While You Were Sleeping: January 20th, 2015
January 20th, 2015 10:17 AM Share
We are off to Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area to test out the new Jeep Renegade. In the meantime, here’s what you missed.
- Ford is starting LHD exports of the Mustang, with RHD exports coming soon.
- Soon, all Porsche 911 models will have turbo engines.
- Ssangyong is getting all new models in preperation for an entry into North America.
- The impact of low oil prices on fuel efficiency.
- CAFE, added volume could help make the Hyundai Santa Cruz a reality.
Published January 20th, 2015 10:17 AM
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Maybe this Santa Cruz is a niche vehicle but it stands a better chance of selling than if Hyundai made a full size half ton pickup that would compete against Ford, GM, Ram, Toyota, and Nissan. At least the costs to develop the Santa Cruz would be a lot less since it would use an existing platform unlike developing a full size from scratch. The break even point would be less and the worst that could happen is that Hyundai would pull it off the market in a few years. I would not be interested myself, but if there is enough interest then Hyundai might make it. Denver Mike carries on about only those who would buy a small vehicle will only buy used. DM has been using this same argument for years and it is starting to wear like a retread tire on its fifth retread. I think maybe this is more true for DM since this is what he does. I have my doubts if Hyundai will make this little truck.
I think Denver Mike is coming from the position that he would only buy a small truck used at a cheap price. Of course that is true of many buyers who don't just buy trucks. Here's just the truck for Denver Mike preowned with the last owner driving it for 38 years and paying a princely sum of $75. http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/2015/01/01/prinsburg-pickup-chevy-bob-sportel-75/21169665/
I don't think this Santa Cruz will ever see production, but then it could surprise everyone. This is not a bad looking little truck, much nicer than the Brat.
Denver Mike--I thought you owned a scrap yard so why are you so concerned about a small pickup when you can just take a truck or car out of your salvage yard. Doesn't sound like you would be in the market for any new truck? Just fix up one of the salvaged cars or trucks that reside in your scrap yard and you are good to go.