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  1. 9 points
    This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....
  2. 8 points
    Been out enjoying nature today... photos from Brandywine Falls in nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  3. 8 points
    Dodge is the everyman brand Chrysler is the premium brand like a cross between Buick and Lincoln. Fiat - kill in the US Alfa - Merge with Maserati Maserati - Ultra luxury brand Ram - Trucks Jeep - just be jeep.
  4. 8 points
    The problem was he wanted to dump the wrong brands. He wanted to save the Italian brands and kill off the american ones except Jeep.
  5. 8 points
    I think the real tragedy is that the Explorer will drive how the Blazer looks.... Get what I mean? It's like Ford took Alpha and turned it into a crossover. With 3 rows. GM...where are you? Oh in Europe, selling bikes. Did you know that Kia started out as a bicycle company?!
  6. 7 points
    In da Pennsyltucky woods...
  7. 7 points
    I spotted this 2019 Colorado Z71 this morning, in the parking lot at my favorite walking trail. Lo and behold, the keys just happened to be in my pocket. So... I brought it home.
  8. 7 points
    I would love it if GM had a conquest rate of 66% on ANY of their vehicles; ideally all GM vehicles would have such a high conquest percentage. Lincoln seems to be doing some really good things with the new Navigator.
  9. 7 points
    Interesting you say that. We saw a Telluride at the mall last night and I was pointing it out, saying it was on our shopping list. And my partner said, "But it's a Kia, I didn't think we liked those". I said, "We do now". I got an eye roll.
  10. 7 points
    While the first quarter Mustang sales were down, Ford still was able to sell almost 17k of these sport coupes. MB sold only slightly over 15k GLC crossovers. When the product is good, it sells.
  11. 7 points
    This...S AWD form...example...sticker $37,405...at that price, you're still at 2.5L engine and cloth in an Acadia... So...
  12. 7 points
    Chrysler is in the sale volume tent as Acura & infiniti and it's 25% higher than volvo. No way that's 'miserable' volume unless those other premium brands are also. Are they? I agree with DD; we read certain people claim Lincoln was "a dead brand" but all it took was product to revive it. Chrysler has far greater potential than fiat or alfa romeo has, it just needs the right product.
  13. 7 points
    EVs are coming like it or not. It will take some time until they are really common, but I see more and more electric vehicles on the road in US and Europe and more and more manufacturers starting to work on EVs extensively. As soon as more EV will be available on the market and as soon as prices will come down to a more affordable level the market will explode. The new generation of young people that used to plug in and charge their smartphones, tablets and laptops will embrace it quickly and without hesitation. They feel more familiar with charging their gadgets than dealing with smelly gas, oil and grease. The new generation is more eco conscious as well which makes electrics more attractive to them. EVs require less maintenance as well which a lot of people will love.
  14. 7 points
    My son at Victoria falls in Africa.
  15. 7 points
  16. 7 points
    For $52k or so I would take following vehicles over the Blazer (that only few that come to my mind) Jeep Grand Cherokke, Trailhawk with optional HEMI engine 360hp, - $45k Ford Edge ST, 335hp, performance brake package and other options - $48k Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 321hp - $53k Audi SQ5, 349hp - $52k
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    It's really hard to gauge what the market is doing when the domestics only report every 3 months. I'm tempted to move our sales reporting to quarterly also.
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    GM definitely did the right thing in pricing the diesel engine not the highest priced engine by a couple grand like Ford and Ram did.
  21. 6 points
    Love how you try to flip the number to bash yet another domestic brand. Meanwhile 66% of their buyers are coming from elsewhere like your local Mercedes, BMW, or Cadillac dealership.
  22. 6 points
    I did this : raw Elm slab turned into live-edge countertop / bar.
  23. 6 points
    You just like to pick on FCA. They sell more Jeeps than Volkswagen and Audi combined. They sell more than all of Hyundai. They sell more than all of Kia. They're moving a lot of metal. Jeep alone sells about 50% of the entire Toyota brand.
  24. 6 points
    only someone driving a camaro wouldn’t have had the visibility to see this coming a mile away...
  25. 6 points
    I have looked at the video and studied these two cars. These are my thoughts only... GM clearly has not fixed Cadillac. There is a huge problem. I thought about the changes in the lineup. All they did was drop XTS and replace it with XT6 crossover because this is what sells. XT6 just like XTS appeals to the same segment of buyers. They replaced CTS and ATS. They said that was not happening. They did. They go by different names( CT4 and CT5). They have three sedans instead of four. XTS was too close to CT6 and put the squeeze on CTS. At least XTS had a bigger trunk unlike the small trunk on CT6. They still have not fixed the fundamental problems of the CTS and ATS. I checked out the dimensions on the CT4. It is as big as a downsized 1986 Buick Riviera. They at least got the c pillar right on CT4. They still clearly have not let this Euro aspiration thing go. They need to stop being ashamed who they they are, and use the heritage and history to rebuild Cadillac. GM has the strong heritage and does not use it to rebuild the entire company. It is like John Mc Elroy from Autoline said: GM is shrinking its foot print globally for the next down turn. They want to act like a smaller company, but they do not realize they are still a large company. They are smaller globally: No presence in Europe, and have left countries they were not selling. That is a good move, but you have got to invest in your brands. GM is scared to take chances and it shows. They cannot depend on China. They need a: Ed Welburn, a Harley Earl, or a Bill Mitchell, a Wayne Cherry, or Chuck Jordan to lead design. Looking Back on GM’s Six Past Design Chiefs https://www.automobilemag.com/news/looking-back-gms-six-design-chiefs/ The Cadillac crest needs revision. I at first thought with the guy that was working for Cadillac whose first name starts with a U who left recently was changing it, that maybe it was a good idea. I do not think so now. It does not say luxury or stand out any longer. It is no different than a Chevrolet emblem. You could put Chevrolet emblems on these two cars and they could pass for Chevrolets. That Cadillac emblem/ crest is missing something. Even the one from the 1950's said "luxury" They need to bring the wreath back or the V or make them emblem more detailed. Right now it does not say luxury. It says "cheap or mass market" It is sad when a company favors Chevrolet for everything and it shows. Too many brands have suffered because of Chevrolet. People thought oh, kill brands and it will solve the problem. It has not and GM still is doing the same thing and making the same mistakes. This is getting old. They did not give Oldsmobile this much time to turn around. That was unfair. GM should engineer top down and not bottom up. What is good enough for Chevrolet is not good enough for the rest of GM. They should invest and change how they think. The people who post here know what Cadillac is. GM does not know. Cadillac is majestic. It is stately. It is luxury. It stands apart. It has features you should not find on Chevrolet. It has styling to stay you have arrived. CT6 is a good start, but it is not complete. That c pillar on that car does not say Cadillac. It says Toyota, Audi or other six window design c- pillar cars. You look at CT5, you do not immediately think Cadillac. You think Saturn or Chevrolet. It should not be that way. Cadillac needs to lay off all that black trim. Again.. it says cheap. They have taken the Escala concept styling and put it on the CT4( small) the CT5( medium) and the CT6( large). That philosophy does not work. That is what BMW does. BMW is in trouble right now too. If Pontiac was here and they said these two cars were Pontiac, no one would have an issue because that is what they would expect from Pontiac. If they said they were Holden, no one would have an issue. When you look at Cadillac, you should want to own it or drive it. It should be nice to look at. The only vehicle that has stayed true to Cadillac's mission is Escalade. They need to look at that vehicle and build on that. They need to learn who they are again. They need to start using real names. The letter and number thing is not working. Just stop. I am just expressing how I feel. I do not work at GM, but it is clear to the outside what needs to happen to fix Cadillac. I want GM and Cadillac to be great again. What will it take? What must happen?
  26. 6 points
    This is NO TRAILBLAZER, This is a Cub Scout with marketing trying to say it is an Eagle Scout in Training. Shame on GM for screwing this one up!
  27. 6 points
    ^^^^ Amen to all that. It is too bad that there are those who fear and resist technological change as much as they do (for their own reasons).
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    short hood / long deck is where it's at. Here's to hoping it, somehow, comes back.
  30. 6 points
  31. 6 points
  32. 6 points
    To harp on power in these cars is to completely miss the point. These are handling and agility cars. They are extremely satisfying drives without having to break the speed laws to get satisfaction.
  33. 6 points
    Well, I finally found what I’ve been looking for, in my price range. This past Saturday I picked up a 2016 Lincoln MKC. 37,460 miles, $21,000, 2.3T engine with AWD. Upgraded real leather seats in dark brown and cream that I absolutely love. It had auto-high beams that I was skeptical about how well they flip off then back on and they’re surprisingly fantastic. As soon as any headlights show up in front of my they flip off, be it just over a hill or a mile ahead of me. Neat. Classic Ford, I already have to hit up my local dealership because the exterior thermostat is reading waaaay off(like -35F) therefor also throwing off the temp thst throws out the HVAC. It’s still under warranty and if it wasn’t I’d be dealing with the dealership I bought it from, well I’m doing that anyway incase it becomes lemon-worthy. I want them to know about it right away. They also legally had to instal the front plate bracket.. they said they were going to do it and I asked them not to but because IL is a front plate state they weren’t allowed to let it leave without the bracket on. I’m going to see if they drilled the bumper or if it was mounted through the grille this weekend to see if I can take it off.
  34. 6 points
  35. 6 points
    Did someone say... FUSELAGES?
  36. 6 points
    Had a good time at the Cleveland Auto Show. Pictures here. The Blazer and XT4 look better in person than in photos. And both as spec'd were close to $50k. (Blazer Premier FWD was $48k). First time I'd seen the new Silverados (regular or HD) in person...they look huge and strange in person, esp. the weirdness of the front fender corners and that vertical vent below the lights. The white Corvette ZR1 was striking. At the Buick stand, they had not one but two Cascadas..maybe the same two as last year. They had a red Regal GS, looked good though the seats looked weird with the grilles in the upper part w/ chrome surrounds. I guess I overlooked the GMC stand. Saw them last year. Liked sitting in the CT6 and CTS. I like the revised lighting and fascias on the CT6. Sat in the back seat of the CT6, funny...there is a recessed area ahead of the rear window my head fits in, but if I lean forward my head hits the raised surround for the rear sunroof. Lots of legroom in front and rear. As always, I enjoyed time at the FCA stand...they had a Gladiator on display. Several new Wranglers, a couple GCs, a Compass Trailhawk (neat!), green Challenger GT, a couple Chargers, a 300. The new Ram 3500 Mega Cab Limited was mega-huge. And brown The new Aviator looks really good in person. As does the new Explorer ST. Both were locked. The Shelby GT500 was on display, locked w/ dark window tint. Sat in a Bullitt (last year it was on a dais and locked). The Edge ST looks good, in that same sharp blue as the Explorer ST. They had an orange Ranger 4dr 4x4 on a dais, none you could sit in though. I hadn't paid much attention to them before, but the Accord and Insight look really good in person inside and out. I really liked the Volvos, esp. the S90 and V90 CC. Sat in both, along w/ the S60 and XC60...S60 felt tight inside, seat wasn't all the way back. I like their interior colors and materials. The classic car display (in a separate section of the massive hall) was nice, some 60s-70s big Buicks and Pontiacs stood out. After leaving, I realized I had completely missed the Mazda stand, would have liked to have sat in a couple models.
  37. 6 points
    My kid has been working on this for about a year. 1998 Chevy 1500. He worked for a few years cutting grass and doing odd jobs to get the money for a truck and all it would need. So far he has put a new engine in it all on his own (me observing and advising when needed) He is now replacing all brake lines and brakes. Once that is done itll be road ready. His plan is to then save for some body panels for new paint and some interior work As far as finance goes his mom and I could pay for it all, but he is willing to put the work in to getting his own and wants to know how to fix stuff. So it's a win win
  38. 6 points
    I'm up to 41k on mine...got it with 25k as a CPO in Arizona before I moved. Replaced the tires at 31k w/ a set of Michelin Defenders.
  39. 6 points
    Limited is the perfect combination, and the best lease in the lineup. Everything is standard, and now for 2019, the further updated flush 8.4" UConnect and Blind Spot are as well. Mom wanted nothing to do with in car Nav after the mess of a MyLink radio in the Traverse (and Terrain before it) so the 7.0" with CarPlay has been perfect for her. Better gas mileage than any car she's had...and rips through the 8 speed, flawlessly. This is a package, 8 years in, that never seems to age vs. the competition.
  40. 6 points
    Somewhere out on the interwebs there's a discussion board focusing pointedly on genitalia, where a poster shows up bi-monthly to make a random, manic comment on the auto industry.
  41. 6 points
    Hello everyone. Don’t mind me. Just felt like I should step in here and point out that the owner of an FCA product (that has had, according to NHTSA, six recalls including one that could cause the vehicle to stall out) is making fun of another automaker for quality issues.
  42. 6 points
    Note that it says 'While we in the US get the gasoline version of the SQ5..' in the last sentence. The gas version should be a good competitor for the XT5-V. Oh, wait, there is no XT5-V..
  43. 6 points
    Even we went Jeep Grand Cherokee this last year...after repeated GM crossovers, there was not a single thing in their lineup that made any sense. The 2016 Traverse was awesome, and loaded to the hilt, but too big and drove like the Titanic. Envision? Meh. Acadia? Cheap interior, and higher priced than the loaded Traverse was in 2016 for more stuff, plus a 3rd row not wanted. Drove every competitor too, from Mazda to Subaru to Kia to Toyota. Ended up turning in the Traverse, for a 2018 Grand Cherokee Limited with every single feature possible (as, unlike GM, even with "no options" everything is there, and then some), get better mileage than any of the last 5 cars or crossovers in the house, it rips through the RWD 8-speed, is silent and powerful has full 4wd capability, and just drives so well. I put 5500 miles on a rental 2017 at the end of the year, and could not stop driving it. Perfect, in tune, right size, great power, handles and rides better than many cars, and is massively more functional. After an update NY to western PA to NYC roadtrip of 549 miles on 1 tank of regular...it also is just daily easy efficient. Blazer was a thought "should I wait until new year?" and mom was okay with it, as it seemed the right size. Now that they're out, and $10k more than a GC if comparably equipped, no comparison at all. It would be $100+ more per month to get a BASE 2.5L Blazer right now than a JGC Limited...FYI. But back to the Blazer... Anyone else drive one yet?
  44. 6 points
    Generally, names are better than alphanumeric designations. Cadillac should have an all-name lineup just like Lincoln is returning to.
  45. 6 points
    I'm not a fan of anything Chinese but I have to say that if Chinese buy Buicks.. to the tune of 1.4 Million last year versus the 206K here.. then GM should care more about that market than here. Simple as that. Buicks don't sell in low numbers here because they are not great cars/cuvs.. they earn top marks all around.. They sell in low numbers because Americans are superficial, and disloyal to their own brands.. then complain when they lose their livelihood because they aren't selling.
  46. 6 points
    This thing is ridiculous...and in my car world travels, when a Chevy dealer I know well said "it's so expensive. See that FWD base 4-cylinder one outside? We ran a lease the other day and even with a couple grand down, the BASE was low to mid $500's..." and their eyes rolled. Even dealers are confused. Many GM products with these inflated insane stickers lease awfully too, lately. It's a scary slope... Then walk into Ford and there's a functional roomy Edge with Co-Pilot 360 standard, Ecoboost, refinement and...but so many other brand choices that are better. Why would I even consider a $50k Blazer with sparse features, when even a brand new 2019 Grand Cherokee Limited with a 25 mpg getting 8 speed that rips, has room, feels european refined, and handles...with real 4wd, stickers for $42k? GM just seems to not care that competition exists, is better, or a real human being can drive a Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, etc. and be shocked at how awful the GM "competitor thing" is. The full size trucks are enough of a mess. I get the idea of a Camaro SUV...but who was asking for that?. Oh, and an Equinox is $40k+ with options...what a few years of crazy bad at GM. Yet last week I had a 2018 Colorado 3.6L crew cab and was shocked at how nice it was, and "why don't they make an SUV from this?"...
  47. 6 points
    I like that they are continuing to update the older truck. Might not be a terrible strategy going forward with the way truck prices are going.
  48. 6 points
    Of course, the potential top speed of a car has no meaning in the real world, just an internet arguing point of little value.
  49. 6 points
    On some cars, I like that Bulgarian Whore house look, on others not so much. I DO prefer the French Whore house look though... I miss the velour and puffy leather interiors of the 1970s and to a lesser extent the 1980s. Cadillac may not need the quilted look if they do the Escala interior though. THIS is VERY classy!
  50. 6 points
    Went to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center today...they have a nice eclectic collection, incl. a group of brass era cars, some of which are brands that were built in Cleveland like Peerless, Jordan, Chandler, Baker. A little bit of everything, incl. airplanes, a Goodyear Blimp gondola, a couple small boats, etc. They had a Hemi Satellite and a '65 GTO: Some 40s-50s cars:59 Chevy, Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special, 57 T-Bird & Mercedes 300SL Some pre-war cars:Airflow, '39 Lincoln-Zephyr, Auburn and a Cadillac A couple stainless steel Ford one-offs:36 Ford & '66 Continental Some concept cars:AMX, Dodge Avenger, and Jeep Compass An 80s-90s exhibit... And a couple early Baker electrics and an EV-1.
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