AD #2386 – Nissan & Italdesign Create GT-R Prototype, Dodge’s Most Powerful SRT Hellcat Lineup Ever, Robots Won’t Kill Jobs

June 29th, 2018 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 8:59

0:37 Nissan And Italdesign Create GT-R Prototype
1:18 Dodge’s Most Powerful SRT Hellcat Lineup Ever
2:07 NIO Delivers First All-Electric SUV In China
3:28 Delivering Groceries with Autonomous Vehicles
3:59 Freightliner Delivers EV Trucks
4:55 Chevy Improves Volt’s Charging Time
5:53 Robots Won’t Kill Manufacturing Jobs

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31 Comments to “AD #2386 – Nissan & Italdesign Create GT-R Prototype, Dodge’s Most Powerful SRT Hellcat Lineup Ever, Robots Won’t Kill Jobs”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Infiniti’s new variable compression ratio engine is apparently a joke. CR just tested a QX50 with it, and it got 2 mpg worse overall mileage, and 7 mpg worse highway mileage than a BMW X3 with its plain vanilla 2.0 turbo. The Infiniti was slightly quicker, but not significantly so. The Audi Q5 also gets better mpg, and is quicker than the Infiniti. It looks like we have another case of complexity for complexity’s sake.

    The QX50, the X3, and the Q5 are all within 80 pounds of the same weight.

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Kit – I’d still like to test it myself, but that’s a real bummer to hear. Let’s hope the new Mazda engine is as good as advertised.

  3. John Faulkner Says:

    The GT-R prototype looks great!

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to more tests, but CR actually does a pretty good job on acceleration and mpg tests.

    I also hope the new Mazda engine works well. We shall see.

  5. BobD Says:

    I like the concept of “pods” delivering groceries, but just like some other proposed autonomous delivery systems, what about the last 100 feet? So this pod shows up in front of your house with six bags of groceries… Do you make six trips down the driveway to the street to haul them into the house? Fun too to lug a heavy pack of bottle water or 24-pack of soda up from the street. Grandma will think twice after the first time.

  6. Lisk Says:

    5) Good point. I can see myself as the role of grandma and looking at the walk from the street to the house. Plus how long will the pod wait before you show up if you are in the middle of something? 1, 3, 5 minutes, or ? If the pod is autonomous, how will the pod identify you? Will it know you’re not a 65 year old grandpa versus the 22 year old thug taking your groceries?

  7. Dan Says:

    Was hoping the next gen GTR would be better looking than this. Still has the trout mouth, and sharp line angles that make the vehicle look pieced together from odd parts. A GTR has brilliant performance, but no grace in it’s lines.

  8. XA351GT Says:

    I like the GT-R the side profile reminds me of the early 70s model.

    As for robots , It always feels tat they are to take more jobs then add for humans unless your a programmer or repair tech for them. They do remove the low skill repetitive jobs ,but can assist humans in some tasks. I guess I’m torn between whether they actually will do as the panel says or my guy instinct that they take jobs away.

    A big rig with 250 mile range would okay for city deliveries ,but won’t help open road guys. That is 4 hours of range ay 60-65 MPH. Until electrics can match combustion in range and price it will be like pushing rope.

    I thought Chevy is killing the Volt? If so I’m surprised they are still updating it.

  9. Lisk Says:

    News from the Tesla camp is the email requesting $2500 for Tesla to actually order your Model 3. Now , they still won’t give you any kind of production date and after 3 days, none of your money is refundable. Looks like a big cash grab to keep the company afloat until Tesla can keep the investors happy and throw more money at Elon.

  10. Lisk Says:

    8) If the technology is available and the cost is relatively the same, why not make the updates. Heck better yet, put the electric guys together and slide it into the Equinox or better yet the new Blazer? Even if the combined e-ICE mileage only improves by 10 mpg, that’s a pretty big bump to Chevy’s overall truck mpg.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 But they’d need to charge $10-15K more. Would people want to pay that premium for a Voltaic Equinox or Blazer? Maybe they would, but I’d be surprised if they’d sell that well.

  12. merv Says:

    a well deserved week off for sure,enjoy

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Happy Holiday Sean and staff. Feel free to comment here. :-)

  14. BobD Says:

    The announcement on the Volt a month or so ago was that there would not be a third generation. Rather the current Volt would be in production until 2022, then replaced with something else. I suspect there will still be annual updates and perhaps even a mild refresh between now and the end of production, depending upon sales volumes over the next few years. It would not surprise me if GM updates the battery pack for a little more range, or the same range with a smaller battery to reduce weight and cost. Perhaps some engine tweaks too.

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While I acknowledge the awesome performance of the GTR, the styling has never caught my eye; neither the new look.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe some of the people who still whine about the C7 Corvette’s non-round tail lights will like it.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made? https://nyti.ms/2lNkq0l

    Tesla opens tent city.

  18. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Austrian Grand Prix: M/B falters, Max to the max and Haas gets a 4th and 5th. I don’t want to give it all away if you haven’t seen it yet.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I saw the start, and followed the rest while at a Corvette club brunch meeting. The result was, putting it mildly, not as expected.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Fiat powertrains were the most reliable. Well, I guess Ferrari is no longer quite part of Fiat, but isn’t Sergio connected with both?

  21. XA351GT Says:

    Have a Happy 4th everyone, don’t blow your hands off with fireworks.

  22. len Simpson Says:

    NIO to the rest of the EV world—”Be afraid , be very afraid”

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Yep, EV’s will be a commodity, and will be bought mainly for price. The technology is mature, even more so than ICE cars, except for batteries, and there would be little “brand loyalty” like you have with pickup trucks.

  24. Chuck Grenci Says:

    On NIO, and the production for China; still too many unknowns to make any predictions (that are worth a darn). It may be the best thing since sliced bread but I don’t think it’s time for (all the other manufacturers) to panic, let alone worry, yet. Some of the other ‘big-boys’ are working hard and are also poised to introduce themselves to the market (but first you need demand, which will ramp up slowly). At least that’s my take.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that all companies are trying to decide “what” EV’s to make. Do you go for low price, high range, “fashionable tall,” which increases cost for equivalent range, etc. It will be interesting to see how the I-pace does with about comparable range to Chevy Bolt, but at about twice the price.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Grosjean crashed again, in practice one. Isn’t he having about one good result per 10 crashes? That doesn’t seem a very good percentage.

  27. George Ricci Says:

    The greenhouse on the GT-R from the side looks like the greenhouse on the Camaro Gen 1, 5, and 6. As to the overall styling I give it 2 thumbs down. It looks like something you would see in a Japanese video game.

  28. Ctech Says:

    GTR, love the performance, the styling still needs work. The Italdesign is better than Nissan, but would be curious to see what they could do with being tied to the legacy design.

  29. Ctech Says:

    Usually you get up to 1 million miles out of a class 8 semi with good maintenance, will these electric semi and class 6 trucks go the same distance ?

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Everything I’ve read about GT-R’s over the years is that performance is spectacular, but, unlike a recent Corvette or 911, they are way too “rough around the edges, to be pleasant as a daily driver. Maybe that will change with the new one.

  31. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Thought I was watching NASCAR for a moment (just kidding), but the Silverstone (Formula 1) race was slightly weary in the beginning but the last ten laps spectacular. IMO (no spoilers on today’s race; go watch it yourself) ;)