AD #2435 – Illuminati Motor Works’ Wild EV, Volkswagen Drops the Beetle, Top Automakers in Europe in 2018

September 14th, 2018 at 11:33am

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Runtime: 8:57

0:31 VW Drops the Beetle
1:22 Illuminati Motor Works’ Wild EV
3:16 Car Sales Strong in Europe
3:59 Big Truck Sales Soar in August
4:39 Daimler and Bosch Test Automated Valet Parking
5:40 Building Trust Between Humans & Automated Systems

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21 Comments to “AD #2435 – Illuminati Motor Works’ Wild EV, Volkswagen Drops the Beetle, Top Automakers in Europe in 2018”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Re the silly EV concept, they should modify the prize rules to include being able to manufacture it and produce it at a price the market can pay. This concept is at best one they may make 5-10 copies of, if they are lucky. I see such concepts every day at the Top Gear site, btw, but there they generate more interested, since it seems the average age of their audience is 14 and two-thirds of them do not even have a driver’s licence, let alone own any car.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    1 after seeing the concept in the video (on mute, because I am listening to AAH on my other computer), I revise my comments in 1. This so-called concept looks like it was put together by a bunch of high school students, whose ambition is not matched by their talent and resources. The thing looks positively ugly and unrefined, unlike professionally made concept vehicles from automakers, which are eye candy that will never see production, at least not in that form.

    This one makes even the Nissan leaf (1st generation) look good. And that Leaf looked like the product of unnatural sex between a pig and a bathtub.


    The New Beetle was just not a compelling model. A good throwback style, but that was it. It was cramped and cost a few hundred dollars less then the roomier and more useable Golf. Then came the reliability issues of the first generation and people lost interest.

    If the beetle had a roomy and useable back seat, it may have had a chance. But it was a 2 seater at best and there is not a large market for 2-door 2-seater non-performance cars with reliability questions. Basically this was VWs version of the Ford EXP which also did not succeed for very similar reasons.

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    They need to add a parallel park test to the contest.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The new beetle had run its course, kind of like the PT Cruiser did after a few years.

    I’m wondering how MINI will do, long term, for similar reasons. I have one, and like it, but I’m unlikely to buy another.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    I think the Illuminati Wild EV is really interesting. Not particularly practical with its rear overhang, but that’s not important. I think it would look better in a shiny paint job in a perky colour, like lime. No question everyone’s golf bags would fit into that trunk.

    If my car could park itself in an automated garage, why did I have to drive it there? Just drop me off ‘oh car of mine’ and go park yourself. Do I have to do everything?

  7. Larry D. Says:

    3, 5 While the ‘new’ MINI was rather faithful to the original concept, even though much bigger and roomier than the tiny one of the late 50s, the New Beetle was a FRAUD that sickened me from day one. The original Beetle was a RWD vehicle. The so-called “new Beetle” was a GOLF with less room and much less trunk space, a FWD vehicle. A total fraud. Only old maids did not mind the deception and were happy to buy the car, that only looked “beetlish” and had the stupid vase on the dash.

    6 I just noticed the name of the highschoolers that put this concept together. “Illuminati” motors? Give me a break. What are these conspiracy theorists, fans of those silly Dan Brown books and even worse Tom Hanks movies?

  8. Larry D. Says:

    Re ATW, John and Sean, I believe the last dozen or not shows have all been about AVs and Mobility and all this peripheral stuff auto enthusiasts do not care about. I don’t know if PBS is putting pressure to have this kind of content, instead of discussing real cars, but if you want to maximize your audience, they way to do it is by returning to mainstream auto discussions and far fewer AV and mobility shows.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 I agree about the new beetle. I feel the same about the new Fiat 500. The real Fiat 500 was rear engine, air cooled. The new one has no connection, and is a styling exercise, like the new beetle.

    Yep, the BMW MINI is the same configuration as the old, but though much larger on the outside, the rear seat of the new one is less roomy. I knew I was basically buying a two seater when I bought mine, so I don’t have a problem with it.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    The retro styling fad is over and bringing the beetle back was cool back in 1998 but its been 20 years and the as with many other retro styled cars like the HHR, PT Cruiser, and SSR they have all been axed with the exception of the Challenger. The retro Mustang, and Camaro, have evolved their designs but The beetle just lowered the roof a bit.

    They should bring it back as a hybrid with an actual air cooled engine RWD subsidized with an electric giving it some decent acceleration. Go back to its roots of making it a car for the people and pursue the most affordable hybrid available. IMO

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    Building trust with automated systems might seem as simple as acceptance however I know many people that are still very uneasy taking an elevator ride that has been automated for decades.
    To that point if we cannot build elevators that don’t break down “get stuck” and we cant seem to prevent computers from locking up, Or the gas pump from accepting a credit card than how do you trust a car to hurl you down the road at 70mph without a glitch? Or do you just sit back comfortably, until you crash and accept that you were just a much smaller percentage of fatalities than when people drove?

  12. Ukendoit Says:

    I don’t know if it would interest people in the US, but I read an article (the link on my name) about a small economical Uniti One electric city car coming out in Europe that sounded interesting.

  13. rick Says:

    beg to differ on class 8 sales, this time may not be same as in past, trucking company’s are replacing their clunkers, new purchases were delayed so long they no longer have a choice.

  14. FSTFWRD Says:

    I think the Illuminati needs a longer tail. LOL

  15. Larry D. Says:

    11 Good points.

    In addition, AVs are definitely not ready for prime time. They are run under ideal weather and traffic conditions.

    There is a whole lot of cheerleading about them by the Auto media, and big automakers waste billions on them instead of improving their cars and/or cutting their exorbitant prices.

    Reminds me of the story about the old lady and the three boy scouts, who reported to their leader or whatever the good deeds they did that day. “All three of us helped an old lady cross the street”, they said. “Why did it need all three of you?” asked their leader. “Well, Tom was holding her left hand, Mike her right one, and I was pushing her from behind, because she did not want to cross the street”. Same with AVs. The Almighty Dog, ie. the Consumer, is not eating this dogfood!@

    On AVs there have been serious studies at MIT (I know of that one) and elsewhere, but the cheerleaders never mention them. They raise serious, deadly ethical questions about AVs. For example, if I own an AV because I am a 95 year old incompetent and cannot drive myself, and the AV has a situation that it either goes off a cliff to avoid hitting a bus stop with 35 waiting schoolchildren, possibly killing many of them, will it fall of the cliff and kill its owner and master, OR will it kill up to 35 10 year old children to save the life of the 95 year old who has about 1 or 2 years left?

    What say you, AV cheerleaders?

  16. Larry D. Says:

    Today’s top gear webpage has a review of the Tesla S (very glowing) as well as the above feat of an older woman and her Tesla S. here is a preview:

    “The fully electric saloon covered a ridiculous 20,396 kilometers (12,674 miles) in 110 days, making Sylvia the first woman to drive an electric car around Oz. Most impressively, the entire fuel bill for the journey was a measly $150.90 AUD, or about £82.

    The Round Australia Electric Highway is a network of EV charging stations, suitable for any electric brand, spaced on average 200km (124 miles) apart. Some of the remote charging stations Sylvia visited had never been used before, or lived up to the same impeccable standard (read: broken) as you get in the UK.”

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I wonder if she had to do some of her charging at farm houses along her route, because of the charge stations being broken. She averaged only a little over 100 miles a day, but maybe she did a lot of sight seeing, etc. on the trip.

  18. Ctech Says:

    The Illuminati, this must be an article that was saved for foolishness Friday.

    I believe we have run out of great iconic cars and trucks to bring back. After all the pent-up demand for a modern Beetle has been satisfied it has to stand on its own as a competitive car and sales prove where it lies. Mini, I think, has a better strategy by offering a variety of competitive modern vehicles while only using a few design elements from the original. Let’s face it, the successful awd Mini Countryman is nowhere near the original Mini concept. The Mustang and Challenge are similar in execution.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Mini got carried away with new models a few years ago, with the strange looking “coupe,” the almost redundant “roadster,” and a two door Countryman called Paceman. The Countryman is probably the best selling Mini in the US, but not in the UK and other markets. I expect the Clubman to be dropped at some point. It’s “cute” and retro, but the hinged rear doors create a blind spot in the inside rear view mirror, the reason I wouldn’t buy one.

  20. Larry D. Says:

    17 She did take an inordinate amount of time to do it. I don’t know if there are enough sights on the way to justify 110 days. The distance is 4 times driving X-country in the US, which I did in a hurry (zero sightseeing) in summer 2003 in 3 days, with an old Accord coupe 5-sp, one day I did more than 960 miles. I also did a return trip from Long Beach CA to Wash DC (Arlington VA to be precise) in 4 days.

    The article says she was a widow who had talked about doing the trip with her husband, so she did it kind of in his memory. She claims there are more places to charge the car than gas stations along the way, so she must include not just the superchargers but every little house or store along the way.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 I drove 1100 miles in a day, once, but I will never do it again. I did that trip, in my 1989 van, about 15 years ago when I was in my 50′s.

    In today’s USA, you’d might get shot if you went to a house, asking to charge your car, but I suspect Australia is a lot different. It looks like Australia has superchargers mostly along the southeast coast, so she would have needed a lot of other charge locations if driving around the circumference of Australia.