AD #2392 – Genesis G70 Driving Impressions, Model 3 Solidly Profitable, AWD Vehicles Booming Globally

July 16th, 2018 at 11:38am

Runtime: 8:22

0:33 Big Truck Sales Not Slowing Down
1:01 All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Booming Globally
2:10 Genesis G70 Driving Impressions
3:46 Tesla Model 3 Solidly Profitable
5:18 Weekend Race Results
6:18 The Race Car of The Future?
7:03 Citroen’s Weird Glasses Reduce Motion Sickness

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13 Comments to “AD #2392 – Genesis G70 Driving Impressions, Model 3 Solidly Profitable, AWD Vehicles Booming Globally”

  1. MJB Says:

    On the Genesis G70 – I love hearing this kind of news about newcomers. Upending the presuppositions of many by holding their own in head-to-head comparisons with the well heeled and storied big boys of quickness and agility. And doing it in relatively short swaths of time. Just like Lexus did to them back in the early ’90s with regard to luxury and reliability.

    But the biggest hurdle will come in reaching beyond the purist, enthusiast drivers who will immediately recognize this car for what it is, and convince the average Joe that this car will hold it’s own against the BMW in his neighbors driveway.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Future Weekend Race results: Autonomous grand prix was held this past weekend, and through a last minute processor chip ‘overboost’ from the Apple/Tesla Motors entry, it barely eked out the number two machine from IBM/Indy Motors.

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Will the Genesis G70 be too little/too late (or even if, enough/but too late). And besides there is already the Stinger, so does this make the G70 slightly redundant. Anyway, as good as it may be, it might just be a “tough nut to crack” to compete with the ‘big-boys’. In a shrinking segment there is already a lot of competition: Audi, BMW, M/B, ATS-V, Jag and others.

  4. Barry Says:

    In the segment with Sandy Monroe, I’m curious to know what’s the difference in the rear view mirrors to make such a wide variance in cost? Also, it’s hard to imagine that Tesla is making money on the Model 3!

  5. Lex Says:

    The reason why Genesis isn’t on most Americans radar is because they do not have a CUV/SUV available yet. Once they do it will really hurt Cadillac, Lexus and Acura.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    I too would like to understand the Tesla mirror comparison. Sandy spoke about using components for multi-functions but the Tesla mirror looked to just be a simple cheap standard mirror without any extra functions. Where the others looked to be self dimming or possibly include reading lights. So maybe not an apple to apple comparison.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    AWD seems to be a very popular option for folks that live in the snow-belt here in the US and having owned a Cadillac CTS with, and one without AWD I would never get one without it. But if I lived in the south I dont think I would want the cost or complexity. So does this mean most of the global market falls in areas that see snow? Or is this a trend that just corresponds with the increase in SUV/CUV sales?
    Or is it just a matter of being offered on more vehicles?

  8. John McElroy Says:

    #6. Tesla is keeping the cost of its components low by putting all the electronics needed for those components in one central location, on one or two motherboards. And it has those electronics doing double-duty, so it needs fewer chips and ICs. Tesla’s rear view mirror does not have embedded electronics for things like HomeLink, auto dimming, or OnStar. That’s why its mirror is so much cheaper. Sandy says Tesla does this will all the components on the Model 3.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Trying to sell “upscale” cars at a Hyundai or KIA store is a little like VW trying to sell the Phaeton at VW stores. Genesis is in the process of creating their own stores, like Lexus, which should help. Yeah, as Lex said, Genesis needs CUV’s to compete in today’s market, but I see a lot of C- and E-Class sedans in my part of Florida. The people buying them could save about $15-20K if they bought a Genesis, and they probably would know the difference, except for the lack of a three pointes star.

    As far as G70 and Stinger, the Stinger is better, because it’s a hatchback. Yeah, I’m biased on that.

    A big plus of the G80 for some people, including a friend who bought one, is that the standard engine is a plain old, naturally aspirated V6. With the Stinger and G70, you get a turbo engine, whether you want it or not.

    As I’ve said before, almost no one needs AWD, but a lot of people think they do. I drove both rear drive and front drive cars in the “snow belt” for about 40 years, and did just fine. The thing that is really a mystery to me, is that a lot of the Benzes and BMW’s sold in Florida, to people who never go up north in the winter, have AWD. Of course, many of the CUV’s, but not all, have mandatory AWD.

    AWD makes sense for “performance” versions of EV’s. You can just add another motor and the hardware to connect it to the wheels, and avoid needing different types of motors. Also, some people really get a thrill from the spectacular 0-30 acceleration of an AWD EV.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Oops, typo in first paragraph. Probably wouldN’T know the difference, except for the lack of a three pointed star.

  11. Anthony Parisio Says:

    Thank you for your fair follow up of Tesla Model three.

  12. joe Says:

    I think Tesla sold Muro & Associate a convincing bunch of BS.

  13. john Says:

    “Tesla’s futuristic car factories require far more human workers than other companies.”

    Anyone get a video of the envelope being passed across the table to Muro?