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  1. FordBuyer

    Ford Mondeo released

    I hope Ford does not import any Chinese built vehicle into the U.S. Just not a smart move in these times when our relations with Russia/China are so precarious. And they are getting worse by the day.
  2. FordBuyer

    Ford Mondeo released

    Again, Flat Rock is still sitting using about 1/3 of its capacity. I still hope Ford does the Fusion Active though instead of a conventional sedan.
  3. Freep reported today that Bill Brown sold more Fords than any other Ford dealer in the world for 2021. 6,300 vehicles. Now that is impressive number during chip shortage and low inventory. That number must include used Fords also. I bought my Taurus at Bill Brown and they have 2 huge locations selling late model used Fords at competitive prices. Also big in fleet and get lots of Ford employee business. Many live in Livonia, Plumouth, Canton, and Northville.
  4. I assure you with the Escape hybrid, the transition is seamless. And the system has 200 hp, so acceleration is decent. Can't comment much about cold weather living in Fl, but we do get cold mornings in winter, and haven't noticed much difference. And after 10,000 miles, we are averaging 46.6 mpg. What's not to like?
  5. Some day in the not too distant future, Tesla will be seen as just another auto company competing for market share. And when that day comes, the stock price will be adjusted accordingly. For those who own Tesla stock and have done well, the problem will be making the decision of when to sell. Musk certainly has made that decision.
  6. If you really think about it, Hybrids are the sweet spot of the market, not plugins or all electric. They sip very little gas, do not use the grid system, are cheaper, weigh less, and run in electric mode most of the time in city driving. Maybe some day BEVs will be in the sweet spot, but that is years off. Toyota gets it, and Ford keeps offering new hybrids almost every year lately.
  7. Spot on I suppose. If it does show up in future, I suspect it will be more conventional in design. The design was easy too polarizing if not downright ugly. And competing against the traditional Big 3 in pickups is not easy.
  8. Yep, most were well optioned, low miles, full warranty, and great deals price wise. I lucked out getting the Cortina GT. Today, they go for big money. I know Wheeler Dealer redid one they bought and got big bucks for it. They still race them in vintage racing series. My next vehicle was Capri V6 and they were awesome racers.
  9. Yeah, a hybrid sedan/crossover design seems to be the way to go with better aero and still very functional/practical. Basically, my Escape hybrid pictured up above is a sedan/crossover that is a raised Focus hatchback in essence. A good way to meet coming 40mpg average fuel mileage standards. For that matter, the Explorer looks like a raised station wagon.
  10. There was a B plan back in the day. Ford management got a vehicle as a perk and after a few months turned them into the B plan lot. Then any Ford salaried employee could pick out and buy one off the lot and all had less than 6,000 miles. Ford employee could also give the vehicle to family members like me who was the don of Ford engineer. Don't know if Ford has similar program today. Ford does something with its Ford Executive perk vehicles.
  11. Seems to me Ford did this with A and B plan buyers.....can't resell it for at least 6 months after purchase. As a teenager I got a Cortina GT through B plan and couldn't resell it for at least 6 months according to Ford. So there is precedence and as mentioned with Ford GT. I believe Ford won those cases as with John Cena.
  12. Mullinax has about 20 Broncos and about all are used as demos to be sold later after some light miles. And I would guess be sold for much higher price than sticker. Expect them to do the same with Lightning. Seems to be the model for mega dealers. Looks like Mullinax does this with the Mach E also.
  13. FordBuyer

    Toyota dethrones GM as top auto sales leader

    With $4 gas, GM will have hard time beating Toyota in 2022 and all their hybrids. Even Ford will give them a run for their money. GM basically sells big SUVs and pickups for now.
  14. Ford has over a year to up the range of its entry before GM's EV pickup hits the market. Maybe closer to 2 years. So I wouldn't assume Lightning will be in 300 mile range forever. Ford/GM wars are very intense and Ford is probably already scrambling to offer more range on the Lightning.
  15. Atomic micro minis are popular here that look like shrunken cars that come with AC, wipers, stereos, and the like. They pretty much stick to the golf cart paths, but can go on 35mph roads if licensed. Even some of the car dealers sell and service them as 2nd vehicles.
  16. Now E bikes are the rage. My wife bought one and it has top speed of 28mph. They are all over the streets here. Many come with big baskets and saddle bags that will hold groceries. Lots of new bike companies springing up all over selling them online. In Master 55+ warm weather communities E bikes will give EVs a run for the money.
  17. FordBuyer

    Next Fusion spied

    Importing Ford vehicles from China certainly won't go over politically.
  18. Yeah...Can you say PINTO. Bolt is done.
  19. Bad time to be a small dealer. My small Ford dealer has very hard time getting anything from Ford. And forget getting a Bronco, Maverick, or Mach E. 60 vehicles in inventory and mostly Edge, Ranger, and ICE Escapes.
  20. I think it's great that GM is finally coming out with an EV Equinox. Back a couple years ago I had a brand new Equinox rental, and liked it except having to gas up every 300 miles. My Escape hybrid goes 600+ miles between fill ups. And Escape plug in can do most everyday driving in EV mode only and get more than 600 miles on tank of gas. And gas stations on every major corner. So about time GM electrified its Equinox. The ICE Equinox must have small gas tank. I seemed to be getting 30mpg, but below a quarter tank after 300 miles. Pain in the ass.
  21. Well, there is a plan/strategy and then there is execution. With Ford, I always worry about the execution. Explorer launch was all about execution. Ditto with Bronco. Ford certainly has momentum now. Just hope they don't screw it up. Keep the momentum going with new trim lines, new product, and great execution.
  22. A couple weeks ago an analyst gave a near term price of $32 and long term of $60. Certainly $30 looks possible if 2022 is a good year for Ford with no major failures or wild new Covid mutations. Report out of France of a new Covid mutation. Lots of question marks.
  23. Interesting though that lots of new BEVs happen to be sedans like Model 3, Lucid Air, Porsche Taycan, Model S, Fisker, and so on. Certainly Ford has become largely a truck/van company in recent years, and does make sense for Ford to concentrate on segments that pay the bills. Still would like to see Ford or Lincoln do a Sport sedan and a 2 row station wagon. Maybe the 2 row wagon in the Maverick family.
  24. I don't think anyone knows about Lincoln until things return to normal, whenever that is. I know the Lincoln dealer by me has no new vehicles to sell...only orders. In November at the car show here, the Lincoln stand only had a couple used Nautiluses to show. It's basically a used car dealer now. Now whether Ford is ready to sink hundreds of millions of new dollars into Lincoln at this time is another story. I would guess Ford's attention and money are looking elsewhere.