AD #3017 – JLR Reveals Push to Electric; Ford Sells Stake in Velodyne; Mazda6 Deserves Better Sales

February 16th, 2021 at 11:53am

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Runtime: 10:04

0:08 JLR Reveals Push to Electric
1:27 Alpha Motors Shows Cool Buggy Concept
2:15 Fisker & Quantumscape See Nice Stock Gains
4:18 Ford Sells Its Stake in Velodyne
5:00 BorgWarner Buying Battery Maker AKASOL
5:28 BorgWarner Launches New CV Electric Motor
5:54 PPG Creates Digital Speed Forms
7:05 Investors Favor Used Car Sellers
8:38 Mazda6 Driving Impressions

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33 Comments to “AD #3017 – JLR Reveals Push to Electric; Ford Sells Stake in Velodyne; Mazda6 Deserves Better Sales”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    If I lived somewhere that didn’t get so much winter I would rather have a car any day buuuuut I do so SUV it is.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They need to offer Hybrid Synergy Drive in the Mazda 6. Better yet, make a wagon version with Hybrid Synergy Drive. They should be able to work something out, and build it in the new Toyota-Mazda factory in Huntsville, Alabama.

  3. ChuckGrenci Says:

    As milk-toast as a lot (most) of the SUV’s out there are, when it comes to utility, well they are superior to a sedan/coupe unless that’s exactly what you want. It’s almost, now a days, that you have an SUV, and if you want a second car, then that’s the sedan/coupe.

  4. bradley cross Says:

    Mazda is the Japanese Jaguar. They do have the excellent CX-5/CX-30 but at some point they need more than a 6 speed automatic. They have fantasies of moving upmarket, like almost every other regular brand does occasionally.

  5. Victor West Says:

    Mazda sells the wagon version of the 6 in Europe.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 That seems to be the case with a lot of people. In Indiana, there seem to be a lot of people who use pickup trucks as commuter vehicles, with an SUV/CUV as a commuter vehicle for a 2nd person, and for most highway trips.

    In my case, my first car is a sedan, second car is a sports car, and third car is an old minivan.
    The sedan, and even the sports car have plenty of utility most of the time.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 They sold the Mazda 6 wagon in the US at one time, but it’s been a while, longer than I realized. Car and Driver says 2008.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe anyone who cares already knows, but Red Bull bought the Honda F1 engine business to use through 2024 or 2025.

  9. 2doorit Says:

    Well we just got about 7 inches of snow here in southeast Michigan and the plows haven’t been around yet and I continue to see front wheel drive cars having a heck of a time navigating the side roads, if they so much as wander a millimeter off the trodden down snow path they are stuck big time, once again proving the value of a good four or all wheel drive system for us northerners. For those of you who pooh pooh four/all wheel drive, the proof of their worth is right at the end of my driveway.

  10. Drew Says:

    @9 – You didn’t prove the need for AWD or 4WD. You proved the need for better winter driving skills. More than a few of us learned to drive before FWD, AWD, ABS, ESC… and still commuted to work in wintry road conditions.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9,10 I got by just fine in Indiana, commuting for years with RWD cars, and then with FWD cars which were better in snow and ice. Yeah, I occasionally had to shovel some snow in my long driveway.

  12. Phred Says:

    Now look at the failed power grid capacity and the electric car sitting dead in the driveway. should have bought a Hybrid that at least could be driven with the heater ON.

  13. Drew Says:

    I recall the blizzard of 1978. I was a new hire and wanted to prove my dedication to the new job by showing up to work after/during a double digit # of inches of snow accumulation. Did it in a 1970 RWD compact car. It seems my coworkers weren’t as dedicated.

  14. JWH Says:

    I love how a little bit of snow brings out many opinions. When I finished school in 1970 my only vehicle was a 1970 Corvette which was in the days prior to all season tires. I somehow managed to get where I needed to in southeast Michigan. Today we have 2 AWD vehicles that are driven in winter & the Volvo V70R gets winter tires. Sure makes getting around easier. I even brought the tractor/blower out of the barn today to do the driveway for the first (& hopefully last) time this season.

  15. SteveO Says:

    9 etc) Let’s not forget the benefits of dedicated winter tires, which greatly improve traction and braking in snow and ice (the Blizzaks I had could keep my RWD Benz going when it was so icy that I couldn’t walk!).

  16. wmb Says:

    I was so looking forward to the all new BEV XJ, but alas, it will not be! I don’t get that, they want the Jaguar side of JLR to be all electric, but they then can their second electric vehicle just as they were about to introduce it?! If Covid had not happened, would they have introduced it then? What does canning the XJ mean for the I-Pace, it’s sister vehicle? They are now going to spend another 3 billion dollars on an all new platform? I guess they saw that the architecture that the new XJ was on, was either no competition to current EV leaders now or would be quickly out dated in just a few years time. Or they wanted something that better aligned with Ranger Rover and their line up of CUV/SUV/Crossovers. Didn’t they recently sign an agreement with BMW on BEV’s and engines? Maybe this about face with the new XJ, has something to do with that and better economies of scale for the two of them? For such a storied brand and one I would love to see the corner into better profitability, the Jaguar side of JLR seems the be lose out in the British back woods! Truly sad.

  17. cwolf Says:

    I remember the 78 blizzard well. I was an engr. student at U. Toledo and my girlfriend( now wife) was attending Bowling Green. The blizzard was not as strong as my testosterone. I recall going over an overpass on I 75 in my new Ford Grand Torino Elite with rear snow tires. Everyone kept sliding back down the hill, it was so slick. So I went as fast as I could up the hill, then pulled onto the burm as I began to come to a hault. I then burned rubber to gain traction using the rough burm. That normal 20 minute drive took about 1 1/2 hours but must have been worth it!

  18. Tony Gray Says:

    That Alpha Motors SUV looks like the offspring of a Ford Bronco and a Triumph TR-6 to me.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 I also started a new job (Delco Electronics) a few weeks before the blizzard of 1978. I also had an RWD car, and Plymouth Duster, and got to work on the days they had work. They shut down a day or two, very rare for the facility. I had Michelin X tires, which were much better in snow than the Goodyear Polyglass tires that came on the car.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Jaguar should drop all of their CUVs; Land Rover is the truck division of JLR. Then, Jaguar should just make two cars, a big, truly luxurious sedan, and a sports car, both with inline six engines. The company has a decent six that they use in some Land Rover products. The F-Type is about 8-9 years old, so maybe it’s about time for a replacement. G-Type?. XJ would be a decent name for the sedan.

  21. Buzzerd Says:

    I have driven through a decent amount of snow but remember now the cars are lower and drag air dams so much more than older cars and while 7inches of snow is a pain 24inches is not really possible no matter what kind of tires you have and that’s where a CUV/SUV shines, and a truck is even better. One year I almost got my Avalanche with snow tires stuck, big storm and the ploughs hadn’t made it to my street yet.

  22. cwolf Says:

    I use to drive the ohio turnpike 96 miles to work. During the many years, I have had mostly FWD and RWD sedans. Because of the many culverts covered with black ice, doing a 360 several times a bad Winter was nothing unusual. As long as you simply let off the gas and turned into the slide, both could be controled equally well. Maybe the FWD sedans had lesser tail whip.
    My early model Escape with 4wd was the less traumatic of all, but it slid out of control just as easy as the others. The shorter wheel base didn’t help matters.

  23. Tuck&Roll Says:

    Well, have all you electric apologists finally willing to admit that there are times when electric is not viable? If not you should. Rolling blackouts in 13 states. Renewal energy knocked out. Windmills frozen and natural gas supplies low. 400K houses without electricity. How do they plan to recharge those Teslas? Give it up. Electricity’s Achilles heal. When are you going to address the crumbling electric infrastructure? This Texas weather has revealed the elephant in the room. Open you eyes.

  24. Bobby T Says:

    The Ace looks a little like a hot rodded Henry J.

  25. Bobby T Says:

    I commuted 35 miles each way for nearly 40 years in southeast Michigan, much of it with RWD cars ( Maverick and F100), and seldom had a problem, but now I live on a dirt road that doesn’t get plowed right away, and my current AWD Flex gets me out when my FWD Escape won’t do the job.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 Those Texans who aren’t used to driving in snow and ice should probably just stay off the roads anyway, during their once in a decade or two winter storm.

    I certainly agree that the electricity infrastructure has not kept up with the big population growth in the southwest, and all of the homes with electric heat which is needed only occasionally, for very serious use.

  27. Bobby T Says:

    I lived in North Carolina in the 1960s. During Raleigh’s infrequent snow storms, it was harder to drive than it is up north. A lot of it is driver unfamiliarity with how to drive in those conditions, and a lot of it was that they don’t have the equipment (plows, salt) to deal with it. Plus, snow is a lot more slippery at 32deg than at 20 or lower. Luckily, it usually melts in a day or so. I was the only one on my street with a snow shovel. None of the stores had them for sale.

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    My parents who are now in their 70s and my brother moved to Texas a few years back after living all of their life in Michigan. When a little snow hits there everything shuts down. Mainly cause they just don’t have the equipment (plows) to deal with it for as infrequent as it happens. Plus the weather there is such that a quick show gets melted typically within a day or two. I found it funny though since Ford, I believe sells half their annual trucks in Texas each year.

    They are having rolling blackouts where the power is on for 20 minutes and then its out for two hours. So yeah that EV would probably need a couple days to charge at that rate. Especially if you used it to back feed your home.

  29. Tuck&Roll Says:

    As this Texas disaster plays out, so far, 7 have died. Mostly through stupidity. But still, this demonstrates the folly of reliance on one form of energy. This has shown to be the single point failure. The windmills had frozen in place and helicopters had to deice them. Fossil fuels to the rescue. If those helicopters had been electric they never would have gotten off the ground and been able to bring the windmills back on line. And you want to recharge your EVs when you don’t have heat? In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs EVs is not one of them. Rick Perry, in his ignorance, made Texas 25% renewable. In the oil state? Brilliant.

  30. Alex Carazan Says:

    Electric vehicles: Why the big push for EV’s? Little value added to consumers. They have been in USA market for a decade and now only 1.6% of sales. Tesla owns most of the share as a expensive luxury performance niche. Challenge with EV’s are shorter range, high price, little charge infrastructure (sorry no long trips!), and long charge time. Other issues are battery fires and the inconvenience of having to plug in a power cord into your car nearly every day. Given the poor past sales and poor business case why are so many auto makers announcing huge investments and new launches? What else is going on? What is really going on? Anything related to China and globalism?

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 A lot more Texas electricity production is lost from fossil fuel sources, than wind.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/texas-wind-turbines-frozen/?utm_campaign=trib-social-buttons&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

  32. Kit Gerhart Says:

    No Wednesday show?

  33. Tuck&Roll Says:

    31. The facts don’t matter do they? Don’t attack the golden calf. It was the Wind turbines that stopped turning. Not the coal. Worship the wind industry. Bow down. Wind wasn’t the “main” problem? Really? It is Texas over reliance on wind energy and then the coal and gas generators could not keep up. Texas relied on base load power to be filled in by coal and gas that intermittent wind could not fill in. Texas took on subsidized renewable because it was cheap. And coal and gas could not compete without subsidies. Read the WSJ article to get the real story. Oh, and the batteries that store the wind turbines energy also failed. Note batteries. Wind failed miserably. And where are these wind generators made? You guessed it, China.