TTAC News Round-up: Santa Fe Sports in Alabama, Tiguan With A Tether, And GMC Acadia Bows?

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
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Is there a Santa Fe, Alabama? If not, there will be soon.

That, Volkswagen’s Tiguan + electron, who’s gonna buy all these electric cars, and you don’t really need a gas delivery service, people … after the break!

Santa Fe Sport to be assembled in Alabama, far from actual Santa Fe

Hyundai will build its Santa Fe Sport in Alabama this summer to meet expected increased demand for crossovers later this year, Reuters reported ( via Automotive News).

The Santa Fe Sport will continue to be assembled in Georgia as well.

Reuters reported that Hyundai would be spending $52 million to retool the Alabama facility to build the crossover. The Alabama plant currently builds the Elantra and Sonata, but will likely scale production of those two sedans to make room for the popular Santa Fe Sport this summer.

Volkswagen Tiguan Hybrid coming to Detroit …

Volkswagen will reveal a plug-in hybrid Tiguan at the North American International Auto Show, Reuters reported Friday.

The plug-in Tiguan will add to the automaker’s expected additions of a new mid-size crossover and long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan.

The automaker is scrambling to meet demand for crossovers and SUVs to help rebound from flagging sales due to its deepening diesel scandal, analysts told Reuters.

… and expect a new GMC Acadia, too.

General Motors will take the wraps off a new, smaller GMC Acadia, according to the Detroit News.

The three-row crossover likely will be built on GM’s Chi platform, which also underpins the new Cadillac XT5.

GMC chief Duncan Aldred told the Detroit News that the automaker had big plans in the near future “and our Detroit auto show also sets that direction,” but stopped short of confirming that the Acadia would be there.

The aging Acadia received its last full redesign in 2006.

Mobile gas delivery is really a terrible idea

The on-demand economy has some perks: I can get booze delivered to my home, stream bazillions of movies and get Amazon deliveries within the hour.

All of those conveniences are not bad, I must say. But Gizmodo highlights a recent phenomenon of delivery gas services that roam streets to fill up cars for app-wielding busy bodies who can’t make their way to the gas station.

Filld is a gas-delivery app that roams the streets of Silicon Valley with tanks of regular to fill up cars for a $5 delivery fee. Besides the safety questions surrounding people in parking lots filling up cars from roaming tanks, there’s the question of: Why?

If you’re that busy, Silicon Valley, find an intern to do it for you.

Electric cars: Who needs them?

Regulators in the U.S. are forcing automakers’ hands into building electric cars that no one is buying, Henry Payne wrote in an excellent column for the Detroit News.

Payne’s well-thought analysis foresees a future two-tier system for automakers with profitable trucks and SUVs subsidizing money-losing electric cars. Or, basically what’s going on now with California fleet requirements.

“The regulators are what are driving electric car production,” Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer told the Detroit News. “It’s not because consumers are demanding them.”

Payne’s salient point is that automakers like Mazda, who have developed fuel saving technology such as SkyActiv, will receive no credit for their innovations and be forced into investing billions into battery tech that may not be as advanced.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 08, 2016

    Henry Payne's 'excellent' column has some errors: 1. A 'compliance' car is not one built to meet national sales requirements, but one that is built for local requirements. The Fiat 500e and VW e-Golf are two examples typically labeled as compliance cars because they are not available nationwide. 2. No mention of Tesla, who sold more EVs in 2015 than anyone else. Because Mr Payne doesn't mention Tesla, he doesn't have to answer why this might be. Tesla's current high-dollar customers aren't as motivated by incentives as Leaf customers (for example), and research is showing that many EV buyers don't give a hoot about the so-called environmental benefits of an EV. They just like the EV driving experience, and the ownership experience is much simpler. My point is that the government isn't always forcing people to buy cars they don't want to. Here's where I agree with him: What Mr Payne doesn't really get to - but implies - is this: Consumers do not agree with Big Government's concerns about global warming. If they did, they wouldn't be buying trucks and SUVs like crazy. Ultimately, the government's CAFE requirements and the market will collide. EV subsidies will have to increase or be extended in order to keep people buying them (Tesla Model S aside). Fuel cell vehicles really expose the joke of government mandates - truly nobody wants them.

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    • Whynot Whynot on Jan 08, 2016

      Henry Payne never claims 'compliance' cars are built to satisfy national sales requirements, he claims they are built to satisfy government regulations (re: get CAFE numbers down). And he is right. They are built solely to satisfy government requirements and because of this are only released in states/markets with the toughest emission laws/ electric vehicles have been the most accepted where the financial bloodloss from the car would be lessened.

  • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Jan 08, 2016

    Will the Traverse and Enclave also migrate to the Chi platform?

  • Sayahh Is it 1974 or 1794? The article is inconsistent.
  • Laura I just buy a Hyndai Elantra SEL, and My car started to have issues with the AC dont work the air sometimes is really hot and later cold and also I heard a noice in the engine so I went to the dealer for the first service and explain what was hapenning to the AC they told me that the car was getting hot because the vent is not working I didnt know that the car was getting hot because it doesnt show nothing no sign no beep nothing I was surprise and also I notice that it needed engine oil, I think that something is wrong with this car because is a model 23 and I just got it on April only 5 months use. is this normal ? Also my daughter bought the same model and she went for a trip and the car also got hot and it didnt show up in the system she called them and they said to take the car to the dealer for a check up I think that if the cars are new they shouldnt be having this problems.
  • JamesGarfield What charging network does the Polestar use?
  • JamesGarfield Re: Getting away from union plantsAbout a dozen years or so ago, Caterpillar built a huge new engine plant, just down the road here in Seguin TX. Story has it, Caterpillar came to Seguin City council in advance, and told them their plans. Then they asked for no advanced publicity from Seguin, until announcement day. This new plant was gonna be a non-union replacement for a couple of union plants in IL and SC, and Cat didn't want to stir up union problems until the plan was set. They told Seguin, If you about blab this in advance, we'll walk. Well, Seguin kept quiet as instructed, and the plan went through, with all the usual expected tax abatements given.Plant construction began, but the Caterpillar name was conspicuously absent from anywhere on the site. Instead, the plant was described as being a collective of various contractors and suppliers for Caterpillar. Which in fact, it was. Then comes the day, with the big new plant fully operationa!, that Caterpillar comes in and announces, Hey, Yeah it's our plant, and the Caterpillar name boldly goes up on the front. All you contractor folks, welcome aboard, you're now Caterpillar employees. Then, Cat turns and announces they are closing those two union plants immediately, and will be transporting all the heavy manufacturing equipment to Seguin. None of the union workers, just the equipment. And today, the Caterpillar plant sits out there, humming away happily, making engines for the industry and good paying jobs for us. I'd call that a winner.
  • Stuki Moi What Subaru taketh away in costs, dealers will no doubt add right back in adjustments.... Fat chance Subaru will offer a sufficient supply of them.