Does the modern SUV over-promise and under-deliver? Do we really need all that fancy tech stuff in today’s vehicles? Geoff Maxted goes back to the basis in his latest Letter From The UK. At the time of writing this, I’m driving my own car for once. No press vehicles for me for a couple of weeks and I have to say it is quite refreshing. The reasons for this are clear in my mind: My own small car is pleasingly devoid of the latest, happening now, this-will-change-your-life technology but it does have some thoughtful and sensible touches applied by me. To my mind, that’s the important thing. On My Cloud For example, there’s a ticket holder on the windscreen. Big deal, you might reasonably say, but you have to admit that it is useful every time you utilise, here in the UK at least, a pay and display car park. No more worrying if it will slip off the dashboard or be carried away to one of those dark, mysterious corners of the car, where small coins go to … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Is The SUV Bubble Going To Burst?
Some people sing of being born on the 4th of July; others wax lyrical about being born with a smile on their face whilst some poor benighted souls were born under a bad sign. If however, you were born on the back seat of a beaten-up Mk1 British-built Ford Mondeo you’ll probably want to keep it to yourself. Shaping Your Future This sort of happenstance of birth can shape a person. It can dictate your life. With your father laboring under the name of Mondeo Man because of his life on the business car highway, imagine spending your days forever known as “Mondeo Boy.” Being conceived on the back seat of a car is one thing, but to greet the world smelling of stale sweat and burgers is quite another. Now, if an infant is born on the back seat of a Maserati Quattroporte somewhere along the Italian Amalfi Coast with a nice view of the Isle of Capri in the azure distance, then he or she will undoubtedly be a golden child destined for great things; especially if the … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Born On The Back Seat
It’s seems like every generation in the United States has caught sport utility vehicle fever. SUVs sell like hotcakes and it makes sense. SUVs are that super-practical, do-anything machine for the 21st century. It’s not uncommon to hear about baby boomers getting a small SUV in the interest of downsizing, or GenXers opting for something larger and more luxurious as they move through their prime earning years. Millennials are no exception either as they pass into their formative earning and family-raising years. And while large, luxurious SUVs have their appeal, their smaller counterparts – often referred to as compact utility vehicles – are catching on with younger buyers. “We see the emerging entry CUV segment growing at a very fast rate and the industry has seen customers looking for CUV body styles over sedans,” said Tyler Graves, Planner – Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America. “CUVs offer the fuel efficiency of small … [Read more...] about The Battle For Generation Z In The Small SUV Market
The Saturday just past, June 23rd, was a significant milestone for the United Kingdom. It was on that very date two years ago that the British public – or at least those who could be bothered to get up off the couch and go vote – elected to leave the bloated political arena that is the European Union. Since then we have endured 24 months of increasingly nasty and often false promises and threats and the automotive industry is at the heart of it. The appalling division this nightmare has engendered can be compared to that which has taken place in the USA since President Trump was sworn in. The difference is that, in America’s case, the divisive issue is a person, in the case of the UK it is an ideal. Brave New World In the shining light of a new dawn in American politics, the election of Donald Trump could be seen as a stunning repudiation of the establishment. How successful he has been will depend upon who you ask; there is no middle ground it seems. Similarly, … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Brexit & Car Industry Repercussions
The Freedom Caucus had a point when it took down the Farm Bill last week.The caucus, whose membership includes some of the most conservative House Republicans, helped defeat the bill Friday. Ironically, the Caucus supported the most important elements of the legislation — farm supports and tighter work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients — but voted against it to make what they see as a more important point: They want a full House debate on immigration legislation (including President Trump’s proposed border wall) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won’t allow it for political reasons.Democrats, upset by the SNAP work requirements, also voted against the bill, and it failed.The Farm Bill is important. It is critical to keeping the nation’s food supply and its safety net stable.But immigration policy is also important, and it’s not right that Ryan has prevented full, fair debate. Alongside the border wall debate, … [Read more...] about Tulsa World editorial: The Farm Bill’s failure ought to set up an opportunity for a better piece of legislation, and an immigration debate