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rperez817 last won the day on May 17 2017

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    '17 Jaguar XF 20d; '19 Ford Ranger XLT

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  1. Car and Driver says "The 2019 Ford Ranger XL SuperCab Is Cheap and Quick". https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a27870613/2019-ford-ranger-xl-supercab-by-the-numbers/ C/D TEST RESULTS Zero to 60 mph: 6.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 15.8 sec Zero to 110 mph: 21.1 sec Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.3 sec Standing ΒΌ-mile: 14.6 sec @ 96 mph Top speed (governor limited): 111 mph
  2. rperez817

    Holy $%!#... Another Avenger was sold!

    Yes sir. Dodge Avenger production ended 1Q 2014. FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was then retooled to build 2015 Chrysler 200. That model stopped production in Q4 2016.
  3. I'm interested to see the performance figures for 3.3L hybrid powertrain versus the 2.3L turbo in 2020 Explorer. The 2.3L turbo has a lot of pep, I'm impressed with how powerful that engine feels in my new '19 Ranger. The hybrid should definitely be better in terms of smoothness though. Ford 4-cylinder engines including 2.3L turbo are coarse and loud when revved.
  4. If the hybrid version is smoother or delivers better performance than than the non-hybrid, that's two good reasons to choose the hybrid right there.
  5. rperez817

    Toyota announces major EV offensive

    More details about Toyota's strategy. https://www.autonews.com/sales/toyota-amps-us-ev-plans-join-new-surge One interesting detail is that Toyota is part of a EV technology development consortium of 5 Japanese automakers plus supplier firms called EV C.A. Spirit Corp. https://www.ev-cas.co.jp/
  6. It does suck for customers like you and your wife who appreciated the wide variety of engine and trim combinations that Ford Fusion offered in previous years. But Ford really dug itself into a hole selling unprofitable passenger cars including Fusion for years and years. It needs to get out, and that's what Ford is doing. Have you test driven a Fusion SE Hybrid? Very responsive powertrain that performs better than what the specs indicate, plus huge sales incentives.
  7. πŸ˜„ Now if only Ford could give me fleet pricing. 🀣 The new '19 Ranger will be used for the landscaping and lawn care business my family and I operate. But we're not big enough to buy 5 or more vehicles for the business, which is what Ford requires for a FIN code. Just 1 truck. Just kidding of course, I'm very happy with Ford offering a Ranger to U.S. customers, happy with the team at my dealer (Autonation Ford Fort Worth), and happy with the price I paid for the truck. Thanks everyone for the congratulations, my sons are about to drive the Ranger home in about an hour.
  8. Back in January, Kumar Galhotra said that "about 300,000 consumers already have indicated plans" to purchase a 2019 Ranger. But that's just Ford PR fluff. Sales will probably peak at 10k to 12k a month this year. https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/ford-adding-overtime-ranger-production-first-month-sales-hit-1200
  9. It's the mentality of pickup truck buyers. Lots of blind loyalty, more than with other vehicle types. 2019 U.S. Ranger is designed for Ford loyalists (sheeple) like me. There's nothing about Ford Ranger that would get somebody who already owns a Toyota Tacoma to switch. Or Chevy Colorado owners. Or Honda Ridgeline owners. Speaking of 2019 Ranger, my Ford dealership told me that the Ranger I pre-ordered arrived yesterday and sent a few photos. It's a white XLT SuperCab with package 301A. I'm heading there this afternoon to take delivery!
  10. rperez817

    Toyota announces major EV offensive

    This approach has worked for Toyota, and to a lesser extent Ford, in the past. But now the automotive industry is undergoing a once in a century transformation. Car companies cannot afford to "be late" when it comes to electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility services. Akio Toyota said last year "The automobile industry is changing at a speed far greater than anyone anticipated." It looks like Terashi San understands this in the context of EV.
  11. rperez817

    Toyota announces major EV offensive

    Yes sir, they are behind for sure. A Toyota executive in North America (Bob Carter) and one in Europe (Gerald Killmann) both made excuses for Toyota's lack of BEVs. That brought a lot of media and investor criticism of Toyota recently. Looks like Terashi San at least realizes that BEV isn't a "fad" or "trend", it's a cornerstone of the whole automotive industry's future. And Terashi San makes a lot of good points in his presentation, beyond the tacit admission that Toyota is behind the competition with BEV. He recognizes not only that electrification and BEV in particular will transform the automotive industry and bring many benefits to society. But also that a business model based just on each car company including Toyota manufacturing its own BEVs and having customers buy them is not enough.
  12. rperez817

    Toyota announces major EV offensive

    Actually Toyota is promoting collaboration with other automakers and suppliers. On page 9 of Terashi San's presentation, he says "Toyota will take a cooperative stance and work together with many parties to promote initiatives for the construction of new business models." 1559900303AimingtoPopulariseBEVs.pdf
  13. Jalopnik reported rumors of a unibody pickup truck smaller than Ranger being allocated to Hermosillo. https://jalopnik.com/ford-may-be-cooking-up-a-small-unibody-truck-smaller-th-1831869646
  14. You're welcome sir. Ask a rhetorical question, get a rhetorical answer.
  15. At least some of those funds are probably being invested in Ford's electrification, autonomous vehicle, and mobility services initiatives.