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  1. So, it is AWD with the electric motor powering the rear and ICE powering the front?
  2. Gurgeh

    Tech Warranty

    T Hawker, there are some good reasons to get the extended warranty if you plan to keep the vehicle a very long time. But standard Lincoln warranties (and even more so the Black Label versions) are long and extensive. They should cover just about anything you might encounter with the vehicle (during the time they are active) other than tires, wipers and break pads, reducing the worry about servicing your vehicle where you bought it.
  3. Gurgeh

    Tech Warranty

    Wow. Your Mom should report that dishonest finance manager. Not sure to whom. If she reports him to the dealership's head honcho and nothing is done then he obviously wasn't freelancing, in which case I would think twice before ever going back there, especially for service as one could then expect to find similar tactics used there.
  4. Nope, must be a difference in how the sound is perceived over there. To an American ear there is no "r" sound in those audio files. I can only assume the perception difference is in how differently Brits and Yanks approach the letter r in the spoken language.
  5. I have not personally experienced British usage, but it is "mock" in American usage, the only pronunciation I have ever heard here. I did click on the audio on the Dictionary.com link I put up, and I heard mock. A few more links for you from U.S dictionaries. And ending with the Cambridge dictionary, which settles our disagreement. It is, indeed, pronounced "mock" in American usage, but "mack" in British usage, so we are both right. Three more American dictionaries: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mach https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/mach https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Mach Now, Cambridge dictionary: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/mach
  6. But that's the funny thing about our very elastic English language. We dont have a language academy like the French who have to approve changes. Once Yaeger started pronouncing it like "mock" everyone else started doing so as well and now every English dictionary uses this pronunciation (do a quick Google search and try to find one that uses the now archaic pronunciation even as a lesser-used alternative). See for instance: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mach
  7. Of course not. No more than sales of Range Rover Velars are rolled into the sales numbers of the larger Range Rover Sport, smaller Range Rover Evoque, or the original "full fat" Range Rover. And those 4 different vehicles have more in common than the original Mustang and the Mustang Mach-E. That's how sub-branding works. I expect we'll see the same develop with the Bronco sub-brand (assuming Ford does in fact go the formal sub-branding route with Mustang/Mustang Mach-E and Bronco/Bronco Maverick--or whatever they end up calling the Baby Bronco).
  8. Gurgeh

    Tesla pickup reveal Nov 21st

    Looks like something from Woody Allen's "Sleeper".
  9. Gurgeh

    Tesla pickup reveal Nov 21st

    No, apparently only electric pickup trucks. OMG, those front ends. First Riven, now this...
  10. Gurgeh

    Tesla pickup reveal Nov 21st

    Tesla may, someday in some way, make an annualized profit. So far, they have managed to keep going through a sort of ponzi scheme where they get early deposits on upcoming products, along with going deeply into debt and relying on speculative investment by those sold on the vision. They have absolutely changed the face of the U.S. and global automotive world. They made electric cars cool, desirable and upscale, a far cry from earlier crapmobiles churned out for CAFE compliance. Here are a couple financial analyses the Tesla profitability issue, 1) from Lux Research and 2) from The Motley Fool. https://www.luxresearchinc.com/blog/will-tesla-ever-make-money "Despite Tesla's leadership in most metrics related to BEVs, they have failed to compete with other large automakers on one key metric: profitability. Although Musk's vision for Tesla may not have included profitability when it was founded 15 years ago, its existence is now threatened by its inability to make money." (Emphasis in original.) https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/04/17/how-does-tesla-actually-make-money.aspx "Without a doubt, Tesla has changed the face of the car industry, but how does it make money? In short, they don't. Throughout its history as a public company, Tesla has never been profitable on an annual basis, and has only recorded a few profitable quarters in its history. ... Time will tell whether Tesla can overcome these and other significant challenges facing the company today and someday achieve consistent profitability."
  11. Well, all utilities except for MKT, which last month was, at least for part of it, still coming off the assembly line. What I find so interesting in those numbers is the big one for Aviator, of course, now that the supply constraint from the Ghod-awful launch seems to be past -- surpassing Navigator sales which themselves were up strongly from October 2018. If I remember right, Navi sales were pretty flat the last few months. I suspect that a number of people were holding off because they wanted to get a look at the Aviator but then decided that they just needed the extra room of the bigger 3-row. And even Nautilus sales were up, though in *mere* single digits. So Aviator sales did not seem to cannibalize either the Navi or Naut. My gut tells me that as Corsair volume ramps up it will overtake Nautilus as volume leader; heck Aviator might surpass Nautilus as well, at least for a time. But the Nautilus should hang in there, even though it is now the only Lincoln SUV of the previous generation, because for many the Corsair's just too small and the Aviator's just a bit too big (they don't need that 3rd row).
  12. Gurgeh

    New Owner Impressions

    I'm not sure what interior upgrades you get in the Aviator with Black Label, but if it is anything like the changes in the Nautilus it would have solved all your issues and some you didn't even know you had, except for lower door panel plastic (where it actually makes sense as that area of the car gets a lot of foot scuffs). Based on what I can see from Black Label build pictures, your dash would become high quality leather, your headliner would be extremely tactile synthetic suede, and many other leather bits would become not only more prevalent but much softer. But that also comes with a price jump...
  13. Uh, how about "Steve"?
  14. Gurgeh

    Black Label availability

    I think that is from a pre-production model. For whatever reason, Lincoln changed its Black Label badging with the arrival of the Nautilus. Now, the only exterior indications are the black (not silver) color of the Nautilus name on the two front sides, and the distinctive rim designs.
  15. Honestly, driverless cars can't work on existing roadways, especially around town. Too many variables. I can see them working on specially constructed new interstates built for AVs only, used by long-haul fleets. But around town, in the fog, ice and snow, through construction zones with flagmen, in the midst of baby carriages and kids chasing balls, without changes to U.S. liability laws and our litigious culture, etc.? No.