AD #3153 – Kia Reveals European Sportage; Chip Shortage Cripples U.S. Sales; CUPRA Unveils Electric Rocket

September 2nd, 2021 at 11:51am

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Runtime: 9:10

0:07 Chip Shortage Cripples U.S. Sales
0:47 Toyota Tops the Sales Charts
1:21 EV Sales Stall in August
1:37 Update: Tesla Could Catch BMW
3:11 Leaded Gasoline Production Ends
3:54 Stellantis Gets In-House Finance Co.
4:33 Industrial Debt Different from Finance Debt
5:55 Kia Sportage Developed Exclusively for Europe
6:46 SEAT CUPRA Is Electric Rocket
7:25 BMW Motorrad Concept for Future Motorcycle/Scooter

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13 Comments to “AD #3153 – Kia Reveals European Sportage; Chip Shortage Cripples U.S. Sales; CUPRA Unveils Electric Rocket”

  1. Ukendoit Says:

    Sorry this doesn’t pertain to today’s show, but I came across a digital copy of a 1904 automobile catalogue that shows all 88 motor vehicle models available in the US at that time, foreign and domestic, mostly gasoline, steam, and electric. Not only that, but several articles including discussing the state of the industry at that time, describing automobiles to those not familiar, and discussing the many methods of propulsion (though they only alluded to “many others” besides gas, steam, and electric).
    “That any industry can offer a catalogue of this size and variety, of a product that fifteen years ago was almost unheard of in this country, is a most remarkable record. If the motor vehicle industry continues to grow in the future as it has in the past few years, it will not be long before the prophecies of the automobile enthusiasts will be realized.”
    http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/Misc%20Brochures/Autos%20of%201904%20Booklet/dirindex.html

  2. George Ricci Says:

    John, there are some grades of Leaded aviation gas still around in the US.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    No mention of the BMW Motorrad using a skateboard as foot pegs? The seat looks really uncomfortable too but its aimed a much younger audience than me.

  4. Rey Says:

    John, isn’t one of the problems of overextending finance one of the problems of the reccession or 2009-2010?

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Just got word today that GM is going to be down even longer than expected. We had heard they would back running Sept 9th. Looks like it may be a couple more weeks.

  6. Sunrack Says:

    I believe low-lead aviation gasoline is still available.

  7. John McElroy Says:

    #4. Rey, the issue that killed GMAC is that it got into real estate financing during the housing boom. Ford Credit never made that mistake. If GMAC had just stuck to autos it would probably be around today. One thing we learned during the Great Recession is that people will walk away from their homes but they’ll keep making payments on their cars.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    By my count then, the new Kia Sportage in Europe will offer a choice of five engines and two transmissions. Here in the US, the new Sportage offers two engines and one transmission. No wonder its so hard for automakers in Europe to make money!

    One more item of interest. The US Sportage with the base 4 cylinder engine and front wheel drive maxes out at 30 mpg on the highway. For a small vehicle with a small engine to get that low level of fuel economy with 2021 technology is really disappointing.

  9. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: leaded aviation gas:
    I’ve heard that it is still available because another viable fuel to keep piston engined planes aloft is not yet available, but the FAA started the “Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative” to help develop a viable alternative. They are also looking into possible EV planes to recommend:
    https://www.thedrive.com/news/9050/this-electric-plane-just-set-a-new-speed-record

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that the FAA is just being “cautious,” as they continue to allow leaded avgas, or are those low specific power airplane engines that poorly designed?

  11. THOMAS NUSS Says:

    I have leaded race gas out in the garage right now. 110 octane leaded.

  12. THOMAS NUSS Says:

    I have leaded race gas out in the garage right now. 110 octane leaded.

  13. Rey Says:

    #7 John McE, Ford got a big AVTM loan that helped them weather the financial storm if I’m not wrong , Did FCA go into house loans too? Because they did go BK as well, I’ll say Ford got the timing right , also they unloaded JLR, and Volvo two money losing partners