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  1. akirby

    Leaking MoonRoof

    Go here https://fordprotect.ford.com/ Find your plan and it will list what is covered and not covered.
  2. akirby

    A - Z plan discount on tires

    As far as I know it does not apply to tire purchases only vehicles.
  3. Frankly I don't see a problem opening factories like that. You should test all employees before allowing them back into the plant. The plant isn't open to the public. If an outbreak occurs then quarantine the affected folks and retest everyone.
  4. I think it still is one of their better interiors. For a couple more months at least.
  5. Ford put a very nice interior in the Fusion titanium but buyers wanted mostly cheap SEs. It’s easier to upsell the Lincoln version with longer warranties and better dealer perks.
  6. You’re forgetting that there are no Lincolns in ROW except for China which is a unique market. If we didn’t have Lincoln in North America then you’d see better Ford interiors.
  7. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    The Fiat Toro is about 13 inches longer than Escape, so that's probably right.
  8. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    Its the short C/long C play which other mfrs have been doing. Both are C platform but two different lengths.
  9. These will be sold to other companies, not owned by Ford.
  10. ProBowler actually summed it up pretty well. Those resources are not just going to BEVs and PHEVs, they're also being used to develop and launch Bronco Sport, Bronco and a couple of other CUVs/Trucks. Go look at the Fusion market right now. Camcord sales have fallen. Hyundai and Kia are very strong contenders. Nissan is still fleet dumping. It's a very crowded market with lots of price wars and low profit margins. Camcords are probably the only ones making much profit and that's due to high volumes worldwide and highly amortized platforms. The juice just isn't worth the squeeze with all these other new vehicles to design and get out the door right now. They'll be in a good position in a couple of years to bring back Focus and/or Fusion variants if the market warrants it.
  11. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    Ok you guys convinced me. I still think there is an untapped market for a 2 door trucklet with a longer bed and smaller engine that would be significantly cheaper.
  12. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    Not sure it will be that much cheaper if it has 4 doors.
  13. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    So why not just make an open back version of Bronco Sport? That would be a lot cheaper and easier. Why make it a separate model altogether if there isn't a material difference in size or utility?
  14. And no it’s not upgradeable without at least a hardware swap.
  15. I also use freeware called iTunes export to a usb stick and it works great. You can access songs by artist, title or by playlists. Hard drives should work if they’re powered from the usb but there may be a size limitation. I believe they need to be formatted FAT32.
  16. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    I hear you, but I'm not just saying that because I liked mine. I think there is still a market for a less expensive vehicle for one or two people with an open bed just like the 90s ranger rcsb. But my issue is more with overlap. If someone wants 4 doors and a truck bed they can go midsized Ranger or create a Bronco Sport with 4 doors and some type of removable rear roof. Why add a 3rd 4 door with such a tiny bed? Seems like a 2 door with a longer bed would be both cheaper and more useful and get better mpg. I understand it would appeal to ROW. I'm just not sold on this for NA. And I could be completely misreading the market.
  17. Absolutely - that fits the low speed controlled area use case.
  18. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    You're not getting a dresser or sofa in the bed of that Fiat Toro. Here is the better question - what can you put in that bed that you can't put in the back of a Bronco Sport?
  19. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    And I see Bronco Sport as the lifestyle truck in the segment, especially if the rear of the roof is removable. A 4 door lifestyle truck with a tiny bed would seem to be redundant.
  20. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    Based on LWB Transit Connect specs, this Fiat Toro does look like the right size. But I still think that bed is just too small. Make it a 2 door and extend the bed and I think it would be more popular. The 4 door would be basically the same as Bronco Sport with the back roof removed. And I reiterate I could be completely wrong. I just don't see the market for such a tiny tiny cargo bed.
  21. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    I guess it all depends whether it's being positioned as an actual truck like the 90s ranger in which case I think it has to be a 2 door/supercab with a longer bed or if it's just a lifestyle vehicle with an open trunk but no real cargo capability.
  22. And this is why only comparing sales to the prior year is stupid.
  23. akirby

    Courier FWD Trucklet

    I could be completely wrong, but I see this as the new version of the 90s Ranger. I owned a 90 RCSB - perfect commuter vehicle. Cheap, relatively good on gas but with enough utility to haul supplies from home depot or move a piece of furniture. I think a 2 door supercab with jump seats and a longer bed would be cheaper and more differentiated from Ranger and can get better fuel economy. I just think a 4 door would have a tiny rear seat and a tiny bed neither of which would be particularly usable. You've still got Ranger if folks want a true crew cab.
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