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  2. Drew Dowdell

    That one car...

    Update: Fate calls.... I might get to drive a Corvair this week, though it is an automatic and I had hoped for a manual.
  3. Drew Dowdell

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    Not allowed to bring phones into the meeting. I LOVE the name btw! A double jibs up from me to Lincoln for that. It fits perfectly in the rest of the Lincoln SUV lineup. It sounds distinguished. Leagues better (see what I did there?) than GLx### or Q/QX or X/XT at the other brands.
  4. dfelt

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    Some companies I guess are better at Secrets than others.
  5. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Dude, you know that's not factory, right? The quoted performance numbers in the above video sure seem way off.
  6. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Anyone ready to sign up for Space Force USA? https://nypost.com/2018/06/18/trump-calls-for-new-space-force-as-part-of-us-military/ Guess Project Thor could come back too! https://www.minuteman-militia.com/2018/01/11/did-the-u-s-just-launch-project-thor-as-the-secret-zuma-payload-that-spacex-just-put-into-orbit/ Here we are all debating if Diesel is dead. LOL
  7. ccap41

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    How did none of this get leaked?!?
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  9. dfelt

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    Hopefully they are more successful with Corsair than GM was. Gotta love the return to names!
  10. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    Cool..an old Edsel model name. Capri would have been good also, since that was a Lincoln name previously. I wonder if the MKZ is going to get renamed Zephyr or it it toast since they are axing the Fusion for the US?
  11. Lincoln has been slowing transitioning their nomenclature system from three letter (MK_) to actual names - MKX to Nautilus for example. The next-generation MKC, due in 2020 as a 2021 model will see its name change to Corsair. Automotive News reports the name was announced last month to Ford and Lincoln dealers at a conference held in Orlando according to those who attended the meeting. Corsair, the name of a pirate ship and a World War II fighter plane first came to light last year when Ford filed a trademark on. The name was last used on a badge engineered model between Ford and Nissan for Australia. Sources at Ford said the name isn't final and could change before the model goes into production. Dealers at the meeting were also shown the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 EV crossover, and the Lincoln Continental with suicide doors. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  12. William Maley

    Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    Lincoln has been slowing transitioning their nomenclature system from three letter (MK_) to actual names - MKX to Nautilus for example. The next-generation MKC, due in 2020 as a 2021 model will see its name change to Corsair. Automotive News reports the name was announced last month to Ford and Lincoln dealers at a conference held in Orlando according to those who attended the meeting. Corsair, the name of a pirate ship and a World War II fighter plane first came to light last year when Ford filed a trademark on. The name was last used on a badge engineered model between Ford and Nissan for Australia. Sources at Ford said the name isn't final and could change before the model goes into production. Dealers at the meeting were also shown the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 EV crossover, and the Lincoln Continental with suicide doors. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  13. ccap41

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    Less people WANT cars smaller than mid-size. Almost anybody buying that small is doing so because they don't have money for something larger.
  14. dfelt

    BMW News: 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead

    So based on 2017 sales, 15,888 of the total S-Class were sold in the US and a total of 79,400 sedans, coupes and convertibles world wide. Seems like the convertible makes up about 10% world wide at best. The report states they sold 600 of the Pullman S-Class version, , 10% of convertibles / coupes and the rest are 4 door sedans. So that would make about 1,588 or the Convertibles or about 132 units a month. https://www.daimler.com/documents/investors/reports/annual-report/daimler/daimler-ir-annual-report-2017.pdf Not totally sold that the 8 Series will be profitable let alone worth the R&D, but guess if they build it off a Class 6 line, then maybe.
  15. dfelt

    That one car...

    Always wanted one, but was in college at the time so never got to buy one or drive it. 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe. https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2017/12/16/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1987-chevrolet-monte-carlo-ss-aerocoupe/ This is a sweet clean fully loaded one with only 37K miles on it in Silver. I wanted one in Maroon, but I have seen these with an updated powertrain package from GM Performance that makes these auto's fly. If I could I would love to drive this 1988 Monte Carlo that was modernized and highlighted on The Block website with a modern Powertrain. LS376/525 6.2L LS3 525 HP / 486 lb-ft of torque connected to a T56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission. These connect and cruise systems are just AWESOME! http://www.theblock.com/?article=cd21a687-34ae-4f7f-9b83-b8c840aae880#news @balthazar I bet you would love to test drive this C10: http://www.theblock.com/?article=dbb4f11c-e1fa-45f3-8c5b-0f1352896ce3#news LT1 powered
  16. I see a few more billion in fines coming towards parent company VW as well as Audi and Porsche. I also suspect there will be more executive changes happening. I also expect VW to pretty much kill all things related to Diesel and just focus Petro, Hybrid and EV globally.
  17. Drew Dowdell

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    And for people who want a large truck, Honda and Mercedes have nothing to offer. You don't get a yuuuger segment than that. Where's your scorn for Mercedes missing out on probably the most important and lucrative market in North America? I don't know what you mother was seeing, or if she was shopping with a tape measure. The CTS is 2.4 centimeters longer than the 9-5 (I'm assuming the 2001ish model, the final 9-5 was nearly XTS sized), and less than half a centimeter wider. Furthermore, the 9-5 should feel larger inside due to the FWD packaging. Thinking the CTS is too big compared to a 9-5 is just making an excuse for some reason to not like the car. My own mother went the other way. She had a 94 Bonneville and really liked the look of the CTS. I tried to sell her on the Aurora instead, but she didn't want an Oldsmobile (brand snobbery, you might know about that). I tried to tell her she wouldn't like the CTS because it would be too small for her. Make sure the Cadillac dealer we went to was an Olds/Cadillac dealer. I put her in a Sunburst Orange CTS on the showroom floor. She immediately was disappointed. It was too small. She got out. I told her to try out this other car behind the CTS without telling her what it was. She got in and went "Ooooo, I like this". It was a black Aurora. That one wasn't the one she bought, but she did end up in an Aurora. She beats up her cars badly, but she got that one to about 170k miles before she sold it to an employee who promptly totaled it. These days she drives Ford tough. Her King Ranch is well over 170k miles now.
  18. smk4565

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    I don’t have issue with the CTS back then being mid size for 3-series money but what about the people that thought a CTS was too large? The largest car my mom ever had was a Saab 9-5 and she thought it was too big. For people that wanted a small car Cadillac and Lincoln didn’t have one until the ATS showed up. My issue is not with the CTS it is with totally ignoring small cars which was a huge segment then and is now. The STS was too big and couldn’t perform like a German car and the interior quality was low, I actually thought the 1998-2003 Seville had a better interior. That was a car set up to fail from the start, they even changed the design right befor they launched it to make it more bland.
  19. Drew Dowdell

    That one car...

    Those of you who know me know why this one will be weird... I've alway wanted to experience driving a vintage aircooled Beetle and likewise a Corvair. I need to drive a '66 Toronado just for the experience. I'd love to own an '85 Seville and again own an '85 - '87 Continental.
  20. Drew Dowdell

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    The MKT is popular with Lyft/Uber drivers for a different reason. It is the most efficient vehicle at the lowest price that fits into every single Uber/Lift car category. They can be UberX, UberXL, Uber Black, Uber SUV. The only other vehicles that can do that and match it on fuel economy would be the GLS diesel and possibly the Q7, but those are a lot more expensive, even used, than an MKT. No other vehicle can hit all of the requirements while also being cheap to buy and cheap to fuel relative to its competition. MKTs, with their big cargo areas, are also good for the coveted "airport runs". If you have an MKT and get an Uber Black ping for an airport run, you probably just struck gold.
  21. Drew Dowdell

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    Cadillac is in on the fleet market in China, that and the EV requirements are why the CT6 PHEV is built there. That's why there is an ATS-L, an XTS 2.0T, and there was an STS-L in China. Your question regarding Lexus and Infiniti in China reveals your ignorance of history. The Chinese largely shun Japanese cars due to that little disagreement Japan had with China from 1931 - 1941. The Chinese like Buicks because their former Emperor used them and they became a cultural status symbol. This is true even to today. American and European cars are status symbols in China, the Japanese are parihas. Once you understand the cultural implications, then you see why Lexus and Infiniti have an uphill battle there. In Europe, it doesn't matter if Mercedes is only producing Trabants, Germans will still buy them over any current Cadillac because they are culturally loyal. Wash, Rinse, Repeat with the French and the CV2.
  22. Early this morning, German authorities arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler at his home in Ingolstadt. Prosecutors said in a statement that Stadler's arrest is due to concerns about evidence tampering. “There were clear signs that there was to be an effort to influence people and other suspects. Therefore we issued an immediate arrest warrant,” Stephan Necknig, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office to German Tabloid Bild. The arrest of Stadler comes a week after prosecutors accused him of fraud and false advertising. Stadler and Audi's head of procurement, Bernd Martens had their homes raided by prosecutors this past week as well. According to Bloomberg, Stadler is willing to be questioned later this week and his lawyers aren't challenging the arrest at the moment. The New York Times reports that Volkswagen's supervisory board has been holding meetings today to decide on an interim replacement for Stadler. In a statement, Audi said "For Mr. Stadler, the presumption of innocence continues to apply." Stadler becomes the highest-profile employee at the Volkswagen group to be arrested in connection to the diesel emission scandal. Source: Bloomberg (Subscription Required), New York Times, Reuters
  23. Early this morning, German authorities arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler at his home in Ingolstadt. Prosecutors said in a statement that Stadler's arrest is due to concerns about evidence tampering. “There were clear signs that there was to be an effort to influence people and other suspects. Therefore we issued an immediate arrest warrant,” Stephan Necknig, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office to German Tabloid Bild. The arrest of Stadler comes a week after prosecutors accused him of fraud and false advertising. Stadler and Audi's head of procurement, Bernd Martens had their homes raided by prosecutors this past week as well. According to Bloomberg, Stadler is willing to be questioned later this week and his lawyers aren't challenging the arrest at the moment. The New York Times reports that Volkswagen's supervisory board has been holding meetings today to decide on an interim replacement for Stadler. In a statement, Audi said "For Mr. Stadler, the presumption of innocence continues to apply." Stadler becomes the highest-profile employee at the Volkswagen group to be arrested in connection to the diesel emission scandal. Source: Bloomberg (Subscription Required), New York Times, Reuters View full article
  24. Seems we have idiot sales people that do not bother to learn how to sell electric or plug-in hybrids and as such a company has moved forward with a simple chart to show the type of chargers and speeds the autos have. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mteske/ The link above is to the founder of this Oregon based company for their chart system. Color indicates the type of chargers the auto uses and the number represents the speed of recharging. Seems straightforward.
  25. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    WOW, had no idea that Mustang had a sports wagon. Plenty of cool other cars too like the Chevy Laguna, DeTomaso Mangusta, Ford Torino Talladega, Plymouth Belvedere, Dodge Demon, Pontiac Ventura GTO, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler,
  26. ccap41

    BMW News: 2019 BMW 8-Series Returns From the Dead

    I don't know what the S Class Coupe is selling like but I have to believe they see some sales there and have potential to get some of their own.
  27. ccap41

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    Do they really care about an extra inch or two of interior space for the back when losing 2-3mpg? Even 1mpg when you drive for a living adds up. I'm not saying it won't happen but I feel like it is less likely for the shift in this market. Buuuuut most driver's are part-time and just use their own vehicle and if they already made the choice for a CUV then that is what it is. I think if they are driving a CUV it is because that's what they want for their personal vehicle and not for the driver service job.
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