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drball

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In Topic: Does any aftermarket manufacturer make roof clearance lights that I can use o...

17 June 2014 - 04:14 AM

Thank you very much.


In Topic: Will GM's problems ever end?

14 June 2014 - 08:41 AM

When you have "car people" running car companies, you get good, interesting cars. When you have professional "managers" running car companies, you get second-rate, soulless cars.
 
Second-rate, soulless cars are perfectly fine for most consumers, or so the corporate wisdom goes...though they don't put it in exactly those words.
 
Marketing is perceived to be what actually SELLS anything...not the ACTUAL WORTH of a given product. Determining the actual worth of a given product would take some knowledge, research, critical thinking and effort on the part of the consumer, and those are not part of the average consumer profile. Average consumers buy what they're told to buy by marketing.
 
if you spend efficiently enough on marketing (and dress some of it up as " factual information" ) so the theory goes, you can peddle the most mediocre junk to the majority of average consumers.

This is one of most interesting and intelligent posts that I have seen in a long time here.It captures the auto industry as it really is today.

In Topic: Will GM's problems ever end?

14 June 2014 - 06:28 AM

GM has been peddling junk for the last forty years.  It started with them not taking the subcompact segment seriously, writing it off as unprofitable.  (Ford did the same initially too; one of HFII's famous comments was "minicars, miniprofits").  Rusty Vegas followed by perpetual clouds of blue smoke, Chevmobiles, X-cars with dead-last technology (beam rear axles, pushrod engines with carburetors, four-speed manual transmissions), overpriced J-cars that all looked alike, the "sticker shock" that accompanied them into the showrooms, Buick V6 installations that were overmatched by the weight of the cars in which they were installed, diesel engines that didn't last, Pontiac Fieros built out of the parts bin, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Buicks that were basically Chevrolets with a few added plastic trim parts and stand-up hood ornaments, and so on.  Yes, a lot of these were a long time ago.  But each major blunder creates a lost generation of customers, as most of those people didn't come back.  As parents, most of them probably wouldn't co-sign on their childrens' car loans for GM products either, creating another lost generation.  And in general, they probably poor-mouthed GM to anyone who listened.  GM is running out of generations of customers to lose.


Do not forget the 200 hundred series turbo trans put in the full size line-ups in the 70's.

In Topic: Could you make a business case for upcoming new kit subjects?

10 June 2014 - 10:20 AM

I will  nominate the 1955 through 1957 Thunderbird as a subject.  The 1955 has never been done in scale, while the 1956 and 1957 are very old tools with limited detail.  A brand new tool to current detail levels should be explored.  
 
The model could be released first as a stock version of each of the three years.  Then there are tons of competition options that could be explored, including replicas of actual cars.    And the gasser releases would sell like crazy.
 
Yea, this one has Moebius written all over it!    :D

The 56 AMT is not that old but a little compromised in my opinion.

In Topic: Where's the Buzz? New tool Hyundai!

10 June 2014 - 03:42 AM

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ignore above, senior moment