Don’t be surprised when these 3 types of cars flood the market


By: Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press
Get ready for a flood of new vehicles unlike what you’ve seen before as automakers explore three market niches that are primed for growth.
As car companies de-emphasize production of low-profit sedans, at least two new classes of SUV-type vehicles are coming — prestigious midsize and basic transportation.

We may also see the return of compact pickups like the old Chevrolet S-10 and the modest Japanese pickups that helped Toyota and Nissan build their reputation for durable, inexpensive vehicles.

Smokin’ hot SUVs

First up: Five-passenger midsize SUVs that are loaded with style, not extra seats.

Ford and Nissan cottoned on to demand for these models years before other automakers.

The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano set the pace for the class with striking looks, roomy interiors and advanced features. They look good, command top dollar and compete with luxury SUVs like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 for thousands of dollars less.

The 2019 Chevy Blazer that was recently revealed is the first of the new midsize SUVs to break cover. It goes on sale early in 2019.

At least one more will debut from a Japanese competitor later this year, and Hyundai is reworking its Santa Fe family for a ritzier appeal.

The expected boom in these vehicles comes as buyers desert midsize and full-size sedans like the Ford Taurus and Hyundai Sonata.

Those customers want all the latest infotainment and driver assistance features, plus room to carry two couples to dinner comfortably.

Most automakers ignored five-passenger midsize SUVs until recently. They thought the big bucks were in selling six- and seven-passenger family hauling SUVs like Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander.

Those models are beginning to get some of the mom-mobile image that plagues minivans. The up-and-coming status symbol is spending as much or more on a slightly smaller, but really good looking SUV that says you’ve got plans beyond taking the soccer team for ice cream.

Just don’t call it a wagon

Automakers may quit building small, entry-level cars, but the people who bought those inexpensive models will still need transportation.

One answer, small SUV “ish” vehicles that look vaguely like an SUV but scrimp on features like all-wheel-drive, navigation systems and touch screens.

They’re the spiritual successors to the old Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix. Those cars  were basically Corolla station wagons with optional AWD, but their main appeal lay in a smidgeon more ground clearance and styling looked almost indefinably tougher than other small cars.

The new Nissan Kicks is a great example. Plastic cladding around the wheel wells and extra ground clearance belie its base price of $17,990, making it look just classy enough to be a first new car a young buyer isn’t embarrassed to arrive in.

As sales of subcompact cars like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic trickle down to nothing, other brands will try to match the Kicks’ ability to look costlier than it is.

Return of compact pickup

Compact pickups’ first surge of popularity came when a generation of college grads discovered they cost less than a small sedan, had all the room a young single person needed, and came with a veneer of capability, even if they couldn’t tow or haul much.

Rising prices of midsize pickups and compact SUVs have convinced some automakers to study a revival of the truly small pickup, models that are three-fourths the size of a Chevy Colorado, or maybe even as small as the rather comical car-based 1980s Subaru Brat.

Today’s midsize pickups are as big as a full-size pickup 35 years ago. That could open the door for a return to some really small pickups with low prices to attract first-time buyers.

Contact Mark Phelan: mmphelan@freepress.com or 313-222-6731. Follow him on Twitter @mark_phelan.

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Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world,

Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impression we aren’t the welcoming nation we once were.

These aren’t the best of times for the United States

Our current President, businessman with no experience on the world stage    Who in short time, has become the President his competitors warned us about during our presidential primary.

He is easily played.   Compliment him and you’re in.  In his mind, he is always successful.

Like you, most Americans are in a constant state of shock .  Many Americans are overwhelmed by the amount of negative and often destructive news emanating from the White House.

Just when we think our President has reached bottom, he finds a way to go even lower.  He has insulted our neighbors ,Canada and Mexico.  Damaging long-term relationships with our Allies and forging relationships with enemies of our nations.    He is impulsive, and often acts without council and doesn’t fully understand protocol.

Most Americans (not all) are frankly embarrassed.

Its seems, by the hour he is dismantling, environmental laws in favor of business.  Relaxing and reversing laws that benefit the poor, laws that once protected women, members of the gay communities and people or color.

 Two America’s

This picture taken last Thursday in Montana,  gives the impression that Americans  overwhelmingly support the President and his policies.   The reality is far from the truth.  Look at the participants in this photo.  They are good Americans, however they do not represent the majority of Americans.

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Compare this picture to the one above.  The participants represent the real landscape of America.

Donald Trump rarely travels beyond his fan base.  Our great cities  with their diverse populations, New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco,or Honolulu are not on his itinerary.

At these rallies, the Real Estate business man and Reality Television personality  is energized by his fan base.  Where he seems more comedian than politician, here in a friendly enviroment is where he is the happiest, places where he feels loved.

 His words and global intentions, are often designed to keep this narrow base happy.   Our Commander-in-Chief, goes his own way, he doesn’t like to be told what to do.  He oftens ignores the advice of those with decades of experience in global affairs, to spout conclusions that is loosely based on facts.   Which often confuses and angers our allies and friends around the world

He has often said, he and he alone have the answers to the worlds issues.  The Tariffs he is levying on our friends and neighbors and China, does not have the support from most Americans.   Politicians in both parties and the business community and yet he continues.

In Montana, he made fun of the #MeToo movement.  He insulted our war hero’s, Senator John McCain and former President Herbert Walker Bush, who are highly regarded members of his political party.  Both of these men are ill, one is terminally .

In the United States, he has always been a bit of a social media bully, who often acts differently when in the presence of the people he’s attacked.

While he insists upon loyalty, he hasn’t demonstrated any loyalties to anyone including those he appointed and placed in positions of power.

I have lived in the United States  my entire life.  When one group is attack , we react!    Many Americans are currently outraged by the treatment of children, who were stripped from their parents.  Simply to intimidate those who want to immigrate to the United States.  This has never been a policy of America to separate families.  Again, this was done to appeal to some of the  Presidents supporters, many of whom have long wanted to limited the number of  individuals immigrating from south of our Border.

Many of family members and friends who live outside the United States often asked ,how was he elected?   I believe the fault lies with our leaders. 

The day Donald Trump announced he was running for President and then went on to insult Mexican American and citizens of Mexico.  There was no major outrage from either party.

In 1968, George Wallace the former Governor of Alabama ran for President.   Wallace supported segregation and was outraged by the Passing of the Civil Rights Legislation.  The Governor stood at the entrance of the University of Alabama to prevent a black student from enrolling .

Forty eight years later, both parties were relatively silent.  Presidential candidate and former Governor of Florida, (Father George HW, and his brother George W,  were both Presidents of the United States)  Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican American, and has three bi-racial children and other bi-racial family members  wasn’t outraged enough to speak against Trump.    Not one candidate from either party, went in from of the Cameras and screamed “The statement made by Donald Trump goes against everything that America is!  They were all playing politics.   There was an assumption, Donald Trump would never be elected president.

Today, most members of the Republican party remains silent.  Unlike most of the world, the United States, has primary elections then ,General Election in November.   In the majority of the states.  Members of a party can only vote for members of their party in the primary election.  Only in the General Election can citizens vote for any candidate.

Because of our electoral system, and Donald Trump’s current popularity in his party. members of his party is choosing him over party and country.   To criticize him could mean losing in the primary.    While his actions go against many tenets of the Republican party and against many conservative views of the party.   Most Republican bite their teeth and support the President even though his views and actions are not only damaging to the Republican Party and the United States, it’s having a negative effect on our friends and allies.

His insistence in meeting in Vladimir Putin is a slap in the face to Prime minister May  after several Russian based poisonings in the United Kingdom.

If the Russians intent was to destabilize the Western Alliance by meddling in the US election then they were successful.  Our friends very concerned.  Nothing would make Putin happier than a dismantled Nato.

The majority of his party are afraid to speak out against him  because they need to survive the primary .  Even though his practices conflicts with the party and is damaging to the country.  The few member of his party who are critical of him and his policies are not running for re-election.

There is a bright high!     After the initial shock and disappointment,followed by proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.   Americans are angry!   People are all walks of live are getting involved , in numbers we haven’t seen since the 1960’s

The challenge, unlike the 60’s, it’s not just the Vietnam war,  it’s not just civil rights.   There are so many issues,created by this president we are overwhelmed.    We are less confident.  Conventional wisdom says ,with all of this outrage by the American public, there will be a change after this fall’s midterm elections.    However, conventional wisdom said, Donald Trump could never get elected.

To our all of our friends in:  Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world. .  America is still America, the land of immigrants and the place where dreams can come true.   America is at a crossroads, many American are disappointed with our government.

For nearly 10 years, there has been a civil war within our government.  A war of a zillion words which has been damaging to Americans as our needs have been ignored.   Many frustrated Americans wanted something different, something new, as the old guard had placed their political ambitions and party over the needs of its citizens.

Something you maybe currently experiencing in your country.  In America, we basically have a two-party system, this was deliberate.   The Republicans and the Democrats have made it difficult for other parties to participate in the system.  There are many political parties in the United States.   However, Americans are unlikely.  to hear from them.  They are not allowed to participate in public media debates.

 As a result, we have limited choices in this great nation.   Some, angry americans chose, a business man whose “business” reputation is so poor, he cannot get a loan from an american bank,   A man who had well known credibility problem, a man whose family has a legal history of not renting to people of color,and a man who has little respect for women, over the status quo.  Despite all the money in world, spent to prevent him from being elected,  Donald Trump became President of the United States.

I do not represent all Americans in my views.  But I am sorry.

I hope you learn from our mistake.  I believe in choosing a leader, demand experience, and integrity, empathy and heart.   Avoid, shiny objects, with promise, but doesnt have a history of performance or you may just elect a Donald Trump

Better days to come

CityFella

 

 

 

China: Fengxian opens ‘Dream Market’ to help less fortunate


Ti Gong

 

Residents check the difficulties and dreams publicized at the Dream Market launched in the outskirt Fengxian District on Sunday.

 

Fengxian District launched its annual campaign on Sunday to encourage citizens help to realize the dreams of the less fortunate.

The Dream Market campaign, which was initiated in 2016, encourages individuals, social organizations and enterprises within the southern outskirt district to offer their help and support. It is part of the district government’s poverty reduction campaign to create a generous and warm-hearted social atmosphere, the district government said.

“More than 320,000 people who sought help during the campaign have made their dreams come true thanks to the involvement of others,” said Sheng Qunhua, director with the district’s spiritual civilization office.

“Fengxian people has a long tradition to help others,” said Sheng. The name of the district literally means “to respect the nobility,” because early residents in the area offered help to an apprentice of Confucius.

During the Love Market on Sunday, those in impoverished regions were encouraged to write down and publicize their difficulties on a notice broad at the administrative service center of the district, while other residents selected and helped to realize these “dreams.”

Ti Gong

 

A resident in Fengxian District picks up a “dream” publicized by another citizen to help realize it at the Dream Market launched in the district on Sunday.

For instance, Zhou Baocai, 80, an “intangible cultural heritage” master of the traditional paper-cutting skill of local Fengcheng Town, publicized his dream on the market to have a large-size bespoke table to finish a masterpiece, the paper-cutting copy of the “Along the River During Qingming Festival,” a famous panoramic scroll dating from the 11th or 12th century.

A furniture store boss soon claimed his dream and promised to made a long wooden table for Zhou. “I’m willing to help master Zhou to complete the masterwork to promote the traditional local skill that is at risk of being vanished, as well as the traditional Chinese culture,” the helper said on Sunday.

To better promote the campaign, the district government established 130 Dream Stations across its towns and subdistricts in May. Residents can publicize their difficulties or help others at the stations throughout the year, said Zhuang Mudi, the Party secretary of Fengxian. Over 1,000 helping projects have been collected at the stations, mainly on employment, agricultural problems, poverty reduction and cultural development.

Chrysler is alive……for now


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Chrysler is alive, for now.  At yesterdays FCA meeting the company’s five year plan is to invest into the brands that make money for Chrysler.

Seventy five percent of FCA investment will go to Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

What that means, if you the current, Chrysler, Dodge or Fiat vehicles you will like them through 2020.

Chrysler and Dodge isn’t losing money, with the exception of the Chrysler 300, sales are solid for the aging Dodge Charger, Challenger.  The 13 year old platforms may continue with minor updates.

FCA ,like Ford is redirecting its resources to higher profit trucks and SUV’s.  It plans to invest in hybrid and electric technology.

There will be major product changes at FCA.  Jeep will add 500,000 units of North American manufacturing capacity as it increases sales and adds new models between now and 2022. The next new vehicle from FCA will be a Ram mid siz]e pick up.

The first casuality is likely to be the Dodge Journey as it doesn’t currently share a platform with any other FCA vehicle.  The first brand to likely disappear is Fiat, the dealers can’t give them away.  The challenge for FCA is the dealer network.

Next up could be the Dodge Durango,even though it shares its platform with Jeep its sales aren’t even close.   Then the Dodge Caravan which is mostly sold to fleets.  From there the Chrysler 300.

Yesterday, I originally thought the Chrysler Pacifica would be rebranded as a Dodge.   Today the popular minivan likely to rebranded as a Ram.

When Chrysler was told, Fiat or close.  Did the government for see the eventual phasing out of Chrysler?

CityFella

 

 

 

Is Chrysler Dead?


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Could it be true?  An American Icon gone?

Walter Chrysler founded the car company bearing his name over 100 years ago.   Like General Motors, it absorbed other car companies Plymouth, Maxwell, Desoto,and Dodge.  In 1987, it merged with American Motors Corporation which owned Jeep.

1998, it merged with Daimler (Mercedes Benz)  that marriage ended in 2007.  In 2014, the US government arranged a shot gun marriage with Fiat. For many years Ram Trucks were apart of Dodge.  In 2010, it became a separate division.

Chrysler was the companies luxury division, competing with Lincoln and Cadillac. At its peak it had 8 models.    Today its down to two.  The aging 300 and Pacifica Minivan.  The sucessful Pacifica most likely would be rebranded as a Dodge.

There have been rumors about the two original divisions Dodge and Chrysler for some time.  The Jeep and the Ram Divisions are the profitable divisions for FCA.  Chrysler basically sells one car all based on the LX platform that dates back to 2005.  T

 

FCA denies they are killing Chrysler, we may learn its fate, later today.

CityFella

 

Hybrid Envy: Driving for $5.00 a week?


 

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Silly Wabbit, Trix or low gas prices are for kids.   A few years ago a gallon of gas in the Golden State was less than $2.50 a gallon at the same time in Mississippi, I bought gas for less than a $1.60 a gallon.   I never trusted Opec (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)  or the US oil companies.    Here in California, if someone catches a cold at a refinery, fuel prices jump twenty thirty cents a gallon.

No matter how attractive, a gas guzzler or SUV was never in my sites.  It never made sense to me to buy a car getting 12 miles to a gallon.  No matter how much a car cost, the label or the pedigree, you drive it to dinner, work, to the supermarket.

This memorial day weekend, rising gas prices has become part of the conversation.   On a talk show a man says he isn’t affected by gas prices, he said ,he spends a little over five dollars a week for gas.  Five dollars?   I expected him to say, he owned one of those ugly space age Toyota Prius’s.  Nope, he drives a Kia Nero.  He lives 6 miles from his job and because he isn’t on the freeway his car runs on EVmode or electric Power.   After a little research I discovered most hybrids operate in EV mode, some up to speeds of  forty miles an hour.

For those people who think a hybrid is a small Prius like car, think again.   Toyota and its Lexus division builds midsize, full size hybrids and compact and midsize Suv hybrids .     The very popular midsize Toyota Camry hybrid gets 51 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway.  The Chrysler Pacific Hybrid Minivan can drive up to 33 miles on EV mode.

Now if you one of the millions of freeway warriors commuting from the suburbs to the central city you’ll spend considerably more for fuel.    The premium for a hybrid can range from from $2500 to over $7000 depending on the vehicle and you’ll have to weight the costs.

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Interesting Comparisons 

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2019 Chevy Traverse 20/27

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2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 40/39

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The Avalon Hybrid Savings @ 2.97 a gallon  $860

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2018 Mini Cooper 28city/38highway

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Lincoln Mkz Hybrid 41city/38 highway

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 The Lincoln will save you $200 a year

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2019 Nissan Altima 25city/40 Highway

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2018 Nissan Rogue 26City/33 Highway

The Larger Altima would save you nearly $400.00 a year over the Rogue

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Two Round Trips Tickets to Paris 

 

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If you traded your Chevy Suburban, Ford Excursion, GMC Yukon for a Toyota Camry Hybrid your saving would amount to nearly two round trip tickets  (you’d need to pony up a measly $300 ) from Atlanta to Paree.

100 miles per day based on the current gas price of 2.97 a gallon the difference would be nearly $1800.

Fuel Prices,It’s Serious

CityFella

May 2018 : May be the time to trade old Betsy in*


*As long as your not trading her in for an SUV.

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With a few exceptions, Passenger Cars aren’t selling well.  Is all about Trucks and SUV’s. Now if your like me, that may be a good thing.  Auto Manufactures are offering deep discounts on passengers.    With a little nudging a savvy shoppers can get discounts as high as 28% on New 2018, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Hyundai and Kia.

Walk around a Cadillac Dealership and you may find a new 2017 ATS at a price lower than a 2018 Toyota Camry. The average incentive per vehicle is currently around $3,500. However its not uncommon to find huge incentives on luxury cars.

For May, BMW is offering 0.9% to 3.9% financing for up to 36 months. Up to $1,500 cash back on some models . Hidden dealer incentives of up to $3,500.

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Are The American Automakers giving up on Cars? 

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2018/05/21/are-the-american-auto-manufacturers-giving-up-on-cars/

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Chrysler/Dodge: Cash rebates up to $3,000 on some models. 0% financing up to 72 months. Hidden dealer incentives of up to $1,000.

Ford: 0% financing on most models. Rebates as high as $3,500 on some models.

Honda: 0.9% to 2.9% financing on some models. Hidden dealer incentives of up to $1,000 on some 2018 models

Hyundai/Kia: Up to $2,500 cash rebate on some 2018 models. 0.9% – 4.9% financing on some models.

Lexus: Cash rebates up to $7,000 on some models. Great lease deals all across the board.

Its very possible you may find a better deal on a new car then a used car.