AD #3156 – Porsche Reveals Electric Race Car; Honda Launches New Off-Road Brand; Continental Develops Sustainable Tire

September 8th, 2021 at 11:50am

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Runtime: 9:20

0:08 Ford Hires New Advanced Tech Officer
0:43 Chrysler Hires New CEO
1:05 Honda Launches New Off-Road Brand
1:44 Ford Ready to Ship Some Bronco Hardtop Replacements
2:46 Polestar Dabbles in Last Mile Delivery
3:27 Microletta Electric Scooter from Micro
3:59 Porsche Reveals Electric Race Car Concept
6:10 Continental Develops Sustainable Tire
7:13 Mahle Helps EVs Charge Faster
7:44 Volkswagen Reveals Autonomous ID. Buzz
8:22 Honda To Use Cruise Vehicles for Autonomous Tests

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23 Comments to “AD #3156 – Porsche Reveals Electric Race Car; Honda Launches New Off-Road Brand; Continental Develops Sustainable Tire”

  1. Kevin A Says:

    The sustainable tire is great, provided the greenies remember that it is only partly sustainable. That often gets overlooked. ex bio-diesel is often only 10% sustainable and 90% diesel.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Poor Christine Feuell. What a horrible position to be given. Head of Chrysler with only two vehicles the 300 that is 17 years long in the tooth and a minivan which essentially started in 1983 so almost 40 years old.
    I really expected Stellantis to wrap the Chrysler brand up at the end of the 300 and just offer the van under the Dodge name.
    Hopefully she is gifted some cash to develop some new vehicles under the Chrysler name or she might as well be there to foresee the transition into dissolution.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Where is everyone driving these off-road package vehicles? I guess Honda determined there is a market but it seems to me most millennials prefer staying indoors in the A/C playing video games or on their phone. Is there a huge shift to go off-roading that I’m just not seeing? If so that’s great. Hopefully its not just the appearance that makes them appealing.

  4. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    3) It is not off-roading in the classic rock bouncing mud bogging sense. It is called overlanding and it is insanely popular.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 The current Chrysler vans are 6 generations removed from the first ones, and are very different. I know, owning a first generation van, and being around the new ones friends own. Should the new ones be called Chryslers, though? As you suggest, maybe they should be called Dodge Caravan.

    The 300 very much fits the Chrysler brand, as it existed years ago, but 17 years with only a refresh or two is way too long. The best platform Stellantis has for a new 300 would be the Alfa Giulia/Stelvio, but maybe the current one is better, even though it’s ancient. Since Chrysler was historically a “premium” brand, like with my first car, a ’57 Saratoga, maybe they should sell a version of the Wagoneer as a Chrysler.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 They’re driving all of these off-road vehicles to work, Walmart, and soccer practice.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Insanely popular where, and with how many people? I know zero people who are doing it.

    3 It is just the appearance that makes these off road vehicles appealing to certain people. That’s why Wranglers sell so well, with only a handful of owners using them for off-roading. It’s also why Subaru greatly increased Legacy Wagon sales by bastardizing it into the Outback.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    7. Subaru also just introduced extra ruggedized versions of the Outback and the Forester, so there has to be something the OEMs are seeing.

    Interesting how by using a proven MB platform, the 300 has had such a long and profitable life. MB moved to a new platform shortly after the 300 so it really is old technology. Earned its keep.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Yeah the 300 has done well and is still a good looking car. However its very much due for a refresh and sedans in general are on the decline.
    4 My last Ram was 2WD and I was fine with that. In the 20 years I owned it, I needed 4WD maybe 4 or 5 times. The one I own now I got 4WD because of resale and I do tow a boat so some boat ramps get slimy. But do I go off-roading or overlanding? No. I have no idea what that is or where its being done. No sarcasm here I am truly interested in what overlanding is.

  10. Albemarle Says:

    Overlanding is usually making your vehicle a bit more rugged, adding camping equipment and driving into the woods, often down unused logging roads and other access points. People then kayak or mountain bike. It’s campsite free, get away from civilization for a bit. Actually it sounds interesting to me if I was 30 years younger.

  11. Albemarle Says:

    Since most remote land in Canada is government owned, it’s rare that you come across fences or people

  12. ChuckGrenci Says:

    While I don’t personally know any ‘off-road’ people, and do live in a suburban environment where I see a lot of these type vehicles driven in and around town, if you are a You-Tuber and look around, you can definitely find an enthusiastic following (and quite sizable as well) that off-road their vehicles. They also spend a lot of money modifying their ‘rigs’ and are supported by many companies supplying those accessories.

  13. Lambo2015 Says:

    10-11 Oh thanks! Well that sounds well and good but around where I live you cant just go off into the woods unless you know the owner. Most state or federal land is regulated and typically doesn’t allow motor vehicles to go just anywhere. Camping is also restricted.
    I know of some parks with ATV trails and I’ve been to Silver Lake sand dunes. But I just don’t know of that many ORV trails that could possibly justify all the special edition vehicles.
    Most of the serious ORV guys I know trailer their Jeep or whatever and do serious hill climbing/mud bog or trails these “off-road” Hondas would not be able to handle. So the overlanding must be parking in the yard at a friends BBQ.

  14. ArtG Says:

    9. I didn’t know what it was either. As luck would have it, a story about overlanding in the new electric Rivian R1T p/u just appeared in Motor Trend.

    https://www.motortrend.com/features/2022-rivian-r1t-exclusive-drive-review-trans-america-trail-off-road/?wc_mid=4035:21924&wc_rid=4035:1436991&_wcsid=713B1DE006F50FB0126522EAB2C8C7A988DF1705492388E0

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A lot of Americans just seem to like the rugged look of black plastic, etc. I’m not among them.

    Chuck G., what’s the latest you’ve heard about the start of Corvette production? I’ve seen “week of Sept. 6″ mentioned on the internet.

  16. ChuckGrenci Says:

    15, Kit, that’s the same as I’ve heard but haven’t heard any confirmation that production has actually started. I have heard that status 3000, and I think 3300 (build sequence scheduled) has occurred. Here’s hoping for a more normal year for Corvette production; and I think I’ve heard (my memory not all ways ‘crystal’ anymore) that last years (2021) production was around 26,000.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 A week or so ago, my dealer said their first two orders to go from 2021 to 2022 were scheduled, and mine would be next. I’m hoping they’ll build and deliver mine by mid-October, when I head for Florida.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    Kit We were supposed to start back up production Sept 6th but we supply GMs lansing plants and are now looking at the 20th. Not sure if that also applied to BG.

  19. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: Overlanding; I know a lot of people here in North Georgia that do everything from a friends yard for BBQ to camping in the woods and some trails. My boys are in scouts and there are many times we end up off the pavement. I also have some friends that do the serious off-roading, but that is a small dedicated group.
    Re: Chrysler; I rented a Pacifica when they first came out a few years ago, and they are a leap above the previous generation vans. I know both versions were available for a year or two, but the Pacifica styling was supposed to be the “new face of Chrysler” and it looked like their direction was a whole line of electrics with that styling. I was disappointed when I saw the revised Pacifica did away with the modern look and emulated the old van, and no other Chryslers came to fruition. Maybe Christine Feuell can implement the previous plans and upscale eChryslers can compete uith the eCaddys.
    One last item (speaking of Caddys); I was reading about the Cadillac trucks brought up the other day, and found a blog from the son of the guy (James C Kribbs) in Beverly Hills that supposedly started doing those first conversions and also did the one Evil Kinevel owned. You can click on my name to see.

  20. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    19) I too wish that Christine Feuell can take Chrysler in an all luxury EV direction with exceptional styling and incredible interiors. There was a time when you would see an Imperial and it was an impressive sight inside and out. Years of decontenting, mainly starting in the K-Car period, has put zero daylight between what Chrysler offers compared to their corporate counterparts. You don’t notice when a 300 or pacifica goes rolling by. They are background cars.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Interesting story about the custom Cadillacs.

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    19 Yeah very cool story on the caddys. At the bottom sounds like the last one was up for auction. Wonder what it sold for?
    Also was curious what they cost over sticker back in the day. I guess the first versions of pimp my ride. It would be cool to see someone do that today.

  23. Bob Wilson Says:

    Surprised that a Toyota claim about hybrids and BEV disappeared along with my comment, a good thing as Toyota screwed up. Thanks!

    I traded in my 2017 Prius Prime for a 2019 Tesla Std Rng Model 3 and brought the price to $24,000. The 25 mi EV Prime became driveway art compared to our 72 mi EV range BMW. Even today, the Tesla is 3x cheaper than the $24 BMW between Huntsville and Nashville.

    If curious, I can provide more technical details but if we’re protecting poor Toyota management and engineering decisions, let it rest.

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