AD #1798 – New Camaro Gets Performance Package, Nissan Tackles Winter Snow, Mazda Zoom-Zooms Past Full Autonomy

February 12th, 2016 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:23

- New Camaro Gets 1LE Performance Package
- Nissan Equips Crossovers with Snow Tracks
- Ram Reveals New Power Wagon
- Tacoma Receives TRD Pro Treatment
- Kia Unveils Dedicated Hybrid CUV
- Mazda Uninterested in Full Autonomy

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16 Comments to “AD #1798 – New Camaro Gets Performance Package, Nissan Tackles Winter Snow, Mazda Zoom-Zooms Past Full Autonomy”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Good show Sean,but the start-stop technology on the video is back again ;}>

  2. Rob Says:

    I agree with the Mazda philosophy that “some” drivers enjoy the driving experience myself included. However as a corporate strategy they may find themselves eating those words or worse yet end up like Blockbuster, Boarders or Kodak

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    It seems like GM is missing the boat when it comes to specialty vehicles. Wasn’t that long ago that the big three would put out some cool low volume vehicles – GMC Typhoon, Ford F150 Lightning, Mercury Marauder , Chev Trailblazer SS….. now, not so much.

  4. MJB Says:

    I’ve gotta say, the Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue pictured in that video clip of them traipsing down the snow drift sure looked like all the exact same vehicle!

    If there ever were a case for creating more variation between models in the interpretation of a brand’s language, this is it.

    (unless, that it, those were actually just three of the same model pictured – even though the promo copy trumpets 3 different models…)

  5. MJB Says:

    #2. …said the captain of the R.M.S. Titanic earlier that day.

  6. BobD Says:

    3 – I totally agree that GM is missing the boat against Toyota in the “off-road” truck market. GM showed the ZR2 Colorado concept over a year ago, yet not a peep or rumor about production since then. They did launch the diesel version in the GM twin mid-size, but cheap gas will make them hard to justify unless you do a lot of towing. The ZR2 option would seem to have a much higher take rate and likely be very profitable (although I think GM got a little greedy making the Trail Boss an $8k option)

  7. Brett Says:

    Autonomy will come sooner rather than later to the Mazda CUV lineup. Mazda is prudent in that they’ll let the “big boys” shoulder the development costs, learn from their mistakes and finally offer something off-the-rack.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe KIA couldn’t get the rights to use the power splitter setup needed for a proper hybrid. If they actually get the 50 mpg combined gas mileage, though, that’s impressive.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Mazda and autonomous cars.Didn’t that guy in the clip mention something about waiting for that stuff to come down stream?

  10. pedro fernandez Says:

    Mazda is making a fan out of me, no CVT, no turbo, no DCT and still you can get decent performance and mileage out of their vehicles.And now no robo-cars.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 If I were looking for a non-hybrid “do everything” car, the Mazda 3 hatch would be at the top of my shopping list, especially now that the VW TDI’s are gone.

  12. W L Simpson Says:

    I’m holding out for a pure EV , fewer batts constant duty gen.

  13. MJB Says:

    @12 – You mean like this one? ;) (go to the 3:00 mark)

  14. Jesse W. Henry Says:

    #13 MJB

    Nice link, I remember that episode.

    On the Mazda stand on autonomy, I think it’s clever marketing. Make the people who dislike the tech like you’re brand more and if you ever change your mind there will be tons of fully developed supplier systems by then. Zero R&D costs for Mazda if it’s a flash in the pan, or at least the current systems are.

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ BobD: I agree,GM should build and market the hell out of the ZR2,especially with a diesel.That alone would kick toyota’s taco right square in the butt.Not everyone needs,or even wants a full size craptor to take into the woods etc.

    Need something smaller,more maneuverable,and with super low end torque.But,it might just be in committee for the next decade,which would give the advantage to Jeep when they come out with their all new wrangler diesel pickup.

  16. T.Bejma Says:


    You need to realize that GM is just getting out of the development cycle that was going on in Bankruptcy so have a little patience and you will be very pleased… Trust me ;-)