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    Ford Puma Reincarnated as a Crossover

      ...Europe only for now...

    The Ford Puma sold in Europe was once a little coupe based on the Ford Fiesta.   Since coupe sales are dangerously close to zero, when Ford decided to reincarnate the name, it instead brought it back as a crossover coupe version of the Ford EcoSport.

    The new Puma will be powered by a 1.0 liter, 125 horsepower engine with 48-volt mild hybrid setup or a more powerful 155 horsepower system horsepower running through the front wheels.  Diesel options will come later. Under the rear floor is a storage area with a drain plug that Ford calls a Megabox, something probably more appropriate for an F-150. 

    It will come with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, and Lane Centering. The driver cluster is a full TFT digital display. Sync3 with Android Auto and Apple Car Play are standard. 

    No word yet on whether the Ford Puma will come to the US, but given the crossover craze going on here, we would not bet against it.  If it does come to the US, the direct competition would come from the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, and Honda HR-V. 

     

     

    Source and Images: Ford of Europe



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    5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Daimler almost bought BMW in the 1950s.  

    Daimler has higher revenue than Ford or GM, not sure why they need BMW.

    German Gov will make them merge, after all they are all about German Everywhere the superior race and products. :P 

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    Was actually drooling over this on my lunch break @ work today... noticed the three pedals and the stickshift.  Ford small cars have long been known to be fun to drive.  If they sold this here without the hybrid garbage, with stick and AWD, it could absolutely replace the Ecosport immediately with no questions asked.  I also noticed the giant wheels and skinny tires.

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    2 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Daimler has higher revenue than Ford or GM, not sure why they need BMW.

    Not by significantly much ($190B vs $150B).

    Daimler saw profits sink 21% last year in at least the one quarter, and they're trimming both models & budgets in response. With the looming hard push into unprofitable EVs, they would do well to join with BMW and spread out all the costs. But not 'buy out'; BMW no doubt is aware of Daimler's track record there of 'pump & dump'.

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    1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

    Was actually drooling over this on my lunch break @ work today... noticed the three pedals and the stickshift.  Ford small cars have long been known to be fun to drive.  If they sold this here without the hybrid garbage, with stick and AWD, it could absolutely replace the Ecosport immediately with no questions asked.  I also noticed the giant wheels and skinny tires.

    Then maybe you should look at a Subaru since they are available now.

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    5 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Then maybe you should look at a Subaru since they are available now.

    I'm sticking with domestic makes out of a principled belief.  No Subarus.

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    7 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    I'm sticking with domestic makes out of a principled belief.  No Subarus.

    The most domestic makes (for cars) lately are Toyota and Honda. Unless you want to go F-150. 

    Most US Subarus are made in Indiana. 

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    No.  Toyota, Honda and Subaru are Japanese transplants.  Here's a list of domestic makes:

    Chevrolet

    Buick

    GMC

    Cadillac

    Ford

    Lincoln

    Chrysler

    Dodge

    Jeep

    Ram

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    if a vagrant started camping out in your yard, would he become a member of your family?

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    On 6/27/2019 at 1:42 PM, balthazar said:

    if a vagrant started camping out in your yard, would he become a member of your family?

    When the vagrant starts paying thousands of American workers for the jobs they brought here, then you might have a valid comparison. As it stands, it’s funny but not valid in this context. 

    On 6/27/2019 at 12:46 PM, ocnblu said:

    No.  Toyota, Honda and Subaru are Japanese transplants.  Here's a list of domestic makes:

    Chevrolet

    Buick

    GMC

    Cadillac

    Ford

    Lincoln

    Chrysler

    Dodge

    Jeep

    Ram

    Big talk for someone driving a Mexican made car. 

     

    Meanwhile...

    https://www.cars.com/american-made-index/

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    My truck was built in Flint MI by an American company. Gee; all 23 vehicles I’ve owned have been built in American plants by American companies.

    ‘twern’t no big thing.

    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    When the vagrant starts paying thousands of American workers for the jobs they brought here...

    Those jobs were already here.

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