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  1. At what cost to the OEM? Why not pair off SUVs that are adjacent to each other in size, and keep a reasonable size/feature difference between each tier? Who's to say what the ROI is in having 8 or 10 or 14 different CUVs under one brand? Ford only made $3.7B last year, is engineering multiple clean sheet 'gap' CUVs going to increase that?
  2. "electric cars save you money". Let's see... BMW i3 MSRP : $44,000 Chevy Cruze MSRP : $18,000 Cruze composite MPG : 36 Average miles driven per year : 12,000, gas price per gallon : $3 12,000 / 36 = 333 gallons x $3 = $1000/yr in fuel cost. $44,000 - $18,000 = $26,000 How long can you drive a gas-powered Cruze before you spend as much as you spent on the i3 to "save money"? Twenty-six years. No; electric cars do not save you money. - - - - - It's not charging time or range anxiety that's holding electric cars / hybrids to a mere 2% of the industry, it's the ultra high cost to get one.
  3. "No different than" is hardly a reason to do something.
  4. That was the point - there is no gap there. For if there WAS a gap in a 17" difference, then there likely is still a gap at 8"- meaning a CUV every 4 inches. 155”, 163”, 171”, 179”, 187”, 195”, 203”, 211” >> 155”, 159" 163”, 167", 171”, 175", 179”, 183", 187”, 191", 195”, 199", 203”, 207", 211” ...and continuing on such a slant- how to fill those 4-in "gaps". It would be ONE THING if these were approached in a 'ATS & ATS-L' manner, but each entry is largely unique. There's simply not enough marketshare for such a monstrous upfront investment. But even before that- who can't live with a 171" CUV, and NEEDS a 163" CUV instead? It's not driving/parking, it's not garage/lot space, there's no demonstrative reason to have so many mostly-different vehicles that all have the same power trains, same options and do the same things. Building cars is not the same as printing new bags and running some pineapple-ham flavored potato chips down your assembly line.
  5. Yet in this very thread we see the customers (John Q and the auto rags) IMMEDIATELY jump to the conclusion the Camaro is permanently cancelled, just like they did with the CT6. That jump is all on the customer.
  6. That’s only a 17” gap- there’s literally no marketing need to split that and have a CUV every 8 inches longer in length. 155”, 163”, 171”, 179”, 187”, 195”, 203”, 211”, madness.
  7. 5 months of sales under its belt and the i-pace is still only finding around 200 buyers a month. It could have 14 awards; it's a flop.
  8. I drive a '04 2500 HD - believe me; there's no "shifting of weight from side to side" around corners- these trucks are just too stiff for that nonsense. I can corner like a Porsche- just not as fast or as tightly. There's zero lean. Reviewer does seem like a clueless douche. He has an incredibly annoying, halting cadence to his delivery. He & Doug DeMauro probably drink together.
  9. BMW isn't a 'halo sports car' company. Besides, they have the spectacular i8 hybrid getting unilaterally rejected.
  10. You think, by chance, that Porsche shareholders got out their pitchforks and torches when VW announced a Porsche SUV was coming? And burned all their stock certificates? What shareholder DOESN'T care about the company's bottom line? Wait- that would be Tesla's.
  11. People don’t want performance crossovers tho.
  12. IMHO, this should be reworded. ‘Rumor’ vs “has been”. Things change in months-time, and this rumor mentions ‘3 years’.
  13. Black is my first choice in an interior color. I really don't care how many of what other vehicles I didn't buy have in them. Changing the green interior of my B-59 to black.
  14. I don’t know what they are thinking WRT ‘construction machines’, but a Cat D5 is a 26000 lb machine and it’s NOT a big one. A. Where do you recharge on a construction site- I’m guessing a belching diesel generator. B. I drove a D6 and a D7; the loading that goes on pushing dirt is incredible- even with wide tracks and in low gear- you can bog them down to a stop. Keeping in mind how cold and high speeds drain pass vehicle electric batteries, the battery pack to create a comparable ( performance AND price) E-dozer is going to take a LOT more than 42 million to develop.
  15. I’ve wanted a chopped ‘49-59 Merc forever. I looked at the shell of one, done really well, but too massive of a project. The stockers look fine, in the same way a 6-cyl plain jane ‘68 Camaro looks good... but a nice RS/SS looks much better, or a hardtop over a wrinkly-roofed convertible looks better.
  16. It's like a motorized scrubbing bubble ~
  17. One's man's 'shitty' is another man's 'I like that fine'. Got any close-up pics of the 2?
  18. ^ Right. We've already seen the industry move to ubitquitous displacements (2.0L/3.0L/4.0L) and aerodynamic demands have rendered everything the same except for grilles/lights & emblems. There's less & less reason to have a 'toyota EV' and a 'nissan EV' and a 'mazda EV' when there's not much in the way of differentialion to come, just ink a multi-armed JV and call it the 'toysanda' EV and be done with it. Maybe they can 3-way split a Ben Franklin in profit on it some day.
  19. All original '30 Chevy sedan in my buddy's shop- needs ignition work.

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