Here's Why This Journalist Saw the VW Investment in Rivian Coming a Year Ago.

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

It wasn't a prediction, exactly, but journalist Peter Ramsay from did some reporting last year that suggested executives were calling for Volkswagen to invest in Rivian.

Recently, the Volkswagen Auto Group did just that.

So we asked Ramsay about what he was seeing a year ago and that led to a wider-ranging conversation about corporate investments, acquisitions, and joint ventures, particularly between legacy automakers and EV-only startups.

As always, TTAC contributor Matthew Guy stops by to talk about the Stuff We Use (extension cords, in this case) and NASCAR's overtimes in Nashville. We also briefly discuss Martin Truex Jr.'s impending retirement and preview the Chicago street race.

We thank Peter and Matthew and Matt Posky for editing. And we thank you for listening.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy 7 days ago
    TTAC Podcast: Come for the commercials, stay for the racial slurs!™
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    • Tim Healey Tim Healey 8 hours ago
      Which slurs? I don't think any one of us mentioned a slur, other than referencing Kyle Larson saying a certain word during simulated racing during Covid. And we were oblique and didn't say the actual word.
  • Akear Akear 6 days ago
    The Germans will strip mine the company just like they did with Chrysler a quarter century ago.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue
  • Kcflyer it's simple , most are too stupid to find china on a map , much less understand the evil of communism. which is, i guess, better then openly pushing to embrace communism/socialism......cough...dnc....cough
  • Kcflyer stop comparing to cars made in europe or other parts of asia to chinese cars those are not putting money directly in pockets of communist dictators who are actively trying to destroy the u.s.
  • The Oracle Not interested at this time. Any will be BEV only and I’m not ready for one of those.