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  1. grbeck

    GM July 2019 Approximate Sales Figures

    What are the incentives being offered for the Escalade? I recall that Cadillac began slapping hefty incentives on the Escalade when the new Navigator arrived. I can't believe much has changed since that time.
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    Acura Type S Concept

    Yes, but Honda isn't going to spend the money necessary to engineer and build a rear-wheel-drive platform. It's interesting how the drivetrain layout can change the character of a vehicle. I saw a 2020 Ford Explorer at the local grocery store yesterday, and it has an entirely different character from its predecessor. The new platform makes it look more premium and upscale than its predecessor. The vehicle just has much more "presence," as compared to the prior generation.
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    Acura Type S Concept

    It looks good, although how it will fare in a market turning away from traditional sedans remains to be seen. Supposedly Acura will only offer five vehicles - the NSX, a new-generation TLX and ILX, and the MDX and RDX.
  4. That would give Ford all sorts of opportunities to trumpet the new vehicle's roots. For example, Ford could say that in 1964, the practical Falcon was used as the basis for the Mustang, which influenced the development of sporty cars both here and overseas (Toyota Celica, for example). Now, over 50 years later, we have come full circle, as the Mustang's heritage and strong brand name are serving as the basis for a new generation of practical vehicles designed to address concerns regarding our future. Or something...
  5. The Escape is an established nameplate (it has been on the market for close to 20 years). At this point, it's strong enough to stand on its own. Plus, it would "water down" the Bronco name...my wife has a 2014 Escape and loves it, but I can't see her being too excited about any Bronco, baby or otherwise. She has expressed interest in the new Escape. Leave the Escape for buyers such as her.
  6. The pre-bankruptcy 2000s were the era of the "Halo Vehicle" at GM (no doubt driven by Lutz). There was the Cadillac XLR, Chevrolet SSR, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. These vehicles were supposed to draw the curious to the showrooms of their respective parent brands. The hope was that these people would then buy a more mundane vehicle. The real problem, of course, was that Halo Vehicles can't compensate for mediocre bread-and-butter offerings. The Saturn Sky, for example, couldn't hide the fact that regular Saturns weren't competitive with a contemporary Ford, let alone a Honda or a Toyota.
  7. Drove by our Ford dealer last night (LB Smith Ford-Lincoln in Lemoyne). A blue 2020 Explorer was parked in front. Didn't get a chance to look it over closely, but it looked good from the road.
  8. That's because Saturn only made money for one year, from what I've read. The warm-and-fuzzy commercials and Tennessee "homecomings" were not enough to compensate for the continued losses racked up by Saturn.
  9. The other rationale was that Buick gave the dealers a line of passenger cars to sell. With Buick cars going away, that is one less reason to keep Buick around.
  10. This Saturday, I saw a 2020 Explorer on the road, but our local dealer does not have any in stock!
  11. I thought Focuses equipped with the three-cylinder engine have a conventional automatic transmission that has not been problematic..?
  12. I wouldn't necessarily dub these reviews as "surprisingly positive." Motor Trend and arsTechnica, for example, kept comparing it to the Escalade, not any of its direct competitors. I would hope that this crossover would be better than the current Escalade, which is scheduled to be replaced in the very near future. No doubt the XT6 is a good vehicle, but that is because the basic platform is solid. Whether it is fully competitive with its chief competitors - which will NOT include the current Escalade - remains to be seen. These reviews don't tell us that.
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    2020 Corvette revealed

    It's handsome, but it will take awhile to adjust to a Corvette with a stubby hood. The current Corvette has a very distinctive look, including its proportions...I'm not sure one can say the same thing about this one.
  14. Doing so would no doubt strengthen the case of people suing Ford. When Honda and Acura automatic transmissions on V-6 equipped vehicles were failing regularly in the early 2000s, the failure was often sudden, and occurred while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle dramatically lost speed as a result. Needless to say, this could be quite scary on a limited-access highway. But the government never characterized the defect as a safety issue, to the best of my knowledge.
  15. The Mother Jones article that got the entire ball rolling is not factual. It overstated the number of Pinto fire-related deaths, and completely mischaracterized the notorious memo. The memo had NOTHING to do with the Pinto. It was simply a cost-benefit analysis of possible federal regulations that had been requested by the federal government! That is why the judge in the Grimshaw case refused to allow the plaintiffs to enter it as evidence. If I recall correctly, the fuel-tank bladder that Ford's critics repeatedly refer to was not used on any production vehicle - certainly not one within the reach of most buyers of that time. So Ford not equipping the Pinto with it was hardly egregious. The bottom line is that the Pinto was no more dangerous than other small cars of its era. A good starting point is the Rutgers Law Review article, "The Myth of the Pinto Case," from 1991. An analysis of actual accident data shows that the Pinto's record for fire-related deaths was not out of line with other small cars of that era. It's overall safety record (meaning, all types of accidents, not just those that involved fire) was actually better than average compared to other small cars.