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Everything posted by kyle

  1. We must run in the same circle because always getting hit up for various focus groups around town and getting a free sandwich and $50 visa card is pretty sweet!
  2. Great commercial by the folks over in the UK. well done.
  3. I live in the county where this verdict happened and coincidentally, after my beer league hockey game Sunday night, one of my players is an attorney and knows this guy. Discussion kept going on about how long this has been going on and what a potential nightmare for Ford this could be. Never good publicity.
  4. Well it could of been 5 and they were factoring in dealer markup!!
  5. I am in Memphis this week and ran into a guy shaping dirt at Blue Oval City so I took a ride up there today. The place is friggin massive and goes on forever. He said there were a few dozen pieces of equipment and I saw a few cranes in the distance. Could not get any photos due to the distance but will be fun if I can watch it come together. Not impressed with the balance of the area and not sure where they are going to get the labor they will need to make this all come together, let alone the infrastructure that will play a part in this project.
  6. Well this investigation just launched so that is the relevancy. May not seem like much but 50 fires is 50 fires and fires are not that common with any modern automobile.
  7. Is it surprising anyone that Ford is wanting to split the dealer body and rewrite their franchise agreements? Feel bad for a lot of the dealer's out there, but the model needs to change. Maybe us 50-80 year old's still want to deal with all the clunkiness of a typical dealer, but talking with anyone under the age of 40 and their world perspective is completely different.
  8. Nice solid effort here and the D side profile looks a lot like my Telluride. They've really cleaned up the center stack and down to just a few manual knobs/buttons.
  9. Love the name and upgrades......small missed detail was Ford should of put graphics from the Everglades on the start up screens instead of mountains.
  10. I have no idea why but thinking it is along the lines they have always had this and it gets better AM reception or something. My pet peeve and I own it, but their EV 150 is their most advanced truck and just screams 1970's to me at least.
  11. The previous comment HRG quoted indicated it would not sell-doing this between meetings on the road:). I agree with you about who will be more comfortable with buying the Ford versus Silverado. I’m not sure about who rolls out the 400 mile range first though but it is changing almost daily. I just wish Ford got rid of the goddamn antenna!
  12. Anyone that thinks this won’t sell in huge numbers is going to be wrong. The specs are better than Ford’s and deserve credit. The advantage for Ford is this won’t get up and running for awhile.
  13. Not that it meant much but I had two and loved the midgate. Side pockets hardly ever used but midgate went down way more than I anticipated. I'm impressed with the new Silverado. Have a buddy working as a supplier to this thing and they’ve been pushing this product hard for 2 years now trying to catch Ford. Now let’s see how much the Chevy dealers put on their addendums:)
  14. I’d definitely find a used transmission and local shop to have it installed. Here is a site I used a lot when I had my independent shop years ago. not sure what combo you need but fix the car first before you trade flip it or you will never get top dollar. I’d leave out the fact I changed transmissions since this alone would concern me as a buyer. good luck https://www.car-part.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi
  15. Why can we be told our washer tank is low and we cannot have a warning pop up on the dash saying "your lights are off and it is dark you dumbass." Rental car companies almost across the board turn off the headlights and customer's don't even realize they are running around town without their lights on.....very dangerous.
  16. The legacy OEM's needs the big dealer groups as much as they need the OEM. In years past, several OEM's did not want to have so many of their brands controlled by a handful of dealer groups, but that has declined, IMO, since many of these dealer groups do a great job of elevating the standards they set. Hendrick Automotive is a great example of this.
  17. Interesting optics and if it was as easy as filing a lawsuit not sure why this has not already occurred and proceeded to be such a slam dunk win. I've never thought of them being a supplier to other OEM's, and would think they would find an independent dealer network first (AutoNation, Sonic, etc.) first. Many of those are public traded companies and would obviously benefit tremendously.
  18. I think this is directly related to Biden’s tax incentive for building EV’s in union plants as much as any other reason.
  19. not sure how this plays out but you are assuming Tesla loses that lawsuit and I’m not so sure. Ford bought up dealers in a few markets around 10 plus years ago and there was a ton of push back from their network and Ford quickly exited owning their own points. Do you think Tesla just exits certain states? I don’t see that happening and the demand is to strong for their products and others coming into the market. I would be interested to hear others that are tied to the dealer network that can comment on this that may have other thoughts. Having worked for several OEM’s in regional positions I’m aware of the strength of the dealer network and franchise laws. I’m just perplexed that there has not been a concentrated effort to address this years ago.
  20. So you are saying that the dealer's don't care right now cause everything is rosy but when sales tank in maybe 9 months, so whatever the date is, they will sue Tesla in that respective state and force Tesla to stop selling in that state or what? They will never use a dealer network and I strongly believe if the dealer network was frightened 5 years ago by Tesla, they sure as hell are now and not waiting for their sales to drop to take action. I think some states will support the dealer network and their franchise rights (more left leaning states for sure) but other's not so much.
  21. They can sue them but I think they won’t win or else they would of already halted this in many states. I’m not as convinced as I once was that having a dealer is as much of an advantage as it was previously. Full disclosure I’ve worked for various OEM’s supporting dealers efforts so this is not a statement said lightly.
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