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Everything posted by akirby

  1. 2-3 years behind Ford? Sounds about right. Why does GM start so many things but then either abandon them or never finish them? It's like they have no corporate strategy just a bunch of independent vehicle developers. First electric vehicle - abandoned. First mild hybrids. Never did full hybrids. Volt - 50 mile plug in hybrid. Never expanded tech to other vehicles except for ELR which was a disaster. Bolt - 200 mile BEV. Never expanded tech to other vehicles (until now). Wouldn't surprise me if the new stuff is totally different and Bolt was just abandoned anyway. Bankruptcy never changed that mindset for some reason.
  2. I'm no expert but I think the exchange rate comes more into play when taking US profits back to SK or sending parts or imported vehicles here.
  3. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    Further than I thought but it's a relatively tiny battery pack. It's an assist feature, not a primary propulsion.
  4. I guess you missed the memo. Hackett publicly stated many times that Ford was going after a 8% - 10% profit margin and products that couldn't contribute to that would be eliminated. That's why we're getting more premium products like the mustang GT500 and BEVs and Baby Bronco and Bronoc and the Aviator GT. Last time I checked Toyota was around 4%. I would assume the SK brands are in the same range or lower. Combine that with government assistance in SK and currency exchange rates and it's easy to see why they're priced lower in most cases.
  5. With the new labor contracts from 10 years ago, the labor cost difference is minimal. Although I wonder how much it costs them to negotiate and manage the UAW contracts. I would imagine it's not insignificant.
  6. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    About it not being a plug in hybrid capable of going 20 miles on battery power? 1000%. Whether the battery range is a few hundred feet or a bit more than that I'm not sure, that was a guess. But it's not miles and miles.
  7. I don't see people buying these for long road trips. They'll be daily drivers or 2nd/3rd vehicles that will be charged at home.
  8. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    It's a hybrid, not a PHEV. You can't go more than a few hundred feet on battery power alone.
  9. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    Escape should use a E-CVT and an Atkinson cycle engine. Explorer uses the integrated 10 speed regular tranny with electric motor,
  10. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    Nope. I think they’re completely different.
  11. When one vehicle (or twins from the same company) are priced significantly lower than most of the competition then it’s reasonable to presume they’re selling below cost. I’d say it’s a good short term strategy to attract buyers in a segment they haven’t competed in before, But that’s also not sustainable. If Ford dropped prices on any product by $5k sales would increase. Simple economics. They’re buying market share. That doesn’t mean Explorer Limited and Platinum aren’t overpriced - seems they are.
  12. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28409341/2020-chevy-corvette-c8-mid-engine-photos-info/
  13. akirby

    Annoying reviewers!

    I could barely hear our 2003 Aviator on high. In the 2016 MKX they’re very loud.
  14. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    Isn't that a huge price difference? Not sure that's real competition.
  15. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    Bronco is 2020 CY/2021 MY, no?
  16. Easy to do if you're underpricing the market by $5K -$10K.
  17. akirby

    Fusion styled crossover?

    I'm thinking there won't be a "base" or S version of the baby bronco - it will start with a SE version. The price difference between a S and SE Escape is $2400. Add some standard equipment and $6K isn't hard to find.
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    Fusion styled crossover?

    $3K in upgrades and $3K because it’s unique and desirable and not just another crossover in a sea of similar, commodity vehicles? Thats the big benefit - competing with Jeep and not CRVs and RAV4s on price.
  19. I think it's a fair comparison if the prices are relatively close. However, I'm not sure they should be that close.
  20. So it changes the set speed to 74 as expected but it still flashes? That's definitely a bug.
  21. You really should take time to read the manual. There are lots of important things like how to start the vehicle if the fob dies, etc. You can change the set speed by 20 mph +/- the speed limit in the settings menu.
  22. akirby

    Front License plate

    Simple - dealer advertising. Stupid reason but I'm 99/9% sure that's it. There is no other reason. I agree - factory order and make sure they don't install it.