AD #1756 – Chevy Volt Top Selling Plug-In, New EV with Used Li-Ion Batteries, Ford Adds Apple Functions to SYNC

December 3rd, 2015 at 11:48am

Runtime: 6:25

- Chevy Volt Top Selling Plug-In
- Renault EV Conversion w/ Used Batteries
- Volvo Shows New Upscale S90 Sedan
- Ford Offers Apple Download for SYNC
- Wienermobile RC Car
- Volvo Lets 4-Year Old Drive Big Rig

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20 Comments to “AD #1756 – Chevy Volt Top Selling Plug-In, New EV with Used Li-Ion Batteries, Ford Adds Apple Functions to SYNC”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: LMFAO….oscar meyer weiner,thanx for my morning laugh.

  2. Rob Says:

    I believe Ford is heading in the right direction by focusing on designing and building cars and let the tech giants like Apple and Google develop conductivity systems. Design the cars to house a smart phone in the dash with conductive charging and the car makers dont have to spend tons of money providing features that everyones cell phone already has. Not to mention when that car is 8 years old, Buy a new phone and your hands free software, navigation, pandora etc are all that latest software again.

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Chuck Grenci – If you’re out there today. Someone from Achates Power responded to your question regarding their engine yesterday. As it was their first time commenting it did not get approved until today.

  5. Bob Wilson Says:

    Congratulations to the 2016 Chevy Volt. However, we understand they are already in the show rooms. So sales also reflect clearance of the older inventory.

    Regardless, to get a sense of perspective for fuel efficient cars selling more than 1,000 units in November:

    8,287 – Prius hatchback (2015 clearance)
    3,848 – Ram Pickup diesel
    3,100 – Tesla Model S
    2,601 – Prius c
    1,980 – Chevy Volt (2016 and 2015 clearance)
    1,964 – Camry hybrid
    1,643 – Prius v
    1,388 – Fusion hybrid
    1,054 – Nissan Leaf
    (Hybridcars November Dashboard sales)

    There are good bargins with the 2015 Prius and Volt. As last of their model year, they will have all factory installed upgrades.

    Bob Wilson

  6. Buzzerd Says:

    I don’t know why manufacturers would want to design and build their own Nav or infotainment when they can purchase as good if not better product from suppliers. I don’t see them trying to design and build their own tires, so why is this different.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Thanks Sean and G.A. (from my question about Achates yesterday): I responded in yesterday’s comments as well, with this:

    Thanks G.A.; looks like lean burn and after-treatment does the deal.

    And thanks Sean for including the total sales (along with the percentages); tells the story a lot better that way.

    And a quick comment on the four-year-old; my take is, just a gimmick. Gets the point across, but semantics at its best.

  8. HtG Says:

    6 Peter D.’s eyes will bleed reading it, but Apple and Google are trying to ‘disrupt’ the auto industry. Consumers really want this communications stuff, and I think the carcos want to keep control over it. Look what Apple did to the music business, what Amazon has done to retail and cloud computing services, Netflix to home video. Hey, whatever happened to Nokia?

  9. Rob Says:

    #8 You make a good point however the industries that have been dominated like you mentioned were because of complete shifts in their industry. Music shifted from hard copies tape/CD/DVD to MP3 files and could be copied downloaded shared and the music industry wasn’t ready to control it. Cars are still cars and industry isn’t going through a drastic shift to that extent like what happened with music and movies.

    As much as apple and google prepare to compete in the automotive market my guess is they will only be good at half the equation, autonomy and conductivity (their strong points) just as the carcos are good at half the equation and struggle with what Apple and Google bring to the table. The first carco to swallow their pride and partner up and embrace Apple and Google rather than compete will be miles ahead of their competition. Imo.

  10. MJB Says:

    Wait, wait, wait…

    ” Pilot Assist which is able to drive the car autonomously on the highway at speeds up to 30 mph.”???

    Am I the only one who sees an oxymoron here? On what highway in the U.S. can one drive at 30mph?

  11. HtG Says:

    stop and go traffic on the highway, like the Beltway around DC? Maybe the idea is that a limited access road like a highway has few surprises such that it can be handled autonomously.

  12. Rob Says:

    #10 I thought the same thing but then remembered driving in L.A. where 20 or 30 minutes of driving was below 30mph. Its a start.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    #10 anywhere in So Fl, except in the middle of the night or Sundays between 6 and 8am. I got some new shoes, struts, tie rods and alignment for the old lady and she has not handled so well in a long. long time, but it took 3 days before I got the chance to stretch her rejuvenated legs, because of the heavy traffic.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Andrew Schreck,(sp):I read that report that I posted yesterday,before posting actually,and I am no engineer.Do you ‘offset’ the exhaust stroke a wee bit to scavenge out the old,before going into a new firing cycle?

  15. Brett Says:

    Is it just me or does Elio Motors seem like the Moller International of the 21st century?

    Also, my comment yesterday about Achates vs Fairbanks-Morse had to do with the fact that the FM 2-stroke opposed piston diesel has been in continuous production and service since the 1940s. It’s an idea that has been around for a while.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Brett: During WWII the German aircraft engine maker Jumo also built,and used the opposed piston engines in certain planes in the luftwaffe.FM is not the only ones that used that technology way back when.But,they all had inherent flaws.Achates has addressed these known common problems.And also solved/improved many more too.It is a long read at 15 pages,but worth it to me,at least what I could understand.

  17. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I watched the AAH on the new Nissan pickup; there was a lot of info on the upcoming truck, and a lot of optimism on what is going to be offered. The truck looks good ‘on paper’, but what it is going to take to make this truck a contender, is some side by side comparisons and reviews against the competition. And as mentioned on the show, truck brand loyalty is going to be a big, big obstacle. Well, we shall see.

  18. Rob Says:

    #17 Brand loyalty will be a huge obstacle. Doing a quick You Tube search will show guys tearing their trucks up in tug-a-war between Chevy/Dodge/Ford. Its worse than the long battle between Mustang/Camaro.
    Up north with the strong unions American made means alot. I remember my days in construction and guys were really harrased for showing up on a job site in a Toyota. They typically didnt keep them long and would soon end up in a Ford or Chevy.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Nissan truck will have one niche to itself, a “light duty” pickup with an 8 cylinder diesel. Unless the truck is actually better than Ford/Chevy/Ram, which is unlikely, I don’t see it being a big hit.

  20. Marshall Says:

    “Volvo just revealed the S90 sedan which is aimed right at the German luxury brands.”

    No way will the the S90, scheduled to be built in CHINA be thought of as a luxury vehicle. Volvo’s built in SWEDEN is an intricate part of the brands appeal.