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  1. How did GM make money in the first quarter? My Retirement Account is jealous https://finance.yahoo.com/news/general-motors-gm-q1-earnings-151503263.html
  2. Re the Mustang vs. Bronco logo. For anyone who has been in a Mustang going over a speed bump, its easy to remember which logo is which because Mustangs do not jump - they go straight forward (perhaps current gen Mustangs excluded).
  3. That may well be true - though as mackinaw noted the date we have that, AVs, has been pushed further into the future than it is now. In the meantime, for the next 20 years it is cars or transit in heavily congested areas. So There will be people like me and people like AGR. Some deal with traffic better and some prefer transit. But look at Georgia - we are dealing with congestion by building HOT lanes and now a one way trip down down 85 through Gwinnett before the pandemic was regularly exceeding $7 for 16 miles because of the traffic and delays in the other 5 or 6 lanes and it was hitting the teens . https://www.ajc.com/news/traffic/new-record-for-hot-lane-toll/Inw3QaFWdfkVLNrOebljkO/ If growth continues metro areas like Atlanta and its surrounding communities will have no choice but to make better use of the capacity of a traffic lane via AV's.
  4. The new 2020 Mazda 3 has a nice interior with an 8" screen that looks more like the Chinese Escape or Kia above (Horizontal vs. Vertical). I like the Hatch.
  5. I don't disagree with the listed pros and cons except it leaves off a pro for Mass Transit, particularly rail, and that is Less Stress/Avoidance of Traffic. I am not good with traffic it annoys me. And it causes a commute to vary in time daily making planning more difficult. Not to mention being on a train allows one to read, text or even watch videos during the commute.
  6. Have to admit I like having buttons/dials in addition to screen controls - wish there was a way they could do both.
  7. That is a much nicer dash and center console, I also like the shape of the screen vs. the U.S. one though wonder how that works for navigation maps. Does that dash really add that much more to the cost? The Dash of the Car and Driver escape (Picture below) is hideous compared to the Chinese Escape/Kuga
  8. I think jpd80 is correct on this since it says Hackett got a "Stock Award" which sounds different than stock options. Perhaps the author selected the wrong words to describe the compensation.
  9. Fordowner

    Ford 1st Quarter Sales

    Chamblee Georgia Police have a 2020 Explorer doing patrols. They've been using them since Day 1 so they have all 3 versions of the Explorer PIU's on the road.
  10. From the article $17.75 million the chief executive was paid in 2018. While Hackett's base salary was steady at $1.8 million and his stock awards were up 3.5% at $13.19 million, incentive bonuses fell 32% to $1.75 million. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. made $16.76 million in 2019. Jim Farley, Ford's made a total of $8.36 million in 2019. Joe Hinrichs, received $11.02 million in total compensation in 2019 Bob Shanks, $8.32 million in total compensation in 2019 Tim Stone, Ford's chief financial officer, received $8.32 million Yes capitalism is good and much of this money is via stock grants, but the Executive Suite sure are making a lot of money. I wonder what stock price was used to value the grants - Also does anyone know if these stock grants are taxable in the year they are granted?
  11. The real answer is a greater adoption rate that will spur on more charging options. Improved battery technology like Samsung's recent announcement will also help. Ultimately it seems battery chargers for cars should become available and like propane tanks you can pick one up when needed or perhaps have a spare in the garage. Setting standards that raises the average fleet aggressively doesn't puts the decision on which technology gets us there in the hands of the industry not the government. Granted it looks like electric is the choice. But all that means is that industry can further invest in new technologies to meet forecasted demand. Under the week cafe standards these investments will not be made as quickly.
  12. I use LED's because they dropped in price and have improved greatly to the point that LEDs now off a better range of lighting options and quickly become more economical than bulbs based just on their life, span. Add in the electric savings on your mothly bill bill costs and one is way ahead of the game. The trick was getting.to mass adoption which made them the default bulb and thus economies of scale and store shelf space kicked into make them smart from a $$$ point of view. Apply that to whatever technology we adopt for cars - once we get to mass adoption costs will drop and infrastructure will increase (mass adoption vs. infrastructure is a chicken and egg issue). Getting some "liberals" to cough up some more cash for your kids' future will happen but nowhere near the standards of mass adoption. Most people aren't thinking about this stuff - sort of like the Buy American ethos.
  13. That all makes sense except Government setting standards pushes innovation. If not for President Bush signing off on the lightbulb/appliance standards we would still be using incandescent bulbs. Why risk investing in innovative technologies to increase fuel economy if your competitor is not, and thus able to undercut you now. The Focus transmission debacle is proof that not even Ford always looks at the long term effects of hitting the bottom line goals even if it the long run it is a bad decision. I suppose one could do increased government subsidies to the consumer to encourage adoption of new technology - but setting a standard to I believe places more of the decision making in the hands of auto companies, which is good. Ford officials have always said they can deal with the benchmarks as long as it is a level playing field for all competitors. Personally I think gutting the fuel standards is plain and simple pandering to the oil industry and it sets us back in the electrification of the fleet which i turns sets us back in the fight to minimize climate change.
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