Sunday, October 1, 2017

Miscellaneous Product News From Orange County, the Texas State Fair, and...Dyson!

Alexander Carabitses

(Image credited to Dyson)

Editor's Note: Due to other obligations, Car News Commentary will not feature a new article every single week.  However, I will work to ensure that both the quality and content of the posts that do get published are better than ever before.  I'm currently working on an editorial about some Land Rover Jaguar news that has left me quite ticked.  Previously promised editorials on Pontiac and Cadillac have been put out to pasture, due to what I feel would be a) lack of originality for the Pontiac article and b) tediousness on the part of the Cadillac article.

Along with the large, media-centered, global auto shows that occur during the auto show season, there are many small, regional shows that run from September through May; one of these shows is the Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim, California.  The only reason I'm referring to this venue is because this is where Hyundai has decided to launch their all-new 2018 Accent.  Hyundai's subcompact receives restyled front and rear fascias, a brand new interior, along with a host of connectivity and powertrain upgrades that I don't give a damn about.  The car goes on sale this fall only as a sedan (as of this writing Hyundai has not mentioned offering a hatchback).
(Image credited to Hyundai)

The next venue I want to briefly mention is the Texas State Fair, which is well known for featuring the debuts of new pickup trucks.  Ford was on hand with a new trim package for the 2018 F-450 Super Duty, called the Limited.  Here's why it's significant: despite its $87,100 base price, the vehicle costs $100,000 when it's fully loaded and taxes/destination charges are added.  I guess there truly are people who will buy a pickup truck that costs three grand.
(Image credited to Ford)

In addition to Ford's big announcement, Chevrolet, whose pickup truck is celebrating its 100th birthday, launched special 100th-Anniversary Editions for both the 2018 Silverado and 2018 Colorado (the former goes on sale in October, while the latter goes on sale in November).  The only thing that's special about these trucks is the shade of blue paint paint and the unique badges. Ram also launched a pair of special edition models that will be sold in Texas exclusively: the 2018 Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition and the 2018 Ram HD Lonestar Silver Edition.  Neither of these excite me, particularly with an all-new Ram 1500 right around the corner.
(Image credited to Chevrolet)
(Image credited to Ram)
(Image credited to Ram)

Finally, I want to let everybody know that I am still recovering from shock after hearing about the news that Dyson (the same company that makes vacuum cleaners and hand dryers) will be launching an electric car with solid-state batteries in 2020.  That's only two years away, so it must mean that the company has been secretly working on this for some time now.  Even though I believe that Dyson can put together a good electric car, I still find it hard to to predict success considering that the company doesn't have a dealer network (or even a retail network) in place.  The most I can see this car becoming is a fleet vehicle of some sort, but these are just my predictions and only time will tell.  I have heard some people say that this will potentially be Tesla's biggest competitor (considering that other startups are either running out of money or trying to sell themselves), but again this is a premature prediction.  Here's what's for certain:  For years, many journalists and executives have preached that technology companies that want to build cars are nuts and don't have a clue about how complicated it is to be involved in the industry. If Dyson does successfully launch a car, it will make the auto industry look bad, but make Silicon Valley look even worse.  Remember, both Google and Apple dabbled with the idea of building cars, but have now been relegated to suppliers of autonomous technology.

That's all for now. Thank you for reading and have a good week.

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