This is something that has frustrated me about Ford cars & trucks for years. Why can't, or more likely won't, Ford standardize which side of the vehicle has the fuel filler door? Some have it on the driver's side, some on the passenger side ... put them all on the same side and be done with it.
The really funny thing is that GM has already admitted it will eventually switch the Silverado to aluminum.
Something is going to get "punished" no matter what's done. It's just a question of what ...
Like the current scheme of tax deductions aren't complicated gimmicks and the entire income tax process is fair (nearly half of the US pays no net federal income tax) and isn't a damper on the economy?
I would not have a problem with a flat tax, except Congress would not be able to leave it alone ... it would start to resemble the current tax code after just a few years.
Who said it would save Ford $9/hour in labor costs? Ford has never said that.
I would like to know how much of that year-over-year growth is connected to rental fleet sales. Granted, Chrysler had almost nowhere to go but up with regard to sales when FIAT took over, but this continued growth has me wondering.
The fact that FCA's margins are some of the smallest in the industry also lead me to wonder; sales to rental fleets are notorious for small-to-nonexistent profits.
I disagree. Look at all of the product overlap between FCA and GM in both the US and Europe; the only things that wouldn't have overlap between FCA and GM are Jeep and Ferrari. It would cost GM billions of dollars and take years to whittle things down to a manageable level.
If Donald Trump actually said that Ford is building a TRUCK PLANT in Mexico, he is wrong. Ford is not building a truck plant in Mexico. Ford is building an engine plant and a transmission plant in Mexico. All of the trucks Ford sells in the US and Canada are built in the US. I guess "The Donald" needs to learn how to use a search engine, LOL.
If Trump wants to rip an automaker for building trucks in Mexico and selling them in the US, he should be ripping FCA and GM; both build trucks south of the border for US sale for many years.
I think a very telling thing about FCA is that they have no new models in the pipeline after 2018, which is not far off. You'd almost thing Sergio Marchionne was a Wall Street turn-it-around-then-sell-it artist ...
- I guess there's something that I just can't see. -
My take is that auto stocks (save Tesla) are not trendy. People are busy chasing trendy stocks in this overinflated market ...
- Good management would have waited for slow down in sales to switch to aluminum, minimizing the loss in sales. The sales they lost to GM and dodge will be gone for years. -
Ridiculous. If Ford had waited until a sales downturn to change to aluminum - a downturn which cannot be predicted with any certainty, by the way - you'd be saying that Ford made a mistake in switching during the downturn because the charges against earnings had a disproportionate impact on the bottom line, and Ford should have changed over when sales were strong to minimize the impact. Do you wait until the roof on your house leaks before you replace it?
You are also ignoring the fact that sales do not automatically equal profits. As I have said multiple times, if marketshare = profits, GM would have never gone bankrupt.
Remember, this change to aluminum was driven in substantial part by government fuel economy mandates. GM and Ram will be doing it in the future - just watch.
- Did you see the call that if GM mergered it would go to 90 no merger but fun thinking. -
Whoever said that is full of s---. Merging with FIAT would be a disaster for GM.
GM was a bit player in mediums before the company went bankrupt ... aside from placating the dealers who are screaming for something they can sell against Ford, International, and Freightshaker, I really have to wonder what GM expects to gain from this. The Isuzu N-series trucks are low cab forward trucks; LCFs are really not very suitable for a lot of medium-duty applications, examples being off-road work, dump truck applications, pulling beverage trailers, and so forth.
I am a little surprised that these trucks aren't being sold under the GMC brand, as GMC has historically been GM's primary avenue for sales of mediums. Chevy's share of mediums was tiny before GM got out of mediums in 2009; it was only a fraction of GMC's share (which itself was very small relative to the overall market).