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  2. Contraction has been hitting cars for the better part of a decade already (volume-wise). But if the Envision is tight for its segment, dont intro a completely different SUV and leave the Envision deficient; fix the Envision!
  3. Curious on the polecat 1 allotment volume, since it starts at $155K. Also curious on the subsequent 2 & 3 MSRPs; maybe $125K and $100K?
  4. @Drew Dowdell Hate to make an assumption, these be sold through the existing Volvo dealerships?
  5. It was supposed to be released in 2020. Now, the release date is 2021. This means it should be in the showrooms in late 2020, just a little over a year from now. It (probably) is going to be built at the Brampton, Ontario, Canada plant. That's a good thing! Canadians built my current and last car! Mum is the word. Complete silence. Any ideas as to when we will see what the next-gen Charger is going to look like inside and out? By the end of this year? As a Christmas present? I'm frustrated. When a Malibu LT with a 1.5 L (90 c.i.) start-stop turbo assisted L4 would sticker for $26K and a Charger SRT with a 292 hp very familiar Pentastar 3.5 L V6, along with loads more room and substance, stickers for around $29.9K, my loyalty to GM wanes and the Charger it is. I just hope I like the next one because my current car doesn't even have 100,000 miles on it and is just "broken in" ... well, not quite.
  6. Circular vents really depend on the overall dash design. On the venerable '76 Cutlass Supreme, they looked great. On the '04 to '07 Pontiac Grand Prix, they really looked great. Loved that dash board, except for the orange back lighting and the low build quality of the materials. I think it has to do with the shape of the dash AND how the circular vents are distributed and placed across the dash.
  7. Hopefully an appealing second gen Envision arrives before another model.
  8. I'm sure. It's all just an accounting entry... but there's no better way to get the discount. Silvercar probably gets them at cost.
  9. Yes..but it's probably operated as a distinct business entity and they buy or lease cars from Audi NA, Audi NA probably doesn't give them cars...
  10. Silvercar is 100% owned by Audi. So they give themselves a discount. Some of the other rental car brands were started by manufacturers and then later sold off. I'm sure @balthazar could tell us.
  11. The Polestar brand, a sub-brand of Volvo, is launching in the U.S. this fall. The first vehicle, the Polestar 1 is a 600 horsepower plug-in hybrid coupe, and if you have not already signed up for one, you are too late, the US allotment is already sold. The bigger player for Polestar is the Polestar 2 (pictured above), a 5 door fastback electric vehicle with 408 horsepower and 275 mile range. The Polestar 2 is based on Volvo's CMA platform that is used under the the Volvo XC40 crossover. It will be built in China at the beginning of 2020 and arriving in dealerships in Q2. Polestar 2 is the vehicle expected to define the brand going forward. Later, for 2022, the Polestar 3 will arrive using the next generation of the SPA platform that is used under all Volvo's except the XC40. It will be a crossover coupe, but no word yet on the choice of power. Polestar hopes to be selling more than 100,000 units a year globally in 5 to 7 years. View full article
  12. The Polestar brand, a sub-brand of Volvo, is launching in the U.S. this fall. The first vehicle, the Polestar 1 is a 600 horsepower plug-in hybrid coupe, and if you have not already signed up for one, you are too late, the US allotment is already sold. The bigger player for Polestar is the Polestar 2 (pictured above), a 5 door fastback electric vehicle with 408 horsepower and 275 mile range. The Polestar 2 is based on Volvo's CMA platform that is used under the the Volvo XC40 crossover. It will be built in China at the beginning of 2020 and arriving in dealerships in Q2. Polestar 2 is the vehicle expected to define the brand going forward. Later, for 2022, the Polestar 3 will arrive using the next generation of the SPA platform that is used under all Volvo's except the XC40. It will be a crossover coupe, but no word yet on the choice of power. Polestar hopes to be selling more than 100,000 units a year globally in 5 to 7 years.
  13. The rental company probably got a volume discount on ordering all the same color en masse...and silver has been Audi's signature hue for decades...
  14. Droopy headliners was a GM thing in the late 70s and throughout the 80s IIRC. I've never had a vehicle w/ that issue.
  15. Sounds like a decent program, just I am not that big of a Silver fan. Why not any other color I wonder?
  16. My 1994 GMC SLE Suburban has no Dropping headliner and much older than that Toyoter!
  17. Most Luxury dealerships offer a loaner car when a customer brings their vehicle in for service. But Audi is offering something different for new owners of 2019 or newer Audi vehicles. Audi owns the rental car company Silvercar, a firm that exclusively offers silver Audis as their rental fleet. The new program called "Always Audi" allows purchasers of a new Audi seven days rental at no additional cost. Customers can choose from the Audi A4, A5 Cabriolet, Q5, or Q7 from one of their 20 locations around the US. All Audis at Silvercar come with GPS, Wifi, and SiriusXM at no additional cost. Of course, there are a few catches. The rental days must be used within the first 3 years of ownership, and drivers are still responsible for fuel, airport fees, taxes, tolls, optional insurance, and other options. Now Audi owners can take "their" Audi along on vacation with them.
  18. Most Luxury dealerships offer a loaner car when a customer brings their vehicle in for service. But Audi is offering something different for new owners of 2019 or newer Audi vehicles. Audi owns the rental car company Silvercar, a firm that exclusively offers silver Audis as their rental fleet. The new program called "Always Audi" allows purchasers of a new Audi seven days rental at no additional cost. Customers can choose from the Audi A4, A5 Cabriolet, Q5, or Q7 from one of their 20 locations around the US. All Audis at Silvercar come with GPS, Wifi, and SiriusXM at no additional cost. Of course, there are a few catches. The rental days must be used within the first 3 years of ownership, and drivers are still responsible for fuel, airport fees, taxes, tolls, optional insurance, and other options. Now Audi owners can take "their" Audi along on vacation with them. View full article
  19. For Buick specifically, there is room between Envision and Enclave. The Envision is tight inside, feels smaller than the Equinox and Terrain by a good bit. The Enclave is, of course, cavernous. That said, I think the contraction will mostly hit cars rather than SUVs. Expect to see the Regal canceled. In the event of a recession, Buick could be in the right spot for people who can't justify the cost of an Audi lease anymore. Buick is going to end up the brand of an SUV for every purse or pocket. 2 Encores (small and smaller), Envision, Envoy??, Enclave, and somewhere in there Enspire. What GM is doing with these SUVs is smart from a business perspective. If they make the Envoy the same shell as the XT6 but with Buick exterior panels and interior, they'll save a ton on development costs and still be able to market a lower price
  20. Whats your op on such a move in a supposed upcoming serious contraction in the industry (sales-wise)? Sales contraction, if major and prolonged, should logically mean a model contraction. Even if there’s no sales contraction, the industry is over-volumed with models. If it were me, without question Id vote to plow the billion into the next gen Buick SUVs rather than another thin slice variant of the existing. Theres no way markwt research is empirically demonstrating a unmet need for a tweener 8-in different than whats out.
  21. They're playing with wheelbases and overhangs. Just like the XT6 is on the Acadia wheelbase but with a longer rear overhang, they could do a Buick one the same way. Heck, they could even build one the same length as the blazer and add that to the lineup too.
  22. I think that Buick Envoy, won't it likely to be on the Blazer platform and the 112.5 wheelbase? GMA posted a story about the Chinese baby Enclave the other day. I don't think that will come to the US. But the Envoy may be on that same platform.
  23. And yet, it is coming. There is supposed to be a vehicle in the works between the Envision and Enclave.
  24. Nice review. I think one main thing Ascent has over many other three row crossovers is very good AWD system (unlike most other FWD based systems) and slightly higher ground clearance. Folks in Northeast and Pacific Northwest appreciate that due to their climate. I think it is basically similar in function to Mazda, I read somewhere what I think is an accurate description that CX-9 is a three row crossover for Miata owner with family (slightly less pracical but fun to drive and stylish), Ascent is for a Subaru loyalist that now needs something bigger than Forrester or Outback.
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