AD #1570 – BMW i3 Passes Model S, Chevy Teases Malibu, Ford ST Products Attract Millennials

March 5th, 2015 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:05

- BMW i3 Overtakes Model S In February
- Porsche Introduces 911 GT3 RS
- Ford Attracts Millennials with Performance
- NanoSteel Starts 3D Printing Metal
- Chevy Teases New Malibu
- A Dive Into Jeep’s TrailRated Hardware

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18 Comments to “AD #1570 – BMW i3 Passes Model S, Chevy Teases Malibu, Ford ST Products Attract Millennials”

  1. HtG Says:

    Nerd request

    Sean, is there any way for a local nerd to see those engineering presentations like the one you had to sit through before hitting the snow?

    Asking for a nerd.

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    HtG – Not that I’m aware of. My guess is that you’d have to catch some of these guys while their out showing off new product to get the low-down, like at the Easter Jeep Safari or similar. But I’ll ask the folks over at Jeep if they ever do things like that for the public.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    question- if you park 3 different porsches next to each other can anyone, other than a porsche aficionado, tell them apart?

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    ” it probably won’t be too long before we see the process (3D printing) used on a production vehicle.”

    Unless I’m missing something, about the only production use of 3D printing might be to make a personalized Spirit of Ecstasy as a $5000 option for your Rolls-Royce. It takes about two hours to make a small plastic part using the process.

    It is great for prototyping, since you can make any shape, no matter how complex, if you have a proper CAD drawing, but it would be a very expensive way to make more than a few parts.

  5. M360 Says:

    Autoline Daily: I love your show!

  6. Rob Says:

    Common Sean just purchase a drone with a HD camera and hang around the test tracks for new vehicle photos. Forget the teasers.

  7. Lex Says:

    I was very disappointed that the new 2016 Honda Pilot is almost a Carbon Copy Side View of the current Chevy Traverse. Does this mean that the All new Chevy Malibu will be a copy of the Honda Accord?

    I believe Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi need to partner up in order to survive and grow. Earlier this week it was mentioned that Nissan and Mazda may partner. I think that Subaru needs to look for a partner also, maybe Mitsubishi. The Outback and Outlander would make good siblings.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    @7 Why would Nissan “need” to partner with anyone? they have been on a steady sales growth for quite a while now and have a fairly diverse product range. Subaru is also selling a lot of vehicles and if they need help Toyota would be there savour.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When Mazda and Ford parted ways, I thought Mazda would need a new partner, but they seem to be doing ok without one. Time will tell if they can stay competitive.

    Subaru is very successful with their niche of selling “affordable” AWD vehicles. I suspect they are happy with their 1.5-2% U.S. market share, and whatever they have in the rest of the world.

    Mitsubishi sales are increasing a little in the U.S. market, but they are still tiny for a brand selling “mainstream” vehicles. It is time for them to leave the U.S. market. The parent company has deep pockets, so they just don’t want to let go.

  10. Sean McElroy Says:

    #4 Kit – I stand by what I said. You’re probably right that it will first be used on some low production ultra-luxury machine. But I think it will be more than just a fancy hood ornament. As you say “you can make any shape, no matter how complex.” So, if you can make something really unique and stand out from the crowd that’s exactly what the people making and buying those machines want and are willing to pay for. And when you’re only making a handful of vehicles a day that cost 100′s-of-thousands-of-dollars, a few hours to make a part is not the biggest deal in the world. To add to that, you never know when there will be some big advancement in technology, so cost could become less of an issue. Anyway, that’s how I see it. I look forward to what you have to say.

  11. FSTFWRD Says:

    #3 Answer: Depends on which 3 Porsches. If they are different versions of the “911″, the answer is no, and that is OK.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #10 Sean, I certainly see it being used for various parts, beyond hood ornaments, for low volume expensive cars, where one-off, or very small numbers of a part are wanted.

    It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few years, as far as making parts more quickly, and with higher quality than now. My main direct experience with 3D is with relatively cheap equipment, using PLA and ABS material, so the “state of the art” in 3D printing is way beyond what I have experienced directly.

  13. HtG Says:

    Jeep Renegade


  14. HtG Says:

    Jeep Renegade Redux

    3200 lbs?


    HtG stands and applauds

  15. HtG Says:

    Gary V. said of the Geneva show…

    “this is Switzerland and they got a lotta banks….’

    Money launderers and welfare queens, is what I’m seeing, Gary.

  16. Lex Says:

    @8 & 9: The problem is that Mazda is just doing OK! They could be doing a whole lot better. The same can be said for Subaru. They can not meet demand so customers are turning away to competitor products. Mitsubishi needs to broaden it appeal to customers. The added production capacity that Mitsubishi would enhance Subaru’s product line especially in the larger seven passenger vehicle segment. The Outlander could replace the Tribeca.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 I don’t think Subaru wants to become truly “mainstream.” If they did, they would quit having AWD mandatory on everything they sell. They do well in places where it snows a lot, like Colorado, but they don’t do very well in places like Florida. Yeah, some people want AWD in Florida so they can floor it on loose gravel and not spin the tires much, but most don’t feel that need.

    The main product where Subaru is not meeting demand is Forester. My sister had to wait a few weeks to get one equipped as she wanted. They will probably “catch up” with demand, after they have all production from the Lafayette, Indiana plant that is now building Camrys for Toyota.

  18. Chuck Grenci Says:

    It looked, to me, like the Malibu tease resembled the new Volt (shape), and as others mentioned, maybe a little ‘Honda’ish’ in look. Guess we’ll have to wait to be sure, and hoping that the styling works for one of Chevy’s mainstream vehicles. It certainly wasn’t ‘off-putting’ (to my eye).