AD #3452 – GM Secures Supplies to Build 1 Million EVs; RS Model Returns to Impreza Lineup; EVs Dominate NACTOY Finalists

November 18th, 2022 at 11:58am

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Runtime: 10:19

0:08 GM Secures Supplies to Build 1 Million EVs in 2025
1:29 GM Locks Up Nickel Supplies with Vale
2:10 U.S. Agrees to Only Sell Zero-Emission Big Trucks By 2040
3:36 RS Model Returns to Subaru Impreza Lineup
4:48 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Gets EPA Estimated 340 Miles of Range
5:47 VinFast Adds Two Electric SUVs To U.S. Lineup
7:19 Kia Refreshes the Seltos
8:13 EVs Dominate Finalists for Car, Truck & Utility of The Year
8:56 MINI Creates EV Charger to Look Like RC Controller

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30 Comments to “AD #3452 – GM Secures Supplies to Build 1 Million EVs; RS Model Returns to Impreza Lineup; EVs Dominate NACTOY Finalists”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    GM aiming to build 1 million EVs by 2025.. But how many do they plan to sell? Lol

    Does Vinfast even have a dealer network in the US? I cannot imagine buying from a start-up from Vietnam. I mean yea about every manufacturer has had auto plants in Vietnam, but I think they only ever had one domestic plant. Vinaxuki which started around 2004 build medium commercial trucks and had plans for a car but when belly up in 2015 before any were built. Could be a risky purchase.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For NACTOY, I’d guess Z for the car, if the interior is better than the low rent interior of the older one. For truck, almost definitely the Lightning. “Utility,” probably Lyriq, because it looks less generic than most crossovers, gas or electric, and it probably drives decently.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 GM should be able to sell a million EVs by 2025, if the price is right. The new ones will be crossovers and a truck, which are what Americans are buying.

    They need to teach people at dealers to sell EVs, though. From my experience, sales people know so little about the Bolt, that they don’t even know how to charge it.

  4. thredd Says:

    Certainly not great choices for NACTOY in my opinion. But I rarely agree with their choices anyways.

    Also, no manual option for the new Impreza. That’s extremely disappointing because Subaru was holding strong on manuals.

    All things enthusiasts love about cars are disappearing…

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Didn’t the Corvette Z06 launch in 2023. Hard to believe that didnt make the NACTOY list. IMO

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    What is an 8-speed CVT? A CVT has an infinite number of ratios.

  7. Lambo2015 Says:

    6 I believe it means they gave it a false shifting feeling allowing the RPM range to vary defeating the whole purpose of a CVT but I could be wrong.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 It’s crazy, indeed, that the Z06 isn’t there. For some very strange reason, it wasn’t even considered “eligible.” The NACTOY site says that “new or substantially changed vehicles” are eligible. The C8 is not “new,” but the Z06 is at least as “substantially changed” as Cayman GT4 RS, 911 GTS, the Chevy pickup that is a “finalist,” and some others. Here are the eligible vehicles.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Yeah, that’s probably it. Surely you can turn off the fake “shifts,” can’t you, if you want to maximize performance and gas mileage, rather than adding a little jerkiness?

  10. Albemarle Says:

    9. As a Subaru owner, you can’t turn off the fake shifts. Ridiculous but there you have it.

    I thought I heard the Lordstown Endurance mentioned as a potential NACTOY candidate. This is jumping the shark. NACTOY is now dead to me.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Thanks for the info. That is crazy. I guess my sister got her Subaru just in time, because it doesn’t have fake shifts. It’s a Forester, though. Maybe they have different “philosophies” for different models.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    Not only is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06′s LT6 engine the largest flat-plane crankshaft V-8 in the world, it’s also the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production V-8, leapfrogging the 622-hp 6.2-liter M159 engine that powered the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series from 2013-2014 and producing 670 hp at 8,400 rpm.
    I was watching a car show over the weekend and that engine has something like 110% volumetric efficiency. Purely amazing and not even a candidate is a slap to the face of NA manufacturing.

  13. Albemarle Says:

    My 2017 Forester XT had the shifts too. Driven sensibly it’s only the tach that lets you know there has been a gear change. Perhaps they fake the tach? Why not, it’s useless in the car anyway.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 My sister’s Forester is a 2016, and one of the middle trim levels. I’ve driven it a few times, and and am pretty sure it doesn’t have the fake shifts. I’ll try to find out for sure next summer when I’m up north where she lives.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5, 12 etc. John McElroy, if you see this discussion, could you explain why the Corvette Z06 was not eligible for NACOTY? Thanks.

  16. Tim Beaumont Says:

    My 2018 Forester XT has a turbo and CVT. Never noticed any fake shifts. Very smooth like my EV. My 2021 Crosstrek had the 2.5 with ’8-speed’ CVT. Could feel barely feel the ‘shifts’, but still very smooth.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The thing I haven’t liked about the CVT in my sister’s Forester is that at walking speed in parking lots, it doesn’t know whether to go or not go. In those situations, Toyota hybrids are great.

  18. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Not nominating the ZO6 certainly is an omission unless there is some obscure reason for not doing so. Production units, though highly limited, have been released to customers, so ’23 models have been delivered. Engine certainly, and major dimensional bodywork are different enough to be a separate model.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Do any Lordstown trucks exist?

  20. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Good question.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Three Porsche sub-models, a Chevy Silverado sub-model, and the Lordstown truck that is mostly vaporware were eligible. I don’t understand at all why the Z06 was not eligible. I hope we get an explanation from John Mc.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I sort of understand why they “stretched” the rules with the trucks, or they would have had only one eligible vehicle, the Lightning.

  23. ChuckGrenci Says:

    21,22 Autoline generally has a AAH about the voting and discussing of the NACOTY. We’ll probably hear something then. I think you’re right that maybe because of the slim picking for truck. ZO6 really needed to be included and almost a “slam-dunk” for the win.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 With so many pickup truck sales with so few entries, it makes you wonder why we really need about 100 different SUVs/CUVs. Meanwhile, there are essentially no car height station wagons.

  25. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Station wagons sure are a headscratcher; the outspoken want them (this includes me) but they just don’t sell to the general public. One of my favorite vehicle purchases was my 1984 Celebrity Station Wagon. Maybe it was just the right vehicle at the right time, but I really enjoyed it and it performed throughout its life admirably. I had it for many years and miles, taught both my daughters how to drive (until one of my daughters finally put the ‘last’ crunch on it). It had the 2.8 V6 and automatic; fast enough, good to excellent fuel economy and comfortable ride. p.s. I was flying RC back then and it really held the gear (also raced RC boats).

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 I had an ’86 Celebrity wagon with the 2.5 “iron duke” and 4-speed manual. It was mostly reliable, until the head cracked at about 60K miles, and it got very good mpg for the time.

    What I’d like now would be a Camry hybrid wagon, which doesn’t exist. The closest I could get was the Highlander hybrid which serves my purposes, but I frequently think “why is this thing so tall, so high off the ground, and so heavy”? It gets near 40 mpg in short trip/low speed highway mixed driving, but a car height wagon with the same floor length would get near 50 with the same powertrain, and would be quicker, because of the weight reduction. and would drive better.

  27. ChuckGrenci Says:

    I almost got the Buick wagon a couple years ago but got vetoed by my wife and ended up with the XT5; I liked that a lot but that of course is a Cuv. Plenty of room and great fuel mileage but your hybrid would put that to shame. I don’t expect a station wagon comeback and for that matter the Buick went away too.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 I liked the Buick wagon, but for some reason, it was thirstier than it should have been, and it needed premium gas “required” according to the EPA site. It’s being sold only with 4WD didn’t help, but still, 21/29 EPA ratings aren’t very good for a car that size.

  29. Lambo2015 Says:

    I have fond memories of station wagons but I dont see them returning anytime soon. The traditional car as we know it is evolving into the CUV. So the larger or longer versions (SUV) is what you get. I do however see a lot more crossover designs where they are not a car or a CUV but in between. Provide the more upright seated position but not so high off the ground. As more EVs are released and the desire to keep that battery weight low maybe we will see a more station wagon styled design soon in an EV.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 It’s being tall and heavy, not long, that makes SUVs/CUVs gas hogs compared to cars. A Toyota Highlander is 11 inches taller than a Camry. Some of the 11 inches is floor to roof height, and some is body “lift.” The Highlander is more than 1000 pounds heavier. The end result is that the Camry hybrid gets 30-35% better gas mileage than the Highlander with a similar, but slightly “hopped up” powertrain. A Camry wagon, if it existed, would get about the same MPG as the sedan.