AD #3059 – Audi Unveils Q4 e-tron; Nissan Creates Special Edition GT-R NISMO; GM & LG to Open 2nd Battery Plant

April 15th, 2021 at 11:46am

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Runtime: 10:22

0:08 GM & LG Plan to Open 2nd Battery Plant in Tennessee
0:43 Bosch & Qingling Motors Form Fuel Cell Joint Venture
1:34 Polestar Raises Over Half a Billion Dollars
3:22 Porsche Develops New Taycan Manufacturing Process
4:18 Audi Unveils New Q4 e-tron
6:28 Mazda MX-30 Arrives in U.S. This Fall
7:18 SEAT Refreshes the Arona & Ibiza
8:08 Nissan Creates Special Edition GT-R NISMO
9:04 Dodge Extends Durango Hellcat Production

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34 Comments to “AD #3059 – Audi Unveils Q4 e-tron; Nissan Creates Special Edition GT-R NISMO; GM & LG to Open 2nd Battery Plant”

  1. rick Says:

    10 years ago was said rotary was perfect range extender for bev vehicles what took so long? kinda like skyactiv x or phantom skyactiv x

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    I wonder how many of those folks that bought the hellcat Durango did so with the understanding it was a limited production run with expectations of it becoming a collector. Making more than originally announced could change that.

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo – This is not the first time this has happened with a Hellcat-powered vehicle and I haven’t heard any complaints before.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I was thinking the same thing. Buyers may sue about their building more than 2000, unless they had signed an agreement when they ordered them saying that there might be more than 2000 built.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Audi needs to get more creative with the front end of their EVs. The huge fake grille is kind of silly.

  6. Marshy Says:

    Am I be being to cynical here? the Porsche article was basically an announcement that they have eliminated several jobs with a robot.

    All cars are dipped (elpo or ecoat depending on your religious belief) and all cars have body plugs. The narrative makes it sound like a special Porsche thing.

    The patch application robot is neat but not sure if it’s a first at Porsche or industry wide. Haven’t seen one but haven’t been in a paint shop for a few years either.

  7. Don Sherman Says:

    pronounced TIE-CON, not TIE CAN.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    So, currently there is an e-tron, a Q4 e-tron and a Q4 Sportback e-tron, with more e-tron variants to follow I’m sure.

    Does anyone else find Audi’s e-tron naming strategy frustrating and confusing? Did a Cadillac marketing executive take over the Audi model name department?

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Audi uses e-tron for electric cars, like M-B uses 4Matic for 4wd cars, and Ford uses ecoboost for GDI turbo engines. It seems that everyone likes their trademark monikers.

  10. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 Yeah I didn’t see the Porsche plug application as being ground breaking technology. I’ve seen the rubber plugs and stickers both used and robots used for similar applications. I doubt they could install the plugs repeatable but the tape sure.

  11. John McElroy Says:

    #7. Don, Porsh, or Porsh-ah?

  12. ArtG Says:

    11. John. Have you ever seen those T-shirts that say, “Porsche is a 2-syllable word?” Further:

    And lets’ not get started on the ‘Beemer’ vs. ‘Bimmer’ thing.:)

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 I’m pretty sure it’s Porsh-uh, with accent on the first syllable. At least that’s what owners I know say.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 A Beemer has two wheels, and a Bimmer has 4.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12,13 The link shows the “sh” on the 2nd syllable, which sounds right.

  16. GM Veteran Says:

    9 – I understand what they are trying to do, I just think they are doing it poorly. In your examples, those are typically optional items.
    The e-tron models are only available as EVs. Once their conversion to an all-EV lineup is complete, will all of their models be called something e-tron? What will be the point of that? It just doesn’t seem like they are thinking it through.

    But, its still not as bad as Porsche with the turbo trim level designation on an all-electric car. Talk about strict marketing guidelines!

  17. spicymatzahball Says:

    Nissan saved 100g of weight on the GT-R hood… that’s less than the coffee in my mug after I’ve taken a few sips. Vanity metric?

  18. spicymatzahball Says:

    Nissan saved 100g of weight on the GT-R hood… that’s less than the coffee in my mug after I’ve taken a few sips. Vanity metric?

  19. stephen Says:

    Can someone explain why the Polestar is outselling the XC40 since the XC is an SUV and the polestars are small (expensive) saloon/coupe cars with a brandname few have ever heard from before. Note to all- Geely can build the Polestar in China and land it in the US for the same price as the XC WITH a 20% import duty over the Euro import tax and thats with a small model run…Imagine if the duty was dropped and Geely offered a competitive “standard” EV

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Yeah, I’m sure e-tron will “wear out,” and will probably go away when most, or all Audis are EVs.

    Regarding “turbo,” I remember turbo dial up internet, with the lightning fast speed of 56 kbit/sec. Yeah, the word “turbo” has been used rather loosely, and Porsche is one of the worst culprits. Most current gas Porsches have turbocharged engines, but “Turbo” is used as a trim level, both with the gassers, and now the EV.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Heck, the wine in my glass is more than the weight saved with the delete paint option.

    I never much understood why anyone would buy a GT-R, a Nissan at Ferrari prices. Also, from most of what I’ve read, it is less pleasant as a daily driver than many, or most $200K+ supercars with better pedigrees. Being a Nissan probably doesn’t help much if it breaks, either, as probably most dealer shop people have never seen one.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Could EVs generally appeal to the same people as cars? Maybe Jaguar and Audi would have done better with a car, rather than a CUV as their first electric vehicle.

  23. Sean Wagner Says:

    It’s Porsh-eh. I know because they dipped me in the vat of Weissach wisdom, and my parents calmed me with drives in my dad’s 356 pre-birth. Being fluent in German also helps.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 The only Porsche I ever drove, until recently, was an uncle’s 356. That was shortly after I got my license. The main things I remember are that it was quicker, and had shorter shifter throws than my parents’ Beetle.

  25. cwolf Says:

    When i was in college and had an upholstery shop, a friend who had an exotic car business allowed me to drive anything on the lot. During a visit in 2000-2001, he let me have a 19999 Boxter S for a few days. This had to have been the most fun car I ever drove. The road manners were impeccable. This car had a “Triptonic” shifter (I think that’s what it was called).
    It was pretty fast and could take corners almost as faast. it was a wonderful car! At that time he had sold the business and purchased cars for special clients. I wonder how he is doing today?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 For the regulars here, I now have a Porsche, and no longer have a Corvette, for now, until the one I ordered last September arrives. I traded my 2016 Corvette for a 2019 Cayman, with relevant money exchange for the value difference. The Cayman is a base car, manual transmission, with few options. It’s a really fun car, much different, but in some ways similar to the Corvette.

    Tiptronic is the name Porsche used to use for automatic transmissions. I think different types of transmissions used that name. Porsche currently uses PDK for their automatics which are dual clutch units.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The tiptronic name has also been used for Audi, and maybe VW automatic transmissions with manual override modes.

  28. Sean Wagner Says:

    I remember seeing the original Boxster concept during the press days of the Detroit Autoshow, or NAIAS to be precise.

    The Porsche Boxster/Cayman is one of the very few vehicles that still elicit something like desire in a part of my brain.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    People complain about the sound of the the turbo boxer four in the current Boxter/Cayman, but it works great, even the smaller 2.0 in the base car. I agree that the six in the earlier cars sounds better, but it needs to be revved more to do its job. Now, for an extra $27K, you can get a naturally aspirated six in the GTS 4.0 version of 718 Boxter and Cayman.

  30. Sean Wagner Says:

    I think that big flat six sans turbos will be one of the the select engines (and combos) by which the end of the era of mass-produced, combustively-propelled cars of some exception will be remembered.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30 I suspect Porsche will still be putting flat sixes, both turbo and non-turbo in 911s for many years to come. I’ve read somewhere that the next generation Boxster/Cayman will be electric, but I don’t know when, or if.

  32. Ukendoit Says:

    Congrats, Kit, that sounds like a fun car to drive around. I haven’t driven one of those, but my father-in-law has the 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster (identical to the photo on the link under my name) and that is lots of fun to drive. How are you adapting to putting the key to the left side of the steering wheel?

  33. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32 It’s definitely fun. The key (simulated) on the left was easy to used to, maybe because the 1950 Plymouth I drove when in high school had the key on the left.


    33) Congratulations on the new purchase. They are a great fun driving car.