I can’t claim to know what Millennials want — I don’t consider myself a member of that particular cohort. Depending on the source, I’m either one year into that demographic or one year removed, but given that my circle of friends starts at about five years my junior and tops out at 20 years my senior, I’ll accept one older aquaintence’s assertion that I’m “the ragged edge of Generation X.” That said, social media makes one a sometimes unwilling observer of this curious group of people and, amid their incessant political tweeting, the Millennial’s automotive angst emerges. Basically, cars are too expensive, OEMs have abandoned them, and the Boomers stole their future. And I thought Gen-Xers were supposed to be miserable grumps. What automotive balm would soothe these pains? Before I’m accused of being an aloof, cigar-chomping plutocraft, allow me to say that slow wage growth, inflation, and ballooning education costs … [Read more...] about QOTD: What Millennials Want?
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Remember back in the aughts, when Ford threw the Taurus nameplate on a refresh of its wagonish Freestyle crossover? Called the Taurus X, the zombie Freestyle was a half-decent car. A decade later, Ford could pull a similar move on another family sedan. The automaker announced plans in April to eventually stop selling all sedans in the U.S. as it transitions to an SUV- and truck-centric lineup. But Bloomberg News, citing two unnamed sources, reported earlier this week that the Fusion nameplate will live on as a "high-roofed hatchback built on the same mechanical underpinnings." Related: 2019 Ford Fusion: Refreshed and Ready for New York Debut Ford hinted at the nameplate's longevity, if not its body style. Asked about the Bloomberg report, the automaker told Cars.com that "current Ford Fusion production ends in a few years," but it will "likely continue to use the name because of its awareness, positive imagery and value with consumers. However, it's too soon to … [Read more...] about Fusion’s Future: What We Want in a Wagonized Ford
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Auto Critic Published 4:17 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 The world’s automakers are asleep at the wheel. While customers clamor for more SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Edge, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda HR-V and as electric-drive technology advances rapidly, it’s virtually impossible to find an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle in the fast growing urban-utility vehicle segment. Mitsubishi builds the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. Mitsubishi, for crying out loud. That’s no knock on the Outlander, but it demonstrates a shocking bankruptcy of imagination at Chevy, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen. Each of those brands literally builds millions more vehicles than tiny Mitsubishi. But the little brand with the triple-diamond badge was the only one that understood: At the intersection of growing environmental awareness and soaring SUV sales lay a new class of vehicles that deliver the height and room of an SUV and … [Read more...] about Where are the electric SUVs? Automakers ignore what buyers want
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018Enlarge PhotoBuyers want to know when they can order their Tesla Model 3s with all-wheel drive; Elon Musk hints at the answer. Upgrading the dirtiest diesels in Germany could prove costly. Canadian university researchers show that all green-car drivers want is the same thing as everybody else. Rising gas prices don't necessarily make people drive less. And we have a chance to drive the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. All this and more on Green Car Reports. When will Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive, lower-range models be available? Elon Musk hints at the answer. Fixing the dirtiest diesels in Germany could prove pricey for automakers. Electric-car buyers don't want much, just the same range, price, quick refills, and features as everybody else, a Canadian study shows. When gas prices rise, people drive less—most of the time. We have a first-drive report on the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The famed Pininfarina name … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 options, Honda Clarity Plug-in drive, German diesels, what buyers want, gas prices
He responded by saying that dealers have mixed opinions about online sales. Some are ready to embrace the technology, while others feel it is an invasion of their territory.We continue the series of interviews in this month’s issue by speaking with Alex Smith, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB). Asked about how the Nissan dealer network could address online sales, Smith stated it was important that dealers are ready to pick up the conversation with buyers wherever they jump out of the online environment. As people who have grown up online become primary decision makers in the vehicle-buying process, dealers will need to have strategies which dovetail with the customer’s online journey. This will help eliminate redundancy in the buying process (frustrating for the customer, a waste of time for the dealer) and improve the overall buying experience. Dealers can help themselves by getting more involved in the delivery of online content. By adding content, preferably a short … [Read more...] about Online sales: Give the people what they want