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The Handler

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    The Handler reacted to jpd80 in Amazon buying 100k Rivian Vans   
    This is a joke, it's 100,000 vans over ten years and it's not Amazon running them,
    Amazon is subcontracting its delivery business. Van owners will be making as little
    as $15K-$20K a year...yikes.....
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    The Handler reacted to akirby in UAW extends Ford, Fiat Chrysler pacts; strike possible at GM   
    If she's doing the same work as employees making half her pay, then it sounds like she's way overpaid.
     
    It's not about how much the company is making or how much the CEO gets paid the question is what's the market rate for that job?  What would they get paid for the same work at another company/industry?   You can't demand higher than market wages unless your union controls almost all of the industry - like Detroit did back in the 60s and 70s.  Back then it didn't matter if they were overpaid as long as EVERYONE was overpaid the same.  Now it matters because they're competing with non union mfrs and imports.
     
    The union knows this - that's why they agreed to tiered jobs and temps, etc.   If they want less temps and higher pay for newer employees they'll have to give up the legacy raises and pay more of their health care costs.   That's just how it works.
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    The Handler reacted to akirby in Lincoln Again Asking Dealers to Become Standalone   
    Maybe Lincoln is happy with the sales volume vs profit formula right now on the new products.  It does no good to lower prices and increase volume just to make the same profit.  And it’s not that easy to just raise prices later.
     
    I still say that if they make world class products like Navigator and Aviator they can demand and get premium prices.  Don’t judge Lincoln volumes without comparing to other luxury 3 row SUVs with similar size, performance and features.  
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    The Handler reacted to akirby in Lincoln Again Asking Dealers to Become Standalone   
    More volume does not mean more profit.
     
    Do I have to keep reminding people that when GM went bankrupt they were #1 in sales?
     
    And honestly, if you're talking about a $50K+ vehicle I don't think being $2K cheaper than the other vehicle is really going to matter.  At that point you're either buying on looks, features or performance, not price (up to a point).
     
    Cutting prices to increase volume is almost never a good long term strategy.
     
    Build great vehicles and price them accordingly and they'll sell.   The problem with past Lincolns is they usually had shortcomings and compromises that made them less competitive so price cuts were necessary.   Not so with Navigator and Aviator.
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    The Handler reacted to sullynd in Lincoln Again Asking Dealers to Become Standalone   
    And when Lexus came out there was a clear line between mainstream and luxury. Mainstream brands are expected to have all the same features as luxury brands. Cut Lincoln prices and you’ll be stepping on Fords, whereas thirty years ago there was a bigger gap between Lexus an Toyota. 
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    The Handler reacted to akirby in Lincoln Again Asking Dealers to Become Standalone   
    Some did that to establish a new brand like Lexus.  But I think it would just make it that much harder to raise prices later.  I think it’s a better strategy to keep prices higher but still competitive and adjust volume to match that demand, especially with best in class products.
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    The Handler reacted to Dequindre in Lincoln Again Asking Dealers to Become Standalone   
    It may be an easier sell now that Lincoln has some compelling products and definitive future product plans. I could see why dealers would have been hesitant to make this move in the past 5 or so years. 
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    The Handler reacted to HotRunrGuy in Selling New Cars Proves Unprofitable For Most Auto Dealers   
    Plain & simple, there's too damn many dealerships, especially in an urban area. I don't need 17 Ford dealerships within a 20 mile radius to buy a new vehicle at. If they want to create smaller service centers, great. Heck, my last 4 new vehicle purchases have all been at dealers at least 50 miles away. They need to adapt and change, having one on every corner is unnecessary.
     
    HRG

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    The Handler reacted to bzcat in King Ranch trim Returns to 2020 Expedition   
    Because the rest of the Expedition line up are using truck trim levels: XLT ==> Lariat ==> King Ranch ==> Platinum ==> Limited
    The "Limited" on Expedition is out of sequence. It is supposed to the Lariat.
     
     
     
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    The Handler reacted to rmc523 in King Ranch trim Returns to 2020 Expedition   
    https://www.autoblog.com/2019/08/16/ford-expedition-king-ranch-prices/


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    The Handler reacted to Harley Lover in New lawsuit $1.2B   
    What do you call 1,000 attorneys at the bottom of the ocean? 
    A good start.
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    The Handler reacted to ehaase in Ford reports 2nd quarter 2019 sales   
    Enacted in 1982 under the TEFRA legislation when few people bought trucks for personal use.
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    The Handler reacted to probowler in Ford reports 2nd quarter 2019 sales   
    The only way one can define a "tax reduction" as a "subsidy" is to first feel entitled to other people's money.  Wanting others to pay more taxes so you can have more social services and benefits, is theft, and as we all know, taxation is theft; I didn't sign any social contract so you people could have free flu shots and unlimited war in the Middle East.  I applaud any normal citizen or small business owner who uses the legal tax code to their maximum benefit, and I disdain anyone who would bribe politicians to support their industry or raise taxes on others. And for Goodness sakes, corporations are not people and shouldn't be allowed to contribute to political campaigns! (Another of many sad examples of the failure that is the Supreme Court)

    Don't like government granting protections and bailouts to big business?  Stop giving the government the necessary power to do so. We didn't need the government to bail out banks, or save GM from bankrupty, but we let that happen by electing crooked politicians who were bought by lobbyists. You can try to elect the "right" politicians to make more rules and laws, but it won't work. Both sides are corrupt, and unless things change, we will always be 4 or 8 years away from electing the next "Hitler" or "Socialist"

    For as long as there is power in government, there will be people who seek to use and abuse that power.
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    The Handler got a reaction from ehaase in David Woodhouse Resigns   
    Lincoln faced a lot of peer pressure to appear youthful and avant-garde, especially after Cadillac's debut of Art & Science. 
    Now they've discovered Lincoln's old conservative formula (Quiet Luxury) is still very desirable. 
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    The Handler got a reaction from RadicalX in David Woodhouse Resigns   
    Yes. 
     
     
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    The Handler reacted to PREMiERdrum in David Woodhouse Resigns   
    In broader theme, absolutely.
    In the intended context, I believe that 2007's MKR concept gets credit as the first. 
    It's interesting that they bounced between design directions in the concepts from the Sentinel, to the MK9, to the Navicross. I still wish more focus had gone into the eggcrate treatment that only saw life in the gen 1 MKX. 
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    The Handler got a reaction from RadicalX in David Woodhouse Resigns   
    Good luck to him.
    I hope the next design head builds on the current design language rather than ditching it. Lincoln has a long history of design instability. 
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    The Handler reacted to rmc523 in Why Ford Will Be A Bit Player In The EV Market   
    Again, though, they're only selling because of massive incentive packages to get them to sell.  Without those incentives, you'd see a vastly smaller take rate.
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    The Handler reacted to akirby in Why Ford Will Be A Bit Player In The EV Market   
    If Tesla can't make money on higher volume BEVs then why do you think anybody else could?
    Ford isn't in any worse shape than anyone else.  They're just not willing to sacrifice profit to make a PR statement.
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    The Handler got a reaction from grbeck in California regulator threatens ban on gasoline engines   
    If you can't beat 'em, ban 'em!
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    The Handler reacted to grbeck in California regulator threatens ban on gasoline engines   
    When vehicles powered by alternative powerplants are superior to current vehicles, people will happily buy them.
    Henry Ford I didn't push for a ban on horse-drawn wagons to get people to buy Model Ts.
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    The Handler got a reaction from Kev-Mo in Near-record inventories pinch dealers   
    Cheap money is the auto industry's drug. Take it away and things start to not look so pretty.
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    The Handler reacted to Kev-Mo in Jeep gladiator starts at $35k   
    I think;  this is pretty much the breaking point.  Buyers will never pay these vehicles off.  They will need major repairs while they are still years away from actually owning them.  And, like everything else, something other than Jeep will be the 'cool kid'  in the next few years and the bubble bursts. Or the kiddos come along and goodbye toys!
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    The Handler got a reaction from Kev-Mo in Near-record inventories pinch dealers   
    Cheap money is the auto industry's drug. Take it away and things start to not look so pretty.
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    The Handler reacted to fuzzymoomoo in Near-record inventories pinch dealers   
    This is the kind of stuff I think about when I say this increasing ATP stuff isn't sustainable 
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