AD #3131 – BMW Warns of Volatile 2nd Half; Bridgestone Getting Into Mobility Services; Geely Concept Hints at Future

August 3rd, 2021 at 11:43am

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Runtime: 10:09

0:07 Stellantis Earnings Look Pretty Good
1:14 BMW Posts Strong Earnings But Warns of Volatility
2:42 Hyundai Gives Santa Fe a More Rugged Look
3:24 Lincoln Teams with Shinola for Aviator Concept
3:54 Bridgestone Buys Fleet Management Company
5:56 Geely Concept Hints at Future Direction
7:33 Acura Celebrates Final Year of the NSX
8:23 Aussie Company Converting TRXs to RHD

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18 Comments to “AD #3131 – BMW Warns of Volatile 2nd Half; Bridgestone Getting Into Mobility Services; Geely Concept Hints at Future”

  1. Albemarle Says:

    I think the Shinola Lincoln interior looks amazing. If I was in the market for an SUV like this, I would definitely tick that option box.

    So that also explains why the Geely Vision leaves me cold. Not to mention driving without headlights. Just because the Geely driver can see, doesn’t mean others can see him. I do a fair bit of night driving. Seeing no headlights, and knowing the road, I feel comfortable passing. Not with this sucker on the road…

  2. Carl Says:

    The current NSX has been a sales dud since it launched. It was born to fail. The original was a Ferrari competitor at less than half the price. Priced at $69K (as I recall) it had broad market appeal and was obtainable by those middle income.

    The new one was over designed (trick Hybrid)and overpriced at a starting cost of $130K. At that price the possible buyer pool is much smaller, and for that kind of money someone could get into a true luxury performance name plate.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Am I the only one that remembers the phrase “You don’t know SH** from Shniola?

    None of the Ram trucks are offered in a RH drive version? If so I would think a conversion could be done at the factory even if it wasn’t the TRX IP.

  4. wmb Says:

    I really like the styling of that Geely concept! The front end, though, kind of reminds me of the Lightning F-150, I a good way. The last Geely EV concept, did much to forecast the direction of the BEV vehicle that they brought to market. Hopefully the same will happen to this concept, but whether or not it comes to the US is another story.

  5. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    We can add Shinola to the list of Lincoln co-branded cars that includes: Bill Blass, Cartier, Hubert De Givenchy, and Emilio Pucci. I am sure they are hoping for it to be a run away success like the co-branded Eddie Bauer Explorer, but I think it will be about as successful as the Chrysler Mark Cross interiors were.

  6. Sean Wagner Says:

    3 Lambo – Yup. You are not alone. That said:

    Thumbs up for both the Shinola and Geely.

    As for the NSX, it was definitely expensive back when it was introduced. What it most needed but somehow proved antithetical to management was a V8. I had the privilege of getting to drive one extensively for a bit – and this might seem strange – but it’s still my favorite long-distance conveyance. You could also flog it around twisties, but other cars offer more precision and fun.

    As far as I know, its front suspension is unique.

  7. Merv Peters Says:

    surprised to hear the nsx was still in production,don’t recall the last time i saw one?

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    I wonder if Lincoln approached Ray Ban? Their famous Aviator sunglasses would seem to present a home run marketing partnership with this Lincoln model.

    Funny that you can get the off-road appearance items on a front-wheel-drive SantaFe. Such an obvious ploy to increase consideration among male prospects!

    And finally, its easy to see why FCA was a great merger prospect. Let’s hope this one works better than the last one (DC). Carlos Taveras is a smart guy and I think, like Sergio, he knows not to mess with success. And that to maintain that success, you can’t drain the financial resources of the US brands if you want them to continue generating those types of profit.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I can’t help but think the Ram truck RHD conversion will be, well, underdeveloped. What will the interior be like? Will the relocated controls work like they should? I guess a few Aussies with spare money will find out.

    I did a performance driving class in the 1990s, and what appeared to be the best car there for that sort of thing was an NSX. I guy had a very expensive fender bender into a guard rail with a Testarossa. I was driving a fairly fast, but not very good handling Dodge Spirit R/T.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 The NSX sells in very small numbers.

    https://carsalesbase.com/us-acura-nsx/

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 To my knowledge, the only RHD Chrysler/FCA/Stellantis North America vehicle is Jeep Wrangler. Sean or anyone, do you know?

  12. Ziggy Says:

    @3 Nope, you are not alone, in fact, even though I find their designs interesting, I could never own a watch by a company named Shinola, equating it with sh!t every time I looked at it.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3,11 etc. I thought shoe polish was obsolete about 40 years ago.

  14. Curtis Easter Says:

    @#3,6,11. The Shinola name came from the shoe polish company which went out of business in 1960. The name was bought and revived for this luxury watch and other products company based in Detroit. Yes, the saying is in reference to the company’s history. The company has created about 400 manufacturing jobs in Michigan. Now you know the difference between $hit and Shinola.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Most of the Shinola watches use quartz movements, probably costing ~$20. Real luxury watches use mechanical movements. It’s gotten so watches in general are fashion statements, given that cell phones have made watches obsolete as far as actual function.

  16. Sean Wagner Says:

    8 Kit – Driving on a closed course is one of the best ways to have fun while hopefully coming away with greater control of both vehicle and self.

    What I forgot to say while on the subject of Honda is that they’ve fallen to a 0.7% market share in Europe.

    Here’s the top ten groups (things have changed since last I looked):
    Source statista https://bit.ly/37jTcqg

  17. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    BMW will not be the only one to warn of second half volatility. The chip shortage gets all the press, but raw materials have been volatile all year so far. Time is the only thing standing in the way of price increases to the consumer.

  18. XA351GT Says:

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw Shinola. Sometimes it’s good to be a old bastard LOL.