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  2. Short term car shopping. Again.

    My buddy is also looking to replace his 3rd vehicle, I believe it's an '02 mazda tribute. Bad exhaust manifold leak, back-side of motor, with 176K it's not worth the investment to repair, so once it's due for inspection, he's getting rid of it. He's narrowed his choices to the mazda CX3 and the Escape. They have a honda CR-V and no one in their family of 4 likes driving it & visibility is terrible. Also looked at the RAV4 and he slammed the door on it when he saw how horrible & cheap the interior is.
  3. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    Need to hunt some chargers....
  4. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Ah, I see I not the only one thinking cars right now... If you're thinking CUV, an Escape might not be a bad choice. Since I get the Ford discount (and last automaker to offer a decent discount as well), I have been looking at a 2018 Escape S (base model) No touch screen, no turbo (you get the 2.5) Looks like again they are going to throw another 4k discount on it in the spring, and since it starts at 23k, you could be looking at 18-19k for a pretty solid and popular trucklet... (thinking with employee discount it might be 17ish-hard to say no to) Both the Malibu and Fusion have really good lease deals, under 230 a month. Slightly used Fusions (14-16) can be found for around 12-14 grand with under 40k miles....quick and easy to pay off.... If anyone can drive a stick, Used Focuses are dirt cheap right now.....
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    Never get tired of that vid....
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    Might need some wings too....
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  8. They're not here to sell in every segment like a full-line mass-production mainstream corporate manufacturer [does that sound like any other OEM you know of?] Their performance-options cars are doing fine; still available & still immensely regarded. BMW just released specs on their new M5, which obviously benchmarked the CTS-V's performance numbers. Next generation is in development now, and the lead there will swap again.
  9. In 2005 when there were 17.5 million cars sold in the US, similar to 2016 and 2017, GM sold 4.5 million cars but lost $10 billion dollars. So that was pointless. Worldwide in 2006 GM sold 8.97 million cars, vs 7.93 million last year, so down a million, but GM sold 9.6 million cars in 2014 worldwide, after dumping 4 brands. Their sales are still pretty close with half the brands that they had 10-15 years ago, and most of those brands lost money. If Cadillac is here to sell high performance luxury product, where is the product? Crossover is the #1 body style now, I don't see any performance crossovers or even high luxury ones. And they have 2 performance sedans dying on the vine, no sports cars.
  10. How did I know you were going to use a year mere months from the globe-wide recession of '08-09? To sell high performance and/or luxury product to buyers wanting a Cadillac, same thing they've done countless times over their 128 year history. Imagine that.
  11. Wonder if we'll ever hear any more updates on new reservations vs. cancellations.
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  13. Tesla's production hell seems to be only getting worse than better. Various issues at their Freemont plant has cause https://t.co/GryXe5s8Xf

  14. Tesla's production hell seems to be only getting worse than better. Various issues at their Freemont plant has caused the automaker to push back their goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s from late last year to June of this year. This, in turn, has caused some holders of Model 3 reservations to have their order pushed back to 2019. “As we work hard to meet demand, we wanted to let you know that your estimated delivery timing has been adjusted to a slightly later window,” Tesla said in an email to customers. According to Bloomberg, the new date depends on when the reservation was placed and what model was chosen. Tesla is trying to get the more expensive long-range battery model out first before starting production of the cheaper standard battery model. This has buyers of the latter model worried as they might not get the full $7,500 tax credit. The credit begins to phase out once an automaker has built 200,000, something Tesla expects to hit sometime this year. The move has caused some reservation holders to take to various forums and Twitter to complain. Others are deciding to jump ship and buy a Chevrolet Bolt. Reuters reports that Chevrolet dealers in California are seeing a noticeable increase of Tesla shoppers interested in the Bolt. “We’re getting the Tesla people who wanted their Model 3. We ask them, ‘What other cars are you interested in?’ They’re mostly Tesla. But they want the car now. They don’t want to wait,” said Yev Kaplinskiy of Stewart Chevrolet. Kaplinskiy said they sold 15 Bolts last weekend. Chevrolet is taking advantage of the delay by emailing some prospective buyers this week with the message of, “Bolt EV: Now available.” Source: Bloomberg, Reuters
  15. Tesla's production hell seems to be only getting worse than better. Various issues at their Freemont plant has caused the automaker to push back their goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s from late last year to June of this year. This, in turn, has caused some holders of Model 3 reservations to have their order pushed back to 2019. “As we work hard to meet demand, we wanted to let you know that your estimated delivery timing has been adjusted to a slightly later window,” Tesla said in an email to customers. According to Bloomberg, the new date depends on when the reservation was placed and what model was chosen. Tesla is trying to get the more expensive long-range battery model out first before starting production of the cheaper standard battery model. This has buyers of the latter model worried as they might not get the full $7,500 tax credit. The credit begins to phase out once an automaker has built 200,000, something Tesla expects to hit sometime this year. The move has caused some reservation holders to take to various forums and Twitter to complain. Others are deciding to jump ship and buy a Chevrolet Bolt. Reuters reports that Chevrolet dealers in California are seeing a noticeable increase of Tesla shoppers interested in the Bolt. “We’re getting the Tesla people who wanted their Model 3. We ask them, ‘What other cars are you interested in?’ They’re mostly Tesla. But they want the car now. They don’t want to wait,” said Yev Kaplinskiy of Stewart Chevrolet. Kaplinskiy said they sold 15 Bolts last weekend. Chevrolet is taking advantage of the delay by emailing some prospective buyers this week with the message of, “Bolt EV: Now available.” Source: Bloomberg, Reuters View full article
  16. Random Thoughts Thread

  17. GM sold 2.2 million cars in the USA in 2010 and they sold 3.0 million in the USA in 2017. Worldwide they grew too but because China grew a ton, I used USA numbers because Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer were sold here. XT4 should rob a lot of sales off the Envision and Terrain, but that is a good thing, they will make more money on a Cadillac. But if Cadillac can’t sell more $60,0000+ vehicles than GMC, why is Cadillac still here?
  18. So what did you mean when you said 'GM is selling more with 4 less brands' -- that they were actually selling way less? GM is already making Daimler money on far lower margins. But no responsible manager would flood Cadillac with a dozen more CUV/SUVs ("all these"), it's lunacy. BMW isn't making a profit on the X4 or X6- just piling model after model on doesn't make for a good business case. Maybe some years ago when everyone from Bentley to Lamborghini wasn't jumping on the GM bandwagon (Suburban : 1935), but the competition in the CUV/SUV segment is now as stiff as it ever was in the sedan segment. Needs to be done right. Cadillac's XT5 is a smash hit in a segment they've never been in before. Next up: XT4- let's see how it comes out of the oven.
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    Requires planning. But I think it would fit under the stock hood.
  20. Sergio has also entered Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 this year, even though they will just lost to Mercedes just like Ferrari does, it does show Alfa is a global brand.
  21. I mean a Cadillac XT4 should have the same or better margins than a terrain Denali, an XT5 the same or better margin as the Acadia Denali, etc. if all these crossovers were at Cadillac GM would make more money. Instead they develop ed 2 mid-level crossover lines that overlap and starved the luxury line.
  22. So where did the other six million in sales go? Hyundai/Kia? Toyota or Honda? As for the sales figures in this post, Cadillac needs a Enclave-sized CUV to go along with the Escalade STAT.
  23. They sold 3.0 million in 2017 with 4 brands, and 9 million in 2007 with 8. They buyers didn't stay when those other brands were shuttered. And your theory about base model Cadillacs (Cadillac doesn't sell ANY cars at base MSRP, BTW) selling at the same margin as GMC Denalis has not even been conceived by anyone else. Again I point you to your pet brand- does the base e-class have the same margin as the C63? How is this any sort of 'theory'? Read it again.
  24. Random Thoughts Thread

    The Toro would explode if it were in the same zip code as that blower.
  25. Exported Euro Buick Park Avenues ( 1990's)

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    Thinking about a mild performance upgrade for the Toronado..
  27. GM closed Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer and is selling more cars with 4 brands than they did with 8. If GMC was gone, some sales would go away but a lot would stay at GM. But if the argument is the more GMC Denali GM sells the better because it is a cash cow, the same needs to hold true for Cadillac. Because in theory, a base model Cadillac should have the same profit margin as a Denali. But to the point of this article about trucks getting a bigger share of $60k plus sales that is mostly due to inflation. You could say Toyota has a bigger share of $30k plus sales than they did 10 years ago, and they didn’t move up market, cars just got crazy expensive.
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