Is Hyundai thinking about buying FCA?

This is from a question posted on TFLcar.com’s “Ask Nathan” weekly post.

You can read the whole column (here).

Q:Hi Guys, it is true that Hyundai will buy FCA?

Is this for real? If it is true, what’s going to happen to Jeep and Ram?1!? I have nothing against Hyundai, but this seems like a drastic idea. Hyundai is known for smart sensible engineering. As Nathan puts it, everything Italian is built for an emotional connection. They are two completely different philosophies with Hyundai appealing to the brain and Fiat battling for your soul. Also =, with all the instability in Korea, is it such a good idea to absorb a company that American consumers are so reliant on?

What’s your take?

Love your Ike Gauntlet and off road shows!
‘Schmitty

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

N

 

A: Hi Schmitty!

Normally, emails take time to post, but your email is rather timely. I just caught wind of this through our friends at Carscoops.com. I investigated this rumor and found out that – yes – there is some truth to the rumor.

My take? If this happens (and that’s a big “IF”), I think Hyundai would gradually make changes to allow the cash-cows of FCA (Jeep and Ram) to expand a bit while they get rid of models that are undesirable or competitive with their brands. I think they would kill off vehicles like the Fiat 500L, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Journey and more. They would plan to platform-share as well; perhaps something like a Chrysler sedan based on a Genesis platform?

There are lots of possibilities. The bottom line in my book is: this could be a good thing. It would make Hyundai the largest automaker on the planet, add to FCA’s financial stability and it would give Hyundai something its wanted for decades, a competitive pickup truck.

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Updates for the 2017 Concorso Italiano – taking place on Saturday, Aug 19th 2017

Once again, Autowerkz.TV will cover the 2017 Concorso Italiano. One of the largest gatherings of classic Italian automobiles, the Concorso Italiano is one of the gems of the Monterey Car Week. The event takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey Bay California.

This year is an exciting year for Lamborghini lovers around the world as we celebrate 50 years ago when Lamborghini introduced vertically opening doors for the first time on the Marzal prototype, star of many auto shows and driven by Prince Rainier of Monaco, with Princess Grace at his side, to open the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in 1967. Also, 30 years ago, in 1987, Lamborghini was purchased by Chrysler and Lamborghini began design of the 3.5 liter V12 engine for the French Formula 1 team Larrousse.

Roger Wiersema and Michael Palmieri, Co-Chief Judges for the Lamborghini Club America (LCA), coordinated by Andrew Romanowski, President of LCA, will lead the LCA judging effort with the support of an experienced and highly talented team of judges covering approximately five classes of vintages and types. LCA judging is open to all Lamborghinis and will be judged using the LCA judging instructions and scoring sheet available at the LCA website.

Winners are eligible to receive a beautiful LCA Award trophy and Concorso audience recognition as they drive across the Concorso stage to receive their award.  If you are not already registered for Concorso, please visit our website and register today.  After you have registered for Concorso, please let the LCA judges know if you plan to have your car judged at:  concoursjudging@lamborghiniclubamerica.com. There is no LCA judging registration fee but there will be a limit to the number of cars in each LCA judging class, so Lamborghini owners who want their cars judged at Concorso by LCA are strongly urged to let the LCA judges know so you are put on the top of the list and avoid being shut out. Registration will be at the LCA tent at Concorso on Saturday August 19th, between 9:00am and 9:30am.

HOT BREAKFAST!

CI Club members receive the ultimate VIP experience as the best Concorso Italiano has to offer, including the ONLY place at the event to have a sit down hot breakfast and early admission to the event.

Come early and watch the final exhibited vehicles set up while enjoying your morning coffee, a hot breakfast and access to the exclusive bar available only to CI Club members. Of course, the delicious lunch to enjoy while overlooking the event, as well as complimentary admission the Friday Evening reception to mingle with fellow VIP enthusiasts while watching the final preparations for the Concorso.

Only a few tickets to the CI Club are still available, so if you are exhibiting your car you can upgrade your admission, or for attendees, choose the CI Club option to sign up for this special opportunity available only to club members.

Al Fresco Lunch – deadline fast approaching

This feature at Concorso Italiano has quickly become a fan favorite as an alternative to the food pavilion dining option.  This is an advanced purchase option only and the tickets for this option will be available only for one more week until August 11, or until sold out!

Our exclusive Al Fresco luncheon is sponsored by Grundy Insurance for you to enjoy while you are celebrating all things Italian with us. There will be an exciting menu of delectable food available for you dine on, such as Chicken Forestier and penne pasta with a lusciously creamy sauce, accompanied by garden-fresh mixed greens and a lovely dish of skillfully sautéed vegetables.

Relax and enjoy your day with us as you dine on the delectable foods expertly cooked for your palate by The Flying Artichoke, paired with the exquisite wine that has been brought to you by Esser wines.

Tickets are selling fast, so enjoy a delicious lunch and enjoy it al fresco!

Click here to purchase: Al Fresco Luncheon

Finally:

For 2017, the famous Concorso Italiano Fashion show developed by Katrina Couch and Bettina McBee, will once again provide an inviting selection of women, men’s and children’s fashions ranging from the exquisite and unique to casual, fun to fancy and some spectacular jewelry to catch your eye. Plan early to have a seat at the stage to enjoy the exciting music and fashion presentation that is sure to please!

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – On Track For A Few Laps And In My Heart Forever [Team Clearcoat]

If you’ve read about cars for any length of time, you’ll begin to recognize all the ways writers try to describe how a car feels. It has some sort of human characteristic, or maybe it tells you about its own history. Sometimes, there are metaphors. But it all means the same thing. This car isn’t just a mechanically advantageous way of transporting you and your things, it’s alive. Maybe you’re skeptical of all this navel-gazing in car reviews – they’re just machines, after all. Well screw you, unimaginative straw man, I’m here to tell you every over-the-top analogy and tortured metaphor have been justified. Cars have all been made by Geppetto, and now they really are real boys. They all have souls and temperaments and opinions and can also become extensions of our undeserving bodies. I can tell you all of this because I recently drove 4 laps of a race track in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Sploosh.

I drove the fastest of the new Giulias during a press event at Denver’s High Plains Raceway, along with a wide variety of other cars. Most of them were capable track tools, and all of them were fun. But only the Alfa had an electricity about it from the moment I touched the door handle. Everything you do in the car feels special. This isn’t the fastest car I’ve ever driven around a race track — hell, I suspect it wasn’t the fastest car I drove THAT DAY. It also isn’t the prettiest car, or the most expensive, or the most anything else. But here’s the thing: it is without question the best car I’ve ever driven. It’s also incredibly difficult to explain why.

Not sure what this plant is, but pretty sure it’s illicit.

Walking up to the Giulia, I wasn’t immediately certain it was a pretty car. It’s stunning, and you definitely won’t lose it in a parking lot of BMWs and Mercedes. But whether or not you find it attractive says more about you than the Giulia. Call it the Benedict Cumberbatch of cars. The interior is a different story. It won’t stand up to rigorous scrutiny, but I couldn’t care less. The things that really matter, the pedals, the steering wheel, the driving position, and oh god those shift paddles are all perfectly judged. Who cares if everything else shakes apart around you in 10,000 miles?

Sorry, my dumb reflection ruins this amazing view.

Any gripes you manage to come up with are forgiven once you’re moving. Pulling out on track, I immediately felt comfortable pushing the car. That confidence remained through the deep chills the first time I stomped on the brake pedal to activate the massive carbon-ceramics. Grabbing gears with those amazing aluminum paddles was a joy. The steering is just perfect. The balance is exactly where you want it. And the sensation of speed perfectly matched the amazing growl from the exhaust. Even when it moves around underneath you (and it will!), the confidence remains and you’re rewarded with an amazing bit of feedback through your seat. You have to be paying attention, but you will be because everything feels so damn great. An alien invasion could have happened right there at the track and I wouldn’t have noticed.

The things these brakes do to the bottom of your foot…

Honestly, I’m running out of ways to be effusive about the Giulia. But, we’re here, let’s give it a shot: I’ve never driven a car that is at once exciting, confidence inspiring, and challenging quite like this car. And now, I need to lie down for a little while.

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For the full breakdown of our press day, you can listen to episode 96 of the TeamClearCoat podcast at all the podcast places, YouTube, or here: http://media.blubrry.com/teamclearcoat/files.teamclearcoat.com/podcasts/96-WeGetIt.mp3

Two friends podcasting about car culture and their own attempts at modifying, racing, and fixing things they probably broke in the first place.