AD #2888 – Ford Names New CEO; GM Digs Up More Dirt on the UAW; Would You Pay for Parking with Electricity?

August 4th, 2020 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 10:15

0:07 Ford Names New President & CEO
0:36 GM Digs Up New Dirt on FCA & UAW Corruption Scandal
2:07 U.S. Sales Slowly Recovering
4:28 Lordstown Going Public Through Reverse Merger
5:35 Would You Pay for Parking with Electricity?
6:26 Tesla Will Make “Conventional” Truck if Cybertruck Flops
7:20 FCA Doesn’t See EV Trucks Catching On Anytime Soon
8:21 Ferrari Sales Cut in Half
8:48 Next-Gen Wrangler & Gladiator Not Scheduled Until 2027

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34 Comments to “AD #2888 – Ford Names New CEO; GM Digs Up More Dirt on the UAW; Would You Pay for Parking with Electricity?”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think FCA is doing the right thing, in not getting in a hurry to make electric pickup trucks. I know a number of pickup drivers, and I don’t hear any of them saying they are anxious to buy an electric truck. If EV trucks turn out to be a hot item, it shouldn’t take much for Ram to get one in production. Packaging an electric powertrain and batteries in a truck should be much easier than doing it “right” in a car.

  2. kevin a Says:

    Clarification from yesterday. The EV+ICE body design I was suggesting is similar to the SMART car (only larger). The large battery (EV) version would have the battery under the floor. The ICE/hybrid version would have a small flat ICE under the floor (like the Smart). Both versions would use electric motors for driving the wheels. Again, the idea is one body/chassis that can be a decent EV and a decent ICE/hybrid during a period when NOBODY really know what will sell in the market place

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    @kevin a – Buyers don’t seem to want the kind of vehicles you’re talking about. They want no-compromise EVs and vehicles that are made for both EV & ICE are not that. Not to mention mixing batteries and motors with an engine is expensive. Also vehicles made for EV & ICE have shown to be less efficient than a vehicle platform that was dedicated for an EV from the get-go. And range is still one of the key pillars for EV adoption.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Back when Tesla unveiled the cyber truck I said it was just a publicity stunt to keep people talking bout Tesla. I’m still pretty sure of that, and todays news confirms Tesla’s back-up plan will be a more conventional truck like this link;
    https://www.beautifullife.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/28/tesla_concept_car.jpg

  5. DenMor Says:

    Marchione was a conman. He convinced the US and Canadian government to bail out these companies and then given them to Fiat for free with the hope of saving some jobs.

    That takes a real fast talking salesman to pull that one off.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    FCA is probably making the right move here with the EV trucks. Stay invested in the EV technology to remain prepared but don’t be so eager to jump into the EV truck craze that no one has asked for. The small delivery van and passenger vehicles will continue to make more sense. IMO

    Jeep shouldn’t even worry about a redesign. They have looked essentially the same since the wrangler’s debut in what? 1998. Those look very similar to the CJs even before that, all the way back to the 40s.. A design change isn’t going to lure buyers away from Bronco. Jeep will need to offer something that the Bronco doesn’t. Could be a wider engine selection or features like automatic running boards. But they better get some Broncos and figure out something neither currently has and offer it first.

  7. Jonathan Says:

    Exoskelton no paint dent resistant…NO wax required …crazy Ev is awesome.

    Now Tesla needs an exoskeleton small cuv and sports.car for 50 large and I’m in.

    Cybertruck will be a huge success. Stainless steel no paint and for those who want color can do a wrap.

    I want my next sports car an ev exoskeleton sports car…and small cuv.

    Small.cuv.exoskeleton but not so weird will help female buyers(many prefer curves) get on board.

    JMO

  8. Roger Blose Says:

    Today is a good day at Ford with the announcement of Jim Farley’s promotion to CEO. At last a real car guy will be heading up the company. Just hope that it is not too late.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6. Wrangler debuted in ~1987, the one with the rectangular sealed beam headlights.

  10. XA351GT Says:

    Eh, The cyber truck may sell fast initially ,but like all quirky styled vehicles once the early adopters get theirs will the sales continue or crater ? That has been the pattern with these types of vehicles. The PT Cruiser sold well at 1st then sales died off, many other examples as well.

  11. XA351GT Says:

    I’m with you Roger @ #8 Let’s hope Hatchet hasn’t butchered the company too bad to save. I can’t believe they left that clown in there this long.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Thanks kit I meant to type 89 but was still off two years. :-)

  13. ChuckGrenci Says:

    There are a half dozen or more EV trucks on the way; FCA is probably smart holding off. I’m wondering how many are clambering for an electric truck; certainly not as many as are being proposed. Tesla would be prudent, in my opinion, to go forward with the truck in Lambo2015′s link; that one if futuristic but at least isn’t as polarizing as the cybersmuck (err, truck).

    And Jeep has the Wrangler’s design pretty much never needing a total refresh; just making it a better off-roader and tweaking the style is all that is needed. It has endured for over 80 years that way.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    10 Yeah the Cyber truck could have decent sales its first year. Which for an EV truck may still only be 30k. But as you mention after the initial takers the interest will drop quickly. I am willing to bet the powertrain/platform layout of the cyber truck and the Tesla truck I posted above are interchangeable.
    Personally I would bet Tesla realized they were a year or more out from being able to bring the truck to market. IN what could be considered a ingenious move they present what they had which was a rolling platform without a body. They didn’t have the cash at the time to launch stamping dies so wrap it in a flat panel cyber truck design.. Gets lots of attention good and bad but allows you to build excitement for a EV truck and more time to build stamping dies and the money needed to do that.
    This is speculation on my part but I would not put it past Elon to pull this off. Makes sense and if they sell a few cyber trucks in the process that’s just a bonus to the real overall plan. This buys time and money and gets them in the EV truck race. Brilliant

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11. Hackett gets a lot of bad press, and maybe he deserves much of it, but he at least “signed off on” two products that will probably be reasonably successful, Bronco and E-Thing. Also, while I don’t like the result, he may have made a good financial decision for the company in getting out of the car business.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13. For 95 percent of actual Wrangler buyers, they need to make it a better ON roader. At some point, they might need to make it more modern, by adding lightness and civility. For now, it’s doing pretty well, selling over 200K/year in the US, and selling around the world, in probably greater numbers than any other North American designed vehicle.

  17. Drew Says:

    Kit – The executive champion for Bronco was Joe Hinrichs. Hackett never had the automotive “chops” for such a decision… other than supporting another SUV and killing sedans.

  18. John B Says:

    Think that Manley is being dodgy (no pun intended) with his EV Pickup comments. I predict that FCA will soon announce that they will build the Badger under contract for Nikola. If for no other reason than they need the EV credits.

  19. Rey Says:

    Kit and Lambo are both ICE HEADS you both will be proven wrong about the CYBRTRK Tesla will sell 100,000 annually going to 250,000 or more per year FCA will have a drivetrain problem, mail getting the batteries,they will have no viable E Drive strains for years, by then they will be BK or completely taken over by PSA

  20. Rey Says:

    Kit and Lambo are both ICE HEADS you both will be proven wrong about the CYBRTRK Tesla will sell 100,000 annually going to 250,000 or more per year FCA will have a drivetrain problem, mail getting the batteries,they will have no viable E Drive strains for years, by then they will be BK or completely taken over by PSA

  21. Rey Says:

    Kit and Lambo are both ICE HEADS you both will be proven wrong about the CYBRTRK Tesla will sell 100,000 annually going to 250,000 or more per year FCA will have a drivetrain problem, mail getting the batteries,they will have no viable E Drive strains for years, by then they will be BK or completely taken over by PSA

  22. Rey Says:

    Kit and Lambo are both ICE HEADS you both will be proven wrong about the CYBRTRK Tesla will sell 100,000 annually going to 250,000 or more per year FCA will have a drivetrain problem, mail getting the batteries,they will have no viable E Drive strains for years, by then they will be BK or completely taken over by PSA

  23. Rey Says:

    Kit and Lambo are both ICE HEADS you both will be proven wrong about the CYBRTRK Tesla will sell 100,000 annually going to 250,000 or more per year FCA will have a drivetrain problem, mail getting the batteries,they will have no viable E Drive strains for years, by then they will be BK or completely taken over by PSA

  24. Larry D. Says:

    While I am a BIG admirer of Musk, I think the Cybertruck looks RIDICULOUS and I am MIGHTY GLAD he has plans for a CONVENTIONAL TRUCK that does not look like the COnehead’s personal vehicle, or, worse, an official KKK vehicle, with this RIDICULOUS Hood on top of its roof.

    So I disagree with Shawn and John if they think there are 250,000 Weirdoes out there (perhaps star trek fans or De Lorean enthusiasts) who will buy the Cybertruck.

    Of course, I have been wrong with the Model X, i thought it would fail and it did GREAT. But the Cybertruck is a whole lot weirder design.

  25. Larry D. Says:

    19-24

    hey “Rey”, did your schoolteacher punish you to write that paragraph 100 times after class?

  26. Larry D. Says:

    15 As you say Hackett’s press very deservedly was bad. Your two excuses for him are both based on WISHFUL THINKING. WAIT to see if either the obese Mustang BEV breadvan or the crude and ugly Bronco have any SUSTAINED success and then we can talk.

    Hackett’s only excuse is that both above poorly designed vehicles were NOT his idea, but most likely FARLEY’s or Hinrich’s.

  27. Larry D. Says:

    Also, Sean-John: The FCA boss is called Manley, not “Manly” as you repeatedly call him.

    Also, what exactly does your guest mean by “Rebuilding” the failed Genesis brand? Which by the way is the 15th or so failed attempt by either Hyundai or Kia to sell so-called “luxury” cars in the US market? Will he waste another billion $ to redesign them, even more billions to make breadvan Genesis models (aka SUVs), or will he just take a lipstick and paint their grilles?

  28. Bobby T Says:

    Hey Rey, tell us how you really feel!

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26. The Ford E-Thing is a near clone of the Tesla Model Y in size and shape. In a few months, we’ll know more about how it drives, etc., but if it’s any good, it should sell decently. It could turn one the the Model Y’s only real advantage is the charger network.

    I’m not even going to guess on how the Bronco will do, except that it will sell early on to Ford fans who like Jeeps, but won’t buy one because Ford doesn’t make them.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It will be interesting to hear what Mark Del Rosso has to say. Genesis have some decent products, but they certainly haven’t been able to sell them. It’s partly, because they have only sedans, but also, the marketing, and mostly stillborn plan to establish Lexus-like dealers have been horrible. Setting the base price of the upcoming Genesis CUV higher than a Lexus RX doesn’t seem like a very smart move.

  31. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The only Asian car maker that has made a splash in the near luxury/luxury market has been Lexus. The others haven’t gained secure market share; those including: Acura, Infiniti, Mazda (to an extent) and so far Genesis. Arguably all the listed manufacturers made worthy vehicles but only Lexus’, so far, has stuck to a degree that can be called successful.

  32. Lambo2015 Says:

    19-24 Hey Rey I wont resort to the name calling but your free to disagree as my opinion. After all its just my opinion. I will however explain why I feel the cyber truck will not sell as well as the Model 3. Maybe as much as the Model S.

    1) EVs and specifically Tesla sales are largely made in California. Trucks are not real popular in Cali where parking and congestion is heavy. That truck is huge.

    2) The design although has a love it or hate it reaction does seem to push more people away than draw them in. So it audience is limited.

    3) The market for an EV truck has yet to be determined and I don’t believe its going to be as large as they think. Especially with almost a half dozen coming out about the same time. So you have EVs which only account for 3% of US sales and now like 5 EV trucks dividing up the market for EV trucks.

    4) Even though it may only be 10% of the time many trucks are used for trips, hauling, camping and tasks that are not ideal for an EV.

    5) Although dent proof body and bullet proof glass has a cool factor, is it something that people really care about? Better yet pay for?

    6) lastly the Cyber-truck is a niche vehicle. Its expensive which limits who can buy it. Its an EV which limits that buyer even more. Along with the design that much like a retro design is exciting for a hot minute and then fades quickly. Its first full year of production will be its best. Especially if they launch a more conventional body the following year.

    Again just my opinion and I’m not saying the Cybertruck isn’t cool. But just don’t see it selling well and certainly not in any sustainable volume. I’ll be surprised if it outsells the Model S.

  33. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lexus started with their “better S-Class at a bargain price” LS400, back when people bought cars. Most testers said it was quieter, rode better, and was generally more luxurious than the big German sedans at the time, though was “wallowy” compared to the German. At the start, the LS was much less expensive, great for jump starting the breand. Also, the LS was more reliable. That car put Lexus on the map. Acura started with an expensive front drive sedan, that never did very well. Infiniti’s first product was a rear drive sedan that was “sportier,” but less luxurious than the Lexus.

    Genesis has the wrong products for truck crazed America, but also, they aren’t enough of bargains to have much appeal. The main appeal to my friend who bought a G80 was the non-turbo V6 rather than a turbo 4 in the $12K more expensive base E-Class, and the much more user friendly controls in the Genesis. Genesis, and all Hyundais have much better warranties than the competition, for those who care about that.

  34. Lambo2015 Says:

    33 I could be wrong but I have heard those Hyundai warranties are only valid if you have had all the recommended services done on-time and at the dealership. Which might be what those people do anyway for service anyway but I don’t.