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  1. California announced in October 2021 a bill that will ban the sale of gasoline powered lawn, garden, construction, farming, portable generator, and related equipment 25 hp or less in the state by 2024. California will offer incentives for individuals and businesses to purchase Zero Emission replacements. Bill Text - AB-1346 Air pollution: small off-road engines. (ca.gov)
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    Ford did that with the previous generation Focus RS. Also, jpd80 mentioned earlier in this thread that Ford Australia will import new 2022 Focus ST from Europe. If Ford is able to certify new Focus ST to meet U.S. regulatory standards (DOT) in a cost effective way, they may consider your suggestion for the U.S. market too.
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    Inefficiencies in Ford's product planning and development. Global platforms such as C2 used by current generation Focus, Escape, Bronco Sport, Maverick, and Corsair have helped, but Ford hasn't achieved the efficiencies that VW did with MQB and Toyota did with TNGA.
  4. First batch of Mustang Mach-E rolled off the assembly line today at the Changan Ford plant in Chongqing. This is part of Ford's "Best of Ford, Best of China" strategy in that market. First China-made Mustang Mach-Es roll off production line - Gasgoo
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing jpd80 sir. Indeed, the promo for new 2022 Focus on ford.com.au only shows the ST model. What kind of reputation does the non-ST Focus have in Australia?
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    Focus and Fusion lost money in the U.S. market because there was a significant difference between those cars and their competitors. Other than ST, RS, hybrid, and Energi versions, no Focus or Fusion variant competed well with best of class entries in those segments. As a result, Ford had to offer huge sales incentives on those models, which not only made them unprofitable to market, but further damaged the reputation for both nameplates. Ford kept repeating this until the only viable course of action was to discontinue both models without a direct replacement.
  7. Genesis GV70 takes the win. The Genesis GV70 Is the 2022 MotorTrend SUV of the Year Finalists (excluding winner). Ford Bronco Ford Bronco Sport Ford Mustang Mach-E Jeep Grand Cherokee L Jeep Grand Wagoneer Jeep Wrangler 392 and 4xe Kia Sorento Volkswagen ID4 Contenders (excluding finalists). Acura MDX Chevy Bolt EUV Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Tucson Infiniti QX60 Jaguar F-Pace Jeep Wagoneer Land Rover Discovery Lexus NX Mitsubishi Outlander Nissan Pathfinder Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Volkswagen Taos Volvo XC40 Recharge
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    2022 Toyota Tundra Thread

    Toyota's lack of a BEV version of Tundra is going to become a major competitive disadvantage as Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, Hummer EV pickup, Chevy Silverado EV, and Tesla Cybertruck come out in the next 2 years. Tundra i-FORCE MAX hybrid is a temporary placeholder at best.
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    In the U.S. market, Ford's crossovers, SUVs, and pickups have a much better reputation compared to discontinued passenger cars like Focus, whose nameplates are permanently tarnished there. By contrast, Focus nameplate is still somewhat respectable in the European, Australian, and Asian markets. By focusing (pun intended) its efforts for Focus in those regions, and sticking to crossovers, SUVs, pickups, and Mustangs in the U.S., Ford's is allocating its resources in the areas likely to produce the best results.
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    2022 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed

    Yes sir ehaase. Actually, it already is commoditized. It's an ever expanding sea of boring and/or ugly transportation appliances. Hatchbacks and wagons/estates are fusing with the crossover market. Examples include Focus Active and Corolla Cross.
  11. Thank you iamweasel sir. Do you support repealing AALA?
  12. Updates about GM Cruise and Cruise Origin timeline. 2021, continuation of real world testing that began last year in San Francisco Late 2021, commercialization of driverless ride hailing services in San Francisco and driverless goods delivery in Phoenix will get underway 2022, expansion of early commercialization phase Late 2022 - Early 2023, start of production for Cruise Origin at GM's Factory Zero in Detroit/Hamtramck 2023 - 2025, expansion of AV products and services including ability to retrofit GM cars and trucks with autonomous capabilities
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    Maverick Test Drives

    Congratulations on your new Ford Ranger docarter sir. I also bought a Ranger in 2019 instead of Honda Ridgeline for those reasons (I want Ford in particular to succeed). When Ford brings out a 100% electric version of Maverick, that will be my top choice to replace the Ranger. Anyway, I'm very glad that Ford introduced a unibody pickup with the Maverick. Maverick could be considered the Ford Sport Trac successor that I asked for in the Ford Wish List 5 years ago.
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    2022 Chevy Silverado thread

    GM confirmed debut date of January 5, 2022 for Silverado EV. It will be at the CES show. Chevrolet Silverado EV Reveal Confirmed for 2022 CES (caranddriver.com)
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    Maverick Test Drives

    Yes sir DeluxeStang. New Maverick is a direct result of Jim Hackett bringing "Design Thinking" to Ford when he served as CEO from 2017 to 2020. It's the best example so far of Ford finally getting away from the "cheap and nasty" reputation they've had for their entry level affordable vehicles in the U.S. and replacing it with "cheap and cheerful".
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