TTAC News Round-up: Subaru Goes Past the Beige
Subaru, worried that it may be losing its coolness, might be intending to digital rebel against its new-found mainstream image.
That, Big Battery accumulates steam, Teslas stock turbulence is constantly on the amaze, Dale earnhardt jr . wants Millennials to look at a race, and Porsche thanks its lucky stars for SUVs following the break!
Maybe its not hip to be square
Any music snob will explain that selling out will internet the a lot of money, but it’ll bring your soul, man.
Subarus fortunes are soaring because of the recognition of their family-friendly wagons and sedans, however the all-wheel-drive infatuated car maker may be searching to allow its hair lower, reviews Vehicle and Driver:
Subaru is testing a first for the company: a prototype with a mid-mounted turbocharged boxer engine driving the rear wheels, and two electric motors powering the fronts.
Our source says that Subaru is testing the radical all-wheel-drive platform in a modified BRZ, since that’s the only rear-drive model in the current lineup. “Whether the end result will be a two-door sports coupe or some kind of sports crossover/CUV is still in the evaluation stage,” says our insider. “A coupe seems more likely, though.”
The mysterious offering, if built, would ride atop Subarus new global platform, and would challenge the notion that the company has lost the je ne sais quoi that once made it a quirky and treasured outlier.
Theres money in them there batteries
The electrical vehicle battery marketplace is todays same as Plastics! in 1967.
Battery providers are thirsty for the following car maker to dip its foot within the EV pool, and also the current putting in a bid war is fond of Porsches lengthy-range electric sports vehicle, reviews Bloomberg (via Automotive News):
Costs for the package offered by crosstown neighbor Bosch would be higher than the competing technology from Japanese peer Panasonic, which supplies Tesla’s batteries, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are confidential. The advantage to Bosch’s offer would be less-complex logistics.
“We’re in the final stage of making a decision,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said in an interview last week at the Geneva auto show. He declined to comment on the suppliers being considered.
Big Battery is going where the action is to court automakers. South Korean battery makers LG Chem Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Company are planning to build a factory in Europe, with Audi listed as a customer.
The other option is to do it yourself, which is the route Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler plans to take for its future vehicles.
Hop on the Tesla rollercoaster
If Teslas stock price was a physical entity, it would be the most popular ride at the theme park.
After going down, down, down at the start of the year, Teslas stock is now rocketing skyward, with little to warrant the surge in investor confidence, according to Business Insider:
(Tesla) started 2016 by getting clobbered, with its share price dropping by $100 to the $140s.
The reason was simple: Wall Street decided that for Tesla to grow in accordance with a $30-billion market cap, it needed to execute on building cars
But for the past 30 days, shares have been rebounding strongly, up a whopping 44% to $206 in trading on Thursday.
The see-sawing is the response to a pattern at Tesla, the author posits. Promising big and delivering less scares off investment when new vehicle deliveries hit snags, then attracts it back when the share prices are lower and a new vehicle is promised.
A note to nervous investors: your bank account has to be *this high* in order to get on this ride.
NASCAR tries to rekindle the flame
Maybe theyll try bikes?
The Great Recession hit NASCARs fan base hard, but demographics are preventing it from regaining its lost popularity, Business Insider reports:
Viewership across major networks has fallen by about a third, according to data cited by JP Morgan.
Attendance at races has also declined too, indicating that the decline in TV audience has not been offset by an increase in live audiences
Another NASCAR demographic trend cited by JP Morgan is that fans tend to skew older than other leagues: Only 14% of NASCAR fans are under 34, compared with 45% for the NBA, 37% for the NHL, and 29% for the NFL.
To get butts in seats, NASCAR is embarking on a Millennial outreach program to portray its races as a modern, connected experience, and not the ball-cap-beer-and-sideburns tailgatefest many have of the sport.
Porsche gives thanks to the SUV Gods
Its parent company is pulling its hair out, but its heady times at Porsche, all thanks to a gamble on SUVs that paid off in a big way.
The release of the Macan compact SUV and continuing popularity of its Cayenne led to a 25 percent sales surge in 2015 at Porsche, but the company remains cautious, Automotive News reports:
Following a boost last year from the rollout of the Macan compact SUV, delivery growth is set to slow this year. Porsche also faces substantial expenses for developing its first fully-electric model and expanding its manufacturing network.
Even so, a revamp of the brands 911 sports-car range and robust demand for its SUVs should help Porsche meet its 15 percent operating profit margin target in 2016 after achieving 16 percent last year, the automaker said.
Porsche continues to be on success course in the current year as well, CEO Oliver Blume said in the statement.
Porsches sales performance is a bright spot for parent company Volkswagen, which is grappling with the financial fallout of its diesel emissions scandal.