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#421 of 490 Re: Ford and GM report record sales in China [lemko]
by Stever@Edmunds 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 490 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 490 Ford's doing great (don't tell Consumer Reports)
by Stever@Edmunds 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 490 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.
Oct 31, 2012 (10:54 am)
"The loyalty results measure what percentage of owners an automaker retains when a vehicle is traded in or comes off lease. The results are based on registration data and cover all of an automaker's brands, Experian said.
The Ford brand was the No. 1 individual brand, with a loyalty rate of 44.7 percent during the second quarter. Ford was followed by the Toyota brand at 44.6 percent, Experian Automotive said." (autonews.com)
#429 of 490 Re: off to a fast start [steve_]
Nov 02, 2012 (6:36 pm)
Not surprising. It's a good-looking vehicle and the new kid on the block. I'm not sure if the pricing structure is comparable, but Ford is also offering some incentives, so that might make it more attractive.
In my opinion, this is a solid application of the corporate design, and I'd certainly consider it the more visually attractive of the two (vs. Prius V). I'm almost curious now how it compares to the V in terms of space usage & availability.
Nov 03, 2012 (1:54 pm)
In my opinion, this is a solid application of the corporate design, and I'd certainly consider it the more visually attractive of the two (vs. Prius V).
It's not even close, the Ford stomps the Prius in the looks department. Ford's recent quality woes are stretched by the ridiculously close margins in quality these days. I wouldn't hesitate a tad ta buy a new Ford C-Max Hybrid. They are ultra-cool. Really.