January 9th, 2013 at 11:44am
Peter Welch was just named the new president for the National Auto Dealers Association, and he’s got the resume to back up that decision. Automakers keep teasing us with sneak peeks of what they will unveil at next week’s Detroit auto show, but Nissan is taking a different approach by showing off its new global display stand. Chevy has a bunch of new products to roll out for 2013, and coming with them is a new ad slogan. All that and more, plus host John McElroy talks with Ben Bowlby, the creator and designer of the DeltaWing race car.
Thank you for joining us for Autoline Daily as we are now halfway through the work week. Here’s some of the latest news in the global automotive industry.
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Interesting report from KPMG, the audit and consulting company, that interviewed 200 C-level automotive executives from around the world. They believe that Volkswagen and BMW will post the best growth of all automakers over the next 5 years. They also believe that electrified cars, including hybrids, plug-ins, battery electrics, fuel cells cars and those with electric assist will not exceed 15 percent market share before 2025. These auto execs say EV’s need more government subsidies. And they are far more bullish on investing in and optimizing the internal combustion engine.
GRACIAS, DE N.A.D.A.
The National Auto Dealers Association has a new president. Peter Welch will now head up the politically powerful NADA. He had been president of the California New Car Dealers Association. And that means he’s dealt with some of the most vexing regulations affecting car dealers and the automotive industry. Very tellingly, he has a law degree and his career background is in law. The NADA represents over 16,000 new car dealers with 32,000 stores in the U.S.
HOLD THAT SPOT
Audi is waging a battle against valet parking. Yesterday the company showed off a self-parking car at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unfortunately there isn’t any video available yet of that car, but about three years ago Volkswagen invited us to their electronics lab in Silicon Valley where they were developing this technology and I was pretty impressed with the way it works. Audi says self-parking cars could be available by the end of the decade and that Japan is likely the first place it will debut.
TEA TIME AT NISSAN
Automakers keep teasing us with sneak peeks of what they will unveil at next week’s Detroit auto show, but Nissan is taking a different approach. It’s showing off its new global display stand. The amphitheater style stage will feature several levels for car displays and it will have a giant halo that will appear to hover over the stage which contains lighting effects. But the wildest thing about its new display is it will periodically spray a smell into the area that supposedly is like green tea.
JEEP BREAKS SALES RECORD
Jeep just surpassed its 1999 global sales record and sold over 700,000 vehicles last year. Global sales were up 19 percent and the American market saw a 13 percent spike. Jeep plans to keep up the momentum in 2013, with an all-new mid-size SUV and a significantly refreshed Grand Cherokee that also offers a clean-diesel engine.
CHEVY NO LONGER ‘RUNS DEEP’
Chevy really needs 2013 to be a big year. The all-new Silverado comes out mid-year, the new Corvette is scheduled for late-year, somewhere in there is an all-new Impala, and it will have a full sales year for Spark. And coming with those new products is a new ad slogan. Chevy will drop its ‘Run Deep’ mantra and adopt ‘Find New Roads’ as its new calling card.
One of the most innovative race cars of the last 40 years is the Nissan DeltaWing. It absolutely smashes the paradigm of what a race car should look like, It’s proved to be very quick on the track, and yet, the guy who designed the DeltaWing says there’s a lot more speed to get out of this car. He explains how, coming up next.
(DeltaWing can only be viewed in the video version of today’s show.)
Ben Bowlby is the creator and designer of the DeltaWing race car. I recently got a chance to interview him and was astonished to learn he thinks they’ve only scratched the surface in developing this car, especially when it comes to aerodynamics.
I think the DeltaWing will prove to be as transformational as when the first rear engined and monocoque Formula One and Indy cars came on the scene. When you can get rid of the wings and use half the horsepower that is truly a revolutionary design.
Don’t forget to join us for Autoline After Hours this Thursday night when Peter De Lorenzo and I get into some of the best insider discussion in the business. And next week we’ll be webcasting live from the Detroit auto show, with an impressive line-up of some of the top executives in the global automotive industry. You will not want to miss that.
But for now we bid you adieu, thanks for watching and please join us again here tomorrow.