I know it is unusual to discuss Ford on this board but here goes..... Much was made of the low (low but still the #1 selling vehicle) sales last month. Ford had said they would lose 90,000 sales to this changeover....90,000! As we saw most of last year and last month the numbers for the F150 were incredibly strong and increased most months. So the 90,000 has to work its way in somewhere along this changeover and my guess is that February was a reflection of that.
Additionally, I am not convinced that this truck will "fly of the lots" even when inventory is at normal levels. There is trepidation about the truck in terms of the aluminum and insurance costs- and GM and FCAU are doing a good job taking advantage of this. In the end, however, I think this truck will do great, especially after word of mouth gets out about how great the truck performs. That is what we are already hearing...not the mileage or the new body but that the truck simply handles and performs so much better than its competitors.
Don't know what you are talking about since I am neither. I make too much money to qualify for the subsidy but the group plan that Obamacare offers is saving me over $400 per month for a family of 4. I have no complaints with that part. My deductible also dropped slightly but not by anything significant.
How did you get un-ignored? You are so mental it should be illegal.
So go ahead and short it. Then we'll check back in a few months and see how you did. The pricing is comparable to other models. Plus, based on the recent (lack of) reliability reports about the Ram, those buyers will be back once they have to junk their truck.
Green- they don't have the inventory! The new truck is turning in record time...read their press release on sales.....it is still the fastest turning vehicle on their lot.
Totally agree....they need something. I hope it is not an upscale look of the fusion.....I hope they do something cool with it.
Way below expectations. I am not sure how Edmunds and the others got the estimates so wrong...so far they were off on all three companies that have reported. The only silver lining is that Ford's high profit vehicles were strong: Expedition, Navigator, Explorer, and trucks. Car sales tanked big time. I know where I am from you can't even see the cars on dealer lots because of the snow banks.
I'm a green nut. I got low 40 mpg in my Prius and now average 135 in my cmax energi. I can never go back to a low mpg car at this point. Once you drive electric it's hard to go back. So smooth. I am surprised about your explorer experience. I owned 2 and never had a single issue. Zero issues. Also know quite a few people who have them and love them. Every GM product I owned had major problems. 2 transmission replacements. Owned an Audi a6 which was fun but always had issues...but was under warranty while I owned it. Just my experiences.
and there's more....
An Italian consumer group has launched legal action against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen in a further example of carmakers being sued for allegedly overstating fuel economy performance.
Milan-based Altroconsumo, which publishes a popular product testing magazine in Italy, last year carried out an investigation that it claimed showed consumers were being misinformed by advertised fuel efficiency information.
The study found that two models, the Fiat Panda 1.2 and the VW Golf 1.6 TDI, consumed 20 per cent to 50 per cent more fuel than advertised.
The case highlights the growing sensitivity of consumer groups and regulators alike to the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions claims made by manufacturers.
Hyundai and Kia in November reached a settlement with US regulators for a record $300m in fines after overstating fuel economy statistics for almost 1.2m vehicles sold in the world’s second-largest car market. BMW was also forced to revise down fuel efficiency claims in the US on some Mini models.
Earlier in 2014, about 1,500 Hyundai customers filed a complaint in Seoul over the company’s mileage claims for diesel variants of its
thanks for the info. I am hoping the BB system much improves Ford's ranking. I like my SYNC system but I was going from a car with a very unsophisticated infotainment to SYNC so I was impressed. But now I see that Ford's early entry is not hurting it a bit.
I think the same is kind of true for the new Explorer. I love the current model and when I saw a single shot of the new one it was a little bit of a let down. Then I looked at it on the Ford site with all the different angle shots and that also is a very good looking vehicle. I have had two explorers in the past and never had one single issue with either of them. Like I mean not a broken #$%$ or cupholder...absolutely nothing. So I am wondering why the Explorer never seems to make it into these JD Power and other rankings????
Chrysler Flunks Dependability Study
By Paul Ausick February 25, 2015 2:26 pm EST
Of the 33 automobile brands ranked in the 2015 U.S. vehicle dependability study conducted by J.D. Power, three of the bottom five brands belong to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) and four of the companies five brands score worse than the industry average. The company’s Ram pickups were the only vehicle to escape a below-average ranking.
The study was conducted in November and December of 2014 and surveyed more than 34,000 car owners of 2012 model year vehicles after 3 years of ownership. Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles and the study included 177 specific problem symptoms grouped into 8 major categories.
The Fiat brand was dead last in the rankings with a problem-per-100-vehicles score of 273 compared with an industry average of 147. Jeep was next to last with a score of 1.97 and Dodge score 192 to finish fifth from the bottom. The namesake Chrysler brand scored 173 and the Ram pickup trucks scored a better-than-average 134.
The most frequently reported problems were Bluetooth pairing and connectivity and built-in voice recognition systems misinterpreting commands. These are the same problems that owners report as the biggest headaches with new cars reported on Power’s initial quality study. And technology plays a major role in a consumer’s decision to buy a new car according to Power:
Because issues with technology impact overall dependability, they also impact repurchase intent. The study finds that 56 percent of owners who report no problems with their vehicle say they “definitely will” purchase the same brand next time, compared with 43 percent of those who report three or more problems. Together with the fact that 15 percent of new-vehicle buyers indicate they avoided a model because it lacked the latest technological features—up from just 4 percent in 2014—
Your point is valid. Ford is more profitable than either GM or FCAU. It is more profitable even though Ford workers earn more.....everyone hear that? FORD IS MORE PROFITABLE EVEN THOUGH ITS WORKERS EARN MORE.