AD #1757 – Concept Hints at Future of Racing, Competitors Gang Up on Uber, Nissan Sees Titan XD as “Tweener” Truck

December 4th, 2015 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:39

- McLaren Concept Hints at Future of Racing
- Renault Makes Return to Formula One
- Competitors Gang Up on Uber
- Ford Comes Out with Camper Trailers
- FCA Jumps on Star Wars Bandwagon
- Nissan Sees Titan XD as “Tweener” Truck
- Toyota RAV4 Could Pass Camry in Sales

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26 Comments to “AD #1757 – Concept Hints at Future of Racing, Competitors Gang Up on Uber, Nissan Sees Titan XD as “Tweener” Truck”

  1. Rob Says:

    UBER; This emerging sector is called mobility services and it promises to disrupt the automotive industry as we know it.

    Disrupt how? I would like to see a study that proves people are selling their car and only using Uber (or others) completely. I wouldn’t hesitate to guess people still own a car and use Uber for travel or avoid a DUI and has had a huge impact on the taxi industry not so much the automotive industry.

  2. Brett Says:

    How long does Nissan postulate it will take “the Big Three” to join them in that niche if it turns out to be profitable?

  3. Lisk Says:

    A couple of comments-
    1) McLaren should have spent more time on developing real race cars rather than concepts. While reliability was an issue, they should have worked on making the chassis better, not laying all the blame on Honda. As for F1 in general, remove the aero devices save for a single plane front and rear wing and put skinny tires on them. Let the drivers be drivers.

    2) The Nissan Titan XD. I just don’t see people moving from a 3/4 truck to the “tweener” unless the price is the same as convention half tons in the segment. The Cummins diesel gives it some cred but is this used in anything else or was it developed for the Titan?

    3) After the F-150 was redesigned in 1973, you could order a bed cap on your new truck. It also had the same lines as the truck and was quite stylish.

  4. gary susie Says:

    Titan looks just like f-150 to me.

  5. Gordon Garside Says:

    Love the new look of this broadcast but is there any chance you could lose, forever, that unbelievable “rumble” between images or topics or between the relentless commercials and the text that Junior is reading to us. On headphones it sounds like a weapon going through my head and sometimes like Junior is clearing his throat…and by the way is John finished with this part of his internet/journalism empire? Is he never coming back?

  6. Rob Says:

    Sean, Will the new Ford trailers be offered through Ford dealerships? If so I wonder if any dealerships will carry any stock.

  7. Jonathan Says:

    I see the new scion AWD concept shown will be the new sportscars of the future.

    I see cuv sportscars with four doors will be the future enthusiast vehicles.

    High ground clearance and inclement weather capability will be the differences of these sports car cuv s and traditional sports cars.

    Porsche Macan was among the first. The Merecedes GLA amg another. Watch as mainstream cuv builders reach into this hot new segment of CUVs..

    I am hopeful the new scion cuv will not be too far dumbed down for production. Toyota seems to be reaching new daring designs to help consumers forget Toyohashi bland production car past.

    Scion might find a bit of life by doing so.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 Uber is certainly disrupting the taxi business, but yeah, I don’t see how it would disrupt the auto industry, except for causing small shifts in market segment volume.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #5: Wow,is there anything on here you DO like? Sean does a great job presenting the news.I wonder why I don’t hear the same stuff you’re complaining about,and yes,I use my headphones most of the time.Perhaps another automotive news site would suit you better.

  10. John McElroy Says:

    #1. There is quite a bit of evidence that people are not buying or leasing cars and are using car mobility services instead. They represents a small fraction of total car buyers, but the segment is growing fast. If you can find it online I highly recommend a study from Barclay’s called “Disruptive Mobility.” It will shock your socks off. It predicts the US will pull 100 million vehicles off the road in the next 20 years.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Thanks, John. I’ll find, and read it.

    I don’t live in a big metro area, but if I did, I suspect I’d see a lot more of what is going on, especially since Uber is a less expensive alternative to taxis.

  12. gary susie Says:

    lots of people who live in downtown Chicago don’t own cars. They use mass transit. When they need one for a trip they rent which is cheaper than paying for parking or buying a spot.

  13. gary susie Says:

    lots of people who live in downtown Chicago don’t own cars. They use mass transit. When they need one for a trip they rent which is cheaper than paying for parking or buying a spot.

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Rob – The campers, trailers and haulers will be available through certified Livin Lite dealers.

  15. Rob Says:

    Thanks John and Sean. I will also be looking up the study John mentioned.

  16. Rob Says:

    #12 exactly my point. If you dont own a car and rely on mass transit or car rental switching to Uber doesnt affect car sales. They didnt own one before. I look forward to reading a few studies. 100M cars seems a bit unrealistic to me.

  17. Fstfwrd Says:

    @#5 I agree with G.A. You need to take off your headphones and find your Automotive news elsewhere. Sean does a great job and we see John on other assignments. Thanks for a fine show.
    Uber; many of my friends use it just like they used to use a regular taxi. All still own cars, and that won’t change.

  18. Fstfwrd Says:

    @#5 I agree with G.A. You need to take off your headphones and find your Automotive news elsewhere. Sean does a great job and we see John on other assignments. Thanks for a fine show.
    Uber; many of my friends use it just like they used to use a regular taxi. All still own cars, and that won’t change.

  19. Fstfwrd Says:

    Sorry, hit the submit twice.

  20. BobinAtlanta Says:

    Racing power: How long before NASCAR will have a CUV series? (No hurry!) Also, with pure electric, hybrid and solar powered race cars appearing, why not add propellers and include wind power?
    [Yes, I'm depressed because we are in between racing seasons.]

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, 16 The point from the report is partly that more people will not sell and not replace cars, and start using using Uber. At some point, the “car culture” will fade, and fewer people will buy expensive cars for “status,” etc. That will be very disruptive to the auto industry, as we know it. Also, I suspect there are decreasong numbers of people, like myself, with “extra” cars for fun.

  22. XA351GT Says:

    #17 Bob, I really hope not on the CUV series. What I would like to see is them create a Road race series called American V8 Supercars , like the Aussie series ,but using 2 door 4 seat sporty cars. The Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, Also could include Audi 2 doors an long Mercedes and BMW also Toyota (Lexus ) Basically if you have a 2 door 4 seater with a V8 available you could race. The teams would have to use stock car bodies ,modified to crash worthiness.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I liked the ill-fated “touring car” series, where actual real, albeit highly modified front-drive sedans were raced. The series didn’t catch on, though.

  24. Chuck Grencic Says:

    While alternative mobility may eat into some future car sales, even if this number is pretty big, our population is ever growing, and so I think will be the total number of cars in the U.S. Maybe the growth will be lessened but I don’t see an absolute reduction in numbers.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    According to the Barclay’s report, “peak horse” in the US was 1920, with 25M horses. The will be a “peak car,” both in production and total population, but most of us probably won’t see it, at least globally. We may already be close in the US.

  26. Rob Says:

    I read the Barclay report and the biggest problem I found with it was saying the avg. vehicle is used 12k miles a year and a shared vehicle would be used 64k miles a year which sounds great but most people need to be to work around the same time, which is why we have rush hour. Everyone would be trying to use the shared vehicles at the same time. I actually foresee the need for autonomous vehicles to be smaller and realistically with 1 or 2 seats. People do not want to carpool or go out of their way to share a ride. They want to leave for work with just enough time to get there on time and leave to go straight home. So I don’t believe production will be as drastically cut but will shift to smaller autonomous single individual transportation.