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#417 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [steve_]
Oct 10, 2012 (6:33 am)
What the heck is the delay in the release of the 2013 MKZ? I give up... I will buy a Lexus ES 350... after all the hoop la and press shame on Ford. Jerry (Western MA)
#418 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [jerrys2]
Oct 10, 2012 (8:42 am)
I visited my local Ford-Lincoln dealer to pick up some 2013 brochures last week. He told me that the 2013 MKZ wouldn't be there until November.
I did see a 2013 Fusion Titanium. It's a beautiful car, but the sticker on this particular one was for $36,000!
#419 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [keystonecarfan]
Oct 11, 2012 (7:58 am)
Just got a handwritten letter from the Ford dealership where I take my 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis saying the "Grand Marquis is in high demand as a used car" and if I'd be "interested in a new 2012 or 2013 Ford product."
Well, I can see the Grand Marquis being in high demand, especially by taxi and livery services. As for a new 2012 or 2013 Ford product, if they can show me a new 2013 Grand Marquis or Lincoln Town Car, I'll be right over!
#420 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [lemko]
Oct 11, 2012 (8:11 am)
Sorry but your Grand Marquis is not in high demand. What is in high demand are new car customers.
#421 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [lemko]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 11, 2012 (8:15 am)
The handwritten part is new and a nice touch. The pitch isn't.
Perhaps you should have traded six months ago though.
"The lack of used car supply has been sort of underlying the strength of used car prices for about three years," Kontos said. "As that supply is starting to come back … that tends to cause used car prices to level off and eventually start to decline a little bit."
Wholesale used-vehicle prices drop 2.1% (Detroit News)
#422 of 486 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [lemko]
Oct 11, 2012 (8:21 am)
I strongly doubt it was handwritten. Look close enough and you'll see dots from the toner or inkjet.
#424 of 486 Ford's doing great (don't tell Consumer Reports)
by steve_ HOST
Oct 30, 2012 (8:07 am)
"The Ford team delivered a best-ever third quarter, driven by record results in North America," said Chief Executive Alan Mulally in a statement. "While we are facing near-term challenges in Europe, we are fully committed to transforming our business."
Ford Results Show Power of U.S. Operations (WSJ)
Oct 30, 2012 (11:44 am)
First vehicle was a 35 Ford with a 48 Ford V-8, loud and fun, and for a 14 yr old new driver it was a treat..My favorite one was my 50 Ford Crestliner,outfitted with dual exhausts, dual carbs, with 3 on the column combined with overdrive..60mph-1st gear,90 in 2nd, and 3rd was 100+..We had a bunch of Fords, 47-50-51-52-53 and a 54..
Someone was talking about the 2013 Lincoln MKX, and this last Saturday a friend from Indiana was down driving a 2012 MKX AWD model which he said was getting 25mpgs 75mph...readout info,probably getting 22mpgs in the real world..It was a loaded car,however no sunroof,and stickered close to $50k..no value in my world..I think it was powered by the Mustang V-6, 307hp..
Lincoln has lost its way in my opinion and really searching for its niche..High price with dismal resale value..
Mulally had a hand in saving Ford during the recession and Europe is a strain on Ford's balance sheet, so the time has arrived to sweeten up the product line..Ford killed Lincoln when they dropped Mercury line causing the dealers to lose the traffic on the cheaper offerings..and dismal looking Lincoln product..
I like FoMoCo and did alot of business with them, and have a 2013 Mustang GT ordered..It's a car every senior citizen should have in their garage..
#426 of 486 Re: Ford Cars [motorcity6]
Oct 30, 2012 (4:17 pm)
I agree that Lincoln has lost its way and absolutely needs better differentiation from Ford offerings, as well as to be competitive with the luxury classes.
That doesn't seem to keep people from buying them, though. I see new Lincolns quite often in my city.
Overall, though, I'm not surprised by Ford's showing lately. They are building better (and better looking) cars than they have in the last thirty years. Consumers in this economy want value, however they personally define it, and Ford is delivering in spades.