AD #1602 – Volvo Ditches Front Seat, Carmakers Salivate Over India, Ford Reveals New Taurus

April 20th, 2015 at 11:48am

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- Chinese OEMs Dominate CUV Market
- Automakers Salivate Over India
- Plug-In Cadillac CT6 Announced
- Volvo Concept Ditches Passenger Seat
- Infiniti Stretches the Q70
- Ford Reveals New Taurus
- BMW 1st to Offer Autonomous Parking

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18 Comments to “AD #1602 – Volvo Ditches Front Seat, Carmakers Salivate Over India, Ford Reveals New Taurus”

  1. GM Veteran Says:

    Volvo’s idea of deleting the passenger seat makes sense for the Chinese market, however I can see automakers taking this one step further. Whether they lengthen the car or not, automakers targeting the business executive market could offer optional and removable fitments for the passenger-side rear seat like footrests, video centers, computer tables, etc.; and then include a removable front passenger seat too. This would allow luxurious executive travel during the week and still accommodate the family on the weekend. My brother-in-law had a Buick minivan with assigned driver at his disposal when he lived in Bejing for two years for this very reason. That was six years ago. In today’s market, he may have opted for a Taurus, Volvo or Infiniti.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    John, do you know whether the ’7′ series will be able to un-park; it would be handy to put your vehicle in a mini-garage (saving space) but if you have to manually get it out of the garage, i.e., the one shown (small), well that could be a problem.

  3. John McElroy Says:

    Chuck, I would be very surprised if the 7 was unable to back out of a garage. In fact, being able to park/unpark it autonomously in a tight space is what makes this feature so appealing, especially in Europe and Asia where tight parking is the norm.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    That makes perfect sense, and I thought that that would have to be the case; thanks.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here’s AW’s take on a drive in a prototype of the new 7 The article is more about how it drives, than the auto parking.

  6. Mike Says:

    India has been the attractive flavor of the month off and on for awhile. My personal business dealings with them show that it is a tough place to do business. We tried to work with a very large company on plastic molded parts. They just didn’t get it when it came to timelines, mold material quality, and delivery schedules. I hope others have had better luck, but we sure didn’t.

  7. Martin Says:

    Hey John,

    Just watched the segment on the CT6 – Since you guys are dutifully putting out all the latest automotive news that’s fit for the internet, you might want to consider updating the Cadillac logo over your shoulder, im sure the folks at GM would appreciate that.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Just look at the mahindra debacle here in the USA a few years ago.They do strange business in India.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    India seems to be very successful at attracting call centers for companies around the world.

  10. Brett Says:

    Don’t even get me started on outsourcing computer coding to India. Grrrr…

    The 7-series auto park function in a tight space seems like a sure-fire way to somehow have a dead battery. Some people have lousy luck, you know?

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    The last time I called the AMEX call ctr, I had to urge to order a lotto ticket and a Slurpee

  12. w l simpson Says:

    China will slowly squeeze out brands other than their own.

  13. cwolf Says:

    #12 I agree and why not? The Chinese obtained everything needed to produce vehicles by allowing other manufacturers to provide all their technology in a forced joint venture. This is the result of capitalist greed.

  14. pedro fernandez Says:

    Maybe so, but the great majority of their parts stink out loud, I assume they will use said parts in their vehicles as well, so either their dealership repairs dept will be working 24/7 or people just won’t buy them.

  15. cwolf Says:

    Yea, pedro. And when the Chinese stuff hits our shores, people will buy it because the price is affordable and the style looks pleasing as the more expensive competition. Sure they’re crap, but when Burkshire/Hathaway put a spin on the product no one will be the wiser.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    Okay to use Ford’s logic back at them. They refuse to bring the new Ranger to NA because it is too close in size to the F150. However they redesign the Taurus and it looks like a 12/10s scale Fusion? Why would anyone spend the 10K more on the Taurus if it looks like the Fusion . I just don’t their logic.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 It looks the the new Taurus is a “designed for China” Fusion, that will be used mainly by owners who will ride in the back seat.

  18. Rob Says:

    Cadillac solved tight parking problem way back in 1951.