Worst cars on the road?
If you want to drive something dependable and long-lasting, steer clear of
With a 22% improvement in sales last month, and despite the six-month, $4.3
billion loss it announced Wednesday, General Motors is likely to have its
strongest spring and summer in years. Plus, the automaker had critically
acclaimed new products at the recent New York Auto Show and the
much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt is due out this fall.
Year-over-year sales of GM's Cadillac division alone are up almost 76%;
sales in the Buick, Chevrolet and GMC divisions were each up more than 40%
for March. The industry as a whole was up 24.3%.
Unfortunately just because GM's cars are selling well now doesn't mean
they're the best bet for durability or value -- yet. It'll take awhile
before GM's new direction shows up in tangible new products at the
Four of the seven vehicles on our list of the worst-made cars on the road
come from GM brands. And all of the cars on the list -- including Chrysler's
Dodge Nitro and Jeep Wrangler -- are made by Detroit's Big Three. Only one
car on the list is made by Ford Motor (NYSE: F).
The opinions of these guys at Forbes shows they have no idea what the hell
they are talking about. The Ford F150 is, and has been the best selling
VEHICLE on the planet or over 33 years. NOBODY would continue to buy ANY
vehicle over, and over, and over for 33 years if it were one of the worst on
the market. LOL
They are citing the F-250. And if you look at the items they are rating
it with it's REALLY easy to see why they get the rating they do.
"The F-250 Lariat earned both the "worst value" and "worst safety
performance" distinctions from Consumer Reports this year. It received
an overall score of just 37 out of 100 points for
fuel economy,--- IT'S A TRUCK! Fuel Economy takes a hit when your
hauling REAL weight.
depreciation,--- Since they are trucks and usually special orders what
do you expect.
ride,--- IT'S A TRUCK! What do you expect a TRUCK to ride like?
accident avoidance,--- IT'S A TRUCK! IE: BIG, HEAVY, Note made for rapid
motions or responsive movement. Inertia has it's own set of rules.
front-seat comfort,--- IT'S A TRUCK! 99% of the time the folks getting
into the cab don't really care about the plush carpets or the fancy door
panels. They want to MOVE STUFF.
acceleration,--- IT'S A TRUCK! IE: BIG, HEAVY, Low geared. Toss the load
this truck can pull or carry on your Prius and let's see how you do.
and owner satisfaction. Well since the F series is a best seller for
Ford I'd say that a LOT of folks like them. Ford has used the "best
selling truck" lie for so long that people actually believe it!
(Note that the say the F series is the best selling truck, then the
newer adds say the F150 is the best selling truck. The problem is that
ALL the Ford trucks except the E series and C series were F-Series!
Guess when you count all the trucks from the F-100 up to the F-1000 they
probably add up.
GM actually sold the most trucks during most of that time period. BUT
they don't call them all the same series. Add up the GMC and Chevy
trucks sold from the C/K lines and the Topkicks, and OTR gear and GM
clearly has Ford beat.
Try again, you are confused, the F150 is indeed the best selling single
model VEHICLE on the planet and the "F Series" is the best selling BRAND in
the US, just as the Camry is the best selling single CAR and the Camry's,
that includes the Solar, is the best selling car BRAND, even though it sells
at a rate about half that of the F150 and the "F Series.
And as I said it is the way they count the vehicles.
Ford F-150 = F-150 2wd, 4wd, and all permutations of the base vehicle.
They all get counted as F-150 trucks
GM on the other hand does NOT group all the 1/2 ton vehicles in the same
The 4X4 K is counted as a different model than the 2wd C.
The W/T stripped versions are counted as different models than the
The GMC Sierras are also counted as separate models in the different
With the F "series", again 99% of ALL Ford trucks fall under the
F-Series (F-50, F-150, F-250, F-350 on up to the OTR trucks when they
made them and the are ALL F series)
GM on the other hand has the Silverado 1500, The 2500, The 3500 and ALL
of those are counted as a separate series.
Total up the sales truck for truck and GM comes out WAY ahead. They have
for a LONG time.
Go look at the production numbers and total sales for each GM model and
you can see it easily.
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