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  1. 4 points
    T-dubz

    2020 Escape Spied with little camo

    looks pretty much identical to the new focus (seen above). Guess I should have known that would be the case. I think it’s a pretty big improvement over the current one.
  2. 2 points
    Anthony

    Tailgate wars heating up.

    I'll remember that when I put the Twinkies in the middle of the bed next to the Funyuns. πŸ˜‰
  3. 2 points
    All that awesome new engineering out just in time to be killed-off by the "Green New Deal"
  4. 2 points
    There's a HUGE strike going on at a bunch of Mexican plants near the US/Mexico border and I suspect that is where the effected parts are made. I posted about it in the Employee forum.
  5. 2 points
    JLR is not big enough to justify the capital investment. But growing volume is not easy and this is where JLR finds itself now... in the middle of the deathzone. Too small to cover fixed cost but too big to make a profit. Tata really needs to decide what it wants out of JLR. If this is a vanity project then fine... just periodically write off your investments. But if they want this to be a real business, they need to decide if they want volume or boutique. The volume strategy will require massive downscale vehicle investments and platform/drivetrain/parts sharing with other Tata models. The goal would be to turn Jaguar and Land Rover into high volume middle market brands while leaving Range Rover as the luxury offering. The boutique strategy will require abandoning the middle market and the entry luxury segment altogether and just focus on the high end Range Rovers and one or two ultra lux Jaguar sedans and sports cars.
  6. 2 points
    twintornados

    Tailgate wars heating up.

    It's why it needs to open both ways...drop down when trailer is attached, or side swing open when no trailer is there...imagine that wagon with a trailer hitch, same issue then as you bring up now.
  7. 1 point
    HotRunrGuy

    F-150 Aero-X Fastback

    https://www.autoblog.com/2019/02/10/fastback-ford-f-150-michigan-vehicle-solutions/#slide-7517377 HRG
  8. 1 point
    Trailhiker

    Tailgate wars heating up.

    We always climbed in through the window, so a trailer would not have been a problem!
  9. 1 point
    danglin

    Hello from Germany

    Welcome to the Forum!! I have a Race Red 2011 Premium GT. Finally Broke 20,000 miles late last year. Wish I had an Autobahn to "cruise" on Make sure to post when you finally get it
  10. 1 point
    Anthony

    F-150 Aero-X Fastback

    "How can we make a full-size pickup 100% less useful AND uglier at the same time?" Hold my beer.
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    Ford trademarked "Thunder" recently...
  13. 1 point
    C-Max wheelbase: 2,648mm / 104.3" Escape (current gen) wheelbase: 2,690mm / 105.9" Grand C-Max wheelbase: 2,788mm / 109.8" "Grand Escape" wheelbase: ??? but let say longer than current Grand C-Max Edge/S-Max/Galaxy wheelbase: 2,850mm / 112.2" Explorer wheelbase: 3,030 mm / 119.1" So you can kind of see the logic here for Ford... they think buyers in Europe that wants a SUV bigger than 5 seat Kuga will want 7 seats because they are coming out of minivans for the most part. And remember the current Edge shares everything with S-Max and Mondeo... including the wheelbase. So if you can stretch a C2 into 112" wheelbase, it doesn't really matter if the car is called "Edge" or "Kuga" because it will have 7 seats and shaped like an SUV... something Ford Europe has not sold before. And in case you are wondering if that is feasible... just remember that Transit Connect already has a longer wheelbase than Edge so C1 (and C2 by default) is able to handle that kind of stretch. And for people that want a really big SUV, Ford is going to bring the Explorer which will be better positioned against the luxury brand offerings in terms of value. So the VW line up where Ford gets inspirations from shows their thinking. For comparison purpose to VW: Golf Sportvan wheelbase: 2,637mm / 103.8" (comparable to C-Max) Tiguan SWB: 2,681mm / 105.6" (comparable to Escape) Touran wheelbase: 2,791mm / 109.9" (comparable to Grand C-Max) Tiguan LWB: 2,791mm / 109.9" (comparable to Escape 7 seat LWB) Touareg wheelbase: 2,904mm / 114.3" (comparable to Edge/Explorer) Sharan wheelbase: 2,919mm / 114.9" (comparable to S-Max or Galaxy)
  14. 1 point
    RPF

    Kumar Galhotra on Bronco DNA

    An aftermarket kit wouldn't be too shocking. Same way you'd get a SFA under the front of a '80-'96 Bronco or a SRA on a 2015+ Mustang.
  15. 1 point
    Considering there's a younger generation of Fords pretty involved in the company I doubt that's the case. Elena Ford, Calvin Ford and Henry Ford III all hold positions in the company and I'm sure they are not the only ones. Elena Ford Interview Calvin and Henry Ford III interview If the younger generation didn't want anything to do with it maybe it would be different, but I'm sure the older Fords like Edsel II or Bill will do all they can to keep the company independent and the family in control. Family control for almost 120 years is actually one of the neatest things about Ford. If you do much research the family is very proud and protective of the Ford Motor Company. I don't see that changing anytime soon unless something goes completely wrong. Controlling the company Henry Ford founded is about a lot more than money for that family. That makes me proud to be a Ford driver. I don't know if it's still the case, but for generations a lot of Ford employees would tell you they work for "the Fords" not for just "Ford."
  16. 1 point
    The article says the engineers were surprised by this announcement. Sounds like damage control from the terrible reviews comparing to the Aviator. But they will still probably be years away on a plug in hybrid version. Ford will need to answer the "Super Cruise" challenge.
  17. 1 point
    Tails... maybe. Headlights no. We think vertical headlights because the Art and Science look since the mid 90s. Maybe a couple of 70s models. Did ya know Ford sold more vertical taillight Econoline than Cadillac sold cars?
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  20. 1 point
    I don't see your point. Vertical lighting is a Cadillac hallmark.
  21. 1 point
    EUStang4Rai

    Hello from Germany

    BTW this is my small Twister-Babe
  22. 1 point
    twintornados

    Hello from Germany

  23. 1 point
    Holy crap...a statement of JLR's failings without blaming Ford...who are you and what have you done to rperez817??
  24. 1 point
    ANTAUS

    2020 Escape Spied with little camo

    I can understand why it's easy to just "change" an exterior to fit a market. I don't see an issue where the same vehicle is the same underneath, but its styled aggressively for one client, and softly for another client. Mecury isnt around, so if you can gear it towards one group, and butch it up for another crowd, why not.
  25. 1 point
    The more smart approach is to make a big, elctric sedan to replace the Continental.
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