Say it ain’t so!

https://carbuzz.com/news/why-a-ferrari-dino-will-sell-better-than-a-ferrari-suv

A well-written, well-researched piece about why Ferrari should not join the SUV parade but should introduce a modern Dino model. (However, as pointed out in the CarBuzz article, a Ferrari SUV seems inevitable.)

Exotic car companies are stuck between a rock and a hard place: trying to make exclusive cars AND trying to make enough profit to stay in business. In the US, the different CAFE standards for SUVs and small trucks dovetail nicely with the shift in the American market towards those kinds of vehicles (or maybe it has played a part, I don’t know). I am still hoping it’s not a permanent trend, but it could very well be. This trend is good for car companies as the profit margins on SUVs and pickup trucks are quite healthy.

As I wrote in connection with the piece on the Cadillac concept car (https://disaffectedmusings.com/2018/02/21/build-this-car/) I don’t understand how a wealthy country with a lot of empty nester families buys so many non-car vehicles. That’s one reason why this car didn’t sell.

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From cargurus.com a picture of a Cadillac XLR. A great concept and a beautiful car, but not great execution—at least, not at first—and bad timing/pricing for Cadillac. An aside: hey Cadillac, get rid of the three-letter model names!

If you like exciting cars, don’t just wish you had one; buy one if you can afford it. Otherwise, they won’t be available.

 

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