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  2. "The G90 doesn't have twin turbos like an S-class" "The G90 doesn't have cameras to read the road or air suspension" "The G90 doesn't have a hybrid power train" "The G90 doesn't have autonomous drive technology" Translation is the G90 is slower, less powerful, less fuel efficient, and has worse ride quality than an S-class. Beirmann is trying to say technology and power and interior materials don't matter, because his car has none of those things. Probably why his car doesn't sell very well.
  3. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    162 days??? So there are 5 Continentals sitting on lots?
  4. No worries. http://blog.caranddriver.com/to-hell-with-that-fiat-chrysler-denies-chrysler-300-hellcat-report/?src=socialflowFB&mag=cdb&dom=fb
  5. And quite honestly...a luxury muscle car that aint even a cop car like its Charger cousin aint exactly gonna reel them in. There is a reason why the 300 SRT went away in the first place... What a role reversal...when the LX cars were first introduced, 'twas the Bentley like 300 that was all the rage...and the wanna-be gangsta folk all went bananas for them...but when the cops started driving Chargers, twas the Charger that became cool..that would also be ironic as wanna-be gangsta folk advertised thuggery and criminality...and now the LX cop car that symbolizes the law is on top...
  6. Lol wtf did I say here about sales being up or down? @dfelt only tag relevant members. Hahaha
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  8. Chrysler sales as a brand are down 24% this year and mostly due to the 200 being gone but the 300 is down year to date. Pacifica is still new, I imagine in 2019 the sales will decline from where they are now. Minivan and Full size sedan are shrinking segments and those are the only 2 segments Chrysler is in. Not a good business model
  9. G. David Felt - Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.cheersandgears.com Bollinger Motors Pure EV SUV So you like the look of a traditional Land Rover or the brick G-Wagon and wish you could have an American made Brick SUV that was Green? Welcome to BOLLINGER MOTORS who this summer introduced their PURE OFF ROAD EV the Bollinger B1. Check them out Bollinger wanted to show off their testing of their new EV SUV. Autoblog did a video covering the internals of this bad ass American Made EV SUV. AutoBlog Video
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  11. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    lol
  12. This car shoulda been introduced if not with the Dodge Hellcats...last year with the Grand Cherokee version. Not to say that the 300 Hellcat wont be MY choice for 4 door version, because instantly...I want this car as bad as I want the Challenger Hellcat... With a catch... At least if Chrysler could make the 300 Hellcat in AWD form...from the Jeep, you know, to differentiate it from the Dodge Brothers...and a little closer for it being more upscale type deal...
  13. In my case, I posted the source weeks ago on another thread but you are very correct sir.
  14. @smk4565 @Stew @surreal1272 @ccap41 @oldshurst442 We all love auto's and especially all have brands we favor, I would like to suggest if you are going to POST saying a model or brand is in decline or rising, a rebate is dealer or manufacture, etc. Lets post along with our thoughts some actual facts, be it a screen shot from the dealers web site, the OEM web site, post a link to our own Sales section proving the decline or rise. Enough of blow out from our butts! I love ya all and enjoy the conversations but the vague statements really need to end. Not picking on anyone person but using this as an example. SMK says Chrysler's lone two products 300 and Pacifica is in sales decline. Proof: August shows the following 300 down 23% to 4,073 units moved Pacifica up 2% to 7621 units moved July shows the following 300 up 31% at 3,090 units moved Pacifica up 5% to 8288 units moved June shows the following 300 up 47% to 5355 units moved Pacifica up 59% to 12,399 units moved These figures are what Bill posted in the sales section of the monthly sales figures per OEM. So in this case the proof is for the most part Chrysler sales are up on these two models only. I did not bother with the other chrysler versions that are EOL. Please post facts to back up your statements. Thank you!
  15. Then post them for all to see. I posted mine a few weeks ago and you went into denial about it. Think about it. How is it that the Challenger, which again I love, goes from a perennial third place sales position for years to all of a sudden, a marked increase while offering only modest changes compared to the competition? Higher incentives and rebates. These are simply facts you cannot deny.
  16. Nope, not dealer rebates. These are manufacturer rebates factored in on the Chevrolet website, NOT the dealer website. How is the Pacifica in a sales decline? Actually how is the 300? Both sales seem pretty steady.
  17. " Luxury cars are notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, partly due to all the technology equipment fitted to them. On the other hand, those technologies are a big selling point on these vehicles. Buyers use these to justify the price and they are a cool party trick to show to friends and family." This is so true of Luxury and especially of all the new Nanny devices that have been added over the last 10-15 years. I question the real need as driving is a privilege earned and if you cannot focus on the driving without playing with your smartphone, then you need to forget driving and take the bus, taxi, lyft, uber, etc. Driving is a privilege earned and we can do without all the added nanny devices. Feel the nanny devices are needed, then keep them on the self driving auto's and let the ICE, Hybrid & EV's that can be fun to drive for drivers who enjoy pure driving.
  18. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    @surreal1272 and @A Horse With No Name Totally agree that 162 days is not good for the Continental. I think they might need 5 to 6 weeks shutdown to get the inventory under control. Yes we have seen GM do this too, but the change over is making way too many people rethink a mid size or full size car in place of a CUV.
  19. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    That is not good at all....! Got to drive an Audi A5 at the last Autocross, one of the MINI Cooper guys had it out on coil overs and sticky tires. I am falling hard for European cars at the moment, although I still love American and Asian iron.
  20. The head of Hyundai's N performance division, Albert Biermann said luxury automakers are too focused pm technology that doesn’t give value to customers. “It’s all marketing, first of all. “How many people really buy it later on? Much of this exists for media, to give a hype, to show the technology level. But how many people really buy it later on?" said Biermann to Australian outlet Drive. “If the tech will fail, you’re just adding the burden to the buyer, right?” We can assume some of the tech Biermann is referring to are things like gesture controls for the infotainment system or perfume diffusers. Biermann also brought up the example of a camera that looks at the road and makes adjustments to the suspension, calling it stupid. “In our G90 you will not find any air suspension, or active roll-bars, or active whatever. A camera sensing the road, and this stuff. It’s stupid. We have a solid Hyundai steel platform, tonnes of high-strength steel – okay, it’s a little bit heavier than the other cars – and we have adjustable shock absorbers, and that’s it. We still outpace the S-Class in the double lane-change in the Consumer Reports. We almost beat the BMW, without all the fancy stuff,” said Biermann. Biermann explained that Genesis will be focusing on simple technologies to make them reliable. He said Hyundai's chairman, Chung Mong-koo said he wants all Hyundai and Genesis models to be “like new” after a decade on the road. On one hand, Biermann has a point. Luxury cars are notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, partly due to all the technology equipment fitted to them. On the other hand, those technologies are a big selling point on these vehicles. Buyers use these to justify the price and they are a cool party trick to show to friends and family. Source: Drive.com.au View full article
  21. The head of Hyundai's N performance division, Albert Biermann said luxury automakers are too focused pm technology that doesn’t give value to customers. “It’s all marketing, first of all. “How many people really buy it later on? Much of this exists for media, to give a hype, to show the technology level. But how many people really buy it later on?" said Biermann to Australian outlet Drive. “If the tech will fail, you’re just adding the burden to the buyer, right?” We can assume some of the tech Biermann is referring to are things like gesture controls for the infotainment system or perfume diffusers. Biermann also brought up the example of a camera that looks at the road and makes adjustments to the suspension, calling it stupid. “In our G90 you will not find any air suspension, or active roll-bars, or active whatever. A camera sensing the road, and this stuff. It’s stupid. We have a solid Hyundai steel platform, tonnes of high-strength steel – okay, it’s a little bit heavier than the other cars – and we have adjustable shock absorbers, and that’s it. We still outpace the S-Class in the double lane-change in the Consumer Reports. We almost beat the BMW, without all the fancy stuff,” said Biermann. Biermann explained that Genesis will be focusing on simple technologies to make them reliable. He said Hyundai's chairman, Chung Mong-koo said he wants all Hyundai and Genesis models to be “like new” after a decade on the road. On one hand, Biermann has a point. Luxury cars are notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, partly due to all the technology equipment fitted to them. On the other hand, those technologies are a big selling point on these vehicles. Buyers use these to justify the price and they are a cool party trick to show to friends and family. Source: Drive.com.au
  22. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    Totally makes sense, the auto's that many are not buying are in glut mode, so stop productions, sell through hoping to minimize rebates to maximize profits and then start back up once inventories fall. I have to questions if the 1,2 & 3 week shutdowns is enough though since the sales of those types of auto's are falling like a rock especially as we go into fall and with Winter. I would think getting to a 45-60 day inventory would be best.
  23. How is this any better than this? To me both the DS Egg above the the Lincoln MKC Egg below are butt ugly and a waste of time. Been in the Lincoln and it is pathetic. What I see online is not much better. The DS7 looks like another generic CUV that we already have but with a weird to me interior. So pass, see much better options than those product lines are offering.
  24. That would be a failure for the fat lazy Americans! Have to disagree with you as I find NO CREATIVITY in their Egg shape ugliness.
  25. Ford News: Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    “Planned downtime”. The words we are looking for here are “temporary layoffs”. And 162 days for the Continental? Holy crap! That’s not good for a car that’s been out barely a year.
  26. Ford Plans Downtime At 5 North America Plants

    Ford will be temporarily shutting down production lines at five of their North American plants to help cut down on the inventory of slow-selling models. According to Automotive News, Ford will be shutting down both of their plants in Mexico. The Cuautitlan assembly plant, which is home to the Fiesta will be down for three weeks. Hermosillo which builds the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ will take a two-week break. In the U.S., Flat Rock (Mustang and Continental) and the Transit production line at Kansas City will also be down for two weeks. Michigan Assembly in Wayne will be down for just a week. It is unknown when the shut downs will begin. "We are continuing to match production with customer demand, as we always do, and we are on track for our dealer inventories to remain at planned levels by year-end," a Ford spokeswoman said in an email. At the start of this month, Ford had an 87-day supply of Fusions, 103-day supply of Transits, 111-day supply of Mustangs, and a 162-day supply of Continentals. Automakers try to shoot for a 65 to 70-day supply of vehicles. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Reuters
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