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  1. And the Sonata gets crossed off my list for the next few years. If they wanted a big mouth for a front end they could have simply done this....
  2. Ideally, we should switch from a CAFE mandate to an all-electric option mandate. This would 1) Boost electric volume, creating greater economies of scale. 2) Greater competition would increase range and decrease costs of electrics 3) Rapid charging stations would become commonplace,since charging times are supposed to be dropping from 20 minutes to 2 within 5 years thanks to ultracapacitors . We could even mandate major gas stations offer rapid chargers to encourage the trend further, like we did with E85. 4) I think this could get wide bipartisan support.
  3. I like the new styling of this truck. At least we can have this modern truck unlike the new Ranger.
  4. I love those old boats, I'd take one o those over these friggin compacts,lol
  5. I don't know if I can I sure hope not... Buick is using no heritage names today, and I feel they shouldn't start now (if this were to come over as a Buick). Regal is not a new name... D'oH! I was thinking Lucerne-LaCrosse-Enclave-Verano at that moment... however, Regal is a name I like, so I'll let it pass However, I don't feel that Skylark resonates with today's marketplace. It's a name from the past that has no meaning today IMO. Chevy can get away with Camaro, Malibu, Corvette, Impala, and Silverado. GMC uses only one heritage name - Sierra - all others are post '92 (Yukon is the oldest, dating from its '92 introduction). And Cadillac should go back to real names - the alphanumerics are not great, though CTS has good market recognition at this point (and ATS is on its way). I would love to see Buick have a Skylark compact and a Full-size sedan called LeSabre. instead we have Verano and LaCrosse, both names have zero value to me other than they are Buicks and great cars.
  6. Awesome news, I'm so glad to hear this. Ford is rocketing back to life. I hope they learned some lessons from this experience.
  7. I always liked that car as a kid to bad things turned out the way they did. I'll never be able to buy myself a brand new Oldsmobile.
  8. Hopefully this is good news??
  9. I like this new Ford Interceptor. At least cops won't have to trudge around in Flintstone-mobiles anymore,lol.
  10. This thing is just butt ugly. The designer clearly was on crack. I would never even sit in Nissan Joke.
  11. I'm personally not a big fan of this class. However, I suppose I'd be for the Sonic since it looks nicer to me.
  12. I just like the technology and the car itself, I hope GM finds a better place to put the battery pack.
  13. I hope that US-made VWs have much higher quality than our current batch of VWs. My fiancee's father just brought ack a 2011 Jetta after two car through lug nuts, the second car had loose HVAC controls. VW may not be ready for prime-time. They better shape up!
  14. I love eAssist, its exciting to know what kind of technology may be just around the corner to improve mpg.
  15. Its still fairly evident that Detroit is not quite the center automotive universe as it once was.
  16. This seems to be the last chance for the Swedish auto industry. I do not see how they can be appealing beyond Nordophiles.
  17. Of course I'm an optimist, I hope Chrysler does better than ever. Either way by 2014, the Chrysler group will be in its best position since 1998.
  18. Chrysler is once again going in the wrong direction, The primary reason I believe this is occurring is because Chrysler group is drifting without direction. Who thought of the brilliant idea to create a whole new brand called "Ram" when Chrysler is on life support? The simply fact is that Chrysler needs to consolidate into one brand simply called Chrysler. Yes, I hate to see two storied brands, Dodge and Jeep to disappear but, I do not believe in the long term survivability of any of the current four Chrysler brands. Here is my pipe-dream of what Chrysler should be. 2012 Model Year Require that all Chrysler group dealerships sell Chrysler branded vehicles. 2013 Model Year Restore the Penta-star as the insignia on all Chrysler branded products. Launch Chrysler Jolt(sedan & 5-door) based on Fiat Punto Launch Chrysler Caliber (sedan, coupe, & 5-door) based on the Fiat Bravo to replace Dodge Caliber & Jeep Compass Launch Chrysler LeBaron (sedan, coupe, and convertible) co-developed by Fiat and Chrysler to replace Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 Launch Chrysler New Yorker to replace Dodge Charger & Chrysler 300, New Yorker V-8 models are called the New Yorker 300 and New Yorker 300C All Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models relaunched as Chryslers as follows, Ram full-size pick-ups => Chrysler Ram Ram Dakota => Chrysler Dakota Jeep Wrangler => Chrysler Jeep Jeep Grand Cherokee => Chrysler Grand Cherokee Jeep Liberty => Chrysler Liberty Jeep Compass + Patriot => Chrysler Caliber 5-door Dodge Avenger => Chrysler LeBaron Dodge Caliber => Chrysler Caliber Dodge Charger => Chrysler New Yorker Dodge Challenger => Chrysler Challenger Dodge Nitro => Chrysler Liberty Dodge Grand Caravan => Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Journey => Chrysler Journey Dodge Viper => Chrysler Viper I believe by 2014 Chrysler would be dramatically transformed from a has-been on life support to a major player in North America. By the end of the decade Chrysler will likely regain its independence and once again return to a position as powerful as they were before the Huns from Daimler-Benz raped and pillaged Mopar-land. I fully realize that this at best is not going to happen but, in case Sergio Marchionne just happens to stumble upon this thread. Here ya go! Capisce?! Ciao!!!
  19. I guess Buick will have two basic models,the Eco-Chic and the Euro-Chic.
  20. Wouldn't be cheaper to just post it on youtube right after it happens? Just saying, its not like GM has money to burn. Not to mention it could be up for years.
  21. I'm getting sick of waiting for Zeta too. What's the hold up? Its do or die already. As for the free market, if we actually had one in the American Auto Industry. There would never had been a crisis in the first place. I'll leave it at that.
  22. It would be nice to see a big RWD sedan in the North American GM stable. With eAssist, I think that GM will be able to stay in CAFE standards while still having V-8 muscle again. We just need cheap gas again.
  23. No, actually, the government bailed-out the UAW from a death sentence. Imagine if the Big 3 got normal bankruptcies with minor government protections to prevent any hostile takeovers. The UAW would no longer exist.

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