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The 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown Ghia and a sample of the Luxury Brands

The Cadillac XT6-Gate Debate: Luxury Car Brands: Are They Even Needed Anymore In the Age of Car Sharing, RoboTaxis, and Autonomy?

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: It’s not looking too good in the public relations arena for Cadillac and GM when the national, now world conversation nows turns toward questioning the existence of luxury car brands after the Cadillac XT6-Gate GM Debacle. Aston Martin’s CEO weighed in with the XT6-Gate to establish six ultra brands, and none of the ones below it like Cadillac will surpass them. But let’s be clear: XT6-Gate is an American problem, not a European one.
Cadillac Escala Concept, XT6, and the President’s State Car via GM press Room

The Cadillac XT6-Gate Debacle, the “Lead Brand” Stumble, and the Solutions: What Now to Do Moving Forward

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: While GM didn’t strike an iceberg like Titanic with the recent Cadillac XT6-Gate Roll Out, XT6’s Super Cruise “Radio Delete” from the options list Gaffe, and Caddy’s the ”Lead Brand” Announcement Kerfuffle with no Caddy BEV for three years, it certainly ran into the reefs too quickly like the Costa Concordia. Although it isn’t a massive blockbusting disaster, it is a serious debacle that needs some changes. And they better do it soon.
A Cadillac Goin at it with Tesla, a 2022 Concept and the New XT6 CUV

With 3 New Gas CUVs on Sale and No BEV Until 2022, Cadillac Proclaims Itself King of Electric with an Announcement That Really Anoints Tesla as Lead Luxury Brand

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: GM President Mark Reuss’ recent announcement of putting Cadillac as the lead brand against Tesla helped everything else but Cadillac. Cadillac just put their third gas CUV into their portfolio right after this announcement! A real all electric car company doesn’t do that! To be taken seriously by anyone you have to be reliable and believable, and that means having honesty, and to be honest, starting with yourself, you have to believe in yourself. Who’s fooling who?
Ford and friends  pickup

VW-Ford Alliance To Spawn New Pickup, It Just Won’t Get Here Now, Later, Who Knows?

Following long discussions, Ford and Volkswagen have entered into an agreement that will likely result in new vehicles, such as autonomous cars or electrics. There is also talk of VW and Ford jointly developing a global mid-sized pickup. That, though, is several years away.
Various key models under the GM and VW Group Brands,Courtesy their Media

Converting a Car Company from Making Gasoline to All Electric Vehicles: The Stakes Involved and the Brands Least Likely to Survive as a Result.

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: Until recently no one in the car industry ever had an experience of what it was like to end production of a car product due to obsolescence, they and other peer brands have produced since its invention in the mid-nineteenth century. Shutting down gas while ramping up electric is a double money losing proposition into the tens to hundreds of billions. Only the wealthiest and most powerful car companies on earth can survive this conversion process, and I look into how this is so.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

How the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 May Stand Up to the Competition

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 finally made its world debut this morning at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and while we don’t know how much power the supercharged Stang will offer, we can look at how it will stand up to the in-class competition from Chevrolet and Dodge.
1960 Bentley S2 Wendler Shooting Brake Via classiccars.com

The “One-Off” Car: The 1960 Bentley S2 Wendler Shooting Brake: A Bentley Rolls Royce Mercedes Buick Estate Wagon.

What do you have when you mish mash a 1960’s Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes, and Buick? Some say a mess. Others say an exquisite and functional example of fine bespoke automotive engineering to be considered artwork to be displayed in a museum. I’ll let you be the judge.

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