AD #3119 – Aston Reveals Valhalla Supercar; VW Beetle Replacements That Never Were; Lambo Sets Sales Record

July 16th, 2021 at 11:46am

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Runtime: 10:57

0:08 Renault Develops Solutions to Help Put Out EV Fires Quickly
1:29 GM Launches Charging Service for Fleet Operators
2:08 Lordstown Now Being Investigated by The Feds
3:55 Lamborghini Sets Sales Record
4:47 Tesla’s Sales Soar in California
5:12 GM & Honda Making Progress on Slashing Fuel Cell Costs
7:47 Honda Open to EV Alliances
8:16 VW Beetle Replacements That Never Were
9:09 Aston Martin Introduces Valhalla Supercar

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22 Comments to “AD #3119 – Aston Reveals Valhalla Supercar; VW Beetle Replacements That Never Were; Lambo Sets Sales Record”

  1. Buzzerd Says:

    New York Times just did a story about Lordstown, it sure has a stench of stock manipulation to it.

  2. WineGeek Says:

    Hi Sean

    IMHO the BEV is a transition vehicle from ICE to Fuel Cell powered vehicles. The time it takes to charge a battery will make long trips even longer… It is not convenient enough for most drivers, never mind the fire hazard that continues to gain in concern.

    The big advantage in a post carbon world, batteries are still a carbon concern while fuel cells only produce a byproduct of water. In the west all that water coming from a large fleet of fuel cell vehicles will assist in mitigating the fire danger. “He said tongue in cheek!”

    Have a great weekend

  3. cozy200 Says:

    Hello All Autoline viewers, Question, Ford reports that it has many orders for the fill size Bronco and Mach E’s, and now both of these vehicles are in production. I walk the lehigh valley area of Pennsylvaniaat least 50 miles per week and drive my Mazda to many places each week, but I have not seen a new Mach E or new full size Bronco on the street. Have any of you actually seen any of these vehicles on the street? Just wondering?

  4. XA351GT Says:

    I have the best solution for EV fire prevention. Don’t buy it. Seriously Chevy, don’t charge the car unattended, who has 12 hours to baby sit their fire trap?

  5. XA351GT Says:

    that Aston Supercar if it was a stick shift the handle should look like Thor’s hammer Mjolnir to play off the Valhalla name,

  6. XA351GT Says:

    # 3 I see Mach E’s all over in Chester county. In fact my neighbor across the street has one. I have yet to see a full size Bronco , but they just started delivering them in the last few weeks.

  7. XA351GT Says:

    So with California’s wildfire issues and Tesla selling a lot of cars there will they be subjected to bans on charging them at peak wildfire times due to the ability to burst into flames for the heluva it ?

  8. Joe G Says:

    Our small dealership has sold 15 MachEs and my neighbor across the street also has one.The full sized Broncos will be everywhere once deliveries start up. When we take our Bronco demo unit to the local cars & coffee it gets mobbed. We even have customers lease or purchase Bronco Sports to tide them over with a Bronco nameplate until their full size order is fulfilled in a year or 2. As a die hard Mustang owner (4 currently) my next vehicle will be either a Bronco 2 door or MachE GT.

  9. MJB Says:

    With Tesla sales so hot in California, I’d be interested to know if they’re closing in on the Camry and Accord on the insurance companies’ list of most stolen and vandalized vehicles.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3,8 I’ve seen one Mach-E on the road, in Atlanta, on my May trip from Florida to Indiana. I saw zero on the road both while in Florida before the trip, and since arriving in Indiana.

    My current location in Kokomo, Indiana has a lot of Wranglers, Ram pickups, Challengers and Chargers.

    Are there any of the big Broncos on the road yet?

  11. XA351GT Says:

    Kit they just started delivering them days ago

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 That’s what I thought. I’ve seen a few Bronco Sports, but the Sport is to the big Bronco what a Jeep Compass is to a Wrangler. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more Mach-Es, but I’m not in “Ford country” either place where I spend the most time.

  13. wmb Says:

    It’s clear the Aston Martin is a few years away from a potential purchase by Mercedes Benz. Aston would be the feather in Mercedes cap to take the fight to Bentley/VW Group and Rolls Royce/BMW! The challenge is to sort out AM’s market positioning, though, which is a little bit all over the place right now. For, while one could see Aston building a sedan to challenge the likes of the Flying Spur and the Ghost, classicly they’ve built GT’s, super cars and now hyper exotics! As it stands, they are positioned more as rivals for McLean and Ferrari, then vehicles for the super rich like Bentley and Rolls Royce. Which, it seems, is the way Andy Palmer was setting things up, with AM chasing Ferrari and Lagonda going head-to-head with the wonder twins. This is the bits that Moers has to straighten out, before a MB purchase! I believe Moers and other executives see that Aston Martin could embody both the supercar and ultra luxury car market (something neither Bentley or Rolls Royce can do!), if they could first stabilize their finances and balance their portfolio mix. The financial stabilizer is the DBX, their cash cow (naturally). Then there is this car, the Valhalla, their hyper exotic, tasked with keeping interest in the brand. Next will be the redesigns or replacements of the Vantage (entry level), DB11 (GT), Vanquish/DBS (supercar) and to cap it off with a vehicle to supplement the four door Ladonda, with a sedan that will rival the uber luxury of the Flying Spur and Ghost and would give Mercede the best of both worlds! All of them powered by either AMG engines or the EQ BEV architecture.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Where is Astom Martin getting money to buy naming rights for a Formula 1 team?

  15. Bobby T Says:

    I’ve seen quite a few Mach Es here in southeast Michigan, definitely Ford country.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 Where I am in Indiana has lots of Chrysler employees, a few residual GM and Delphi employees, and no Ford. Where I am in Florida, there are Ford pickups, but it’s Elon country with the SpaceX operations, so essentially all of the EVs are Tesla.

  17. Bob Wilson Says:

    As an educated ‘opinionated, self-appointed expert’, fuel cell hydrogen cost 3x per mile versus BEV miles. Hydrogen is inefficient to manufacture, distribute, and make electricity. Less bad than an ICE, hydrogen fuel cells are too expensive to operate ..: and operating costs remain their killer.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lamborghini set a sales record, with more than half of the sales being a gussied up VW Touareg, with a base price of over $200K. Unbelievable.

  19. Sean Wagner Says:

    The Beetles that never were are fascinating. The last one reminds me of a Lada! Which demonstrates how cars of an era can be boiled down to a few very simple design paradigms. Giorgetto Giugiaro must be credited with a very clean distillation in the first Golf.

    Ever since I saw the oversized Jaguar XJ220 a long time ago, my interest in statement “supercars” has evaporated. In comparison, the Porsche 959 was a small and potent instrument.
    But if it works for Aston Martin, so much the merrier. Has their balance sheet received a big infusion lately? I recall it was very deeply in the red quite recently.

    Incidentally, every time I see the new “gm” moniker, I wonder if they want to be called “general motorslet”. Their website isn’t consistent either.

    18 Kit – They must be making handsome profits. What with the Porsche crossovers, Volkswagen AG (the corporation) is leveraging the platforms to an amazing extent. 11 billion EUR of profits projected for H1 2021! That’s just about 13b USD.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    Who would have guessed that Lamborghini would set a sales record with half those sales attributed to an SUV? Guess that answers the question of “was it a good idea for exotic car manufacturers to get into selling SUVs”? Their first attempt didn’t go very well but seems they have the right stuff this time.


    19) I miss the old LM002. What a crazy SUV that could actually be used off road. I wouldn’t take the Urus through a muddy puddle.

  22. Sean Wagner Says:

    21 – Now that was a beast with attitude to spare!