AD #1978 – Huge Head Up Display, Hyundai Readies Performance Portfolio, SEMA Designers Get Instant Gratification

November 1st, 2016 at 12:00pm

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- Toyota Developing New Mobility Platform
- New HUD Projects Large Image
- Hyundai Readies Performance Portfolio
- Chevy’s Tricked Out SEMA Concepts
- SEMA Designers Get Instant Gratification

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12 Comments to “AD #1978 – Huge Head Up Display, Hyundai Readies Performance Portfolio, SEMA Designers Get Instant Gratification”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’m liking where FCA is going with their offerings.Well done.

    That HUD display is kinda cool,but for me,just the indicated speed,and maybe turning arrows would suffice when using nav.All the rest is kinda lost on me.

  2. Brett Says:

    I had forgotten how darned good looking the original Challenger was. I’d consider a new one because they did such a decent job of bringing that styling forward to today.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I really liked the original Challenger. I also like the current Challenger, except that it is TOO BIG, almost 200 inches long. It sounds like the next Challenger will be built on the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform, which should help fix the too-big part. As are as the SEMA Challenger, I like it, except for the flat black paint.

    My favorite of the FCA SEMA vehicles was the Jeep CJ thing. It looked like a real Jeep should look.

  4. Lex Says:

    I really like those retro Mopar looks on current FCA models. Would you ever consider inviting have the cast of Graveyard Cars to be on an episode of AAH either in the studio or remotely?

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Trax Activ, I’m with you Sean; bring it on. Just make sure it performs as well (or better) than those/there Jeeps.

  6. Barry Rector Says:

    You’re right about FCA and all their amazing concepts. Now if they only had the money to put them into production!!

  7. Lex Says:

    In yesterday’s show Sean told us that Buick is bringing the “Avenir” premium trim to China.
    What does the “Avenir” name bring anyway? I remember when GM used the “Brougham” trim level on a lot of it’s deluxe model vehicles. The “Brougham” name sounds much stronger that “Avenir” to my ears.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From online dictionaries, Avenir is French for “the future or time to come.”

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #5 So far, the Trax is carrying on with only the 1.4 turbo, making 138 hp. That concept, or any similar production model, needs more motor, like the 2.0 turbo, which makes almost 300 hp in the Camaro.

  10. BobD Says:

    Love the Trax Activ concept. Amazing what a little lift, fender flairs, and bigger tires can do to an otherwise mediocre vehicle.

    I read the article/description of the Industrial Technology Research Institute HUD. Still not sure how it works. My only experience with a HUD was on a 2000-ish Pontiac and a crack windshield was $1300 to replace as it was only available from the dealer.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Trax concept has the lift kit and bigger tires, to make it slower, thirstier, and handle worse on pavement, where such vehicles are normally driven. That “theme” is what Americans like, though.

    The Trax I’d like to see would be lowered, and with a major power boost, kind of a smaller, more modern GMC Typhoon. That would be cool, at least to me.

  12. Lex Says:

    Thanks Kit Gerhart for looking up the meaning of “Avenir”, but I already knew that.

    The word “Avenir” sounds very Foo Foo compared to “Denali” in the GM stables. Avenir sounds light and floaty while Denali sounds strong and nonsense. I prefer the second not the first.

    What about an EV for Buick named “Electra” which was mentioned by someone in a previous episode? If Tesla can sell their model S & X at such high prices then what about a Buick EV to the mass market consumer at a lower price point? The Volt IMHO is just a electrified Cruze. GM needs to more EV technology into CUVs and SUVs.