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  • New Chevrolet Silverado impresses critics [View news story]
    Having worked in construction and logging for many years, using all manner of light trucks, the Ford F series outworks the others. Dodges have impressive powertrains but have more maintenance and repair costs. Chevs look good and are nice on the highway, but will not work as hard as the others.
    Sep 17 12:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GM (GM) has fired back at a WSJ op-ed calling the carmaker "General Tso Motors," saying that it plans to invest $16B in the U.S. through 2016. That would add to the $8.5B spent since 2009 and would be well above the $11B that GM and its joint ventures plan to invest in China over the next three years. In April, sales of vehicles from GM and its JVs climbed 15.3% on year to 261,870, accelerating from a rise of 12.6% in March. [View news story]
    Yeh Jack! Just like MSNBC, ABC or CBS?
    May 6 12:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F) August U.S. sales: +13% to 197,249 vehicles, marking the automaker's best August sales haul on record. Passenger car sales were up 7% to 62,650, including a 35% gain in retail sales: Fusion +21.0% to 21,690, Focus +35.3% to 19,073. Utilities +27.8% to 63,225: Escape +36.8% to 28,188, Explorer +33.0% to 13,168. Trucks +6.1% to 71,374. (PR[View news story]
    Retired retailer, who has always been an autophile. Ford fan and stockholder. I've owned 6 Mustang Convertables, a Thunderbird and 3 Bronco IIs as well as a few other cars such as VW, Toyota, Subaru and Chevrolet. The Fords have been more reliable, the Mustangs excellent resale and all much more fun to drive than the others.
    Since retiring, I spend my time sailing in Central America in winter, and gardening in the PNW during summer.

    I certainly see no reason to sell my shares of Ford.
    Sep 4 03:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Obama administration releases its final fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, requiring each automaker's fleet to reach an average 54.5 miles/gallon by 2025, nearly doubling current levels. To meet the standard, automakers will need to introduce new technologies and sell more alternative fuel vehicles. Critics say the rules will add thousands to new car prices[View news story]
    Let's see if I've got this right. We keep our oil reserves in shale and other promising places locked up; We spend huge amounts meeting a laudable, but impracticle goat of over 54mpg; We continue to mandate 10% or even more alcohol, which in the average car reduces mileage by...yes! 10%; (While theoretically it makes the gas burn cleaner, it seems the real world result has been flat) So we are burning the same amount of gas, but dealing with 10% more, particularly in cost, with unknown downstream effects from the alcohol. To acheive the high mpg, steel gets phased out in favor of not only aluminum, more susceptible to age and use related failure, but exotic metal alloys which may well contribute to worse pollution from their processes. And more varieties of plastics with unknown useful lives, and environmentally unsound fabrication processes. And what are we going to really do with all those batteries. On paper, it looks sort of OK, but is it?

    One thing of which we can be sure: If it is a mandate from on high, the government, there is a very high risk it was done politically, not well thought out, and subject to all sorts of unintended consequences. .When the government regulates, somebody gets screwed; most frequently us.
    Aug 31 03:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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