AD #3373 – PHEV Sales to Dry Up in Germany; GM Racks Up EV Reservations; Autoliv Develops Air-Bag Bike Helmet

July 29th, 2022 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 10:18

0:08 PHEV Sales to Dry Up in Germany
1:11 Bentley Having a Banner Year
1:49 Renault Profits Drop Drastically
2:24 Nissan Posts Poor Earnings
3:27 Rolls-Royce Readies Its First EV
5:00 Alfa Romeo Turns to Chrysler Group for Next Model
5:41 Chevrolet Launches New ICE SUV In China
7:18 GM Racks Up EV Reservations
8:07 Autoliv Develops Air-Bag Bike Helmet
8:57 Mercedes Starts Renting RVs

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20 Comments to “AD #3373 – PHEV Sales to Dry Up in Germany; GM Racks Up EV Reservations; Autoliv Develops Air-Bag Bike Helmet”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean if the PHEV market has topped out in Germany, any idea the % of sales they achieved. It will be interesting to see how sales change without incentives and if that will be any indication of what to expect from BEV’s.

  2. GM Veteran Says:

    Maybe the Chrysler Group stylists can help craft an Alfa Romeo that US consumers will actually want to buy in the quantities that Alfa execs want to sell them. So far, they have come up dramatically short of their goals and I can’t imagine that Alfa is a profitable division even when considering their worldwide sales.

  3. SteveO Says:

    I could see an Alfa 3-row SUV coming, if they want something that has a chance of selling in the US!

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Styling isn’t the problem with Alfa’s U.S. entries. They actually look pretty good. They don’t sell many because they are a little pricey for an unknown brand in the U.S., and they have only a handful of dealers. Also, the word is probably out that reliability is bad.

  5. Ziggy Says:

    Does the world really need an airbag bicycle helmet? If you are that concerned about your head when riding a bicycle why not just use a motorcycle helmet?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 The full face motorcycle helmets I wear would be kind of heavy and hot for bicycling, but I’d think a regular bicycle helmet would be a lot better than nothing. The linked article said the air bag helmet didn’t add much weight. If true, it could be good when riding in dangerous areas.

  7. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Re: Solar Cells on Cars

    A bit of a different application than providing electricity for motive power, but my wife’s 2001 Audi Allroad has solar cells on the top of the sunroof that will power the ventilation fans when the car interior temperature goes over that set on the climate control. Obviously not enough power to actually run the AC, but the interior does not turn into a solar oven in the sun. It is immediately pleasant to enter, and the AC does not have to get rid of all the thermal load when you drive away. Nice feature. Part of the original ‘hot weather package’ along with integral sunscreens for the rear seats and back window of the station wagon. Audi only offered it for a few years, then further restricted it to the ’8′ models. Not sure if it still exists. Anyway was an interesting and sensible application of solar cells.

    Interestingly, we initially had a problem with the car battery running down when away for 2 weeks or more. The dealer in Fargo ND had an intrepid technician who tracked the problem down to a wiring error that did not let the main computer go to power down mode, sleep, as it was staying active to look for the non-existent sunlight in our garage. As a result the worldwide wiring diagrams were apparently corrected! Admittedly probably not that many.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7. They had something like that on 2nd or 3rd generation Priuses. I think they only had it briefly, so apparently not many people wanted to pay much for it.

  9. wmb Says:

    #2, 3, 4.) I believe Kit hit the nail on the head regarding Alfa. They have the perception of being a little expensive, which may be okay, but (highly) unreliable, which is not! The only auto maker that has been able to do fairly well, while not being both very luxuriant and very reliable, has been Land Rover. An Alps Romero doesn’t carry the same panash and respect as that legendary brand does, to be able to get away it as Rover does. That said, IMHO, a three row SUV doesn’t fit the motif of the Alfa Romero brand. A sporty, shapely, midsize SUV would do the brand some good, but would move into Maserati territory. Forcing them to move their current SUV, from being an over sized midsize SUV, to an actual full size SUV.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The next Alfa in the pipeline for the US market, called Tonale, is a CUV a notch smaller than the Stelvio. There will be a plug-in hybrid version, along with the regular ICEr.

    If Alfa wanted to get back to their “roots,” they would have something like a faster, fancier Miata. Maybe it should be mid engine, to kind of replace the Boxster that, as we know it, will soon be going away, replaced by an EV.

  11. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Kit, you were asking about the 2.7 in the upcoming Colorado and whether it would require premium fuel in the premium engines. I can’t be sure, but I looked up the 2.7 in the Silverado and the recommended fuel is 87 octane and the 2.7 in the Silverado is rated at practically the same hp and torque (actually a little higher; 310 hp 348 torque). So maybe (probably), regular fuel, which would be a good thing.

  12. ChuckGrenci Says:

    11, My post; got my numbers wrong, sorry; torque is a lot higher in the premium 2.7 Colorado’s; so maybe (probably) the opposite of what I said, premium may be required. Again, brain fade on my part.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11,12 A Car & Driver article I found shows the 2023 Silverado 2.7 having 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, the same as the “hottest” Colorado, so maybe you were right in #11. The 2.7 in the Cadillac is 325 hp and 380 lb-ft, and “requires” premium. The EPA site doesn’t show the 2023 Colorado or Silverado.

    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=44742&id=44234

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    5-6 I wouldn’t expect many takers for the airbag helmet but maybe the many extreme sport enthusiasts like the mountain biking/motocross. or maybe a cycle carrier in NYC. The casual bike rider probably wont spend the money.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    7 That seems like a perfect use for vehicle solar cells. In fact I think I saw an aftermarket set up. Had a small solar panel that could be laid on the dash and it powered a small fan that could be placed in the sunroof opening or a cracked window. I’m guessing it failed with security concerns of leaving a window cracked. In fact I think it was advertised for a way to allow you to leave your pet in the car. Which may also have killed it.
    But it makes sense to avoid having the AC try and reduce the temp from the 130 it could be, or with a fan something like 80.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 This is what they had as an option on Prius. I think they only had it a year or two, probably because it was kind of pricey, about $2000, and few Prius buyers wanted to pay for it.

    https://youtu.be/CchHIy7JgvA

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Yeah, NYC bike couriers would seem likely customers for the air bag helmet, if it actually works. Their riding is especially high risk.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    17 Oh the Prius one wasn’t actually intergrated? Then yeah maybe that’s the one I remember seeing.

  19. Ukendoit Says:

    10, Fiat did sell a version of the Miata (designed together) from 2016-2020. The FIAT 124 Spider was their throwback to their old 124 Spider from the 60s-80s. They even had an Abarth version.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I thought the Fiat Miata looked good, but most reviewers didn’t like the Fiat’s 1.4 turbo as well as the Mazda’s larger n/a engine.