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  1. 15 years ago a V8 F150 had 231 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. And they sold over 500,000 of them and they towed boats and trailers and got people around. Any turbo 4 of today can put out power like that. The 5.4 V8 made 300 hp back then, which any garden variety V6 can do now. Today's 2.7 Ecoboost is easily ore powerful than the big V8 2 generations back. the F150 2.7 has a 0-60 around 6 seconds, vs 9 seconds for the 2004 F150 with the 5.4 V8, the base engine had to be over 10 seconds 0-60. So that 2.7 is more than enough power for probably 90% of F150 buyer, in fact it is probably more than enough. The V8 in general is dying on all brands. I imagine most F150 are XL and XLT, and I would guess 2/3rd of F150 are the 3.3 and 2.7 engines, especially factoring in fleet sales. I think that 3.5 has outsold the 5.0 for years though.
  2. The 3.5 V6 makes more torque than the V8, so not surprised that more people are going for the V6. Plus there is cost too, I don't know the pricing of F150s that well, but I imagine the V8 is a good bit more money than the base V6 or the 2.7 Ecoboost. And for most people the 2.7 Ecoboost is enough power to get around and do what they need to do. This is that different than when 15 years ago maybe 50% of Accords and Camry were a V6, now it is like 10% V6 because the 4-cylinder meets the needs of most buyers. V8 demand industry wide is down.
  3. Not a mistake the the best 2 are from Stuttgart. And the answer to this question is Toyota Corolla. Because if you don't care about cars you might as well get a cheap one and the Corolla will get you from point A to B in the most boring way possible.
  4. Boxter/Cayman/718. Mercedes SL, although that will likely become a 2+2 like the 911, only with the engine in front, as a way to replace the loss of other coupe/convertible Mercedes. I think Audi will go electric in a pretty big way, they like to push themselves as being tech focused where as Bentley and Lamborghini are old school big gas engine focused. Obviously they will need gas Audi's in the A4, Q5 level stuff, but the A8 might as well go EV now, they don't sell a lot and the S-class has been out powering and out performing that car forever so they might as well try something new.
  5. Kill Fiat in the USA for sure. If they want to move their Miata clone to Alfa Romeo with a 280 hp turbo 4 that could work. And they have to do something like that if they contracted with Mazda to build the 124 for a certain number of years. I think they can kill Chrysler also and move the Pacifica to Dodge.
  6. Production started this month, they will produce 500 per week this year and increase to 1,000 per week in 2020. On sale in Germany in June so they will probably gobble up all the availability this year.
  7. So compare a larger Camry to a smaller Rav4, as I put in my original post. Same brand, same price spread over the model range. The Camry is larger and sells worse. Mercedes is mostly cutting coupes and convertibles, which is the stuff people don't want anymore. Mercedes added a new EQC this year and is adding GLB next year, because they need more crossovers. BMW has an X8 full size crossover coupe confirmed in development. I like sedans, but the car buying public has moved on from them.
  8. Diesel is going to be a rough go, and emissions will keep getting stricter and stricter so I wonder how long they can keep it going anyway.
  9. Well a 3-series costs the same as an Avalon and sells better if you prefer that comparison. There is no such thing as a high selling full size sedan. I remember when GM easily sold over 100,000 Lesabres a year, and now Buick is lucky to sell 25,000 Lacrosse and they are just giving up on it totally. Taurus, Impala, XTS, Lacrosse getting killed isn't by some mistake, rumor is the 300 is going away in a year to two. And how much longer do the Maxima and Avalon have, those are on borrowed time.
  10. Most of the FWD versions of crossovers tow less than the AWD which is solely because of needing traction on rear wheels. Where as some Rear drive versions of vehicles tow more than the 4wd counter part. But we still live in a world where full size SUVs like Traverse, Telluride, Pilot, etc tow a max weight less than a 90s Fleetwood.
  11. Apple should buy them but Elon isn’t going anywhere. He has too much stock, unless they way over pay him for his shares. Their brand equity is soo good they can ship a car with different color door trim and get away with it. If GM or Ford have a hood that is 2 mm off they get roasted. Side note, Doug Demuro says MBUX is better infotainment than Tesla’s.
  12. The RAV4 outsells the Avalon 10 to 1 and the Avalon is larger and has more space in it. Granted the Avalon costs more but not by that much. Camry is bigger than a RAV4 too and Rav outsells it for the same money. I don’t like Crossovers but Cadillac could price the CT5 at $25k and the Equinox would outsell it by a country mile solely because it is a crossover. Nor can most crossovers tow much. The FWD ones can’t pull more than 3,000 lbs in most cases because once you put weight in back it lifts the front wheels off the ground.
  13. Tesla would be a great buy for Apple if they want into cars. And Tesla’s electronics are far ahead of the rest. And the real value would be in the data. Apple would be able to take all that driving data, how often people stop at Starbucks, when they charge, what restaurants they go to etc. Just like Google is tracking Internet traffic, Apple could do that with a car because Tesla owns the data on the car. I am sure there are restrictions on how it can be used but insurance companies would love that data for writing premiums and in claims handling.
  14. Large sedan isn’t a growth segment, it is dying. But Cadillac could put some of those old school American luxury traits into a crossover, that is what Lincoln is doing.
  15. Cadillac should be building stuff with the spirit of this car in that is roomy and comfortable with ride quality. People hardly buy 200 inch long sedans now, let alone 225 inch, so they couldn't build vehicles this big. But they could make stuff like CT4 or CT5 focus on room and ride comfort and a more pampering experience rather than razor edge handling, because the wanna be Nurburgringers are going to buy a German car anyway. Not only should the CT6 turn into the Fleetwood with more luxury, but they should make an Eldorado coupe that is about CT5 in size but more luxurious and throw some tail fins on there if they want to. The current Cadillac line up is passionless.

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