AAH #405 – How To Engineer A CUV

January 5th, 2018 at 9:46am

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TOPIC:
2018 Buick Enclave

SPECIAL GUEST:
Rick Spina, Executive Chief Engineer, Crossovers, General Motors

NEWS:
01:25 – 2018 Buick Enclave
32:25 – Call from The #DriveHome with Diane Fils-Schneider
38:31 – Softbank: Japanese telco to dominate autonomy?
46:08 – Dr. Data
49:36 – 2017 Sales: End of the party?

PANEL:
- John McElroy
, Autoline.tv
- Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production
- James Amend, WardsAuto.com

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2 Comments to “AAH #405 – How To Engineer A CUV”

  1. Alex Says:

    Softbank was founded by Masayoshi Son as a software company (thus the name). It later began acquiring several failing mobile phone companies and turned them around. It is better to think of this company as a technology-focused holding company. Masa recently carved out the strategic investment portion into a VC fund worth over $100 billion. Masa/Softbank was also a major investor in Ali Baba, an investment that has been reported to have earned the company 20 billion dollars when the company IPO’d. Softbank also recently purchased robotics firm Boston Dynamics from Google. Many of Masa’s speeches on his vision of future technology and AI can be found on YouTtube.

  2. Norm T Says:

    We loved the 2017 Enclave with it’s super quiet ride in the rear seating areas, but the chrome inTeri or trim and brown leather on our Tuscany edition couldn’t win my 42-year old wife over. Besides it would have been me and mini-me in our driveway with our 2016 Envision Prem ll. My wife had returned a perfect 2015 GMC Terrain off lease of 45,000 miles, thr Acadia Limited with heads up display won her over at 25% off. We could have gotten a Enclave Prem for 33% off but priced similarly after discounts.

    We like the 2018 Traverse but could only get 10% off and the 2018 Enclave wasn’t out yet and the $43K price was way too much without easy to clean leather with our dogs.

    I would have been interested in the Traverse 2.0T but it was not out yet and too pricey for front wheel drive only.

    Speaking of heads up display not being offered on Enclave but available on Envision Prem ll, it sold my wife on the Acadia.

    In the end I’m displeased with the older v6 offered in all of these, when thr Acadia and XT5 get the newer v6. GM is further shooting itself in the foot by not offering a 3.0/3.6 twin turbo in anything other than Cadillac. I enjoyed it in my XTS Vsport.