TTAC Hot Takes: In the Wake of NAIAS, There's No More Tie

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

(TTAC Hot Takes are video roundup posts which will occur whenever we can get Michael Accardi into hair and makeup. These posts are a mandate of our VerticalScope overlords, who are fascinated with the new video medium of YouTube. Watch our other videos here.)

This week, Michael summarizes all the best news bits from January 17th through the 24th, and we highlight some Premium Selects from the B&B comments section.

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Though Lexus hopes to draw in younger buyers with LC 500 product placement, Dal20402 had some lengthy thoughts [excerpted here] about SUV product planning over at the swooping L.

“Lexus knows exactly how to pick up new customers, and that’s by offering crossovers, crossovers, crossovers. Longer crossovers. Smaller crossovers. More seats and fewer seats.”

Last year, I Asked Jack whether I should trade the LS460 for a Lincoln MKT EcoBoost to solve these problems. (Reaction was 50/50.) After a test drive of an example that turned up locally after he ran the question, I decided not to. Refinement was the main reason. The MKT is nice enough, but it feels less like the special LS and more like… a pleasant enough rental car.

And this is a huge blown opportunity for Lexus.

It has all the pieces it needs to make a roomy family vehicle that feels just as special as the LS. But it’s never done so. Instead we get the RX, which is engineered to a much cheaper standard, and, well, an extended RX with a marginal third row. If we want to spend more, we get two BOF trucks, which have their charms but can’t be expected to be refined like cars. The RX has sold like gangbusters. I have to think that a more expensive, larger, much more refined RWD-based crossover would too.

Sirwired drove home an important point about those who are less fortunate financially, when it comes to paying speeding tickets.

Now, imagine you have a full-time hourly-wage job with no paid vacation and you are living paycheck-to-paycheck. How on earth do you navigate the process then?

It’s situations like this that often cause poor people to stay poor. This is no more than a minor nuisance to you, escalating to a major nuisance if you got pulled over for Driving on a Suspended.

If you were poor at the beginning of this process? It’d be a life-destroying nightmare.

Chinese automaker GAC is planning to enter the US market, but Ronnie thinks they might need a name rethink first.

The first thing they have to do is change the company name, or at least the acronym GAC. Would you buy a PUK?

Though Peugeot has an aggressive plan for US market entry, deanst isn’t so sure.

I’m sure they will be quite the powerhouse, building on the raging success of Opel derived vehicles like the various saturns and Buick Regal. I expect dozens of sales.

Hirostates12 didn’t believe “Bea Arthur” was in the Canadian Drug Mart advert.

Pretty sure that’s Bob Lutz in a wig.

Lou_BC wants GM to relax a bit, and not do it when it comes to auto show reveals that are just too soon.

I fully agree with Jack. GM was forced to reveal their new truck. They had ZERO specifications on the new diesel engine. Not even a mention of production date.

GM is guilty of premature ejaculation due to over-stimulation from the competition.

Back to Lexus, DenverMike is not as sure as Toyota that there needs to be a successor to the LFA

No. They want the successor to the Supra. Or AllTrac Turbo Celica. Or 1st gen MR2.

The LAPD isn’t driving its BMW i3 vehicles around, despite having already paid for them. Brn knows why.

They lack the impact rating of a patrol vehicle.


They lack the curb rating of a patrol vehicle.


They lack the ballistic protection of a patrol vehicle.


They lack the ability to carry the equipment of a patrol vehicle.


They lack the RANGE of a patrol vehicle, especially when you add all the extra electronics.

They simply can’t be used as a patrol vehicle. As such, they get used for “miscellaneous” duty, which is the primary reason for the low mileage.

I suspect, some politician tried to play the California green game and forced this upon the PD without proper analysis. That same politician is probably going to rake the Chief over the coals for this report.

More Hot Takes coming soon!

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Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • Gottacook Gottacook on Jan 26, 2018

    Note to VerticalScope: I'm a longtime reader and commenter. I don't watch online videos of any kind, and I'm not about to start now. Moreover, in 2018 it's hard to imagine anything more superfluous than a weekly roundup (video or otherwise).

  • Brn Brn on Jan 26, 2018

    WTF did I just watch?

  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!
  • Slavuta More hatchbacks
  • ED I don't know what GM is thinking.I have a 2020 one nice vehicle.Got rid of Camaro and was going to buy one.Probably won't buy another GM product.Get rid of all the head honchos at GM.This company is a bunch of cheapskates building junk that no one wants.
  • Lostjr Sedans have been made less practical, with low rooflines and steeply raked A pillars. It makes them harder to get in and out of. Probably harder to put a kid in a child seat. Sedans used to be more family oriented.
  • Bob Funny how Oldsmobile was offering a GPS system to help if you were lost, yet GM as a company was very lost. Not really sure that they are not still lost. They make hideous looking trucks, Cadillac is a crappy Chevy pretending to be fancy. To be honest, I would never step in a GM show room now or ever. Boring, cheap ugly and bad resale why bother. I get enough of GM when i rent on trips from airports. I have to say, does anybody at GM ever drive what everyone else drives? Do they ever then look at what crap they put out in style fit and finish? Come on, for real, do they? Cadillac updated slogan should be " sub standard of the 3rd world", or " almost as good as Tata motors". Enough said.
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