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  1. smk4565

    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Lexus ES sales were down 10.4% in 2015, down 10.5% in 2016, down 11.8% in 2017 and down 14.9% YTD 2018. Things are surely working for them with 4 consecutive years of double digit declines (in a growing luxury market no less).
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    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Toyota and Honda will see a sales gain on their sedans in 2019.
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    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Toyota isn't strapped for cash and I am not saying overnight, but the Toyota 3.5 V6 originally came out in 2004, I had to look it up because the earliest I remember it was the 2006 Lexus GS redesign. And sure they added some VVT or direct injection over the years, but this is the same bones as the engine in this:
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    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    I could see cutting the Fusion sedan if they still had a Focus sedan with some upgraded trim and features that sort of fill that void, but they killed the Fusion sedan too. I find it hard to believe Ford won't have 1 sedan when sedan is the #2 selling body style still. And things are tends too, station wagons had big market share once, minivans had a lot of share once, and a lot of people didn't want that because "it was their parents car" well now. What if crossovers start to fade in popularity, then Ford is screwed. I don't think crossovers will fade, but anything is possible.
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    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    The Camry V6 gets 22/32 mpg, the 4 cylinder gets 28/39 mpg. They could add a turbo to the 2.5 liter get the same power and acceleration as the V6 and if they lose 2 mpg with a turbo add they are still at 26/37 mpg, that is a 4.5 mpg gain, that is the benefit to the customer. I can see the age 75+ crowd that buys this thing wanting a V6 because their old ES had one, and their 90s Camry had one and their 80s Buick had one, and buy gosh they are a V6 man. But then why not make an all new small displacement V6 with a turbo that makes 300 hp/300 lb-ft that gets better gas mileage than this 3.5 liter unit from 2008.
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    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    I bet Lincoln drops all cars except Continental, and even that I wonder how long it will stay. Since they can sell a full size sedan in China, and use it for livery purpose here, I think they find a business case, and then Lincoln has at least one sedan in the showroom. I could see a recession coming soon too, I have read how average credit card balances are at all time highs, interest rates are starting to rise so home buying and car buying gets a bit hard and will slow down, this tax cut is going to saddle the government with even more debt (not too with rising rates) and peoples wages aren't rising, most of those tax cuts went to corporate stock buy backs and executive bonuses. And we are due for a stock market correction which seems to be happening. That being said, if you go into recession and/or gas prices rise, do you really want to kill every car and focus (no pun intended) on higher priced thirstier trucks?
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    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Why not use a turbo 4 with or without electric assist with gets better gas mileage and makes the same power and torque? I think a 2008 CTS had a 304 hp V6 if memory serves me correctly, that is 10 years ago, and Lexus hasn't gone past that yet.
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    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Yep, this sounds like a Rick Wagoner "cut your way to profitability" plan and all that got GM was bankruptcy I think it makes sense to cut the Taurus globally, because it doesn't sell much here and you can sell a long wheel base Fusion in China if you have to. This does seem like a give up, and these cars do sell like 400,000 combined sales a year probably, that is a lot to just give away to other brands.
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    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Wow a 302 hp V6, how 2011 of them to offer that!
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    BMW Concept iX3 Previews an Electric X3 : Comments

    Now they are onto something. The i3 is an ugly looking car with odd proportions and that combined with the small range is why it doesn't sell. This looks like a legit BMW, this will sell. These quirky, goofy EV's were never going to sell, I think car makers though EV buyers wanted something different. What people want is a BMW crossover, and BMW is giving them a BMW crossover.
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    BMW 750Li vs Cadillac CT6 | TestDrive Showdown

    I have seen enough comparisons and reviews of the 7-series when it came out, the S-class beat it then and they just updated the S-class this year, so no contest. I just watched a review of the CT6 Platinum and Super cruise review, so I already learned about that. And again, full size sedan with a range topper 3 liter V6, boring. When they make a CT6 V-sport vs S560 or S63 video I will gladly watch.
  12. I think this new A-class looks quite sharp, the inside looks good too compared to others in the segment. I think this will do well in China and in Europe with the small streets as others have mentioned. Doesn't look like an S-class...
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    GM brings Cadillac back into the fold

    XT5 sales will decline in the 2nd half of this year is what I mean. I could see XT5 dropping into the 4,000 per month range when XT4 is on sale.
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    GM brings Cadillac back into the fold

    45k sales lost from 10 years ago. Cadillac sedans dropped, those people now buy SUVs. That is where XT5 sales come from, it is a 10 year trend in the market. XT4 will steal some ATS and XT5 sales I said, and trade ups from Equinox and Terrain, and other small SUVs.
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    BMW 750Li vs Cadillac CT6 | TestDrive Showdown

    I didn't watch the video, but I am guessing it is not worth the time.

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