AD #3405 – Ferrari Unveils First SUV; GM’s Cruise Develops Own Chips for AVs; Ram Axes Diesel Powered 1500

September 14th, 2022 at 11:53am

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Runtime: 9:27

0:08 Chevy Won’t Offer Buyouts to Dealers That Don’t Want to Sell EVs
1:11 GM’s Cruise Develops Own Chips for AVs
1:55 Ferrari Unveils First SUV
3:48 Chevy Gives the Tahoe a Bit More Power
4:59 Toyota Reveals GR Corolla Pricing
5:38 Hyundai Not Giving Up on IC Engines
7:02 Chrysler To End 300 Production In 2023
7:47 Ram to Stop Selling Diesel Powered 1500s in 2023
8:04 Opel Revives GSE Brand

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32 Comments to “AD #3405 – Ferrari Unveils First SUV; GM’s Cruise Develops Own Chips for AVs; Ram Axes Diesel Powered 1500”

  1. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Those Opel’s look like they were designed in the 1980′s (or earlier). Maybe they will be good, but they sure don’t look too good to me.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; So Cadillac and Buick dealerships that do not want to sell EVs basically become Chevy dealers. But Chevy is also planning to go Electric so it sounds like its a way to reduce the Cadillac and Buick dealerships while increasing the Chevy. Maybe buy them some time to come around to EV’s. It just sounds fishy like maybe GM has a more detailed plan for the long run than has been shared with their dealerships.

    So 2023 is the last year for the eco-diesel and the Hemi in the Ram 1500. Sounds like they are really counting on that turbo 6 to cover all the bases.

  3. Wim van Acker Says:

    @End of diesel powered RAMs: I believe the diesel engine option on the Wrangler ends as well. Is that correct?

    If so, my diesel powered Wrangler, which I love to drive on-road and off-road, will become rare in future.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    1 Those were previous models. probably from the 80s and 90s. They just announced they were reviving the name, I dont believe AL provided any current designs just what the model used to be.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean/John; Will ALD be covering the Detroit Autoshow? Any insight to the impact of moving it from its longtime January slot? Really curious about turnout and OEM participation? Hopefully Covid hasnt killed this event.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I think they only sold Wrangler with the diesel one or two years, 2020, and maybe 2021, at least in the U.S.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not surprised that the diesel is going away in the Ram 1500. It gets only 35% better overall mpg in CR’s tests than the faster gas V8, and on fuel that costs 38% more, at least where I am in central Indiana. I suspect the take rate for the diesel was very low.

  8. Kevin A Says:

    I’m not a big fan of ‘performance’ SUV’s like the Chevy ‘arse-T’, since performance means more than being able to melt the rear tires off. To me, it is just ‘nas-t’. Maybe NST would be a better model name.

  9. George Ricci Says:

    I going to guess that Cruise’s 4th chip will be used in monetizing vehicle data.

  10. JWH Says:

    #5 – The local news outlets in South East Michigan are raving about the show moving to September from January, especially with some of the displays being outside in addition to inside Huntington Place. Restaurant owners interviewed also believe they will see increased customer patronage with the September weather. September is my favorite month month weatherwise in Michigan.

    We’ll know within 2 weeks.

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo – Yes, John is down at the media days right now, in fact. Not sure of the impact moving the day will be yet and we probably won’t know until the public days are over. The local automakers are treating the Detroit Show like they did in the past with big reveals. The new Mustang gets unveiled at 8:15 tonight, for example. But overall participation is down from previous years.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I feel the same way. When I got an SUV because you can’t buy a station wagon in my country, I went for the best efficiency with the amount of floor length I needed.

    At least the Tahoe should be ok with regular gas, unlike if they’d tuned it for near 500 hp like a Corvette. Also, they lowered it, rather than lifting it, a good thing.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I went to the Detroit show once, years ago, and the weather was nasty. I’d think September should be much better, both for the displayers and the spectators. More people might be doing “other things” in September, though, taking advantage of the last of the good weather.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 I used to go almost every year as there always was some excitement leading up to the show. I think the internet has diluted that somewhat. OEM’s dont wait specifically for the autoshow in Detroit to unveil concept cars plus we all get better coverage of the other autoshows all over the world. So much stuff is leaked on the internet that by time the show rolls around most everything has been leaked. Not to mention the era of the American love affair with automobile is gone.
    Its strange because we are in the midst of a huge change in the automobile industry yet the excitement isnt the same from my perspective.

  15. Wim van Acker Says:

    @14 it is strange with all changes going on and and the largest American automaker TESLA being worth more than the so called “Big 3″ and all other automakers combined.

  16. Ziggy Says:

    If that Ferrari is an SUV then I am the King of England!

  17. Albemarle Says:

    Didn’t realize that Tesla has more factories, employees and builds more vehicles than GM, Ford or Stellantis. Stock price is for investors and is a poor representation of actual company size.

  18. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Losing the eco diesel in the Ram 1500 probably makes a lot of sense. The diesel shines in the heavier duty pickups and I assume will continue for a while there. Long range and pulling power reigns in that segment.

  19. MJB Says:

    #8, 12 Same here. Not a fan of performance SUVs.

    My wife had that trend-setting first-gen Infiniti FX35 – which looked great. Even today the design is still timeless. But it was tuned for performance. Which meant a VERY HARSH RIDE. Coming from my flagship Lexus to take a ride with her in that thing was night and day.

    I see the Ferrari SUV (which really looks more like a cross-over to me) being very similar. Nice for the former ‘boy-racer’ type who now has kids, but not so appealing for other buyers.

  20. Wim van Acker Says:

    @17 OEMs are businesses and should be run like businesses to maximize shareholder and stakeholder value. Executives who ignored that reality have run two of the “Big 3″ into the ground and the third one was close but saved by Mr. Mulally.

    I would hear GM CEO Wagoner speak a few times each year and he would always tout the “we are the biggest automaker on the planet”. That does not matter: the biggest automaker goes out of business if it is not a good business. Shareholder value is a good measure for the quality of the business. You may think differently, but I consider investors smart. They allocate their own funds or funds trusted to them and have to thoroughly understand the industry and society to make sure they make the right decisions.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Peak “American love affair with automobile” was probably the mid 1950s to late 1960s. At least it seemed that way to me at the time. While I was from about 3rd grade to my early 20s, older people seemed excited about cars too. There was the annual restyling in the ’50s to mid-’60s, and the new V8s in Chevy, Ford, and Plymouth in 1955. There was a continual horsepower race from the mid ’50s to early ’70s.

    Never mind that today’s cars are so much better than those old ones. My Highlander hybrid will beat a 1955 Chevy V8 to 60 by about 2 seconds, and use less than a third as much gas in city driving. The Highlander probably even handles better, even though it is tall, and softly sprung, though modern tires account for part of that. Then, there are today’s performance cars, which would outperform most race cars of the ’50s and ’60s.

  22. GM Veteran Says:

    20 – Don’t forget. Teslas stock was already in the stratospheric range when the company was two weeks away from insolvency, later admitted by Elon himself. The Model 3 was a make or break vehicle and almost broke the company. The stock price is irrelevant, and has been kept at levels the company’s business doesn’t justify by fanboys.

    It would be a far different story now if the company went belly up with a stock price in the $400 range.

  23. GM Veteran Says:

    2 – Lambo, the report is a little vague, but the dealers they are referring to would be Chevrolet dual dealers. So they might give up their Buick franchise, keep the Chevy franchise and then become “100% a Chevrolet dealer”. Chevy isn’t looking to add any more dealers to their large dealer body.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 There are different philosophies about what a corporations should be, but in addition to shareholders, most of us think corporations have certain obligations to employees, customers and the communities where they operate.

    As far as Tesla stock value, cult status has a huge effect. I’m not predicting that Tesla stock will go the way of Enron, but at some point, it will correlate more closely with what the company produces, and the company revenue.

  25. GM Veteran Says:

    The Tahoe RST Performance Edition at $8,525 seems like a joke and a profit grab. With barely any more power and a few hardware upgrades, this is A LOT of money for what you get. Will anyone notice the additional 13 horsepower in this behemoth? Not unless they have a stopwatch in their pocket and a Tahoe RST to do comparison runs. This seems to fall into the category of “I wonder how much more money people will pay for a truck in this country?”

  26. GM Veteran Says:

    So, Cruise develops their own chips, obviously working with chip experts, and is going to produce them themselves, obviously contracting a chipmaker to produce them, and with this low volume is somehow going to save money. That will be a neat trick.

    And, if it turns out to be true, I am sure GM will start to design and build all of their own chips. But, I doubt it.

  27. Albemarle Says:

    20. So Lordstown and Theranos were really worth their stock price? Sorry, we can agree to disagree on this one. The size of a company is more complex than it’s current stock market valuation. It’s jobs, taxes paid, real estate managed and so much more. Market valuation is only one item.

  28. Wim van Acker Says:

    @24 I agree, hence my “shareholders and stakeholders”

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I saw some of the “dropping Buick and/or Cadillac” years ago, before modern EVs were even a thing. Probably 20 years ago, a small town Chevy/Buick dealer I’ve bought cars from in Indiana became a Chevy dealer. I suspect a lot of that will happen with small town dealers, but a lot of them have closed, and will continue to close.

  30. wmb Says:

    The SUV looks incredible! While some may disagree, to my eye, it was worth the wait, on appearance only. Yet, I can’t help but notice, if you squint your eyes, it remakes about resemblance to the new Buick Envision!

    When it come to the Ram loosing their diesel engine, weren’t FCA/Stellantis investigated and sued for cheating with that engine? It had been put in both Jeeps and the Ram 1500. I think they settled out of court, paid a fine, with not admission of wrong doing! If that is the engine in question, maybe this is some of the reason that engine is going away, too?!

  31. Lambo2015 Says:

    23 GM Vet, Yeah I understood that many of the dual dealerships would just become Chevy exclusive, but it just doesnt make sense to me. So the company (GM) is going electric. Willing to buy out Buick and Caddy dealerships that dont want to sell electric. Yet Chevy will be releasing EVs at essentially the same rate. So t hey will be selling EV’s but just Chevy’s. But will not be offering a buyout to those Chevy dealerships.
    Like I said just sounds like a bigger plan that hasnt been rolled out yet but they are using this EV transition to consolidate and close up some dealerships. The more I thought about it, I wouldnt be surprised if GM tries to go the Tesla route with its Buick and Caddy EV sales.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As it stands now, GM plans to be all EV by 2035. I suspect that is still very “flexible,” as is what will happen with dealers which want to close.