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Fiat News: FCA To Cut Prices of Fiat Vehicles In U.S.

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Sales of Fiat vehicles in the U.S. have been tanking and FCA is making a drastic change to try and reverse this. Automotive News got their hands on documents revealing a new pricing structure that will see Fiat cut the prices on some of their models.

The base 500 will see a price cut of $2,000 ($14,995 from $16,995). The price doesn't include a $995 destination charge. The big price cuts will come to the 500C lineup as there will now be a $1,495 difference between the cabrio and regular hardtop. A key example is the 500C Abarth which sees its price drop from $26,695 to $21,490 for 2017. Prices for the 124 Spider and 500X remain unchanged.

A Fiat spokesman declined to comment.

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Yawn, Nothing special here, just a Fire Sale to clear out GARBAGE Auto's.

Fiat, you want to sell cars in America? 

First start with making reliable cars.

Second start with making auto's that actually fit Americans.

Third, try to actually have a diverse portfolio rather than coping Mini with the same half baked garbage.

Fourth, drop the used car sales approach and listen to the customer.

I could go on and on but I think you get the point, FCA, you listening?

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14 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Yawn, Nothing special here, just a Fire Sale to clear out GARBAGE Auto's.

Fiat, you want to sell cars in America? 

First start with making reliable cars.

Second start with making auto's that actually fit Americans.

Third, try to actually have a diverse portfolio rather than coping Mini with the same half baked garbage.

Fourth, drop the used car sales approach and listen to the customer.

I could go on and on but I think you get the point, FCA, you listening?

They have other issues.....their heart is not in passenger car production. they need to GTFO of making anything other than the Challenger, Charger and 300...and drop them like a hot potato when they no longer are cash cows like they are now.

Bring in Alfa SUV's as boutique vehicles, and vehicles like the Alfa 4C and the Alfa sedan...this will bring them attention in car magazines and on the road.

Dump every dime into Jeep and RAM, and get your best and brightest engineers into a skunk works doing electrics and hybrids.

The new Pacifica Hybrid is actually supposed to be pretty good, so build on that technology.

They need to differentiate the different jeep models more clearly from each other and continue to just market the living dog piss out of Jeep...

Continue to build Jeep in foreign markets, where it has always done fairly well.

Fix the administrative mess that FCA corporate is.  Hire someone somewhat unpleasant that will take charge and make heads roll.

Find creative sponsorship opportunities for RAM, be they bull riding, Rodeo, Bass fishing, whatever.  Traditional advertising does not do jack squat, send the Ram advertising people over to talk to the Jeep advertising people.  Stop spending money on traditional advertising almost entirely.

Copy the DNA of what MINI was as a fun unique brand when it first came over in 2002, 2003, and not the mess it is now.

Dump the entire Fiat line other than the 500X and 500 Abarth, and switch the plant in Mexico building these to building Jeeps.  Sell the 500X and 500 Abarth as limited production boutique vehicles here in the US. Keep the ATP High. Under this scope of sales, you will only sell 5000 to 10,000 Abarths Max in the US, so you could import them from Italy.

Do not bring out a Fiat crossover other than the 500X, as it will cannibalize Jeep sales.

Dodge and Chrysler need to go the way of Plymouth, Mercury, all good flesh, and the Dodo bird. Pacifica and Durango could become RAM products, drop the horrible dated unreliable Journey and burn its legacy with flames.

Continue to build on the success of the U-connect infotainment and put some of your best people in charge of technology because that is what will sell vehicles for you in the future. Especially people dropping coin for a 50K Grand Cherokee.

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I love what you stated, 

I would say dump Chrysler and move the Pacifica into Dodge. FCA, should dump all of Fiat other than the two you mention. Keep Fiat and Alfa as the Boutique sales. Focus on Dodge, Ram & Jeep. That is what I think would drive sales, but get new products ASAP into these companies.

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25 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I love what you stated, 

I would say dump Chrysler and move the Pacifica into Dodge. FCA, should dump all of Fiat other than the two you mention. Keep Fiat and Alfa as the Boutique sales. Focus on Dodge, Ram & Jeep. That is what I think would drive sales, but get new products ASAP into these companies.

Or actually renew the current lineups with continuous improvements. Do not do what GM did with the Monte Carlo, Cutlass, Regal, et al and milk the name for all that it is worth with lackluster product.

If GM had handled these product lines properly, Oldsmobile would still be in driveways all over suburban Midwestern neighborhoods....

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1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Or actually renew the current lineups with continuous improvements. Do not do what GM did with the Monte Carlo, Cutlass, Regal, et al and milk the name for all that it is worth with lackluster product.

If GM had handled these product lines properly, Oldsmobile would still be in driveways all over suburban Midwestern neighborhoods....

I see the point your making, but even in the 80's as a college kid, I questioned the need for so many name plates.

I honestly think the world wide auto industry still has way too many and with all the various Chinese name plates wanting to spread across the globe. I think we will see another consolidation and shutdown as not everyone will win.

I Personally can see Chrysler going to the History books. Alfa should have been left there and Fiat could end up there too. Alfa/Fiat as a boutique is fine, move chrysler products into Dodge and focus as you have mentioned on the product lines world wide.

I wonder about some of the name plates in Europe too. Just like Japan, I think eventually we will see certain brands become subbrands under bigger companies. Japan brands I can see going this way would be Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki. 

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1 minute ago, dfelt said:

I see the point your making, but even in the 80's as a college kid, I questioned the need for so many name plates.

I honestly think the world wide auto industry still has way too many and with all the various Chinese name plates wanting to spread across the globe. I think we will see another consolidation and shutdown as not everyone will win.

I Personally can see Chrysler going to the History books. Alfa should have been left there and Fiat could end up there too. Alfa/Fiat as a boutique is fine, move chrysler products into Dodge and focus as you have mentioned on the product lines world wide.

I wonder about some of the name plates in Europe too. Just like Japan, I think eventually we will see certain brands become subbrands under bigger companies. Japan brands I can see going this way would be Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki. 

I think we will see a major reshuffling when we go to electric cars. Give the current auto market until 2030, 2035 at the latest.  China and Germany will lead, and at some point electric will hit critical mass in the USA.

At that point, all bets are off.

We are whistling by the graveside of everyone from Buick to Mazda IMHO.  Because I think that electric will be a slate wiper in terms of how cars are perceived, purchased, driven, et al.

Consider also that the world keeps changing to being more and more urban.  At some point, inter city rail will be a big thing, even in the United states...and the United states will fight that like crazy for the next 50 years...people will no longer drive 450 miles to get somewhere.  Or at least not in the quantity they do now.

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the big story is that the abarth 500 is 5 g's cheaper and that makes it the pocket rocket bargain of the century

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6 minutes ago, bigpoolog said:

the big story is that the abarth 500 is 5 g's cheaper and that makes it the pocket rocket bargain of the century

For the first couple months before it dies. ;)

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52 minutes ago, bigpoolog said:

the big story is that the abarth 500 is 5 g's cheaper and that makes it the pocket rocket bargain of the century

Sadly it is such a depreciation magnet that it will loose its arse financially after you buy it...limiting production and selling it as a boutique vehicle could keep it profitable.

Instead, Chrysler's philosophy seems to be we loose money on every passenger car we sell but make up for it in volume.

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Those price cuts aren't even enough to make any difference.  Dodge and Chrysler are in the same situation, these are all bad cars, and there is too much information now online where people can do their own research.  It isn't like the 80s or 90s when the sales people at the dealership could persuade a buyer because all their was was car magazines doing reviews, which usually were of sports cars anyway.

Dodge has 20% off MSRP right now and their sales are still in the tank.  Fiat could have 50% off and the Corolla would still outsell their whole line.  I would bet money that they could sell the Charger for $14,995 and the Camry would outsell it 3 to 1.  No one wants these cars regardless of how they discount them.

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34 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Those price cuts aren't even enough to make any difference.  Dodge and Chrysler are in the same situation, these are all bad cars, and there is too much information now online where people can do their own research.  It isn't like the 80s or 90s when the sales people at the dealership could persuade a buyer because all their was was car magazines doing reviews, which usually were of sports cars anyway.

Dodge has 20% off MSRP right now and their sales are still in the tank.  Fiat could have 50% off and the Corolla would still outsell their whole line.  I would bet money that they could sell the Charger for $14,995 and the Camry would outsell it 3 to 1.  No one wants these cars regardless of how they discount them.

Dodge Charger also has one of the highest rated of depreciation of any North American passenger car.

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Actually there's a better pocket rocket, and it's from Ford, the Fiesta ST.

 

It handles better, has a nicer interior (though devoid of charm) and has more space. And even if it costs more, probably has better resale and reliability by a fair margin. Please do edumicate me on the last two, if I'm totally wrong.

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fisting is fun but the abarth has hooligan panache coming out the ying-yang

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Hmmm, but you actually get a car with the Fiesta. With the Fiat 500 you get a 2 seater pod with 2 padded handbag perches. 

 

 

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As it pertains to the price cuts, why are they in this market, trying to establish themselves, when their sales are tanking?

And their price points are being eroded because they have huge problems with the brand. Whole sorts of issues.

The same Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart that doesn't sell probably blow the sales of Fiat out of the water. 

 

Such a mismanagement of brands. Like as if Ameri and Cans are willing to accept cars designed for Europe only. No, we buy small crossovers because they fit a certain image profile at a low price point.

But goddamn it, we all really do want to drive are F150 Plats, Escalades, Mercedes GLS, you know, the big boys.

This reminds me in many ways of when Target came to Canada. They basically closed shop here after 1 year, realizing what a challenging retail environment (especially in the department store class like Wal Mart, Sears, Crappy Tire) Canada really is.

 

Why are we here? Does anyone working at FCA US LLC, the person who is head of Fiat brand in North America, ask that question?

Like what role can Fiat play? Mini is becoming very large now, but their sales are lower too, because again, niche brand, shoddy reliability, and poor resale. 

 

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Not going to make a difference anyways...expecting a chinese company to pick up Jeep for a song, junk the rest and just use the tech that they have picked up...

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5 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Not going to make a difference anyways...expecting a chinese company to pick up Jeep for a song, junk the rest and just use the tech that they have picked up...

We will see what will happen. i am not ready to throw the towel in yet, but in terms of passenger cars the fat lady is warming up and getting ready to sing...loudly...

7 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

Like what role can Fiat play? Mini is becoming very large now, but their sales are lower too, because again, niche brand, shoddy reliability, and poor resale. 

 

Mini has no existential awareness of who they are and what their brand stands for. Even people I know who sell MINI products or work for BMW Finance admit this.

Ironically, Tesla may be the only car company in the world that knows exactly who they are and why they exist...Ford in my mind would come in a reasonable second...

7 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

 

The same Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart that doesn't sell probably blow the sales of Fiat out of the water. 

 

At this point they are just trying to recover the fixed costs of keeping the plants running IMHO. Trying to tread water until they figure out how to dig themselves out of...or deeper into...the hole they have made for themselves.

7 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

Such a mismanagement of brands. Like as if Ameri and Cans are willing to accept cars designed for Europe only. No, we buy small crossovers because they fit a certain image profile at a low price point.

 

We are willing to accept them in low numbers as niche vehicles, where they already have products designed and selling in Europe they can sell here with minimal investment. But they are stoned silly if they think these models will ever get mainstream acceptance.

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8 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

Hmmm, but you actually get a car with the Fiesta. With the Fiat 500 you get a 2 seater pod with 2 padded handbag perches. 

 

 

As much as I would cross the Pacific in a leaky row boat before I woudl say nice things about any car maker...Ford gets it about 85 percent right with the Fiesta. I have no rational basis  In reality for saying this but my gut tells me that Ford has something really kind of special in store when they refresh the Fiesta and Focus.

8 hours ago, bigpoolog said:

fisting is fun but the abarth has hooligan panache coming out the ying-yang

It is wildly under rated as a sporty car. Were my wife not threatening to cut me off if I buy a Fiat product, one might be in my driveway. The only blue I want to see in an automotive transaction is World Rally blue on a WRX....I do not wish for my own testicles to become the same shade of blue.

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7 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

Why are we here? Does anyone working at FCA US LLC, the person who is head of Fiat brand in North America, ask that question?

I kind of doubt FCA corporate culture allows much introspection or creative dialogue.  They seem like a very top down "we have always done it this way" kind of organization.

Ford and GM seem much more adaptable....but VW in my mind does the same thing in terms of allowing negative group think and a disconnect with reality ruin what could be a fine brand.

Again, this is why I said I try to look at things from an overall corporate culture point of view in the Ford Moving Away From One Ford Platform thread. Alan Mulally was not allowed to kill Lincoln for a reason in terms of Fords corporate culture, and fords corporate culture was open to the counter intuitive move of putting money into Lincoln which has gained then quite a few conquest sales....Lincoln is up for the year, and the Conti continues to conquest.

I am saying FCA and VW are incapable of rational self examination, and the resulting change...and that is why they are in the shape they are in.

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9 hours ago, bigpoolog said:

fisting is fun but the abarth has hooligan panache coming out the ying-yang

Is that what you call a Fisting Boat Anchor, Ying-Yang? I always thought it was a worthless Gochu! ;) Not sure what the word is, look up in Korean language. :P

The Socialist culture of Italy is their doom. Italy has many fine things but also builds a ton of crap products. Way too many lazy people building crappy products.

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10 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

Hmmm, but you actually get a car with the Fiesta. With the Fiat 500 you get a 2 seater pod with 2 padded handbag perches.

fair, and with the fiesta you can have a baby seat in the back to coddle your freshly neutered testicles. 

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4 minutes ago, bigpoolog said:

fair, and with the fiesta you can have a baby seat in the back to coddle your freshly neutered testicles. 

Damn, I was wondering where both of them had gone. That explains the noise in the background I heard for the first few years.

Thanks, that explains allot. :P

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17 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Dodge Charger also has one of the highest rated of depreciation of any North American passenger car.

Charger V6, particularly the SEs.  The V8s seem to hold value pretty well, especially those with an SRT badge. 

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I agree Chrysler needs to go, but Dodge sales aren't bad at all for what they have save the Dart.  Mine out a compact and midsize for Dodge, bring over the Pacifica, Give Dodge a version of the Cherokee with a sporty design and a Challenger style interior and give it turbo 4 power and concentrate on handling.   Give the LX cars one final refresh to tide them over until the new replacements arrive in 2021.  They still need a more car/cuv oriented brand that isn't as specialized as Jeep with off-road or utility with Ram.  Fiat needs phased out, or keep the 500X, 124, and the Abarth 500, maybe as order only from the Dodge dealership.  If he do Alfa right they could very well have a niche hit on their hands.  Just some thoughts.

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      This week, Genesis will begin selling the 2019 G70. A base model will set you back $35,895 with a $995 destination charge - the same price as the current 2018 BMW 320i.
      With the G70, you're getting a lot more car for the money. To start, there is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder offering 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque - well above the 180 hp and 200 lb-ft in the 320i. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic. The list of standard equipment is impressive: 18-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, power front seats, 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.
      The model that will intrigue driving enthusiasts will be the G70 Sport. This is the only G70 model that will have a six-speed manual. There of course are some other goodies such as imited-slip differential, Brembo brakes with performance pads, a sport exhaust system, and Michelin PS4 summer tires. It will set you back $38,895.
      Those wanting more power will need to step up to the turbocharged 3.3L V6 with 365 horsepower that begins at $44,745 for the Advanced RWD. Stepping up to the V6 also nets you the Brembo brakes, leather upholstery, navigation, and full-LED headlights.
      All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option on all models except for the Sport with the manual.
      Genesis will be offering two launch edition models of the G70. The Design Edition will come with a forest green exterior with cream colored leather seats; and dark green coloring for interior panels. RWD models get 19-inch alloys with Michelin PS4 summer tires, while AWD models make do with a heated steering wheel. The Dynamic Edition gets unique suspension tuning, summer tires, performance brake pads, and a improved cooling system. Both models will come with the 3.3L turbo V6. Pricing for these models are $49,745 and $51,245 respectively. Genesis is only planning on building 400 of each model.
      Source: Genesis
      Genesis Announces 2019 G70 Pricing Starting At $34,900
      FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., September 19, 2018 – The 2019 Genesis G70 goes on sale this week with either a 2.0T inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a 3.3T V-6 twin-turbocharged engine. G70s equipped with the 2.0T engine are available in six generously equipped trim levels, including a special manual transmission Sport package, with a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $34,900. The G70s equipped with the 3.3T engine are available in four generously equipped trim levels, plus two limited production Special Edition models, with a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $43,750.
      G70 2.0T is offered in six trim levels: Advanced, Elite, Prestige, Dynamic, Sport and Sport M/T, while G70 3.3T variants are available in four trim levels: Advanced, Elite, Prestige and Sport. The two limited production Special Edition 3.3T packages: Dynamic Special Edition and Design Special Edition, will only be produced in quantities of 400 units each. Every G70 sedan comes standard with class-leading active and passive safety technology, refined interior appointments and driver-focused features.
      G70 Trim
      MSRP
       
      Launch Editions
      MSRP
      2.0T Advanced RWD
      $34,900
      Design RWD
      $48,750
      2.0T Advanced AWD
      $36,900
      Dynamic RWD
      $50,250
      2.0T Sport M/T RWD
      $37,900
      Design AWD
      $50,750
      3.3T Advanced RWD
      $43,750
      Dynamic AWD
      $52,250
      3.3T Advanced AWD
      $45,750
       
      MSRP excludes $995 destination charge.
       
      G70 Advanced 2.0T RWD: $34,900
      The list of standard features on the 252-hp, G70 Advanced 2.0T trim is competitive. Rear-wheel drive is standard; the AWD Package, available on all trim levels except 2.0T Sport with the 6-speed manual transmission, adds HTRAC all-wheel drive and a heated steering wheel.
      Performance
      · 2.0L I4 T-GDI (252HP/260lb-ft)
      (255HP/260lb-ft with M/T)
      · 8-speed A/T with paddle shifters & rev match
      · Shift-by-Wire
      · Idle Stop & Go (ISG)
      · MacPherson strut front & multi-link rear suspension
      · Ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes
      · Rack-mounted Motor-driven Power Steering (R-MDPS)
      · Intelligent drive mode

      Exterior
      · LED daytime running lights
      · LED taillights
      · Heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
      ·18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin all-season tires (P225/45R18)
      · Hands-free smart trunk
       

      Interior
      · Proximity key with push-button start
      · Stainless steel front door sill plates
      · 12-way power driver’s seat including four-way power lumbar
      · Power windows with front and rear auto-up/down
      · 8-way power passenger’s seat
      · Electronic parking brake
      · 60/40 split-folding rear seat
      · Dual automatic climate control
      · Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
      · Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink
      · Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
      · Leatherette seating surfaces
      · Illuminated front vanity mirrors with sliding sun visors
      · Rear seat folding armrest with cup holders
      · Front map light & pin light
      · Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
      · Rearview camera with parking guidelines
      · Steering wheel audio, cruise & phone controls

      Multimedia
      · HD Radio
      · 2 front USB ports; 1 rear USB port
      · 7-inch color LCD multi-information display
      · Genesis Connected Services telematics
      · 8-inch display audio screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and rearview camera with parking guidelines

      Safety
      · Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection
      · Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
       
      · Tire Pressure Monitoring System with tire pressure indicators
      · Lane Keep Assist
       
      · High Beam Assist
      · Driver Attention Warning
       
      · Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
      · 7 airbags: dual front, front side, side curtain, and driver knee
       
       
      · Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) w/ESC & TCS
      · Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) / Brake Assist (BA)
       
      · Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
      · Automatic halogen headlights
                G70 Advanced 2.0T AWD: $36,900
      Includes all above-referenced G70 Advanced 2.0T RWD content plus:
      · HTRAC® AWD System
      · Heated steering wheel
       
      2.0T Elite: $39,900 ($41,900 with AWD)
      To the 2.0T Advanced trim level, G70 2.0T Elite adds:
      · Full LED headlights
      · Rain-sensing windshield wipers
      · Front passenger seat walk-in device
      · Integrated Memory System (IMS)
      · Front and rear parking sensors
      · Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel
      · Power-folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
      · Heated and ventilated front seats
      · Lexicon 15-speaker audio system with Quantum Logic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
      · Integrated navigation system with complimentary lifetime traffic updates
      · Leather seating surfaces
      · Sunroof
      · Genesis logo approach lights
      · Aluminum door and console trim
       
      2.0T Prestige: $44,900 (AWD only)
      G70 2.0T Prestige adds even more feature content:
      · Power driver seat cushion extension
      · Heads-up display (HUD)
      · Front passenger four-way power lumbar
      · Qi wireless charging pad
      · Nappa leather seating surfaces with luxury quilting
      · Surround-view monitor
      · Heated rear seats
      · Low Beam Assist
      · Dinamica microfiber headliner
       
       
      2.0T Dynamic: $43,900 ($45,900 with AWD)
      Aimed at drivers who want even more performance, G70 2.0T Dynamic adds:
      · Limited-slip differential (RWD only)
      · 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin PS4 summer tires (F P225/40R19,  R P255/35R19)
       
      2.0T Sport: $44,900 ($46,900 with AWD)
      The pinnacle of performance is G70 2.0T Sport, which builds on feature content from G70 2.0T Prestige.
      · 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin PS4 summer tires (F P225/40R19,  R P255/35R19)
      · Nappa leather seating surfaces with sport quilting (choice of red or gray contrast stitching with black interior)
       
      · Limited-slip differential (RWD only)
      · Dark chrome grille and daylight opening
      · Copper headlight bezel accents
      · Alloy pedals
      · Dark tint taillight covers
       
       
      2.0T Sport 6MT: $37,900
      G70 2.0T Sport 6MT comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox and even more performance-oriented equipment.
      · Multi-plate type limited-slip differential
      · Sport exhaust system
      · Brembo braking system with
      performance brake pads
      · Manual parking brake
      · 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin PS4 summer tires (F P225/40R19,  R P255/35R19)
      · Aluminum door & console trim
       
      · Full LED headlights
      · Heated and ventilated front seats
      · Power driver seat cushion extension
      · Integrated Memory System (IMS)
      · Alloy pedals
      · Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel
      · Lexicon 15-speaker audio system with Quantum Logic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
      · Tire Mobility Kit (TMK)
       
      3.3T Advanced: $43,750 ($45,750 with AWD)
      Standard features on the 365-hp/376lb-ft, G70 3.3T Advanced generously reinforce its sport-sedan image, adding to or replacing content on G70 2.0T Advanced. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
      · Multi-plate type limited-slip differential
      · Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel
      · Brembo braking system
      · Dual exhaust
      · Sport-tuned suspension
      · Steering with variable gear ratio
      · Alloy pedals
      · Integrated Memory System (IMS)
      · Full LED headlights
      · Integrated navigation system
      · Genesis logo approach lights
      · Aluminum door and console trim
      · Leather seating surfaces with heating and ventilation
      · Power driver seat bolster
      · Power driver seat cushion extension
      · Front passenger seat four-way power lumbar
      · Front passenger seat walk-in device
      · Power folding, auto-dimming outside mirrors
      · 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin PS4 summer tires (F P225/40R19, R P255/35R19); all-season tires for AWD models
      · Lexicon 15-speaker audio system with Quantum Logic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
       
      G70 Advanced 3.3T AWD: $45,750
      Includes all above-referenced G70 Advanced 3.3T RWD content plus:
      · HTRAC® AWD System
      · Heated steering wheel
    • By William Maley
      With Ford planning on dropping most of its cars except for one, the automaker is making changes to its advertising strategy, Automotive News is reporting that Ford has ended nationwide marking for the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus. The company is also dialing back spending in certain regions. Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service tells AN that the money will be used on the Mustang, EcoSport, and new models coming in the pipeline.
      "It allows us to focus our resources. If we can take that money from sedans, where we have a middle-of-the-road position, to be the leading brand in SUVs, that'd be a really good position," said LaNeve.
      According to executives, deciding to end sales of most their car lineup was the right move, sighting August sales numbers as an example. Sales of Ford cars dropped 21 percent last month. Meanwhile, pickup and van sales rose 5.9 percent, and utilities increased 20 percent.
      Ford has already stopped production of the North American Focus, and will end Fiesta and Taurus production by the middle of next year. The Fusion will have a slow death as executives say the model will stick around for a couple more years. The lack of national ads will likely hurt sales, LaNeve said the company would support dealers by offering various incentives on the model.
      "Obviously, we can't let the dealers just sit on the inventory. We'll keep them competitive on incentives, but we're certainly not spending money there in a way where we'd be driving the market. We're accepting the share we've got."
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      With Ford planning on dropping most of its cars except for one, the automaker is making changes to its advertising strategy, Automotive News is reporting that Ford has ended nationwide marking for the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus. The company is also dialing back spending in certain regions. Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service tells AN that the money will be used on the Mustang, EcoSport, and new models coming in the pipeline.
      "It allows us to focus our resources. If we can take that money from sedans, where we have a middle-of-the-road position, to be the leading brand in SUVs, that'd be a really good position," said LaNeve.
      According to executives, deciding to end sales of most their car lineup was the right move, sighting August sales numbers as an example. Sales of Ford cars dropped 21 percent last month. Meanwhile, pickup and van sales rose 5.9 percent, and utilities increased 20 percent.
      Ford has already stopped production of the North American Focus, and will end Fiesta and Taurus production by the middle of next year. The Fusion will have a slow death as executives say the model will stick around for a couple more years. The lack of national ads will likely hurt sales, LaNeve said the company would support dealers by offering various incentives on the model.
      "Obviously, we can't let the dealers just sit on the inventory. We'll keep them competitive on incentives, but we're certainly not spending money there in a way where we'd be driving the market. We're accepting the share we've got."
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission over the Mahindra Roxor - a side-by-side off-road utility. FCA alleges that the certain design elements of the Roxor infringe on the " intellectual property rights of FCA's Jeep design," and is wanting to stop the sale of the model in the U.S.
      Mahindra is fighting back. Reuters reports that the company has filed a public interest statement with the U.S. ITC and started proceedings in a Michigan court for an injunction into FCA's complaint.
      We are asking the court to block Fiat from participating in the ITC [International Trade Commission] claim -- an injunction -- because of the fact that they agreed in 2009 to never bring such claims if we use a grille that they approved. The Roxor uses that grille," Mahindra said in a statement. (Emphasis mine).
      "We are also arguing that Fiat is using the ITC case to harm our ROXOR business by creating negative publicity, damaging our reputation and our stature in the marketplace.”
      FCA in its complaint said that Roxor imports will hurt them as the model are underselling the Jeep Wrangler. A lot of this comes down to the Roxor being manufactured in India, and then shipping the model as a knock-down kit to their Detroit-area assembly plant for final assembly. Mahindra disputes this, saying the Roxor doesn't compete with the Wrangler as it's a side-by-side off-road utility.
      " We also demonstrated that the ROXOR is a vehicle that was always intended only as an off-road vehicle, does not compete with Fiat vehicles, is manufactured and assembled in the first OEM plant to be built in Michigan, USA, in the last 25 years, was the result of more than three years of research and development, and categorically rejected the notion that the ROXOR was an imported low quality “knock-off” kit car," the company said.
      Source: Reuters via Automotive News (Subscription Required), Mahindra


      Mumbai, August 29, 2018 – “A complaint was filed by FCA US, LLC (“Fiat”) with the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) against Mahindra which we believe is without merit. In response, we have taken a number of actions both within the ITC and in Federal District Court that we would like to share with you. Mahindra filed a Public Interest Statement with the ITC on August 22, 2018. This Statement expresses our position on this matter and explains how it is in the public interest for the ITC to rule against Fiat and in favor of Mahindra.
      Our goals on the public interest statement were two-fold. One was to state our position on the merits and the other was to correct inaccuracies regarding Mahindra as a company and the ROXOR as a product. We set the record straight on the history of Mahindra, including its U.S. operations. We also demonstrated that the ROXOR is a vehicle that was always intended only as an off-road vehicle, does not compete with Fiat vehicles, is manufactured and assembled in the first OEM plant to be built in Michigan, USA, in the last 25 years, was the result of more than three years of research and development, and categorically rejected the notion that the ROXOR was an imported low quality “knock-off” kit car.
      On August 23, 2018, Mahindra filed a complaint in Federal Court in Michigan on the issue of the applicability and enforcement of our 2009 agreement with Fiat. We are asking the court to block Fiat from participating in the ITC claim – an injunction – because of the fact that they agreed in 2009 to never bring such claims if we use a grille that they approved. The ROXOR uses that grille. We are also arguing that Fiat is using the ITC case to harm our ROXOR business by creating negative publicity, damaging our reputation and our stature in the marketplace.”

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