QOTD: This Year's Biggest Surprise?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd this year s biggest surprise

This time of year is rife with year-end lists and compilations ranging from music-inspired topics to the insidious Instagram Top Nine. It’s a great tradition, one I look forward to every year.

You know precisely what our topic is: cars. We’ll throw it out to you, dear reader — what was 2019’s biggest surprise in the automotive industry? As you’d expect, we have a few ideas to start off the proverbial tip jar.

The shack-up between FCA and PSA definitely registered on our automotive Richter scale, with the two companies finally realizing the late Sergio Marchionne’s desire to pair with another automaker for cost reasons. Much remains to be hashed out, including whether we’ll ever see a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Peugeot Citroen Opel Vauxhall dealer in downtown America (probably not).

Tesla’s Cybertruck certainly got tongues wagging in 2019, for a variety of reasons. Its bizarro-world styling decisions notwithstanding, questions remain about on-sale dates and assembly facilities. It is worth noting this is the third vehicle introduced by Musk & Co which has yet to see the light of production, with the Model Y and Roadster 2.0 also twisting in the wind. Four, actually, if you count the Semi.

Also ranking is the new mid-engined Corvette, unveiled this past summer in sunny California. After what seemed like eons of speculation, the GM engineering team finally moved the Vette’s engine behind the driver. There has been no shortage of digital ink spilled about the decision, not to mention carping about interior and exterior styling choices.

There were plenty more automotive stories in 2019 from which to choose. Which one caught your attention?

[Images: Tesla, PSA Group, General Motors]

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Dec 31, 2019

    1. Cybertruck. Literally designed as stainless-steel origami. 2. Mustang Mach E. Literally designed to steal Tesla Model Y sales now that Tesla has lost its tax credits (making the 'Stang effectively $7500 cheaper). 3. Run, Carlos, run.

  • Carrera Carrera on Dec 31, 2019

    Kia Telluride is a very pleasant surprise. Also that it impressed Motor Trend and Consumer Reports at the same time. It rarely happens, if ever.

  • Jeff S Still a nice car and I remember these very well especially in this shade of green. The headlights were vacuum controlled. I always liked the 67 thru 72 LTDs after that I found them bloated. Had a friend in college with a 2 door 71 LTD which I drove a couple of times it was a nice car.
  • John H Last week after 83 days, dealership said mine needs new engine now. They found metal in oil. Potential 8 to 9 month wait.
  • Dukeisduke An aunt and uncle of mine traded their '70 T-Bird (Beakbird) for a brand-new dark metallic green '75 LTD two-door, fully loaded. My uncle hated seat belts, so the first time I saw the car (it was so new that the '75 models had just landed at the dealerships) he proudly showed me how he'd pulled the front seat belts all the way out of their retractors, and cut the webbing with a razor blade(!).Just a year later, they traded it in for a new '76 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (they had owned a couple of Imperials in the '60s), and I imagine the Cadillac dealer took a chunk out to the trade-in, to get the front seat belts replaced.
  • CaddyDaddy Lease fodder that in 6 years will be on the 3rd owner in a poverty bound aspirational individual's backyard in a sub par neighborhood sinking into the dirt. The lending bank will not even want to repossess and take possession of this boat anchor of a toxic waste dump. This proves that EVs are not even close to being ready for prime time (let's not even talk about electrical infrastructure). EVs only exist in wildly expensive virtue signaling status-mobiles. FAIL! I know this is a Hybrid, but it's a Merc., so it will quickly die after the warranty. Show me a practical EV for the masses and I'll listen. At this time, Hybrids are about the way to go for most needing basic transportation.
  • Jeanbaptiste The bubble free dash on the R32!