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#16 of 4828 Re: State of GM [bpizzuti]
Feb 15, 2013 (7:55 am)
Frankly, so are Toyota and Honda
Those have a major handicap, too - Lexus and Acura. Those brands put a glass ceiling on how good a Honda or Toyota can be.
For example, Lexus get DI but Toyotas don't. Civic was cheapened to make the ILX seem worth the extra cost.
Meanwhile, Hyundai comes in and makes DI standard on the Sonata. Half the market has yet to respond. Even the Accent has DI now. Hyundai is nimbler and has no glass ceiling, so the sky's the limit. Plus no overhead in marketing a whole other luxury brand.
Ford's doing great but at the expensive of Lincoln.
Nissan is hit or miss.
Mazda has to transition from Zoom Zoom to SkyActiv fuel economy boom else they'll be doomed.
#17 of 4828 Re: State of GM [ateixeira]
Feb 15, 2013 (8:00 am)
I believe there is definitely a ceiling as to how far up the market Hyundai can climb. As nobody is really buying the Equus, that ceiling is the Genesis.
#18 of 4828 Re: State of GM [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (8:13 am)
True...but other mainstream brands could not even think of going there.
Equus has sold better than the Phaeton did, FWIW.
#19 of 4828 Re: State of GM [dieselone]
Feb 15, 2013 (8:15 am)
I know 4 People with rams (last gen 2500 and a 3500) and 2 people with current 1500's. The general consensus is you better keep your ram on the pavement or the electrical system will rattle apart( All 4 trucks have been plagued with electrical issues). However maybe they are just unlucky......i guess no matter what you buy there are some winners and losers.
#20 of 4828 Re: State of GM [ateixeira]
Feb 15, 2013 (8:15 am)
I suspect it isn't actually making money, which might be why others wouldn't go there. I also have my suspicions about Genesis profitability, especially the loss leader models.
Equus is cheaper with better incentives too, I think. Still, seems like something for livery service over actual private drivers.
#21 of 4828 Re: State of GM [ateixeira]
Feb 15, 2013 (9:04 am)
No transition needed, SkyActiv preserves the Zoom-Zoom. It's EPA figures hold up in the real world too, something Ford's EcoBoost is still having trouble with (though a boost gauge and some basic instructions on how to drive a turbo would fix that).
Nissan's having good luck with their CVTs. GM is NOT having good luck with the Volt or eAssist. They need to come up with a better overall strategy like the others and stick with it.
Chrysler needs to come up with a strategy too. Right after they look the up the word "strategy."
#22 of 4828 Re: State of GM [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (9:12 am)
seems like something for livery service
They probably spent about 3 dollars re-engineering it for the US market.
It's a Korean Town Car.
#23 of 4828 Re: State of GM [bpizzuti]
Feb 15, 2013 (9:16 am)
I like the new Altima. 18.5 gallon fuel capacity plus 38mpg highway = awesome range.
In CR's real world tests is got class leading mileage, too. Not not just good in a lab.
But...the Versa sedan is weak, built to a price I guess, but you can damage your reputation selling too many cars like that.
The Sentra looks better, and the back seat is shockingly huge (bigger than the Malibu's). I'll have to drive one with a CVT. A friend has the outgoing Altima and it seems to be that Nissan makes some of the better CVTs (faint praise, perhaps).
A neighbor just replaced her MDX with a Pathfinder, so I'll check that out next time I see them.
Let's see if the Versa Note is better than the lame (IMHO) sedan.
#24 of 4828 Hyundai Advances
Feb 15, 2013 (2:29 pm)
ORLANDO -- Hyundai Motor America hopes that the third shift added in September at its Montgomery, Ala., plant will help the company boost 2013 sales 4 percent, to 730,000 units.
But Hyundai might sell more than that if slack demand in other markets allows for more U.S. volume. Last year, Hyundai targeted 675,000 units, but totaled 703,007 for a gain of 9 percent when other markets softened.
Hyundai aims to increase owner loyalty
Krafcik noted that the average Hyundai store made $1 million in profit last year.
He added: "We have a lot of momentum. We have a low fleet mix, and we're going to push harder into retail this year."
#25 of 4828 Honda and Toyota
Feb 15, 2013 (2:30 pm)
Honda's Accord, Civic and CR-V account for 65% of the company's US sales.