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Old 03-07-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default GM and Ford plans - Newsweek

Chevrolet Sting Ray on kappa being planned, Ford planning 300 type car on Mustang.
More sequels will soon be spinning out of Detroit. GM is said to be working on a faithful re-creation of the '67 Chevy Impala and an edgy Stingray convertible based on the Pontiac Solstice. Ford, dinged in recent years for its blandmobiles, is getting its mojo back with an audacious rear-wheel-drive family car based on the Mustang that's coming at the end of the decade, knowledgeable industry sources say. Ford also is believed to have greenlighted the Fairlane van, a modern interpretation of the '50s-era wood-paneled wagon. And Chrysler is sprinkling the bling from the 300C all over its next-generation minivan, insiders say. Motown execs promise the bad old days of Camry clones and Audi imitators are gone. "For a while, we were doing pretty bad cars," admits Lutz. "I suppose we had to give the public a chance to forget those so that we can go back to the '60s, when everybody loved us." If Detroit can rekindle that love affair, it just might have found its salvation.
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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Comma, Sting Ray goes with Corvette not a Pontiac...
I like the idea but they should preserve the Sting Ray - Corvette association.
Call it Devil Ray or something.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:07 PM   #3
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a smaller, lighter, more agile Vette would be sweet.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:32 PM   #4
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Smart move. Can you name one Ford or GM 4-door that an enthusiast would buy that costs less <$30k? I can't even name one Ford for > than that. Every GM rwd/awd turbo car that they have built has an absolute cult following--but not all sold well when new. If they could keep the price down, I think people would be surprised how well a new v8 or turbo family car (other than the upcoming Sol/Sky) would sell.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:03 AM   #5
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Just take a look at Detroit's concepts - many, many of them look fantastic. But Detroit has 2 big problems right now:

A) Getting those cars to market intact from their concept car variants.

B) Getting those cars to market as quickly as possible.

People always forget that cars take - on average - about 3 years to go from concept to production. That is a LONG time. The Detroit cars out now seem to vary from "meh" to "yea!".. but it takes a long time to replace the "meh" cars with something much better... and in the mean time, the competition is getting better too.

I truely think that Detroit can make a great comeback, as long as they continue to push forward and NOT cut back on their platforms and new technology and innovative designs. The damn bean-counters have to get smacked around enough to not cheapen a car to the point where it won't sell unless it had tons of debates.
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