- What does the POTUS get around in on official business? -
A custom-built, Cadillac-bodied limousine that sits on a Chevrolet Kodiak medium-duty frame.
- An entirely different "take" on luxury from Cadillac. -
Yes! No "me-too" here. A beautiful car - well done! And no "MK" nomenclature, to boot (a very good thing). Methinks this will be the halo car Lincoln has needed for a long time.
Now for a coupe!
Hi, ibd! It's great to see you! How have you been doing?
I think it's too late to bring Mercury back. The question that dogged Mercury for so long and eventually led to its demise still exists - how to really differentiate the Mercury brand from the Ford brand. I don't know how to do it short of making Mercury a competitor to Lincoln, and I'm not sure anyone else knows how to do it. The market has changed so much! GM did kill the mid-level Pontiac and Oldsmobile brands. I personally think that Buick should have been GM's primary brand in China and shuttered on these shores.
To that end, I read where Alan Mulally wanted to kill Lincoln, but Mark Fields talked him out of it.
I'm sure that the people who consider cars to be little more than "transportation appliances" will take to autonomous cars like fish take to water.
As for me, I enjoy the driving aspect, taking control and "becoming one with the car," so to speak. That's part of the automotive experience.
To me, an autonomous car = BORING. If I want an autonomous car, I'll ride a bus, take a cab, or catch a flight.
greatday, you get thumbs-up from me. And that Escalade - wow, justwow! It just has a "presence" about it ...
Bear, which analysts have worked on the assembly lines? I'm not aware of any.
Q, I'm surprised that these people have started their nonsense as early as they have this contract year. They usually wait until July to start it. I watched it in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Looks like we'll have to put up with it for about six months ... maybe it will be more entertaining than the political BS ...
Call it what you want, but what I know is what I posted.
With regard to the Kia, the Kia dealer's reputation for service has been and continues to be, not so good. The dealer was a Pontiac dealer until about 15 years ago; the service department's reputation back then wasn't so good, either. But I have to say that the dealer knows how to move the sheetmetal off the lot.
As for the Camry, I've been friends with the former Camry owner for nearly 35 years, so I have no reason to doubt him; he's never lied to me about anything. He and the dealer were both stunned when the arbitrator ruled in favor of Toyota. For what it's worth, he now drives a Subaru Forester.
- I cannot speak about the foreign although I have heard the OMG how great they are. -
One of my neighbors bought a new 2013 Kia (I don't remember which one). At 28,000 miles, the engine spun a bearing. He took it to the dealer to have it fixed; remember, this car has the famous Kia 100,000-mile warranty. The dealer said no dice, it was the owner's fault due to lack of maintenance.
My neighbor provided proof of maintenance, receipts and all. The dealer then said that the problem didn't fall under the terms of the warranty. He said "it's a 100,000 mile warranty, why not?" The dealer gave him a #$%$-and-bull story. After an extended angry back-and-forth, the dealer finally agreed to work on it as a "service to the customer."
I have a friend who owned a Camry; he bought it new. It developed an odd issue, under warranty, that the HVAC would only blow cold air at highway speeds. The dealer confirmed the problem and pulled the entire dash out THREE TIMES trying to fix it, with no luck. My friend went to arbitration against Toyota. Toyota outright said there was no problem. The dealer even testified on behalf of my friend, presenting evidence to the contrary and indicating that they could not fix it. Toyota still said there was no problem and was under no obligation to fix it. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Toyota. My friend considered a lemon law suit, but his attorney told him that any money he'd get would be eaten up in legal fees due to the way Toyota fights lemon claims.
Needless to say, he no longer owns Toyotas.
lovelincolns, Toyota actually spent $1.2 billion on its Texas plant. Toyota decided to expand the plant during the construction phase, driving up the cost significantly.
I believe that the plant is running two shifts, but only because Tacoma production from California to Texas with the shutdown of NUMMI. Tundra production alone wasn't enough for two shifts.
I did read somewhere that the executive who spearheaded the plant was reassigned once the plant was completed because construction costs spiraled out of control.
Q, I agree with you and Moe. Permanent workers are generally better because they have a vested interest in the end product or service, and a complete turnover of temps every three months does not benefit anyone.
There is a place for temporary workers in the economy, no question. We use them for clerical services on an as-needed basis where I work. However, automobile manufacturing is a different story.
Speaking of owning one's work, how many people would want a temporary worker performing a life-saving operation on a loved one? Not many, I would think.
With regard to Toyota's extensive use of temporary workers, there is an outstanding article on The Washington Post about them. Since we can't post the link, put this into your favorite search engine -
Permanent Job Proves An Elusive Dream
and it will be the first or second link. The article is not especially recent, but I surmise that things have not changed at Toyota all that much since the article was written.
You make it sound like he was flying a fully-loaded jumbo jet ...
Yes ... go to the main finance page, search on ticker symbol GM, and it should show up on the left side as a link you can click.
It was announced yesterday that Toyota is killing the Venza midsize crossover. So why am I mentioning this on a Ford board? The Venza was a direct competitor to the Edge; it is interesting how the Edge received a redesign while the Venza received its retirement papers. So goes competition in the car business. :-)
I thought the Venza was sharp, one of the best-looking vehicles in Toyota's current lineup and far better than the Highlander ever thought about being.