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  2. Cars that get 54 MPG combined in 2018 : 3. toyoyo prius eco : 56 2. hyundai ioniq : 58 [ July sales: 180] 1. toyoyo prius prime : 54 [July sales: 1984] 3 out of 275 different models. 2 of those are selling at a rate of 26K units vs. 17,000,000. Or; one-tenth of one percent of the market. Let's be super generous and round it up to one-half of one percent. What's the plan to turn 0.005% into 50% in 6 years again? Is it anymore than Just by saying so?
  3. Drew Dowdell

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    I didn't say they were identical... just that the CX-9 is less roomy than most others in its class and has more of an emphasis on sport. Someone buying one of these to haul the rugrats around usually is going for the most cubic feet per dollar. For that, there is the Atlas, the Pilot, and the Traverse. On looks alone, the CX-9 every day and twice on Sundays.
  4. ykX

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    I somewhat disagree. CX-9 while compromised on space vs Atlas or Pilot still has plenty of space for a family of four (my family is family of four so I speak from experience). Personally, Atlas might be very practical but I just can't get past the ugly and boring exterior. I would rather have Pilot or Ascent if I needed something with more room than CX-9.
  5. dfelt

    Lincoln News: Lincoln Wants More Standalone Dealers

    @William Maley Do we have a listing of the 30 top markets this is happening in?
  6. Drew Dowdell

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    Fantastic write-up. The Mazda is an excellent vehicle, but for the mission statement of a large crossover, the Atlas is just a better vehicle all around. I view the CX-9 the same way I view the Infiniti QX70, a sportier crossover best for singles or DINKs.
  7. Frisky Dingo

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    Wow, surprised to see the Atlas get the nod. While not an enthusiast vehicle, it nails the mission statement buyers in this segment demand. If they just gave us the same turbo-V6 it gets in China, the thing would be near perfect. The old N/A VR6 has just reached the end of it's lifespan.
  8. ccap41

    Lincoln News: Lincoln Wants More Standalone Dealers

    This would definitely help their brand image.
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  10. Lincoln is slowly rising back up with products such as the Navigator, the 2019 Nautilus, and the upcoming Aviator. This has given the brand confidence and is asking dealers in the top 30 U.S. luxury markets to split away from Ford and build stand-alone stores. "Customers expect the environment to be equal to the product. They want to buy a luxury product in a luxury environment," said Robert Parker, Lincoln's director of marketing, sales, and service. Executives point out that the stand-alone stores regularly outsell Ford-Lincoln dealers and are responsive for most of the sales gains in recent years. About 150 dealers are located in the 30 markets that Lincoln says account for 70 percent of the industry's luxury sales. Already, about half of the dealers have either started construction or finished standalone. Lincoln wants the remaining dealers to do the same and is offering some incentives; help finding land for their new store, large bonuses for each vehicle, and allow them to sell the high-end Black Label models. Dealers can say no to this, but executives believe most will make the switch. "This is the time for us to leverage this opportunity with the world-class products and continue to evolve and step up our client experience," said Greg Wood, Lincoln's sales and service manager. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  11. William Maley

    Lincoln Wants More Standalone Dealers

    Lincoln is slowly rising back up with products such as the Navigator, the 2019 Nautilus, and the upcoming Aviator. This has given the brand confidence and is asking dealers in the top 30 U.S. luxury markets to split away from Ford and build stand-alone stores. "Customers expect the environment to be equal to the product. They want to buy a luxury product in a luxury environment," said Robert Parker, Lincoln's director of marketing, sales, and service. Executives point out that the stand-alone stores regularly outsell Ford-Lincoln dealers and are responsive for most of the sales gains in recent years. About 150 dealers are located in the 30 markets that Lincoln says account for 70 percent of the industry's luxury sales. Already, about half of the dealers have either started construction or finished standalone. Lincoln wants the remaining dealers to do the same and is offering some incentives; help finding land for their new store, large bonuses for each vehicle, and allow them to sell the high-end Black Label models. Dealers can say no to this, but executives believe most will make the switch. "This is the time for us to leverage this opportunity with the world-class products and continue to evolve and step up our client experience," said Greg Wood, Lincoln's sales and service manager. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  12. dfelt

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    WOW for AWD that really is a hit. Thank you
  13. DOH, We got our hand caught in the cookie jar and now are trying to make it Fake News.
  14. William Maley

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    I can tell you fuel economy would take a major hit - EPA figures are 17 City/23 Highway/19 Combined
  15. So.. TL:DR, someone in the GOP administration fudged the data to try and meet a specific agenda.
  16. When the EPA and NHTSA unveiled the proposal for revised fuel economy standards, there was a key part that brought up a lot of debate: The claim that the new regulations would reduce the number of fatalities and crashes. As we pointed out in our story, there were a number of holes in that argument. It seems we were not the only ones questioning this. Yesterday, the review of the proposal done by the White House's Information and Regulatory Affairs was made public. In it are hundred of pages of correspondence, analysis, and drafts. Bloomberg went through the documents and found that EPA officials were questioning the rationale put forth by NHTSA on reducing crashes. The “proposed standards are detrimental to safety, rather than beneficial,” wrote EPA staff in a memo dated June 18th. Their basis for this was analysis done by the agency after making a number of corrections to a Transportation Department model. It showed that freezing fuel economy standards "would lead to an increase in traffic fatalities and boost the overall fatality rate." The EPA questioned the validity of the Obama administration standards “coincided with an increase in highway fatalities” claim. “What data supports the implication that the standards to date have led to fatality increases?” said the EPA in feedback on June 29th. Also, the EPA questioned NHTSA's model that overestimates the number of old and unsafe vehicles on the road if the new regulations go into effect. How the EPA and NHTSA came to an agreement is unclear at the moment. What it does reveal is that the dispute between the two agencies could affect plans to try and create a comprise that would appease both automakers and California regulators. “These emails are but a fraction of the robust dialogue that occurred during interagency deliberations for the proposed rule. EPA is currently soliciting comments on eight different alternative standards and we look forward to reviewing any new data and information,” said EPA spokesman John Konkus. Irene Gutierrez, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council sees it a bit differently. "...that even the EPA had deep reservations about the bogus safety arguments being pushed by the Department of Transportation. We know that automakers can make cars both more fuel efficient and safer; it’s heartening to find out EPA’s technical experts agree.” Source: Bloomberg View full article
  17. When the EPA and NHTSA unveiled the proposal for revised fuel economy standards, there was a key part that brought up a lot of debate: The claim that the new regulations would reduce the number of fatalities and crashes. As we pointed out in our story, there were a number of holes in that argument. It seems we were not the only ones questioning this. Yesterday, the review of the proposal done by the White House's Information and Regulatory Affairs was made public. In it are hundred of pages of correspondence, analysis, and drafts. Bloomberg went through the documents and found that EPA officials were questioning the rationale put forth by NHTSA on reducing crashes. The “proposed standards are detrimental to safety, rather than beneficial,” wrote EPA staff in a memo dated June 18th. Their basis for this was analysis done by the agency after making a number of corrections to a Transportation Department model. It showed that freezing fuel economy standards "would lead to an increase in traffic fatalities and boost the overall fatality rate." The EPA questioned the validity of the Obama administration standards “coincided with an increase in highway fatalities” claim. “What data supports the implication that the standards to date have led to fatality increases?” said the EPA in feedback on June 29th. Also, the EPA questioned NHTSA's model that overestimates the number of old and unsafe vehicles on the road if the new regulations go into effect. How the EPA and NHTSA came to an agreement is unclear at the moment. What it does reveal is that the dispute between the two agencies could affect plans to try and create a comprise that would appease both automakers and California regulators. “These emails are but a fraction of the robust dialogue that occurred during interagency deliberations for the proposed rule. EPA is currently soliciting comments on eight different alternative standards and we look forward to reviewing any new data and information,” said EPA spokesman John Konkus. Irene Gutierrez, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council sees it a bit differently. "...that even the EPA had deep reservations about the bogus safety arguments being pushed by the Department of Transportation. We know that automakers can make cars both more fuel efficient and safer; it’s heartening to find out EPA’s technical experts agree.” Source: Bloomberg
  18. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    ^ Past buyer greatly overpaid; 991 units built is not the stuff of a million dollar car. It's also "just" a package on a standard 911; not like it's a 1 of a dozen unique cars.
  19. Maybe the next Tahoe / Suburban will get a more Corvette look.
  20. dfelt

    Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. Volkswagen Atlas

    Interesting to see what these two companies bring to the table in a Hybrid and EV model.
  21. If only the Camaro's styling was hot on not-Camaros.
  22. The 6.0 is in the HDs and the Work vans. It's an iron block engine The best way to describe that motor is "stout". It's numbers are all about hauling.. torque comes on low and hits max torque and a relatively low RPM. They are tough motors that will last 300k or 500k miles, well past what the rest of the vehicle is capable of. But they're thirsty and not great for anything with sporting intentions. They did make an aluminum block version of it, but that version has been out of production ever since the Caprice PPV died.
  23. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    GM News: Spying: 2020 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax

    I wonder if the next Tahoe and Suburban will get the same styling cues...tiny windows, giant ugly grille...
  24. William Maley

    GM News: Spying: 2020 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax

    Can't wait for new Corvette to debut with a Camaro look
  25. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    August Auto Spotter

    A neighbor down the street had their garage door open, while driving by I spied a dusty '87 Buick Grand National on jack stands inside...
  26. Drew Dowdell

    GM News: Spying: 2020 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax

    So we're going to try and put the Camaro look on everything in the Chevy stable I guess?
  27. Cool, I totally agree with the assessment of the Buick and Trax. I am excited that the Trax is going revolutionary in it's style. Should really help pump up sales. Buick already has a winning formula, so evolutionary makes sense to keep the auto closer to what is currently selling. I wonder if a hybrid or EV will be included in the lineup?
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