004-2012. It went through some restructuring and in 2015 Mahindra agreed to buy Pininfarina SpA in a deal worth about 168 million euros. I don’t remember hearing that Mahindra acquired them.

    Also found it interesting some of the vehicles Pininfarina designed: (2006 Volvo C70) (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider) (Cadillac Allanté)(Nash-Healey roadster).

  15. ChuckGrenci Says:

    If Lancia wants to make a comeback and move more upscale, they need more than just equaling what is currently out there, they need a differentiator. I haven’t a clue of what that might be but they have a lot of catching up to do. Their best chance is probably something in the ‘electric’ realm (that is superior).

  16. Sean Wagner Says:

    14 – Internet rabbit holes can be interesting. I had totally forgotten that Pininfarina was sold to Mahindra.

    The Stratos concept car from some years ago has turned into a very boutique car, though I don’t think Lancia is much involved: http://www.new-stratos.com/en/#

    It has a V8, which isn’t quite fitting. Making a nimble, lightweight electric Stratos would be a challenge. Not sure we’re quite there yet.