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Old 11-14-2019, 07:24 PM   #471 (permalink)
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Ford and Chevy Are Losing Buyers after Discontinuing Compact Cars

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Many current Cruze and Focus drivers are trading for Escapes and Equinoxes, but also Civics and Corollas.
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Fewer Focus and Cruze drivers are trading in their vehicles for new Ford and Chevy models in 2019 compared to 2016.
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Through October 2019, Honda reported Civic sales up 0.6 percent and Toyota reported Corolla sales down 0.3 percent.
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The report also predicts that brand loyalty will likely decline even more in the future as more Ford and Chevy small-car owners search for replacements for their vehicle.
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/am...-compact-cars/

I found a Jalopnik article, but I am going to post this before I lose it again.

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Old 11-14-2019, 07:58 PM   #472 (permalink)
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Ford And GM's Decision To Abandon Small Cars Is Already Costing Them

“That does it, Chevy, you are dead to me”

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[I]nstead of jumping on the SUV bandwagon, 42% of Cruze and Focus owners are choosing to stay in the passenger car segment. So far this year, 23% of Cruze owners and 31% of Focus owners who traded in their car for another car bought from a competitor.
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[S]mall cars are gateway drugs for automakers, aimed at capturing younger, cost-conscious buyers early while hoping to keep them in the family as this hypothetical buyer grows older and accumulates more buying power and can afford a big truck or SUV.
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“Why offer cheaper cars when we can just offer longer loans for more expensive cars?”

-Ford/GM Execs, probably
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If 50% of the the vehicles Ford and GM owners traded in for were compact crossovers, then I don’t think the issue is that the stopped selling the Focus and Cruze, it’s that they don’t have appealing compact crossovers.
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The problem is that the Trax and Ecosport suck.
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When I need to haul something, I rent a pick-up from Enterprise, like a sensible person. Trucks and other heavy vehicles are an absolute bore to drive.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:03 PM   #473 (permalink)
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When Ford started cutting prices on the Model T, GM decided to compete with used cars, to make it easier to trade for a new one. So now, all the cheap cars are vastly oversize for our needs.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:31 PM   #474 (permalink)
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:18 PM   #475 (permalink)
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It does surprise me that Ford and Chevrolet are having a hard time trying to push some SUV as a replacement for regular cars in the U.S. where it seemed easier than in poorer markets where Chevrolet is already offering some Chinese subcompact sedans.

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