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  1. ...is fantastic. Totally 1970s - as it should be. And yeah, something about the Olds 455 sound...just beautiful.
  2. Well, I agree with you partially. Kill the nonsensical Compass, keep the recently-refreshed and decent-selling current Patriot for a bit longer, and then redesign it on an evolution of the Journey's platform in a few years. Keep it reasonably-sized (no third seat for the Jeep version, thank you), make it nimble in town, and add an optional Trail Rated package for those who want it (like me). The current Patriot is admittedly a pretty substandard beast even with its revised interior, but it does one thing right in attempting to get some real off-road ability out of an economical package. I'd
  3. My parents used to haul me and my brother and sister around in an '88 Dodge Colt Vista, which was about the same size as a Mazda 5 but had 4WD to boot. That was a neat little wagon. Got better mileage than the Caravans and Aerostars everyone else was driving, too.
  4. Anyone else see an easy opportunity? Ford used to have the Focus wagon here, but that recently disappeared. Maybe Saturn can capitalize with a version of the Astra wagon.
  5. Duncan

    Building a 128i

    But it begs the question - if it's that similar, what's the point? Why sell a slightly smaller, less spacious version of the same vehicle? The same vehicle with BMW's new four-cylinder engine would make a lot more sense. Maybe that's BMW's plan - I hope so.
  6. Duncan

    BIG Ford news

    Bull. Check the history... Lincoln began in 1920 as a new endeavor by the same people (the Lelands) who created Cadillac. Up until the late 1940s, Lincolns always had distinct engineering from Fords - the V12 engine, specifically, along with a totally unique chassis. And, under Edsel Ford's leadership, Lincoln was always the style leader in the company. (The "new" split grille on the MKS is a return to a look Edsel helped invent for Lincoln.) By the mid-1950s, some of that uniqueness had been lost, especially in the engine room (with enlarged versions of Ford engines). But Lincoln remained
  7. Looking at it again, I've come to a different conclusion. So long as Lincoln keeps devolving into what Mercury used to be, there's not much reason for it to exist. To that end, I would argue that it is better off for Ford to gradually retire Mercury until such time as it can find relevance again. It may be quite a while - say mid-2020s or so - but Lincoln first has to regain a reputation for luxury leadership, on par with Mercedes-Benz or Cadillac. At that point, when there is once again a clear pricing gap between Ford and Lincoln, Mercury can return with classic American styling and a le
  8. Duncan

    BIG Ford news

    It's kinda sad, but I kept trying to think up reasons for Mercury to live and I kept coming back to this conclusion. Mercury's decline goes hand-in-hand with Ford's total inability to maintain Lincoln's former standards of excellence. Thus, as Lincoln has declined to something less than a full-on luxury brand, Mercury's niche in between Lincoln and Ford has gradually eroded away. Until Lincolns can once again sell at premium prices, there will remain less and less rationale for Mercury to continue selling better-styled (in my opinion) and more luxurious Ford products. Much like DeSoto, whi
  9. Lemme just edit what you apparently forgot to emphasize. That's closer to what you intended, right? It would fit your usual pattern...
  10. I have to agree, as the V8 is kinda the whole point of the Camaro. My only compromise would be the choice of an automatic over a stick, since that's probably the only way to get DOD and the extra economy it provides.
  11. I did, thanks. And this is what I read: Translation: Remove GME/Holden/Daewoo from the company as the "stronger" side, leaving GMNA to survive on its own (perhaps called something else, though we would know better). You may personally translate that in the opposite direction - removing GMNA and leaving GME/Holden/Daewoo to survive - but my definition is how such a move would eventually pan out in regards to the home country's industry. (Remember, GM is still an American company. Remember?) Feel free to ask yourself how the separation of Chrysler from Daimler panned out. My view is t
  12. My 60-year-old father, a long-time import buyer (most recently Toyota for my mom and Honda for him), was amazed at the quality of the Malibu when we saw it at the Denver Auto Show recently. As he said, "I'd be proud to own this car. I'm glad GM finally gets it." He also really liked the Buick Lucerne (he was surprised that it offered a V8 engine), but is amazed at the amount of energy expended on the marketing of full-size trucks and SUVs. Keep in mind that my dad generally views cars from a design/practicality standpoint. For instance, despite all of its other fine features, he immediately
  13. Correction - the plants and employees of Chrysler will be owned by a foreign company. And wouldn't it be ironic if Renault, who Chrysler squeezed out of their company once (via AMC), came back along with Nissan to take them over entirely?
  14. No, it doesn't. Half of GM's engineering that it will need to survive in the next decade - EcoTec engine development, smaller platform architectures - is centered in Europe and Korea. Stock analysts like these kind of moves because they shake up the market and increase speculation, which is good for them - but $h!ty for actual product development. Not to mention the effect on corporate morale - it turns everything into a saleable asset, rather than an integral part of the company. For those who will instantly compare this to Ford's sell-off of Jaguar and Land Rover, that
  15. Duncan

    BIG Ford news

    I'm 29, and I can appreciate a suspension tuned for comfort too. (Both a '98 Continental and a '96 DeVille have managed to impress me in the past.) But the thing is, for the kind of driving I do nearly every day - the usual cut-and-thrust through city traffic - the so-called "Euro" style of handling works better. Given that, I'm more inclined to buy a car with a bias towards sharp handling - and I'll accept the stiffer ride when I take a long trip, because that's a necessary sacrifice for a car I can live with on a regular basis. However, I can overcome some of that compromise by taking sm

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