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Everything posted by mackinaw

  1. From Autoblog: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/06/ford-four-wheel-steering-f-series-truck-patent/
  2. A wireless charging pad will be available spring, 2020.
  3. We're looking closely at the upcoming PHEV Escape. Finally had a chance to sit in a Escape SE Sport Hybrid last week and the driver's seat easily fits my 6'4" body (passed test #1). Next step is a test drive.
  4. Mark Phelan rated the Ranger first, the Jeep Gladiator second, the Silverado 2500/3500 third. https://www.freep.com/in-depth/money/cars/mark-phelan/2019/12/29/free-press-truck-year-ford-ranger-loaded-value-features/2731686001/
  5. Here's Mark Phelan (Detroit Free Press) take on the Hummer brand. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2020/01/04/general-motors-hummer-cadillac/2751205001/
  6. Oh yeah, they really blew it with the Blazer. They took a name that had great history and a dedicated following and made it a conventional SUV. Blazer fans I know up in Northern Michigan are very disappointed.
  7. It's a gamble for GM. The image of the Hummer brand is that of a gas-guzzling dinosaur. They can only hope that making it a EV will change opinions. Not sure it will at first, but maybe eventually. And GM has probably noticed all of the positive buzz being generated by the Bronco(s) and wants in.
  8. It ended up going for $3.4 million dollars. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/1968-ford-mustang-bullitt-mcqueen-auction-mecum-sale-price/
  9. From today's Detroit News: "Plymouth-based electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive will close out 2019 with a $1.3 billion influx of cash, the company announced Monday. A Baltimore-based investment firm, T. Rowe Price, Inc., led the most recent investment round for Rivian........." https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2019/12/23/plymouth-based-ev-startup-rivian-closes-2019-with-1-3-billion-investment/2733419001/
  10. Yow! I'm impressed how he matched the contours in the front fender with that of the door. Kind of looks like a Talladega version of a 64 Comet.
  11. From the Detroit Free Press. "Imagine getting 40 customers in one night for a vehicle that starts at $43,895 and reaches $60,500. Steve Fuentes did. "And we're up to 100 reservations now," he said. "The Mustang Mach-E has had a tremendous positive response. This is one of the biggest game changers we've ever had." https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2020/01/02/2021-ford-mach-e-mustang-suv-electric/2782349001/
  12. mackinaw

    '19 Year End Sale Totals

    For many months last year, some were lamenting the slow sales start for the Ranger. Now, I see in December Ford sold over 14,000 Rangers. I agree with Kirby, way too early to pass judgement on the Escape or Explorer. Let's have this discussion in July.
  13. mackinaw

    '19 Year End Sale Totals

    We had this discussion before. You're completely ignoring dividends. Ford pays a nice one. For an old guy like me, dividends make up a large part of my yearly income.
  14. Fuzzy, any guess as to how many Rangers are SuperCab vs. SuperCrew?
  15. You're missing the point. These are potentially new sales that wouldn't have happened without the Mach-E. You can't spin this as something negative. It's not.
  16. It's a big deal to the dealer who, thanks to the Mach-E, now potentially has 100 new sales. Any dealer would be ecstatic to have that increase in volume.
  17. We live near Johannesburg. Two years ago, we drove around Lake Superior in a new Subaru Outback. I was not impressed by the interior or driving dynamics. As for Kia, No.
  18. Yesterday being New Years, we stopped by our local Ford dealer to look at some of the vehicles they had in stock (and without being harassed by sales people). The doors to the Escapes were locked, so we could only look through the side glass of a few SEL and Titanium models, but I honesty don't see what the commotion is about the interior. Looks modern and contemporary to me. I still need to sit in one and go for a test drive, but we both came away with a favorable impression.
  19. I'm seeing many more in northern Michigan. It helps that dealers up here are (finally) stocking them in substantial numbers.
  20. mackinaw

    Mustang Mach E Timeline

    Your missing the point. Traction control of any sort on a BEV will draw more current from the battery, reducing range. Add the fact that your heater is on (drawing more battery), your defroster is on (drawing more battery), you’re steering with your electric steering (drawing more battery), your headlights are on (drawing more battery), perhaps your radio is on (drawing more battery), and that you’re operating in sub-freezing conditions (really reducing your battery); you really start to wonder if you will make it home, especially if there’s no charging station within 60 miles. I’m not against EV’s. I’m just pointing out the realities of owning one in the kind of conditions I face every winter. Right now, they offer no advantages over an ICE where I live. None. I imagine it will be different in 10 years, but for now, no.
  21. mackinaw

    Mustang Mach E Timeline

    I have no doubt I'd be impressed. I know EV's have instant torque and knock-your-head back acceleration, but I don't spend my driving time drag racing. The past two days I've spent my time driving through 4" of sloppy, wet snow. Difficult, slow driving in below freezing temps. Lot of tire spin and white knuckle driving. These are not the best conditions for a BEV vehicle. Battery range is going to be reduced, probably significantly. ICE vehicles are just more of a sure-bet to most folks who drive in these conditions. EVs are indeed the future, you and I just disagree how fast it will happen. In rural areas, such as where I live, acceptance will be slow. Probably much faster in urban areas.
  22. mackinaw

    Mustang Mach E Timeline

    An ICE age that shows no signs of thawing any time soon.
  23. mackinaw

    Mustang Mach E Timeline

    Mach E buyers who reserved a model may find this interesting. https://www.autonews.com/retail/ford-says-reservations-full-high-end-version-electric-mustang-mach-e?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=automotive news&utm_content=55bbf6a0-5714-4bf7-9366-34425b7254d3
  24. We're in no hurry to buy a new vehicle, that will come later this spring/summer. Just doing due diligence now. I see no reason to disregard any vehicle until I sit in it and drive it. And I don't listen to internet comments made by people who are only looking at pictures they see online.