AD #1741 – VW Tries to “Make Things Right,” Subaru to Replace Tribeca, One-of-a-Kind Panoz Restored

November 10th, 2015 at 11:57am

Runtime: 7:08

- VW Offers Goodwill Package
- VW’s Head of Design Steps Down
- Subaru Announces Tribeca Replacement
- U.S. Market Share: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not
- Mazda CX-3 Quick Take
- Euro NCAP Adds APD to Tests
- One-of-a-Kind Panoz Restored

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49 Comments to “AD #1741 – VW Tries to “Make Things Right,” Subaru to Replace Tribeca, One-of-a-Kind Panoz Restored”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Interesting new format for the show…crisp and clean if a bit sharp.

    Best of luck with it.

    Great show as always.

  2. Jim Says:

    Thank you for shutting down the distracting background music. That’s the finishing touch to your beautiful new format!

  3. Jon M Says:

    I looked at a CX-3 last Friday after hours and I have to say it looks much better in person. But if you think near $30K is pricey, the shiny, bright white copy I looked at rang in at a shocking $32K and some change. It looks much smaller inside than I expected too, but I couldn’t find any unlocked.

  4. HtG Says:

    Dubai Motor Show? Good town for a Panoz.

    So will Wolfsburg increase dealers’ floor plan limits so those diesels on the lot don’t also cap orders from the factory? Maybe vw has to ask DeutscheBank and Merkel about that one.

    the new ALD format works for me

  5. Jon M Says:

    Oh, and what are the three steps you have to follow to change a radio station?

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    VW- they aren’t trying very hard are they. When GM packed up Pontiac they were offering better incentives than that to Pontiac owners to try and get them to buy other GM products.

  7. Vic Says:

    New and improved Autoline Daily. A little more corporate. Seems like a mid-generation refresh, rather than an all new model.

  8. Tony Gray Says:

    Slick graphics. Nicely updated.

  9. HtG Says:

    CX3 can be bought for ~21K, delivered. I’ve sat in it and really liked the interior. I’d consider the 2WD version if the Civic were to suffer a horrible horrible death, or something.

  10. marshy Says:

    Good production values today. The audio and video levels and integration made for a much cleaner viewing experience.

    Thanks for listening to the feed back. Keep it up.

  11. Tony Gray Says:

    I might have mentioned this before, but the guy narrating the Dow Commercial…come on buddy, you are talking about RACING!!! Put a little zing in your voiceover why don’t ya!

  12. Drew Says:

    Kudos for today’s format. Video clarity is much improved. But what gives with the Nabisco triangle in the upper RH corner?

  13. Rob Says:

    Mazda CX3 I think they took adding cup holders too far. Does the engine cover really need a place for the mechanic to set two beers?

    At least that is what it looks like. lol

  14. Brett Says:

    I think that the Mazda3 hatch is a better value than the CX-3. I seem to recall it has better interior space and the base price is about a grand less than the CX-3.

  15. Buzzerd Says:

    market share numbers by % seems a little misleading. Mitsubishi up 25% sounds impressive but they are still a very small cog in the sales wheel. Actually market share numbers would give a better picture I think.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Are the not-for-sale 2016 TDI’s still sitting at the dealers, were they shipped back to Mexico and Tennessee, or what? Does anyone know?

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    We needed NCAP five years ago when the “bell the hybrid” nonsense became law. The blind claimed hybrids were deadly to them in absence of credible fatality data. The NHTSA used some exceptionally thin injury data that suffered from too few data samples. But the law was passed anyway.

    All the law does is put a noise maker on every hybrid and EV as if that will prevent an accident. The sad thing is another hypothesis, “A pillar size” does a much better job of explaining the slight accident rates which are still not fatality based.

    The failed NHTSA analysis noticed there was a difference in left and right turn accidents which corresponds to how much of the driver’s vision is blocked by the left and right A-pillars.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL

  18. Bradley Says:

    VW is trying to take control of the headlines.

    VW pays for the maintenance during the first 3 years. My Not-So-Clean Diesel hits 3 years September 2016. If I wait until April 2016 to activate my gift card, that only gives me 7 months to use it. Not a lot of dealer costs would be incurred. VW wins again! ugh!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 It looks like you’d be required to get an automatic transmission. I’m a little surprised, but the EPA gas mileage site shows the CX-3 as automatic only. You can get a manual in an HR-V, though.

  20. HtG Says:

    16 Kit, I wonder about the cars that are still being held at the ports. Man, are dealers getting hosed; no car to sell, and floor plan held captive. (it takes quite a bit for me to feel for dealers)

  21. Buzzerd Says:

    other than nostalgia I don’t see the point of a manual anymore.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I still like driving manuals, at least with small engines, like my MINI. As far as performance and gas mileage, though, today’s automatics are equal to or better than manuals in most cases.

  23. W L Simpson Says:

    Design quirks are caused by that dept having to continually justify it’s existence

  24. Maverick Says:

    Interesting new graphics for the show, although I miss the automotive touches like the rolling odometer. Maybe you can add an analog instrument “needle sweep” like current cars do at start-up. A clockwise sweep fades in “Autoline Daily”, followed by a counter-clockwise sweep transitioning to the date. I always look forward to the show.

  25. HtG Says:

    21 I guess Mazda accepts that buyers of the CX3 aren’t going to be ordering any manuals. Frankly, manual’s weird for this car. Were I to buy a CX3 there’s no way I’d want the manual, even as I’d take a manual Miata. But the automatic new Miata I drove was perfectly fine; there’s so much else to do with the car that lacking the shifting isn’t such a big deal. Heck, the throttle feels like a video game toy anyway. (yep, I said it)

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 Also, for those who want a Mazda hatch with a manual, it’s available in a Mazda 3. Those few who want a small, tall hatch with a manual can get one from Honda, Jeep, or Fiat.

  27. HtG Says:

    I’ve actually seen one of the Fiat 500Xs on the road. One, but I liked it.

    Still, not a single new Miata sighting in the wild.

  28. HtG Says:

    Also sighted this weekend, one Bentley Continental in Candy Green. Gym parking lot. Michigan plates.

    Dude wears lycra shorts to lift weights.

  29. Jim Haines Says:

    So be gives a $500 in dealer use card so if you take an out of warranty car in for an oil change they will tell you need $4000 worth of other stuff. Win win on that part anyway what a bs deal that part is

  30. HtG Says:

    28. Hey, you’re driving a candy green Continental. I’m going to notice you.

    Not to mention the guy in the Mustang 350 Shelby who can’t stop talking about it. Or the guy in the matte finish M5 who doesn’t clean his wheels.

    Yes, I can be a prick.

  31. HtG Says:

    jealous prick

  32. HtG Says:

    The Bentley was this car, exactly…

  33. G.A.Branigan Says:

    This is my take on vw’s ‘offer’,being the cynic I am,when you sign the agreement,in fine print,you give up all rights to sue them,or join in a class action etc,and you no longer hold vw accountable for any trade in losses etc.Jmho….

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32 Nice car. It would definitely be good if you want to be noticed, and is one of my favorite big, expensive cars, appearance-wise, but in a different color.

  35. Kit Gerhart Says:

    33 I’d want a lot more than $500 in real money. Those who have their cars “fixed” will probably lose more than that in fuel cost, over the life of the car, along with the diminished performance.

  36. T. Bejma Says:

    Thought John would have caught this one about the Colorado/Canyon getting 31 mpg highway…

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    36 Do you get a paper Certificate of Conformity with your truck?

    It should sell well, though it will make economic sense for almost no one, at least with the gas vs diesel fuel prices where I am.

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Diesel is now about 20% more expensive than regular, but sometimes is about 30% higher.

  39. XA351GT Says:

    Wait JLR has the best #s at 25% . I’m confused , all year all I heard on here was how their sales were tanking especially Jaguar. So what gives? How can their sales be in the toilet and then post the best %s ? This is why I think you need to gives units sold not %s. They are too misleading.

  40. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The JLR uptick is from LR. There are a lot of wealthy, socially challenged people who like to take their broken vehicles to the dealer for entertainment.

  41. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 36,T.B.: I posted that yesterday afternoon,on yeserdays thread.Didn’t seem like anyone cared with those awesome epa ratings….in a truck.

  42. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A regular cab Colorado with the diesel and manual transmission would be kind of cool. Unfortunately, they don’t make them.

  43. HtG Says:

    41 I thought it was awesome, GA. Couldn’t you tell?

  44. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I doubt they will even make a reg cab long bed.The diesel is not an option right now for the extended cab,which I think is a mistake,and limits sales.

    @ HtG: Sorry man,I didn’t see any comment from you after I posted the article.I’ll look again.Nope,nada.

  45. Lex Says:

    What is taking Subaru so long to develop a three row SUV to replace the Tribeca? What are their going to call it the Traveler? There is nothing wrong with the Tribeca name. It was the execution of the product that caused poor sales.

  46. Kit Gerhart Says:

    44 I suspect they will sell the diesel in the extended cab, after sales of the crew cab drop off. Yeah, there seem to be no plans to make a regular cab Colorado, or to sell the diesel with a manual trans. If you want a smaller pickup with a diesel and manual transmission, you have to go somewhere other than North America and get a Toyota Hilux.

  47. Mark Says:

    #40 Kit, you are living in the past. Yes, LR quality and reliability ten years ago was the pits. Not any longer. LR has made huge improvements all around and are now above average in Q & R.

  48. Bradley Says:

    Kudos to GM on the Diesel Mid-size trucks.

    It is interesting that GM sells fewer Mid-Size trucks than Toyota. And Toyota says there isn’t a business case for selling diesel on the Tacoma in the United States.

  49. BobD Says:

    In the Colorado/Canyon diesel extended cabs… From the order books, it appears you can get the diesel in extended cab, as well as the WT trim if you are a government or fleet buyer. So not offering them in the retail is purely a business decision to maximize the price/profit, rather than a technical/configuration issue. Also interesting that the ZR2 diesel concept vehicle was an extended cab version. Hopefully they will eventually offer the ext cab and WT versions to retail customers.

    Also wondering if they plan to add capacity for the mid-size trucks at another plant, as the current plant shares production with the full size vans that are also in demand for fleet vehicles.