More than half a century ago this week, the United States conducted its only farm-to-table nuclear missile test. The test, code-named “Frigate Bird,” involved the launch of a Polaris missile from a submarine carrying a live nuclear warhead. The missile traveled a thousand miles before streaking down on an uninhabited…
Apple Computer was an innovative and nimble company in 1987, so it makes sense that people at the tech giant would imagine a world dominated by Apple ten years into the future. And that’s precisely what it did when it released this goofy video from the perspective of the year 1997.
Marketers are amazing. Then again I’m stupid for underestimating the stupidity of the buying public. Marketers are geniuses because they don’t.
Indeed. The Ford Focus you buy today is basically the same car as a 2012 Ford Focus. Oy. Tesla it taking the opposite tactic. They are constantly making their cars better. Whether it’s incremental improvements in production, or via software for existing cars.
That is the truth. “Expensive”. Basically a station wagon that they can charge more for.
The GLA really solidified that for me. Saw one parked next to a current taurus, they were the same height. Think of it as a 300+ hp hot hatch from Mercedes and suddenly it seems a lot more appealing.
The new style of ‘lowered’ CUVs really are just tall hatchbacks. But their roofs are still too tall and the seating position is still too high to truly give you that hatchback feel.
1000% - they’re conflating their lack of ability to compete in the small car segment (other small cars are seeing declines but their volumes are 10x Ford), with the idea that the market is dictating their moves. On the one hand, yes, on the other hand, it isn’t because they don’t want products, just not Ford products.
it will devastate current and future public transit options and leave millions of people high and dry when they shutter up
The idea that they think people are just going to switch to other Ford products rather than shop around is fucking bonkers to me.
I have similar worries about decisions FCA made in the US market. Allpar, the Mopar forum I used to frequent, has pretty much ran off anyone who didn’t praise FCAs decision to focus on SUVs and Trucks. Short term, it has worked out...but how long can $50-60k trucks really sustain them? I mean, I can’t think of…
true, It’s pretty cocky on Ford’s part that die hard hot hatch users would jump on a bloated Fords as a substitute. They will migrate to those other brands you mentioned. Ford transformed back to it’s good old self that got them in trouble in the first place. Detroit is getting arrogant again.
In North America, I expect we’ll see very little in the way of small cars for some time. Those will be supplanted by small body crossovers - and like the standard transmission, the hot hatch will die out because most drivers have exactly no idea how to handle them.
Neutral: If they keep making more compact “SUVs” that they become hatchbacks, and suddenly we have a ton of hatch options in the US, bring it on.
5th gear - being rich /= being smart. Uber and Lyft are just pyramid schemes to prop up the initial series A money with suckers down the road and letting the founders and wahtnot cash out while screwing everyone else.
I will never, literally never, purchase a crossover or SUV. If that means I’m eventually babying along a 40 year old hatchback, so be it, but I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in that sort of car.
The first sentence of the second paragraph starts with a notification about how the global market for cars is soft - a worrying leading indicator of a likely recession - and then we are left to ponder Ford’s strategy of relying on vehicles which are by nature more costly, both to purchase (if admittedly more…
The Jason Group, an independent panel of academics who have advised the Pentagon for the past 59 years, will likely disband on April 30. The group had hoped to get a one-year extension to continue its work.