By on December 15, 2015


This is the new News Round-up where we cover all the things you should know that may or may not deserve a headline on their own (or we may have simply run out of time to cover them). It’s similar to the “While Your Were Sleeping” news coverage, but not the same, hence the name change.

This morning, Jaguar announced they are going racing again, the automaker formerly known as Saab has a business plan and the Tesla Model X has a price spread that would make Porsche blush.


A company that doesn’t sell a single electric vehicle is entering Formula E

Jaguar will be entering the Formula E series next year with the goal of testing “our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions,” said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s Group Engineering Director.

To date, Jaguar has not marketed an electrified vehicle and only shown its C-X75 hybrid-electric vehicle as a concept. (Land Rover, however, does have a hybrid in the U.K.)

Jaguar will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to run the team. The new team will make its debut this fall as part of the third season of Formula E.

08 - 1987 Saab 900 in Colorado junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

The company formerly known as Saab plans* to sell five vehicles by 2018

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, or NAMBLA, is planning to build no fewer than five different models by the time the Pirelli calendar features tires wrapped in bags.

NEVS, which once had the right to build vehicle under the Saab name, then barely built anything, then lost that right, isn’t sure if it will be able to sell these new models under the Saab moniker. However, NEVS does own all the technology developed by the former Saab and it’s planning to build four of these new cars on the shelved Phoenix platform.

According to, the first vehicle will be an electric version of the 9-3 sedan with sales beginning in Sweden and China.

* I also plan to get rich by writing about cars, but that isn’t likely to happen.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado LT 2500HD with Z71

Companies that sell pickups could see sales growth slow, maybe

With the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting to discuss interest rates, the low price of oil may begin to turn a corner after 11-year lows.

According to Reuters, crude oil prices opened higher today in anticipation of a rate hike. If rates are increased, that could have a negative impact (eventually) at the pump and in lending markets.


A crossover made by an electric vehicle company, that’s owned by the same guy who owns a space company, can be optioned with a stratospheric MSRP

The Tesla Model X, which can (eventually, maybe) be had in its base form for $81,200, has a top-end price that would make Stuttgart blush.

According to Talking Tesla (via AutoBlog), the electric crossover egg Model X with all options checked has a sticker price north of $150,000.

Your move, Porsche.

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Auto companies bailed out during the recession are still being used as a political football in Michigan because of course they are

The Detroit News is reporting this morning that the state’s Democratic Party is using the auto bailouts, and opposition of them at the time from Republicans, to attack Republican presidential candidates. Would you expect anything less in the Mitten State?

During a visit to Michigan by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Democrats Party made sure to highlight his opposition to the bailouts that kept the lights on at General Motors and Chrysler, which later became Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

From the Detroit News:

Democrats argue the survival and comeback of the two automakers is definitive proof the bailout worked; they view it as their defining issue for carrying Michigan next year for the seventh consecutive presidential election since 1992.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Workers at a company that produced a whole lotta dirty diesels have union vote certified

The National Labor Relations board has officially certified the unionization vote of 162 skilled trades workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen will challenge the ruling.

The workers, who were in favor of unionization in a 108-44 vote, will be represented by the United Auto Workers if the Volkswagen challenge falls flat.

Next up: the rest of Volkswagen’s 1,400 factory workers.

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15 Comments on “News Round-up: Jag Going Racing, Saab Has a Plan, Teslas Are Expensive...”

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    Is the organization now owing Saab really using the acronym of NAMBLA? They may want to Google that, as it’s already been used for a controversial organization….

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    Does this mean that Formula E will stop being a spec series, or that electric car fans are accepted to be ignorant enough not to know the difference? A look at the FIA site suggests that they will bill it as an open series next year, even though the cars will all be the same Dallaras, the transmissions will all be the same Hewlands, the batteries will all be the same, the suppliers of control systems and McLaren ‘Motor Generator Units’ will all be the same, and the power output of the power unit is dictated by the rules. It’s just like Can Am was in the 60s! I can’t wait to see what Jaguar comes up with!

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      Formula E was always intended to stop being a spec series after the first few seasons. I believe they plan to gradually open up areas of the car for development, though it might remain a spec chassis (not sure about that one).

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      This is a series that lets people vote on social media for a guy to get an extra fifty horse in the race. Taking them seriously enough to critique their regulations is giving them way too much credit.

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      I thought it was supposed to be a spec series in the first season only. Guess that got changed. Will finally get to see a race this weekend, with the lousy TV coverage they’ve had this season so far.

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    Different, but the same. Similar enough to be familiar, different enough so that aficionados can nit pic and have a preference. So, rebadged?

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    Saab- how can we have a proper Viking Funeral for you when you will not die, mostly dead but not ready to go on the cart.

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    “Built with former Saab’s technology” was the funniest part of the whole article. They might as well start calling the Phoenix platform the Panther, since it’s almost as long in the tooth by now.

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    Until Tesla has Porsche-like options such as contrasting color leather wrapped air vents for $1000, they are strictly amateur league in the options game.

    For the Tesla followers here, I had lunch with my Tesla-owning buddy today (Model S 60). And I got to give him a ride home when the Tesla refused to boot up after lunch. To their credit, Tesla is sending a truck for it from the MA repair facility (250 mile round-trip) to collect it, and I assume dropping off a loaner.

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    Hey, that Jag looks like a winner, right?! (ie, it looks like Mercedes F1 Team’s Petronas livery… (boo)

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