AD #2530 – Dealers Against Import Tariffs, Could Corolla Hybrid Make Prius Obsolete? 3 Groups Control Russian Car Market

February 12th, 2019 at 11:42am

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Runtime: 6:16

0:15 Why Dealers Are Against Import Tariffs
1:02 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Fuel Economy
2:09 Alpina Gets Its Hands on New 7 Series
3:04 TRD Reveals Toyota Supra Concept
3:29 White Tires Look Wild on Lexus UX
4:15 OEMs Turn Focus to ADAS Technology
4:54 Russian Car Sales Up Slightly

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22 Comments to “AD #2530 – Dealers Against Import Tariffs, Could Corolla Hybrid Make Prius Obsolete? 3 Groups Control Russian Car Market”

  1. XA351GT Says:

    Of course TRD can’t do anything to the powertrain ,because it’s a BMW. I’m sorry but to be whatever the engine is that is what the car /truck is. Slapping a badge on it and calling yours is a easy way out. At least the Miata and Fiat team up has the respective brands engines in “their” cars. Sorry but I see this as half assing it.

  2. lambo2015 Says:

    Yes dealers are against the tariffs which is the same old mentality that got us into this position. The “I only care about how it effects me and screw the big picture”, is a very selfish and short-sighted view.

    Toyota seems to have created the vehicle to compete with the top selling hybrid their Prius. Why?

    The white tires are nothing new as various colored tires are already available. I knew a guy that bought a yellow set for his sports bike.

  3. Phred Says:

    When you get the opportunity with the Cadillac “Management” ask them why the wonky “XT. ATS. etc” model designations? These alphabet soup model “names” invoke nothing but confusion from a buyer as to what are they intended to do?

  4. Barry T Says:

    The Corolla styling and numbers look really good. If they just graft a hatch on the back, they could eliminate the dual platforms – either call it a hatchback Corolla hybrid or a Prius, but let this be the styling and architechure for both IMHO

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Yep, agree 100%. As is, the Corolla hybrid isn’t even close to being a Prius replacement, because it isn’t a liftback. Make it a hatch, and it could be a Prius replacement.

  6. Larry D. Says:

    I have read the transcript, did not see the video, but here are my two cents anyway: And before you start, I only use caps for EMPHASIS, since there are no bold, italics, or even underline available.

    a. NOBODY wants the tariffs except those who failed their econs 101. The Administration is using them as a negotiating tool to pressure the Chinese to LOWER THEIR tariffs, under the threat of us raising ours. Plus stop stealing our intellectual property (on which I am totally pessimistic they will do) But they already offered to lower some important tariffs they have on US products. If the negotiations result in an agreement, look for the stock markets to rally all over the world. China has far MORE to lose than we have.

    b. Apparently there is a ton of vehicles that have managed to get Prius or even better than prius EPA and actual MPG. The Corolla is just the latest example, before that there was the Hyundai Ioniq and even the Honda Civic which in the CR test actually bested the Prius in MPG, but CR did not like some other aspects of it.

    c. I really like the color and the wheels of the Alpina, as well as its mechanicals, but I wish they dropped the god-awful deformed kidney grille the latest 7 uses. Do your own grille, Alpina. Sort of like when Daimler versions of the Jag XJ had a distinctly different grille than the Jag.

    d. Supra. When will these FOOLS ever learn that Enthusiast car buyers want THOROUGHBREDS and not mutts? The idiots at Toyota did it before with the idiotic “Toyobaru”, and it failed in sales. Now they put a BMW engine in the Supra. WHY???? Why not use a tried and true, RELIABLE Toyota engine? IF somebody wants a BMW engine, why would that person buy a cheap, ugly Toyota body to go with it????

    e. Lexus UX white tires. PATHETIC.

    f. Russian car sales. Ask me if I care, Russia has shrunk to an economy smaller than CA. it id a giant gas station, and with $40 oil, they are really screwed.

  7. Drew Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Prius brand morph into a PHEV or FEV brand, as other Toyotas backfill the basic HEV market.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Toyota should sell more total cars by having both the Corolla hybrid, and the Prius. The Corolla would appeal to people who want the more conventional styling, and and don’t care about the utility of the liftback. The Prius appeals to people like me, who will tolerate the styling, and really like the utility and mpg.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    #3 The ATS is the smallest Touring Sedan
    The CTS was Catera replacement hence CTS
    The DTS when they had it was Deville Touring Sedan
    STS was Seville.
    However the suvs don’t have a model and have followed a similar BMW naming 3 and 5s

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Toyota used the BMW engine because they wanted an inline six for any car they call a Supra, and they don’t make inline sixes any more, at least ones certified for the US market. Somehow, BMW and Toyota agreed that Toyota would sell the hardtop version of the car, and BMW a convertible. No, I don’t like the looks of the Supra.

    The “Toyobaru” doesn’t sell well, and the Z4 and Supra won’t sell well, because they are sports cars, while trucks are the “in” thing in America, and increasingly in other parts of the world. Even the fantastic Cayman and Boxster don’t sell well. Yeah, they’re pricey, but people pay more for pickup trucks than the price of a base Cayman or Boxster.


    Everything comes full circle. White tires were the standard color 100 years ago. The natural rubber color is off white and later zinc was added to make it a brighter white. Once carbon was added for strength, it made them all black. Amazing how everything old becomes new again LOL. BTW, that lexus looks horrible with white tires. Luckily they wouldn’t be white for any long length of time.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    By “Honda Civic,” I guess you mean the latest iteration of Insight. It’s too bad they decided to change the Insight from a liftback to a sedan, when after the 3rd try, they finally got the powertrain to work well.

  13. WineGeek Says:

    I certainly hope that white wall tires don’t come back. I remember trying to keep them white…

    I believe the Prius plug-in has now become the best selling Prius. It offers great savings for owners that drive a lot of local rides. If the computer on the dash is close to right we average between 62 and 65 MPG based on local (a lot) and highway travel. Most of our highway is a few hundred miles or more so we run out of “juice” pretty quick.

    Great shows almost every day Sean, keep up the good work.

  14. Stephen Kutney Says:

    Do US car companies export to Russia?

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    I’m amused to see the Corolla hybrid because in the early 2000s, the gas Corolla was often used to speculate on the hybrid premium of the Prius. Regardless, I believe Toyota has committed to making hybrids in all of the products … with the exception of the Supra?

  16. Dan Says:

    Three manufacturers controlling 75% of the Russian market isn’t a monopoly, it’s an oligopoly. Before the Japanese took so much market share in the US, the then Big Three has even more share with GM alone having 50% share.

  17. merv Says:

    I saw white tires years ago on a ford I think, from the very early 1900′s in a local museum. the tread pattern spelled out non skid.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 As a kid in the ’50s and ’60s, I remember seeing cars at shows with Firestone “non skid” tires, but the ones I remember were black, like these:

    It sounds like they made white ones too. At today’s car shows, it is very rare to see cars old enough to use those tires.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Yes, a few. From Autonews:

    “Imports of cars and other passenger vehicles totaled $837 million last year.

    Many of the vehicles imported from the U.S. to Russia aren’t made by American companies, according to data from Autostat provided to the RNS news service. In addition to General Motors, producers selling U.S.-made vehicles in Russia include BMW Group, Daimler, Volkswagen Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., according to Autostat.”

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 I recently read that Toyota is now selling, I think, 8 hybrids in Europe, to take advantage of diesels going out of favor.

  21. Stephen Kutney Says:

    Kit. Thanks for the information.

  22. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Change the title of “White Tires Look Wild on Lexus UX” to ‘Look WEIRD’, then I’m onboard. JMO