Comments for TheDetroitBureau.com http://www.thedetroitbureau.com The Voice of the Automotive World Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:59:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Comment on Ford Wants a Premium for All-New Ranger Pickup by JAE http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/ford-wants-a-premium-for-all-new-ranger-pickup/comment-page-1/#comment-963516 JAE Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:59:09 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128741#comment-963516 They need to "touch every exterior panel" again. It's derivative at best. FCA may have used MB's old platform / bones for 300/Charger/Magnum/Challenger but unless you were in the "know" you couldn't tell. They need to “touch every exterior panel” again. It’s derivative at best.

FCA may have used MB’s old platform / bones for 300/Charger/Magnum/Challenger but unless you were in the “know” you couldn’t tell.

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Comment on Ford Builds on Racing Past With New Cobra Jet by JAE http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/ford-builds-on-racing-past-with-new-cobra-jet/comment-page-1/#comment-963515 JAE Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:47:13 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128850#comment-963515 They missed Mach I but...50 years coming up for Boss 302 and Boss 429, i.e. Boss Nine... They missed Mach I but…50 years coming up for Boss 302 and Boss 429, i.e. Boss Nine…

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Comment on Musk Laments “Excruciating” Toll He’s Faced at Tesla by JAE http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/musk-laments-excruciating-toll-hes-faced-at-tesla/comment-page-1/#comment-963514 JAE Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:42:43 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128886#comment-963514 Agree cheng, was thinking the same. He's rather Trumpish and Giuliani-ish isn't he? Agree cheng, was thinking the same.

He’s rather Trumpish and Giuliani-ish isn’t he?

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Comment on Say Goodbye: 17 Models Going Away in 2019 by Paul A. Eisenstein http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/say-goodbye-17-models-going-away-in-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-963506 Paul A. Eisenstein Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:07:06 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128897#comment-963506 To our knowledge, both go. They were assembled at the Wayne, MI plant that will be building the new Ranger and Bronco trucks. We'll confirm with Ford PR and advise if one of the C-Max models survives in the U.S., but we do NOT believe so. It wouldn't make sense to import one version from Europe going forward. Paul E. To our knowledge, both go. They were assembled at the Wayne, MI plant that will be building the new Ranger and Bronco trucks. We’ll confirm with Ford PR and advise if one of the C-Max models survives in the U.S., but we do NOT believe so. It wouldn’t make sense to import one version from Europe going forward.

Paul E.

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Comment on Say Goodbye: 17 Models Going Away in 2019 by Mark Porter http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/say-goodbye-17-models-going-away-in-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-963505 Mark Porter Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:11:56 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128897#comment-963505 Greetings, Folks -- We own a 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid [not the plug-in model]. Your article isn't clear on whether both C-Max models are disappearing, or just the plug-in. Can you clarify? Thanks. FYI -- Using regular gas and driving 1,200 miles per month on combined metro Detroit freeway and surface streets, the Honest-to-God MPGs are 38-42 on a consistent basis. Greetings, Folks — We own a 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid [not the plug-in model]. Your article isn’t clear on whether both C-Max models are disappearing, or just the plug-in. Can you clarify? Thanks.

FYI — Using regular gas and driving 1,200 miles per month on combined metro Detroit freeway and surface streets, the Honest-to-God MPGs are 38-42 on a consistent basis.

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Comment on Say Goodbye: 17 Models Going Away in 2019 by Downforce http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/say-goodbye-17-models-going-away-in-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-963504 Downforce Sat, 18 Aug 2018 01:58:01 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128897#comment-963504 Please Toyota, fix the ugly Yaris nose while you're at it. And a power boost and rear disc brakes wouldn't hurt. Please Toyota, fix the ugly Yaris nose while you’re at it. And a power boost and rear disc brakes wouldn’t hurt.

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Comment on Musk Laments “Excruciating” Toll He’s Faced at Tesla by bernard cheng http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/musk-laments-excruciating-toll-hes-faced-at-tesla/comment-page-1/#comment-963502 bernard cheng Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:01:47 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128886#comment-963502 Silence is golden. This is the best example of self inflicting pain by talking too much... Silence is golden.
This is the best example of self inflicting pain by talking too much…

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Comment on White House Knew Key Justification for Cutting Mileage Rules Was False by Paul A. Eisenstein http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/white-house-knew-key-justification-for-cutting-mileage-rules-was-false/comment-page-1/#comment-963497 Paul A. Eisenstein Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:55:48 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128774#comment-963497 The internal documents largely have. Meanwhile, the prediction of increased deaths due to driving more miles in more fuel efficient cars has been roundly rejected, even by those who want some changes to CAFE rules. Simply far too much of a stretch to make the absurd leap of logic that we can't boost mileage because people will drive more and crash. Just desperate false projections. Paul E. The internal documents largely have. Meanwhile, the prediction of increased deaths due to driving more miles in more fuel efficient cars has been roundly rejected, even by those who want some changes to CAFE rules. Simply far too much of a stretch to make the absurd leap of logic that we can’t boost mileage because people will drive more and crash. Just desperate false projections.

Paul E.

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Comment on White House Knew Key Justification for Cutting Mileage Rules Was False by Paul A. Eisenstein http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/white-house-knew-key-justification-for-cutting-mileage-rules-was-false/comment-page-1/#comment-963493 Paul A. Eisenstein Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:55:32 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128774#comment-963493 Lightening cars no longer has to be considered more expensive, Craig. In fact, in many cases adding weight adds to cost because it can translate into sloppy engineering. New versions of steel and alternative materials can add cost, but that is not a 100% accurate correlation anymore. Reducing the mass of a vehicle, particularly when it comes to body and chassis, allows secondary lightweighting, ie downsizing suspension and other components, as well as opting for smaller powertrains, further reducing weight AND, in many cases, cost, while also improving fuel economy. Those newer metals, meanwhile, often prove far more structurally solid, or contribute to better designs incorporating safety functionality, such as the ability to better channel crash forces. A good example is the use of "tailored blanks". Mazda's Skyactiv targets an assortment of ways to trim mass with little or no negative benefit, starting with things as small as lug nuts and water pumps. Cadillac introduced scalloped sheet metal in key areas on models like the CTS and ATS which also have mostly positive benefits with little to no additional cost. While there's no solid rule, lightweighting can translate into not only lower mass but higher mileage and lower fuel bills. Now, this is just one element of meeting the 2025 standard but the lightweighting push has actually resulted in better vehicle designs that are routinely safer than the products being replaced. And crash data backs that up pretty much across the board. Paul E. Lightening cars no longer has to be considered more expensive, Craig. In fact, in many cases adding weight adds to cost because it can translate into sloppy engineering. New versions of steel and alternative materials can add cost, but that is not a 100% accurate correlation anymore. Reducing the mass of a vehicle, particularly when it comes to body and chassis, allows secondary lightweighting, ie downsizing suspension and other components, as well as opting for smaller powertrains, further reducing weight AND, in many cases, cost, while also improving fuel economy. Those newer metals, meanwhile, often prove far more structurally solid, or contribute to better designs incorporating safety functionality, such as the ability to better channel crash forces. A good example is the use of “tailored blanks”. Mazda’s Skyactiv targets an assortment of ways to trim mass with little or no negative benefit, starting with things as small as lug nuts and water pumps. Cadillac introduced scalloped sheet metal in key areas on models like the CTS and ATS which also have mostly positive benefits with little to no additional cost.

While there’s no solid rule, lightweighting can translate into not only lower mass but higher mileage and lower fuel bills.

Now, this is just one element of meeting the 2025 standard but the lightweighting push has actually resulted in better vehicle designs that are routinely safer than the products being replaced. And crash data backs that up pretty much across the board.

Paul E.

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Comment on White House Knew Key Justification for Cutting Mileage Rules Was False by Todd Priest http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2018/08/white-house-knew-key-justification-for-cutting-mileage-rules-was-false/comment-page-1/#comment-963492 Todd Priest Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:50:15 +0000 http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/?p=128774#comment-963492 Still failed to detail how they are wrong. Still failed to detail how they are wrong.

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