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  1. When the Ford Ranger returns to the US market in a few weeks, the EPA window sticker will be a primary strong selling point. The EPA estimates for the Ranger have been announced and it beats any other gasoline powered pickup on the market. The two-wheel drive Ranger will have a 21mpg city / 26 highway / 23 combined rating. That combined rating ties the combined rating of the diesel-powered Chevy Colorado. The 4wd model gets a 20 city / 24 highway / 22 combined rating of which the city and combined rating are the highest in the class. The Ranger starts around $25,395 and offers only one engine, a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder, that will tow and haul more than the V6 offerings from Nissan, Toyota, and Ford. The U.S. mid-size truck market is heating up with Ranger as just the newest entry in the mix. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be arriving next year but has not yet been rated by the EPA. View full article
  2. Satisfaction is setting a Project Status to 100%.

  3. Drew Dowdell

    Acura News: Acura Turns Its Attention Back To Their Sedans

    I"m sure it is coming.
  4. There seems to be a lot of wiggle room in what counts as it's own model and it generally changes depending on what makes the manufacturer look best. When it is convenient, the models are all lumped together (3-series and 4-series sales numbers). When it is convenient, they separate them out. BMW saying "We have 96 different models... as long as you count the 320, 335, etc all separately.
  5. Drew Dowdell

    Rivian R1S SUV Promises To Go Anywhere On Electricity: Comments

    I saw these in LA and they look really darn close to production ready. Both of them are "tweeners" in exterior size. They don't feel as big as an F-150, but not as small as a Ranger either. The SUV looks about Explorer sized. Their third vehicle should be a smaller crossover about the size of the old Equinox.
  6. The old Sebring is still built there as a Volga
  7. Leave it to the Germans to overcomplicate matters.
  8. Drew Dowdell

    Acura News: Acura Turns Its Attention Back To Their Sedans

    The RLX need an interior overhaul... material quality and fit is well below the segment average. The ILX feels too close to Civic. The TLX is average at best.
  9. A trim line is not a model. The E300 and E400 are not separate models.
  10. Rivian looks to possibly beat Tesla at their own game primarily because Elon's ego isn't involved. They're also starting in the hottest two segments, so if their tech proves to be worthy, they should get a better start than Tesla.
  11. Drew Dowdell

    Toyota News: 2020 Toyota Supra Finally is Revealed Sans Camo

    I dunno... I'm sure the BMW will at least whelm me.
  12. Drew Dowdell

    Toyota News: 2020 Toyota Supra Finally is Revealed Sans Camo

    I'm pretty underwhelmed.
  13. Drew Dowdell

    Ford Ranger Gets Top Marks for Fuel Economy

    When the Ford Ranger returns to the US market in a few weeks, the EPA window sticker will be a primary strong selling point. The EPA estimates for the Ranger have been announced and it beats any other gasoline powered pickup on the market. The two-wheel drive Ranger will have a 21mpg city / 26 highway / 23 combined rating. That combined rating ties the combined rating of the diesel-powered Chevy Colorado. The 4wd model gets a 20 city / 24 highway / 22 combined rating of which the city and combined rating are the highest in the class. The Ranger starts around $25,395 and offers only one engine, a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder, that will tow and haul more than the V6 offerings from Nissan, Toyota, and Ford. The U.S. mid-size truck market is heating up with Ranger as just the newest entry in the mix. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be arriving next year but has not yet been rated by the EPA.
  14. Drew Dowdell

    Ford News: Ford Ranger Gets Top Marks for Fuel Economy

    Yeah, but the GM twins diesel is slooow.
  15. Drew Dowdell

    Ford News: Ford Ranger Gets Top Marks for Fuel Economy

    Your old ranger hardly had any power though. This new one does.
  16. Drew Dowdell

    A 2018 Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury w/Super Cruise Review

    Top of the car range can be Escala to go with the top of the SUV range Escalade.
  17. If the product is good enough, they will come. But it isn't happening anyway.
  18. Drew Dowdell

    Ford News: Ford Ranger Gets Top Marks for Fuel Economy

    Could it be that the Ranger has a better power to weight ratio?
  19. Drew Dowdell

    VW News: 2020 Volkswagen Passat Teased Before Detroit

    Honestly, I have no issue with them keeping the platform as long as they improve on the interior materials a bit. The car itself is super solid and isn't in dire need of a change.
  20. GM routinely licenses out its technology. They had camera mirrors, though not full-time real-time streaming, as far back as 2010. That is how the 2nd gen Equinox got a rearview camera if one didn't select NAV. The image popped up in the mirror. Cars are not new... you must still drive a Curved Dash because if electric cars haven't changed in 100 years, neither have gasoline powered cars.
  21. Their whole economy is cooling fast.
  22. There are Chevy dealers that get special treatment based on the number of Corvettes they sell... or the number of Silverados they sell. A Corvette sub-brand "boutique"* inside of certain dealers would work. That's how Genesis launched. *I hate that word in regards to buying cars.
  23. There is a company out there building "new" old Mustangs. The body shells are available. The rest is just EV parts put in the shell. Aside from company funding, I see no technical reason this car couldn't be built.
  24. It's not anywhere near that simple since much student debt is privately held. The real threat is corporate debt. 9 trillion of it. Companies that are cash-flowing today could become black holes of bankruptcy in just a few months time. The US auto manufacturers, for once, are ahead of the game. FCA paid off most of its debt, GM is going through their major restructuring to lower costs. Ford is doing the same. If/when a global recession hits in the near term, the auto manufacturers do not want to need to be bailed out again.

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