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rperez817 last won the day on May 17 2017

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    '17 Jaguar XF 20d; '04 Ford Ranger

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  1. rperez817

    Elon Musk admits Tesla nearly died

    Elon Musk will be on the CBS TV show 60 minutes tonight. He said Tesla may consider using some of the U.S. factories GM no longer needs. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/08/tech/elon-musk-gm-electric-cars/index.html
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    Ranger sales estimate

    Toyota Tacoma was redesigned 3 years ago inside, out, and underneath. Only the old 2.7L 2TR engine and the manual transmissions are carryover from the previous generation. After the redesign, Tacoma's reliability went down a lot. Consumer Reports reliability rating for new Tacoma is below average. It's still a crude truck, and I found the driving position and front seats very uncomfortable. That's why I crossed Tacoma off my pickup truck shopping list. Nonetheless, there are lots of people of who are drawn by the Tacoma nameplate, and by the off road capabilities of TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro versions.
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    Ranger sales estimate

    Sure thing twintornados sir. When the 2018 year-end sales results for both GM and Ford come out, I'll report the pickup truck sales numbers on this thread.
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    Ranger sales estimate

    Thank you rmc523 sir. For pickup trucks at the end of 3Q 2018, GM was ahead by 27,738 units sold. I agree that if the current sales rates continue in 2019, Ford will finally outsell GM. Big question is whether new 2019 Silverado and Sierra sales will increase a lot as production of all versions of those trucks ramp up in 2019.
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    Ranger sales estimate

    What are Blue Oval Forums thoughts on whether the introduction of new Ranger will allow Ford trucks to outsell GM trucks in 2019 (U.S. market)?
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    FCA US November 2018 Sales Rise 17 Percent

    Yes sir, DFW area dealerships for many different brands do the usual "our financing experts can get you into the car of your dreams, all types of credit from good to bad can quality" gig in their advertising, promotions, etc. Dealership's job is to get the prospect in the door, and out of the parking lot with the customer driving home in a new or used vehicle.
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    FCA US November 2018 Sales Rise 17 Percent

    That makes no sense. I don't know what's up with those Ford and GM dealers. Or maybe your tenants are lying. In the DFW Metroplex, all major car dealerships for all brands will go out of their way to find financing options that work for their prospects and customers. If an automaker's captive financing company won't do it, dealerships can contract with additional banks and credit unions.
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    JL Wrangler scores 1 star in Euro NCAP

    Consumers do want safety systems like AEB, LKA, etc. And consumer groups have recommended them for years. But many automakers have been dragging their feet in terms of making these features available across their vehicle lineups. Some automakers still only offer them in expensive options packages that have non-safety related stuff. I agree with you probowler sir that it shouldn't be the government's job. Automakers need to be proactive. A good start is the agreement that 20 automakers made in 2016 for standard AEB on almost all light vehicles by 2022. https://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/u-s-dot-and-iihs-announce-historic-commitment-of-20-automakers-to-make-automatic-emergency-braking-standard-on-new-vehicles
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    Elon Musk admits Tesla nearly died

    Being a passenger rather than a driver in a regular car is a completely different experience. As a passenger, you can safely take a nap, make calls to your superiors, read your documents, etc. Can't do that as a driver, legally at least. With Level 5 AVs, the burden of driving is assumed entirely by the software and hardware of the car itself. So all occupants of AVs can enjoy the passenger experience. You make an excellent point about more driving and more traffic once shared AVs become popular. Elon Musk agrees. He said the following. https://electrek.co/2017/05/01/tesla-network-elon-musk-autonomous-ride-sharing-vision/ Musk proposes underground tunnel networks to alleviate traffic on surface streets. https://electrek.co/2017/04/28/elon-musk-the-boring-company-concept-video/ It will be interesting to see how popular the owner "sharing" part of Tesla's Network program will be. This is where individual owners of autonomous Tesla cars can share their vehicles whenever they want. Kind of like AirBnB for autonomous cars. Musk explained it will work like this.
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    FCA US November 2018 Sales Rise 17 Percent

    Subprime borrowers (credit score < 625) are not a major factor in new vehicle sales these days, for FCA, GM, or any other automaker. This group has been declining as a percentage of new vehicle buyers every year since 2015. They were down to less than 10% of new vehicle customers in 1Q 2018. Bloomberg said in an article earlier this year "Subprime New-Car Buyers Going Missing From U.S. Showrooms". https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-02/subprime-new-car-buyers-suddenly-go-missing-from-u-s-showrooms
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    FCA US November 2018 Sales Rise 17 Percent

    This isn't a factor in FCA's sales performance. GM Financial, Ford Credit, Toyota Motor Credit, and Nissan Motor Acceptance among others also offer 84 month loans. Many banks and credit unions that are not part of automaker captive financing companies do too.
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    FCA US November 2018 Sales Rise 17 Percent

    Congratulations to FCA for sales performance among the industry's best last month! Both retail and overall. The sharp increase in fleet sales is somewhat worrisome though.
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    Elon Musk admits Tesla nearly died

    For many people who live in congested urbanized areas, driving is like heartburn. Driving in Washington, D.C. is like a nasty case of gastroenteritis. It only took one time driving in that city for me to say "never again". When I travel to Washington, D.C. for work, I rely on WMATA despite their crummy service, plus Lyft, taxicabs, and my running shoes to get around.
  14. Maybe so, but they are also some of GM's best customers. https://www.wsj.com/articles/gmcs-quiet-success-backstops-fast-evolving-gm-1519646400
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    GM to close Oshawa (Canada) plant

    It helps profitability and brand reputation. The VP of sales operations at GM gave this explanation.