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Len_A

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Len_A last won the day on July 31 2015

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  1. Len_A

    Focus Active Canceled!

    You can't resolve it, not quickly anyway. You think POTUS knows what he's doing on this? Farmers are already getting hammered on multiple fronts, with foreign customers going else where for soybeans, corn and pork, among other commodities, Trumps multi billion dollar one time bail out for farmers doesn't even come close enough to help them (their words, not mine). My industry is seeing some softening of demand due to price increases. Plugging the hole by printing money - we agree, that's a nonstarter. There is no readily available solution. The absolute FACT is that our exports have dropped a little, over the last few months, and our imports went UP, even with Trumps stupid-ass tariffs (all of it in consumer goods). A solution for solving the trade deficit? Short of a massive recession to cut demand, that out strips U.S. suppliers capacity to manufacture at low prices that the market is demanding? Never going to happen. The fact is we have whole low price retail, on line and brick & mortar, built around cheap supply from Asia, including, but not limited, to China. Another fact is that the international auto industry's supply chain is built around different parts, coming from different countries, moving back and forth across international borders. This administrations moves to cut imports is disrupting a supply chain that can never move production quickly. Once a country of origin changes, on any vehicle part, due diligence demands long term testing for product liability and warranty liability reasons, plus anything in the power train has to meet further testing for emissions reasons. Those conditions are chiseled in stone, with very, very few exceptions. Parts supplier's contracts no longer allow for price increases due to raw material price increases, so now some suppliers very existence is threatened. So resolve a huge trade deficit without it hurting a little? Can't be done, and it won't hurt a little - it'll hurt a lot and contribute to cause or exacerbating the next downturn.
  2. Len_A

    Focus Active Canceled!

    Well I'm not. no one wins in a trade war, and Ford, and the UAW, are already getting hammered in (more) political forums, by the usual non auto industry employee crowd, complaining that this further puts new cars out of their grasp, to the benefit of more highly paid hourly & salaried Ford workers. Doesn't matter one iota that the union had exactly zip to do with this decision, and that this was never going to be a big seller anyway. In the meantime, my industrial sales organization is going through our second round - SECOND freaking round already - of price hikes and surcharges, due to steel and aluminum prices going up. Our product line is 95% plus American made, and the net result is customers are postponing or canceling orders if existing equipment can be repairs or jury-rigged to continue to work. And a full third of our customers are Tier One & Tier Two auto parts suppliers. So, no. I'm not with the administration or any of their supporters on this. Not one damn bit.
  3. Len_A

    Focus Active Canceled!

    https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/08/31/citing-trade-war-ford-cancels-plan-import-small-suv-china/1156427002/ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/08/31/ford-wont-sell-new-focus-crossover-u-s/1156315002/
  4. Len_A

    Removing Sync System?

    Not of this current MKX center console stack trim removal. I spent a half an hour searching on YouTube and closest I found was 4dtech's video on the 2015 MKZ center console stack trim & touchscreen removal.
  5. Aftermarket only. Y'all get a WalMart gift card for one!!
  6. -- Colors are in these preview brochures. Hope this helps. 2018_LincolnMKX.pdf 2018_Edge.pdf
  7. Finally, the 2017 MKX ORDER GUIDE. Enjoy. 2017 MKX Order Guide.pdf
  8. Len_A

    2017 MKX ORDER GUIDE AND JOB 1

    2017 Edge Order Guide is there. No 2017 MKX yet.
  9. Len_A

    2017 MKX ORDER GUIDE AND JOB 1

    Here's a 2017 MKX preview guide. A few new colors. 2017 Lincoln MKX.pdf
  10. I thought some of you would appreciate this. http://ncronline.org/blogs/where-i-stand/when-did-we-confuse-freedom-speech-freedom-be-rude
  11. That's a load of garbage. Looking at the new Continental from all angles, it looks nothing like a slightly enlarged MKZ. It looks like what it is - far larger in size, far more elegant in it's styling.
  12. Len_A

    Sync 3 & Adaptive steering

    Mapquest uses a "Send to Sync" feature.
  13. Maybe she's an attention whore? I'm with you - I just don't get it.
  14. I like it. But I'll vote anyway....
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