AD #1969 – Buick’s Global Sales Surge, Ghosn Named Chairman of Mitsubishi, VW Set to Launch New Luxury Sedan

October 19th, 2016 at 11:29am

Runtime: 6:41

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- Manna From Heaven for Tesla
- Buick Passes 1 Million Sales
- Ghosn Named Chairman of Mitsubishi
- VW Set to Launch New Luxury Sedan
- Hyundai Elantra SEMA Concept
- Should OEMs Buy or Develop Autonomous Tech?

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13 Comments to “AD #1969 – Buick’s Global Sales Surge, Ghosn Named Chairman of Mitsubishi, VW Set to Launch New Luxury Sedan”

  1. Lisk Says:

    If (or when) autonomous cars become the norm, will there be a need for high performance versions of cars? Will you need an AMG C63 if your car is going to fall in line with the rest?

    Is Elon Musk king of the open Ponzi scheme? I don’t know how he can deliver 400,000 Model 3s in a years time (2017-2018). It’s tough enough for any of the big car makers to do that with brand new product, and that’s in plants that already were doing it.

  2. M360 Says:

    Sure, Buick is an impressive brand now, years after GM was reborn. But does anybody remember Pontiac? Do people really have that short of a memory? Don’t you think Pontiac could have done the same thing as Buick if given a chance?

  3. Lex Says:

    I agree with M360 and want to add my two cents.
    Buick should have been left for China and Pontiac should have been saved for the US and other markets. Holden and Pontiac were sharing product before the demise of Pontiac. Why couldn’t all three (Buick in China, Pontiac in the North America and Holden in Australia) share product and development cost? It seems like GM needs to re-evaluate it’s current portfolio and consider re-introducing specific vehicles like a Hummer H3 based on the Chevy Canyon or GMC Colorado and maybe a Pontiac Tran Am to compete against the Ford Mustang along side the Chevy Camaro.

  4. Lex Says:

    The market for pre-owned Tesla’s will probable heat up if Elon Musk increases the number of Tesla service centers around the country.
    I would believe that a re-conditioned Tesla with a new and even larger battery pack could satisfy those customers waiting for their Model 3. If the Tesla is almost maintenance free then this re-conditioning facilities partnered with Solar City installer locations around the country might be a great business opportunity. Solar City would accept the old batteries out of the older Tesla’s and recondition then for home use while Tesla technicians upgrade and recondition the Tesla vehicles which have been turned in off of leases. In this way Tesla Motors controls it’s product from cradle to grave and gives Solar City an opportunity to gain easy accept to those vehicle battery packs.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Buick was kept, because it is hot in China, maybe because the last of the Ming Dynasty loved them. Well, probably not that, but Buick is very successful in China.

    I don’t see Pontiac returning, as a brand, but if, say, a G8 were made, it could be sold at Buick-GMC dealers, without re-creating a “brand” bureaucracy. It could be based on one of the rear-drive Cadillac platforms. There should be a good market for such a car, after the Chrysler 300 disappears.

  6. Daniel Busch Says:

    I sure hoping that Volkswagen’s all-new luxury sedan will have a Diesel option!

  7. JWH Says:

    #5 – Last I knew Holden is to cease manufacturing vehicles in 2017 so it seems new G8 is pretty slim.
    #2 I believe about 80% of Buicks are sold in China so perhaps down the road GM will morph to CM.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 If a G8 returned, it would be a different car. I just used that name, because the G8 was the last of the Pontiacs that had any reason to exist, and was not nearly redundant with a Chevy, or in the case of Vibe, a Toyota.

  9. cwolf Says:

    I believe automakers seeking their own autonomous technology will reap long term benefits. Just look at all the outsourced parts that have become recalled, then imagine how many more connections are needed between the automaker and supplier to correct the problem. As I think about all the “one size fits all” components made all over the world for multiples of manufacturers, I sense supplier lack of control severely has limited their product reliability to meet specifications for every manufacturer.
    Maybe the pendulum of US automakers to only assemble vehicles is now being realized that perhaps there are merits to re-think “in-house.”

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    GM and Ford wanted out of the “captive supplier” business, and spun off Delphi and Visteon. I guess they’ve changed their minds, regarding autonomous tech. It looks like GM and Delphi are now competing with each other in this area.

  11. omegatalon Says:

    Car companies like General Motors need to think of ‘autonomous’ systems as being like the avionics suite of a fighter jet; one of the biggest issues of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 JSF has been it’s avionics software has yet to be complete and it has caused a mountain of headaches.. as one solution to this would have been to have a third party work with Lockheed in the development of the fighter jet and develop the avionics suite separately which may have been cheaper also.

  12. omegatalon Says:

    Does spending $85K for a VW Phideon make sense especially if the top engine is a 300 hp turbocharged 3.0L DOHC-4v V6 and while the Chinese may not want to show off their wealth; one has to think they would rather spend the money on a BWM 7-series or even a Cadillac CT6 Hybrid.

  13. omegatalon Says:

    One can imagine what General Motors would have been without Buick as they would have just Chevrolet and Cadillac with everything in between gone as the Buick lineup is a necessity from consumers who want a vehicle a step up from a Chevy while they feel not being able to afford or ready for a Cadillac.