AD #2896 – Kia Seltos Impressions; Ford Bronco R Development Details; Daimler Fined $3 Billion Over Diesel Emissions

August 14th, 2020 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 9:48

0:07 Daimler Fined $3 Billion Over Diesel Emissions
0:47 VW To Build EV Battery Cells & Packs in The U.S.
1:14 Toyota & Mazda Boost U.S. Plant Investment
1:51 Cadillac Hints at Lyriq Pricing
3:08 Ford Bronco R Development Details
4:48 Hyundai Shows Off Elantra N Line
6:21 Genesis Shares Thoughts on Subscription Services
7:47 Kia Seltos Impressions

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20 Comments to “AD #2896 – Kia Seltos Impressions; Ford Bronco R Development Details; Daimler Fined $3 Billion Over Diesel Emissions”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Subscription services seem like a nice idea in theory but most have had pricing that exceeds what I could get if I ran down to Enterprise and got a monthly rate and could choose from not just one brand but many brands.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    I love the look of the Cadillac, I’m probably not a customer as electrics don’t appeal to me much. I simply don’t drive that far most years.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    An ~80 year old woman I know in Florida bought a Seltos a couple months ago, probably when they first arrived at dealers. It replaced a “loaded” ~2012 Fusion hybrid. I haven’t heard how she likes the Kia. The Fusion would be much nicer for long highway trips, which she as done in the last few years, but maybe she has done her last road trip. If so, I suspect she’ll like the Seltos just fine, in spite of it’s being noisier, and not riding as well as the Ford.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    3 80 year auto illiterate females should be the target market for this stupid vehicle.

  5. Larry D. Says:

    3 so what possessed her to drop the Fusion Hybrid (which I have driven) other than its meager MPG for a hybrid and its terrible trunk (both small and unusable)?


    3) It is definitely a “short trip” kind of vehicle. Taking one from southern Michigan to Northern Michigan was absolutely painful. It wasn’t the noise, as that was bad enough, but the seats which are fine around town are too stiff for long highway drives. And the lack of power, ugh. The throttle I thought was there just to change the volume of the engine. It didn’t really result in any extra go the more you pressed it LOL

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3. She’d had some problems with the Fusion, and it was out of service for a couple months, waiting for a Takata air bag replacement. I haven’t talked to her in a while, but I suspect that, mainly, she just wanted a new car, and CUVs are fashionable. I drove the Fusion a couple times while I had a Prius, and it was pretty nice, reasonably quiet, and generally comfortable. If she ever does another highway trip, she’ll wish she had the Fusion.

    The Fusion hybrid is thirsty compared to some other hybrids, like 2018 and later Camry hybrids, but did pretty well, for the time. In CR’s tests, the 2012 Fusion hybrid beats the little Kia CUV by 6 mpg overall, 34 vs 28 mpg. A current Camry LE hybrid got 47 overall. The EPA numbers are higher for all of them, but “rank” them the same.

  8. Ken Says:

    Lots of questions about the ‘fines’ automakers are given. How is the amount of the fine determined? Where does that money go and how is it utilized?

  9. XA351GT Says:

    #4 Really nice ignorant comment about someone you don’t know. Last I checked she can buy any vehicle she wants including dirty ass Benz diesels while she laments about how great Tesla’s are. WTH is wrong with you?

  10. XA351GT Says:

    The Hyundai has some really “busy” character lines on the side of it. Not sure how I feel about that.

  11. Drew Says:

    Kit, a neighbor has a 2010 Fusion Hybrid. 40+ mpg. I have a 2018 Fusion Hybrid. 42 mpg. Both vehicles include a lot of highway and winter driving. I’m sure higher fuel efficiency can be experienced with less highway and less Arctic-like driving.

    Tool, er… “5”, if we wanted more trunk space, we would have bought something else. Opinions are like rectums. Everyone has one, and they all stink. I think you have several.

    XA351GT – Thank you.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11. The 70-some year old “boy friend” of the woman who had the Fusion hybrid is a musician, and used the car to go to jobs. He had to pack efficiently to carry his equipment, an electric bass, amplifier, mike stand, small p/a speakers, chair, and a few other things in the car, but had a system, with the trunk and the floor area of the back seat pretty full, and an item or two on the back seat itself. I’m sure transporting his stuff is easier with the little crossover.

    I thought the Fusion was a nice car, though. It was probably the top trim level, with leather, nav, sun roof, and probably all the gadgets they offered at the time. I’ve never driven, or even ridden in the Fusion like yours, but I always liked the looks of them even after they’d been around a few years.

  13. Don Wagner1239 Says:

    Tool? Really pretty rough there XA351GT(#9)!
    Such a great word IGNORANT, but always has an opinion. I think of #45 in that respect. Press conference today is a fine example. PO being held hostage, yet he votes by mail!
    I like the special yellow Seltos.

  14. Bob Wilson Says:

    The After Hours “Customizing Cars & Keeping It All Legal” (Autoline After Hours 521) really starts at 32:20. An enlightening discussion worth watching. John McElroy, Gary Vasilash, and Todd Lassa discuss what is going on in-depth.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The only customizing I’ve ever done, is using aftermarket wheels, but even that is more complicated on newer cars, with the tire pressure senders. Are valve stem holes the same in new wheels, as in 30 year old wheels?

  16. Larry D. Says:

    9 WHo asked you? Speak of the pot calling the kettle black, BTW, you calling me ignorant. LOL.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    13 speaking of the second pot…Youi never ever contributed anything of value here, except calling me names whenever my posts hit a NERVE.

    Enjoy your Kia…

  18. Larry D. Says:

    And for YOUR info, clowns X and Wagner, I WAS sentenced to drive a fugly KIA once, when I picked up my Merc from Indianapolis (Carmel) in Oct 2016, and it SUCKED more thananything I have ever driven. HORRIBLE litle POS.

  19. cwolf Says:

    Maybe a KIA serves its purpose for some people.
    I think if you sat a piece of wood on the dash and pretended it was a trim piece someone here would call it a budget Mercedes.

  20. cwolf Says:

    Hey, our little friend, I thought you were going to ignore the countless posts which you find offensive and not respond to any! Many wish you a wonderful EU vacation break because we sure could use one too.
    Make sure you think of us…. cuz we won’t