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post #32 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-17-2016, 09:24 PM
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That black roof detail will be interesting to see in person. Quite an improvement over the current model.
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FCA will sell a lot more Compasses than Darts or 200's. Cars like the Compass are what people want these days. Honda and Toyota have too much of a lock on the compact and intermediate class of cars today.
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Looking at how Jeeps lineup compares with what Ford offers now...

Renegade - EcoSport
Compus - With Escape moving up in size with next gen, it opens a space for this segment.
Cherokee - Escape
Grand Cherokee - Explorer

Is it just me or does it seem like Ford needs to grow as a company so they can have even more consistent vehicle launches, especially to target new segments. It just seems Ford tends to launch toward the end of the segment cycle. When Ford does a refresh, it seems as if they should be launching a new model, but instead just call it a new model.

Just thinking, if Mercury was still alive, would Ford be a larger company to support new/refreshed models of Mercury vehicles, while Ford and Lincoln vehicles maintained their current launch schedule.

It just seems like Ford still lets models get too old and sales drop too low for too long before Ford replaces them. For NA: Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Taurus, MKT, Flex, MKS, Edge, MKX, previous gen Mustang are examples. Each time blaming the 'market/consumer demand', while the competition launching newer vehicles in same segments have month over month sales increases.
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...Just thinking, if Mercury was still alive, would Ford be a larger company to support new/refreshed models of Mercury vehicles, while Ford and Lincoln vehicles maintained their current launch schedule.

It just seems like Ford still lets models get too old and sales drop too low for too long before Ford replaces them. For NA: Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Taurus, MKT, Flex, MKS, Edge, MKX, previous gen Mustang are examples. Each time blaming the 'market/consumer demand', while the competition launching newer vehicles in same segments have month over month sales increases.
parts of this remind me of some Ooooooooold Merc rants/proposals
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    A recent idea that started as "aNother Surprise from Mercury"...
    using the 5 core models mentioned^ as the only guaranteed lineup,
    Mercury might be able to be used (not a flattering term but accurate) as an emergency-squad/frosting sales channel.

    ...effectively Mercury would have its regular lineup plus a revolving series of special models = 'Boutique' or M.S.V. (MercuryShowcaseVehicles)
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FCA is Running out of Money to Revive Maserati and Alfa Romeo
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By: Georg Kacher - September 22, 2016

duh/yada-yada/&... Contrary to earlier reports, the gorgeous Maserati Alfieri Coup is said to be still on track for a 2018 launch, with a Roadster version following in 2020. But while the next-gen GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins are still listed in the cycle plan for 2018 and 2019, there is now talk of instead launching a Macan-size Maserati crossover based on the larger of the two Alfa SUVs to complement the strong selling Levante and generate urgently needed cash...

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FCA is Running out of Money [.]PERIOD ?

in addition of stories about a flagship $100k Grand Wagoneer being indefinitely On-Hold if not Cancelled...

Fiat Chrysler picks CES for vehicle debut, not Detroit Auto Show
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By: Chris Bruce, Editor - Dec 08, 2016


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will skip making a big vehicle introduction at its hometown North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Instead . . .



Friday update
Fiat Chrysler Said to Reveal Full Electric Pacifica at CES
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by Tommaso Ebhardt and Jamie Butters - December 9, 2016

Fiat plans electric Maserati sports car to compete with Tesla

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(does) FCA (have a) product strategy... ?

FCA Halts Development Of New Trucks, Jeep Grand Wagoneer
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by Nick Saporito - December 12, 2016


...Automotive News is reporting that its sources have confirmed that FCA has delayed plans for an all-new heavy duty Ram pickup and hit the pause button on development of the highly anticipated Jeep Grand Wagoneer...

...The company is under pressure to erase about $7 billion in debt that was logged in the third quarter results. CEO Sergio Marchionne has said he plans to retire in 2018 and would like to leave the company on a solid financial footing.

Halting or delaying product programs will likely save FCA cash and potentially aid in their ability to pay down their debt load. Unfortunately for dealers, this will mean the Ram Heavy Duty may not be as competitive against all-new competition and Jeep fans are probably a little less than thrilled with the news on the Grand Wagoneer.

It is not yet clear if FCA has any plans associated with when it will restart development of Grand Wagoneer.

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FCA taps the brakes on big-ticket trucks
Grand Wagoneer, redesigned Ram heavy-duty pickup delayed
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Larry P. Vellequette - December 12, 2016


...It is unknown why these actions on important products for FCA's two most profitable brands are taking place; FCA has refused to comment....

...Delaying or abandoning its plan for what FCA called in 2014 a "major update" of its heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups in 2018 will save FCA money on a changeover of its heavy-duty pickup plant in Saltillo, Mexico. Saltillo is FCA's only heavy-duty pickup factory, so keeping the current truck going with only a freshening will also ensure that Ram heavy-duty pickups remain available to dealers in an uninterrupted supply.

But the delay will also leave the Ram 2500s and 3500s with a significantly older design than their heavy-duty competitors from top rivals Ford and General Motors. Ford, for example, just redesigned its heavy-duty pickups this year, boasting improved towing capabilities and better fuel economy...

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