QOTD: Best Wishes for Future Success?
It’s that special holiday time of year again. For a few short weeks, people go out of their way to be nice to others, and to wish one another the best in the upcoming new year. While the niceness still abounds, we want to know which car manufacturer receives your well-wishes for the future.
It’s not an easy time in the car-making business. Ford’s experiencing low share prices and is implementing irritating buzz-wordy “mobility” talk. Nissan’s CEO recently had a little compensation scandal. General Motors is closing down several plants. And Tesla is finishing their cars in tents purchased from Bass Pro or wherever.
It’s not all bad, though. Truck sales are up, and likewise are sales of profitable crossovers. Consumers have more choice than ever of egg-shaped adventure vehicles to take them to a big-box store for Cyber Monday. But I digress.
(Ed. note — We’re running QOTD late today due to holiday travel. As stated last week, our schedule is going to be a little weird until Jan. 2. Thanks for understanding! — TH).
Whether a manufacturer is down on their luck (Fiat) or doing very well right now (Honda), we want to know which you’d like to see succeed. A single company from which you’d like to see a marked improvement in some area or areas. Perhaps the company needs a turn-around in reliability, build quality, or their model lineup. I’m building to something here.
My pick is Volvo. The plucky Geely-owned Swedish brand is on the upward swing lately, in sales and product offering. And I think they can do more. Their present models aren’t what they used to be. Volvos of old were no-nonsense boxes with a bit of luxury (sometimes), designed to run for a long time without much fuss. They were prestigious, but in a subtle and unassuming way. Sturdy, hard-wearing; like a well-constructed tweed blazer. With the introduction of the 850 model in the early ’90s, Volvo headed down a different path (which Ford paved ahead through the new century). It’s a path they still seem to be on today; cost-cutting, front-drive, disposable vehicles. Buttons peel, electrics and sensors have issues, and nothing feels special or unique. Perhaps Geely can continue Volvo’s upward trajectory; they’ve let the brand have general independence since assuming control in 2010. I’m hopeful.
Time will tell for Volvo. But for now, tell us which car manufacturer you want to thrive.
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