AD #3434 – Corvette EV Coming in 2026; Toyota Reveals New EV; Honda Opens Battery Swapping Station for Motorcycles

October 25th, 2022 at 11:56am

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Runtime: 10:23

0:00 GM Q3 Earnings Better Than Last Year
1:06 Corvette EV Coming in 2026
2:08 Tesla Won’t Get Approval For Unmanned Driving in 2022
3:19 Toyota Reveals New bZ3 for China
4:25 Toyota Crown Starts at $40,000
5:31 Honda Opens Battery Swapping Station for Motorcycles
6:43 Mercedes-AMG Comes Out with One Expensive C-Class
7:55 Ford Refreshed the Escape
9:34 Kia Stinger Production Ending Next Year

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33 Comments to “AD #3434 – Corvette EV Coming in 2026; Toyota Reveals New EV; Honda Opens Battery Swapping Station for Motorcycles”

  1. Don Sherman Says:

    Forgot to mention the Corvette E-Ray hybrid with two electric motors driving the front wheels in combination with a 490-hp gasoline V-8 powering the rear wheels through today’s 8-speed DCT transaxle. This ‘electric’ Corvette will be a two-seat sports car and is expected well before the end of this decade.

  2. Norm T Says:

    Toyota releases the Crown just when it loses the sakes crown to GM this year!

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lots of bad news today from the “domestic two.” GM is going to call an electric truck a Corvette, and Ford is further downgrading the ST moniker. At least Corvette had a great, 70+ year run. As far as Ford STs, the last real one, at least in the US market, was the Focus, a sporty, yet practical and affordable car.

  4. Lex Says:

    That refreshed Ford Edge looks very similar to the new Honda CR-V and HR-V.

  5. Albemarle Says:

    The chip shortage plus covid has certainly distorted sales over the last few years. It will be interesting to see the sales figures change as the OEMs get their chip supply back on track. We’ll learn what vehicles people want rather than just what they can get.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Test

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about the Corvette name being used to peddle an electric SUV. I guess if GM wants to spin off Corvette as a brand and have a series of vehicles that carry the badge, I would hope they are at least performance based and worthy of wearing the checkered flags.
    I dont think the Mach-e has hurt Mustang sales or diluted the Mustang image. Maybe it will be a mute point with Corvette as well.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I commented on the Corvette electric truck, but my post didn’t show up.

  9. GM Veteran Says:

    6 – I was pondering the same thing. I think it would be better for Chevy to launch a high-performance crossover and call it something else. (They do have a cool catalog of names they have used in the past that they could recycle.) Let the vehicle establish its own credibility and then slowly use it to create a Corvette family of vehicles.

    People that don’t care about the Corvette name and history will buy it if they like its styling, performance and pricing. The Corvette faithful won’t like it just as the Mustang faithful didn’t. Seems like a good idea to avoid any ill will among one of your most loyal owner groups. After its out for a few years and the concept of electric vehicles isn’t so controversial anymore, they can go ahead with their Corvette franchise idea.

  10. GM Veteran Says:

    Now that I think about it, no other brand that has launched a high-performance SUV has used an existing model name. Lamborghini, Porsche, Maserati, BMW, M-B, and soon even Ferrari have all decided to give their new performance SUVs their own model name. Just because it worked out OK for Ford with the Mach-E doesn’t mean it will for Chevy, especially four years from now. The Mach-E launched into a market hungry for EVs. That won’t be the same situation in four years.

  11. John McElroy Says:

    @Kit – I just posted your comment

  12. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lex – I think the new Escape shares a family resemblance with the Mondeo and EVOS that are sold in China.

  13. Norm T Says:

    Porsche owners said the same thing when Cayenne was released. Today Porsche SUVs are it’s biggest sellers!

  14. GM Veteran Says:

    13 – Yes, but they didn’t call it the 911 SUV.

  15. GM Veteran Says:

    So, is any company going to build an EV withOUT a giant screen precariously attached to the dash? (Other than the Chevy Bolt and EUV)

    And, if they are such a great idea, why aren’t they putting them into ICE vehicles? The biggest one I can think of is in the Ram pickup and its nicely integrated into the dash. I know there are some ICE vehicles with screens half buried in the dash and other such nonsense, but I can’t think of one that has a huge Tesla Tablet. I can’t think of a reason why an EV would need to have a bigger screen than an ICE vehicle. By now you can probably surmise that I am not a fan of these stupid giant tablets. Anyone else have an opinion on them, or of why they only seem to be in EVs?

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    15, I much more prefer an integrated screen (so I’m with you on that). I even think a huge square tablet that is ‘proud’ of the dash that intrudes into the passenger compartment might be marginally more dangerous in a wreck.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Thanks, John.

    14 Exactly.

    Chevy has some good “legacy” names they could use for the electric CUV that would appeal to older Corvette enthusiasts, rather than annoying them. How about Nomad? That is an historic name that would fit, especially if the machine is more wagony, and less trucky, as I’d think it might be.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I don’t know if the introduction of the Mach-E is the reason, but sales of real Mustang were down for 2021, while Challenger sales were up. Challenger outsold Mustang in 2021, and is on track to do so by a wider margin for 2022.

    https://www.goodcarbadcar.net/ford-mustang-sales-figures/

  19. GM Veteran Says:

    Other possibilities:
    Cheyenne, though this may now be seen as insensitive. Ditto for Apache.
    K5, everyone seems enamored of alphanumerics these days, so they could revive this Blazer moniker as a model name
    Viking, which was a medium duty name from the 60′s.
    Heck, in four more years they could even recycle Avalanche, which does have a high-speed movement connotation.
    Or reach into the car names, since its a crossover, and use Laguna, the higher performance level can be the Laguna Type S-3 (one of my favorites)

  20. GM Veteran Says:

    18 – Its all about the chips. Much bigger profits in F-150s compared to Mustangs

  21. GM Veteran Says:

    I like the name Nomad too. How about Laguna? The highest performance version could be called the Laguna Type S-3. I had a few others in a post that got lost in the system. Which is fine, since I doubt that Chevy executives are reading our posts for branding inspiration.

  22. Wim van Acker Says:

    @19 Avalanche would be a great name if it is an autonomous vehicle :-)

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 That could be, at least partly, but Dodge makes bigger profits with Ram pickups than with Challengers, except for the low volume “specialty” Challenger variants, but Challenger numbers were up a little in 2021.

    https://www.goodcarbadcar.net/dodge-challenger-sales-figures/

    We’ll probably never know how Mustang fares compared to the competitors after the chip shortage is over, because by that time, both Challenger and Camaro will be gone.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Bel Air was a good name for Chevy in times past, but would probably be a better fit for a sedan than a crossover.

  25. merv Says:

    Great show/great comments

  26. Albemarle Says:

    GM must have hundreds of old names available, from Pontiac, Olds and Saturn too. I doubt there’s much residual recognition except amongst car nuts.

  27. Albemarle Says:

    26.I would suggest not using Aztek for a century or two…

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    Maybe GM will stick with the aquatic theme for the Corvette Brand. Leaving Stingray for the 2 door sportscar and Maybe something like Mako, Marlin or swordfish for the others. Those are fast fish. Too bad Barracuda is taken. I’d prefer that over the alphanumeric although probably have to keep the ZO6.

  29. ChuckGrenci Says:

    26,27 Agreed, and they need to stay away from Chevette as well. I do like Nomad, and it makes sense for a SUV.

  30. wmb Says:

    #15.) Current models of the F-150, Edge, Nautilis and the new Explorer and Aviator have big tough infotainment screens. They’re not embedded in the dash like the Ram’s, though. My sister has one in her brand new F150, and it looks like a high definition TV! I like them, but I can appreciate that others don’t. What I think is interesting, though, in the case of the Mercedes hyper screen, I think it’s cool that now the front seat passenger has a screen that they can take it vantage of. Most times when I’m in the car with someone, I’m the driver. But when it comes to changing the radio station or adjusting the HVAC, it’s put on the driver to do most of those things, even though the front seat passenger is sitting right there! Now the passenger has something that they can take vantage of, to occupy them in the car, other than just watching scenery go bye! I think it will still fall to the driver, to adjust the radio dial and keep the vehicle interior comfortable for passengers, though. LOL

    Regarding a Corvette BEV, at least Ford gave their EV Mustang the air make of the Mach-E. It was just the Mustang electric SUV! IMHO, like many here, I think they should follow that of other brands and give it Corvette stylings, but a different name if it will be anything then door sports coupe. If it will be a four door coupe, maybe they can call it the Chevy Corvette Beretta or Corsica?

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27,29. They should also pass on Vega.

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe GM is doing the right thing to call the upcoming lifted electric 5-door hatch a Corvette. Maybe they have checked the demographics of current Corvette owners, and figure that the older Corvette enthusiasts like myself have bought their last Corvette, and they need to move to a different demographic. Sad to some of us, but maybe it will work to sell those lifted electric 5-door hatches. It might seriously hurt sales of real Corvettes, though. I guess time will tell.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    Chevette would have been a good name if not for the actual Chevette. Maybe they should name the 4WD SUV the Armyvette. Or if it’s made outside the US. they could call it the Notyetvette. The dark black special edition 70′s tribute “Velvet”.
    Certainly, something owners can Covet.