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To welcome to fox car for a lot and their guests who automotive editor here foxnews.com.
With me today in studio.
Sort of consumer search automotive editor Alex Nunez and -- could just -- automotive journalist a little bit later in the show to be joined by William tiger.
He's the plant manager of the General Motors Baltimore operations.
They just put a new solar plant.
On top of their electric motor player we -- more.
But what's going on down there a couple of hundred million dollars investments -- going to -- -- big investment down there.
Because they're going forward their hybrid cars but the other bit of Harvard news -- Sugar Bowl will be talking about that.
It does well but does some good news for Nissan and you go there's indeed if you -- little bit of cash -- she broke the story yesterday on consumer search.
Dot com apparently when -- -- bought the Nissan duke if you -- one of the first people to buy it they didn't tell you that if you get the all wheel drive version of the scar.
It's -- much smaller gas tank than the four wheel drive version thirteen and -- down to seven -- eleven -- -- Eleven point.
We love this car this is probably the only negative aspect of -- -- that it does have a pretty small range compared to some other cars on the road 250 miles -- -- impediment immature little little shorter than usually get.
In some cars particularly suvs but as a result 4000 -- -- donors who bought the all wheel drive version before they change the advertisements are very.
That is the specification sheets are getting how much back.
They're getting 400 dollars and Nissan has sent these customers a letter.
Explaining that some promotional and marketing materials and other materials meaning some actual when -- stickers from what I understand.
Displayed the larger gas tank capacity on all wheel drive -- And anybody that purchase their car during the it was that apparently during the first couple months production of this stuff was out there.
So anybody who purchase their cars during that period of time is getting you a letter.
That explains what happens -- apologizes.
And includes a check for 400 dollars from -- side.
As a I'm sorry you don't please forgive us use 400 dollars -- you know I've got to think the car back into -- there was Philadelphia where you don't like that you'll we purchased the car from you -- for whatever the current you don't value his or apply that repurchase value towards another -- -- -- Interest thing play by Nissan kind of shows how competitive things are to Cleveland Japanese auto makers are little limited on the supply and this is one of the cars that are -- pare back.
There -- So you know predict but it just think your 400 dollars we're predictable but that number.
It's like eighteen to 28000 dollar car depend on the -- -- free to forward journalist -- we're going to be mid twenties.
We're taking over the 400 troops exactly.
It's a lot of gas -- live in Israel that small gas tank you know even with the current -- -- gas prices so it's that.
I think it's it it's -- really Smart PR play by Nissan.
-- know most people are just going to be very happy.
Because I know that gas tank -- -- that's appear usually look at when I go shopping for car that all the people probable we were happy about how little they were paying for it take to get us.
And I realized how small the -- your guess is these days right.
Gas prices apparently affecting sales to some extent.
Plus accommodation with the issues over Japan and others still trying to get things back together over there for the earthquake and the nuclear crisis.
In the country but does JD power now saying that sales in May retail sales have really fallen off the charts again we've -- over 111000.
-- of -- sales eleven million I should say down under ten again now.
A lot of this having to do to supply issues I imagine but I think the four dollar gasoline.
And if -- -- flat economy still probably effectiveness is well.
There are there were dismal this clause that was.
-- jets dismal mean it's obviously.
It's better than last -- that seems to be the overall theme that yes it was down gas prices are you know sales are down from what they were.
There's the asset -- -- they are there in the annualized rate.
But -- to a dismal I don't know that I read that and again I have very few -- just make sure that the I mean it's it's not a huge surprise gas spiked.
They were there still is a lack of inventory.
Side some sort of I don't know -- get a splashy headline I don't think it's it's a huge negative that this is going to be -- long term problem.
That car sales are dismal.
I don't know I mean what what's your take that.
Let's focus on one.
We've heard so much -- again.
Expensive gas you know it's gonna favor you know if you're gonna buy car you're you're favored by smaller car more economical car -- you usually do is spend less.
You know on that car then you you know then probably the automakers would like to see everybody buying.
The fully -- 45000 dollars you -- pick up truck purses you know and 191000 dollars from our.
You know -- -- I think those days are gone and it -- I think that trend in the to downsize.
Is a good thing but I don't think they don't necessarily mean.
You know auto makers are -- -- and yet and I'm making as much as you know GM is making less than a cruise and and escalate I'm sure but I think overall and again it's just seem to be a a very.
Negative outlook for one month that that there were no real surprises Japan and still struggling to recover and.
I mean it's no secret that production it's gonna it's gonna take months for.
Japanese production to get back you know to full swing which you know that's in effect a lot of cars that are popular like his stuff like the Prius and things like that cars that -- You don't then would you would imagine would sell extremely well.
Right now with you know gas before.
She's is funny when you drive fast car dealerships and you see all the cars and there are a lot to think that some of those cars are shorts and happy -- can't -- them and be part of it is if you want to order your own.
Car you color -- want the interior want that's gonna take along that they're not make it right now.
You're kind of look on that and if you -- vital -- and probably have a little book warlock was was it -- the people are literally dying like dictator Prius off the truck as it was rolling into dealer lot I've read that a couple times and -- up their efforts of anecdotal stuff with that.
But -- should be crazy so where in some dealers are we don't.
Being banished them you know as soon as their rivals -- I have a friend who was shopping for.
And he had found dealers had to do was getting one but the next -- dealer told them is gone an hour after.
-- -- -- -- -- is a version of the -- that cost more than the based version gets a little bit better fuel economy but it looks really good that 42 miles down highway has over the course of the year it's really -- stimulate 200 dollars right here in fuel.
But again coming -- -- where this.
Marketing is that what -- -- fuel economy cars another study -- right now report from AT turning another analysis group saying that as a -- -- those issues in Japan there's 200000.
Cars up for grabs now.
That Nissan Honda Toyota and the other Japanese brands are going to be able to produce and -- the United States this year pretty thinks the biggest beneficiary of that American brands are.
-- Sunday I think all of -- -- because they all have new products out or coming out very soon you know this summer you're gonna start seeing a lot of -- -- so.
With the American bridge of the new focus you have cars like the -- it's been -- for awhile.
You know cars like the fiesta that's been out for awhile and -- and Kia Hyundai they continued just introduced very high quality new products.
-- one after the other so.
You know -- slack is gonna get there's no one's gonna have any trouble picking up that slack I don't think anybody really dominates it you know more than anyone else -- just because there's a lot of new product.
Wanted to decisions with Kia Hyundai they're not.
In a position really declared -- volume as much as the domestic brands are they probably.
Pretty much -- with a good decent and here this year and -- -- only adjusted so much so they would probably actually be jumping on this a lot more if they can provided they've almost got their -- supply problem there not a problem just waiting to play for them but you know when they hear there's 2000 cars up for grabs.
They can't make another to a dozen cars this year and get them to the United States -- -- and Volkswagen to.
I had I was thinking the same thing like the crews.
That the focus PS that.
On the folks I mean this is a good opportunity for them to it because really ambitious sales targets I forget all the numbers but they wanna sell a lot more cars in the states and not -- you know -- -- anybody out -- eighteen minutes to Canada that had a lot of journalists don't like because it's supposed to have been done dumb down.
Perhaps it's a top -- selling car and I mean they're definitely on the ball here and make you know you gotta think -- taken themselves from Toyota and some of these other.
Japanese -- -- might be in trouble and usher in the new beetle I guess that's coming out -- you know been in the -- I guess but that you know.
Volkswagen is sort of I've forgotten -- to -- them but definitely the Americans.
-- Auto makers but you have -- -- -- some of the chairman makes this could be good and mean -- in the new beetle.
There's a whole slew of new small cars in America have to do this you look at everything -- just affordability and a lot of it just do -- style.
You and I we're on the launch of the new Fiat 500 convertible this week.
Can't talk about what we thought of the car because there's a part of our largest are often as the we'll have a report for that on -- next week but we can talk about the Fiat 500.
Because it is out there this is that -- to America.
Done so in Europe since 2007 I think the -- and came out but are also here in the United States just going to be introducing me -- convertible version.
In a couple weeks of -- -- -- thing going on in this these cars -- still pretty well they started around 161000 dollars convertibles -- 20000 dollars yourself.
But over and you're up.
They're taking -- to the next level now will we talk to the people from Fiat you know they'll tell you that people behind -- and a style standpoint.
But he had a lot of people that own Ferrari's.
And -- -- and currently that -- them as their daily driver.
Got this is during the week to get the -- on the weekend so there's a whole new class of super mini card now that's catering to these rich people who -- driving the cars on the weekend.
-- and they're fast cars -- the weekend.
There more economical cars during the week one version of the Fiat 500 is that right there the tribute -- Ferrari now again the 500 starts -- 1520 does not this one sells and Italy for 50000.
Basically dress up like a Ferrari.
It's got a much higher horsepower engine as -- 180 horsepower the rewards get a hundred horsepower but fifty grand for car that starts at fifteen to 20000 dollars.
Aston Martin's on the same.
Plan with the Aston -- -- this is every day edged version of the Toyota IQ which is about the size of a sport for two.
-- -- Toyota here soon not be Aston Martin again another 50000 dollar car.
Just dressed up and leather.
A lot of luxury this what is really have an extra performance stupidest of the former mayor of it obviously looks like testimonial we've been talking about how obvious the -- held at the same this was the only plug it doesn't look like I -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Exactly nobody judges are they can't make it was a simple event on the side.
And that drill are also -- getting into the game you know -- owned by BMW.
Rolls Royce also owned by BMW this is the -- good would conspired addition.
Which good what is really -- the -- sources so it's just up and all sorts of -- and letters inside and again fifty.
Thousand dollars -- we're not -- he's gonna hurt here yet.
Do you think American consumers would go for this sort of thing and it -- you know these are going to be limited volume 2002000.
And that sort of thing it do you -- the you know the conspicuous consumer here in the United States is gonna want this is -- -- driver of the -- were -- on the weekend.
You -- it all comes down to what they wanna spend in terms of -- fueling their cars I know it sounds ridiculous because.
T have a 400000 dollar Rolls Royce phantom he really cared you know but sportscaster.
Anything like that but you know.
Some people can are concerned about appearances and back I think and they don't wanna be too ostentatious.
Punitive or they would prefer -- to us in position on the weekend.
So maybe something like that works out.
I don't think it really catches on.
Larger than in you know on a larger scale than what you said -- as it limited production thing -- Where there isn't building cash day you know where I don't think you can -- CO.
A full production you know 50000 dollars Mini Cooper.
You know you can public option a Mini Cooper of course and -- you know who but but you follow what I'm saying and as that as long as these are sort of rare cars and in their own right.
They'll always be you know an attraction regardless of what kind of car it is at the at the end of the day.
I think basically a lot of rich people live in cities and they have been asked and they have a land regaining.
But in a city environment be it potholes or.
And had to travel is that you know going up parking ramp or when that you'll cause thousands of dollars in damage your -- or whatever exotic not to -- -- -- But you know it's still status symbol it's still over the top but it's easier to park it sort of -- I mean depending what you think about these things fifty grand for many.
Is it sort of anti cool is it is it's so bizarre that.
I don't know I mean it's it's a lot of marketing and I guess if you really want one of these you could probably forward.
The big daddy Rolls Royce -- the regular Aston and things and you know first and asked -- -- in going in and get a Signet.
-- this it and it is only sold.
She's people who you know yeah nobody on the list so they can -- -- -- don't you think of it -- all policy they got -- -- you have your anti disaster area you know and then.
You know you -- Nazi park your Aston -- you know the vantage you know on the outskirts.
And when you need to venture into Central London -- wherever you get in gear to -- here.
Craig carton here it's your driver follows you -- your CNET and you're going in the.
You know another car economy car that sort of appeals to across the board -- everybody drives a Toyota Prius Hollywood celebrities and people actually looking for.
To see little money on the gas bill Chevrolet Volt sort of fun in its way into that same area.
They're actually closing the Chevrolet Volt plant per month.
Starting in June June -- -- to be retooling and subsidy to build more -- those are going to be building.
The 2013 Chevy Malibu inept player right now they -- the Buick -- mayor and the cat like he's he has very odd to see those big -- -- -- those homers and shouldn't have made an exhibition revolt being produced.
-- -- -- 3000 volts so far -- -- and hit 161000 by the end of the year some are gonna need to finish strong this year they've got thirteen got more to make.
And delivered by the end of December atop a little bit of you have a big changes there are lots investment Libya exporting cars and -- well.
Changes that another one of General Motors plants.
This is the General Motors Baltimore operations.
We build transmissions as well as electric motors for the big two mode hybrid.
Hybrid trucks with us now is.
William tiger he's the plant manager of the General Motors Baltimore operations thanks for joining us there will.
Be here so all along with what you've been doing their big investments in the -- itself.
You also got a new solar array of -- top understanding open up this week.
Yes we just little slave started Monday night with a one point two megawatt solar array on putt on -- -- Now is that he has bought or is that something you -- in conjunction with the local power company on the come together.
Actually we're working -- partnership with constellation energy.
Told the they're looking to get more renewable energy you know we -- a roof that we normally call yourself.
And so worked really -- a -- partnership they wanted to get more renewable energy.
We're always looking to do things that are hopeful bill helping them -- the -- a good example.
But -- book the plan would go -- long history of trying to be left -- we will elect democratic are so perfect trip.
Hello I think he'll vote Baltimore renewed -- about solar energy being more about the desert but I guess you know any open space there if you get enough -- the -- the other day you can make some decent amount energy right.
I'll have to look a little -- -- real we have a lot of energy there that's for sure to how much of the -- -- -- -- recover from those pedals.
We will have much -- a typical sunny day will get about twenty to 20%.
Of our energy from solar panel which pretty amazing when you think about.
They amount to war we have here a machine Nolan can -- students -- and -- assembly for two different.
Is this the sort of thing actually good save money in the whole world -- is it -- more about being environmentally conscious.
No actually save money for all -- we know we're buying and the electricity -- pretty much go -- rate.
But it turned -- everybody pay income distribution -- on here and conceived.
You know if you look at distribution -- electric transportation cost to build a -- a whole -- to go from the roof down to the floor.
You -- you -- -- put a wildlife refuge and on the playgrounds as well what's that all about.
Absolutely we've got area here we go up on them from treason we can that there are other things the week we could do.
Really do we're pretty close could have -- a wildlife have a -- that we could get certified.
We partnered with a local elementary school in here and had -- their science class fifth grade science class come in here plan a couple hundred trees.
From Detroit -- local followed flowers and mugged murdered -- cannot stop.
Yeah and that we should be certified as a wildlife habitat.
-- plateau for it.
Now alone with these solar panel ready euros against an investment into the plant operations itself -- exactly were you guys -- -- -- there.
-- -- we get so we could really build it we -- elephant transmission that former product plan from the community.
Credit -- -- The hybrid transmission.
We've now been moved we will be upgrading to the next generation hybrid transmission can be call for -- It's about 20% -- -- but 20% more powerful and allowed the packages and two older vehicles as well and lowering the cost.
Along with the -- in the transmission.
Record gonna start moving and be electric motor manufacturing.
Hear from all -- currently at some technical -- and actually we bring him back here to Maryland manufacturing -- here in the states.
So as far as the the hybrid.
Voters are concerned.
General Motors obviously stick with that move forward that having those do you build your down -- -- can't build -- here a year.
I don't know what that what we announced -- at any announcement we announcement will be.
Come up to 80000 -- here and we're looking editor at the start.
You know you got.
Hybrid car plant over a downer for me in Delaware the sister car company any -- you could shift some of those it to them.
Really really bad leadership -- anywhere.
-- -- No that's actually pretty big number and especially based on the -- hybrid sales in the United States which I guess are growing.
Lot of excitement down there how much money did worth -- for this program.
-- -- out 200.
Billion dollar total time William -- Portland General Motors Baltimore operations -- called in today -- having -- appreciate it.
General -- not come up short on me you know electric got -- let us know where it doesn't out of there is little while -- etc.
from my vacation to that plan we have a wildlife refuge I think you're gonna say they're like pandas or tigers or something there because a lot of these guys and they'll tell you the last these days and -- -- is talking about their -- Believe I get a little details that there's that kind of stuff and of the Rolls Royce the group would plan to help save what -- -- a living roof where the whole group is.
Is brief you with organic do with plants and every radio again -- Baltimore you go there you expected Dickensian sweatshops you know you can tell that industrial and the standard.
I think John Waters.
And people can make things anymore or did things just make themselves -- you know not picturing you either of these lists all clean.
Nobody's greasy you're anything like right when all of our all that all images are just what as far as flying into reporting America.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And really just the last couple because we were gonna -- a hundred years and get back twenty years these places were lets think here.
Did they are now I do want to mention another car the General Motors is working at least rumored to -- -- to the United States -- a couple of years ago Saturday.
Corporation was basically becoming hopeful America -- -- European -- -- -- import everything made there one who is the -- It was very -- compact car get very good fuel economy actually this came -- the last time gas was four dollars a gallon.
120 miles Gelman everybody else is getting 35 didn't sell well -- -- -- -- sold like eight or 101000 movies and other bigger government -- back as a Buick.
The Buick -- already populated by a number of -- -- brands.
-- really refresh themselves fair but can they go this far down could they go to the Compaq three door hatchback car and make -- case for.
As a -- sure they can't Lexus is doing it with that CT hybrid.
And that -- adult they will make it it will be pretty nice as a Buick.
Buick has you -- come to the understanding that.
Going base it's really not in their interest as you can play as you can see with the lacrosse for example that CX is gone.
You know some others just to -- it's a single trim level you -- with with.
You have different engine choices.
So I think -- -- -- the new master which is nice and which is nicer looking.
Right off the bat than the than the previous Astra.
If they'd do it up nice and it's set up into with an interior days of the same audience the regal the -- I don't think I don't think it's a structure.
I think it would have been a better Pontiac I do I think it's a shame that GM I know they had to do what they had to do they went through some very lean times.
Got rid of Hummer.
You know held on to -- because it basically -- sales in China -- Oldsmobile has gone Pontiac -- Saturn went away I think.
You're seeing the team has some pretty cool cars.
But now they're having to put them all into -- -- Or how are put it Buick badge on them I think this would have made a fantastic kind of -- a -- -- a -- -- but I really think.
You know as they entered.
You know building better cars and cooler cars that then they're missing those extra France right now are I think they will in turn three years and it could be -- to see if we have.
Now spread a rumor nobody else had never know inside Bynum is but if if you saw the return of client just because some of these cars yet would be a great -- I agree.
I think would be a better timing back yes it's funny because I just feel like again.
Large part because of its success over in China but its success here was always among the older brother and you know -- him.
People don't think that's cool but there's a lot of 607080.
In the United States that -- -- -- these big looks cars that -- is moving away from you know the bill that commute to assert their only old time car left.
At the -- that the -- volts built that figure be replacing that soon as well and and that's got to Buick is a whole new brand now with the old.
Buick today and you know when you look at the -- particularly three door hatchback not -- kind of -- Americans like to buy even people who buy.
The economy cars don't tend to go for the three door hatchback Volkswagen Golf perfect example of that people don't -- the golf and by the Jeddah -- had something like.
When is it to the wonders for three -- one matches that the golf sales -- -- -- just -- to see what they were cracked -- that they -- they haven't capitalized assessment -- smaller credit if you agree I -- see in them but those of the road and it was a -- and that -- is going to be a nice car to the one that's coming to respond to one slots and everything.
What's that based on is that I'm sorry that's certainly based I think it shares most of the crews architecture that's and it's not gonna happen the same house.
Woman you don't have to do with the utilities cars is by imported cars.
They can bring you -- here's an import brands are not personas of -- but if they worry -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- story here.
-- a couple of diplomats not really diplomats.
Being investigated here in the New York area believe.
Because they were posing as diplomats to go buy expensive cars like Porsche is like with.
Lexus is and using the diplomat discount that those brands offer.
This is an exclusive story on foxnews.com.
-- -- on a website right now so they're gonna survive forces here for like 6768000.
Should come over to Russia for about ten grand assisting people over there smuggle them into Russian and then there's -- there for a 15000 -- 80000.
Holders using -- diplomatic papers -- -- expect us.
You let -- -- them clever skit has had to try this when I was getting an iPad two.
I should -- claimed diplomatic I don't know immunity or something because.
Getting I don't know if you heard this turns out that it's like I'm slightly smaller scale people were there.
Basically shipping people on the buy these things -- and shipping off to China for -- so.
You know I had I should have thought of that accident that I should just -- his cousins and relatives.
Move things up and I would say that I'm wedges are aware of the session of the -- to -- us -- -- -- Can park wherever and it doesn't matter who witnessed with the -- -- has dark yes yes right so you can buy your discounted portion of the interview client -- save some money is it harder or become a fake diplomat.
I'm happy -- -- got a guest of that is the direct and often the only thing I presume the next day he gets free cars -- -- -- -- -- -- love ins to different businesses is good stuff another note -- Porsche and delivering up heroes of the weekend there were over auto blog I got you guys have a story out.
That the next generation -- 9/11 which is coming move -- thirteen basically we're expecting it next year.
That's the latest version of the current model.
It's gonna have an all hybrid lineup using the curse system losing her -- from their race car this is -- it was a hybrid the way we think of it.
Basically when you break it's got to fly -- aboard some of the battery spins up -- you burst of energy when you want to accelerate for six to ten seconds or so.
Chances -- doing the entire not a little minor but this technology doesn't exist on the.
And I mean I don't know.
I can see portion doing 9/11 but that sort of technology.
There's a reason why they reached a car -- with that set up I'm sure it will eventually trickle down -- for the whole 9/11 lineup having that.
You know when I see it you know then.
Don't I won't be more confident and believe it.
And it alive big deal about the -- I believe his four inches longer a threat that was and that it basically we just just to make the rear seat finally -- Possible and we'll talk about tax deductions again that's basically to get a deal and your insurance right to have the backseat in the -- -- I think the only this -- can't sit in those things like I guess that that architecture make it easy to put an end in any portion of the wheelbase is that long.
They could put it and I am helpless -- constituting as it does spin comes.
And then when you break it stands now generates electricity for this electric version for we'll.
That's probably a very cool sound I don't know that I will live with it -- car I'm sure it would be very well insulated from the passenger compartment having a flux capacitor on -- the car -- -- -- Nunez who could just give thanks for joining us today.
Listen next week.
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Its name is one of automotive -- Shelby GT pretty good.
First worn by the Ford Mustang in the mid 1960s.
It was the car that turned the pony car into a race car.
And originals often sell for prices in excess of 300000.
Note to celebrate its 45 anniversary she'll be Americans but the name and much more on the modern mustang.
So what makes a mustang worthy of the story GT 315 day well.
Unique body -- custom -- exhaust the Ford racing super charger that increases horsepower from -- twelve.
If you can live without -- warranty 600.
And 24 but power is easy.
Would you do if that's the hard.
Look this thing everything -- like playing it straight.
But that's what it's until -- -- -- turns that's really Benson.
Doesn't fully rebuild.
-- spammers will want.
-- still be specific crater wheels wrapped Goodyear super car -- It just doesn't return goes right where you want to win and it's hard to believe and that's the big -- -- months.
-- -- wasn't designed for racing like the original but it was designed for racetracks it's totally up to the and -- mentioning crescendo of undergraduate.
I've never drove one of the originals but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this one's been.
Although they have one of those original -- extra.
Of course to turn a 30000 dollars showroom stock mustang and one of these gonna cost you a couple bucks about another 30000 dollars.
Hang onto it for 45 years who knows what it -- -- one.
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