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  1. pffan1990


    Not everyone knows who Mike is and his humor. I only recently found his Twitter and follow his posts (I don't have Twitter but do have his twitter page in my browser favorites and check from time to time) late last year. Sometimes he would give a heads up of an announcement and be serious and other times with the humor as you mentioned. I also have mild Asperger's Syndrome so do have at times a hard time determining whether or not someone is being serious or 'sarcastic' like Sheldon Cooper character on "The Big Bang Theory". The fact that he said there was exciting pickup news for those who wanted smaller truck than Ranger and surprised of no spy shots came across as serious since he had a lack of smilie face emoticon. You said it yourself, 'here we go again'... It must say a lot if many people get confused with whether or not he's serious or humorous. I'm not the only one it seems to be confused. Regardless, it is neat to see F-150 being used as emoji - the only pickup emoji, that is - even though I don't use emojis when I type online. I do know there are real truck news coming so it's not really a big disappointment though.
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    Yeah I just now got online and saw it's an emoji announcement. While I do like the pickup truck emoji being a Ford, it's a bit of letdown the way Mike tweeted yesterday as if a real pickup news was coming. I know there are more real news and reveals coming soon though hopefully sometime this year.
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    He also tweeted that truck news coming later this week (be funny if it's announced Thursday as a way to deflect from the new Corvette reveal. ). So I'm guessing it's announcement of whatever that truck is in the video that was posted. Looks odd to see cab with a very tiny bed for a unibody pickup if that's what it is. The sketches shown in the video shows that the vehicle will have F-150's door with how the mirror is placed and the lower window line slopes down towards the mirror. I thought the upcoming unibody pickup would be 4-door with pickup bed (Escape-based) but 2-door as shown under sheet is surprising to me. Possibly something entirely different as I couldn't understand the audio in the video as it was coming garbled to me on my computer.
  4. What do you personally think of the rendering if it's actually true? I think GM has ruined the Corvette. I see the need for rear mid-engine layout but should have named that one Corvette Zora and still have the regular Corvette 'C8' with front engine and rear drive layout. BTW, who is Wellburn?
  5. Jim Farley has mentioned in a video about more 'white space' vehicles coming as well as in articles suggesting that there will be an all-new white space vehicle for 2021 likely based on the CD6 front drive setup and would be called the Fusion. I wouldn't be surprised if current Fusion continues with the Fusion Classic or Fusion Heritage name. Ford did this with F-150 in 2004 with F-150 Heritage.
  6. pffan1990

    The Voyager is back! (sort of)

    I'm still racking my brain as to why they dropped the Town & Country name for the van and used Pacifica. The old Pacifica was a crossover of sorts and was confusing for that name to be used on the van. And now they're changing it so that the lower trims are Voyager but upper trim is Pacifica. WTF?
  7. pffan1990

    Gladiator: Ike Gauntlet

    Are you talking about the Mahindra ROXOR 'Jeep'? It's still in production where it's made in Michigan and still sold here in America. Mahindra claims it has the license to build the old Willy Jeep which Mahindra has continuously built in India for 70 years so it's grandfathered in when it comes to laws such as copyrights, etc. The ROXOR is off road use only and can't be driven on road; again to be able to bypass many laws. The frame is all-new redesigned and fully-boxes steel. The ROXOR comes with standard rollbars and comes with more options such as canvas top or hard top. Looks nice when you see the site that starts at $16,000 though it can quickly climb up to almost $40,000 though when fully loaded. Check out the Build page. From what I read, it's quite reliable and maybe even a better value on the brand-new Jeep Wrangler. The new Wrangler and Gladiator do look nice but I would actually consider the ROXOR which can be configured as Sport 2-seat, Sport 4-seat, and even 2-seat 'pickup'! https://www.roxoroffroad.com/
  8. Power figures has been announced as of today, according to Road & Track now that embargo has passed I think. How does 760 horsepower and 625 torque sound? The engine produces more horsepower and torque per liter than other V8 engines. Also more power than Corvette ZR1. https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a28090168/2020-ford-mustang-shelby-gt500-horsepower-torque-specs/
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    Ford/FCA Merger?

    I'm wondering if the talks of merger between Ford and FCA was before Ford decided to turn the Bronco into a subbrand. It could have been that Ford wanted the Jeep brand while planning on just the Ranger-based Bronco. Then someone in the higher-up (Hackett or even Bill Ford Jr himself may have came to this idea) decided it would be easier to just make a Bronco subbrand rather than merge with troubled FCA just for Jeep brand. Just my guess why talks between Ford and FCA didn't succeed. My opinion is that Ford does not need to merge with anyone as they are heading in a good direction, although slow one, that is. The partnership with Volkswagen would be just that, a partnership regarding use of product platforms and autonomous technology. Both Ford and VW had said it would not be a merger nor seeking stakes in equity. So the VW partnership aside (not knowing how the talks have been going these days behind the doors), Ford does not need to do true mergers or be sold out to another company, as Ford is starting to slowly head in a good direction.
  10. Would have been nice to actually hear the engine as it goes by without the music overdub or the guys talking. Also, seems a bit suspicious that they were able to drive onto the parking lot that close with the test mule driver in it as well as follow it without being spotted. Then there's the camera on the road that the mule driver had to have seen. I have seen spy photos where there were security guys or test mule drivers chasing the photographers away. It appears as though either the driver was oblivious or just didn't care. I'm wondering when the video was made because we already saw the T6 Ranger-based test mule photos a few months ago.
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    Full size Bronco mule?

    Oh yes, I remember reading about this. I think he was talking more about how technology has gotten so advanced in recent years that it has enabled the speeding up of design and development in a matter of weeks instead of years. But I also kinda remember he was talking about a vehicle or a category of a vehicle. I think he was talking about the upcoming affordable nameplates which was the small utility and small pickup based on this small utility. He could just have been talking about all of what I mentioned in one interview. I really do need to go find that article as you piqued my interests. :)
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    Full size Bronco mule?

    Hmm, can you elaborate on that vehicle that Hackett talked about? I know there was Bronco that had to have a re-do in styling and then got approved. Then the Bronco Scout that's coming soon. But what was the vehicle that got approved in record time?
  13. Looking like the end of Fusion has come as of after 2020 model year, according to AutoNews. Not sure if it's reliable publication but it does include quote by Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz. To be fair, it could be that Fusion production is ending in Mexico as Ford may move it elsewhere to continue it to 2023 as you said. Who knows especially with the Mexican tariffs going on. https://www.autonews.com/sales/ford-end-fusion-output-2020
  14. pffan1990

    Musk on the Tesla Pickup... hahahaha

    Yes, that was the point I was making earlier but apparently a couple of users didn't see my point I was making. The pulling of shuttle and jet was just for marketing purposes and can't be done in everyday life of the towing vehicle.
  15. pffan1990

    Musk on the Tesla Pickup... hahahaha

    I know. Read a few posts above to see my response to someone else who brought up the same as you did. Try reading the new posts that were posted before you logged in before replying since I already addressed it once above.