AD #3300 – Ukrainian Auto Supplier Defies Russia; Nissan To Make Solid State Batteries In-House; Taycan Service Interval = 2 Years

April 11th, 2022 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 9:50

0:08 Ukrainian Auto Supplier Defies Russian Missiles
0:55 China Car Market Drops Sharply
1:34 Tesla Sales Soar in China
2:08 Borgward Files for Bankruptcy
3:06 BMW, VW Say Chip Shortage Drags On
3:36 Nissan To Make Solid State Batteries In-House
4:10 Porsche Taycan Service Interval Is 2 Years
5:51 Opel Astra Gets Special Air Purifier
7:20 Mercedes Makes CO2 Commitment
7:57 Nissan Beefs Up Pathfinder
8:36 Lincoln Teases Its First BEV

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15 Comments to “AD #3300 – Ukrainian Auto Supplier Defies Russia; Nissan To Make Solid State Batteries In-House; Taycan Service Interval = 2 Years”

  1. Dave Says:

    weren’t Borgward manufactured in Mexico briefly after it folded in Germany ??

  2. Albemarle Says:

    Interesting how just a trademark name purchase means you get to inherit the history of a car brand, right up to duplicating their past financial performance.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    Beadlock wheels on that Pathfinder seems pretty unnecessary, with a huuuuuge 5/8 lift it’s remains a city and dirt road 4×4.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Yeah, that Pathfinder needs beadlock wheels about as much as my FWD Highlander hybrid.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    I guess I cant complain about working conditions at work anymore. Not like I have to leave multiple times a day to avoid being blown up. Guess you don’t want to be that person that misses the bus.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I never much liked any extinct brand being “reborn,” usually as something entirely different. Somehow, this doesn’t seem like an MG to me:

    I guess the VW Bugatti fits the same market segment as the original, conspicuous consumption for the filthy rich, with performance to match, but still… When I see a ’30s Bugatti at a museum, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of connection with the new ones.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    Please hold off on battery chemistry changes UNTIL they show up in production vehicles. Teasers are useless.

  8. John McElroy Says:

    #1. Argentina.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 According to Hemmings, the equipment went to Mexico during/after the bankruptcy, and they built cars there between 1967-1970. That was after they built in Argentina.

  10. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Nissan’s Solid State batteries may be just fine, but who knows where battery technology will be in 2028. Even as the ‘years’ go flying by, 2028 is still not just around the corner. Even though car development cycles seem to be in and around 3 to 5 years, ‘electronics’, (batteries inclusive) have a much quicker genesis to production timeframe.

  11. ArtG Says:

    I remember when the Borgward Isabella coupe was sold here in the U.S. It was a fairly advanced car for its time.

    In light of what routine maintenance costs at a Porsche dealer, I can only imagine what that 2-year service is going to cost. No doubt it’ll be commensurate with the loss of revenue from reduced service intervals. Then again, if you can afford a Taycan…

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    ALD your story on the Opel air purification system left out the most important part. As noted it came about due to Covid, so will the filtration system be able to filter to that level? Or will this just be “perceived quality”?

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 An oil change for my Cayman was about $500 at a dealer. I got the next one at an independent shop that specializes in Porsches, and it was less than a third as much.

    The 2 year service for the Taycan will probably consist of a cabin air filter, and checking the coolant for the battery and electronics. It might include changing the brake fluid. They seem to recommend that frequently for a lot of European cars. A brake fluid change was part of the one year service for my 2010 MINI, but the first service was included with buying the car.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 HEPA filters of the type used for clean rooms remove viruses, but even if they use similar filters in cars, it might not do much good if someone in the car is infected with covid or other virus, and is coughing, etc.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 As battery technologies change, the electronics for charging them will also need to change. Probably charging electronics can be adjusted with software changes, up to a point, but major changes in battery chemistry will require hardware chenges.